Saturday, June 10, 2017

Duggars at Silver Dollar City

Silver Dollar City has always been one of the Duggars' favorite places to be. Remember when we posted never-before-seen pictures from almost 20 years ago? They have also taken many other trips over the years. Recently, a group of Duggars made the two hour trek to enjoy the rides and family atmosphere.

 Anna Duggar (expecting baby #5) and Meredith Duggar

 The Duggars with several friends (including Laura, sitting next to Jana Duggar)

 Johannah Duggar and Mackynzie Duggar

 Michelle Duggar and Josie Duggar

 Engaged couple Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell with a friend

 Jordyn Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Josie Duggar, Michael Duggar,
Mackynzie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, and a friend

 Marcus Duggar

 Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, and Mackynzie Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

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  1. Jill and Derick and Israel were there, too. You left out those pictures. So nice to see that the family has gotten over their latest frights in Central America and can enjoy life again.

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    1. If they aren't enjoying life as missionaries then why are they doing it?

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    2. I'm sure the photos were provided by family and Lily was just being kind to share with us.

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    3. I hope they focus on their family and Derrick starts working again.
      They can always take a short trip each year to be of some service.
      Glad they were able to share the day with family.

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  2. Laura's been hanging out a lot with them lately. Hmmmm...

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    1. Agreed, that was a total hint lol I'm gonna say she is with John David or Josiah

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    2. I think she is too old for Josiah, I also don't think shes with John David. I think shes just a really good friend of Janas', they go back to journey to the heart days. I read somewhere that she used to work for ATI in Chicago but didn't transfer to Texas when they upd sticks, maybe she just lives closer now and can visit more often?

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    3. I'm friends with Laura. :) She is not announcing any relationships right now and I do not know of any. She and Jana are very good friends. ;)

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    4. I think she is a friend of Jana and probably a big help with the kid's.
      If she was involved they would have been in the photos.

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  3. What's the connection with Fundamentalism at this park that the Duggars go to so often? They usually don't patronize places that aren't in line with their religion (Chick-Fil-A, Hobby Lobby, etc.).

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    1. Absolutely nothing. It's a fun place to take the family. No harm in that.

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    2. The connection is they live in the area. So do I.
      It's a nice, family friendly park.

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    3. I haven't been to the amusement park that they go to but it looks like it's primarily rides. I'm not trying to be funny or rude but why would God not want them to go on rides and have fun with family and friends? I'm not sure what Chick-Fil-A is...a restaunt? I live in Canada and we don't have it. I've been to Hobby Lobby and it seems just fine. Again, my tone in this is not controversial, accusing or rude.....just wondering.

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    4. Herschend Family Entertainment owns and operates quite a number of entertainment parks, including Silver Dollar City. They are a faith-based company and Christian "Godly" values are at the core of their business enterprise. It stands to reason that the Duggars would patronize them.

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    5. I have been to Silver Dollar City several times. I have always gotten the impression, because it is located in what used to be known as the "Bible Belt""," that it is very wholesome family-oriented fun. But it wasn't particularly religion based. There used to be an outdoor venue very close by that put on the play, "Shepherd of the Hills," which was religious. It's only 2 hours for the Duggers, so it's a fairly short drive for family-friendly fun.

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    6. Chick-fil-a is a restaurant which controvorsially took a stance against gay arriage and thus lost a lot of custom. I think the original poster was referring to the fact that the Duggars use this restaurantwhilst other Americans choose not to. Hobby Lobby also have a history because of the religious beliefs of their owners, regarding healthcare. I do think that the Duggars publicize companies which they believe follow their values, but that's their right, just as those who choose not to frequent these shops because they don't agree with their policies. Hope this helps :-)

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    7. Actually, Chick-Fil-A the restaurant chain did not take a stance against homosexuality, as each individual restaurant is owned by a franchisee. Truett Cathy, the corporation founder, expressed his beliefs as a Christian that homosexuality is a sin and is wrong-not that he hated homosexuals in any way. Interestingly, Chick-Fil-A did not lose "a lot of customers" and has consistently thrived in spite of the false reporting and even though they are closed on Sundays. They are also consistently awarded the #1 position among Fast Food Restaurant rankings in the industry by both sales and customer reviews.

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    8. Do you not have anything better to do than to try an analyse the places that the Duggar's like to go to and try to incorporate them some how with their religious beliefs? I am anti gay marriage too but go to the places those places that are anti too. I also go to places that are pro gay marriage.... whoopdy dooo The family can go anywhere they please and if you don't like it, feel free to not come to their page and whine. If you do come, don't hide behind anonymous....

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    9. May I take a moment to address this "Anonymous" issue? Many people do not have any of the accounts listed in the "Reply as" box, nor will they sign up for those accounts in order to reply. I don't blame them...who needs more accounts, more e-mail addresses registered somewhere, or more passwords to remember?

      So the other choices are to add a name, which means nothing (you could add a different one each time you post), or to post as Anonymous. It's just easier to do the latter.

      So nobody is "hiding" behind that moniker. If they wanted to hide, they wouldn't say anything at all and only lurk. It's getting tiresome to read accusations of "hiding behind Anonymous." How about simply reading the comment, thinking about it, and then posting your own comment to further the discussion? You can do that without trying to bring another person down simply because they chose not to make an account or add a name that was meaningless or would have soon been forgotten.

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    10. 9:46 PM -- RIGHT ON!

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    11. Commenting is unique social behaviour. People do feel free to express more varied ideas and attitudes in anonymous comments. If people had there comments connected to themselves in an identifying way then it is likely they would have less to share and it would be less opinionated.
      Maybe people want to read others thoughts under the anonymous banner. But are we being sinful that way? The Bible has a lot to say about the tongue and words, I think we may be sinning by writing some of these comments. Is there a strong judgement on that, is it not so innocent? Could it keep us out of heaven? Remember that the Bible says search me and see if there is any wicked way in me and cleanse me!

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  4. Who is Laura?

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    1. Laura is probably taking the place of Tabitha Paine as a mother's helper/governess.

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    2. I know her... she's a good friend of Jana's. ;)

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    3. I'm wondering if what happened to Jana's sisters has scared Jana away from forming a close relationship with any man. Her "waiting" may instead be a case of cold feet.

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    4. What happened to Jana's sisters?

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  5. So glad to see Joshua in family pictures again. Jesus' blood and righteousness are needed by all of us. We have all sinned and come short but thank God for forgiveness and restoration.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you about forgiveness, but I don't think that necessarily means blindly trust Josh with young girls again.

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    2. Agreed with forgiveness and restoration. For those who are Christians believe that we all have in a way of our life but if we ask God to forgive us and mercy. God forgive us and restore us. HE love us so much that he wants to follow Jesus so we can be saved.

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    3. I agree about forgiveness, but I can't help but feel sorry for Anna, as I can't shake the feeling that somehow staying wasn't completely her choice, like she felt she had to.
      Forgiveness is fundamental to move on, but what he did to ber was so wrong that in my opinion it showed that he had no interest in his family and if this is the case, why forcing them to be together? It doesn't seem fair to either of them or the kids.

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    4. Forgiveness does not automatically require you to keep someone in your life who has thoroughly betrayed you and broken marriage vows.

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    5. Forgiveness yes as it heals, restoration is earned by actions and develops in time with a lot of dedication and selfless efforts.

      My heart still goes out to Anna and the child she is carrying.

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    6. at 10:26 - I agree. Forgiveness does not always mean restoration in human relationships. It takes two to restore the brokenness while it only takes one to forgive. I believe that beautiful things do come out of broken lives. However, Josh has a lot of 'proving' to do to before he can be trusted, in my opinion.

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  6. It looks like they had a lot of fun. I'm glad some where brave enough to go on what looks like a wild rollercoaster. Not this chicken of a mama! You'll find me sitting at a snack bar having a nice cold glass of iced tea or lemonade.

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    1. Went on the roller coaster @ Busch Gardens ONCE. Could hardly walk afterwards. Once was enough for this lifetime.

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    2. I agree. I'll set with you and we'll let the daredevils take the plunge!!!!

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    3. Love the photograph of Joe and Kendra on the ride, shes holding his hand for grim death. This is one of those situations where a pair of long shorts or jeans would be more appropriate than a skirt, as the middle leg bar is causing Kendra to flash some thigh lol!

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    4. Yes, not very modest there. She should not be showing so much of her leg to Joseph and the public.

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    5. When I click on the picture of Joe and Kendra, it looks like she's wearing shorts underneath her skirt.

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    6. Anon @ 10:13 I can beat that, when we went there I saw the height of some of those rides and got on nothing! I held the bags and was happy to do so lol!

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  7. I love reading about the family. Wish they would put 19 Kids and Counting back on the air. Somebody in TLC Corp office made a BIG mistake. Swallow your pride and put it back

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    1. they be back june 12 here in the u s a

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    2. Like all of TLC's other shows, Counting On, is just finishing up, a regularly scheduled hiatus. The new season begins Monday June 12th.

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    3. Totally agree about bringing 19 Kids back on! Please listen, TLC.

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  8. Laura and Jana look like they could be twins.

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  9. I love Duggars! Hey guys did I miss something who is Laura?

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  10. Which duggar son is courting Laura then?

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    1. Not sure who Laura has her eye on. She sure is hanging out with Jana a lot lately, for some reason.

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    2. Maybe because they are friends? There's a reason.

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    3. They're friends, and thank goodness Jana has another woman her age to hang out with!

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  11. Looks like fun. Sliverdollar city is an old fashioned theme park with wholesome activitys. I have had friends that went there when I was little.

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  12. Johannah looks so grown up!

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  13. Anna looks puffy like I did when pregnant, right before the OB doc discovered that I had dangerous pre-eclampsia.

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    1. Wah, Wah, Wah, thank you Debbie Downer for that informative tidbit of unsolicited medical observation : O

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    2. Anon @ 1:28. What a horrible post to make. The 'medical observation' might have been 'unsolicited' but all the original poster did was make an innocent post about what can be a fatal condition for mother and baby. Michelle lost a baby due to pre eclampsia. I don't think any harm was meant, please think before you post.


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    3. What a snarky, uncalled for response, 1:28.

      1:00, I agree. There was a picture of her legs somewhere else and her ankles did look swollen. Her face looks swollen, too, and she looks tired. Pre-eclampsia is no laughing matter.

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    4. Hello there everyone hope you are having a wonderful Sunday evening! Let's just take a positive frame of mind about the prior comment. See it's not being judgmental or a Debbie downer if for example Anna is so busy with the little ones she has and maybe does not notice a potential risk in pregnancy. Some times people who are not close to us see things that we or even midwives might miss. I am hopeful that Anna has a easy and safe delivery! God Bless

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    5. Anonymous @1:28 PM- What a rude comment! That's definitely insulting, not to mention unnecessary. The first poster was merely expressing concern for Anna and did not deserve the snark.

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    6. Why are you so mean all the time, 1:28? You're literally always saying something negative.

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    7. Anon @ 1:28 - before you post your next comment, maybe you should read over it to make sure it doesn't come across as judgmental. You made the assumption that this person was a "troll" before even thinking about it. How do you know she wasn't seriously concerned. If she had dangerous pre eclampsia and she knows the sign is puffiness, than she could be legitimately concerned for Anna and stating this as a personal warning - since she experienced it herself. So let's not jump to convolutions, but rather try to put ourselves in another persons shoes before we judge. God bless!

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    8. I have looked puffy with most of my 10 babies. I have never had preeclampsia 😉

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    9. I think the original comment is not nasty, but probably ignorant. My face and ankles blew up like a balloon during pregnancy, but I had perfectly healthy pregnancies. That happens to many women during pregnancy.

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  14. Has John David finally entered a courtship?? ;) that's always the first assumption when a "friend" is around... some is courting!

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    1. She sure has been with them a lot lately.

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    2. It would be nice to see more of John David - he seems like such a gentle nice man.
      I wish him well and hope he finds a special someone soon. Same with Jana - the two of them are lovely people - she has been "mommy" to many of her siblings. . . .I can understand why she is in NO hurry to marry. . . .however, I think She SHOULD get her own room - now having to share a room with 4 LITTLE girls isn't right - she is full grown woman, not a child.

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    3. I must agree but I can hope some privacy has been provided since the last viewing of the girls room.

      Private space is probably difficult to have there.

      Wonder if John David is in the same situation... sure hope not.

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  15. Everybody looks like their having lots of fun, lots of smiling faces. I can't believe that's Johanna and Mackynzie. A family that prays together stays together....Jane

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    1. Amen Jane! Its funny you mentioned that because my friend just gave me a plaque that says" A Family That Prays Together Stays Together". She gave it to me to put in my war room.

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    2. Oh how nice! What is a war room? We pray at night and in the morning together.

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    3. My "war room" is my prayer space. It's called my war room based on the Christian movie "War Room". Basically you just find a space where you get be alone with God to pray undisturbed.

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    4. War Room was a Christian movie where a closet in the house was used as a prayer closet for conducting spiritual warfare. (In Matthew 6:6, Jesus told his followers to go into a closet to pray, and the Father who sees in secret will reward us openly. See also Eph. 6:10-18.)

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    5. I wrote my reply and I think I forgot to hit Publish before I exited the page.
      My war room is my prayer closet, well actually a little corner in our walk-in closet. War Room is a Christian movie that is basically about the power of prayer.

      I decided after a series of just weird stuff happening with my family, I needed to have a quiet place to be alone with God and "go to war" in prayer for my family and friends.
      It's based on Ephesians 6:12

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  16. Another family trip? When do the younger kids have a chance to study and do their school work?

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    1. Last time I checked my home school calendar, it said school's out. Homeschool families make their own school schedules and we make sure we follow the state laws regarding the number of school days in our schedules. Some homeschool families can count family trips as field trips.

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    2. It's summer break for most schools now for one thing.

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    3. You do realize that most schools are out for the summer, right? And it's only a few hours from their home. Easily doable as a day trip.

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    4. Um, its summer??

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    5. You are just trying to nitpick. Most often, trips like these are a learning experience; plus, good fun family time and you can't beat that. So what if they take a couple days off. Public Schools aren't in session on weekends, they break for months in the summer, take holidays off, and have day long field trips. I am a public school teacher but I can see that homeschooling offers more educational opportunity time. Think before you blog judgements.

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    6. Hello... its summer vacation.

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    7. Are your kids in school during the summer?

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    8. We have year-round schools here, don't you? There are 4 short breaks during the year instead of one long one. The kids retain more by not being out of the classroom for so long.

      You can't count everything as a field trip. Parents have gotten in trouble for trying to turn things like a trip to Disneyland during school into an "educational" experience.

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    9. Its not summer vacation in the Northeast until the third week in June.

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    10. School isn't over for grade K through 11 here.
      Depending on climate summer starts late and continue to labour day.

      Difference appears to create confusion.

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    11. The original Anonymous poster had a valid question. Many people don't know any or many homeschool families, so they naturally have questions. There's no need to jump to offense. As we say in our house-Educate, educate, educate. We've fielded a number of questions over the years-some curious, some hostile. Most are curious because we're not the stereotypical homeschoolers (i.e. the Duggars- in skirts to our knees, with lots of children, and a 10-seater van). LOL Learning isn't limited to a classroom and can occur anywhere, anytime. Because we're not locked into a M-F 8-3 schedule, we have more flexibility. We're also not spending time going from class to class, waiting while the class settles down from switching classes, or handling various discipline issues in one class period. I suspect that this trip might have even been a "School's Out-Well Done" celebration trip for the children. Many of us do that.

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    12. The last week of school for kids in Mich is this week. They get out late. Some states are different with school days.

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  17. When is Anna her due date?

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    1. i believe she due in sept

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  18. Thank you Lilly and Elly for posting pictures of Josh with his family. I know you get nasty comments for doing it, but it's nice to see them as a family again. You guys do such a wonderful job with your blogs! Thank You again.

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    1. Yes! I agree! Thank you and you do a great job.

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    2. Yes thank God for His grace and mercy and everlasting love!

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  19. Who is Laura? Just a friend of theirs?

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  20. Jana looks even more pretty than usual, and she looks genuinely happy and relaxed. Her hair suits her the way it is in the second photo.

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  21. When are you all going to put a header for Josh and Anna's baby boy?

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    1. You don't read this blog much do you lol?!

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  22. @Lily and Ellie who is Laura

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    1. Laura is a close family friend of the Duggars.

      Lily and Ellie

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  23. I didn't think you could ride rides when you're pregnant. I mean I understand if it's a tame kids ride, but other than that I didn't think Anna could ride rides.

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    1. I was surprised too. Maybe she doesn't know better or she wants to deliver.
      The girls don't seem to have a lot of guidance from doctor's while pregnant.
      Hope she has a healthy and safe experience.

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    2. Maybe she sat down for the pic before it started?

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  24. Is Laura courting one of the guys? Who is Laura?

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    1. She is just a family helper.

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  25. Glad they enjoyed themselves.

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  26. Nice to see Josh and Anna. Good seeing the family having fun.

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    1. I am so happy cited for Anna and Josh as their baby is close to being born. Just as how excited I am for Derick and Jill. More blessings for the family! X

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  27. love all the pictures but they one of Jim bob and Michelle with Mackynzie is my favorite. miss these two so much.

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  28. Love the Duggars, wish they would dump Josh before the show is canceled again

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    1. For pete's sake. Only heathens would drop a family member to please others. Josh is their son and brother and always will be. When he starts to affect you and your life, then your wishes will count but until then, worry about your own family.

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  29. i cant believe how much johanna & mackynzie resemble each other! strong duggar genes there, lol! and jordyn holding onto meridith is just too cute! what is so obvious is that these kids truly enjoy each other's company. how lucky they are to be able to spend this time with each other and their parents!

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  30. Just looked up Silver Dollar City to see where it was and the admission prices were a bit surprising. Entrance fees for that crowd would be close to $1000. Yikes!! Pretty steep for one day of fun. Hope they packed a picnic lunch.

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    1. They are wealthy but that's a lot of money to blow for a place like that.

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    2. They go there so much, I wouldn't be surprised if they had season passes. Which probably cost even more!

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    3. How they choose to spend their money is no concern of ours.

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    4. They likely got a group discount rate. ;)

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    5. We live near a theme park. Every year there is an organized homeschool day where we get tickets for SUPER cheap. It is the only way we could afford to take our large family. Maybe this is something similiar!

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  31. Im glad that they are all having such a good time.Quick off topic question for my short memory; does anyone know if any of the Duggar woman married at church? Just wondering🤔

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    1. You must not watch much. They have all gotten married in a church.

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    2. All the Duggars have been married at a church.

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  32. Silver dollar city is Dollywood now right? Do they still go?

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    1. Dollywood used to be silver Dollar City. There are still Silver Dollar City parks in other states. I believe this one is in Missouri.

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  33. I don't see Jenni in any of the pictures. Someone said they thought she was the little girl in the glasses but that little girl looks too young to be her (also doesn't look like her). Hope she was there and had some fun, she always looks so sad/serious.

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    1. I'm wondering if Jennifer just doesn't like getting her picture taken and begrudgingly does so. I can't blame her; I'm the same way. Lol

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  34. I don't know about anyone else but I didn't see a picture of Joseph and Kendra- beautiful young lady.
    Happy+++ that you are posting pictures of Josh too. He is, and always will be a part of the family so ignore/delete/remove the haters and go forth in glory as the lovely family you are xx

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    1. Yeah but why is he trying to be included in the law suit too? Geez he was the perpetrator. Isn't there a time to stay off to the side and avoid the spotlight?

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  35. On photo #6, Mackenzie's name is repeated. The first time it is mentioned, it's wrong, because the one with Meredith on her lap is Jordyn.

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  36. Such lovely pictures! Really enjoyed these. Mrs. Duggar looks so happy and healthy. And they all looked like they were having fun :)

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  37. I'm a little surprised how much leg Kendra is showing - so far above the knee is not usually tolerated with the modesty plan. Maybe her father is not as strict as the Duggar parents. She and Joseph look happy! Maybe she will bring him out a little bit as he seems extremely shy and reserved.

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  38. RE: Anna's 'puffiness'...I had pre-eclampsia and it's no joke. I'm sure the poster was concerned as this family doesn't seek the best maternity care for themselves that's available in this day and age. I hope Anna has had herself thoroughly checked out this time and does monitor her own blood pressure durint this time and for a bit after as my pressure initially returned to normal, but one week later, was sky high and I was in the ED. Aren't Christians on this website supposed to give others the benefit of the doubt? Some of us out here, who may not agree with the Duggar lifestyle and decisions they make don't wish them any harm and hope that they are safe and well...especially their children who have no say about things.

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    1. That's the way I took that post. I know pre-eclampsia can come on fast and seemingly out of nowhere, even with the best of care. What we've seen of the Duggar prenatal care would give reason to wonder how closely she's being monitored, of if she's checking things herself all the time. She looks different this pregnancy, I will agree.

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    2. Not a criticism in any way, 11:29, just a comment to say that their children, in my opinion, are some of the most blessed on this earth! Josh notwithstanding, they will likely not make many of the mistakes that so many in this day and age make, and therefore suffer so much in life that they do not have to suffer. JMHO.

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  39. Looks like a good time was had by all.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  40. The family must miss Joy on a fun day like this. This is kind of a consolation for all the adults and kids who do not get to go on a fancy honeymoon vacation! Lots of love!

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  41. The Duggar do not incorporate our comments into their lives. That is the impression I got from Jessa and Bens blog posts. Jessa reviewed her whole relationship with Ben and breezed over anything to do with TLC or the videos.

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