Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Birthday and An Anniversary


Two days ago, Jim Bob Duggar celebrated his 52nd birthday, and Michelle Duggar shared 100 things she loves about her husband. These are just a few examples of what she wrote:

You help around the house.
You encourage me to draw closer to Jesus.
You are slow to anger.
You affirm me, and that means the world to me.
You are a thoughtful man.
You care about how I feel.
You show me respect.
You admit when you are wrong.
You have a learning spirit.
You read the Bible with your family.
You have encouraged our kids to be entrepreneurs.
You have bought & changed hundreds of diapers!
You have helped us learn from our mistakes or bad choices.
You still make my heart flutter when you greet me with a hug and kiss at the end of the day!

Tomorrow, Jim Bob and Michelle will celebrate 33 years of marriage! (Fun fact: their wedding anniversary falls exactly one month after Jill and Derick Dillard's.) Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo took to YouTube to share a combined birthday and anniversary message:


Photo/video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Season Summary

Have you heard the news? Counting On returns September 11th with a brand-new season! For those who are wondering why the upcoming season is being called season three by TLC, it's because the network has a different way of breaking up the episodes than other websites. (This current run of new episodes is officially season 2C.)

But all that matters is that there are more new episodes coming soon, don't you agree? And there is still one more episode in this "season," set to air next Monday. Scroll down to read the official season summary and watch the promo video.

Counting On jumps right back in where things left off last season. The wedding of Joy-Anna and Austin is rapidly approaching, and it’s all hands on deck to prepare for their special day. The young couple has many unchecked boxes on their to-do list, from picking the venue and the attire for the wedding party, to finding suitable d├ęcor and a wedding cake. 

While Joy-Anna and the girls take a trip to Kentucky in search of the perfect wedding dress, Austin somehow finds the time to renovate a house that will hopefully become the couple’s dream home (after some serious work). Of course, all the drama and work gets put on-hold for a joint bachelor-bachelorette party, where everyone will reconnect with nature on a camping adventure!

Just as wedding preparations are in full swing, Jessa, Ben, Spurgeon and Henry travel to San Antonio, Texas, to meet up with Jinger and Jeremy. The Vuolos can barely contain their excitement as they prepare to get to know little Henry. 

Viewers will see another Duggar courtship blossom between Joe and Kendra, culminating in a huge surprise during Joy-Anna and Austin’s wedding reception that just may have bells ringing again sooner than everyone thinks! With all these huge milestones brewing, the siblings can always count on each other for support.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Birthday Message From Joe


In honor of Jim Bob Duggar's 52nd birthday yesterday, Joseph Duggar shared a video message for his dad. The 22-year-old, who is currently planning his wedding with Kendra Caldwell, says he hopes to emulate his father as he becomes a parent himself one day.


Photo/video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'2 Henrys'


Jill and Derick Dillard have not yet released a video message announcing Samuel Scott Dillard's birth, but elated aunt Jessa Seewald has. In the clip below, she shares Israel Dillard's reaction to seeing his little brother for the first time.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Duggar Dad Turns 52

Wishing Jim Bob Duggar a very blessed 52nd birthday!


Photos courtesy TLC, DCL, duggarfamily.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Season Three Coming Soon!

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell

This run of new episodes ends next Monday, but no need to worry. The Duggars are coming back soon! Counting On season three premieres Monday, September 11th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. There's a lot in store, including the segment that I (Ellie) watched from behind the scenes during filming. Check out the promo video below.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

'The After Show Part 1' Recap

Counting On "The After Show Part 1"
  • The older Duggar siblings are filming an after show with Daphne Oz, a TV host who is pregnant with her third child.
  • Jinger and Jeremy say they feel they are settled into their new home. They have four bedrooms, and Jana says she would love to help them turn one of them into a nursery.
  • Jana is busy with her garden, which doubles as an outdoor entertaining area.
  • Joy and Austin, newlyweds for almost one month, say marriage was an easy adjustment. “I feel like it was the next right thing to do,” says Joy. They have just returned from their honeymoon.
  • John-David has been doing flight training, maintenance on the Duggars’ rental properties, and volunteer work. Josiah is learning to fly with John.
  • Daphne plays a clip that shows Austin’s courtship “proposal.” Afterwards, Joy says she had liked Austin for four years (and kept it under wraps) before he started showing interest in her. Joy admits that she would write her name on the walls of Austin’s flip houses before he even knew she liked him.
  • Daphne asks the Duggars if they ever broke any of their courtship rules. “I haven’t had a chance to break any of mine,” jokes John.
  • “Most of our friends don’t do it this way,” adds John. “We know that we do it a bit different than other people. We’re trying to live our lives with as little regret as we can. It’s not necessarily a bad way to go about it a…different way, but there can be more regret. It’s more about what you can give instead of what you can get.”
  • Joseph says that he and Kendra did not hold hands or say “I love you” until engagement.
  • Daphne plays the clip that shows Jinger and her siblings redecorating Jeremy’s apartment before the wedding. Jinger had shared her tastes with Jessa and let her be the “bad guy.”
  • Later, the topic turns to tater tot casserole. The siblings admit that it isn’t actually their favorite recipe, although viewers assume that it is. When they had visitors to the house, people would always request tater tot casserole, and they got very tired of it.  
  • Next season, viewers will see Joy and Austin's rafting/camping bachelor/bachelorette party. 
  • As a doula, Jana says that assisting at births has made her want to give birth close to a hospital, perhaps at a birthing center but probably not at home. "For me, I would probably do something a little closer to a hospital," says Jana.
  • "Seeing births kind of terrify me, but I know that it's definitely worth it, so I would be willing to do it," says Joy. Jessa reminds her sisters that there is no shame in asking for an epidural."

Henry V. Spurgeon At 5 Months

Henry Wilberforce Seewald is five months old! Check out these monthly snapshots to see just how much this big guy has grown since his birth. For comparison, we have also posted a five-month collage of older brother Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. Do you see the resemblance?

 Henry Seewald, March-July 2017

Spurgeon Seewald, December 2015-April 2016

If you enjoy this blog, check out our other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Grand-Duggar #5 Turns 2

Wishing Meredith Duggar a very happy 2nd birthday!


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com, Josh and Anna Duggar

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Date Night For Jinger and Jeremy

We know you all always love seeing pictures of Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo, so here are a few new ones. These snapshots are from a surprise date that Jeremy took Jinger on, complete with a bouquet of yellow (Jinger's favorite color) roses and a love note.

 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo

 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo

 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo

Photos courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

More Photos of Samuel Dillard

 Derick Dillard and Samuel Dillard

Since we shared the first photo of Samuel Scott Dillard, we know you all have been eager to see more. TLC just shared several snapshots, including the first picture of Jill Dillard with her son and a photo of Samuel's newborn grin. Click here to view the album. Do you think Sam looks like Israel?

 Israel Dillard

 Israel Dillard

First photo is property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission.
Second and third photos are courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Messages for the Dillards


Yesterday, we posted a video message from Josh and Anna Duggar and their four (soon to be five) kiddos congratulating the Dillards on the birth of Samuel Scott Dillard. The rest of the family has decided to get in on the action and share their well wishes with Jill and Derick. Here are a few more clips:

Jordyn Duggar and Josie Duggar
(Watch this one if you need a jolt of energy!)

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth
(Newlyweds who are leaving the size of their family up to God)

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
(Proud grandparents of eight--soon to be nine)

Photo/videos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggars Do Cow Appreciation Day 2017

All across the United States, Chick-fil-A fans flocked to their favorite restaurant, dressed in their beefy best, to receive free food as part of yesterday's Cow Appreciation Day. It's an annual event that the Duggars take part in each year.

Last year, Jill and Derick Dillard joined in on the fun, but this year, Jana Duggar and Jessa Seewald headed up the family celebration at Chick-fil-A, with help from the Duggars' friend Laura.

 Jana Duggar and the little ones design their cow costumes

 Jordyn Duggar and Meredith Duggar with friend Laura

 Marcus Duggar

 Mackynzie Duggar

Jessa Seewald and Henry Seewald

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to check out our other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com). 

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Message From Josh and Anna


As most of you know, Samuel Scott Dillard was born on Saturday via C-section. Josh and Anna Duggar and their four children (Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar, Marcus Duggar, and Meredith Duggar) took to YouTube to share their well wishes with the new family of four.

In March, Josh and Anna announced that they are expecting their fifth child, a son, although they have not shared the due date.


Photo/video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

'Joy Gets Engaged' Recap

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  • The Dillards host Derick’s brother, sister-in-law, mom, and step-dad at the guesthouse before they return to Central America.
  • They give their keepsakes, their external hard drive, and Jill’s wedding ring (she only wears a band in Central America) to Derick’s mom to keep while they are away.
  • The next baby’s name will be Samuel Scott. Samuel, the last judge of Israel, means “one who hears from God.”
  • On another day, the girls come over to help Jill work through her to-do list. Derick has learned that long hair is viewed differently in Central America, so he has Jill cut his hair.
  • “I think at first, it might be a hard adjustment,” says Derick. Jill says she is sad about the haircut but that she also likes variability and change.
  • Down in Texas, Jinger is shopping for traditional Laredo items to send to her family back in Arkansas. She buys clothing jewelry, candy, snacks, noisemakers, hair bows, and children’s cowboy boots.
  • When the packages arrive at the Duggar home, Jim Bob and Michelle and the kids are thrilled. “As the months go by and Jinger is so far away, I definitely miss her even more,” says Jessa.
  • The family accompanies the Dillards to the airport to say goodbye. “There’s always that empty feeling in the house, even when just one sibling is missing,” says Jeremiah.
  • When the Dillards arrive in Central America, several of their friends are waiting to pick them up. It’s a very joyful reunion.
  • Austin has just sold his fifth flip house, and he is preparing to propose to Joy-Anna. Austin’s dad, Terry, and his close friend, Aaron, help him haul supplies up to a hilltop to set up a beautiful scene. They string lights and set out a table, chairs, and a campfire grill.
  • Meanwhile, Joy goes over to Jessa’s house to help with the kids. “Joy is great with kids, and she loves helping out with the babies,” says Jessa.
  • “Austin and I have talked about kids, and we both agree that we want as many as God wants us to have,” says Joy.
  • Later that afternoon, Joy, Johannah, and Jennifer meet up with Austin for a regular old horseback riding outing, or so Joy thinks. “When I’m around Joy, I feel complete,” says Austin. “She has a way of calming me down and making me feel right at home.”
  • After riding for a while, Austin suggests that they get off the horses and stretch their legs. He asks Johannah and Jennifer to run ahead. “Do you trust me?” Austin asks Joy. She says she does. He blindfolds her and leads her to the proposal spot. He gets down on one knee and has her take the blindfold off. “Joy-Anna Duggar, would you marry me?” he asks, smiling. “Yes,” she says gently. They hug and smile at each other. The diamond in the ring has been in Austin’s mom’s family for five generations.
  • Terry appears and gives both Joy and Austin a big hug. The newly engaged couple enjoys dinner cooked by Aaron.
  • Later, Joseph asks Pastor Caldwell’s permission to enter a courtship with his oldest daughter, Kendra. He admits he is nervous about the conversation. “I’m not going to stop what the Lord’s doing in your life,” says Pastor Caldwell, smiling. “You have my permission.” The two of them, as well as Kendra, have been talking and praying about entering a relationship for a while.

Gifts for the Duggars


First off, have you all heard the big news of Samuel Scott Dillard's arrival? Check out yesterday's post to see the first photo of Jill and Derick Dillard's sweet second son. No additional details have been released, but as soon as more information is shared, we will pass it on to all of you.

Earlier today, we shared a preview of tonight's episode, featuring Austin Forsyth's proposal preparations. Now we have another video to share. In this clip, Jinger Vuolo puts together a Laredo-themed package for the Duggars back home. The one-hour show starts tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT.

To those who have asked about removing auto play from videos hosted by TLC, we have spoken with the network, and they are unable to turn the feature off. 


Photo/video courtesy TLC

A Night of Love


Love is in the air this evening on a new episode of Counting On! While Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo shows her love from a distance by sending a care package to her family back in Arkansas, Jill, Derick and Israel Dillard look forward to a reunion with loved ones, as they prepare to travel back to Central America.

Later, Austin Forsyth proposes to the love of his life, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Joseph Duggar seeks the blessing of his future father-in-law before asking Kendra Caldwell to spice up her love life by beginning an official courtship. Now that's a lot of love!

Counting On, "Joy Gets Engaged," a one-hour episode, airs tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC. Below is a promo video from People.com.

Monday, July 10
9pm-10pm: Joy Gets Engaged (NEW)
11pm: Joy Gets Engaged (NEW)


Photo/video courtesy TLC/People.com

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Photo of Samuel Scott Dillard


As we announced, Samuel Scott Dillard was born yesterday afternoon to Jill and Derick Dillard via C-section. (Click here for details.) Above is the first photo of the new Duggar addition that has been released by the family. Both Jill and Samuel are doing well.

If you enjoy our Duggar blog, be sure to check out our other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com).

Photo is property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Baby Dillard #2 is Here!

The Dillards just announced the arrival of their second son, Samuel Scott Dillard. He arrived this afternoon (Saturday, July 8th, 2017) at 1:02pm, weighing 9lbs 10oz and measuring 22 inches long. Coincidentally, his birth weight was the same as that of older brother Israel Dillard, although Israel measured one inch longer. Samuel entered the world via hospital C-section after 40 hours of labor. Congratulations, Jill and Derick!

Here is a photo of the happy big brother. Baby pictures coming soon. 

Israel Dillard

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Vuolo Snapshots

We're back from our blogging break! While we work on catching up, here are a few snapshots of the Vuolos. Aren't they cute? Jinger and Jeremy have been married eight months.

 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo
At a flea market in Laredo, Texas

 Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo
At Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth's wedding

Vuolos in Sydney, Australia

Photos courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Friday, July 7, 2017

Duggar #13 Turns 16

Wishing James Duggar a very happy 16th birthday and year ahead! James is the 13th Duggar child to celebrate his sweet 16.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com, Jinger Duggar Vuolo

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Duggar Engagements

Six down, 13 to go! As of May 26th, six of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children were engaged or married. Each proposal was unique and different.

Josh Duggar proposed to Anna Keller by surprising her at Gator Landing, a Florida restaurant where she was dining with her parents on her 20th birthday (June 23, 2008). We don't have any official photos of that moment, but here is a short video:



Derick Dillard proposed to Jill Duggar in late March 2014, after having a singer-songwriter perform a song about their relationship. Her response was, "Yes, totally!" Click here to read the details.



Ben Seewald's proposal to Jessa Duggar took place five months later on August 14th, 2014. Ben got down on one knee at Throncrown Chapel, following an elaborate engagement scavenger hunt. A teary-eyed Jessa accepted with a simple "yes." (Click here to read all about it.)



Almost two years later--in late July, 2016--Jeremy Vuolo popped the question to Jinger Duggar on a New York City rooftop. A very stunned Jinger responded with a whispered, "Yes."



The following spring, in early March 2017, Austin Forsyth asked Joy-Anna Duggar to marry him during a horseback ride through the beautiful Arkansas hills. The full proposal has not yet aired on TLC, but the couple celebrated with an outdoor dinner.



And most recently, Joseph Duggar proposed to Kendra Caldwell during Joy and Austin's wedding reception. Kendra was shocked!



Which Duggar do you think will be next to announce an engagement?

Video courtesy Josh and Anna Duggar; photos courtesy DCL, TLC, Lissa Chandler Photography/DCL

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Duggars in Ohio, 2009


We're still on our blogging break, but we will be back with you soon. In the meantime, here's another entertaining throwback video.

When their kids were younger, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar did a lot of traveling for speaking engagements. Often, the children would come along and play music for the audience before Mom and Dad spoke. This clip shows the Duggars at an event in Canton, Ohio, eight years ago. Time sure flies!


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dinner with the Forsyths


"Austin's family and I, we all get along really well. I think because I've know them for 15 years, I'm super comfortable with them."
-Joy Duggar

Dinner with the Forsyths is very different than dinner with the Duggars, as "Mr. Terry and Miss Roxanne," as Joy calls them, have 17 less children than Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. (Austin has one older sister.) In the scene below, Joy helps her future mother-in-law and sister-in-law make dinner for the family and even tries her hand at a secret family recipe.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

'A Boy Or Girl For Jill?' Recap

Counting On "A Boy Or Girl For Jill?"
  • A few weeks after Henry’s birth, Jessa and Ben are adjusting to life as a family of four. “We’re learning to take turns….but I think [Spurgeon] is doing pretty well,” says Jessa, relieved that Henry’s birth was much shorter and easier than Spurgeon’s. Replays from Henry’s birth show Jessa being coached and encouraged by Ben, Michelle, and Jana.
  • Ben remarks about the number of diapers and how fast they pile up now that they have two kids. Jill mentions, “I love my baby carrier. It’s one of the best gifts I received.” Jessa contemplates how her mother handled having twins on her second birth and Ben compliments his wife on her patience with two children.
  • Jill explains the similarities and differences between her current pregnancy and her pregnancy with Israel. She and Derick plan to return to Central America and stay as long as they can until they return for the birth.
  • Jill and Derick tell us that during a wellness check-up, their doctor heard something in Jill’s carotid artery. “Anytime a doctor says there could be something wrong, it’s always like, with me? What’s wrong with me?” Jill discusses the possibility that she is susceptible to aneurysms because of a family history of them. They have a follow-up visit to the doctor’s office for an ultrasound and wait for their doctor to tell them the results.
  • Joy visits Austin family and helps make a dinner of steak and baked potatoes. She listens to an audio book on marriage as she drives to Austin’s house. “Austin could pop the question anytime… I have a very good idea of what my answer might be," Joy says of her courtship with Austin. “It’s been really amazing.”
  • Joy makes cheesecake, which is Austin’s favorite dessert. She notes that they’re making much smaller portions for Austin’s family than she would for her own family. Austin’s mother and sister prepare dinner, along with Joy, while the men feed the cows on their farm. “I think because I’ve known them for 15 years, I’m super comfortable with them,” says Joy.
  • Joy observes how beautiful Austin’s family’s home is in the Ozark mountains. “I could see myself living out here sometime.”
  • Austin’s father says about his son, “Joy and Austin make a cute couple….They have been doing things the Lord’s way as far as we’re concerned.” The family eats Joy’s cheesecake, and Austin compliments her on it.
  • Jill returns to the doctor for her results and hears that her carotid artery is normal.
  • In Texas, Jinger indicates that, “Married life has been the best thing ever…. Jeremy keeps everything super exciting.”
  • Jinger and Jeremy talk about the challenges of living in a Spanish-speaking community. “Laredo does feel like home now.” They practice Spanish for the class they are taking by quizzing each other with flashcards. After practicing, they visit a Mexican restaurant to test their skills.
  • Before her ultrasound, Jill speculates on whether she is having a boy or girl. “I kind of think girl.” Michelle and Derick’s mother attend the ultrasound with the Dillards to share the special moment, while Jana and a couple younger Duggar sisters babysit Israel.
  • Once they discover the gender, the Dillards plan for a gender reveal spy mystery game where two teams compete by following clues hidden throughout the house. The younger Duggars put on costumes and divide into teams, with James and Jason as team captains. Jordan finds the bundle and opens the package in front of the family to reveal that the Dillards are having a boy.
  • Austin discloses that he has a buyer for his house and is planning to propose soon.

Swimming with the Horses


Happy 4th of July to our American readers! We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating independence with family and friends.

Summer celebrations often include water, which the Duggars love! In this throwback video from 2011, the "middle" Duggar boys beat the heat in a unique way...swimming in a horse trough.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tonight: 'A Boy or Girl for Jill?'


It's Monday, and you know what that means...

A new episode of Counting On airs tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT! We are on a short blogging break, so our recap will be a day or two late, but we will post it as soon as we can.

Monday, July 3
9pm: A Boy or Girl For Jill? (NEW)
The Seewalds are adjusting to being a family of four. In Laredo, Jinger and Jeremy learn Spanish and test their skills at a local restaurant. Meanwhile, Joy enjoys dinner with Austin's family. Then the Dillards reveal the gender of Baby #2.
11pm: A Boy or Girl For Jill? (NEW)

Photo courtesy DCL

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Duggars Do Asia

 Jordyn Duggar and Josie Duggar, 2012

Hello there readers! Everyone needs a break, even bloggers. We're taking a short computer hiatus, but we will be back with you soon. And in the meantime, we have lots of fun, scheduled content coming your way, so keep coming back each day!

How many of you remember the Duggars' three-week trip to Asia in 2012? Before they left, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children met a Japanese instructor at a local school to learn the basics of the language and customs. You'll see a clip of that in the first video below. The second video shows the Duggars on the streets of Tokyo.

We also want to wish our Canadian readers a happy Canada Day! How are you celebrating?


Photo/videos courtesy TLC