Monday, August 21, 2017

Josh and Anna in Illinois

Yesterday afternoon, Josh and Anna Duggar and their two oldest kids, Mackynzie and Michael Duggar, flew up to Rockford, Illinois, with pilot John-David Duggar. Jim Bob Duggar, Josiah Duggar, and Justin Duggar also went along.

Yesterday evening, the group attended a Patch the Pirate show at North Love Baptist Church. Patch the Pirate is a series of children's audio recordings by Majesty Music that teaches character qualities and biblical truths. The Duggars have been long-time fans of Patch.

Anna will soon deliver her fifth child, a son.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, Josiah Duggar,
John-David Duggar, Justin Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar

New Blog Header!

A couple weeks ago, we put out a request for a new blog header, and we are very grateful for the many responses we received. (Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!) The header that we chose has been added to the top of the blog.

What do you think? Please be sure to let us know if you are unable to see the entire thing (located at the top of the blog) of if there appears to be anything else wrong with it on your screen. 




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Newlywed Duggars Go Traveling

The two Duggar newlyweds are making memories with their husbands. Joy and Austin Forsyth traveled to Little Rock for the 2017 Arkansas Young Republican Convention....

 Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

...And Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo met up with friends at the Getty Villa in Los Angeles, California. The Getty Villa is a museum where folks can learn about the ancient societies of Greece and Rome. Has anyone been there? 

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, and friends

Photos courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth, jingerandjeremy.com

Izzy and Spurgie

It seems like just yesterday when the Seewalds and Dillards welcomed their first children into the world. If you have been a long-time reader of our blog, you probably remember seeing baby pictures of both Israel Dillard and Spurgeon Seewald.

Well, each of those boys now has a younger brother and is no longer a baby. These new pictures show just how much cousins Israel and Spurgeon have grown! (For those wondering, the wooden toys that Spurgeon is playing with were purchased used for less than $30 at Rhea Lana's children's consignment event. They were a gift from Jessa's family.)

For those who haven't heard, Jill and Derick are now doing college ministry with the church where their wedding took place. (Click here for details.)
 Spurgeon Seewald, 21 months

Israel Dillard, 2 years 4 months


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dillards Do College Ministry

 Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard

Now that the Dillards have recovered from Samuel Scott Dillard's C-section birth, they are jumping back into full-time ministry. (For those who missed their recent announcement, they have chosen to remain in Northwest Arkansas indefinitely rather than return to Central America.)

Most recently, Jill and Derick have become involved in C3, the Cross Church College Ministry. Not only is it where were Jill and Derick were married, but Cross Church is a very special place for the entire Duggar family for a number of reasons. (To find out why, click here to read a post we wrote three years ago.)

For those who have asked what will happen to Dillard Family Ministries, the entity is being discontinued, and Jill and Derick will no longer be accepting donations through it.

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dillards Help at Sorority Recruitment, College Cookout

Jill and Derick Dillard, who recently announced that they will remain in Arkansas indefinitely, are serving college students in their area. This week, they joined the Cross Church College Ministry (C3) and the University of Arkansas Baptist Collegiate Ministry to help at a cookout and minister to girls at sorority recruitment.

 Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard serve with C3 at sorority recruitment

Derick Dillard and Israel Dillard at the C3 cookout

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Duggars Return in 26 Days

Guess what, Duggar fans? In less than four weeks, the Duggars will return to TLC with new episodes of Counting On!

Scroll down to watch the promo video (in a format that all readers can view) and see snapshots, and click here to read the season summary.

What are your hopes for season three (premieres Monday, September 11th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT)?

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo

Joy and Austin

 Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell

Jana Duggar and Joy Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar and Joy-Anna Duggar



Photos/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Michaela and Brandon Keilen

We interrupt our regular Duggar posts to share a post from our blog about the Duggars' long-time friends, the Bates. Michaela Bates and husband Brandon Keilen are celebrating two years of marriage today and had these beautiful photos taken by photographer friend Taryn Yager.

Recently, the Keilens have ministered to many by opening up about the struggles she and Brandon have had with infertility.


Photos courtesy tarynyagerphotography.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Jinger's Jordans

The athleticism of former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo is rubbing off on Jinger Vuolo. She recently got her first pair of Air Jordans. Hers are Retro 7s.

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

Photo courtesy of jingerandjeremy.com

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Duggars at a Wedding

Jinger Vuolo and Jedidiah Duggar at the wedding

The Duggars attended a wedding yesterday, but it wasn't a Duggar wedding. Church friend Nawon married her sweetheart, Cole. Click here to view the video of the beautiful, God-honoring ceremony on YouTube.

If you look closely, you'll see some of the Duggars (including Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Jinger Vuolo, Joy and Austin Forsyth, and Jill and Derick Dillard) in the wedding party, on the video at the end, and in the audience. You'll also see Austin's sister Meagan and her husband.

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Kendra Caldwell Turns 19

We had a busy day yesterday and were unable to post, but we want to wish Kendra Caldwell a very happy 19th birthday! She's a godly young lady who lights up the room with her smile. She and Joseph Duggar are counting down the days until they are husband and wife.
 
 Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar at Joy and Austin's wedding

Kendra Caldwell and Joseph Duggar, engagement

Photos courtesy Lissa Chandler Photography/DCL

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Israel v. Samuel

Hard to believe Samuel Scott Dillard is already one month old! Here's a new photo of little Sam, as well as one of big brother Israel David Dillard at one month old. Do you think they look similar?

 Samuel Dillard, 1 month old


 Israel Dillard, 1 month old

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

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dillards to Remain in Arkansas Indefinitely

Derick, Israel, Samuel, and Jill Dillard
In a new ministry update on their website, Jill and Derick Dillard share their plans for the future. Rather than return to Central America, the family of four will remain in Northwest Arkansas indefinitely.

Jill and Derick say they are grateful for the financial gifts that they have received while working in Central America and the many prayers that have been lifted up in their honor.

"During our time working with SOS Ministries over the past 2 years, we have witnessed God transforming the lives of many involved in the gang community and positively influencing the lives of young people for the sake of the Kingdom," they write. "Through numerous efforts of community development, skills training, sports outreach, and local church ministry, a strong foundation has been laid that [we] believe the Lord will continue to grow for many years to come."

One month after Samuel Dillard's C-section delivery, Jill and Derick announce that they are being led by "much prayer and counsel," "through a number of circumstances" to work as full-time missionaries of the Gospel "within the context of Northwest Arkansas."

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Henry at 6 Months Old

 Henry Seewald, 6 months old, and Spurgeon Seewald, 21 months old

Born on February 6th, Henry Wilberforce Seewald has just passed his six-month milestone! By 11 weeks, Henry had nearly doubled his birth weight of 8 lbs, 11oz, something that many babies don't do until around six months. Now, he weighs in at just under 20 lbs. The average range for baby boys his age starts at 16 lbs, so he's at the top of the curve.

 Henry Seewald, 1 month old

 Henry Seewald, 2 months old

 Henry Seewald, 3 months old

 Ben Seewald and Spurgeon Seewald with Henry Seewald, 4 months old

Henry Seewald, 1-5 months old

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Photo of Joy and Austin

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth have been married 10 weeks. Here is a new photo of the couple, taken at a Bible conference that they just attended together. They both were at the conference last year, but at that point, they weren't even courting.

When they started their relationship, Joy and Austin had been family-friends for about 15 years. Joy had her eye on Austin for about four years (and kept it under wraps) before he started showing interest in her.

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

New Duggar Videos


Happy Monday! We know that some of our readers are unable to view the videos that we post directly from TLC.com, so we make a point of sharing them again once they are uploaded to the network's YouTube channel. Here are some of the latest:

Duggar Siblings Discuss Joy and Austin's Engagement


Jessa Seewald on Life with 2 Kids


Is Jinger Vuolo Pregnant? The Duggar Sisters Want to Know


Austin Forsyth asks for Joy Duggar's Hand in Marriage

Photo/videos courtesy TLC

New Blog Header

Calling all graphic designers! If you are interested in helping us design a new blog header, email us at DuggarFamilyBlog@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Jennifer's Birthday Celebration

Jennifer Duggar turned 10 years old on Wednesday. On the evening of her birthday, she celebrated with a family dinner at Cracker Barrel.

Jennifer Duggar and Israel Dillard

She also had a party with her peers at Lokomotion, a family fun center that has go-karts, bumper cars, mini golf, bumper boats, lasar tag, and an arcade.

Jennifer Duggar with friends and family

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Photos of Baby Samuel

It's hard to believe that tomorrow is Samuel Dillard's four-week milestone! Isn't he just an adorable little guy? Israel looks pretty excited about his new little brother.

 Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, and Samuel Dillard

 Samuel Dillard

Photos are property of dillarfamily.com and may only be used with written permission. Click here to view the full album of Samuel's newborn pictures.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jim Bob to Speak at Fort Rock

Jim Bob Duggar is scheduled to speak at a men's camp put on by an organization called Courageous Men of the Word (CMOW). The event will be held at Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center, which is owned by Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth's in-laws, Terry and Roxanne Forsyth.

Jeff Danker, a bow hunter featured on The Sportsman Channel's "BuckVentures," will join Jim Bob Duggar as a guest speaker at this year's conference, which will focus on Ephesians 6. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite handgun, bows, and arrows. The CMOW retreat runs from Wednesday, August 9th, through Saturday, August 12th. The costs before taxes are below. Click here to register on the Fort Rock website.

Adults 16 years and older: $175
Children ages 5-15: $125
Children ages 4 and under: Free

*Prices include meals, lodging, and activities. 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crown of Beauty Giveaway

How would you like to win a book featuring relationship advice from Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald? Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns: The Best of Crown of Beauty Magazine includes highlights from interviews which this online magazine for Christian teen girls has done over the years, as well as additional articles from various authors on the topics of purity, modesty, and more.

Other books included in the giveaway are Secrets of Royalty: 31 Day Devotional for Teens, and The Coronation, Livy Jarmusch’s newest novel. The Coronation tells the story of a large, European homeschool family with a fun twist; they’re heirs to a modern-day, European throne.

All three of these books are geared towards teen girls, and we (in partnership with Crown of Beauty) will be giving away one paperback copy of each title.

Follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win Beauty Boys and Ball Gowns, Secrets of Royalty, or The Coronation. At the request of Crown of Beauty, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Photos are property of Crown of Beauty Magazine

Duggar #17 Turns 10

Wishing Jennifer Duggar a very happy 10th birthday! Today is also Callie Bates' 8th birthday. Like Jennifer, Callie is number 17 in her family lineup.



Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Duggar Wedding Coming Soon!


Yesterday, we shared the details of the boating outing that Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell hosted for their joint bachelor/bachelorette party.

When Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth in May, they threw their bachelor/bachelorette party (a coed campout) just three weeks before the wedding. Joseph and Kendra have been engaged for nine weeks, and the average Duggar engagement is around 12 weeks, so we have to ask: When do you think Joe and Kendra will wed? Go ahead and post your predictions in the comments section.

Photo courtesy TLC