Saturday, November 18, 2017

37 Duggars and Counting

 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Last week on our Bates blog, we posted a breakdown of Gil and Kelly's ever-expanding family. Since that post, one of the kids announced a pregnancy, so the Bates are now 34 members strong.

In comparison, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar celebrated 33 years in July and are quickly approaching 40 family members. They have...

6 married kids (Josh, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, and Joy)
0 children who have announced courtships or engagements
5 unmarried adult children (Jana, John-David, Josiah, Jedidiah, and Jeremiah)
4 teenagers (Jason, James, Justin, and Jackson)
4 kids ages 7-12 (Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, and Josie)
9 grandchildren ages 4 months-8 years
1 grandchild on the way (Joy and Austin)
6 children-in-law (Anna, Derick, Ben, Jeremy, Kendra, and Austin)

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Duggar Birthday Tradition

 Justin Duggar, November 2017

MarketPlace Grill is one of the Duggars' favorite places to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, first dates, and other milestones. Yesterday was Justin Duggar's golden birthday, and he chose to take part in a Duggar birthday tradition. Any guesses as to what that might be? (The picture above is a bit of a spoiler.)

As part of his 15th birthday celebration, Justin ordered the chocolate mess sundae at MarketPlace. Over the years, the Duggars have indulged in quite a few chocolate messes. Not only is it a Duggar favorite, but it's known throughout Arkansas as being one of the state's tastiest desserts. The glass is actually dipped in chocolate--what's not to love about that?

For those who have asked if the chocolate mess is "forced" on the Duggar kids or if they are "allowed" to choose a different means of celebration, we assure you that they are free to select a different restaurant. In fact, we have posted many photos of such birthday celebrates.

To see how Justin has changed this year, check out this photo of his 14th birthday chocolate mess:

Justin Duggar, November 2016

Two weeks ago, Spurgeon Seewald celebrated his second birthday with his first taste of chocolate mess. (Good excuse for Jessa and Ben to order their favorite dessert...after giving Spurgeon a few bites, of course.)

 Spurgeon Seewald, age 2

Spurgeon enjoyed his taste, although his reaction was a bit subdued. How many choco-holics do we have out there who think they would enjoy this dessert?


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Duggar #14 Turns 15

Wishing Justin Duggar a very happy golden birthday! Hard to believe this little Duggar, who was only an infant when the family's first reality show aired, is already 15 years old.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Henry Goes to Starbucks

Henry Seewald is now nine months old, which is around the same age that older brother Spurgeon Seewald was when Jessa and Ben announced that they were expecting Henry. (Jessa found out she was pregnant when Spurgeon was just over six months old.) We hope this photo will brighten your day.

Henry Seewald sitting in a [parked] car

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Monday, November 13, 2017

Derick's Statements

 Derick Dillard, Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard
Summer 2017 

Since posting TLC's statement about Derick Dillard's future on Counting On two days ago, we have received more than one thousand comments from our readers. Many have asked that we post Derick's specific statements about the TLC show I am Jazz.

On August 2nd, referring to I am Jazz, Derick stated the following:
"What an oxymoron... a 'reality' show which follows a non-reality. 'Transgender' is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God."

On October 26th, Derick wrote an article titled "American Progress, Through Understanding and Unity" and posted it to his website.

On November 9th, in response to a question about his October 26th article and his August 2nd statement, Derick stated:
"I pity Jazz, for those who take advantage of him in order to promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions to be made by a child. It’s sad that people would use a juvenile this way. Again, nothing against him, just unfortunate what’s on TV these days. Jazz is being taken advantage of, as part of a larger agenda. I really have nothing against the kid and wish him all the best in life. I just hate seeing him used this way."

Many have asked how Derick would treat a person who is homosexual or transgender. In response, Derick has stated that he would not treat such an individual any differently than anyone else.

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Forsyths Celebrate Veterans Day

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth is approximately 23 weeks pregnant with her first child. She and Austin spent Veterans Day with Austin's grandfather, an Army veteran.

Joy and Austin Forsyth with Austin's grandfather, an Army veteran
Veterans Day 2017

Joy's baby bump is comparable to the size of Jill's when she was at the same stage in her pregnancy with Israel.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Derick's mom and brother
Thanksgiving 2014

And here's a photo of Jessa at 22 weeks pregnant:

Jessa Seewald, summer 2015

Photos courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth, dillardfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Derick Pulled from 'Counting On'

 Jill and Derick Dillard

TLC has released a statement regarding Derick's future on the show. For those who are not aware of what "personal statements" TLC is referring to, Derick has publicly shared his views against transgenderism, while mentioning the TLC program I am Jazz, which follows the life of transgender teen Jazz Jennings. Here is the statement:

We want to let our viewers know that Derick Dillard has not participated in Counting On for months and the network has no plans to feature him in the future. We want to reiterate that Derick's personal statements do not reflect the views of the network. TLC is proud to share the story of Jazz Jennings and her family and will continue to do so.


Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Duggar Trivia 10.0


It's the weekend! We're celebrating with some Duggar trivia. Post your guesses in the comments section, and we will reveal the correct answers in a couple weeks.

1. What town do Jim Bob and Michelle live in? Springdale/Tontitown
2. What is Grandma Duggar's first name? Mary
3. What is Michelle Duggar's favorite ice cream shop? Braum's 
4. What sport did Jinger's husband play professionally? Soccer 
5. How many of the children got engaged outside of Arkansas? 2 (Josh and Jinger) 
6. In what country did Derick purchase Jill's engagement ring? Israel
7. Which Duggars went on a month-long mission trip to Southeast Asia in 2010? Jana and John-David 
8. What was Michelle's father's first name? (Hint: The Duggars have since reused the name.) Garrett


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Duggars in Texas

We are well into November, and although chilly temperatures are expected, many regions in the United States are experiencing colder-than-normal weather. In Laredo, Texas, where it's usually in the mid-70s this time of year (about 23 degrees Celsius), it's currently in the low 50s (about 11 degrees Celsius) and cloudy. Jinger Vuolo is bundled up!

For those wondering where Laredo is, it's in southern Texas, along the Mexico border. Joy and Austin Forsyth were in Texas last weekend, and they met up with the Vuolos in Dallas for a friend's wedding. Jinger played music with Ashley Salyer, the gal who was previously courting Nathan Bates.

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Are the Duggars and Bates Still Friends?

Joy-Anna Duggar and Carlin Bates
Big Sandy Family Camp, 2014

Several of you have asked if the Duggars and Bates are still close friends, even though they don't appear on each other's reality TV shows. We posted a response, with pictures, to our Bates blog, and we invite you to click here to be redirected to that post. While you're at it, feel free to browse that blog, as well as our Facebook page.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Meet the Vuolos in PA

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo will be traveling to Pennsylvania for a public event next Wednesday, and they want to meet you!

The event is the Make An Extraordinary Difference Gala, and it will benefit the organization Swan 4 Kids. Founded by Jeremy's mother, Diana Vuolo, SWAN 4 Kids provides "life-changing intervention for children whose parent(s) have a history of incarceration by mentoring them through the disciplines of music lessons and performance."




Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo to attend the Make an Extraordinary Difference Gala
Benefiting SWAN 4 Kids
6:00pm–9:00pm EST
Best Western Premier Eden Resort & Suites
222 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA
Tickets: $60 per person or $550 for table of 10
Tickets available at SWAN4Kids.org
Hurry--tickets only available through TODAY

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com


Duggar and Bates Match-Up

Duggars and Bates, 2013

For those who watch both Counting On and Bringing Up Bates, you're probably having withdrawals, as neither reality TV show is currently airing new episodes. The Bates return January 4th, but there has been no word from TLC whether the Duggars' show will continue.

Did you know that the Duggars and Bates are best friends? Not only that, but they have known each other for more than 20 years! Jim Bob and Gil met at a conference and immediately hit it off when they found out that they both had a big family and conservative Christian values. (Click here to view a photo of the kids in 1995.)

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar married in 1984, while Gil and Kelly Bates tied the knot three years later in 1987, but both couples started having children right around the same time. And if you go down the line, the ages of the majority of their kids match up perfectly. Some of the birthdays are even in the same month. Take a look at this chart we created for you...


BATES: 

1. Zachary Gilvin Bates
Birthday: December 30, 1988
Age: Almost 29

2. Michael Christian (Bates) Keilen
Birthday: January 23, 1990
Age: 27

3. Erin Elise (Bates) Paine
Birthday: May 2, 1991
Age: 26

4. William "Lawson" Bates
Birthday: July 27, 1992
Age: 25

5. Kenneth Nathaniel Bates 
Birthday: August 29, 1993
Age: 24

6. Alyssa Joy (Bates) Webster
Birthday: November 9, 1994
Age: Almost 23

7. Tori Layne Bates
Birthday: December 20, 1995
Age: Almost 22

8. Trace Whitfield Bates
Birthday: February 1, 1997
Age: 20

9. Carlin Brianne Bates
Birthday: April 11, 1998
Age: 19

10. Josie Kellyn Bates
Birthday: August 4, 1999
Age: 18

11. Katie Grace Bates
Birthday: October 5, 2000
Age: 17

12. Jackson Ezekiel Bates
Birthday: February 17, 2002
Age: 15

13. Warden Justice Bates
Birthday: May 19, 2003
Age: 14

14. Isaiah Courage Bates
Birthday: October 16, 2004
Age: 13

15. Addallee Hope Bates
Birthday: February 17, 2006
Age: 11

16. Ellie Bridget Bates
Birthday: April 28, 2007
Age:  10

17. Callie-Anna Rose Bates
Birthday: August 2, 2009
Age:  8

18. Judson Wyatt Bates
Birthday: September 15, 2010
Age:  7

19. Jeb Colton Bates
Birthday: February 1, 2012
Age:  5
DUGGARS:

1. Joshua James Duggar
Birthday: March 3, 1988
Age: 29

2/3. Jana/John-David Duggar
Birthday: January 12, 1990
Age: 27

4. Jill Michelle (Duggar) Dillard
Birthday: May 17, 1991
Age: 26

5. Jessa Lauren (Duggar) Seewald
Birthday: November 4, 1992
Age: 25
 
6. Jinger Nicole (Duggar) Vuolo
Birthday: December 21, 1993
Age: Almost 24

7. Joseph Garrett Duggar
Birthday: January 20, 1995
Age: 22 

8. Josiah Matthew Duggar
Birthday: August 28, 1996
Age: 21

9. Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth
Birthday: October 28, 1997
Age: 20

10/11. Jedidiah/Jeremiah Duggar
Birthday: December 30, 1998
Age: Almost 19  





12. Jason Michael Duggar
Birthday: April 21, 2000
Age: 17

13. James Andrew Duggar
Birthday: July 7, 2001
Age: 16

14. Justin Samuel Duggar
Birthday: November 15, 2002
Age: Almost 15

15. Jackson Levi Duggar
Birthday: May 23, 2004
Age: 13

16. Johannah Faith Duggar
Birthday: October 11, 2005
Age: 12

17. Jennifer Danielle Duggar
Birthday: August 2, 2007
Age: 10

18. Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar
Birthday: December 18, 2008
Age: Almost 9

19. Josie Brooklyn Duggar
Birthday: December 10, 2009
Age:  Almost 8

Photo courtesy TLC/DCL

Monday, November 6, 2017

New Dillard Family Photos

The Dillards celebrated the arrival of fall with a family photo shoot on the University of Arkansas campus. Little (or should we say big) Samuel is already almost four months old.

Jill (Duggar) Dillard, Derick Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Israel Dillard
Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Samuel Dillard
Photos are property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Additional photos can be found on the Dillards' website.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Forsyths in Texas

Joy and Austin Forsyth are enjoying married life. They recently took a trip down to Texas, the state where Austin lived before moving to Arkansas with his family about 15 years ago. The newlyweds watched a rodeo, which runs ever Friday and Saturday evening at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Have you ever been to a rodeo?

Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

Vuolos Celebrate 1 Year

Can you believe it has already been one year since Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo became husband and wife? Click the text links below to revisit their wedding posts. Happy anniversary, Vuolos!

Message From Jinger and Jeremy
Wedding Message from Jim Bob and Michelle
Duggar/Vuolo Wedding Details
Message from Chuck and Diana Vuolo 
Messages from Grandparents and Siblings


Photos courtesy jingerandjeremy.com, TLC/DCL

Grand-Duggar #6 Turns 2

One day after his mama's birthday, Spurgeon Seewald is celebrating a birthday of his own. Happy 2nd, Spurgeon!


Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com, duggarfamily.com

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Duggar #5 Turns 25

Wishing Jessa (Duggar) Seewald a very happy 25th birthday!


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, November 3, 2017

Message from Kendra's Parents


Happy Friday! Just realized that we never shared this video message that Kendra's parents, Paul and Christina Caldwell, filmed for Joe and Kendra on their wedding day.

Kendra is the oldest of seven children. Aside from Lauren, the second oldest, Kendra has a little sister, who was her flower girl, and four younger brothers.


Photo/video courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Love is in the Air


In honor of Throwback Thursday and Jessa and Ben Seewald's three-year wedding anniversary, we are sharing two clips from their European honeymoon, which included stops in Paris, Rome, and Venice.

Dining in Paris, France


Gondola Ride Through Venice, Italy

Photo/videos courtesy TLC

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Seewalds Celebrate 3 Years


Happy 3rd anniversary to Jessa and Ben Seewald! Three years ago, Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald pledged their love to each other during a beautiful wedding ceremony on a chilly, November afternoon. Take a look back at this clip from their special day.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

DVD Giveaway

Last week, we announced that we were giving away five copies of Erin Bates Paine's Lullaby CD. Well, the giveaway is over, and the winners have been chosen and contacted.

If you would like to try your hand at another giveaway, I (Ellie) am raffling off two copies of the new movie Champion. Head on over to my personal blog, NashvilleWife.com, to enter to win. Hurry--the giveaway ends Saturday!


Photo courtesy of championthemovie.com