Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Austin Turns 24

Wishing Austin Forsyth a very blessed 24th birthday! He and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth have been married six months and are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first child, due in March 2018.

Joy and Austin Forsyth
 The Forsyths

Joy and Austin Forsyth honeymoon in Kandersteg, Switzerland
 Joy and Austin Forsyth honeymoon in Kandersteg, Switzerland

The Forsyths honeymoon in Israel
The Forsyths honeymoon in Israel

Photos courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth

Duggar Trivia 11.0

It's time for some Duggar trivia! Try your hand at the questions below, and post your guesses as a comment. We will reveal the answers in a couple days.

1. In 2011, the Duggars went overseas. What was their first stop? (Bonus point if you can name all the countries they visited.)

2. Which Duggar kid's middle name is Levi?

3. How many Duggars have June birthdays?

4. Where did Ben propose to Jessa? (Bonus point if you can name the town, state, and building.)

5. In an episode of 19 Kids and Counting that aired in March 2015, Michelle attended her __-year high school reunion.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, December 11, 2017

Schoolhouse Little Rock

Johannah Duggar and Jennifer Duggar

Following Josie Duggar's premature birth (eight year ago, as of yesterday) the Duggar family relocated to Little Rock to be near the hospital. You may remember that the home they leased, called the Cornish House, and the ironic history behind it.

While living in Little Rock, Jim Bob and Michelle and their older children worked hard to maintain a sense of normality for the younger ones. In this video, filmed in spring 2010, 19-year-old Jill Duggar works with four-year-old Johannah Duggar and two-year-old Jennifer Duggar on reading, shapes, and colors. The cameras also show the makeshift school room set up for the older ones.

**Be sure to enter the latest giveaway on our Bates blog. Hurry, it ends at 12am on December 12th.

Photo/video courtesy of TLC

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Duggar #19 Turns 8

Has it really been eight years since Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar welcomed their 19th child into the world? It feels like just yesterday we were posting updates on her progress, as she spent months in the NICU following her premature birth. Some of the updates were celebratory, while others were calls for prayer. Now, eight years later, Josie is happy and healthy.

Happy birthday, Josie Brooklyn!

Josie Duggar turns eight

This is our favorite photo of Josie. It was taken in June 2012 and was sent to us by Jill, who had looked up a Duggar recipe on our blog because she hadn't been able to locate the family's copy.

Josie Duggar
Josie Duggar, June 2012

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, December 8, 2017

Vuolos' First Snow

Snow has been spotted in South Texas! The forecast for the next week is sunny and warm, but residents were shocked to see a light dusting yesterday and today. Having grown up in Northwest Arkansas, Jinger is a bit more accustomed to snow than her new friends in Texas, but seeing snowflakes fall from the sky is exciting, nonetheless.

Have you had your first snow?

Jinger Duggar Vuolo in the snow in Laredo Texas
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Duggars Headed to New Zealand

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Kauai Hawaii

This post is for all of our lovely readers in New Zealand. Last week, we announced the Duggars' upcoming trip to Australia. After Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and 14 of their 19 children wrap up their time in Australia, they will hop over to see you!

Thursday, January 18th-Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (and 13 of their children) to speak at the New Zealand IBLP Family Conference
Marton, NZ
For registration information, view the event brochure on the IBLP New Zealand website.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Duggar Christmas Goodies

 Johannah Duggar, Tyler, Jordyn Duggar

The Christmas season is in full swing, which means that the Duggar home is filled with the aroma of baked goods. Above, Johannah, Tyler, and Jordyn are pictured delicately drizzling melted chocolate over pretzels to make chocolate-covered pretzels.

Do you enjoy holiday baking? If you do, here are links to some of the Duggars favorite recipes:

Jill's Favorite Cheesecake
Michelle's Apple Dumplings
Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Chocolate Chip Cookies
St. John's Banana Bread
Banana Cake
Grandma Duggar's Buttermilk Chocolate Sheet Cake and Icing

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bontrager/Bowers Double Wedding

Those who have been long-time readers of our blog have likely been acquainted with the Bontragers, close friends of the Duggars who tour the country playing gospel and bluegrass music. This year, parents Marlin and Rebecca Bontrager watched three of their children tie the knot...all in the same weekend!

On Friday, September 1st, the family threw a double wedding for Carson Bontrager, then 21, and Joshua Bontrager, 20, at the Bontrager farm. And to make the special day even more unique, the brides were sisters! Carson married Carolina Bowers, and Joshua married Cassidy Bowers in a ceremony and reception attended by nearly 1,000 guests.

The following day, Mitchell Bontrager, 25, married his sweetheart, Bryn Leppert. And a few days before the big wedding weekend, Chelsy Bontrager, the oldest of Marlin and Rebecca's 10 children, said yes to boyfriend John Maxwell's proposal, which means the family is already planning another wedding!

Below are photos from the Bontrager/Bowers double wedding, many of which include the Duggars.

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Bontrager Bowers Double Wedding

Photos are courtesy of the Bontrager family/Windrose Photography

The ceremony is available for viewing on YouTube, and more photos can be found on the Bontragers' website.

Photos of Mitchell and Bryn's wedding coming soon.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dillard December Snaphots

Only three weeks until Christmas! Jill and the kids have enjoyed spending time with family this holiday season. Here are a few snapshots from some of their recent activities:

Israel Dillard and Grandma Cathy at Arkansas Amazeum
Israel Dillard and Grandma Cathy Dillard Byrum
Playing "store" at the Amazeum, a children's museum in Bentonville, AR

Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard Christmas parade Rogers Arkasnas
 Jill and Israel Dillard at a Christmas parade in Rogers, AR

Jill Dillard henna
Jill Dillard shows off the henna she received from a friend from South Asia

Jill and Derick Dillard Christmas tree
Jill and Derick's Christmas tree

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Sunday, December 3, 2017

'Counting On' Returning?

Jana Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Joy Forsyth, Jinger Vuolo
 Jana Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jessa Seewald, Joy Forsyth, Jinger Vuolo

Counting On has been off the air for six weeks now, and we know you all are eager to hear whether the Duggars will be returning for a new season. We have been in contact with TLC, but at this time, there are no announcements to share. As soon as there is news to give, we will post it here.

In the meantime, we're curious to hear what you like most about the show and what other TV programs you watch, if any?

 Photo courtesy TLC

Friday, December 1, 2017

Forsyths Fly to MS

Thank Goodness It's Friday! Joy and Austin Forsyth, along with Austin's father, Terry Forsyth, are flying down to Mississippi for a wedding.

Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Terry Forsyth

Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth