Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gideon Celebrates 2 Months

Can you believe that Gideon Forsyth is already two months old? We just love his toothless grin! Which of the Duggars and/or Forsyths do you see in his little face?

Gideon Martyn Forsyth
Gideon Martyn Forsyth

Gideon Forsyth
Gideon Forsyth

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com/Joy and Austin Forsyth

Duggar Decisions

Duggar siblings

Whether they're picking fresh produce from their garden or redesigning a kitchen, the Duggar siblings can get the job done, but there are always plenty of opinions flying around.

For those who aren't able to watch videos that come straight from TLC, we always try to embed the YouTube versions when they become available. Below are a couple clips from the most recent season for your enjoyment.

Jana Duggar Shows Off Her Garden


Duggar Siblings Disagree on Cabinet Colors (Girls vs. Guys)


Photo/videos courtesy TLC

Monday, April 23, 2018

Duggars Spring into Spring

We've been a little absent on the blog for the past several days, as we have been on a blogging break (or semi-break). Rest assured, we're back in full swing now. You can read more about what I (Ellie) have been up to during the break in upcoming posts on NashvilleWife.com. (Hint: palm trees, island breeze, and lots of aloha.)

The Duggars had some beautiful spring weather today. When we posted photos from Jason's 18th birthday party, readers were shocked at how old the "little" Duggars are looking, especially Johannah. Here is a new photo of Jordyn.

On our Bates blog, we also posted photos of the Bates enjoying the recent spring weather.

Jordyn Duggar
 Jordyn Duggar

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jason's 18th Birthday Party

Jason Duggar celebrated his 18th birthday early, with a party attended by family and friends. Guests chowed down on homemade ice cream cake. For the next several days, the Duggars will be in  Big Sandy, Texas, for the annual homeschool conference.

Click here to view the Duggars' layered ice cream cake recipe.

For those who are wondering why our comment moderation has been spotty, we were on a blogging break for the past week. Even bloggers need some rest once in a while. :)

Jason Duggar 18th birthday party
 Jason Duggar

Johannah Duggar
 Johannah Duggar

Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, James Duggar, Ben Seewald, Josie Duggar, Jana Duggar
Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, James Duggar, Ben Seewald, Josie Duggar, Jana Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar #12 Enters Adulthood

Wishing Jason Duggar a very happy 18th birthday!

Jason Duggar birthday

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, dillardfamily.com

Friday, April 20, 2018

Grandma Duggar, Ready for Battle

We just love this photo of Grandma Mary Duggar. With 20 grandchildren and 10 (soon to be 12) great-grandchildren, she loves spending time with her ever-growing family.

Grandma Duggar

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

40 Duggars and Counting

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

The Duggar family is growing in leaps and bounds! After Joseph and Kendra Duggar welcome their son, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo give birth to their daughter, and Josiah Duggar marries Lauren Swanson, there will be 40 Duggars...and counting! When do you think they will hit 50 members?

For fun, let's look back at how quickly the family has grown...

2007: 19 Duggars (2 parents, 17 kids)
2008: 21 Duggars
2009: 23 Duggars
2010: 23 Duggars
2011: 24 Duggars
2012: 24 Duggars
2013: 25 Duggars
2014: 27 Duggars
2015: 30 Duggars
2016: 31 Duggars
2017: 36 Duggars
2018: 40 Duggars (or more?)


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jinger and Jessa on Pregnancy

Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jinger Duggar Vuolo

"It definitely was hard keeping the secret from Jessa..."
-Jinger Vuolo

The Duggars are thrilled to welcome another girl into the clan. In the video below, Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jessa (Duggar) Seewald talk about pregnancy.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Duggars and Swansons, 2010

A few days ago, we shared the details of how the Duggar family met Lauren Swanson's family. On that topic, we thought you would enjoy this photo from the Duggar archives. It was taken at the Holocaust Museum during the family's 2010 Washington D.C. trip. The Duggars visited the museum with friends.

You probably wouldn't have recognized the friends back in 2010, but one in particular has since become very special to a certain Duggar son. The friends are the Swanson family! Now, eight years later, the Duggars and Swansons are looking forward to being forever joined when Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson become husband and wife.

Can you find Lauren in the photo? (Double click the picture to enlarge it.)

 Duggars and Swansons, 2010

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Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggars at a Marathon

Four days ago, Derick Dillard completed the Hogeye Marathon in Northwest Arkansas. While living in Nepal, he ran both a full and a half marathon, but this was his first race in the United States. His time was 4:16:17. Do you enjoy running?

Derick's fan club
Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Josie Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, 
Johannah Duggar, Tyler, Jackson Duggar, Jill Dillard, Jennifer Duggar

Israel Dillard and Sam Dillard with Grandma Cathy
Israel Dillard and Samuel Dillard with Grandma Cathy

Derick Dillard marathon
 Derick at the finish line


Photos are property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Additional photos can be found on the Dillards' website.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Duggar Friends Become Family

Yesterday, we shared throwback photos from the trip that the Duggars took to El Salvador in 2009. Today, we have a handful of snapshots from another one of the family's excursions to Central America to share. But there is something about these pictures that might just have you doing a double take. 

This trip was taken five years ago by Jim Bob Duggar, his five oldest daughters (Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, and Joy-Anna Duggar), and a number of friends. Do you recognize any of the friends? (Hint: They are no longer "just friends" of the family.



Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013


Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Kendra Caldwell Duggar 2013

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, April 16, 2018

Early El Salvador Trip

Hope your Monday is off to a good start. We thought we would kick off the week with a few throwback photos from a trip the Duggars took to El Salvador back in 2009 (can you believe that was 9 years ago?). It was one of the family's first mission trips to Central America. Take a walk down memory lane by scrolling through these snapshots.

 Jinger Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar and Jeremiah Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar

 Jill Duggar

 Jessa Duggar

 Jedidiah Duggar

 Group photo

 Group prayer

 Josiah Duggar

Anna Duggar

Photos courtesy Scott Enlow/TLC

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Meet Lauren Swanson

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson work on a car together

On January 23rd, Josiah Duggar, 21, and Lauren Swanson, 18, announced their courtship. Less than two months later, they shared news of their engagement.

Lauren Swanson, whose parents are Dwain and Lana Swanson of Georgia, has known the Duggars for several years. The Swanson family was actually featured on an episode of 19 Kids and Counting, "Duggars Do Dinner," which aired September 14th, 2010.

In that episode, the Bontrager family and the Swanson family came to visit the Duggars in Arkansas. The Duggars had met the Bontragers two years earlier in Big Sandy, Texas. Jim Bob and the kids had only recently met the Swansons, while Michelle was home with Josie. At that time, Dwain and Lana had five children, but they have since added a few more to their family. Lauren is the oldest.

You can purchase "Duggars Do Dinner" on Amazon as part of season five.

Dwain and Lana Swanson, Lauren Swanson, Josiah Duggar, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
Dwain and Lana Swanson, Lauren Swanson and Josiah Duggar,
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

First photo is courtesy Josiah Duggar/duggarfamily.com
Second photo is courtesy DCL; the full album can be found on the TLC website

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kendra, 31 Weeks Pregnant

Kendra Duggar baby bump
 Kendra Caldwell and parents (Paul and Christina Caldwell)

Kendra Duggar is 31 weeks pregnant and due on Father's Day. In celebration of Baby Boy Duggar, family and friends of Joe and Kendra attended a baby shower.

One of the games at the party featured the three newest Duggar couples (Joseph and Kendra, Joy-Anna and Austin, Josiah and Lauren). The guys were blindfolded, and the ladies had to feed them a jar of baby food.

Joseph and Kendra Duggar baby shower
Austin Forsyth, Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth, Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, 
Joseph Duggar, Lauren Swanson, Josiah Duggar

Photos are courtesy DCL. For more snapshots, visit the TLC website.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Celebrating Baby Girl Vuolo

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo baby shower

Following their daughter's gender reveal party, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo were treated to a surprise baby shower, hosted by friends and attended by both friends and family.

"It feels so different being the guest of honor at this baby shower, as I've been to so many baby showers in the past, celebrating other little ones who are entering the world," says Jinger in the video below.


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Jinger Duggar Vuolo baby shower
 So much pink! Don't you just love the baby shower decor?

Photos/video are courtesy TLC/DCL; to view a few more snapshots from the baby shower, visit the TLC website.  

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Baby Vuolo's Gender Reveal Party

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Gender Reveal Party

Have you heard the latest Duggar news? Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo are having a baby girl! They announced the news to family and friends (Jinger's family traveled down from Arkansas) during a gender reveal party at their home in Laredo, Texas. The guests went through an obstacle course, which ended with a neon sign.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Gender Reveal Party

When the course was completed, the sign was lit up in pink.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Gender Reveal Party
 Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Grandma Duggar, 
Jinger Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, Chuck Vuolo, Diana Vuolo

Friends of Jinger and Jeremy also surprised them with a shower for their daughter.

Photos courtesy DCL; for more photos from the gender reveal party, visit the TLC website.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Baby Vuolo is a...

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo are having a baby girl
Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo
Baby Vuolo's gender reveal party, Laredo, Texas

Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo just announced the gender of their baby during a gender reveal party with family and friends. We know our readers are eager to find out whether the next Duggar grandchild will be a boy or girl.

Baby girl Vuolo will arrive in July! On the Vuolo side, she is the first grandchild, but on the Duggar side, she will join nine boy cousins and two girl cousins. Hear from the expectant parents in the video below.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Duggars at the Magnolia Silos 2.0

One year (almost to the day) after their 2017 trip to Chip and Joanna Gaines' famous Magnolia Market, the Duggars traveled back to the Waco Silos. This time, some of the younger children, as well as Josh, Anna, Michelle, Josiah, Lauren, Grandma Duggar, and Aunt Deanna, went along.

For those who haven't heard of Chip and Joanna, they are the stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper, which aired its series finale last week. Have you seen the show? Have you been to Magnolia Market?

Josh and Anna Duggar at Magnolia Market Waco
 Meredith Duggar, Mason Duggar, Tyler, Michael Duggar,
Mackynzie Duggar, Anna Duggar, Josh Duggar

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson

 Grandma Duggar, Deanna Duggar, Jana Duggar, Laura (friend), Anna Duggar,
Michelle Duggar, Mason Duggar, Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald,
Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Jennifer Duggar

Mackynzie Duggar and Mason Duggar
Mackynzie Duggar and Mason Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, Anna Duggar, Josiah Duggar

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Duggar Pregnancy Updates

Jinger Vuolo just passed her 25-week marker, which means she is about to enter her third trimester. She and Jeremy have not yet revealed the gender, but they have said that they plan to, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Kendra Duggar is 30 weeks pregnant with her son. Her due date is Father's Day.

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, 25 weeks pregnant
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, 25 weeks

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Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com