Thursday, August 16, 2018

Singing with the Duggar Littles

Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Josie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jennifer Duggar
Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Josie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jennifer Duggar

Have you heard about the album that the four youngest Duggar siblings, plus Mackynzie, just released? It's called "Happy Heart," and it's available for purchase. In the Counting On video clip below, the girls practice their songs with Aunt Deanna Duggar and Mom Michelle Duggar.

As far as appearance goes, which of the older Duggars do you think each of the younger girls looks most like?


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Custom Sandals for the Duggars

Joseph and Kendra Duggar honeymoon

When in Athens, buying custom sandals is the thing to do. During their honeymoon in Greece, Joe and Kendra Duggar visit a third generation sandal maker, who fits them each with a pair of leather sandals (video below). Apparently "Kendra has perfect feet, but Joe, not so perfect."


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Watch 'Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret'

Jim Bob Duggar, Jinger Duggar Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo

For those who haven't yet seen Monday's new episode of Counting On, "Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret," it is available on TLC.com, although you must sign in with a TV provider in order to watch.

Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret

Photo courtesy TLC

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Forsyths' Babymoon

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth

"Being on a boat in water can be romantic. I don’t know if, necessarily, fishing is."
-Austin Forsyth

Five weeks before their due date, Joy and Austin Forsyth spend time together in a yurt cabin in Wesley, Arkansas (video below). Did you catch our recap of last night's show?


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, August 13, 2018

'Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret' Recap

Counting On "Jinger and Jeremy's Little Secret"

  • Jessa and Ben take their kids to a nearby creamery to pet goats and pick up some goat cheese. “Ben is always looking for local, organic things to add into our regular diet,” says Jessa. Ben’s family is health conscious, and they try to eat plenty of whole grains and veggies.
  • Later, Jinger and Jeremy arrive in Arkansas so Jinger can take photos for the little girls’ CD. They are also going to tell the family that Jinger is six weeks pregnant.
  • Jinger joins the sisters in helping the little girls get ready. “Being up there in the girls’ room, it definitely made me miss being there,” says Jinger. “I just remember, we would stay up late pretty much every single night and just talk for hours, and I loved that…Being so far away, that’s hard.”
  • Several family members come to watch the shoot, including Jim Bob, Michelle, and Jana. “If you’re going to do a photo shoot with a bunch of kids for about an hour, it’s going to get chaotic, and sure enough, it was,” says Jeremy. The five girls (Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, Josie, and Mackynzie) are full of energy.
  • Jim Bob makes sure to snap a group photo of everyone. “Any time that there’s a camera around, my dad always likes to get whoever is there together for a group picture,” says Jessa. “…My dad is really into capturing these moments.”
  • Jinger and Jeremy ask Jim Bob to take a photo of the two of them. At the last minute, Jinger pulls out a “We’re expecting” sign, and the family is absolutely thrilled, especially Jim Bob and Michelle. “We had no idea, not a clue!” exclaims Michelle.
  • Later, the Vuolos break the news to the rest of the clan during a family meal. Jeremy says the prayer, and he thanks God for “the little one that You have given to me and Jinger.” All the siblings are excited.  
  • "I cannot wait to talk to my mom," says Jinger. "She has a lot of experience in this field and so [do my] sisters."
  • Meanwhile, Joy and Austin are heading out on a babymoon just five weeks before Gideon’s due date. They stay in a beautiful yurt cabin and attempt to fish (on a small boat, in the ice). “Being on a boat in water can be romantic,” says Austin. “I don’t know if, necessarily, fishing is.”
  • “But in the ice, it’s not as romantic,” adds Joy. 
  • After dinner that night, the Forsyths put together a baby book scrapbook. 
  • "Growing up, my mom was really good at taking pictures, and so we have tons of pictures," says Jessa. "And she would record all of our milestones...in our family calendars."
  • One month into the courtship, Lauren trims Josiah’s hair and beard. “Josiah is very talkative, but when he gets nervous, it goes to another level,” says Lauren. “He’s not breathing, it’s just talking, talking, talking, talking.”

Derick Starts Law School

Derick Dillard University of Arkansas Law School Duggar

Earlier today, we announced Derick Dillard's graduation from the Cross Church School of Ministry, and we promised that we would soon share further details about the Dillards' next step. We can finally reveal that next step. Are you ready? Derick is going to law school!

Derick has been accepted into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Orientation begins today, and classes kick off next Monday.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com). 

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Derick's Graduation

Big news from the Dillards. Derick has just graduated from the Cross Church School of Ministry, a one-year residency program that he has been a part of since last August. In addition to serving at Cross Church, doing local missions projects, working with college students, and participating in multiple mission trips, Derick also took some seminary classes. Stay tuned for more news on what the Dillards will be doing next.

Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard Israel Dillard
Derick Dillard, Jill Dillard, Samuel Dillard Israel Dillard

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Kendra Turns 20

It has been a crazy day, but we wanted to jump on and wish Kendra Duggar a very happy birthday! One year ago today, she was choosing her wedding dress in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, with fiance Joseph Duggar showing up to surprise her for cake and pizza. Today, she's been a wife for eleven months and a mother for two. Happy 20th, Kendra!

Kendra Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar
Kendra Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar

Nathan Bates, John-David Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Josiah Duggar
Nathan Bates, John-David Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Josiah Duggar

Kendra Duggar and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth
Kendra Duggar and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth

Lauren Caldwell and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar
Sisters Lauren Caldwell and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar

Photos courtesy joeandkendra.com; Josiah Duggar; duggarfamily.com; TLC

Friday, August 10, 2018

Felicity's Smile

Three-week-old Felicity Vuolo is living up to her name, which means happiness. Look at that smile!

Felicity Vuolo
Felicity Vuolo

 Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Joe and Kendra's House

Joseph and Kendra Duggar new house

This week on Counting On (check out our recap), we watched Joe and Kendra Duggar put the finishing touches on their house and move in, with help from the Duggar siblings.

In the video clip below, the Duggars and Caldwells arrive for a tour. You'll see the transformation that the house underwent, and you'll hear Jim Bob Duggar share a little bit about what the house was like when he lived in it as a teenager.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Jeremy Vuolo Takes Online Classes

Jeremy Vuolo and Felicity Vuolo
Jeremy Vuolo and Felicity Vuolo

The fall semester at The Master's Seminary, founded by John MacArthur, begins today, and Jeremy Vuolo is a student. The school is located in Los Angeles, California, but Jeremy is taking online classes.

In addition to being president of The Master's University and Seminary, John MacArthur is also the pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Coincidentally, Jeremy's church in Laredo, Texas, is also called Grace Community.

As you can see in the photo above, one of the many perks of online classes is being able to cuddle your newborn while listening to lectures. 

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Monday, August 6, 2018

'Happy Heart' Duggar Album


This evening on Counting On, we watched Johannah Duggar, Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, Josie Duggar, and Mackynzie Duggar record a children's music album, with help from Aunt Deanna Duggar and a Nashville producer. Since filming, the album has been completed and is available for purchase.

The project is a dream come true for Deanna, Jim Bob's only sibling. As a vocalist, she has helped teach her nieces and nephews how to sing and has always desired to record an album. Below are the album purchase links.

Duggar Website ($9.49 download; $14.98 CD)
Spotify (log in to listen for free) 
CD Baby ($9.99 download)
Amazon ($9.49 download)
iTunes ($9.90 download)

Album cover is courtesy duggarfamily.com

'Make Room for Baby' Recap

Counting On "Make Room for Baby"

First Hour…

  • The show kicks off with a look at Joseph and Kendra’s house, a project that has taken about seven months. Joe has done much of the work, including hardwood floors, cabinets, and countertops, on his own.
  • Previously owned by Grandma Duggar, the house was home to teenage Jim Bob when he met Michelle, and it now sits on Jim Bob and Michelle’s property, about 600 yards from the “big house.”
  • When asked by the producer what some of the drawbacks of living on the Duggar property would be, Jinger replies: “The drawbacks? Just kids looking in the windows 24/7.” Joe and Kendra trust that Joe’s parents will be supportive of their boundaries.
  • While giving Jana and Jessa a tour of the house, Joe and Kendra announce that they are expecting. “This is definitely a honeymoon baby,” says Kendra. “We weren’t expecting to be expecting this soon…”
  • In Laredo, Jinger and Jeremy go piano shopping. “[Jinger] is playing on a little keyboard in the house, and as beautiful as that sounds when she plays all day, I just wanted to see what options there might be to get her a proper piano,” says Jeremy. The Duggar siblings agree that Jinger is the most musically talented in their family.
  • At the big house, Josiah makes fajitas for Lauren. “At this point, I’m still trying to impress Lauren with all my skills and everything I’ve got, outside and in the kitchen, so I think this will turn out right,” says Josiah. Lauren has a gluten sensitivity, which makes the task a bit challenging.
  • Josiah adds some leftover rice and beans to the meal. He finds some guacamole in the fridge, but Lauren tries it and says it tastes awful.
  • Lauren is touched by the meal. “I though it was sweet of him to do it,” says Lauren. “He was trying to make it authentic because I am [Salvadoran], so I like that food.” Apparently, food is Josiah’s love language.
  • During the lunch conversation, we learn that courtship was a new concept to Lauren and her parents but that they were on-board.
  • Thirty weeks into their pregnancy, Joy and Austin have an appointment with their midwife, Lucy. After a finger prick, which Joy does not enjoy, they find out that Joy’s glucose level is a little high but that her iron is good. She is told by the midwife that her diet needs to improve, especially with more greens. Joy is trying to stay away from sugar.
  • “We want a home birth,” says Austin. “We’re going to try, but we’re not going to risk Mom and Baby’s life.” They will set up a birthing pool to have that as an option.
  • “You kind of continue on with your life,” says Austin of the births that he has seen as an EMT. “But it is a lot different because she is my life and this is our life. I don’t know how I’m going to handle myself.
  • Moving day for Joe and Kendra finally arrives. Some of the siblings lend a hand. Jana and the boys work on landscaping. “[Jana] can do a little bit of everything,” says Jessa. “She can wire an outlet. She can run the big machinery. She can do it all. That may be why some of the guys are scared away. Don’t let that be a deterrent. She says it’s okay if the guy’s not as smart as her. Just kidding.”
  • “There’s things that I’m not very good at,” Jana assures viewers. “Sports is one of them. 
  • “Having 18 additional siblings is a lot, but at the same time, when the whole clan is able to come and help, things can get done really fast,” says Kendra. Later, the Duggars and Caldwells arrive for a tour. “The kids have done such a great job on putting this house together,” says Jim Bob.
  • In addition to all the regular rooms, Joe and Kendra also have a game room with a ping pong table. The outside of the house is a cabin, but the inside is modern, with lots of grays and whites.
  • At the end of the tour, the newlyweds open the door to the nursery, decorated by Jana and Jessa. (The furniture was purchased from consignment shops and repurposed by Jessa.) “You’re pregnant?” asks Michelle, giving both of them big hugs.
  • “We were super excited to hear that they were expecting, and we weren’t expecting that they would be expecting so soon!” says Christina Caldwell, Kendra’s mom. She and Paul say they need to come up with cute grandparent names. When Paul suggests Meemaw, Christina laughs and says, “No, that’s awful.”
  • “It seems like we’re having grandbabies faster than we had babies,” says Jim bob.

Second Hour…

  • At 13 weeks, Joe and Kendra have their first obstetrician appointment. Kendra has chosen to deliver in a hospital with Dr. Hannah, recommended by her mom. Kendra has an ultrasound, but the doctor isn’t able to see the gender just yet. “I think it just makes your heart skip a beat when you see the baby in there,” she says.
  • In Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Jinger and Jeremy, who have recently found out that they are expecting, are visiting with Chuck and Diana. During breakfast, Jinger and Jeremy announce their pregnancy with a pair of booties and a note addressed to "Grandma and Grandpa." It takes a moment for Diana to process the news, but she and Chuck are elated. At this point, the only other people who know about the baby are Jessa and Ben.
  • That evening, the Vuolos all attend a gala for Diana’s charity, SWAN, which is a music mentoring program for children whose parents are incarcerated. One of the students sings “Wayfaring Stranger,” and Jinger accompanies on piano.
  • Meanwhile, Joy and Austin are hard at work on their house. They are planning on putting this house on the market a couple months after the baby arrives. At least that’s what Austin is planning. Joy votes for waiting a little longer, but it doesn’t sound like Austin will go for that. “…Since Joy’s been pregnant, that hasn’t really slowed us down,” says Austin.
  • Now in her third trimester, Joy has improved her diet and shares that her health has also improved.
  • John flies Michelle, Jim Bob, Jana, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, Josie, and Mackynzie to Nashville so the little girls can record a CD at Oak Tree Studio. They meet up with Grandma, Aunt Deanna, Amy, and a producer.
  • “The little girls’ CD project I think has been something that my aunt Deanna has always really wanted to do,” says Jana. The project is called Happy Heart and features songs written by Deanna (details coming soon).
  • Josiah takes Lauren and seven of her eight siblings (Lily, 16; David, 14; Lydia, 11; Daniel, 8; Dustin, 6; Drew, 4; Luci, 2) out for ice cream. She also has a newborn brother, Duke, who is two days apart in age from Gideon Forsyth.

Watch Felicity's Birth


Felicity Vuolo is almost three weeks old, and TLC has just uploaded a two-part preview of her birth. The links are below and will require you to sign in with your TV provider.

Around the time of Jinger's due date, her San Antonio midwife decides that it's best to induce, in hopes of preventing the baby from being as large as past Duggar grandchildren. Jinger has been taking herbs, as well as walking and doing squats, to prepare for labor. She is also switching to a hospital birth for peace of mind.

Joining Jinger and Jeremy for the birth are Michelle Duggar, Jana Duggar, Diana Vuolo, Chuck Vuolo, and family-friend Laura. On July 17th, Jinger is admitted to the hospital to begin mild forms of induction, with Pitocin starting the following day. When Jinger doesn't fully dilate, she receives an epidural to help her relax. After 18 hours of labor and 30 minutes of pushing, Felicity arrives at 4:37am on July 19th. The four Seewalds arrive soon after the birth to surprise the Vuolos.

Felicity Vuolo's Birth Part 1
Felicity Vuolo's Birth Part 2

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Photo courtesy TLC