Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dillards Celebrate 4 Years

Today is Jill and Derick Dillard's four-year wedding anniversary!

Did you know that all the Duggar weddings so far have taken place between May 26th and November 5th, with two in September and two in November? And it looks like Josiah and Lauren's special day will fall into that time frame, as well. Maybe the next Duggar to get engaged will tie the knot in the winter months.

Jill and Derick Dillard
Jill and Derick Dillard
Celebrating Jill's birthday (May 17th) with a free chocolate mess
from MarketPlace Grill

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Garrett's 1st Video

Joseph Duggar Kendra Duggar Garrett Duggar

In this video clip, Joseph and Kendra Duggar introduce fans to their son, Garrett Duggar. Standing in front of a "Welcome Home, Baby Boy" banner, they share how excited they are to be parents and how emotional it was to meet their child.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, June 18, 2018

Duggar Babies By Weight

Since 2009, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have welcomed 11 grandchildren, and they are looking forward to the due date of their 12th in July. More than half of those babies have been born weighing between 9 lbs, 3 oz and 10 lbs, 3 oz. This topic comes up quite a bit in the comments section, so we have created a list showing each baby's weight and length. The colors indicate individual families.

For those of you who have children, how large were your babies at birth? If you don't have kids, do you know how much you weighed and how long you measured?


Gideon Martyn Forsyth: 10 lbs, 3 oz (22 inches long)
Spurgeon Elliot Seewald: 9 lbs, 11 oz (21.25 inches long)
Israel David Dillard: 9 lbs, 10 oz (23 inches long)
Samuel Scott Dillard: 9 lbs, 10 oz (22 inches long)
Mason Garrett Duggar: 9 lbs, 10 oz (22 inches long)
Marcus Anthony Duggar: 9 lbs, 3 oz (21 inches long)
Henry Wilberforce Seewald: 8 lbs, 11 oz (21.75 inches long)
Michael James Duggar: 8 lbs, 5 oz (21 inches long)
Mackynzie Renee Duggar: 8 lbs (19.5 inches long)
Meredith Grace Duggar: 7 lbs, 14 oz (20.5 inches long)
Garrett David Duggar: 7 lbs, 8 oz (20.5 inches long) 


Forsyth
Seewald
Josh and Anna Duggar
Joseph and Kendra Duggar
Dillard

Photos courtesy of duggarfamily.com, Josh and Anna Duggar, theseewaldfamily.com

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day 2018

Happy Father's Day to Jim Bob, Josh, Derick, Jeremy, Ben, Joseph, Austin, and all the dads out there!

Jim Bob Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jordyn Duggar,
Jim Bob Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jordyn Duggar,
Jennifer Duggar, Josie Duggar

Jim Bob Duggar, Jinger Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, Michelle Duggar

Austin Forsyth, Joy Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
Austin Forsyth, Joy Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth

Ben Seewald, Jessa Seewald, Henry Seewald
Ben Seewald, Jessa Seewald, Henry Seewald

Israel Dillard, Derick Dillard
Israel Dillard, Derick Dillard

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

Photos courtesy of duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com, jingerandjeremy.com, dillardfamily.com.

Last photo is property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. To view the official birth announcement, visit the Duggars' website.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pram Giveaway


Don't you just love it when you receive a product in the mail, only to find that the quality well exceeds your expectations? That's exactly what happened when I received my pram/stroller/buggy from Prams.net. A few weeks ago, a representative from the company contacted me about partnering for a giveaway, and while their products look good online, I was pleasantly surprised that they look even better in person.

Founded in 2013 with the goal of becoming the world's largest pram store, Prams.net is a family-owned business that now offers more than 60 brands of prams and a variety of other baby items. They are based in Europe, but they ship around the world.

I am thrilled to announce that I am giving away a Commo Lightweight Buggy by Knorr Baby, compliments of Prams.net. I have reviewed a duplicate of the product and am extremely impressed by how sturdy it is, while still being lightweight and easy to maneuver.

The stroller has an adjustable footrest and backrest, both of which are surprisingly simple and intuitive to adjust. The basket underneath the stroller has enough space to stow all the necessities and could easily fit a moderately-sized diaper bag. And the best part is that it's easy to fold for storage or travel. Although not suitable for newborns, this pram can be used for children as young as six months old and as heavy as 35 pounds.

If you are a parent or are looking for a gift for a friend or family member who has young kiddos, you'll want to follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter this giveaway.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Michael Turns 7

Wishing Michael Duggar a very happy 7th birthday! Michael is No. 2 of the 11 (soon to be 12) Duggar grandchildren, and he is Josh and Anna Duggar's second oldest child.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, Josh and Anna Duggar

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kendra's Maternity Photos

The newest Duggar addition, Garrett David Duggar, is now six days old. Just before their little man's June 8th arrival, Joseph and Kendra Duggar had maternity photos taken.

For those who have been asking, new episodes of Counting On return to TLC on July 30th.

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell Duggar maternity
Joseph Duggar and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar

Photos courtesy DCL. Visit the TLC website to view more maternity photos of Joe and Kendra.

Video Featuring Lawson Bates

Hi blog readers! For those who are also fans of the Bates family, we encourage you to head on over to our Bates blog to watch a special video that Ellie and her husband filmed with Lawson Bates earlier this week.

Lawson Bates What Country Means to Me

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Michelle and Samuel

Michelle Duggar and Samuel Dillard

Now that Jill and Derick Dillard are no longer part of Counting On, fans rarely see footage of them interacting with the rest of the Duggar family. Below are two new videos of Michelle Duggar playing with grandson Samuel Dillard at the "big house." Michelle is now called Grandma Duggar, while Jim Bob's mother is Grandma Mary.




Photo and videos are property of dillardfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Visit the Dillards' website for more.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Garrett is 3 Days Old

For those who haven't yet heard the news, Joseph and Kendra Duggar welcomed their son, Garrett David Duggar, on June 8th. All the details, as well as a video message from the parents, can be found on Saturday's post. Garrett was the lightest of the 11 Duggar grandchild, although only six ounces lighter than cousin Meredith Duggar.

Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar
Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Garrett Duggar

Photo is property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. To view the official birth announcement, visit the Duggars' website.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Joe and Kendra Welcome a Baby Boy

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell Duggar baby Garrett David Duggar

The newest grand-Duggar has arrived! Garrett David Duggar was born yesterday, June 8th, weighing 7lbs 8oz and measuring 20.5 inches long. What's the story behind the name Garrett? It's Joe's middle name, as well as Michelle's father's first name. It also happens to be the middle name that Josh and Anna Duggar chose for their fifth child, Mason.

Garrett made his appearance nine days ahead of his June 17th due date, on Joseph and Kendra Duggar’s nine-month anniversary. Both mom and baby are doing well. To view the first photo of the family of three, visit the Duggars’ website.

The new parents share a message with fans in the video below.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Friday, June 8, 2018

Izzy and Sam

It has been a little while since we have shared new photos of the Dillard boys, and these pictures are just too cute not to post. Hope they brighten up your Friday.

Samuel Dillard
Samuel Dillard

Israel Dillard
Israel Dillard

Photos courtesy dillardfamiy.com

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jed, Jer, and Jason Do Prison Ministry

For those wondering what the unmarried Duggar adults have been doing, we have an update to share. Last week, Jedidiah Duggar (19), Jeremiah Duggar (19), and Jason Duggar (18) took part in prison ministry, alongside several other men. They partnered with the staff from Journey to the Heart.

If you are a longtime reader of the blog, you have probably heard us mention Journey to the Heart. It is a spiritual retreat, initially created for young people but now available for older adults, in which many of the Duggar kids have participated. The goal is to focus, for several days, on the Lord and to discover his Love in a deeper way.

Jedidiah Duggar with Josiah Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar
Jedidiah Duggar (right) with Josiah Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar

Jeremiah Duggar 
Jeremiah Duggar

Jason Duggar
Jason Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Henry Seewald, 16 Months Old

It's hard to believe that Henry Seewald turns 16 months old tomorrow! That means that today is older brother Spurgeon Seewald's two-year-and-seven-month "birthday." Below is a new photo of Henry. Don't you just love his wispy, little curls?

Henry Seewald, 16 months
Henry Seewald, 16 months

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Giveaway and a New Website

Happy Monday to my wonderful blog readers. I (blog author Ellie) have a big announcement to share with all of you. My lifestyle blog, NashvilleWife.com, has a brand new look! The design process took several weeks, but the new layout is officially up and running.

To celebrate, I'm running a summer-themed giveaway. To enter, visit me at NashvilleWife.com. While you're there, drop me a note to let me know what you think of the new website. I value your feedback.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Jana's Garden 2018

Last month, we posted pictures showing the early stages of Jana Duggar's garden. Progress is well underway, and everything looks just as fantastic as it did last year. Below are a few snapshots. 
The first photo shows a structure that Jana built as a trellis for her pole beans to climb up.

Jana Duggar works in her garden
Jana Duggar works in her garden

Jana Duggar garden

Jana Duggar garden

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Marcus Turns 5

Wishing Marcus Duggar a very happy 5th birthday! He's the third oldest child of Josh and Anna Duggar and the third oldest grandchild of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and he has the sweetest little smile.



Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, Josh and Anna Duggar

Friday, June 1, 2018

No Wedding Yet

Josiah and Lauren have been engaged for about three months, although the official wedding date has not been made public. Below is a photo of the couple enjoying a picnic on a beautiful summer night, accompanied by Lauren's little brothers. Aren't they cute?

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson with Lauren's brothers

Photo courtesy Josiah Duggar/duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Meet the Duggars in California

If you live in the San Francisco area, mark your calendar for June 16th. The Duggars are coming to town!

Saturday, June 16th, 5-9pm

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar to speak at Values Advocacy Council's Family Night

Calvary Chapel San Jose
1175 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose, California 95118

5-6pm: Private meet-and-greet reception with the Duggars*
7-9pm: Values Advocacy Council program with Jim Bob and Michelle

Registration is required. To reserve your spot, visit the registration page.
Well-behaved children are welcome. Childcare is not provided, but a parent-child room with large monitors will be available.

*At the request of the Duggars, the main program, which includes a book signing and runs from 7-9pm, is free and open to the public. The Duggars have gifted their time and are not being compensated. If you wish to attend the private meet-and-greet reception from 5-6pm, the cost is $50 for adults, $10 for children ages 12-17, and free for children ages 5-11. The meet-and-greet is a fundraiser for Values Advocacy Council events and will include hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

**The food truck portion of the event has been removed, due to logistics. 

Imagine homeschooling little ones, planning weddings for older children, being available for counsel and support for married children, being actively involved parents to 19 children, and being actively involved grandparents to 10 grandchildren (and counting), all while maintaining a healthy marriage and taking time for missions and service. 

Come learn how Jim Bob and Michelle do it all. They will also speak about the power of forgiveness; balancing fame, family, and faith; and dealing with criticism from the media and public. The Duggars are a real family, and they do not claim to be perfect, nor do they claim to have everything under control. Come hear their heart for American families and for America.




Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar Trivia 12.0 Answers

Last week, we posted five trivia questions for you to try your hand at. The correct answers are below. How did you do?

1. Where did Jim Bob and Michelle go on their honeymoon? Lake Fort Smith and Mount Nebo State Park (both in Arkansas)

2. Which Duggar children have birthdays in August? Jennifer and Josiah

3. How old is Jordyn Duggar? Nine

4. In what year was Jim Bob and Michelle's first child born? 1988

5. Can you name at least two of the early specials that the Duggars appeared in, before the start of 17 Kids and Counting?
14 Children and Pregnant Again 

Raising 16 Children 
16 Children and Moving In 
On the Road with 16 Children
Duggars' Big Family Album

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Baby Duggar Coming Soon!

 Joseph Duggar and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar

With less than three weeks to go until her June 17th due date, Kendra Duggar is now 37 weeks pregnant with her son. That sure went by quickly, didn't it?

At this point, many moms-to-be find themselves in full-on nesting mode, as they anxiously prepare their home for their new addition. Baby is approximately 19 inches long and six pounds in weight but is growing rapidly.

We know you have been eager to see photos of Kendra's pregnancy progress. While the Duggar daughters have been more open about sharing their baby bump photos with the world, Kendra has chosen to keep hers private for the time being. You can be sure that we will let you know as soon as Baby Duggar's arrival is announced to the public.

Meanwhile, Jinger Vuolo is approaching her 33-week mark.

Photo courtesy TLC

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day


Happy Memorial Day to our American readers! May we never forget those who have sacrificed their lives for our liberties, and may we always remember that freedom is not free.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Forsyths Celebrate 1 Year of Wedded Bliss

In addition to Grandma Mary's birthday, today is also Joy and Austin Forsyth's one-year wedding anniversary. This time last year, they were reciting their vows in front of family and friends, and now, twelve months later, they are all settled into their fixer-upper house with their three-month-old son. Happy anniversary, Forsyths!

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth
Wedding day (May 26, 2017)

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

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, February 2018

1st photo is property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. To view more wedding photos, visit the Duggars' website.

2nd and 3rd photos are courtesy duggarfamily.com/Joy and Austin Forsyth.

In Celebration of Grandma Duggar

Wishing Grandma Mary Duggar a very happy 77th birthday!

Jana Duggar and Grandma Duggar
Jana Duggar and Grandma Duggar, 2010

Grandma Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar
Grandma Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar, 2011

Jinger Duggar and Grandma Duggar
Jinger Duggar and Grandma Duggar, 2011

Grandma Duggar
Grandma Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, May 25, 2018

Win a Mumbelli

Who doesn't love a giveaway? On our Bates blog, we are giving readers a chance to win a Mumbelli infant bed. For all the details on what Mumbelli is and how to enter to win, visit BatesFamilyBlog.com.


#FlashbackFriday: Jackson and Johannah

Jackson Duggar and Johannah Duggar
 Johannah Duggar and Jackson Duggar

Since sharing Jackson's 14th birthday post two days ago, several readers have mentioned how they always loved seeing him as a young child on the show, particularly during interviews with Johannah. In honor of #FlashbackFriday, we're sharing a scene that was filmed more than seven years ago. It features little Jackson and Johannah.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Duggars Vote and Enjoy the Outdoors

Yesterday was Election Day in four states, as residents in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas headed to the polls to choose their choice candidates in the primary races. The Duggars, who have always been actively involved in politics, took time out of their days to exercise their civic duty.

 Joy (Duggar) Forsyth and Austin Forsyth stop by the polls 
Isn't Gideon Forsyth just the cutest?

Jill (Duggar) Dillard votes with Israel Dillard and Samuel Dillard
 Jill (Duggar) Dillard votes with Israel Dillard and Samuel Dillard in tow

Josie Duggar
 Won't be too long before Josie Duggar is old enough to vote!


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

Duggar #15 Turns 14

Wishing Jackson Duggar a very happy 14th birthday!




































Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Showers, Engagements, and Avocados

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo

Every several weeks, we go back and collect the latest Counting On videos that have been uploaded to YouTube by TLC, knowing that many of our international readers are unable to view them in the initial format that they are posted in. For your convenience and enjoyment, here are a few clips:

Surprise Baby Shower for the Vuolos


Baby Vuolo is a...


Jinger and Jeremy Become Avocado Farmers


Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are Engaged


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