Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Duggars'

Have you ever attended an ugly Christmas sweater party? Jim Bob and Michelle, Jana, and a few of the younger Duggar children are on a mission trip in Central America, but the Duggars back home threw an ugly Christmas sweater party at the "big house." Their get-together included Italian food, a baking competition, a white elephant gift exchange, board games, and lots of ugly sweaters.

Josh and Anna Duggar ugly Christmas sweaters
Grandma Duggar, Michael Duggar, Anna Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar,
Mason Duggar, Josh Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Marcus Duggar

Jedidiah Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar
Jedidiah Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Duggar
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Duggar

John Duggar and Abbie Duggar
John Duggar and Abbie Duggar

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dillard Update December 2018

Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard
Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard

It has been several weeks since we have posted a Dillard update. Derick Dillard is nearing the end of his first semester at University of Arkansas School of Law. He is in the midst of final exams, which began this week and run through next week. Israel, three-and-a-half, and Samuel, 17 months, are as adorable as ever.

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

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

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Duggars Arrive in Central America

For the Duggars, December mission trips to Central America have become an annual tradition. They arrived at their destination yesterday and are ready to start serving with S.O.S. Ministries. This time, Jim Bob and Michelle both went, and they brought some of their younger children along.

Duggars in Central America December 2018
Duggars in Central America, December 2018
 
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in Central America
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in Central America, December 2018

Since we started blogging about the Duggars in 2009 (nine years ago!) we have posted dozens of photos from their many missions trips to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. For fun, here are a few throwbacks:
 
Joy-Anna Duggar in Central America
Joy-Anna Duggar in Central America, 2016
 
Jim Bob Duggar in Central America 2014
Jim Bob Duggar in Central America, 2014
 
Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar
Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar
Central America 2013

Joy-Anna Duggar and Kendra Caldwell in Central America
Joy-Anna Duggar and Kendra Caldwell in Central America, 2013

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, December 3, 2018

'John-David and Abbie's Wedding' Recap

For those who were unable to watch the preview of John and Abbie Duggar's wedding on TLC, we have written an extended recap. It is also still available on the TLC website.
  • "It was a very quick transition from bachelor status to now very much not a bachelor," says John. "It's been a wonderful transition so far, and I'm not looking back."
  • John and Abbie met earlier this year (although they say they have known of each other for several years) when Jim Bob and Michelle were speaking at a church near Abbie's hometown. They started texting, became boyfriend and girlfriend, and announced their courtship to the Duggars--all within two weeks of meeting each other. "They were just blown away," John says of his family's reaction to his relationship news. Joy started crying tears of happiness.
  • "It was pretty much love at first sight, although we didn't realize it was love at that moment," says John. "Not infatuation, that's not the right word." "I'm pretty sure you were infatuated," responds Abbie. "Ya, I was kind of infatuated," admits John.
  • Abbie Burnett is from Stratford, Oklahoma, and is the fourth of eight children (five girls and three boys). She has worked as a nurse for one year and has a passion for geriatrics.
  • Within just two months, John and Abbie were engaged at an airplane hanger in Texas. Like past Duggar couples, they save their first kiss for the altar.
  • On their wedding day--November 3rd--John and Abbie arrive at the church (Ada First Baptist Church, where they met) together. Jana is a bridesmaid, as are Abbie's sisters.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle more than approve of the match and are thrilled to watch their eighth child get married. "I love Abbie," says Michelle. "She is so sweet, and I know that she is just the perfect balance in John's life. It's so cute to see them together."
  • Abbie's parent's (John and Cheryl Burnett) are excited, as well. Her dad really enjoys having a first look with his daughter before the ceremony. After walking her down the aisle, he gives her away, on behalf of himself and Cheryl, "with joyful hearts and our fullest blessing."
  • We posted John and Abbie's vows last week. You can view them by tapping here. During the unity candle ceremony, Josiah and Lauren Duggar sing a song that has been a long-time wedding tradition for the Burnett family.
  • During the ring exchange, the pastor admits that he has no idea where the second part to Abbie's ring is. "At some point, it's going to show up," he says, chuckling. "We're not quite sure when because this is your family." The younger Duggar brothers fly the ring over to the stage on a drone.
  • When it comes time to kiss the bride, John kisses Abbie's hands, arms, and forehead (while she laughs and smiles) before going in for a long and passionate kiss on the lips. The pastor introduces them as "Mr. and Mrs. John-David Duggar," and they exit the sanctuary with shouts of joy.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Official Burnett-Duggar Wedding Photos

John-David Duggar wedding

We just can't get enough of John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett's beautiful wedding! Below are our three favorite photos from their special day. It sure was a lovely event. If you missed the couple's vows, we posted them earlier this week. For those keeping count, this was the eighth Duggar wedding.

John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett wedding
Abbie's bridesmaids
(Jana Duggar is on the far right)

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar at John Duggar's wedding
Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Grandma Duggar, 
and Duggar kids watch the wedding from the audience

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett wedding
John and Abbie Duggar cut their wedding cake

First photo is courtesy TLC. Last 3 photos are property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. Additional Duggar wedding photos can be found on the Duggars' website. Photo credit: Lori Blythe Photography.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

John and Abbie's Vows


John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett wedding

For those who were able to tune in to John and Abbie Duggar's wedding last night on TLC, what did you think? (In case you missed it, it was the same segment that is available on the network's website--the links can be found here.)

The bride and groom wrote their own vows, so we thought we would type them up and share them with you all:

John's Vows:
I, John, take you, Abbie, to be my cherished wife for as long as we both shall live. You are my virtuous woman. All the things on Earth pale in comparison to you, and my heart safely trusts in you. By God's grace, I will love and cherish, honor and respect, encourage and lead you by my example.

I will rejoice with you when you are happy and comfort and wipe away your tears when you are sad. I give myself wholly to you, Abbie. By God's grace, I will hold nothing back and be faithful, keeping my eyes only for you.

I will love you unconditionally and without reservation. I purpose to lead our family as I follow Jesus, wherever He may lead us. I purpose to kiss you when you least expect it, at the most inopportune times and the most random places we may be in the world, just because I love you so much. I look forward to spending each day and growing old with you. I love you, Abbie.

Abbie's Vows:
I, Abbie, take you, John, to be my beloved husband for as long as we both shall live. 
You are a gracious gift to me sent from God. You are above and beyond anything I have ever dreamed of, and I am honored and humbled to have you as my husband.

I will rejoice with you when you are happy and comfort and wipe away your tears when you are sad. I give myself wholly to you, John. By God's grace, I will hold nothing back. I will be faithful and guard my heart, keeping it only for you.

I will love you unconditionally and without reservation. I will go where you go and lodge where you lodge...and fly where you fly. Your people will be my people because your God is my God. I will take your name as my new identity and will forever stay always right by your side. I look forward to spending time together and growing old with you. I love you, sugar muffin.

Photo courtesy TLC

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Duggar Wedding #8 Airs Tonight

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett wedding

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett have been Mr. and Mrs. for three weeks. This evening at 10 ET/9 CT, TLC is airing a 30-minute episode featuring their Oklahoma wedding. If you can't tune in during that time, the network will re-air the show three times (late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning). Full TV listings can be found on our Showtimes page. You won't want to miss this Duggar wedding episode!

We know you all are wondering when the new season of Counting On will begin. TLC still has not announced the date, but we will let you know as soon as they do.

For a preview of the wedding, take a look at our post from last Wednesday.

Photo courtesy TLC

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Turkey in Texas

What did our American readers do for Thanksgiving? Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth celebrated in Texas with some of Austin's extended family. And yesterday, Gideon turned nine months old. We think he looks a bit like cousin Israel Dillard in this photo.

Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth

Photo courtesy of Joy and Austin Forsyth/duggarfamily.com

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! We are thankful for all our blog followers.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

John the 'Glitter Guy'

John and Abbie Duggar

"I've actually become more of a glitter guy because she's a glitter girl."
-John Duggar

John and Abbie couldn't have looked any happier on their wedding day if they tried. This bride and groom were just so joyful to be getting married! Have you seen the 20-minute preview that TLC uploaded? The links are in our post from yesterday morning, and we shared a few highlights yesterday afternoon. How do you think John and Abbie Duggar's wedding compared to the other Duggar weddings?


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Not-So-Little Duggar Girls

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

With Christmas just around the corner, the Duggars want to help you with your Christmas shopping. The four youngest Duggar daughters, plus niece Mackynzie, are pleased to offer a sale on their new CD, Happy Heart. If you buy two or more, you'll get them for just $10 each (a savings of $2 per CD). Visit the family's website to purchase.

On another note, can you believe how grown up these five Duggar girls are looking? They are still the "babies" of the family, but they sure don't look the part. Johannah just turned 13, Jennifer recently celebrated her 11th birthday, Jordyn and Josie will soon be 10 and 9, and Mackynzie turned 9 in October.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

John Duggar: 'I'm Not Looking Back'

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett wedding
John and Abbie Duggar
 
"It was a very quick transition from bachelor status to now very much not a bachelor. It's been a wonderful transition so far, and I'm not looking back."
-John-David Duggar

Bachelor 'til the rapture no more! John Duggar is a married man, and he's thrilled about his new relationship status.

John and Abbie's wedding preview is now available on the TLC website and TLC Go app. (The links are in our previous post.) Below are a few highlights from the preview, but we still recommend that you watch it for yourself, either by signing in with your TV provider or tuning in live to TLC on November 27th or 28th. (TV listings are on our Showtimes page.)

Abbie Burnett is from Stratford, Oklahoma, and is the fourth of seven siblings. She has worked as a nurse for one year and has a passion for geriatrics. "...I just love little old people," says Abbie.

John and Abbie met earlier this year (although they say they have known of each other for several years) when Jim Bob and Michelle were speaking at a church near Abbie's hometown--Ada First Baptist in Ada, Oklahoma. They started texting, became boyfriend and girlfriend, and announced their courtship to the Duggars...all within two weeks of meeting each other.

"[Abbie] is just...perfect for [John]," says Jana. "...I approve."

Within just two months, they were engaged at an airplane hanger in Texas. Like past Duggar couples, John and Abbie saved their first kiss for their wedding day. "The first kiss is definitely a highlight, but it's not the biggest highlight of the day," says John.

The wedding takes place on November 3rd at the place where John and Abbie's relationship began--Ada First Baptist Church. Abbie wears a dress designed by Renee Miller of Renee's bridal. Abbie's father leads the couple in their vows. Surprisingly, Abbie's father's name is John. (Her mother is Cheryl Burnett.) While the couple lights the unity candle, Josiah and Lauren Duggar sing a song that is a wedding tradition for the Burnetts. 

After the vows, some of John's younger brothers fly Abbie's wedding ring to the stage on a drone. Joe catches it and hands it to John. When it comes time to kiss the bride, John kisses Abbie's hands, arms, and forehead (while she laughs and smiles) before going in for a long and passionate kiss on the lips.

Watch John and Abbie's Wedding NOW

John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett

As promised, John-David  Duggar and Abbie Burnett's wedding preview is now available on the TLC website and TLC Go app (links below). You will be required to sign in with your TV provider. For those who don't have TV service, TLC will air the wedding preview during a special 30-minute episode on November 27th and 28th. Visit our Showtimes page for listings.

John and Abbie's Wedding Part 1
John and Abbie's Wedding Part 2

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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/John and Abbie Duggar

John and Abbie's Wedding Video

John Duggar married to Abbie Burnett

Soon after John and Abbie Duggar's November 3rd wedding, Us Weekly announced that a preview of the big day would be available on the TLC website today, November 20th. That video has not yet been released, but we will let you know as soon as it is.

Photo courtesy TLC


Friday, November 16, 2018

Justin Through the Years

Justin Duggar
Justin Duggar 2018

It’s no secret that the Duggars love MarketPlace Grill, especially the chocolate mess sundaes. It only takes one glance at this dessert to tell why. They’re certainly not the healthiest things on the planet, but they sure are tasty.

Some of the Duggars select other restaurants for their birthday meals, but MarketPlace is a popular choice. We happen to have photos of Justin Duggar and his birthday chocolate mess from the past three years, and we thought it would be fun to share them. He sure has matured since his 14th birthday!

Justin Duggar
Justin Duggar, 2017
 
Justin Duggar
Justin Duggar, 2016

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Duggar #14's Sweet 16

Today is Justin Duggar's 16th birthday! Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to make our usual collage, but below are a few photos of the birthday boy over the years. We don't have nearly as many pictures of him as we do of some of the other Duggars.

It's hard to believe that Justin wasn't quite two years old when the Duggars' first reality TV special, "14 Children and Pregnant Again," premiered. For the first part of the show, he is the youngest Duggar. Now, he has five younger siblings and 12 nieces and nephews. Happy 16th, Justin!

Justin Duggar
Justin Duggar, 2012

Justin Duggar

James Duggar and Justin Duggar
James Duggar, Justin Duggar, 2010
 
Justin Duggar
Justin, 2011

Justin Duggar and Marcus Duggar
Justin Duggar and Marcus Duggar, 2015

Justin Dugar
Justin, 2017

Justin Duggar learns to drive
Justin Duggar learns to drive, November 2016

Duggars and Dillards at Razorback game
Razorback game with Jill and Derick Dillard, Dan Dillard, January 2015

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

John and Abbie's Wedding Album

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett Duggar
John Duggar and Abbie (Burnett) Duggar
UPDATE: If you are unable to view the photos on the TLC site due to your location, they have just been uploaded to the Duggar family's website and can be viewed by following this link.

TLC has just posted an album of photos from the wedding of John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett. The two have been husband and wife for 11 days. The photos can be found by following this link to the TLC website.

The Duggar-Burnett wedding special will air Tuesday, November 27th, at 10pm ET/9pm CT, but on the 20th, the network is planning to upload a first look video. We will let you know as soon as it is available.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/John and Abbie Duggar

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Spunky Little Duggars

Jennifer Duggar, Josie Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar
Mackynzie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, 
Jennifer Duggar, Josie Duggar, Jordyn Duggar
 
Jessa Seewald: "I'm sure it's going to be a keepsake to pass down to the generations."
Jennifer Duggar: "It'll sound awful."

Counting On is currently on break, but here's a YouTube video featuring the four youngest Duggar siblings, plus niece Mackynzie Duggar. In it, the girls are rehearsing songs for their Happy Heart CD.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Felicity and Great-Grandma

Grandma Mary Duggar is blessed to have 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. (It won't be long before her greats outnumber her grands!) Here's a sweet picture for you of almost-four-month-old Felicity with her mama and great-grandma. All it's missing is Grandma Michelle Duggar, and it would be a four-generation photo.

Grandma Mary Duggar, Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, Felicity Vuolo
Grandma Mary Duggar, Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, Felicity Vuolo

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Thursday, November 8, 2018

More Duggar-Burnett Wedding Photos

John-David Duggar wedding Abbie Burnett

It has been five days since John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett tied the knot in Ada, Oklahoma, and we know you all have been eager to see more Duggar wedding photos. Us Weekly has just posted an exclusive article that features snapshots from the big day. You can view it on their website.

The pink bridesmaid dresses that Abbie picked out were just gorgeous, and she chose Jana Duggar to be one of her attendants. We loved the "pilot" and "co-pilot" signs on the sweetheart table.

Also be sure to head on over to our Bates blog to see a picture of Zach Bates, who had a role to play in the wedding, and Whitney Bates with the bride and groom.

Photo courtesy TLC

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

John-David's Big Win

John and Abbie Duggar
John and Abbie Duggar
 
Now that John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are husband and wife, where will they settle down? The wedding took place in Abbie's home state of Oklahoma, in a town about four hours from the Duggars' home in Northwest Arkansas.

The couple will settle in Northwest Arkansas, where John Duggar has just won the Washington County district one constable race. That's great news for the Duggar clan!

If you have been a long-time reader of our blog, you may remember the photo we posted back in January 2013 showing John being sworn in as an Arkansas constable

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/John and Abbie Duggar

Monday, November 5, 2018

Duggar Sibling Get-Together

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett's wedding is over, but the festivities continue. The Duggars are taking advantage of the family event to spend some time together. With Jinger and Jeremy in town, some of the siblings hit up a local coffee shop for drinks and chitchat.

Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger Vuolo, Jill Dillard, Gideon Forsyth, Laura DeMasie, Jana Duggar,
Ben Seewald, Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Garrett Duggar, Joy Forsyth, Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

John and Abbie's Wedding Photo

Yesterday afternoon, we shared a video message from newlyweds John and Abbie Duggar. In case you haven't seen their official wedding photo, it is embedded below.

This Duggar wedding will air at 10pm ET/9pm CT on Tuesday, November 27th, on TLC. On the 20th, the network is planning to upload a first look video. We will let you know when it's available. The premiere date for the new season of Counting On has not yet been announced.

Abbie (Burnett) Duggar and John-David Duggar
Abbie (Burnett) Duggar and John-David Duggar

Photo is property of duggarfamily.com and may not be used without written permission. The official marriage announcement can be found on the Duggars' website. Photo credit: TLC/Lori Blythe Photography.

Spurgeon Turns 3

Happy 3rd birthday, Spurgeon! Today is also Jinger and Jeremy's two-year anniversary (post coming later).

Spurgeon Seewald birthday
Spurgeon Seewald

And here's one more photo for good measure...

Spurgeon Seewald
Spurgeon Seewald

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com, duggarfamily.com

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Message from Newlyweds John and Abbie

John Duggar marries Abbie Burnett

John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are husband and wife, and they couldn't be any cuter! In the video below, filmed right after their "I dos," the bride and groom are beaming as they talk about their wedding ceremony and how much they are looking forward to their new life together.


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Duggar #5 Turns 26

First off, did you see yesterday's Duggar wedding announcement? If not, be sure to check out our post from last night.

The first half of November has become a very busy time for the Duggars. This super-sized family has three anniversaries (Jessa and Ben Seewald's, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's, and now John and Abbie Duggar's) and three birthday's (Jessa's, Spurgeon's, and Justin's). Wishing Jessa (Duggar) Seewald a very happy 26th birthday!

Jessa Duggar Seewald Birthday

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. John Duggar

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett are married

John-David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are husband and wife! They tied the knot this afternoon in Abbie's home state of Oklahoma. This Duggar wedding is the 8th for Jim Bob and Michelle, and they now have an equal number of married daughters and sons.

After a church ceremony, John and Abbie hosted their reception at an airplane hanger located at a regional airport. Guests were treated to a breakfast buffet.

Did the newlyweds leave in a getaway car or plane? Find out in just a few weeks, when their wedding airs on TLC (Tuesday, November 27th, at 10pm ET/9pm CT). On the 20th, the network will share a first look video. We will let you know when it's available.

To see the exclusive first photo of the couple, visit the TLC website.

Photo courtesy TLC

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seewalds Celebrate 4 Years

Jessa and Ben Seewald have a reason to be joyful today, and it's certainly not the Northwest Arkansas weather, which is cold and rainy. They are celebrating their wedding anniversary! Four years ago, it was another chilly day, as more than 1,000 guests watched Jessa Duggar marry Ben Seewald at First Baptist Church in Bentonville and then joined the elated newlyweds for an outdoor celebration. We remember the day very well.

Happy anniversary, Seewalds!

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald on their first date
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald on their first date
MarketPlace Grill, September 2013

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald, August 2014
(Just days before their engagement)

Jessa and Ben Seewald honeymoon
Jessa and Ben Seewald
Honeymoon, November 2014
 
Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald
Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald
Early 2017

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com