Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Joy and Austin's House

Joy and Austin Forsyth's fixer upper house has come a long way since we saw it on Counting On just before their wedding. Jim Bob and Michelle and most of the unmarried kids (everyone but John) celebrated Jana's 28th birthday in Australia, while the married couples got together at Joy and Austin's house, along with Kendra's family, to honor John-David's special day.

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth fixer upper house
Joseph and Kendra Duggar, Jill and Derick Dillard, John-David Duggar, Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

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  1. I thought Joy had dishes on her wedding registry.

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    1. They probably use those when it's just her and Austin eating, and when a bunch of people come over they use paper plates, nothing wrong with that.

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    2. I guess whenever you have more than 2 people eating, the paper and Styrofoam and plastic comes out? That's a shame, because there are so many good dishes available at thrift stores that you don't need to be without real dishes for guests.

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    3. We have dishes, but use paper for bday or other get togethers. Why does this matter to you?

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    4. Bah Humbug!!!! To 11:06.

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    5. Maybe no one bought them any, paper plates are a Duggar tradition, so bad for the environment, I dread to think how many they use in a year!




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    6. What do dishes have to do with a birthday celebration?

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    7. She most likely has dishes in her home. Most married couples normally have dishes. When there's a party us Mamas do make an exception and opt for paper plates. A newly married couple will usually have 4-8 plates in their cabinet because it's just them that live there. Therefore they may not have enough glass plates to accommodate everyone. Also, in the third trimester it's a little harder to wash dishes because it requires you to stand in one place for quite a while. It requires you to lean forward and bend down to place them in the dishwasher and on swollen feet albeit. It's hard to enjoy your guests while you are in the kitchen loading the dishwasher because you didn't want to pay $3 for paper plates. Oh and I see hidden valley ranch on the counter. Whew that stuff is a beast to scrub out of a bowl after it's sat in it a while, so then she would need to soak and scrub that bowl. Now I could keep dissecting this sweet picture of brothers, sisters and in laws having a great time together but I think I've made my point. This website is called The Duggar Family Fan Blog meaning it's for those people who are fans of the Duggar Family. If you're not a fan this may not be the blog for you.

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    8. I always use paper when we have a large amount of guests. I do not want to be stuck with doing dishes instead of socializing with my guests.

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    9. Besides what does it matter to anyone anyways. This post is about his party not their choice of dinnerware.

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    10. Its maybe easier to serve food on paper plates...
      But there were some women (and men) to quickly clean the dirty dishes so I don’t see the use of paper plates...
      I would never serve my brother food on a paper plate unless we’re on a camping trip...

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    11. We use paper plates and bowls on a daily bases along with plastic utensils. We also use plastic cups,but we have a recycling bin that goes in every week. Not everyone just tosses this stuff in a landfill. And besides there is no way I’m washing that many dishes by hand. Our tiny kitchen comes with only one dishwasher. Me!

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    12. I use paper plates every day, don't have a dishwasher. I raise 4 gkids,and am disabled. Why okay for some of us to use but not if on tv? And doesn't almost everyone use them for get togethers?

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    13. Seriously!? Who cares that they are using paper goods! and here we go with the Duggar's are trashing the environment. Get over it people! Always got to try and bring them down... guess what? It's not working. Whenever I have a large party and kids are involved or not, believe me I'm going to use paper goods. Having a few over for dinner, it's my china. Man some people need to relax a little....

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    14. Joy’s wedding registry wasn’t for her....the registry was for things at they donated to those in need (I believe it was donated to battered women who were starting over after leaving an abusive environment). If you saw it on her registry and they were purchased, she wouldn’t have gotten them.

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    15. And here we go again...nosey, judgementals...Seriously folks to scrutinize every single post down to the most miniscule thing is tiresome and ridiculous...i suppose if they didn't use paper plates then someone would say they are wasting to much water to clean them. 🎡Dont worry...be happy🎢

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    16. My mother in law calls paper plates and plastic cutlery for a party fine china lol

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    17. I’m always appalled by the extreme judgement people place on the Duggars. I would love to meet all of you perfect humans. God bless the Duggar family!

      “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
      ‭‭John‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭KJV

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    18. anon@8:27- I certainly don't care one way or another what the Duggars choose for their dinnerware. However, they've made a big deal in the past about how frugal they are and "buying used, save the difference" has been their motto to live by. Many think that using paper or styrofoam plates appears to be a major contradiction. I can't recall ever seeing them use regular ones.

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    19. Paper and plastic is wasteful and that's all there is to it. It's work washing dishes but life is all about work, and you're not going to get away from it. A family of 21 people should have that motto hanging in their house. And "Many hands make light the work."

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    20. The Duggars probably have a dishwasher and a dishwasher uses less energy than hand washing dishes. Does not take much effort to clean off dirty dishes and load a dishwasher, even if you are pregnant. And anyways, her husband could do it for her.

      No one learns how to be environmentally responsible unless they are taught how to be that way. This has nothing to do with extreme judgement.

      A reasonable and intelligent person would say.. hey, thanks. I was not aware that using paper plates and plastic cutlery was harmful for the environment. I will think twice the next time I use them.

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    21. Allow me to mention how particular recycling programs can be. Ours will not accept the following items:

      Paper plates - used, or with food residue (attracts bugs and animals)

      Plastic utensils - used, or with food residue (ditto)

      Plastic cups - the "thin" kind, as shown in red in the picture (they shatter and clog up the recycling facility machinery)

      Paper cups (contain food residue)

      Deli trays and plates, thin plastic, the kind pictured (they are too thin when flattened and get accidentally mixed with paper)

      Rotisserie chicken containers (ditto)

      Any thin lid from any plastic container such as cottage cheese (they slide through with paper or can get stuck in the works)

      Styrofoam or Polystyrene foam cups and plates (not an allowed substance)

      "Compostable Plastics" #7 (you are to compost them, not recycle them)

      Pizza boxes (food residue)

      Frozen food boxes that are waxed inside

      Unopened mail (may contain something other than paper)

      Plastic grocery sacks (they get tangled in the sorting machinery)

      And that's just a partial list.

      There are municipal recycling "police" that do spot checks of recycle bins. If you put unaccepted items into your bins for collection, you'll first get a note telling you what you did wrong. If you still violate the policies, they can fine you and/or refuse to pick up your recycling trash.

      So please don't claim that you can recycle those used paper plates, because that is definitely not the case in every place! Those plates, utensils, and cups are nothing more than trash, where I live.

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    22. Well said, anon 1:58!πŸ‘

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    23. Do all of you environmentalist warriors realize that paper plates are made from trees, a renewable resource, and they also biodegrade? Nothing will happen to our environment outside of God's will. We can do our best -- and sometimes that includes using paper plates -- but our world is in HIS hands.

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  2. Who's the kid on the sofa in the background?

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    1. I think that's one of Kendra's brother but I'm not sure.

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    2. I think it might be Kendra's little brother... :)

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    3. I was wondering the same thing, maybe Israel?

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    4. Maybe Travis, Michelle's nephew who they just adopted?

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    5. Yes, who is that? And who is the girl sitting on the floor by Joseph's side?

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    6. I believe that is Israel but I'm not certain. He's gotten so big!

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    7. Good question,and the girl on the floor by Joe with back of her head to camera.

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    8. Anon @ 1:24 Michelles nephew is called Tyler and hes in Australia at the moment.

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    9. Tyler is the relative living with the Duggars (not Travis) and no, he is not adopted. And during that party, he was in Australia with the rest of the Duggars.

      The girl on the floor has hair like Kendra's younger sister.

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    10. 1:24 His name is Tyler and the Duggar haven't adopted anybody. They only have temporary guardianship of him. Michelle is his great aunt. Michelle's sister is Tyler's grandmother.

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    11. Ano. 1:24 PM One of the posts on the family trip said Travis went along.

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    12. Not "Travis" it's "Tyler" and he's with his family in Australia. He wasn't left behind. Let me see... "yeah kid we're gonna adopt you but you don't get what our kids get".

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    13. 1:10. Definitely not Israel; he is very blond. 1:24. Michelle's nephew is Tyler, not Travis. They are his guardians, it is not an adoption situation. And he is in Australia with the rest of the family.

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    14. I didn’t think that Kendra had any brothers. She just has a sister, doesn’t she? I remember when her and Joe were courting and her father said he just had the two girls but I may be mistaken.

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    15. Our go to phrase is "More than 8, paper plate".

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    16. Kendras siblings I’m pretty sure

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    17. 6:34 Kendra has a big family, I believe she has 2 brothers

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    18. Kendra is the oldest of 7 kids and the youngest boy is a toddler.

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  3. Who's the girl sitting on the ground next to Joe?

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    1. Kendra's sister I believe, and the little boy in the back is her brother.

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    2. Probably one of Kendra's sisters.

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    3. Looks like one of kendras siblings poss

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  4. Congratulations Jill!

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    1. You mean Kendra!!

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    2. Congratulations Jill -why?

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    3. Why are you congratulating Jill?

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    4. I have missed something. Why are you congradulting Jill?

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    5. People like to try and start things on here like making others think Jill is pregnant when she's not

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    6. Is Jill having another baby??

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  5. Who is the little girl on the floor by Joseph with her back to the camera?

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  6. So many questions!!! Why do they have cow antibiotic on the counter? Is that the back of Joy's head and what is she doing in the floor by Joe? Is that the handle for a baby carrier between Joy and John David? Whose baby is in it? Is that temporary counter space as it looks unfinished? BUT at least it looks like they have moved out of the RV!

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    1. 1. Probably because Austin’s parents own cows at their camp
      2. That is Kendra’s little sister, not Joy. Joy most likely took the pic.
      3. The baby carrier is probably for Samuel

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    2. - They live in the country. Austin's family (and Joy's I believe) have farm animals.
      - That's Kendra's little sister I believe.
      - The carrier is probably Jill and Derick's son, Samuel.
      - Maybe? Looks pretty permanent to me.

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    3. I think that's Samuel's baby carrier.

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    4. I think the head is from one of Kendra's sisters and maybe Samuel is in the babycarrier

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    5. Cow antibiotic, on the counter?? Where?

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    6. Jill is there so I would assume that it is Samuel carrier

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    7. That isn’t Joy it looks like a kiddo, I’m sure Joy isn’t getting in the floor at the point in her pregnancy. The carrier is most likely Jill’s and Sam is most likely inside? Let’s hope all our questions about Austin and Joy’s home will be answered in the new season.

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    8. Right?! My thoughts exactly! Why is Jill smiling like that? Why does Joe have a red hat? smh

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    9. And you got people to answer your questions! So funny.

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  7. I have a cabinet full of dishes. But I also buy and use paper plates so that I do not have to constantly have a stack of dirty dishes to do. Why voice concern over Joy using paper plates? A bit not-picky.

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    1. The concern is for the fact that the Duggars continually create mountains of paper and plastic trash, especially when they have a group over to eat. That is not environmentally friendly. As a large family, they should be aware of the impact they have on the environment and do something to lessen it. Plus disposing of dishes wastes money, and the D's are supposed to be all about saving money.

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    2. Because it's wasteful to use them.

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    3. There are environmentally friendly options available today, let’s hope they are choosing wisely.

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    4. Use your critical energy to work on real issues. Why not focus more on working encouraging people to repurpose old buildings instead of tearing down forests to build new houses? Or donating food thrown away by fast-food joints to those in need? There are millions of more useful ways to protect the environment than sobbing over somebody using paper plates.

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    5. Often a chain of positive changes starts with one small thing, such as not using disposable dinnerware. This family could certainly make that one small change, for starters.

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    6. Well said, 8:43!

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    7. Well said, 9:28.

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  8. She might have but with large parties it's easier with throw away!!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday, and pray it was a wonderful day, even though most of family was in Australia. The house looks allot different. Great jobs kids!!!!!

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  10. And the little girl at Joseph's feet?

    Must of been some friends around too...

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  11. no offense, but would you want to do all the dishes for that many people?

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    1. Ever hear of a dish washer, or all hands on deck to help, they are done in no time?!

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    2. I'm sure Austin installed a dishwasher, and in the main Duggar house, there is a restaurant-style commercial grade dishwasher than can do all the dishes in one load, in minutes.

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    3. Many people have an appliance called a dishwasher and it's not much of a chore to load it and start it up. I bet Joy and Austin have one.

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    4. Ever heard of a dishwasher?

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    5. I sure would do dishes for all those people. Either load the dishwasher or load up the sink and let everyone there pitch in. You'd be cleaned up in no time and would have a lot less trash to haul to the dump.

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    6. They're a newly married couple, maybe they don't have enough plates for that many people, so they got paper plates

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    7. Paper plate warriors, thanks for the laughs. I think I'll go use a paper plate right now in your honor.

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    8. Actually, a dishwasher has been proven to be more environmentally friendly than doing dishes by hand. You use less energy (hence cheaper), less dish soap (again cheaper) and the dishes are cleaner.

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    9. Dishes aren't the problem. But what's WRONG with using paper plates? We don't have ANY idea of the circumstances under which she hose to use paper plates. Maybe they had ten minutes to prepare. Maybe someone else brought paper plates and they were trying to use them. It's so incredibly petty to be horrified over such tiny things as someone using paper plates. There are far bigger issues to deal with in the world. If everyone used their nitpicking in useful ways, maybe we actually COULD end some major problems. Some people are just too busy being nosy, argumentative, critical, and judgmental to think clearly.

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  12. Maybe few of Kendra siblings

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  13. What a nice time of fellowship. Oh to be again!

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    1. Oops! That should have said to be 28 again. Sorry!

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  14. Is Josiah courting Lauren Swanson?

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    1. If he is it hasn't been announced

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    2. Lot’s of rumors out there, so far no Duggar announcement.

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    3. You can consider that one a done deal. Just because the Duggars haven't announced it doesn't mean it's not happening. They could have a tree sprout right through the center their house and not acknowledge it, just post pictures of where it's visible...

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    4. Sorry - you won’t k is the answer to this question until the end of the coming season. It will be strategically reveal right st the end so everyone wants to have another season and watch it.

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  15. no way could one person finish that house so quick? they probably had help? hope he does not expect Joy to be helping in her condtion. Did it meet all the codes.

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    1. They never said he did it by himself, and it's been almost a year, that's a long time

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    2. Around here, you'd need a final inspection by the city and a certificate of occupancy. Otherwise, no party in the living room.

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    3. Anonymous @ 2:30- Same laws in my city and state. No passing final inspection and occupancy certificate means you can't even move one item belonging to you into the house... and they are not kidding in the slightest. Some friends of mine tried it and their contractor lit them up. My brother's a contractor and he's not about to be fined/lose his license because his client wants to move some boxes into the house to get them out of their way.

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  16. I read this blog and then looked at the picture and thought how nice it was for all these adult Duggar children and spouses to have a party together. I thought the pic showed the house was really coming along. Then I read the comments and wondered if it is me or what. I just do not understand all the criticism, negativity, and meanness of some comments. I am just baffled. Happy Birthday John David. Joy and Austin, great work on your house. Eileen

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    1. It's not you, it's the others. It's like being in junior high again.

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    2. Absolutely agree with you Eileen. Nice to see positive comments.

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    3. I agree with you on this. I mean I thought this blog was for the fans. Fans mean they like the family. There is already so much scrutinizing about everything in the media. To me this should be a blog where they are uplifted. Not being so critical over things.

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    4. I agree. This was just a post about John-David's birthday and Joy and Austin's house. It was not a commentary or critique on the use of paper plates. Happy birthday to John- David.

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  17. I use paper plates all the time, not one single thing wrong with it unless you are a snob.

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    1. A snob...or you just care about the environment enough to recognize the impact of single-use disposables.

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    2. Guess I'm a snob then because I refuse to spend good money (A pack of $2 - $4 plates a week = $100 - $200 a year, times 50 years of adult life = $5000 - $10,000, before interest) for something I already have and can use over and over. Thanks for the label. There's an economics lesson in return.

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    3. Anonymous @ 6:45- I had to laugh when I saw your post, as I taught a math class today on simple and compound interest! Paper plates for a Duggar-sized family alone, for multiple gatherings in a year, would come to quite a bit of money. Usually, it's not just the family either at their events. It's not my life, my house, or my family, so I'm not faulting them. I do think it's a huge waste to have an industrial dishwasher and commercial kitchen equipment, if you're not using it though. For as many gatherings as they've hosted over the last 20+ years, that's a lot of "paper plate" money that could be better spent on helping someone else though. Maybe the Duggars could consider hiring some responsible, needy young adults and could pay them to do kitchen clean-up at their family events at the Duggar house. Surely, there's got to be families within their own church with youth that could use the money.

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John David and Jana! It is a continual JOY and BLESSING to follow your family through the years!
    The reason for that is that your Dad and Mom caught onto living for Christ and applied it and were an especially blessed couple! Then we, the world, wanted to know all about it! Wishing you have another great year!

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  19. You can burn paper plates. They should never end up in a landfill. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using paper plates.

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    1. Many municipalities have laws against burning trash. Besides, that's air pollution. Just as bad.

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    2. Thank you! I agree. When my family and I used to live in a house with a fireplace, we would tear the paper plates up. And use them along with the kindling to start the fire.

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    3. I can't burn plates where I live. Nor are we allowed to recycle things like that, not even tinfoil that has had food on it.

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  20. Where was Ben and Jessa??? I didn't see them on the trip to Australia. If they were home, it is kind of strange they didn't come to John David's birthday party.

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    1. Just because they aren't in that picture doesn't mean they weren't there

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  21. Joy Anna is SUCH a lazy person for using paper plates to not have to do dishes when she is 9 months along and ready to pop! That's what all 9 month (and nesting) pregnant women want to do, afterall. Clear dirty dishes after a big party. What a good person. As a first time mom, I wouldn't even let people come in my house at that stage and mess it up. Lol

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    1. If you look closely, you can see at least 8 able-bodied people in that picture. That's 16 hands to help with dishes.

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    2. Sorry but guests in my home do not help with the dishes. I don’t care if they are family or not. The dishwasher was probably already full of pots and pans and bowls and utensils. Food prep dishes take up a lot of space. I generally have to run the dishwasher before I can even put plates in it. When we have a lot of people over, we use paper plates. The cleanup is much quicker and we can spend time enjoying our company not rinsing the dishes off, loading them, running the dishwasher and then unloading it. Let everyone make their own choices.

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    3. Sorry, but I don't go to someone's house and not offer to help clean up, especially if the hostess is pregnant or has gone to the trouble of making a big meal. Time in the kitchen working together counts as visiting and enjoying each other's company.

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  22. Nice they got together to celebrate John-David's birthday. Joy and Austin can put everyone to work, so they can get the house finish before the baby gets here.Lol...Jane

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    1. But we're still discussing how nobody there seems able to wash dishes, let alone finish building a house.

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  23. I can't believe someone nitpicks over disposable dishes. Um, Joy is like 7 1/2 - 8 months pregnant, the bulk of the family is out of the country. Whose gonna wash all those dishes? Since you have a problem with the disposable plates, are you volunteering too go clean her kitchen? Geesh! Some people will complain about a wild eyelash no one can see.

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    1. No one is saying that Joy has to do the dishes. Austin could do them/load up the dish washer. Or any of the other people in the picture could pitch in to help.

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    2. I'd be happy to go clean her kitchen. Actually, her guests should have pitched in and washed the dishes. Then they could have posted pictures of everyone, even the men, helping, and we'd be having a whole other discussion about how nice it was that they helped.

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    3. She has a husband who can clean too! How about her sister Jill, she could help too.

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    4. Who's "gonna" wash all those dishes? The very people responsible for dirtying them. I see lots of un-pregnant people in that picture.

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    5. Once again, they are a newly married couple, and probably don't have enough no disposable plates and utensils for that many people. Think about it, they had their food and then probably dessert which would be 2 plates per person. If John David Jill Derick Joy Austin maybe Jessa and Ben Kendra's parents Joe however many of Kendra's siblings that came Israel and Spurgeon, they would need over 30 plates! Do you really think Joy Anna and Austin already have over 30 plates in their house? I don't think so.

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    6. Exactly. The end of our family gatherings is signaled by a clean up party-everyone pitches in. Washing dishes, wiping surfaces, sweeping, vacuuming...

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    7. Anonymous @8:12- We must be cousins because that's how our family gatherings work too! Except in our case, at both my parents and the in-laws, the clean-up follows the meal and dessert. Once the "big sweep" is over, the socializing begins in earnest (or "fellowshipping" as some would say). :)

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  24. If all married kids are celebrating together then where is Jessa and het husband? 😯

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  25. Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag πŸ™„πŸ™„

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  26. She could use some of Jana's decorating advice! Those windows flanking the door are two different heights! She only has single panels up to each window and they are hung too low, the rods are too small in diameter and they do not extend the customary 3-4 inches beyond the woodwork!

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    1. Well, call the decorating police! lol You have WAAAAY too much time on your hands if you can be making criticisms like that.

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    2. Are you for real?

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    3. It is her house. She can decorate it and put curtains up in any way she wants.

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    4. Why do YOU care? Maybe you could drop by and fix things for Joy since it bothers you so much.

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    5. Well excuse them for all of these ghastly decorating mistakes! When I was young and starting out, I couldn't afford two panels per window and was discouraged to put holes in the walls when hanging curtain rods. And I'm sure there is some structural issue for the window to the right of the front door being lower than the rest. Unless of course, Jana can change it.

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    6. You're right 10:42. Two panels per window, with the rods all hung at the same height and beyond the woodwork, would help unify that small space.

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    7. Maybe when Jana returns from Australia she’ll do Joy a solid and show her how to hang curtains and their rods properly. My older sister helped me with all my window treatments and they look great thanks to her

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    8. As much as I don't like the nitpicking, you're right about this one.

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    9. Oh. My. Gosh.

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    10. Oh people be nice. Remember when we first got married and moved into our first apartment or house and we fixed it up, decorating it with what we had and it felt so exciting? It would have broke our hearts if people started saying negative things about how we decorated it, and what type of furniture we had etc. This world can be a rough place to live for all of us at times, so let's be an encouragement to people when we can. "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy"

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    11. The window height would be an indication of the layout of the house when built, presumably many years ago. The longer window would have been the living room and the shorter one would have been another room. Somewhere along the way, a wall was likely removed between the two to enlarge the living room.

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    12. Exactly, and when you do a major remodel such as this one, windows are inexpensive to replace if you don't buy high-end. A little more thought put into a remodel project before starting pays big dividends later. That is why Jana could have guided them on the layout and fine elements prior to the demolation of a single wall. Also, the rustic bar treatment clashes terribly with the traditional style cabinets.

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  27. Anyone know what JD is looking at, or what's in that blue and yellow box?

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    1. A lot of people are saying it's a cow antibiotic

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    2. Pre-natal cow antibiotic????

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    3. So JD is now an expert on cow care as well as flying? Imagine if he combined the two areas....

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    4. 9:37 what's wrong with you

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  28. Ranch dressing and Hershey's syrup. Yum. Fun times.

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    1. Ranch dressing and chocolate syrup on everything. Sounds like a pregnancy craving.

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    2. Wouldn't do much for morning sickness, though.

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  29. Tyler michelle nephew is in Australia with them.

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  30. Why does Jill always do that fake surprised smile? She does it in so many photographs, no one else looks surprised in the picture in fact it looks pretty low key, just a normal pretty smile would be enough.

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    1. Ever thought someone could have said something funny? And how about you post a pic of your smile and give us all the link to see it so we can tell you how to correctly smile.😊

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    2. Probably has just become a habit.

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    3. Anon @ 4:44 I think you are a tad defensive. Jill does pull this exaggerated surprised face a lot, I think anon @ 6:35 is right its become a habit, but she isn't a teenager anymore, and if she wants to be taken seriously working with students she needs to mature a bit.

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  31. If the title is ‘Joy and Austin’s house’ can we at least see some photos of their place

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  32. I'll bet they're glad to have the house settled before the baby comes.

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  33. where are the Seewalds?

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  34. It looks like Joy and Austin have a nice house. But why are they sitting on the floor?

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    1. I don't see any grown-ups sitting on the floor, just one child, possibly two. It doesn't look like a very big room.

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    2. Duggars are used to sitting on the floor - when Anna & josh were in the house where Jessa & Ben are now they hosted a dinner and many sat on the floor - same when Jessa & Ben hosted a harvest dinner. Not a big deal at all.

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  35. It's fine to use paper dishes. We used them for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

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  36. Really hope/wish we’ll get pregnancy updates and pictures of Joy, Kendra, and Jingers pregnancies. (Especially Joy sense she’s due around March).

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  37. I wonder if all the people who are whiny about paper plates bring their own dishes to restaurants that use paper goods.

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    1. Don't give them ideas!

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    2. Who eats at restaurants that serve on paper? Not me.

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    3. I don't even know of any restaurants that serve on paper. Where are you guys eating? McDonald's?

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  38. Happy birthday Jana & John David may God continues blessing your lives.after reading all negative comments about paper plates who cares it doesn't matter it is your own choice what plates you want to use. I'm not lazy but I prefer to use paper plate most of the time. GOD BLESS Austin & Joy and their baby.....

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  39. Maybe they use paper in case a little one drops their plate. No broken glass, just food.

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    1. A little one? It's 99% adults in that picture.

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    2. Thank you! When little kids visit my house they ALWAYS use paper plates.

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  40. Paper plate defenders: The Duggars have publicly made a big deal about being frugal. One can argue that their heavy use of paper dinnerware contradicts this. I don't think anyone would care what they use otherwise. Personally, I enjoy entertaining and setting a nice table with my good dishes, even for a large crowd. (Except for picnics or barbecues.) I want my guests to know that I appreciate their company by making things a bit special. I've never minded cleaning up and my immediate family helps out.

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    1. Thanks 3:25, you understand. It's not just frugality that comes into question, it's caring about the environment, too. They rely heavily on foam plates and cups. We've seen that over and over on the show as well as in the pictures they release publicly. Those items are bad choices, and demonstrate a continued "we don't care" type of attitude, which is unfortunate.

      You mention BBQ's and picnics. I purchased a set of inexpensive lightweight plastic dishes years ago at Target. They are perfect for outdoor dining. We really appreciate that they don't fold or flop like a loaded paper plate can.

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    2. Even when you were 8 months pregnant? Lighten up everyone.....it was a Birthday πŸŽ‚ party! They had a good time and I’m sure didn’t discuss paper plates or condemn Joy’s decor.

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    3. Kathy Borders- Joy has plenty of capable dishwashers in the family. Regardless, the whole family has a long history of paper plate use.

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  41. What is going on with your blogs? I get a "broken Blogger/Sign In" page when I try to post.

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  42. I met Kendra once. After that I noticed I had lettuce stuck between my teeth. I hope she did not notice.

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