Monday, March 19, 2018

'A New Bundle of Joy' Recap

Counting On "A New Bundle of Joy"
  • In Laredo, Jinger and Jeremy go on a coffee date. “Jinger without her coffee in the morning is a sweet, half awake, non-functioning human being,” says Jeremy. Jeremy orders a pour-over, and Jinger gets her usual, a vanilla latte.
  • Jinger has considered creating her own coffee blend and selling it as a small business venture. The Vuolos buy a bean roaster to see if they can figure it out. They roast two batches and do a taste test. The first brew (Ethiopian beans) doesn’t turn out well. The second brew (Panamanian beans) tastes like coffee but is more acidic than they would like. “It think it’s our goal to make a decent roast for Joe and Kendra’s wedding,” says Jinger.
  • Back in Arkansas, Joe, Kendra, and about 20 friends and family members head out to the lake for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party. “I love being in the water,” says Kendra. “I guess I’m a water bug.”
  • Jim Bob drives the pontoon, and John and Pastor Caldwell each drive a ski boat. Kendra says that even though her dad is in his 40s, he has a “little kid” side that enjoys making people flip off the inner tube while being pulled by the boat.
  • Kendra has never been tubing or water skiing, but her mom encourages her to try. She goes out on a tube with Joseph. John drives the boat and tries to flip them off.
  • When everyone is finished with water activities, they gather on the shore for a game directed by Jana. She asks Joe and Kendra different questions, and they try to guess each other’s answers. Whoever gets an answer wrong has to put a marshmallow in his or her mouth. Joe gets more questions wrong than Kendra and thus ends up with more marshmallows in his mouth.
  • Both Joe and Kendra agree that they want as many kids as God will give them.
  • Joy and Austin, who have been married about two months, are making progress on their house, but they’re taking a break so they can share some exciting news with each of their families. They are expecting a baby!
  • The Forsyths head over to see Austin’s parents, who are thrilled. “What a blessing!” says Roxanne (Austin’s mom). “You made our day.”
  • On the way to meet Jim Bob and Michelle, Joy and Austin text Jana to tell her the news. She says she’s very excited.
  • As expected, Jim Bob and Michelle are over the moon when they hear that their 10th grandbaby is on the way. When asked how long it will be before they can’t remember all the names of their grandchildren, Michelle responds: “Today.”
  • “I think when we get over about 20 grand kids, they are all going to have to wear name tags,” jokes Jim Bob.
  • Next, Joy and Austin call Josiah, who says, “That is cool! Wow!”
  • They stop by Jessa and Ben’s house to tell them in person, who are also very excited. (Are you seeing a pattern?) “If you do the math, it’s a honeymoon baby,” says Jessa. “I’m not really surprised.” The Seewalds and Forsyths video chat with the Vuolos.
  • Joy wants the gender to be a surprise, while Austin wants to find out. Joy and Austin don't end up finding out until the baby is born.
  • Joy texts Jill while she and Austin head over to the big house with balloons. They gather all the younger kids in the living room and have them pop the balloons. The message is written on a piece of paper. 
  • The Forsyths text the other older siblings.

Watch Gideon's Birth on TLC

For those who haven't been able to watch the TLC GO preview of Gideon Forsyth's C-section birth, we have embedded a clip below. Joy labored for about 20 hours at home but was transferred to the hospital after it was determined that the baby was breech.

The preview will air on TLC immediately after tonight's episode of Counting On.

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Photo courtesy TLC

Forsyth Family, Party of 3

Three weeks after her emergency C-section delivery, Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth is up and about. The new mom is all smiles as she poses with her husband and their son. Gideon seems to be pretty enamored with his daddy!

Joy-Anna Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth

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Dillards in Guadalajara

Over the weekend, Jill and Derick Dillard, along with Samuel Dillard, departed on a six-day mission trip to Guadalajara, Mexico.

Jill and Derick Dillard
Jill and Derick Dillard

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Don't Have Cable? Watch Gideon's Birth Online

Joy-Anna Duggar and son Gideon Forsyth
 Joy (Duggar) Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth, Austin Forsyth

Last week, we shared the link for the two, ten-minute TLC GO clips that feature Gideon Forsyth's C-section birth. In order to watch, viewers must sign in with their TV provider. We know that many of our readers don't have cable, so we wanted to give you an alternate way to view the segments.

One of the providers on the list is Philo, a company that offers paid Internet TV subscriptions. If you select Philo on the long list of providers, you will be redirected to the Philo website. There, you will be able to set up your subscription, which starts with a free trial that you can easily start by simply providing your cell phone number.

You will have 48 hours of free access, and then you will receive a text with instructions on how to unlock an additional five days of free access. If you like your experience, you can continue the subscription by paying a monthly fee.

To our knowledge, Philo is only available for those living in the United States. If you are one of our wonderful international readers, check out Wednesday's post for more details on Joy's labor and delivery.

We are not associated with Philo in any way.

Photo courtesy TLC

Friday, March 16, 2018

Duggars and Bates Go Skiing in CO

Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar skiing
Jill Duggar and Jessa Duggar skiing in 2011
Do you remember watching 19 Kids and Counting "Duggars Hit the Slopes" back in June 2011? Jim Bob Duggar and Grandma Duggar took the kids skiing for the first time, and the family had a blast. The resort they visited was Granby Ranch in Granby, Colorado.

Seven years later, the Duggars are back on the slopes. Jim Bob and Michelle and many of the kids, along with some of the Bates, are enjoying a vacation at Granby Ranch this week. The film crew is present so perhaps you'll be able to watch their adventure on an upcoming episode of Counting On.

Have you ever been skiing? How about skiing at Granby?

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kendra Loves Surprises

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell Duggar

Kendra Caldwell loves surprises, and Joseph was able to pull off a big one on Monday's episode of Counting On. It's Kendra's 19th birthday, and she's in Kentucky trying on wedding dresses, which means she's apart from Joe. But little does she know that her fiancĂ© has something up his sleeve. 

When Kendra is finished at Renee's bridal shop, she and the other Duggar and Caldwell ladies stop by a brick oven pizza restaurant. Guess who is waiting to greet Kendra when she walks in the door?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Joy's C-section Delivery

For those who have cable, yesterday's post explains how you can watch a preview of Gideon Martyn Forsyth's arrival. Below is a brief recap of the preview, although we encourage you to watch it yourself if you are able.

In the wee hours of the morning on February 23rd, Michelle, Jana, and Johannah drive over to the Forsyths' house to check on Joy, who has been in labor since the evening before. By the early afternoon, although Jill determines that Joy's vitals and the baby's heart rate are within normal ranges, labor is still not progressing.

Around 2pm, Jim Bob receives a text informing him that Joy is being transported to the hospital. All the siblings, including Joe and Kendra, are over at the Duggar house eagerly waiting for news. Jim Bob leaves for the hospital. Soon after Joy arrives, it is determined that the baby, who is breech, needs to be delivered via emergency C-section.

The camera catches a glimpse of Joy as she is on her way into the operating room, and she smiles and thanks viewers for their prayers. Gideon arrives at 3:39pm. After the surgery is complete, Joy and the baby are wheeled into their hospital room, where they are greeted by both sets of grandparents, as well as Austin's sister.

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Photo courtesy TLC

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Kendra Gown

As I mentioned yesterday, I was able to watch some of the events shown in last night's episode unfold in real time from behind the scenes. Filming started in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, at Renee's Bridal, where Kendra Caldwell, along with her mom (Christina Caldwell), grandmother (Grammy), sisters (Lauren and Gracie Caldwell), and future in-laws (Michelle Duggar, Jana Duggar, and Josie Duggar) had an appointment with dress designer Renee Miller.

Kendra has a cheerful, bubbly personality, and it was neat to watch her interact with her family (and future family). Josie and Gracie are around the same age, so they enjoyed playing together and "helping" Renee. (They helped Kendra fan out her train and put on her veil.) Jana has an eye for design and is gentle with her opinions, so she was able to give Kendra guidance. As the oldest daughters in their families, she and Kendra are both strong leaders.

Kendra's family was as sweet as could be. You could tell that her mom and "grammy" were soaking in each moment as they watched Kendra try on dresses. The Caldwells spoke well of Joseph and seemed thrilled to have him join their family.

Before the gowns were revealed and the fitting began, Renee and Kendra sat down to look at sketches of the dresses. Renee had purposefully had the artist--Ashley Howell, owner of The Blue Rose--do the sketches "paper doll style" so Kendra could visualize how the top would look with each skirt.

For more photos from the day, visit Renee's Facebook page.

Preview Gideon's Dramatic Birth

Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth and Gideon Forsyth

Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth are nearly three weeks into parenthood, and we know you are eager to hear the details of Gideon Forsyth's birth. The network has released two ten-minute previews of Gideon's dramatic arrival that can only be accessed by viewers with certain cable providers.

Photo courtesy and Austin Forsyth

Monday, March 12, 2018

'Kendra's Birthday Surprise' Recap

Counting On "Kendra's Birthday Surprise"
  • Joy and Austin have been married for two months, and their house is still far from finished. “Hopefully we’ll be in our house within the next six months,” says Joy. Joseph comes over to lend a hand. The wedding is a month away, and he is eager for the big day to arrive.
  • At the Caldwell home, Kendra and her mom, sisters, and grandma are packing for their overnight trip to Kentucky. “The one hard part about this trip is that I won’t be able to see Joe for a little while,” says Kendra.
  • They meet up with Michelle, Jana, and Josie and then head to the airport with John-David, who will be flying them to their destination. “He is a good pilot, although I do like my feet on the ground rather than in the air,” says Jana.
  • The next morning, Joseph wakes up at 4am and catches a commercial flight to Kentucky to surprise Kendra on her birthday.
  • In Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Kendra and the ladies spend the day at Renee Miller’s bridal shop searching for a dress. Mt. Sterling small business owner Ashley (The Blue Rose) makes sketches of the dresses that Renee has prepared so Kendra can get an idea of what she likes before trying the gowns on.
  • During the dress fitting, Joe and Kendra video chat so Joe can wish his future bride a happy birthday. Kendra thinks Joe is back in Arkansas working, but he is actually in town.
  • When Kendra tries on the first dress, she falls in love with the sparkly top, so now all she has to do is find a bottom that she loves just as much. (The bottom is too simple for her tastes.)
  • The second skirt has too many ruffles for Kendra. The third skirt is more of a horsehair braid, which she likes, but is poufier than Kendra would like. “I could tell by looking at Kendra that it wasn’t her favorite,” says Kendra’s mom, Christina. 
  • The fourth skirt is “the one.” It has the perfect amount of pouf, volume, and horsehair braid, and everyone loves it, especially Kendra. 
  • “Miss Renee did an amazing job on the dress,” says Kendra. “She definitely nailed it.”
  • Kendra puts on a veil, and the tears start flowing. “She’s my rock,” says Lauren. “She’s always there for me and [is] my best friend. I love Joe and Kendra. I think they’re perfect for each other but…I’m definitely going to miss her.”
  • Meanwhile, Joseph stops at Spoonful of Sugar to pick up a birthday cake. The one he chooses is purple, has two layers, and has lots of ruffles (just like the the dresses Kendra is trying on!). The bakery is right next to the bridal shop, so Joe has to be sneaky.  
  • John, who has just been hanging out all day, meets Joe at Tomatoes and Flames, a pizza shop around the corner. “I didn’t go wedding dress shopping,” says John. “I didn’t need one, so I stayed away.” The brothers set up pink table cloths, flameless candles, and balloons.
  • The ladies walk over to the pizza place, and Kendra is elated when she sees Joe standing inside the door. “I can’t believe you’re here,” she whispers, as she gives him a full-on frontal hug. Joe and Kendra say they try to stick to side hugs but that they do sometimes forget and end up giving frontal hugs.
  • Down in Laredo, Jinger and Jeremy welcome friends James and Seung, who live in New York City, for a visit. Jeremy has known them for five years, and Jinger has enjoyed getting to know them since meeting Jeremy.  “Jeremy and I both love hosting people,” says Jinger. “We have two guest bedrooms…so that has been really nice. 
  • They find a mini golf course and team up for a couples match. “As a former professional athlete, I definitely do not like to lose,” says Jeremy. “You play for a purpose, and the purpose is to win, so why play if you are going to be content losing?” 
  • James and Seung end up winning. Jeremy is not impressed by his performance, but he is proud of Jinger. “Like most things, Jinger performed better,” says Jeremy. “Jinger seems to be a natural at most everything she puts her hand to.”
  • James and Seung make a delicious dinner for the Vuolos, although grilling outdoors in temperatures of 105 degrees is a bit brutal. During the meal, the couples discuss family planning. Both couples have been talking about it. “I think the two of them are really enjoying the time that they have together now,” says James of Jinger and Jeremy. 

Kendra Loves Sparkles

Michelle Duggar and Christina Caldwell

"Kendra has always been our happy, bubbly, sunshine-on-a-rainy-day girl."
-Christina Caldwell

Tonight on an all-new episode of Counting On, Kendra Caldwell takes her mother, her grandmother (affectionately called "Grammy"), her sisters (Lauren and Gracie), Michelle, Jana, and Josie to Kentucky to find a wedding dress. Following in the footsteps of Jinger and Joy, Kendra will have a custom gown designed by Renee Miller from Renee's Bridal. 

 I (Ellie) am especially looking forward to this episode because I was able to be behind the scenes during Kendra's dress fitting, as well as during her birthday celebration later that day. Be sure to tune in tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Working with the Duggar Brothers

Duggar brothers work

"The way it kind of works for guys in my family who are trying to move up through the ladder, first of all you start off doing the mowing and then may switching over to working on the properties my dad's working on...and then maybe from there transitioning into the cars, and then slowly transitioning over into real estate."

-Josiah Duggar 

Readers are always interested in hearing about what the Duggars do for work. They have a handful of different ventures, including car sales, rental property management, and a real estate business that is in its fifth generation. Last year, we shared that Jason Duggar, who is only 17 years old, had purchased his first house.

When the kids are young, the goal is to help them gain as many skills and types of experience as possible. In this video from TLC, follow the boys on a job, and learn about their career paths.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

New Photos, Dillard Family of 4

Even though Jill and Derick Dillard are not currently appearing on Counting On, we still want to share updates and new photos of their little family. Samuel Dillard just hit his eight-month milestone, and Israel Dillard will turn three in April.

Samuel Dillard
 Samuel Dillard, 8 months old

Jill and Derick Dillard
 Jill and Derick Dillard, date night to celebrate Derick's 29th birthday

Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard
Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Jim Bob and Michelle Introduce Newest Couple

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

Another Duggar wedding is in the works. Now that Josiah and Lauren are engaged, it's time to plan their big day. Josiah will be the seventh Duggar child and the third Duggar son to get married.

In the video below, Jim Bob and Michelle congratulate Josiah and Lauren.

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Derick Turns 29

Wishing Derick Dillard a very happy 29th birthday!

Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, Derick Dillard
Dillard family morning cuddles
Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard, Israel Dillard, Derick Dillard

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Episodes in the UK

We have an exciting announcement for our readers living in the United Kingdom. The new season of Counting On, which premiered in the United States and Canada on February 26th, is now airing on TLC UK, also on Monday nights. For TV listings, visit the TLC UK website.

For those who live in Australia, reruns of Counting On are currently playing on Discovery Channel. Listings can be found on the Discovery website.

If you are an international reader and have further information on how to watch the show in your country, feel free to comment.

Photo courtesy TLC/DCL

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Livin' On Love

"Living in the RV is Sometimes it can get a little tight."
-Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth

In this scene from Monday's episode, Joy and Austin Forsyth make their first meal together as a married couple. The RV is cozy, but it isn't without its issues, so the Forsyths are looking forward to completing their fixer-upper home and moving in.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Jeremy Loves Books

"One man said that if you never quote, you will never be quoted yourself, and so it's good to read through a variety of sources to gain a greater knowledge of life."
-Jeremy Vuolo

It's no secret that Jeremy Vuolo loves books. His precious collection has spent a year in the closet, so he's thrilled to finally have a study to display them in. After having custom shelves built, he is eager to organize his many books, which he estimates number close to 1,000.

How many books do you have?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, March 5, 2018

'Spurgeon's First Haircut' Recap

Counting On "Spurgeon's First Haircut"
  • Jinger and Jeremy have moved into their new house, and they are looking forward to having shelves made for Jeremy’s office. But first, they have to take the old shelves, which are mismatched and oddly shaped, into the garage. It’s a major struggle, as they can’t figure out how to turn one of the corners with the largest shelf.
  • When asked what they have learned by working together in marriage, the Vuolos say their personalities mesh well. “There have been some disagreements, but I have come to learn through experience that if Jinger disagrees with me, she’s probably right,” says Jeremy, laughing. “She’s the boss.”
  • The following day, their painter figures out how to turn the corner with the shelf in about five minutes. The Vuolos are grateful! When the new shelves are finally installed, Jeremy is on cloud nine. “This is a dream come true,” he says. “It’s a beautiful thing when books go on shelves.”
  • “Seeing him with this bookshelf being built, I think that his heart is just overflowing with joy,” says Jinger.
  • At the Seewald home, Jessa gives Ben a haircut. She is the unofficial barber for all the guys in the Duggar family. Michelle taught her how to cut hair when she was about 10 years old, and she has improved over the years.
  • Jessa and Ben team up to give Spurgeon his first haircut. Ben holds him and lets him watch a cartoon. Jessa is sentimental about the curls, but she and Ben are tired of having people mistake their son for a girl.
  • Jessa shares that Henry has had some health issues (eczema on his head and neck, as well as digestion problems). To prevent him from scratching at his head, he wears socks on his hands. Jessa has also cut out gluten, dairy, corn, and nuts from her diet, in hopes of figure out what bothers Henry’s stomach.
  • Later, Joseph and Kendra take the groomsmen to a local shop to choose outfits for the wedding, and they invite Jessa to help. They end up choosing navy suits with blush pink ties.
  • Kendra admits she is a bit overwhelmed by all the details, as this is the first wedding that she and her family have planned. “We are super excited to get to tag along and look at ties,” says Jedidiah sarcastically.
  • Joy and Austin are still getting used to living in an RV. Their house is still under construction, but they decide to set up a table and eat their first meal in the room that will be the kitchen.
  • At the end of the episode, the Duggars gather at the big house for a day of water fun. The highlight is the giant, homemade slip-and-slide that they set up on their hill every summer. “We had a lot of fun,” says Jordyn.

Engagement Message from Josiah and Lauren

Joisah Duggar engaged to Lauren Swanson

"She's the one. This is it"
-Josiah Duggar

"It's exciting to be engaged. I'm just looking forward to making many memories with you, Siah."
-Lauren Swanson

Josiah Duggar is headed to the altar with fiancĂ© Lauren Swanson! The two have announced their engagement only six weeks after revealing their courtship. In the TLCme video below, the future Mr. and Mrs. Duggar share a message with fans. 

The proposal took place at Lauren's home in Georgia, at the very same spot where her dad popped the question to her mom years ago.

If Josiah and Lauren follow in the footsteps of Josiah's siblings with a three-month engagement, the wedding will occur around the same time as Joy and Austin Forsyth's first anniversary and Jill and Derick Dillard's fourth anniversary.

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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Another Duggar to Tie the Knot

Josiah Duggar engaged to Lauren Swanson
 Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson

Duggar wedding No. 7 is officially in the works.

Six weeks after Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson shared news of their courtship, Us Weekly has a big announcement to make: The couple is engaged!

Us has the exclusive scoop on the engagement.

Lauren, who has been friends with the Duggars for years and even accompanied them on their trip to Australia and New Zealand, is 18 years old. Josiah turns 22 in August.

Photo courtesy Duggar

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Baby Vuolo at 20 Weeks

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo is officially halfway through her first pregnancy! She has reached the 20-week mark, which means Baby Vuolo is about seven inches long and weighs approximately ten ounces. He or she might even be starting to grow some hair!

Jinger Duggar Vuolo pregnancy bump
Jinger's baby bump at 20 weeks

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Duggar-Style Water Balloon Fight

Duggar water balloon fight

Another week has passed us by, and we're just one day away from another new episode of Counting On. Joy and Austin Forsyth have their first meal in their new home, while Jessa and Ben Seewald give Spurgeon Seewald his first haircut.

The siblings gather at the "big house" for a Duggar family summer tradition. While the kids are setting up the inflatable pool, Ben Seewald secretly fills up a bucket of water balloons and plans an attack. There are a few tears, but most of the kids enjoy the impromptu competition.

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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Duggar #1 Turns 30

Today is a big milestone for the Duggars. Jim Bob and Michelle’s oldest child is 30 years old! Wishing Josh a happy birthday.

How fitting that Jim Bob and Michelle are celebrating their oldest child's 30th birthday just days after welcoming their 10th grandchild. The Duggar family sure is growing!

Josh and Anna Dugar
 Josh and Anna Dugar
Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Meredith Duggar
(before Mason's birth)

Josh and Anna Duggar with Marcus Duggar
Josh and Anna Duggar with Marcus Duggar

Photos courtesy, Josh and Anna Duggar

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gideon's 1st TLC Appearance

Gideon Martyn Forsyth

Tomorrow marks Gideon Forsyth's one-week milestone. He's a big guy who likes to eat and doesn't always enjoy sleeping during the night. Joy and Austin Forsyth say they can't find words to describe how great it is to be first-time parents. Meet Baby Gideon in the video clip below.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

10 Grand-Duggars and Counting

With the arrival of Gideon Forsyth, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have an even 10 grandchildren, but it won't be long before that number changes, as they have at least two more on the way later this year. Derick Dillard's brother, Dan Dillard, is also expecting a child with his wife, Deena, in early September, so Israel and Sam will have new cousins on both sides.

It's no secret that Duggar genes are strong. Below are photos of all 10 grandchildren as newborns. Which ones resemble each other most?

Gideon Martyn Forsyth
Gideon Martyn Forsyth

Mason Garrett Duggar
Mason Garrett Duggar

Samuel Scott Dillard
 Samuel Scott Dillard

Henry Wilberforce Seewald
Henry Wilberforce Seewald

Spurgeon Elliot Seewald
Spurgeon Elliot Seewald

Meredith Grace Duggar
Meredith Grace Duggar

Israel David Dillard
 Israel David Dillard

Marcus Anthony Duggar
Marcus Anthony Duggar

Michael James Duggar
Michael James Duggar

Mackynzie Renee Duggar
Mackynzie Renee Duggar

Coming Soon...
Baby Boy Duggar (Joseph and Kendra) and Baby Vuolo

Second photo is property of and may not be used without written permission. (Visit the Duggars' website to see Mason's birth announcement.)
Third photo is property of and may not be used without written permission. (Visit the Dillards' website to see more photos of Samuel.)
Other photos are courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth,,, Josh and Anna Duggar,, Scott Enlow/TLC