Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Meet the Duggars in California

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

Saturday, June 16th, 5-9pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar Trivia 12.0 Answers

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

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

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

3. How old is Jordyn Duggar? Nine

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Baby Duggar Coming Soon!

 Joseph Duggar and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy TLC

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day


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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Forsyths Celebrate 1 Year of Wedded Bliss

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

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

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

Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth, February 2018

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

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

In Celebration of Grandma Duggar

Wishing Grandma Mary Duggar a very happy 77th birthday!

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

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

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

Grandma Duggar
Grandma Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, May 25, 2018

Win a Mumbelli

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


#FlashbackFriday: Jackson and Johannah

Jackson Duggar and Johannah Duggar
 Johannah Duggar and Jackson Duggar

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



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Duggars Vote and Enjoy the Outdoors

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

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

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

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


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

Duggar #15 Turns 14

Wishing Jackson Duggar a very happy 14th birthday!




































Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Showers, Engagements, and Avocados

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo

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

Surprise Baby Shower for the Vuolos


Baby Vuolo is a...


Jinger and Jeremy Become Avocado Farmers


Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are Engaged


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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Duggar Trivia 12.0

Happy Monday morning. Let's start this week off with a little fun. Below are five Duggar trivia questions for you to try your hand at. You can post your responses as a comment, and we will reveal the answers in the coming days. Ready, set, go!


1. Where did Jim Bob and Michelle go on their honeymoon?

2. Which Duggar children have birthdays in August?

3. How old is Jordyn Duggar?

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

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


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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/TLC

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ben Turns 23

Wishing Ben Seewald a blessed 23rd birthday! Today is also Warden Bates' birthday.

Ben Seewald birthday


Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com, duggarfamily.com

Friday, May 18, 2018

Lauren Turns 19

With Lauren Swanson about to join the Duggar family, the clan now has birthdays on May 17th, 18th, and 19th, as well as May 23rd and 26th. Wishing Lauren a happy 19th!

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson (soon to be Lauren Duggar)

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/Josiah Duggar

Duggars Fly Private

John-David Duggar and Michelle Duggar
 Michelle Duggar and John Duggar

"Flying private really is a good thing for the Duggar family because it's a lot harder to miss your flight."
-John Duggar 

The return of Counting On is still more than two months away, but we are still posting regular Duggar updates. In this video, John-David Duggar shows off his 10-seater plane, which he purchased used to serve his family.



Photo/video courtesy TLC

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Duggar #4 Turns 27

Wishing Jill Dillard a happy 27th birthday!




































Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com, duggarfamily.com, TLC/DCL

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Garden Like a Duggar

The warm weather is here to stay, which means it's time to start planting! Last year, we showed you photos of the beautiful garden and outdoor space that Jana created, with help from her siblings. Earlier this spring, we also shared a video of last year's garden.

This week, Jana Duggar and the Duggar siblings are hard at work getting the garden ready to go.

Duggar family garden James Duggar
 James Duggar

Duggar family garden

Whether it's growing produce, doing landscaping at one of Jim Bob's rental properties, or tumbling down the hill on a giant slip 'n side, the Duggars love being outdoors. While writing this post, we came across a couple gardening photos from previous years.

duggar family garden
Planting the Duggar garden, May 2014

Mackynzie Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Jordyn Duggar
Mackynzie Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Jordyn Duggar
Working in the garden, October 2016

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, May 14, 2018

Joy's 1st Mother's Day

Hope you all had a very happy Mother's Day. How did you celebrate?

This year, three additional Duggar ladies were honored on Mother's Day--mothers-to-be Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Kendra (Caldwell) Duggar, as well as new mom Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth. Little Gideon is 11 weeks old, while Jinger and Kendra are due in July and June.

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


Photo courtesy Joy and Austin Forsyth/duggarfamily.com

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Duggar Baby Bumps

With six (soon to be seven) Duggar children married, there could easily be at least one daughter or daughter-in-law pregnant at any given time. For fun, we complied a bunch of snapshots of their baby bumps over the past few years.

Jill Dillard (Israel), Anna Duggar (Meredith), Jessa Seewald (Spurgeon)
Jill Dillard (Israel), Anna Duggar (Meredith), Jessa Seewald (Spurgeon)
Approximately March 2015

Anna Duggar and Jill Dillard
Anna Duggar and Jill Dillard
February 2015

Joy-Anna Forsyth (Gideon), 18 weeks
2017

 Jessa's bump progression, 16-31 weeks (Spurgeon)
2015

Jill's bump progression (Israel), 11-40 weeks

Jinger Duggar Vuolo
 Jinger Vuolo, 20 weeks
2018

 Joy Forsyth (Gideon), Kendra Duggar (Baby Duggar), Jinger Vuolo (Baby Vuolo)
Approximately February 2018

 Kendra Duggar (Baby Duggar)
Approximately 31 weeks

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com, jingerandjeremy.com, Joy and Austin Forsyth, dillardfamily.com, TLC/DCL (additional photos can be found on the TLC website)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Jinger at 30 Weeks

Time is passing quickly! Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo are due with their little girl in just 10 weeks. At 30 weeks, the baby weighs about three pounds and measures approximately 15 inches in length.

Meanwhile, Joe and Kendra Duggar are approaching the 35-week mark with their son. Due to arrive on Father's Day, he likely weighs in at around five pounds and measures somewhere around 18 inches.

Jinger Duggar Vuolo 30 weeks pregnant
 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, 30 weeks pregnant

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

6 'Little' Duggars

We know you enjoy seeing new photos of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's youngest children, so we have a few to share. These six kids, of which Jackson (14 in 15 days) is the oldest and Josie (8) is the youngest, are growing up quickly. Tyler, Michelle's grand-nephew who lives with the family, fits right into the bunch between Jennifer and Jordyn.

Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Tyler, Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, Josie Duggar
Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Tyler, Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, Josie Duggar

Following in the footsteps of the older Duggars, these six kiddos take music lessons. They recently had a recital, for which they each wrote a song to match a theme (vacation destinations).

Jennifer Duggar
Jennifer Duggar

Tyler Duggar family
Tyler

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, May 7, 2018

New Episodes Return in 12 Weeks

 Jana Duggar
Jana Duggar

Duggar news may be at a standstill right now, but things are about to pick up. Between Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson's wedding (date not made public), Joseph and Kendra Duggar's June 17th due date, and Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's mid-July due date, there are plenty of exciting announcements coming your way.

We know you all are eager for new episodes of Counting On to start back up on TLC. The Duggars are slated to return to reality TV on Monday, July 30th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Stay tuned for promos!

Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo and Jeremy Vuolo

Photos courtesy DCL/TLC

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Dinner with Lauren's Family

To kick off the weekend, Josiah Duggar and fiancée Lauren Swanson joined Lauren's family for dinner. You may recognize the restaurant as Northwest Arkansas's MarketPlace Grill, a Duggar family favorite. While Josiah is the eighth child in his family, Lauren is the oldest in hers.

Lauren Swanson, Josiah Duggar, and the Swanson family
Lauren Swanson, Josiah Duggar, and the Swanson family

 Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/Josiah Duggar

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Seewald Pregnancy Rumor

Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald
Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald

With Spurgeon Seewald about to turn two-and-a-half and Henry Seewald almost at his 15-month milestone, fans have been wondering for several months if Jessa Seewald is pregnant with her third child. Spurgeon and Henry are 15 months apart.

Rumors have been circulating, especially when the mom of two wears a baggy shirts or engages in discussions about pregnancy with fellow moms and moms-to-be. But the rumor is just that, a rumor, as Jessa has confirmed that she is not expecting. In the past, she and Ben have expressed a desire to have a large family, as well as to adopt.

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Duggar Wedding #7...Coming Soon


Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson engagement

It has been just over eight weeks since Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson announced their engagement. In Duggar time, that means the wedding is likely just around the corner. Below is a list of the approximate engagement lengths of the other Duggar couples. Jim Bob and Michelle have had by far the longest engagement in the family. Their kids, however, have only waited a maximum of 15 weeks.

When do you think Josiah and Lauren will tie the knot?

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Caldwell: 15 weeks
Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth: 12 weeks
Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo: 14 weeks
Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald: 11 weeks
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard: 12 weeks
Josh Duggar and Anna Keller: 13 weeks
Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Ruark: 7 months

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/Josiah Duggar

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Duggar Courtships


Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson
 Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson

On our Bates blog, we posted a list of the Bates daughters' ages when they started courting. Our readers asked that we make a similar list for the Duggars. Here it is below, a list of each of the kids who has courted publicly, as well as the age they began their courtship.
 
Jill: 22
Jinger: 22
Joseph: 22 
Jessa: 20 (2 months before 21st birthday)
Joy: 19 (1 month after 19th birthday)
Josh: 19 (approximately)
Josiah: 18 (Marjorie); 21 (Lauren)

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/Josiah Duggar

HydroChic Giveaway


Me (Ellie) showing off my HydroChic outfit
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. As we kick off the month of May, here's to hoping that all the cold weather is behind us. Do you have any vacation plans for spring or summer? To help you prepare, we're partnering with HydroChic, an online store that sells modest swimwear, to bring you a giveaway.

Finding modest bathing suits at the mall can be a challenge, but Hydrochic has you covered (both literally and figuratively!) We are excited to be raffling off two $50 HydroChic gift cards.

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I have a HydroChic outfit, and I love how stretchy and comfortable the fabric is. With so many colors and styles to choose from, you're sure to find something that makes you look and feel beautiful.

This giveaway is open to all readers, although shipping will be higher for those outside the United States. HydroChic's Mother's Day sale is over, but if you would still like to make a purchase, you can use the code BG15DY6 to save 15%. Visit the website for details.


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Images courtesy of HydroChic