Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watch Lauren and Josiah's Wedding NOW

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have been married since June 30th, and it's finally time to get a sneak peek at their wedding.

Josiah--eight in his family lineup--and Lauren--the oldest of nine, including an infant brother--have known each other since childhood. But they didn't become serious friends until around the time of Joe and Kendra's September 2017 wedding. They were friends for a few months, followed by a six-week courtship and a four-month engagement.

Lauren's father, Dwain Swanson, is officiating the wedding. "I have so much emotions wrapped up into this moment," he shares just before seeing his daughter in her wedding dress. "It seems like a lifetime of years from the day that she was born up to this very minute that I'm about to see her. I know she's beautiful. I know that it's going to be sweet."

The mother of the groom and mother of the bride walk in together with Josiah, each wearing stylish, pink gowns that are knee-length. For protection, Lauren and Josiah decide to have Josiah keep the rings in his pocket, rather than trust someone else with them.
After exchanging vows and rings, Josiah and Lauren are prayed over by their parents. The first kiss is long and beautiful, and then Josiah grabs a beaming Lauren in his arms and runs out of the sanctuary.

The links to the two-part preview are below, as well as a link to a new gallery of wedding photos.

Josiah and Lauren's Wedding Part 1
Josiah and Lauren's Wedding Part 2
Wedding Photos 

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Photo was taken by Andy Henderson Photography.

Duggar Patriarch Turns 53

Wishing Jim Bob Duggar a blessed birthday!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fussy Baby? No Problem!

It's about time for another giveaway, don't you think? On our Bates blog, we are raffling off a unique product from KidCo called the SwingPod Travel Swing. All you have to do to enter to win is "swing" by the blog and follow the simple instructions.

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New Season Sneak Peek 2.0

New season of Duggars Counting On

Only 13 days to go! The Duggars return to TLC with new episodes of Counting On Monday, July 30th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. We posted a sneak peek several days ago, and below is an additional one.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

John and Abbie Take to the Skies

Most fans know that John-David Duggar is a pilot. He uses his skills both to serve his family and to teach others how to fly. Looks like his new girlfriend, Abbie Burnett, is having a grand time exploring the skies with him, as well!

John Duggar and Abbie Burnett

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Duggar/Swanson Wedding Details

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson wedding
Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have been Mr. and Mrs. for almost two weeks. The details of their Northwest Arkansas wedding are in this week's issue of PEOPLE Magazine, on newsstands now.

Following in the footsteps of Josiah's six married siblings, the couple saved their first kiss for the altar. Lauren describes the moment as "explosive and wonderful," calling it "an early Fourth of July."

The new bride is the first in her family to tie the knot. She tells PEOPLE: "My parents encouraged me to be Josiah’s biggest fan, offer him support and encouragement. Think the best, never assume the worst. Be his biggest cheerleader."

To see photos of Lauren's hair and the back of her dress, Josiah's face when his wife-to-be walked into the church, and the getaway car covered in colored paper, visit

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Photo was taken by Andy Henderson Photography.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Grandma and Grandpa Duggar

When you have 11 grandchildren under the age of nine (five of whom are under 17 months), photo shoots are almost impossible. The Duggar family recently met up to take pictures, and Jim Bob and Michelle made sure to snap one with their grandkids. It's a candid shot, but it's still lovely!

Within the next few weeks, Duggar grandchild #12 will arrive.

Israel Dillard, Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald, Michelle Duggar,
Samuel Dillard, Jim Bob Duggar, Garrett Duggar, Gideon Forsyth, 
Mackynzie Duggar, Mason Duggar, Michael Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Marcus Duggar

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Baby Vuolo Due Very Soon

It won't be long before Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo officially enter the hectic but rewarding world of parenthood. Jinger is nearing the 39-week mark, which means her little girl could arrive any day. This mama-to-be is all smiles at she shows off her full-term baby bump. We know that she and Jeremy would appreciate your prayers as they prepare to welcome their daughter.

Jinger Duggar Vuolo 39 weeks pregnant
Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, 38 weeks 4 days

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Sam Learns to Walk

For those who have asked if Samuel Dillard, who turned one year old yesterday, is learning to walk, the answer is yes! It won't be long before he is running full speed with older brother Israel Dillard.

Samuel Dillard
Samuel Dillard

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Samuel Turns 1

Happy 1st birthday to Samuel Dillard! Yesterday was James Duggar's birthday, as well. He turned 17 years old.

Samuel Dillard birthday

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

New Season Sneak Peek

Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Jim Bob Duggar

New episodes of Counting On return in three weeks! The premiere is slated for Monday, July 30th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. TLC has just released an extended sneak peek video, which is embedded below.

What are you most looking forward to seeing this season? Joe and Kendra's honeymoon? Garrett Duggar's arrival? Jinger and Jeremy's baby preparations? Josiah and Lauren's wedding? Or just the everyday adventures of the Duggar family?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Josh and Anna to Celebrate 10 Years

On September 26th, Josh and Anna Duggar will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Their five children (Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Meredith Duggar, and Mason Duggar) are eight, seven, five, two (almost three), and nine months.

For those who have asked, below is a new photo of Josh and Anna, as well as a snapshot of their two oldest sons.

 Josh Duggar and Anna Duggar

Josie Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Michael Duggar
Josie Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Michael Duggar

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Garrett's Birth Special TONIGHT

A few of you asked that we remind you about the Counting On mini special featuring Garrett Duggar's birth, which airs late tonight (Friday) at 10:30pm ET and early tomorrow at 1:30am ET (summary below). The 20-minute special is also available on the TLC website (links can be found in last Friday's post).

In the first glimpse, Joseph and Kendra Duggar are ready to welcome their baby. With 10 days to go until her due date, Kendra goes into labor and heads to the hospital. Only a few hours later, she gives birth to their baby boy, Garrett David Duggar.  

Photo courtesy TLC

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Duggars' Recording Project

Hope all our American readers had a wonderful 4th of July. The Duggars have just announced that they are working on a "special project." They shared a video (embedded below) of eight-year-old Josie Duggar singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at a recording studio, with prompting from Michelle Duggar. The Counting On film crew was present, as well.

We will keep you updated on this endeavor and will release more details as we are able.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Fireworks on the 4th

Happy 4th of July to our fellow American readers. The Duggars enjoy celebrating Independence Day with family, friends, food, and fireworks. In the video below, watch footage from the holiday picnic they held six years ago. Things have changed quite a bit since then!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jinger's Maternity Photo Shoot

Jinger is just a few weeks away from her due date, and her baby bump is growing quickly. At 34 weeks, while she and Jeremy were in Los Angeles for meetings at The Master's Seminary, a photographer friend ( did a maternity shoot for the Vuolos.

 Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, 34 weeks pregnant

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Vuolos with the New Couple

While in Arkansas for the latest Duggar wedding (Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson tied the knot on Saturday), Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo caught up with the newest Duggar couple, John and Abbie. Their courtship was announced last week.

Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger Vuolo, Abbie Burnett, John-David Duggar
Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger Vuolo, Abbie Burnett, John-David Duggar

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