Saturday, October 20, 2018

Swansons in the Mountains

Josiah and Lauren Duggar have been married almost four months. In celebration of fall, they took a trip to North Carolina with the Swansons. Look at those beautiful colors! If you've ever been to the that part of the country during autumn, you know how gorgeous it is. I (Ellie) visited the Smoky Mountains last November, and the scenery was unmatched.

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

Josiah and Lauren Duggar
Josiah and Lauren Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com/Josiah and Lauren Swanson

70 comments:

  1. Fall is a beautiful time of the year! I hope they had a good time!

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  2. Did they go to the Great Smokies? It's beautiful there. Wish I could vacation as often as these folks do.

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  3. I live in North Carolina and I am happy to hear that you all enjoyed our beautiful mountains.

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  4. Beautiful scenery! That's nice to spend time with the whole family on vacation, such a great time to really bond with each other. Josiah and Lauren look happy. Lauren's Mom sure looks strong and in good shape...great arms from carrying around 9 kids thru the years!

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  5. Oooops, sorry, 8 kids

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  6. I thought the Swansons had nine children. There are eight plus Josiah in the picture. I might be misinformed though

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    1. Lauren’s Brother David is missing in the pictures. He probably was taking them or stayed home

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  7. Lauren doesn’t look pregnant yet.

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    1. What is your point?

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    2. Well, that even means she is in fact not pregnant or it's still very early but that's their business if she or isn't. Josiah also said in their interview on their wedding they wanted to take things slow and focus on their marriage. Perhaps they might wait a while for children but again, that's their business and decision.

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    3. Surprise, I guess.

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  8. Lauren is wearing the Duggar daughters mustard yellow cardigan..... that’s got to be a sign of something.

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    1. I think clothing manufacturers, in their infinite wisdom, have made more than one yellow cardigan throughout the years. It's not even the same yellow. The one you're thinking of is more mustard.

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    2. If you are implying that it must mean she’s pregnant, I hope you realize that the Duggars don’t wear “maternity cartigans”

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    3. I keep up with the Duggars styles and a few things I really admire is that they are not afraid to wear something multiple times on TV and they share clothes, I can confirm that definitely does not belong to the Duggars. That is Laurens.

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    4. I like her yellow sweater. It's a cheerful color, and it looks nice on her.

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    5. After awhile, they must need newer clothes after passing them down so many times

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  9. we love our mountains here in NC

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  10. Lauren's standing behind one of her brothers and hiding her stomach in the other picture. She must be pregnant! Just kidding. :) I hope they're enjoying married life to the full.

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    1. I don't think you should "joke" like that. It's rather unkind. I'm sure they'll be all too happy to announce her pregnancy when it happens.

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    2. Believe me, the joke is completely regarding some commenters' penchant for overanalyzing pictures of the Duggars and has nothing to do with Lauren.

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    3. I see your joke and I see both sides in this. Some people are sensitive to those kind of jokes for multiple reasons. I respect that you said "just kidding" right after instead of leaving it in the air because than it would sound sarcastic or something lol. I personally thought the same thing, the classic hide your early bump behind someone much shorter than you.

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    4. The joke is not aimed at Lauren but rather is aimed at all the silly people who will try to imply that Lauren is pregnant already.

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  11. I'm amazed she can hike in a jean skirt … your steps would have to be so small. I'd need a pleated skirt with leggings or something to enjoy it.

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    1. I need hiking pants.

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    2. I have hiked in a skirt and I can honestly say it's easier than leggings. I ripped a pair of leggings before trying to hike lol. A skirt that flows is comfortable and easy to move in but a jean skirt isn't, that's the one that is going to cause you to take smaller steps.

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    3. I can barely move in a jean skirt on a flat surface, much less a hill. I don't care about the leggings but if these women have to wear skirts then please allow them one that moves for a hike. I think Lauren's sister has a pleated one on, which makes more sense to me.

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  12. Prelude to Lauren’s pregnancy announcement??

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  13. Yes I agree the mountains are very beautiful during autumn. I'm happy that Lauren and Josiah got to go with her family to see the fall color. Such a great memory. Natasha B.

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  14. What great pictures and a beautiful family.

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  15. It's a baby announcement trip......

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    1. How do you know this? Are you part of the Duggar or Swanson family?

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    2. Stop, already. That’s as goofy as a baby moon.

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    3. 9:36, baby moons aren’t goofy, sorry that you have such a downer outlook on life

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    4. I don’t have a downer outlook on life. I’m a pretty positive person. But I do think the idea of a baby moon is a stretch. But even more than that, I am curious to know when the idea of the husband biting his wife a gift after the baby is born. I have seen some new moms get some pretty extravagant gifts. It just seems like that money might have a better use for a new family, especially with the first born. I honestly am not trying to be a downer about it. Maybe critical, but not downer. It seems like there is someone in each thread, maybe the same one person, making crazy accusations without even knowing the poster.

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    5. 4:09, it seems like the baby should be the gift, doesn't it? But I totally get the babymoon idea, even if the name is kind of cheesy. Getting away to enjoy some vacation time as just the 2 of you before your life changes and gets busier sounds like a great idea to me.

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  16. Such a nice family! But the odelst brother of Lauren, David born around 2004, is not on the picture. May he take the picture.

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  17. Looks like a beautiful place and a wonderful time spent with family! Seeing Lauren and Josiah with her family kind of reminded me of Josh and Anna when they first got married and Michelle still had brand new babies. I grew up with an extended family like that- my youngest uncle is 2 years older than me- and it’s a unique, special situation. Plenty of cousins to play with as well as aunts and uncles that are close to your age.

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  18. Oh wow they went to hooker falls. :) I live about 30 mins from there

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  19. I love the Rocky mountains they are very beautiful Josiah and Lauren look so happy together on the their family camping trip please don't forget to vist 4 corners I the corner of Colorado you guys will love being able to see the 4 corners of the southwest states God bless you guys and your beautiful god fearing happy family

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    1. I love the Rockies too, but, they were in North Carolina’s Smoky MountainsđŸ˜„

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  20. Happy that Josiah has nice in-laws. Josiah and Lauren look so happy. God Bless Them All...Jane

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  21. Can you please name all the Swanson family members pictured? Thank you in advance!

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  22. Time 11:39PM Sun 10/21/18
    Aww so sweet. Cool photos of the Swanson family. Josiah & now Lauren Duggars.

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  23. What does Josiah do for a living? I know his wife attended college for awhile. Is he in college? We haven't heard what his job Is. He is working isn't he?

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    1. According to previous articles, Josiah works for Jim Bob in the "family business". I'm not sure exactly what he does. Lauren attended community college while still in high school. She has stated she's "done with school" so I gather her goal is to simply be a good Duggar wife with lots of babies.

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    2. He said he planned to not work much for the first year they're married. I am not sure how this is different from years past or in the future.

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    3. My goodness, why don't these guys have jobs? I wonder what Laurens dad must think to see all these grown men in this family with zero ambition to hold a job and why would her dad be ok for her to marry into this situation. That is not right.

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    4. Actually he stated he wanted to slow down and focus on marriage but he is working with Jim Bob :)

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    5. I think that statement he made seemed more like: putting your spouse and marital relationship in importance, before work and other worldly matters, in your heart and mind. He didn't say not to work. I think some people chose to misunderstand it. And as far as being vague on the work titles or places, I think the Duggars are wise to do this, to avoid on-the-job harassment from haters. The Duggars have multiple business interests, from what I understand. I think it's wonderful to have family members fill some of the positions in those businesses. You learn a lot from every job you work, in my experience. And I think a good prerequisite for a managerial role, is to spend time in all the different positions you will be managing people in, that way you could step in to train anyone for any position, from the janitorial on up. And it gives you knowledge and appreciation for the work everyone does in a business. I think Josiah and Lauren are wise to put their new marriage before other worldly concerns,2nd only to their relationship with their heavenly Father, and their Savior Jesus Christ. I admire that, to tell you the truth.

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    6. Maybe he has TLC money to live on. But, that won’t last forever.

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    7. JimBob is making money hand over fist! TLC, real estate, car dealerships, rental properties, renting his planes, speaking engagements. Do I need to go on???

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    8. Jim Bob may be making money hand over fist but the point of having adult children is teaching them to stand on their own two feet, not making them depend on you financially.

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    9. To Oct 24th 8:32, see my post above. Jim Bob has many diverse businesses, from what I understand. It takes people to work in those businesses. His children and their spouses can work in those businesses, gain skills and experience, and benefit his business as well.I see nothing wrong with working in a family business. Someday these businesses will be passed on to his children and their spouses as well, most likely. Any experience they have in them will benefit them later. If they choose to.

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  24. Is Josiah carrying a purse??

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    1. No. I think it's called a "man case" or something.

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    2. "Murse" is the term for a man purse. But that looks like some sort of small backpack. Certainly wouldn't want to confuse anyone.

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    3. I think it’s a satchel

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    4. It’s called a man-purse.

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    5. Some form of backpack, looks like.

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    6. It's just a crossbody hiking bag.

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    7. Whatever name you give it, so what?

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    8. So guys can’t carry things in a bag? I don’t get what your point is

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  25. HOW CUTE are all of them. The Swansons have such great vibes! Always so joyful, bless them.

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  26. Looks like a fun family outing. When I was young, I enjoyed hanging out with my boyfriends' families (and vice versa) too, but thank goodness I was never rushed into marriage.

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  27. Lovely family and lovely couple. The colors are gorgeous.
    Joan<Marion and Marilyn

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  28. Awe, Josiah and Lauren are so cute together! I'm so happy the newlyweds were able to join her sweet family on such a beautiful vacation! The more I see Lauren on Counting On, the more I adore her, not only is she gorgeous, she is genuine, kind and has such a fun personality! Perfect for Josiah, plus, her family adores him! So happy inside for these two lovebirds and their families, what a dynamic match! Thanks for sharing an update on them!

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    1. Agree! I think they are a perfect match.

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