Thursday, December 13, 2018

Birthday Dinner for Jordyn and Josie

In celebration of Josie Duggar's 9th birthday (December 10th) and Jordyn Duggar's 10th birthday (December 18th), Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar took the family members serving on a mission trip in Central America out to a local Pizza Hut. While it may not be the choice meal for adults, this restaurant is the perfect place for a children's birthday party.

Jana Duggar and Michelle Duggar
Jana Duggar and Michelle Duggar
 
Josie Duggar and Jordyn Duggar
Josie Duggar and Jordyn Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Austin Turns 25

Wishing Austin Forsyth a very happy 25th birthday!

Joy Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
Joy Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
Thanksgiving 2018

Joy Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
Joy Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, Gideon Forsyth
March 2018

Joy and Austin Forsyth
Joy and Austin Forsyth
February 2018

Joy and Austin Forsyth
Joy and Austin Forsyth
Flying with Austin's dad, December 2017

Joy and Austin Forsyth
Honeymoon 2017

Joy Duggar and Austin Forsyth
Wedding, May 26th, 2017

Joy Duggar, Austin Forsyth, Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar
Joy Duggar, Austin Forsyth, Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar
Celebrating Austin's birthday 2016

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, Joy and Austin Forsyth

Monday, December 10, 2018

dUGgarLY Sweater Party Group Photo

On Saturday, we posted a few snapshots from the Duggars' first annual ugly sweater Christmas party (the dUGgarLY Sweater Party). A good number of family members, and even some of the Duggar siblings' in-laws, attended. Jim Bob and Michelle are currently on a mission trip in Central America with Jana and some of the younger children.

Duggar Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
Duggar Ugly Sweater Party

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar #19 Turns 9

Today is Josie Duggar's 9th birthday! When we started our blog almost nine years ago, she was just a few weeks old and was fighting for her life in the NICU. Today, she is a spunky, happy, and healthy child. Happy birthday, Josie!


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Duggars'

Have you ever attended an ugly Christmas sweater party? Jim Bob and Michelle, Jana, and a few of the younger Duggar children are on a mission trip in Central America, but the Duggars back home threw an ugly Christmas sweater party at the "big house." Their get-together included Italian food, a baking competition, a white elephant gift exchange, board games, and lots of ugly sweaters.

Josh and Anna Duggar ugly Christmas sweaters
Grandma Duggar, Michael Duggar, Anna Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar,
Mason Duggar, Josh Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Marcus Duggar

Jedidiah Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar
Jedidiah Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar

Joseph Duggar and Kendra Duggar
Joseph Duggar and Kendra Duggar

John Duggar and Abbie Duggar
John Duggar and Abbie Duggar

Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, December 7, 2018

Dillard Update December 2018

Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard
Jill Dillard and Israel Dillard

It has been several weeks since we have posted a Dillard update. Derick Dillard is nearing the end of his first semester at University of Arkansas School of Law. He is in the midst of final exams, which began this week and run through next week. Israel, three-and-a-half, and Samuel, 17 months, are as adorable as ever.

Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard
Israel Dillard, Samuel Dillard, Jill Dillard

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

Photos courtesy dillardfamily.com

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Duggars Arrive in Central America

For the Duggars, December mission trips to Central America have become an annual tradition. They arrived at their destination yesterday and are ready to start serving with S.O.S. Ministries. This time, Jim Bob and Michelle both went, and they brought some of their younger children along.

Duggars in Central America December 2018
Duggars in Central America, December 2018
 
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in Central America
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in Central America, December 2018

Since we started blogging about the Duggars in 2009 (nine years ago!) we have posted dozens of photos from their many missions trips to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. For fun, here are a few throwbacks:
 
Joy-Anna Duggar in Central America
Joy-Anna Duggar in Central America, 2016
 
Jim Bob Duggar in Central America 2014
Jim Bob Duggar in Central America, 2014
 
Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar
Jana Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jill Duggar
Central America 2013

Joy-Anna Duggar and Kendra Caldwell in Central America
Joy-Anna Duggar and Kendra Caldwell in Central America, 2013

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, December 3, 2018

'John-David and Abbie's Wedding' Recap

For those who were unable to watch the preview of John and Abbie Duggar's wedding on TLC, we have written an extended recap. It is also still available on the TLC website.
  • "It was a very quick transition from bachelor status to now very much not a bachelor," says John. "It's been a wonderful transition so far, and I'm not looking back."
  • John and Abbie met earlier this year (although they say they have known of each other for several years) when Jim Bob and Michelle were speaking at a church near Abbie's hometown. They started texting, became boyfriend and girlfriend, and announced their courtship to the Duggars--all within two weeks of meeting each other. "They were just blown away," John says of his family's reaction to his relationship news. Joy started crying tears of happiness.
  • "It was pretty much love at first sight, although we didn't realize it was love at that moment," says John. "Not infatuation, that's not the right word." "I'm pretty sure you were infatuated," responds Abbie. "Ya, I was kind of infatuated," admits John.
  • Abbie Burnett is from Stratford, Oklahoma, and is the fourth of eight children (five girls and three boys). She has worked as a nurse for one year and has a passion for geriatrics.
  • Within just two months, John and Abbie were engaged at an airplane hanger in Texas. Like past Duggar couples, they save their first kiss for the altar.
  • On their wedding day--November 3rd--John and Abbie arrive at the church (Ada First Baptist Church, where they met) together. Jana is a bridesmaid, as are Abbie's sisters.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle more than approve of the match and are thrilled to watch their eighth child get married. "I love Abbie," says Michelle. "She is so sweet, and I know that she is just the perfect balance in John's life. It's so cute to see them together."
  • Abbie's parent's (John and Cheryl Burnett) are excited, as well. Her dad really enjoys having a first look with his daughter before the ceremony. After walking her down the aisle, he gives her away, on behalf of himself and Cheryl, "with joyful hearts and our fullest blessing."
  • We posted John and Abbie's vows last week. You can view them by tapping here. During the unity candle ceremony, Josiah and Lauren Duggar sing a song that has been a long-time wedding tradition for the Burnett family.
  • During the ring exchange, the pastor admits that he has no idea where the second part to Abbie's ring is. "At some point, it's going to show up," he says, chuckling. "We're not quite sure when because this is your family." The younger Duggar brothers fly the ring over to the stage on a drone.
  • When it comes time to kiss the bride, John kisses Abbie's hands, arms, and forehead (while she laughs and smiles) before going in for a long and passionate kiss on the lips. The pastor introduces them as "Mr. and Mrs. John-David Duggar," and they exit the sanctuary with shouts of joy.