Tuesday, July 7, 2020

'Duggars in Quarantine' Recap

Counting On "Duggars in Quarantine"
  • As the show opens, the Duggars are discussing how they have been impacted during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arkansas is still open, while California is closing down.
  • “I tend to become an optimist by nature anyways, but there are times when even I can think about and start to worry about all the things that are going wrong and could go wrong,” says Ben. Jessa is already very familiar with grocery pickup, but the time slots are so limited that she sometimes has to go to the store.
  • “I have literally gained five pounds,” admits Jessa, as she discusses buying ice cream as a comfort food when other items are not available. “It’s not even funny.” Ben is in his final six weeks of school, and it has been difficult for him to have to study at home rather than at coffee shops.
  • The grocery store limits have been especially challenging for Jim Bob and Michelle and the kids still at home. “I’m finding that I have to order like every three days, and we you can’t always get your order in, so we just are doing without certain things and trying to make it work,” says Michelle. Ben, who helps with the teaching, has been video chatting with the kids during schooltime. Arkansas is encouraging residents to limit their gatherings to 10 people, but Jim Bob and Michelle say there are 13 or 14 still living under their roof. They are doing a lot of sanitizing.
  • “We’ve realized that most of the world doesn’t homeschool, but now they are,” says Michelle. “And we can identify with those challenges. It isn’t easy. There’s a lot of effort and patience that goes into that.”
  • Jim Bob adds a little comic relief: “It’s been a very interesting time in our nation, and I think families are spending more time together. Husbands and wives are spending more time together. Probably people are getting on each other’s nerves after a while.”
  • In Los Angeles, the Vuolos have been quarantined for a month. They spend a lot of time in the backyard and on walks around the neighborhood. Jeremy is still studying at home, so it’s challenging for Jinger to keep Felicity from disturbing him. Meanwhile, John and Abbie are busy building a garden outside their mobile home while Grace sleeps in her bassinet.
  • At the big house, Jana does an art lesson with the four youngest girls in her glass greenhouse. Josie covers her entire paper with blue paint. “Josie, I think…I’m gonna just go ahead and say you’re done, okay?” says Jana. She asks Josie to go wash her hands.
  • Later, everyone gathers for a virtual family fun night. Jim Bob and Michelle moderate trivia questions, both about the family and random other topics. “I’m pretty generous with the points,” admits Jim Bob.
  • “I am pretty particular when it comes to keeping points,” says Joy. “And my dad’s like, ‘Everybody’s a winner.’ And I’m like, ‘No, not everybody’s a winner.’”

James Turns 19

Happy 19th birthday to James Duggar! James was just three years old when the first Duggar special aired on TLC.

James Duggar birthday

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Jana Duggar on Life and Marriage

Jana Duggar on life and marriage
Jana Duggar

"The great thing about Jana is that she's an entrepreneur. She doesn't wait and sit around for anything. This girl keeps us all busy. And so, if it weren't for her, half the projects around here wouldn't get done."
-Michelle Duggar (interview with Us Weekly)

The new season of Counting On premieres in just three days. Some of the Duggars shared life updates with Us Weekly during virtual interviews. Alongside Michelle Duggar, Jana Duggar spoke about her life as a single lady and her desire to be married. Her faithful mama jumped in with words of praise about her eldest daughter. To watch the interview, visit the magazine's website (link below).

Us Weekly Interview with Michelle Duggar and Jana Duggar

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Watch the 1st Episode

Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald, Ivy Seewald
Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald, Ivy Seewald
The new season of Counting On premieres on Tuesday, July 7th, at 8pm ET/7pm CT, but you can preview it now. It is posted to the Counting On page on the TLC website. Just scroll down a bit to the Full Episodes section.

Since it hasn't yet premiered on television, TLC requires that you sign in with your TV provider login. If you don't have cable, you can subscribe to an internet TV service, such as Philo or YouTube TV. When you click the episode to login, you can see a list of the accepted services.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Si and Lauren Celebrate 2 Years

Happy 2nd wedding anniversary to Josiah and Lauren Duggar!

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