Monday, December 31, 2012

Duggars Looking Forward to 2013

2012 has been a year of non-stop adventure for the Duggars.

After ringing in the New Year, the stars of 19 Kids and Counting announced their choice for president by joining forces with candidate Rick Santorum.

From January through April, different groups of Duggars traveled back and forth between Arkansas and various campaign events.

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, the four oldest girls volunteered with Journey to the Heart, a girls' ministry headquartered in the Chicago suburbs. In June, Ellie spoke with Jill about the girls' upcoming book, which they now hope to release in 2013. 

A month after celebrating Michael's first birthday, the family headed off to speak at Vision Forum's Reformation of Food and the Family Conference.

In July, the kids surprised mom and dad with a decorated car and a night away, in honor of their 28th wedding anniversary.

During the summer, the Duggars hosted their family reunion...

 ...And threw a party for Jinger and Joseph's high school graduation.

Michelle's 46th birthday in September gave the Duggars another reason to celebrate. As part of her special day, Michelle received an extreme makeover.

And just when the mom of many thought her birthday was over, Jim Bob and the kids presented her with one last gift--a trip to Japan and China! That night, Michelle made sure to tell each of her kiddos how much she appreciated all they had done for her.

Packing for 25 (19 kids + 2 parents + 1 Grandma + 1 daughter-in-law + 2 grand-babies) is no easy task, but the Duggars were soon on their way.

The trip has not yet aired on TLC, but we shared a few teasers. While in Asia, the family appeared on Japanese TV...

Explored the Great Wall of China...

...And met fans that they didn't know they had.

The last three months of 2012 were more laid back for the Duggars. They spent time at Silver Dollar City...

Hung out at home...

Cheered on the Razorbacks...

...And celebrated Christmas.

This evening, the Duggars will continue their tradition of praying in the New Year. At about 15 minutes to midnight, they will gather with family and friends to thank God for the past year and pray for the upcoming one.

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2013!


  1. that is a neat post! :) happy new year lily and ellie! :)

  2. really like how you did this post. Happy new year to you guys Lily and Ellie, also to the Duggar family and to all the other's who see this post. hope everyone has a great coming up year and stay safe everyone. :-)


  3. Please let me know if any trips to Central America are planned!!!!!

    I have always wanted to see the Duggars meet some of the friends that they had made in 2010.

    Happy New Year and God Bless you!

  4. It sounds like the Duggars have had a wonderful year! Do you know when they will be returning in 2013?

  5. Happy New Year to The Duggars I can't wait for your show to come on again

  6. Happy new year!!!! You do a great job on this blog!!

  7. They were also in Priscilla Keller's wedding

  8. Happy new year Duggars. Looking forward to the show in 2013.

    David J

  9. Gods Best Blessings Continue to Abound on the Duggars & and the writers of the blog! Happy New 2013!!

  10. God bless all the Duggars and the blog writers-Happy New 2013!

  11. Happy New Year Lily and Ellie and the Duggars

  12. Happy New Years Duggars and God Bless..

  13. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous,

    TLC has not announced a start date but assured us that the Duggars will be back in 2013.

    Happy New Year!
    Lily and Ellie

  14. Congrats and so proud of John David who was sworn in at midnight(Last night) to serve two-year in Washington County, District 1, Arkansas Constable. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin was one to sworn in John David! What a great way to start off the New Year!

    Thank You for your blog!!:) Hope you guys have great New Year!

  15. Happy New Year, Lilly and Ellie! Thank you for all the Duggar news.

  16. I really miss watching this show every morning. It was such a great way to my dsy. Looking forward to new shows again. Btw: I love love love Michelle's makeover hair!!! Even my 14 yr old son who was just passing through the living room when thry showed her, mentioned how young she looked.

  17. I miss watching the Duggars at 7am ET every week day. Watching the Duggars is a great way to start your day!!

  18. The shows we get in england are aways so far behind, its nice to keep up to date with yr blog, thank u all for sharing the wholeome loving nature of yr family. Kimberley, west sussex England xx

  19. I just love this family! Thanks for doing this blog.

  20. I LOVE your family. But I do have a question. Is there any one of your children that has been more of a struggle to raise, one that you have to discipline more or that may be or has been more susceptible to wrong doings? No names, but everything looks so good from what we see. You're an amazing example of kindness and calm. I raised 5 kids and at times it became chaos...I MISS IT! Thank you!


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