Friday, May 31, 2013

Duggars in North Carolina

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Jim Bob and Michelle to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast
NCGOP State Convention (June 7-9)
Westin Charlotte Hotel 
Charlotte, NC
Click here to register
Jim Bob and Michelle will be accompanied by other members of the family

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

10 Days!

Grand-Duggar #3 is due June 7th, which is less than two weeks away! Josh and Anna have chosen a name but are keeping it quiet until their son arrives. What do you think it will be?

Friday, May 24, 2013

March Like a Duggar

"The graduation ceremony was so impressive. All the recruits were up there on stage in their dress uniforms, and they sang a couple of hymns, and they quoted the entire book of I Peter."
~Michelle Duggar

Watch the highlights of Joseph Duggar's graduation from ALERT Academy in the following TLC webisode:

Baking Cookies at the Kellers'

While in Florida, Anna and the kiddos spend quality time with Anna's family while baking and icing cookies. What was Anna and Priscilla's relationship like as children? Find out in this TLC webisode:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Duggar #15 Turns 9

"14 Children and Pregnant Again," the first Discovery channel special starring the Duggar family,  featured the birth of Jackson Levi. Today he is celebrating his 9th birthday.
Happy birthday, Jackson!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Outdoor Playtime

One of the Duggar kids' favorite pastimes--after they finish their daily studies, of course--is playing outside. In the following TLC webisode, Jeremiah gives viewers a tour of the family's yard.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Season Finale Recap

Tonight on the season finale of 19 Kids and Counting, "Baby Gender Reveal & the Final Weigh In"...
  • Mackynzie tries to bribe Mr. Jim to reveal the gender of Anna's baby early, offering to give him her monkey. Mr. Jim won't budge.
  • One Sunday morning, the entire family visits Restoration Church, where Jim Bob and Josh's personal trainer attends. In cahoots with Jim, Pastor Howard reveals the gender of grand-Duggar #3 to the entire congregation. He ties the announcement into his sermon on family relationships: "I'm just so excited to let you in on our little secret, that you're having a baby boy," he tells Josh and Anna after calling them up to the front.
  • Anna says she would have been happy either way but was secretly hoping for a boy. She and Josh have chosen a name but are not announcing it.
  • The service is "peppier" than the Duggars' home church, by they enjoy seeing how other people worship the Lord. "We were definitely expecting it to be lively and just a different style of worship, and it was," says Jill.
  • Jim Bob, Michelle, Josh, and Anna meet with their doctor for the results of the weight-loss challenge. Josh is still overweight but is no longer considered obese. Jim Bob's health has also improved, but his triglycerides are still high. For both men, this is just the beginning of a long journey.
  • The day before Jim Bob and Josh's final workout, personal trainer Steve Conley gathers the family in the living Josh and divides them into two teams, with Grandma Duggar on Steve's team.

Team Jim Bob

Team Josh

  • The final workout is an obstacle course. Most of the family gets away with fun tasks, like walking across balance beams, riding bikes, pushing utility vehicles, eating pickles, and changing doll diapers. Jim Bob and Josh have to race through a challenging course spanning across one acre.
  • At the end, Jim Bob grabs the flag at the top of the climbing wall seconds before Josh. 
  • Then comes the final weigh-in. Jim Bob gets a four-pound weight advantage for winning the obstacle course, and Josh gets a four-pound weight advantage because the doctor says he has made the biggest improvement.
  • Jim Bob, who weighed 214 pounds at the beginning of the contest, ends at 194 (198 minus 4). Josh, with an initial weight of 224 pounds, ends at 198 (202 minus 4).
  • "Words can't describe how proud I am of both of you to see that you did great on this weight-loss challenge," says Steve. "I have one more surprise that you need to watch out for." At that moment, John-David and Joseph sneak up from behind and pour coolers of ice-cold sports drink on Jim Bob and Josh.
  • As punishment, Josh makes breakfast in bed for Jim Bob. He prepares toast, turkey bacon, eggs, and a smoothie. "I tried to make sure that I didn't load up on any butter or anything like that," says Josh. "I gave him dry toast, you know, so it wasn't that bad."
  • "Josh is a good cook, and he can really surprise me because there's a lot of things I just didn't know he knew how to make," says Anna.
  • Jordyn and Josie wander into the kitchen and sweet-talk Josh into making breakfast for them. The two girls and Josh carry a tray up to Jim Bob, who is fast asleep. "Josh fixed a wonderful breakfast," says the dad of 19.
  • Both Jim Bob and Josh plan to continue losing weight by eating healthy and exercising regularly.
  • At the end of the show, Josh and Anna gather the family to make a big announcement. After much prayer and wise counsel, they have decided to accept the job that Josh was offered and move to Washington D.C.
  • "Arkansas is home for me," says Josh. "I really have no desire to move away, but sometimes when you have opportunities, you have to go out and seek them."
  • "I'm happy for them," says Jessa. "But at the same time it's really sad because we're all so close."
  • "Michelle and I have dedicated our children to the Lord from the time that they were small, and our goal is for each one of them to follow where the Lord leads them, and if He leads them away from our area and we just see them once in a while, then that's the way it's meant to be," says Jim Bob.

Season Finale Tonight

Tonight on TLC's hour-long season finale of 19 Kids and Counting...
9:00 PM EST/8:00PM CSDT
Baby Gender Reveal & the Final Weigh In
Josh and Anna are caught off guard when the whole family visits Restoration Church and Pastor Howard reveals a big secret! Plus, after 90-days of training, a Duggar weight loss champ is crowned. And Josh and Anna reveal a life changing decision. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

3rd Duggar Book...Coming in 2014

The Growing Up Duggar release date has been pushed back four months. Instead of coming out this November, the book--written by Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar--will hit the shelves March 2014. Think you can wait that long?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Run Like A Duggar

Jim Bob and Josh finish off their weight-loss challenge with one final competition (video below):