Monday, March 31, 2014

Season 8 Promo Video

Change is in the air for the Duggar usual. But this season of 19 Kids and Counting will be especially exciting as Jill and Jessa begin courtships. (Click here for the details of Jill's courtship.) And with Michelle and Anna still hoping to have more children, the Duggar family could be growing (in more ways than one)!

Details on Jill Duggar's Courtship

Have you heard the news? Jill Duggar is in a courtship! His name is Derick Dillard, he is 25 years old, and he lives in Rogers, a town about 30 minutes from the Duggars' house. Jim Bob got to know Derick a couple years ago, and the two became prayer partners while Derick was doing missionary work in Nepal.

"I was impressed with him as I got to know him over the years," Jim Bob told People Magazine. "He sounded like an amazing young man. I felt like from the beginning, they had similar personalities and goals. I thought they would hit it off."

Jim Bob gave Jill's number to Derick, and the two began chatting via Skype and texting.

"We got to know each other in the first few months pretty quickly," Jill, 22, told People. "I was in love with someone I had never met in person, but we really knew each other well." 

Jim Bob accompanied Jill to Nepal in November so the couple could meet, and Derick asked Jill to court him. She said yes!

"I was really impressed with his character, and I was surprised how much we have the same vision and life goals," said Jill. "He's a great guy."

Derick, who has an accounting degree and is in seminary, comes from a family with only two children, so spending time with the Duggars is a big change, but he has enjoyed getting to know them.

"We have a large pool of chaperones," said Derick, laughing. "You have to come in armed with good jokes and I usually have Skittles as well."

Michelle is enjoying this season of life, but realizing that her older children will soon be moving out and starting families of their own is bittersweet for the mom of 19. "We are cherishing this time together," she said.

Another Duggar Courtship

Six months after revealing Jessa Duggar's courtship with Ben Seewald, we have another Duggar courtship to announce. Any guesses? Some of you already called it...

Jill Duggar is in a courtship with a young man named Derick Dillard. (Details coming soon!) Here are some photos of the new couple:

Hang Out with the Duggars!

Do you have a question for the four oldest Duggar girls? On Tuesday, Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar will be doing a live chat via Google Hangout. The exact time of the chat hasn't been announced yet, but we will keep you posted. Until then, click here to submit your questions.

The new season of 19 Kids and Counting premieres Tuesday at 9PM EST/8PM CST on TLC. What are you most looking forward to about the Duggars' return? 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

2 Days!

Season 8 of 19 Kids and Counting premieres Tuesday night on TLC. Here are a few Duggar photos to tide you over until then...we just couldn't resist.

 Jennifer Duggar, Jordyn Duggar, Josie Duggar

Uncle Jim (camera crew sound man) and Marcus Duggar

 Josie Duggar

 Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

 Jordyn Duggar and Mackynzie Duggar

 Marcus Duggar

Friday, March 28, 2014

Do Your Hair Like a Duggar

What's the secret to those big, beautiful curls? Find out in the video below!

While eating tater tot casserole at the Duggars' super-sized dining room table earlier this week, the girls and I (Ellie) were discussing hairstyles. Anna suggested we film a tutorial to show the world how to create the Duggar look. We grabbed a camera and headed up to the girls' room. Anna and Jason filmed, Jessa was the stylist, and Jill was the model. Enjoy!

Mama Carmen's

While in Arkansas visiting the Duggars this week, we (Lily and Ellie) accompanied Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar to their interview with Brad Reed on Fox 24 News Edge (video embedded below).

After the interview, we headed to Mama Carmen's for refreshments (White Chocolate Smoothies, Italian Creme Sodas, and Latte Mochas). Mama Carmen's is a coffee shop in Fayetteville that was featured on 19 Kids and Counting "Coffee and Caricatures."  Purchases made at Mama Carmen's benefit an orphanage in Guatemala.

Click here to see photos from our visit and here to see pictures from the Rogers book signing.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

22 Duggars Sign Books

After spending Tuesday afternoon with the Duggars (click here to see pictures) we joined them at their book signing at LifeWay in Rogers, Arkansas. 22 Duggars attended (Jim Bob, Josh, and John-David were away for a couple days). Here are some photos from the event:

 Marcus asleep

 ...And now he's ready for action

 Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jana Duggar

 Grandma Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Jedidiah Duggar, Josie Duggar, Michelle Duggar

 Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Anna Duggar, 
Joy-Anna Duggar, James Duggar, Michael Duggar

 Mackynzie Duggar and Jordyn Duggar
(At ages 4 and 5, these girls are great at signing their names!)

 Jennifer Duggar

 Josie Duggar

 Justin Duggar adds his signature to a fan's book

Isn't this a cute photo? 
Johannah is enjoying quality time with nephew Marcus

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day with the Duggars

We (Lily and Ellie) traveled to Rogers, Arkansas, for the final Growing Up Duggar book signing and spent the day catching up with the Duggars. (Hair tutorial coming soon!)

 Jessa Duggar, Jill Duggar, Ellie

 Jordyn Duggar, Ellie, Josie Duggar

 Josie Duggar

 Ellie, Michelle Duggar, Mackynzie Dugger, Johannah Duggar, Josie Duggar, Jordyn Duggar

 The Duggars' music corner

 Josie Duggar and Ellie

Jana Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Ellie, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar

 Josie Duggar and Ellie (Justin Duggar and Jason Duggar in the foreground)

 Josie Duggar, Ellie, Johannah Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jackson Duggar

 Josie Duggar and Ellie with Bailey (a young fan who attended the book signing)

 Michelle Duggar, Ellie, Lily, and Mr. Lily

 Ellie, Anna Duggar, Lily