Friday, May 30, 2014

Jill and Derick Reunite

If you missed Tuesday's new episode of 19 Kids and Counting, here's a video clip of Jill Duggar's airport reunion with her then-boyfriend (now fiance) Derick Dillard. The two lovebirds were so excited to see each other after being apart for two months that they accidentally engaged in a full-on hug instead of a side hug.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Duggar Nature Walk

Jim Bob takes his youngest children out for a nature walk and returns home with seven muddy Duggars. The kids enjoy tromping through the woods and playing in "Lake Duggar," but according to Jackson, it wouldn't have have been a mom-approved activity. "If my mom was there, she would say: 'Daddy, I don't think that's a good idea. Let's not let them get muddy."'

Duggar Wedding #2 in 23 Days

On June 21st, Jill and Derick will tie the knot and become Mr. and Mrs. Derick Dillard. Are you looking forward to watching their wedding on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting?

Jill Duggar Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard hit the go-cart track with chaperone James Duggar;
Only 23 more days of chaperoned dates!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Duggar Dog

What happens when the Duggars pet sit for a friend's dog? "Usually, they over-love on her," says Michelle. What does the mom of 19 mean by that? Find out in the following TLC webisode:

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Duggar Girls Chat with Crown of Beauty

The four oldest Duggar girls--Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger--were interviewed earlier this spring by Crown of Beauty Magazine. (We posted a sneak peek back in April.) The full interview has been released. Visit the Crown of Beauty website for access to the magazine's online edition.

Click here to be redirected to the site, and scroll down to where it says "The Dreamers Issue: Read for Free." Click the cover of the magazine to open it, and then navigate to page 30. To zoom, click the magnifying glass in the top right corner.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Recap: "A Toast to Love"

On tonight's episode of 19 Kids and Counting, "A Toast to Love"...
  • Derick is finally returning home to Northwest Arkansas after spending two years doing humanitarian work in Nepal. Jill enlists her army of siblings to design posters and blow up balloons to prepare to meet Derick and his mom at the airport.
  • "I've never seen Jill so excited about anything," says Jim Bob.
  • Jim Bob and Jill are the only Duggars who have met Derick. "I feel like I know him because Jill talks about him all the time," says Michelle. "Of course Jill has explained more than I would ever need to know about Derick and what a great guy he is."
  • When the Duggar welcome crew arrives at the airport, Jill lines everyone up and grabs a heart sign that reads "I've waited 60 days for this moment." Derick's brother and stepfather are also there.
  • When Derick comes into view, he and Jill run to meet each other and engage in a full-on hug.
  • "I think the intentions were to do a side hug, but I think they both were caught off guard," says Michelle, smiling. "Needless to say, they probably won't let that happen again."
  • Derick, who says the experience was "a bit overwhelming," gives side hugs to the rest of Jill's family. Four-year-old Josie asks him if he is going to marry Jill.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle take Jill and Jessa and their boyfriends out for a triple date. "Tonight I have planned a special triple date for all of the Duggar couples to get to know on another better," says Michelle.
  • Jim Bob, Michelle, Jill, and Jessa Duggar, Derick Dillard, and Ben Seewald enjoy a meal and an etiquette class at the beautiful home of a local family and their dog, George W. During dinner, Ben makes "a toast to love."
  • Later, while Jim Bob and Michelle are out of the house, the Duggar kids prepare a dinner theater for their parents. Jana is in charge of the operation.
  • Joy-Anna's job is to teach "Jesus Loves Me" to the five youngest, and she brings in cousin Amy Duggar to help.
  • Joseph, Derick, and Ben construct the stage, while Jessa and Jinger make dinner (steak, sweet potato fries, salad, rolls, and asparagus) and the rest of the kids clean the house.
  • When Jim Bob and Michelle arrive home, they are pleasantly surprised by all the work the kids have put into the Duggar Dinner Theater. While Mom and Dad enjoy their dinner, the kids perform music and skits, and Jeremiah recites a touching poem thanking his parents for investing in their kids' lives.

Tune in next week for the season finale, and watch Derick pop the question!

Tonight on TLC

On tonight's new episode of 19 Kids and Counting, "A Toast to Love," Derick arrives home from Nepal, and he and Jill go on a triple date planned by Michelle. Later, the kids surprise Jim Bob and Michelle with an unforgettable dinner theater.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Free Entertainment for Your Family

Happy Memorial Day to our American readers! God Bless our troops who have served our country and those who are still serving.

If you are looking for family friendly entertainment, last week's new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting are on YouTube.

"Something New" & "Couples' Weekend"

Celebrating Grandma Duggar

Happy Birthday, Grandma Duggar!

Grandma Duggar and the Duggar Girls

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Jim Bob Duggar on Religious Freedom

In the following YouTube video, Jim Bob Duggar chats with Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, about religious freedom and how he involves his family in politics.

"I have a feeling that several of my kids in the future will run for office and help each other run for office..." says the father of 19. 

In another interview, Brad Dacus is joined by Josh Duggar, who talks about his new job in Washington D.C.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Another Bates Wedding

The Duggars are in Tennessee for Alyssa Bates' wedding this weekend. John and Alyssa, now Mr. and Mrs. Webster, tied the knot this afternoon in Knoxville.

Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar (engaged); Josh and Anna Duggar (married);
Ben Seewald and Jessa Duggar (courting)

Tour Josh and Anna's House

Josh and Anna Duggar and their three kids--Mackynzie, Michael, and Marcus--have lived in Washington D.C. for almost a year. Take a tour of their 3,000 square-foot home in this TLC webisode:

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jill Duggar on Childbirth

In the following segment from her recent interview on ChannelMom, Jill Duggar shares how her experiences as a student midwife have influenced her views on childbirth.

Click here to watch the previous segment from Jill's interview.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Photos: DC and Apple Pies

Here are a few photos from last night's new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting:

 Jessa and Jinger Duggar prepare one of Ben Seewald's favorite meals
with Jessica and Danielle Seewald, Ben's sisters

 Jessa Duggar and Jinger Duggar

 Ben is impressed by Jessa's cooking skills

Jessa and Jinger Duggar pack for D.C.

 Ben, Jessa, and Jinger say goodbye to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar before 
leaving for Washington D.C.

 Josh Duggar and son Marcus Duggar

 Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald

 Josh and Anna Duggar with kids
Mackynzie, Michael, and Marcus Duggar

Ben Seewald and Jessa Duggar
take a trolley ride through D.C.

Michael and Mackynzie Duggar

Walking the streets of D.C.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Recap: "Something New" and "Couples' Weekend"

19 Kids and Counting "Something New"
  • The Duggar children are accomplished musicians, but Jim Bob and Michelle admit they are not as musical. To kick off the show, Joy-Anna gives Michelle a violin lesson.
  • The kids hold a secret meeting to plan a dinner theater for Mom and Dad. Jana heads the operation and delegates tasks to her siblings.
  • "We still have some things to figure out...but with a few weeks left, hopefully we will be able to pull off something great," says Jana.
  • Jessa and Jinger head down to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a cooking lesson with Ben Seewald's sisters, Jessica and Danielle. The girls prepare one of Ben's favorite meals, Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken and apple pie with ice cream.
  • Should Ben expect Jessa to prepare a home cooked meal every night? According to Michelle, "expectations ruin relationships."
  • "There may be some TV dinners," says Jim Bob.
  • While cooking, Jessa learns that Ben is "very methodical and systematic" and that he snores. Jessica and Danielle ask Jessa if they should be expecting any "exciting news." Jessa's response? "Ask Ben!"
  • When Ben comes home and tries the meal, he approves.
  • Meanwhile, Jana and Joseph spend time with Josh and Anna in Washington D.C. The crew heads to the mountains to go downhill skiing.
  • Josh and Joseph hit the slopes, while Anna takes Mackynzie and Michael for a ski lesson. Anna forgets to put on her snow gear, so she ends up skiing in a skirt for a couple hours before changing. Later, Josh and Anna head out on a ski date.
19 Kids and Counting "Couples' Weekend"
  • Jana, Jill, and Jessa attend a birth. Jill acts as the primary midwife under supervision, Jana assists, and Jessa snaps pictures for the couple.
  • Jim Bob and Michelle visit a specialist to evaluate Michelle health and her ability to have more children. Michelle says she is content not having any more children, but if it is God's will to bless her with another child, she wants to know how her body will react.
  • Michelle takes a blood test to determine if her body is going through menopause. Find out the results in next week's episode.
  • Ben and Jessa fly out to Washington D.C., and Jinger goes along as their chaperone.
  • Josh takes Ben to the gym to work out and drills him with questions. "Yah, I'm not going to go easy on him," admits Josh.
  • Later, the crew takes a trolley ride to show Ben the city. "The trip was so much fun," says Jessa. "We really had a great time together."

New Episodes Right Now

New episodes of 19 Kids and Counting are on right now on TLC.

May 20, 9:00 PM
Something New
Jessa and Jinger head to Ben's house, where his sisters teach Jessa how to cook his favorite meal. In DC, Josh & Anna, along with Jana and Joseph, embark on a skiing trip. Michelle spends time with Joy-Anna and tries her hand at the violin.

May 20, 9:30 PM
Couples' Weekend 
Jill & Jana assist at a birth as Jessa documents the day in pictures. Then, Jim Bob & Michelle visit a fertility doctor. Ben, Jessa, and chaperone Jinger head to DC to visit Josh & Anna. Anna wants to show Ben the city, but Josh has other plans.

Duggar Wedding Coming Soon

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are enjoying their few months of engagement, while planning their summer wedding. Here are a few new photos of the happy couple:

 Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar

 Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard, and Josie Duggar

Michelle Duggar with Jill and Derick

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jessa Duggar Learns to Cook for Ben

Jessa Duggar will be the first to tell you that cooking is not one of her strengths, but she is determined to improve her culinary skills. In the following TLC webisode, she and Jinger head to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a cooking lesson with Ben Seewald's sisters. The girls prepare Fettuccine Alfredo and apple pie with ice cream.

Saturday, May 17, 2014