Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Meeting the Duggars

A couple weeks ago, we posted photos from a fan named Taylor, who attended Trace and Carlin Bates' graduation party. One of our readers asked us to request that Taylor write a commentary about meeting the Duggars. Scroll down to read what she sent us...

(Click here for pictures and commentary of Taylor's encounter with the Bates family.)

I talked to Jessa Seewald and Jana Duggar for a second, really just asking if I could get a picture with them. I wanted a picture with Jinger Duggar but she was FaceTime-ing someone.

I got a picture with Lawson Bates and Joseph Duggar because they were both talking when I went to get a picture with them. When I was talking to Lawson, Joseph was just standing there and listening, and I then asked Joseph how he was doing, and he said he was doing great. I definitely noticed that the Duggar family is more on the shy side, where the Bates just run up to you and could talk to you for hours.

My mom and I were stuck in traffic Sunday morning on our way to the church, so we were a little late. When we walked into the church, the usher took us to our seats, and we sat right in front of Joseph Duggar and right behind Jinger Duggar and James Duggar.

I saw Jim Bob, and I grabbed my mom's arm and whispered to her "Jim Bob is here! I wonder if Michelle is here?" not too long after I said that, Michelle came and sat by Jim Bob, and I started shaking and almost started crying. My mom and I (and my family) have always been such HUGE fans.

When the service, was over we needed to get back to Michigan, but I told mom that I HAD to meet Michelle! We went to talk to her, and of course she was such a sweetheart, and we told her how we are HUGE fans and that we have been praying for her and her family. I was a little teary eyed talking to her because I have seriously always wanted to meet her. She told us that she and the family have definitely felt those prayers, and she is just like how you see her on TV. Such a kind and loving person!

I will say that I regret not talking to Anna Duggar. I was just nervous, and I kept thinking, 'What if I say something wrong?' I definitely regret it and wish I would have talked to her and Josh Duggar, but I let my nerves get the best of me.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing our American readers a blessed Memorial Day! May we always remember the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces have made for the sake of freedom. Here are a few throwback pictures of the Duggar kids from summer 2012. Hard to believe that was four years ago...

What are your plans for the day?

 Joy-Anna Duggar

 Jordyn Duggar

 Johannah Duggar

 Jackson Duggar

 Joy Duggar

 Jana Duggar and friends

 Justin Duggar

 Jinger Duggar

James Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Statement from Josh and Anna Duggar

Mackynzie, Michael, Marcus, and Meredith Duggar
Recent Duggar beach vacation
In March, we shared that Josh had completed the long-term treatment program that he enrolled into in August 2015.

During the time that Josh was away, Anna opened up to fans via a written statement and her appearances on TLC's Jill & Jessa: Counting On. Here is an excerpt from the message she shared on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's website in January:

Many have asked how I am doing. So many have asked that it's actually humbling and touching. 2015 was the most difficult year of my life. Yet, amazingly I’ve found that in my own life crisis God has drawn near to me ("He’s near to the brokenhearted” Psalms 34:18) and my faith has been more precious to me than ever before.
Now that Josh is back in Arkansas with his family, he and Anna have shared another update on duggarfamily.com. We have pasted it below for your convenience.

As we enter into a long family weekend together, we want to thank each of you for the prayers, love and encouragement you’ve sent our way. Since the residential treatment program ended, we have been working with a professional marriage and family counselor to take important steps toward healing. 

It isn’t easy and some days are very difficult. It is a long road to rebuild trust and a truly healthy relationship. We are very thankful for God’s forgiveness, grace and help, as it is our strength and guide to rebuilding our lives. As the future unfolds, we are taking one day at a time and we are grateful for your continued prayers for both of us and our sweet children.

With Gratitude, Josh and Anna

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Still serving in Central America, Jill and Derick Dillard took a few minutes to wish Grandma Mary Duggar a happy birthday and share how she has impacted their lives (video below).

Video courtesy dillardfamily.com

John-David Duggar on Marriage

"I don't know why [the girls] are so hung up on me finding a woman. It's like they want to get rid of me or something." (John-David Duggar)

"It's because he's 26." (Joseph Duggar)

In this deleted scene from Jill & Jessa: Counting On "Girls Hit the Road," Jana Duggar, Anna Duggar, Jessa Seewald, Jinger Duggar, and Joy-Anna Duggar catch up on sister stuff, including John-David's relationship status. Do you think John will be the next Duggar to wed?

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Celebrating Grandma Duggar

Wishing Grandma Mary Duggar a blessed birthday! She's 75 today, but don't you agree that she looks much younger? It must be her 20 grandkids that keep her youthful.

 Grandma Duggar

 Grandma Duggar and Jana Duggar

 Grandma Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar

 Grandma Duggar and Jinger Duggar

 Grandma Duggar with Jill Duggar, Jana Duggar, Jinger Duggar, 
Joy-Anna Duggar, and Jessa Duggar

 Grandma Duggar, Grandpa Duggar, and grandkids

 Grandma Duggar, Grandpa Duggar, Josh Duggar, 
John-David Duggar, and Jim Bob Duggar (Arkansas state rep)

Celebrating Grandma Mary Duggar and Grandpa J.L. Duggar's 48th wedding anniversary

 Grandma Duggar and Michelle Duggar

 Grandma Duggar

 Grandma Duggar

 Grandma Duggar and Amy Duggar

Grandma Duggar and Anna Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, TLC

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Caption Contest

We're going to try something new this afternoon. One of our readers suggest that we hold up "caption contest." Are you are familiar with that term? We have posted 37 Duggar photos, and we're asking you all to create captions. Feel free to do as many or as few as you would like. The captions can be silly or serious. Ready, Set, Go!




































Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, TLC