Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Little Duggars at the Park

The weather in Springdale, Arkansas, this week has been mild, so Michelle and Anna Duggar took some of the little Duggar kids to their park to expend their energy.

Michelle Duggar and Meredith Duggar
Michelle Duggar and Meredith Duggar
Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Tyler, Meredith Duggar,
Jordyn Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Tyler, Meredith Duggar,
Josie Duggar, Marcus Duggar, Mason Duggar, Michael Duggar

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Photos courtesy and Anna Duggar

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Crew Member Felicity

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look, Felicity Vuolo helps the Counting On crew conduct interviews in Laredo. The woman she is sitting with is field producer Laura, whom the Duggars lovingly refer to as Auntie Laura.

Felicity Vuolo with the Counting On crew
Felicity Vuolo with the Counting On crew

Photo courtesy

Monday, February 18, 2019

'Jinger Has a Baby' Recap

Counting On "Jinger Has a Baby"

  • Hoping to avoid the complications that some of her sisters have had, Jinger is being induced at a hospital in San Antonio. The doctor and midwife are starting the process slowly with methods such as the foley bulb.
  • Jessa initially turned down Jinger’s invitation to come to the birth, but she has decided that she wants to be there right after the baby arrives, so she and Ben and the boys are headed down to Texas to surprise the Vuolos.
  • The following morning, Jinger starts Pitocin, but her labor still progresses slowly. She and her birth team stay entertained by doing a puzzle.
  • By the evening, Jinger is exhausted and unable to relax, so she decides to get an epidural. Felicity arrives at 4:37am, weighing 8lbs 3oz, and the Vuolos are overjoyed.
  • “It just gives me a greater appreciation for [Jinger], for my mom, for women,” says Jeremy.
  • The Seewalds leave their hotel room for the hospital soon after they get the text about Felicity’s arrival. Jinger is thrilled to see Jessa. The Vuolos introduce the baby to Jim Bob and the rest of the kids via video chat. “It seems like we’re having grandchild after grandchild, and we’re so blessed,” says Jim Bob. “We literally have our arms full.”
  • “I’ve changed hundreds of diapers in my life, but having my own little baby, it’s just so sweet,” says Jinger. “Everything that you get to do, it’s just the sweetest thing. It’s a joy changing a diaper.”
  • Josiah and Lauren are at the airport in Chicago and are on their way to Austria, with a stopover in London. They chose Austria for its scenery and connection to The Sound of Music. “I am a very big fan of The Sound of Music,” says Lauren.
  • Since being married, Lauren has noticed that Josiah snores and rolls around in his sleep. Josiah, on the other hand, says that he hasn’t discovered anything negative about Lauren.
  • On their second day in Vienna, they take a hotrod tour. A hotrod is a small, one-person vehicle similar to a go-cart.
  • Lauren has never been pulled over, but Josiah admits that he has. “I’ve never had a ticket stick on my record,” half joking and half serious.
  • After the tour, they order a snack at a cafĂ©. Neither of the newlyweds are coffee drinkers. In fact, Lauren has never had it. She says the smell gives her a headache, so she doesn’t try any. Josiah thinks it’s pretty good.
  • On another day, the couple does a Sound of Music bike tour. It is one of Lauren’s favorite movies, and Josiah watched it many times growing up, as well. “I think we as a family can relate to the Von Trapps and their lives,” he says.
  • The tour involves acting out some of the scenes from the movie. Seeing the sites is a dream come true for Lauren, but the acting part is a bit of a stretch for her. “I’m not much of an actress,” admits Lauren. “I kind of feel goofy when I act out stuff.”
  • The producer asks some of the Duggars what their favorite movie is.
    • Joseph: Sergeant York
    • Jeremy: A Beautiful Mind
    • Kendra: War Room
    • Ben: Woodlawn
  • “My family, we had a lot of restrictions growing up,” says Josiah. “We still do today.”
  • “We didn’t watch a ton of movies,” says Jessa. “My dad’s like, ‘Aww, we don’t want to stifle your creativity. Let’s go outside and build a fort or something. I liked that. We had lots of great childhood memories that were not just in front of the television.”
  • Josiah and Lauren dress up in traditional Austrian clothing and visit a family that lives in the mountains outside Salzburg. They enjoy a delicious meal of food from the farm. “Even though there was a language barrier, we were able to communicate well,” says Lauren.
  • That’s a wrap! It’s time for the Duggar newlyweds to return home and start their new life together.

Tour Austria with the Duggars

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson Duggar honeymoon

“We didn’t watch a ton of movies [growing up]. My dad’s like, ‘Aww, we don’t want to stifle your creativity. Let’s go outside and build a fort or something. I liked that. We had lots of great childhood memories that were not just in front of the television.”
-Jessa Duggar Seewald
Counting On "Jinger Has a Baby" premieres in three hours, although you can watch it now on the TLC website using the link we posted earlier today. In addition to Felicity Vuolo's birth, the episode includes lots of never-before-seen footage from Josiah and Lauren Duggar's Austrian honeymoon (see preview video below)

The Duggar family avoids a lot of mainstream entertainment, but one movie they have seen many times is The Sound of Music. That's why Josiah and Lauren's trip to Vienna and Salzburg was so special.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Watch Tonight's Episode

Josiah and Lauren Duggar honeymoon
Josiah and Lauren Duggar
The Duggars have another new episode of Counting On in store for fans tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC. If you're so eager to see it that you can't wait, the network has uploaded the show to the website, although it is only available to viewers who can sign in with credentials provided by a television provider. The link is below, as are the full TV listings.

Last week on "Love is in the Air," we witnessed John-David Duggar's proposal to Abbie Burnett, we saw Jana Duggar and Jessa Seewald set up Felicity Vuolo's nursery, and we watched Jinger Vuolo be admitted to the hospital for induction. Tonight, Jinger and Jeremy welcome their baby, and newlyweds Josiah and Lauren Duggar embark on their honeymoon,

Full Episode Link: Counting On "Jinger Has a Baby"

Monday, February 18, 2019
8pm: Love is in the Air
9pm: Jinger Has a Baby NEW!
The hills are alive for Josiah and Lauren as they go on their Austrian honeymoon. While there, they reenact scenes from The Sound of Music and visit with a local family. Meanwhile, Jinger worries that she won't have the smooth labor she was hoping for.

60 min

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12am: Love is in the Air
1am: Jinger Has a Baby

Friday, February 15, 2019

Josiah and Lauren's House

Previously, Josiah and Lauren Duggar were planning to live in the 9,000-square-foot Baylor House while Jim Bob Duggar fixed it up to sell. But the Duggars have been busy with other projects and weren't able to make the house livable by the time Josiah and Lauren got married, so the newlyweds moved into a different house.

Get a glimpse of that house in the video below. Another new episode of Counting On is coming your way on Monday. It will feature Josiah and Lauren's honeymoon and more footage from Jinger Vuolo's birth.

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Felicity and Gideon

Some of the Duggars--including the Forsyths, Jim Bob and Michelle, Jana, and the Seewalds--traveled down to Laredo, Texas, to visit Jinger and Jermey Vuolo. (In case you haven't heard, the Vuolos had their first service at their new church location on Sunday.)

Take a look at this adorable photo of cousins Felicity and Gideon. Do you see the resemblance? The two are five months apart. Gideon turns one in 10 days, while Felicity's birthday is in July.

Felicity Vuolo and Gideon Forsyth Duggar
Felicity Vuolo and Gideon Forsyth

Photo courtesy and Austin Forsyth

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Watch 'Love is in the Air'

Missed last night's season premiere episode of Counting On? It has been uploaded to the TLC website (link below). Due to geographical restrictions put in place by the network, some readers will be unable to watch. Depending on your internet/TV provider, you may or may not have to sign in with the login credentials given by your provider. To read our written recap, visit our post from yesterday evening.

Counting On "Love is in the Air"

Photo courtesy TLC

Monday, February 11, 2019

'Love is in the Air' Recap

Counting On "Love is in the Air"

  • Jinger’s due date is almost here, and she hopes to have Felicity soon so she can avoid having an especially large baby like some of her sisters. Jeremy cooks a spicy Indian dish to try to get things going. The spice is so strong that Jinger, Jeremy, and all the cameramen start coughing and sputtering.
  • Back in Arkansas, the other siblings try to stomach different levels of hot sauce. Jason wins the challenge.
  • John and Abbie have been courting for a couple months, and they are ready to take their relationship to the next level. “Within the first week, it was like we had already known each other forever,” says John, who introduced Abbie to the family as his “girlfriend” within two weeks of knowing her.
  • During their courtship, John has visited Abbie every weekend. “He’s very steady,” Abbie says of John. “Nothing much riles him. He likes to have fun.”
  • “The more I get to know Abbie, the more I love her,” says John.
  • Now it’s time for John to plan the proposal! He has enlisted the help of a photographer, Lori Blythe, who works near the Fredericksburg, Texas, airport, which is where John will propose.
  • On proposal day, John and Jana fly to Ada, Oklahoma. “Jana’s been my wing woman for years,” says John. “She’s been a great blessing to me.” 
  •  Meanwhile, Abbie and her twin sisters, Maggie and Carinna, are at home making peach salsa. “John is very romantic,” Abbie says of John. “He buys me flowers. He paints my nails.”
  • While Abbie is in the kitchen cooking, John walks up behind her and surprises her. John tells her to pack a bag so they can go on a journey.
  • While the group flies to Fredericksburg, photographer Lori is at the airplane hanger setting up for the proposal.
  • When they started their relationship, John and Abbie sat down to decide on their courtship standards. Their courtship is different than John’s siblings because they are allowing themselves to share more side hugs and show more affection than the others have. "Mine and Abbie's courtship standards have been slightly different than some of my siblings, although we all get to make the decision on what our standards are,” says John. 
  • When John, Abbie, Maggie, and Jana arrive at the Fredericksburg airport, they eat dinner at the Airport Diner, and then they walk over to the hanger, where everything is set up for the proposal. Jana and Maggie hang back, and John leads Abbie to a pile of rose pedals in the shape of a heart.
  • John and Abbie are both smiling and giggling as John shares a few words: "Life's been wonderful since about, May 6th. I wanted to know if you wanted to keep flying with me. I'm kind of wondering, wanting to know, do you have anything going for the next, say, rest of your life? Cause if you don't really have any big plans, I'd love for you to spend the rest of your life with me. Will you marry me?" 
  • “I would be honored to marry you," replies Abbie. The couple shares a few frontal hugs as they rejoice over what has just happened. John is giddy with excitement as he recounts the engagement. 
    Right after the big moment, the photographer does a photo session. “I think the world must have stopped at that moment cause I don't remember much except for John being there," says Abbie. 
  • During Jinger’s 38th week, the Seewalds, Jana, and friend Laura arrive in Laredo to help the Vuolos set up the nursery. The first order of business is to remove the bed and move Jeremy’s soccer jerseys to the garage. The Vuolos have four bedrooms—a master, office, guest room, and now nursery.
  • “I wasn’t actually prepared for the jerseys to be removed…” says Jeremy. “I think I had flashbacks of my precious books being locked in a closet.”
  • When asked by the producer if she feels bad for Jeremy, Jana says: “No. He’s getting a girl added to his life. He’s getting his first daughter. That’s way more precious than your soccer jerseys.”
  • “I really don’t have a vision,” admits Jinger. “So that’s why I leave it to the girls.” The nursery theme will be Southwestern.
  • Later, Jinger and Jeremy travel to San Antonio for a visit with their midwife.
  • Jinger’s birth team will consist of Jeremy, Michelle, Jana, Laura, and Jeremy’s mom. Jeremy’s dad will be at the hospital but not in the room.
  • “I really wanted my mom there because she’s been through this countless times, and I think that would be one of the biggest comforts for me,” says Jinger.
  • Three days before Jinger’s due date, she heads to the hospital to be induced. “I am not nervous and anxious for her,” says Jeremy. “If anything, I’m anxious for myself. I hope I can…be the strength I need to be for her.”