Tuesday, October 22, 2019

'The Vuolos Take LA' Recap

Counting On "The Vuolos Take LA"

  • Jinger, Jeremy, and five-month-old Felicity are in Los Angeles scoping out the area. They take a hike to the Hollywood sign and look out on the San Fernando Valley, which is where they are hoping to live.
  • “I chose to wear pants for the hike,” says Jinger. “We were going to be going down some steep hills, and so I thought it best to wear pants. My parents always raised us just to honor Christ in everything that we do. That’s where the Lord’s led me as of now. Growing up, my parents instilled in us the importance of modesty, and so I’m really, really grateful for that foundation and for that training.”
  • Why did Michelle choose to start wearing solely skirts and dresses as a young woman? “I had a lot of baggage in my life up until the age of 15, and when I was born again, my life totally changed. It was just transformed. And as I began to read the Bible and pray, the Lord totally convicted me about the way that I was dressing.” Michelle mentions something that she shares in one of her books, about her practice as a teenager to mow the lawn in a bikini, not knowing that she could be causing men to stumble. “And so the best that I knew, and how I understood, I obeyed my Lord, and I just felt like I should wear dresses and skirts. My girls, I just dressed them in dresses and skirts, as well, being that that was my personal conviction. I think that part of it was just more of…Mama’s the mama, and I’m raising my girls to be modest and honor the Lord in how they represent themselves.”
  • Is there conflict between Michelle and Jinger over Jinger’s new wardrobe choices? Jinger says she spoke with her parents and shared her heart with them before she started wearing pants, and they encouraged her to walk with the Lord, honor Him, and maintain modesty.
  • “It’s okay that my kids may have different convictions than me,” says Michelle. “I know that He’s leading them, and that’s the most important thing, is their walk, their relationship, with God. And I honestly can say, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. You’re so precious, Jing!”
  • “I’m really thankful for my mom and I know the tears probably are because we are super close, and just knowing that we have different conviction on this aspect but that she still loves me the same, that just means the world,” says Jinger.
  • While in LA, the Vuolos meet up with their new friends, Cade and Gabby, who were both finalists on American Idol. Jeremy messaged Cade online because the two of them share similar theological backgrounds, and a friendship was sparked. They stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame and spot a star for the Backstreet Boys, a band that Jeremy loved growing up and still likes to sing to. “I knew the name Backstreet Boys before meeting Jeremy, but I hadn’t listened to much of their music,” says Jinger. When asked by the producers if they are familiar with the Backstreet Boys, Austin is, but Joy, Abbie, Jana, Jessa, and Kendra are not.
  • Later, they visit Venice Beach at sunset, and Cade and Gabby sing “Amazing Grace” for Felicity.
  • In Philadelphia, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, and Justin pick up three limousines and drive them back to Arkansas to sell at their used car lot. Jed is spearheading the operation. Three hours into the trip, one of the limos is leaking oil. They perform a little fix, and the vehicle is back in commission.
  • Along the way, the guys pull into an RV park and start a fire. “Jer and I are both 20 years old, and we’re getting about that point where we are starting to think about courtship,” says Jedidiah.
  • “I’m looking for somebody that‘s going to be a friend, companion, for sure somebody that is humble and has a learning spirit,” says Jason.
  • “I’m looking for a modest, righteous babe,” says James. All the guys laugh.
  • “Tall, dark, handsome, no I’m kidding,” says Jana, chuckling. “Really the biggest thing is someone with character, someone that is a little more established, just mature and wise.”
  • Does Jana feel the pressure to get married? “Well, some will pressure in some ways,” admits Jana. “I’m like, ‘Y’all, when the time comes, I’ll…figure this out. But if I was just sitting there like, ‘Oh man, I’m just waiting to get married,’ I think that would be more depressing. But instead, I really look at this as, okay what are other things maybe that I could be doing right now that maybe I can’t do later. And so I’ve really enjoyed the different opportunities that I’ve had to, I don’t know, travel, even still be able to travel with my family, that maybe my married siblings can’t do.”
  • “Different ones of us have been in relationships, courtships, whatever you want to label it as,” says Jana. “Of course it doesn’t always end in marriage, and that’s okay. It doesn’t have to end in marriage.”
  • Meanwhile, John-David and Abbie, who have been married for three months, embark on their honeymoon to Finland.  On the first day, they go on a reindeer safari. Then, they put skis on and are each given the reins of a reindeer. John moves faster, but they both have a blast.
  • The newlyweds also visit the White Cathedral. They are looking forward to staying in a snow hotel.

Pressure to Wed?

Jana Duggar
Jana Duggar picks flowers from her garden

"Jana has a bunch of guys after her, and so I think it's just a matter of time 'till Mr. Right comes around."
-Jedidiah Duggar

It's Duggar Day! A new episode of Counting On premieres tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC. This on is 60-minutes long, which will surely make fans smile. Check out this little teaser video, and be sure to tune in. If you have a TV provider that allows you to sign in online, you can watch the show now on the TLC website. Be sure to come back to our blog after the episode airs this evening for our written recap.  


Tuesday, October 22nd
9pm: The Vuolos Take LA NEW!
Jinger and Jeremy explore Los Angeles with new friends. While hiking, Jinger discusses her decision to wear pants, which is unusual for Duggar women. And could the boys' road trip be the last time they are all together before one of them starts a courtship?

Wednesday, October 23rd
1am: The Vuolos Take LA

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Duggars at Alert Family Camp

The Duggar family spent last week at one of their favorite places, family camp with their homeschool organization in Big Sandy, Texas. Alert Family Camp offers dynamic speakers and activities for all ages. Have you ever been to a family camp?

Celebrating Johannah's birthday with sisters and friends
Jeremiah Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar
Jeremiah Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar and Mason Duggar
Meredith Duggar and Johannah Duggar
Meredith Duggar and Johannah Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Toddlers Gideon and Garrett

Warning: Cuteness Overload Ahead

We can't handle the incredible sweetness wrapped up in this photo of Gideon and Garrett! The two cousins are less than four months apart--Gideon was born on February 23, 2018, and Garrett arrived on June 8th.

Gideon Forsyth and Garrett Duggar
Gideon Forsyth and Garrett Duggar

Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com, duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

'Who's the Most Romantic' Recap

Counting On "Who's the Most Romantic?"

  • Four of the married couples arrive at Jim Bob and Michelle’s house. Jessa is about halfway through her pregnancy with Ivy. Garrett is eight months old. John and Abbie are enjoying being newlyweds. Josiah and Lauren are still grieving the loss of their first child. “Through this past year we’ve faced some pretty hard times,” says Lauren. “We miscarried. It was definitely heartbreaking and still something I cry about every day.”
  • “We feel like it’s really important for couples to have a date night,” says Michelle. She and Jim Bob are going to watch the grandchildren while the four couples go out on dates, with a little bit of competition mixed in. Who can come up with the most romantic evening out? Each couple can only spend $60 and must stay within one hour of the Duggar home. They will take photos and videos and return after four hours.
  • “I don’t remember the last time we had five in diapers at once here,” says Jim Bob. “We’ll have to get an assembly line going.”
  • Joe and Kendra head out on a penny flipping date. At each major intersection, they flip a coin. Heads means go right, tails means go left. “…That’s kind of like life,” says Kendra. “You can’t really plan your future. So it’s good to just enjoy each moment and to have the right attitude all the time, no matter where you end up.” On their last flip, they end up at a gazebo, where they stop for a picnic.
  • Jessa and Ben spend their date at the KYYA chocolate factory. “We love one another, and we both love chocolate,” says Ben. Then they take a walk outside and sit down by a lake to enjoy the chocolates they made.
  • Josiah and Lauren head to Fort Rock Family Camp, owned by Austin’s family, to ride horses. Horseback riding is something that Lauren grew up doing and that Josiah enjoys, as well.
  • John and Abbie take to the skies for their date. “We play to win,” says Abbie. They stop at a lake to grill steak.
  • “Most of us didn’t really see the romantic side of John, so it kind of has surprised all of us, I think,” says Jana. “I think [Abbie] brought out the best in him.”
  • While the couples are on their dates, they also go through discussion questions that Jim Bob and Michelle gave them to help them grow closer together. The questions spark conversation on topics like finances and romantic gestures.
  • “[Abbie] worked a normal 8-5 job,” say John. “As most of us Duggars do, we are self-employed, so we’re going to go out, and we may tap ourselves out investing in something to get a return on that. So that’s a completely different perspective for her, versus just getting a paycheck every week.” Abbie says they have had a lot of conversation about finances but that she trusts John’s judgement because he has made many wise investments.
  • Back at the Duggar house, Jim Bob is out in the yard running around with some of his kids and older grandkids, while Michelle has the little grandchildren in the house. “My goal when Michelle and I are babysitting the grandkids is to be the fun grandpa,” says Jim Bob. 
  • Meredith bites Spurgeon, and Spurgeon bites her back. Spurgeon calls Meredith a bad girl, and both of them end up in tears. Jim Bob explains why biting isn’t allowed and then tells both toddlers that he is going to tell their parents what happened.
  • Jeremy is in Los Angeles for a conference and picks Jinger and Felicity up at the airport when they arrive. The Vuolos are preparing for their move to LA. “I’m really excited about the decision to move to LA,” says Jinger. “I’ve always thought it would be neat to live in a big city. I love hustle and bustle.”
  • “Jinger’s always loved big city,” says Jessa. “Any time we would take a family road trip and end up in Chicago or New York, she was always like, ‘This is awesome. I would love to live here one day.’ And all the rest of us were like, ‘No, I want to go back to the country.’”
  • While the other Duggars love the country, Ben admits that he wouldn’t mind living in a big city.   
  • “[Felicity] is going to be a Cali girl,” says Jeremy. But life in LA is going to be an adjustment, especially considering the traffic and high cost of living. “…There will be some culture shock, but I’m ready for it,” says Jinger.
  • After the couples return, Jim Bob and Michelle watch the footage of the dates and announce the winners:
    • Most romantic date: Joe and Kendra
    • Thriftiest date: Josiah and Lauren
    • Date we’d go on: Jessa and Ben
    • Most original date: John-David and Abbie 

Duggar Season 10 Starts Tonight

Tonight is the big night! The Duggars are returning to TLC with new episodes of Counting On. Tune in at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a 60-minute premiere titled Who's the Most Romantic? And don't miss next week's episode, in which there is a possibility of a new courtship.

For episode summaries, visit our Showtimes page. If you have a TV provider that includes an online login, visit the TLC Counting On webpage to watch tonight's episode ahead of its television premiere. Check out this promo video:

Photo/video courtesy TLC

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hunting with Joy and the Guys

Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth elk hunting
Austin Forsyth and Joy-Anna Forsyth
Elk hunting, October 2019

Last week, Joy-Anna Forsyth, Austin Forsyth, and some of the unmarried Duggar brothers headed out to Colorado to go elk hunting. Over the past several days, they have done a ton of hiking and have camped and cooked food outdoors. 

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com).

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, October 11, 2019

Duggar #16 Turns 14

Happy 14th birthday to Johannah Duggar!

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Welcome, Daxton Ryan King

Cousin Amy's baby has arrived! Daxton Ryan King was born yesterday, October 9th, to Amy (Duggar) King and husband Dillon King. Baby Dax weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz, according to the exclusive article from People Magazine. At the recommendation of her doctor, Amy had a scheduled C-section due to her small frame and what her doctor said was an 85% chance of an emergency situation developing. Amy's son made his grand debut on his due date.

Jill Dillard and Daxton Ryan King
Jill Dillard with baby Dax

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

Felicity Spends Time with the Duggars

Michelle Duggar, Felicity Vuolo, Jim Bob Duggar

This week, some of the Duggars (Jim Bob and Michelle; Josh and Anna and their kids; Jana; John and Abbie; Jackson; Johannah; Tyler; Jennifer; Jordyn; and Josie) are in Los Angeles visiting the Vuolos. We just adore this photo of Felicity and her grandparents. Some of the Duggars call Jim Bob and Michelle Grandma and Grandpa Duggar, while others lovingly call them Lollie and Pops

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com).

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Duggars at American Girl in LA

The Duggar family is continuing their trip out west with a visit to Los Angeles. Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo have lived there since June. The group went to the American Girl store, where Mackynzie picked out a doll as a 10th birthday gift from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar (aka Pops and Lollie). The other girls were also able to pick out a small item. They have visited other places, as well, including the spot on the cement where Shirley Temple left her handprints and footprints in 1935.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Mackynzie Turns 10

It's double digits for the eldest Duggar grandchild! Happy 10th birthday to Mackynzie.

Mackynzie Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, October 4, 2019

Duggars at the Grand Canyon

Mackynzie Duggar and Michelle Duggar
Did you ever watch "On the Road with 16 Children"? That was the name of the Duggars' fourth reality TV special, which aired in June 2006. The family, with Johannah as the youngest, took a road trip from Arkansas to Los Angeles, with stops at the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, and other attractions.

Thirteen years have passed, and the Duggars decided it was time to visit the Grand Canyon again. Pilot John-David Duggar flew some of the family out to meet up with Jana, who is on a road trip. They spent yesterday enjoying the breathtaking sights.

Duggar family Grand Canyon
Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, John Duggar,
Abbie Duggar, Tyler, Jana Duggar, Jennifer Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jordyn Duggar,
Michelle Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Josie Duggar, Michael Duggar, 
Marcus Duggar, Mason Duggar (Meredith was also there)

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Prayers for the Wallers

Marcus Duggar and cousin Paul Waller (David and Priscilla's oldest child)
August 2018

Several times during the almost ten-year life of our blog, we have mentioned Anna Duggar's sister, Priscilla Waller, and her husband, David. David and Priscilla Waller have four children. Yesterday morning, David's sister Rebecca Waller (22) passed away during a tragic car accident. David has a total of nine siblings, although one of his brothers, Isaac, passed away in 2005 from Leukemia while doing service work in Mongolia.

Rebecca was a Christian, as was Isaac, and both are now with the Lord Jesus in heaven for eternity, but we know that the Waller family would appreciate your prayers as they mourn the loss of their dear daughter and sister.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com