Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Video: Josiah and Lauren's Announcement

Jim Bob Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Michelle Duggar
 
"I was just getting ready to make the announcement that the pregnant mommies and babies get to sleep in the bus, but I guess that includes Lauren now!"
-Michelle Duggar

Last night on an all-new episode of Counting On (check out our recap), fans witnessed the Duggar family's epic camping trip at Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas. During dinner, Josiah and Lauren Duggar announced their pregnancy, and everyone was shocked, especially Michelle (video below).


Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'The Great Duggar Campout' Recap

Counting On "The Great Duggar Campout"

  • Every Monday, the Duggars do family night. Everyone who is available gets together at the big house for dinner and an activity. “It seemed like as our family has been expanding, there for a while, we weren’t getting together with all of our extended family on a regular basis, and it’s really been a blast,” says Jim Bob.
  • This week for family night, the Duggars are going on a camping trip, planned by Jana. When they arrive at the  Devil’s Den State Park campground, Jim Bob and the boys meet up with an orienteering instructor to embark on a map challenge. Jana collects their phones before they leave. “All of us girls thought it’d be fun to take the boys’ phones away,” says Jana. “That way they’d have more of an experience of really just using a map and trying to find their way to camp.”
  • Meanwhile, the ladies set up camp and make dinner. They have an RV and some tents, which they successfully put up using girl power.
  • Towards the end of their trek, the guys have to cross a 50-foot river. They attempt to use boards and tree trunks, but the river is moving too fast.
  • “First person across wins,” says Jim Bob. “I’m going to show you how to do it.” He then proceeds to fall in the water. “Thankfully Jana had confiscated all the cell phones, so my cell phone didn’t get wet.” They end up successfully wading across but are a bit wet when they make it back to the campsite.
  • “Having all the get togethers and being with all the grandbabies and the kids, it does bring back memories of having all 19 in the home,” says Michelle. “Never a dull moment, lots of busyness, and really a lot of joy. We’re just so thankful.”
  • The family prays together before their meal. During dinner, Josiah and Lauren announce that they are expecting. “We had been trying for quite a while after the miscarriage,” says Lauren, who is nine weeks pregnant. The mom-to-be admits that she is nervous.
  • The next morning, Jana organizes team building exercises. The first features a wooden A-frame with ropes attached to it. One person stands in the A-frame, while the others grab the ropes and try to maneuver the A-frame across a field without letting the person in the middle fall.
  • The second game is called the ski challenge. Four or five people stand on a set of wooden skis and have to move their feet in unison.
  • Many miles away in Los Angeles, Jinger and Jeremy are apartment hunting. They will soon make the move from their four-bedroom, 1400-square foot home in Laredo so Jeremy can attend the Masters Seminary. Barbara and Peter, the Vuolos’ property managers and members at the church they will attend, are their guides.
  • On the first day, the Vuolos tour a contemporary apartment and an apartment in Vintage Hollywood, which is right below the Hollywood sign. The interior and exterior of the second apartment are incredibly charming. “You feel like you’re in Europe,” says Jinger.
  • The following day, they visit a detached home with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, located off Sunset Boulevard. The property is used by the church, and the owners are willing to lease it to the Vuolos for several months so they can have more time find a permanent place. “I can see myself enjoying the Jacuzzi tub quite a bit,” says Jeremy.
  • Jinger, Jeremy, and Felicity go to a local coffee ship to make a decision. While the ministry house will require them to move twice, it is large and beautiful and will be a great place for them to begin their LA journey. That's the one they choose.

Duggars Go Camping Tonight on TLC


Be sure to tune in tonight for the fifth new episode in Counting On season 10. (Visit our Watch Full Episodes page for links to all our past recaps, starting in January 2010.) TLC has created several ways for viewers to watch. Either tune in live at 9pm ET/8pm CT, log in with your TV provider on the TLC website, or purchase the episode after it airs on Amazon or iTunes.

On tonight's show, the Vuolos go house hunting in Los Angeles, Josiah and Lauren make a big announcement, the Duggar clan embarks on a family camping trip, and Jim Bob takes a tumble into a river.

Photo courtesy TLC

Monday, November 11, 2019

Josiah and Lauren Welcome Baby Girl

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Duggar
Weeks before Bella Duggar joined the family

Just six days after the arrival of Joseph and Kendra Duggar's baby girl, Addison Duggar, Josiah and Lauren Duggar welcomed a baby girl of their own. Bella Milagro Duggar was born on Friday, November 8th, 2019, at 4:24pm. She weighed 6 lbs 5 oz and measured 18.5 inches long. Photos of the new addition can be found on the TLC website.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Jana and Jim Bob

We wanted to share this new photo of Jim Bob and Jana, who are on a business trip on the East Coast. As the Duggars' show has progressed, viewers have watched the relationships between Jim Bob and Michelle and their older children transform into friendships as the children have entered adulthood. 

Jim Bob Duggar and Jana Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar and Jana Duggar

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Henry's Speech Delay

Jessa Seewald and Henry Seewald
Appointment with an ENT

"I feel like, especially as the mom, it's easier for me to kind of stress out, like, 'Oh no, he's delayed. What's wrong with him?' And Ben is a little more level-headed." 
-Jessa Seewald

Last night on Counting On (be sure to check out our recap), we watched Jessa and Ben take Henry to an ENT for an evaluation due to his speech delay. In the scene below, Henry receives an examination and handles it like a champ.


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Photo/video courtesy TLC

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

'Kendra's Got a Secret' Recap

Counting On "Kendra's Got a Secret"

  • Kendra has just taken a pregnancy test and found out that she’s expecting Baby #2. “I just couldn’t believe it,” says the expectant mom. She puts a sticker at the bottom of an ice cream bowl that says “Baby Coming Soon” and covers it with edible glue.
  • Garrett is eight months old and is crawling and growing teeth. “Sometimes I have these moments where I’m just like, ‘Wow, I’m really an adult and a mom,’” says Kendra. “And it’s just crazy because I still feel like I’m young…”
  • Joseph has been employed at the Duggar car lot for a few years, where he fixes up cars and works as a salesman. Joe returns home, and the family of three sits down to eat. “During the dinner, it was hard for me to stay calm,” says Kendra. She puts ice cream in the bowl and serves it to Joe. At first, he thinks there’s a piece of grass in his dessert. When Joseph reads the message, he smiles and gives Kendra a hug.
  • Jessa is in full-on nesting mode and has been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing at the house. Jedidiah, James, Jason, and Justin come over to install a double door and a deck off the master bedroom so the Seewalds can access their large backyard.
  • Jason is heading up the project because he has already done two house renovations. “Normally on construction side, I’ll do what Jason says, unless I think I got a better idea,” says Jedidiah. “He’s still a little younger than me, but overall, more than not, he’s right.”
  • At OP Schnabel Park in San Antonio, Jeremy drops Jinger and Felicity off at a stroller fitness class for moms called Stroller Strides.
  • “I think that there can be a lot of pressure on moms to do and be everything, but it’s just not realistic,” says Jinger. “That’s what’s nice about coming together with other moms, and you can see, just the reality of what that looks like and bearing with one another in those struggles and challenges.”
  • “So the years when we were up with babies, we thought, ‘Oh, we’re going to get through this phase, and we’ll get more sleep,’” says Michelle. “Well, it just changes, and you’re still not getting the sleep, and that’s okay. It’s a good reason to lose sleep.” Jim Bob and Michelle always make themselves available when their kids want to talk, even if it’s late at night.
  • Jessa and Ben take Henry, who has just turned two, to an ENT to discuss his speech delays. The Seewalds say that Henry is not able to talk and communicate well. He had a tongue tie clipped when he was born, and they are wondering if that has anything to do with it. The doctor determines that Henry’s hearing is perfect and recommends that he sees a speech pathologist.
  • Meanwhile, Spurgeon stays at the house with the boys to work on the deck. “Spurgeon loves to spend time with his uncles,” says Jessa. “I trust them. I mean, Spurgeon’s three, so it’s not like he’s a newborn. I would probably be a little more worried to leave a newborn. But Spurgeon can fend for himself in a lot of ways.”
  • While the guys are working outside, Spurgeon sneaks into the house and eats two ice cream sandwiches. Pretty soon after that, Spurgeon informs the guys that he has a poopy diaper. The Seewalds are only five minutes away, and Spurgeon says he can wait. “Toddler diapers are especially disgusting, so I would not expect the boys to change him,” says Jessa.
  • The deck is finished in just two days and looks great. Jana comes over to help Jessa set up for her gender guessing party. The Duggars all pile into Jessa and Ben’s house and are able to ask Jessa questions about her pregnancy. Then, they make their guesses. Jessa tells the family that they are waiting to reveal the gender until the baby is born, but she opens up the floor for other announcements. Joe and Kendra inform everyone that they are expecting. “I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy year, Mama,” Jim Bob says to Michelle.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Joe and Kendra Welcome Baby Girl

Kendra Duggar, Joe Duggar, Garrett Duggar
October 2019

Congratulations to Joseph and Kendra Duggar! Their little girl, Addison Renee Duggar, arrived at 5:33am on November 2nd, 2019. Addison weighed 7 lbs 12oz and measured 20 1/2 inches long. Garrett weighed 7 lbs 8 oz and was the same length as his little sister at birth. The Duggars say that the labor was quick and that both Kendra and Addison are doing well. More details and a photo can be found on Joe and Kendra's website.


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Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

A Mother-Son Birthday

Did you know that Jessa and Spurgeon have birthdays that are just one day apart? We thought it would be cute to do a joint post. Today is Jessa's 27th birthday, and tomorrow is Spurgeon's 4th birthday. Happy birthday to this mother-son duo!



Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com, duggarfamily.com

Celebrating 3 Duggar Anniversaries

The first week of November is a busy time for the Duggars, with two birthdays and three anniversaries. Jessa and Ben Seewald celebrated their five-year anniversary on November 1st, John-David and Abbie Duggar were married exactly one year yesterday (November 3rd), and Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo look forward to their three-year anniversary tomorrow (November 5th).

Abbie Duggar and John Duggar
Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Vuolo
Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Vuolo
Ben Seewald and Jessa Seewald
Ben Seewald and Jessa Seewald

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, jingerandjeremy.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Jed Runs for Office

Jed Duggar on a trip to Colorado with friends

Hot off the press! Jedidiah Duggar just announced his political candidacy. He is running for Arkansas State Representative District 89 in the November 3rd, 2020, election. As a small business owner of Champion Motorcars, Jed is passionate about fighting for the rights of Arkansans. To read more about Jed's views on current issues, you can visit his website.


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Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com, jedduggar.com

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Abbie's Severe Morning Sickness

John-David Duggar and Abbie Duggar
Recent trip to San Francisco
 
John-David and Abbie Duggar are due with their first child in January 2020. They just revealed to Us Weekly that Abbie struggled with debilitating morning sickness for several weeks and was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. The mom-to-be landed in the hospital multiple times for dehydration

Abbie told Us Weekly that John has been an "angel," caring for her and doing all the housework. They have chosen a name for their little girl but are keeping it under wraps. More details and photos of the couple can be found on the Us Weekly website, as well as in this week's issue, on newsstands now.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com