Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Duggars #10 and 11 Turn 22

Happy 22nd birthday to Jedidiah and Jeremiah! They are Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's second set of twins, and they are the oldest of six brothers who sit between Joy-Anna and Johannah in the Duggar family lineup.

 
Jedidiah Duggar and Jeremiah Duggar

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Duggar-Sized Christmas Tree

 
James Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, Jana Duggar

When you hear the term "Duggar-sized Christmas tree," what comes to mind? Perhaps a nice 8-footer? Or a 10-footer? Or maybe, since the Duggars' living room ceiling is so tall, they would be able to pull off a 12-foot tree. 

Well, this year the Duggars went BIG, and by big, we mean 20 feet tall and 400 pounds in weight. While Michelle and Jordyn were in Los Angeles helping Jinger and Jeremy with baby Evangeline Vuolo, the rest of the Duggar clan executed a gigantic surprise, in the name of Christmas cheer. Below is the link to the TLC video highlighting the process of transporting the tree from the great outdoors into their home. 

Video: Duggar Christmas tree 2020

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Duggars Pose with Santa

Merry Christmas to all! To celebrate the season, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hosted a Duggar family get together that included a gift exchange. Not everyone was able to attend in person (some dialed in via video chat), but Santa Claus managed to make an appearance. Below is a group photo and a link to a home video from Jessa.

Duggar family Christmas 2020

Video: Duggar Christmas 2020 by Jessa Seewald

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to our faithful blog readers! This Christmas season, we hope you are all healthy and having a marvelous time celebrating the birth of Christ. Just for fun, here are a few throwback photos from Duggar Christmas 2010 and Duggar Christmas 2012.

 
Jackson Duggar, Jeremiah Duggar, Justin Duggar, Jason Duggar,
James Duggar, Jedidiah Duggar
Christmas 2010

 
Jordyn Duggar
Christmas 2010

 
Joseph Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar
Christmas 2012

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Another Girl for Jinger

 
Jordyn Duggar and Evangeline Vuolo

TLC just uploaded a mini episode featuring Jinger Vuolo's latest delivery. To watch online, you must have login credentials from your TV provider (link below). The show is 20 minutes long and will also air on live TV in the coming days. There were previously four separate slots allocated, but the TLC schedule has just been updated to remove two (listings below).

TLC Mini Episode: Another Girl for Jinger


TLC Listings:
December 23
11pm ET: Another Girl for Jinger

December 24
3am ET: Another Girl for Jinger 

 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, December 18, 2020

Duggar #18 Turns 12

Wishing Jordyn Duggar a very blessed 12th birthday! Only one year until she becomes a teenager and two years until she starts learning how to drive.


 

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Duggar Ladies' Christmas Gathering

 
Jennifer Duggar, Evelyn Forsyth, Lauren Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, 
Anna Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Faith Seewald, Jana Duggar, Joy Forsyth, 
Kendra Duggar, Abbie Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jessa Seewald, Jordyn Duggar

This afternoon, most of the Duggar ladies gathered at Joy-Anna's house for wreathing making, Chick-fil-A, and girl time. (The gal between Michelle and Jana is Faith, Jessa's sister-in-law.) Josie and a few grandchildren were there, as well, but aren't pictured here. 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Snow in Arkansas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Northwest Arkansas has had some wintry weather today, with a total snow accumulation of several inches. For an area with an average annual snowfall of just over half a foot, today's storm was significant.

 
Joseph Duggar, Addison Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Garrett Duggar
 

Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Watch Evangeline's Arrival Episode


The return date of new episodes of Counting On still has not yet been announced. But there is a short, 30-minute special coming up on TLC, documenting the arrival of Evangeline Vuolo (listings below).

December 23
11pm ET: Another Girl for Jinger

December 24
3am ET: Another Girl for Jinger


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar #19 Turns 11

Happy 11th birthday to Josie Duggar! During the months she spent in the hospital after being born premature at 1 lb 6 oz, there were moments when Jim Bob and Michelle wondered if their little girl would make it. But look at her 11 years later! God sure has shown his faithfulness through Josie's life.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Meet Evy Jo

 
Jinger Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, Evangeline Jo Vuolo

Evangeline Vuolo has officially made her public debut! TLC posted a video that shows proud parents Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo introducing their second daughter to the world. The fourth syllable of her name is pronounced "line," and her middle name, Jo, is after Jeremy's middle name, Joseph. The Vuolos will call her Evy Jo. The link to the video is below.

Jinger and Jeremy Introduce Evangeline 

 

Photo courtesy TLC

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Seewalds Build a Fort

Keeping young children happy indoors in the winter can be challenging, especially when you have three ages five and under. For the Seewald kids, forts are an activity of choice.

 
Ivy Seewald, Henry Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Michelle and the Vuolo Grands

Although they live hours away from the Duggars and Vuolos, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo were still able to have a few family members visit Los Angeles and help them welcome their second daughter. Two of those visitors were Michelle and Jordyn, who came to lend a hand. Evangeline Vuolo is Jim Bob and Michelle's 19th grandchild. She was born on November 22 at 11:26pm, weighing 7 lbs and measuring 20 inches long.  

Felicity Vuolo, Michelle Duggar, Evangeline Jo Vuolo 
Felicity Vuolo, Michelle Duggar, Evangeline Jo Vuolo

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

New Book and New Site

First a podcast, and now a book! Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo will have their names in ink in just six months. Their book, The Hope We Hold: Finding Peace in the Promises of God is set to be released on May 4th, 2021. The book can be pre-ordered on Amazon

The Vuolos also just launched an online shop called Hope and Stead, where they create designs that glorify Christ as the ultimate source of hope. 

 
Jinger Vuolo, Michelle Duggar, Jordyn Duggar 
Modeling hats for Hope and Stead

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, November 30, 2020

Grand-Duggar #20 is a _____

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19th grandchild, Evangeline Jo Vuolo, arrived last week. Their 20th grandbaby is due in February 2021. Proud parents Joe and Kendra Duggar just shared the gender of their third child. Will Garrett and Addison be gaining a brother or a sister? Sister: It's a girl!

 
Addison Duggar and Garrett Duggar
 

Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Baby Girl Vuolo is Here!

Exciting news just in time for Thanksgiving. Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo just revealed that they welcomed their second daughter late Sunday night. Evangeline Jo Vuolo is healthy and happy! You can see photos and read the couples’ statement on the TLC website

Monday, November 16, 2020

Justin's Engagement

 
Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Justin Duggar, Claire Spivey

Justin Duggar, No. 14 in the Duggar family lineup, has had an eventful start to the week. Yesterday he celebrated his 18th birthday, and today he announced his engagement. He and Claire Spivey had been courting for 14 months. The link below is for a TLC video from the newly engaged couple. 

Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey Engagement Announcement

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Duggar #14 Turns 18

It won't be long before all of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's children have reached adulthood. Today is Justin's 18th birthday, and he's No. 14 in the Duggar family lineup. Perhaps the most exciting thing that has happened in Justin's life recently is his relationship with Claire Spivey, which was announced in September.

 
Justin Duggar 18th birthday
 

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Baby Girl Vuolo Coming Soon

The excitement is ramping up for Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo. Their second daughter is due in just about one week! Felicity Vuolo turns 2 years and 4 months soon, so she and her little sister will be very close in age. Jinger had her first delivery at a hospital in Texas, San Antonio to be exact, so this will be her first time giving birth in California. 

This baby will be the 19th Duggar grandchild, which is an fun milestone for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who have 19 children. Jinger and Jeremy haven't announced the name that they have chosen, but they recently said that they knew they wanted to use it even before Jinger became pregnant.

 
Jinger Vuolo

Photo courtesy jingerandjeremy.com

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Two Duggar Birthdays

And the November birthdays continue for the Duggar family! Three days ago, they celebrated Spurgeon Seewald's 5th birthday. Spurgeon is Duggar grandchild No. 6. Today is Bella Duggar's 1st birthday. Bella is the 15th Grand-Duggar.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com; theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Jed's Election Results

The unofficial election results are in for District 89 in Northwest Arkansas. Jedidiah Duggar went against Democrat Megan Godfrey, the incumbent state representative who had won the seat in 2018 by only one percentage point. 

Jedidiah was not victorious in this election but made a wonderful showing for a young man new to politics. He took 44% and lost by less than 700 votes. Don't worry, Jed, you'll get them next time. If Jedidiah does make it to the house, he will be following in the footsteps of his dad. Jim Bob Duggar served two terms in the House of Representatives for District 6 from 1998 to 2002.

Jedidiah Duggar

Photo courtesy jedduggar.com; duggarfamily.com

Duggar #5 Turns 28

Happy 28th birthday to Jessa Seewald!


Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com; duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A New Duggar Real Estate Agent

All in the family! When Grandma Mary Duggar passed away last year, she left behind a wonderful legacy, which included a career in real estate. Jim Bob and Michelle are also licensed agents, and in January 2016, we shared that Joseph was pursuing his license, which he successfully obtained.

Well, the list of Duggar real estate agents continues to grow, as Jeremiah Duggar just passed his exam on Friday and has joined the group. Congratulations, Jer!

 
Jeremiah Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar, Joseph Duggar

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, November 2, 2020

Addison Turns 1

November has just begun, and it's sure to be a busy month for the Duggar family. With six birthdays, two of which are for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's kids and four of which are for grandchildren, there will be a lot of excitement. 

And don't forget the anniversaries! Jessa and Ben Seewald celebrated six years yesterday, and the Vuolos and John and Abbie have their anniversaries coming up this week.

For now, let's wish Addison Duggar a fun-filled first birthday. She will soon be the middle child, and while Joe and Kendra haven't yet announced Baby #3's gender, we know you all are hoping to hear the news soon.

 
Joseph Duggar and Addison Duggar
Christmas 2019

 
Kendra Duggar and Addison Duggar
March 2020

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com; joeandkendra.com

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Busy Week for the Forsyths

It has been a busy time for Joy and Austin Forsyth. Austin drove out to Colorado with a few guys, including Jason Duggar. They went backpacking and elk hunting but were unsuccessful at harvesting an animal. Meanwhile, Joy had a visit from her best friend, Carlin (Bates) Stewart, and Carlin's daughter Layla. 

When Austin returned home, he surprised his wife with a birthday getaway, which included Hallmark moves at the Keeter Center, a beautiful hotel located near Branson, Missouri.

 
Joy-Anna Forsyth and Austin Forsyth

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Duggar #9 Turns 23

Wishing a very happy 23rd birthday to Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth! She is the 9th oldest in the Duggar sibling lineup, and she and Austin have two beautiful children of their own.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Nerf Wars with Michelle Duggar

 
Nerf gun wars with Michelle Duggar

Who said grandmas can't play hard? While some of the Duggar grandchildren are over at the big house, Michelle Duggar gets involved in a hardcore nerf gun war. Jessa captured it on video (link below).

Nerf War with Grandma Michelle Duggar

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Jill Dillard on Distancing from the Duggars

 
Jill Dillard and Michelle Duggar, 2017

PEOPLE Magazine just released a story based on a recent interview they did with Jill Dillard. She discusses the conflict that she and Derick have had with the Duggars since making the decision to leave the show. You can read the story on the PEOPLE website. Jill will also be featured in this week's edition of the magazine, one newsstands Friday. The article states that both the Duggars and Dillards desire to restore their relationship, and we encourage you to pray for healing for both parties.

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Prayer Event Response

Hello to our loyal blog readers. It's Lily and Ellie, the blog authors. Three days ago, we posted about an upcoming online event: a night of worship and prayer for the United States and the upcoming election. The event will feature Jeremy Vuolo, a member of the Duggar clan, and is thus an appropriate subject for a blog about the Duggar family. 

We are approaching the 11-year anniversary of our blog. When the Duggars used to book frequent public speaking engagements, we posted about all kinds of events on a regular basis, and no one seemed to mind. For some reason, the post we released three days ago generated a political debate. 

We want to reassure you that this is not a political event. We received confirmation from the event organizers that there will be no endorsements made for political candidates. It is simply a time for Americans to worship and pray for God's guidance for our country. We are very much looking forward to this event, and many of you have shared that you will be tuning in, as well. 


Photo courtesy of faithfulonline.com

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Pre-Election Encouragement

We have the inside scoop on an upcoming online event that you won't want to miss. Are you seeking encouragement in the midst of the tumultuous election season that our country is experiencing? Tune in on Monday, November 2nd, at 7pm CT for a night of prayer and worship. No endorsements will be made for political candidates. This is simply a time to pray for God's guidance.

Jeremy Vuolo will give a short message and lead viewers in prayer. Worship music will be provided by Ricky Skaggs, Andy Leftwich, and the Foto Sisters. The event will stream live online.


Artwork courtesy of faithfulonline.com

Monday, October 12, 2020

Kendra's 8th Sibling

When Joseph Duggar married Kendra Caldwell in September 2017, Kendra was the oldest of seven children. About five months after Joe and Kendra welcomed their son Garrett Duggar, Kendra's parents, Paul and Christina Caldwell, delivered their eighth child. 

As we posted in August, Kendra is expecting Baby #3 in February 2021. Her mom just announced that she is pregnant, as well. Baby #9 is due in May 2021. Congratulations to the Caldwells! Paul and Christina currently have five boys and three girls. 

And to add to the excitement, Lauren Caldwell (the second eldest) was just engaged to a guy named Titus. Congrats to the couple!

 
Hiking with Kendra's family
July 2019

Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Jana and the Grandkids

Over the past couple years, Jessa Seewald has embraced the minimalist lifestyle. She has worked to de-clutter her home and simplify her storage and organization systems. With a family of five, including three active children under the age of five, living in a two-bedroom house, efficient use of space is key. 

All that to say, you'll notice in this photo that the Seewalds' living room doubles as their toy and book room. A while ago, Jessa moved the coffee table out to provide a bigger space to play. 

Do you consider yourself to be a minimalist?

Henry Seewald, Jana Duggar, Spurgeon Seewald

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Oldest Grand-Duggar Turns 11

Happy 11th birthday to Mackynzie Duggar! And her almost-birthday buddy Johannah turns 15 in three days.


 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Austin Goes Skydiving

This week, Austin flew his family of four to Alabama to visit relatives. While there, Austin got together with Trace Bates and Lawson Bates and went skydiving. Do you remember watching 19 Kids and Counting "Duggars Shoot for the Sky" back in January 2011? In celebration of her 18th birthday, Jessa Duggar went skydiving with her mama, Michelle Duggar.

 
Austin Forsyth goes skydiving

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, October 5, 2020

16 Years of Duggars


Has it really been 16 years? We say this every fall, but time sure does fly. 2020 marks the 16th anniversary of the Duggars' first television special. "14 Children and Pregnant Again" premiered on September 6th, 2004. 

Since that day, more than 300 specials and episodes of 17 Kids and Counting, 18 Kids and Counting, 19 Kids and Counting, and Counting On have been shown to the public. It's no doubt that the Duggars will go down in reality TV history.

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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Raw Footage of the Duggar Grandchildren

 
Meredith Duggar, Spurgeon Seewald, Gideon Forsyth, Henry Seewald

Are you missing the Duggars, now that the show is on break? If you are, Jana Duggar just shared a 15-minute video of raw footage that you can take a look at. A handful of the Duggar grandchildren are at the big house playing together, and Jana follows them around with a camera to catch some unedited moments (link below).

Raw Footage of the Duggar Grandkids

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, September 28, 2020

Maryella at 10 Months

The three Duggar granddaughters who were born last November are quickly approaching their first birthdays. Do you think Kendra Duggar, Lauren Duggar, and Anna Duggar will have a joint party? Below is a photo of Maryella, who turned 10 months yesterday.

 
Maryella Duggar at 10 months

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Josh and Anna Celebrate 12 Years

Wishing Josh and Anna Duggar a happy 12-year wedding anniversary!

 
Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, Mackynzie Duggar, Michael Duggar, 
Marcus Duggar, Meredith Duggar, Mason Duggar, Maryella Duggar
March 2020

 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

'A Quarantine Courtship' Recap

Counting On "A Quarantine Courtship"

  • The Duggars are recording their own show because the crew is unable to be come into their homes to film. 
  • “There’s a lot of fear out there of the unknown,” says John as the show opens. Jessa says that the Arkansas Duggars are experiencing a taste of what life is like for Jinger and Jeremy, who have to rely on video chat to communicate with family.
  • John bakes a cake for Abbie’s 28th birthday, which is a challenge because Abbie doesn’t eat sugar or gluten. She cut both out a few years ago because she was having stomach discomfort. The chocolate cake that John makes looks and tastes delicious.
  • Meanwhile, the other Duggars decorate their vehicles for a birthday parade. Jim Bob and Michelle drive the three-wheel sports car that one of the boys recently traded for. They show up at John and Abbie’s house with horns blazing and set their gifts on the ground. “It was definitely a birthday that I’ll always remember,” says Abbie.
  • On another day, Jana and the younger girls sew masks for the family. Jana says she learned how to sew from her mom and aunt. The younger girls are learning from her and have also attended a class in the past. They drop the masks off at everyone’s houses. 
  • In Los Angeles, Jinger is organizing the house. She packs up Felicity’s old clothes to send back to Arkansas for Ivy and the other girl cousins.  
  • Ivy is starting to walk, so Jim Bob and Michelle and some of the kids come by to watch her through the window. Jessa says that the boys have had some tearful, angry moments because they don’t understand why they can’t spend time with the family. “I wanted them to drink some water,” cries Henry when the family leaves without coming inside. 
  • Later, the Duggars get together over video chat to catch up on each other’s lives. The Vuolos announce that Jinger is 13 weeks pregnant. They have everyone cast their gender vote by completing a task, such as finding a pink or blue clothing item or food item. Before the Vuolos vote, the score is tied 14 to 14.
  • Jinger and Jeremy have a soccer ball that is either filled with pink or blue powder. Jeremy kicks the ball, and it explodes with pink powder. “We are absolutely elated that we are having another girl,” says Jeremy.   
  • At the end of the video chat, Justin joins from Texas and announces his courtship with Claire Spivey. “This is Claire, and we are now in an official relationship,” says Justin. He and Claire met at a family conference in spring 2019 and started a relationship several months after.
  • “We love each one of you guys, and Mom and I pray for you guys on a regular basis,” says Jim Bob as the video chat ends.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Justin's Girlfriend

Did you hear the big news that was announced today? Justin is in a relationship! He and Claire Spivey have known each other since last spring, and they both love God, the outdoors, and snowboarding.

 
Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Duggar #14 is Courting

Jeremiah Duggar, James Duggar, Joy Forsyth, 
Justin Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jedidiah Duggar

The announcement slated to air on tomorrow’s new episode was made early. Justin Duggar is in a courtship! His girlfriend's name is Claire Spivey, and she’s from Texas. Within a week of meeting Claire in spring 2019, Justin knew she was the one. Claire is 19 years old, and Justin turns 18 in November. Below is the link to the couple’s TLC announcement video, as well as the link to a clip from tomorrow's season finale episode that features Claire.


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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, September 17, 2020

3 Seewalds

We realized it has been a while since we have posted a picture of the three Seewald children. Spurgeon turns five in exactly seven weeks, Henry is three-and-a-half, and Ivy is almost 16 months.

 
Spurgeon Seewald, Henry Seewald, Ivy Seewald
 

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

'Jana's Secret Garden' Recap

Counting On "Jana's Secret Garden"

  • Jessa has Anna, Abbie, Kendra, and Lauren over to eat and chat about raising daughters. Kendra brings a recipe for lactation cookies, and Anna brings the ingredients to make homemade baby soap. 
  • Kendra shares that she was only able to nurse Garrett for a few months before having to supplement formula. He had lip and tongue tie, which affected her supply. “You just kind of feel bad because you’re like, ‘I’m not able to do this for my child, even though this is what I wanted and I know this is what’s best,’” says Kendra. “You just kind of have all of this…guilt, and there’s nothing wrong with it. As long as they’re being fed and they’re healthy, you’re doing your job.”
  • Later, John flies Abbie, Jana, and Grace to Knoxville for a short trip. Jana and John take a woodworking class. “Over the years, Jana has done a lot of home renovation projects,” says John. Jana makes a classy sign that says “Home, Springdale, AR” with the Arkansas state outline. 
  • Jana is starting an online business called Arbor Acres and is hoping to sell home items. “It’s still in the beginning stages,” she says.
  • “She probably is the first girl, daughter that’s really ventured out to do a business like that,” says Michelle. 
  • “Matter of fact, she’s probably done more than most of us guys here by starting this pretty big endeavor she’s taking on,” says John.
  • Also in Knoxville, Abbie goes with Jana to get her hair done. The stylist asks Jana about her love life. “Sometimes it gets a little old,” says Jana in an interview, of being asked if she’s in a relationship. “I feel like we do this whole groupings of the marrieds and the singles, and we forget that, oh wait, we’re all sisters, we’re all brothers and sisters. And so keeping that focus, it makes it more enjoyable and it’s not this whole awkward, oh, I’m not one of y’all. It’s like, no, we’re family.”
  • Abbie can relate to Jana because she was the oldest single child left at home before marrying John.
  • People often ask Jana if she is just really picky. “I used to be a little more strict,” she says. She has always thought that she wanted a guy who would stay in Arkansas, but she now realizes that that is not a necessity. “…If I really love the guy, I’ll follow him to the ends of the earth. I’ll want to go wherever he is. And so far, I just haven’t found that one.”
  • “…If the right one had come along, I would have been married, ya, a long time ago,” says Jana. “I just don’t think that it’s been God’s timing yet, and I have been able to accomplish a lot of other things that maybe I wouldn’t have had I been married.”
  • Back at home, Jim Bob and the boys put together a glass greenhouse as a surprise for Jana. Their contractor friend lends a hand. “Several of the boys have actually kind of surpassed me in my knowledge of building skills,” says Jim Bob. Installing the glass is the hardest part, and the work crew wonders if they will finish it in time. 
  • They complete the job at the last minute. Jim Bob is in communication with John, as the rest of the family scrambles to set up food and balloons. John and Abbie lead Jana into the backyard, where she sees the greenhouse. Everyone jumps out from behind a big tree. The family agrees that Jana is not usually an emotional person, but this surprise brings her to tears.
  • “Jana deserves so much more than just a greenhouse,” says John. “She’s somebody who is a giver, giver. [She] gives of her time, of her assets, of just all of herself to everybody all the time.”
  • “I’m just blown away by their love,” says Jana.