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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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). 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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)

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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.

All About Jana

 
Jana Duggar
Buying supplies for one of her many projects

"Jana has really been such an encouragement to all of us in the family, investing in each of our lives and just always encouraging family gatherings and get-togethers."
-Michelle Duggar

Tonight on TLC, tune in at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a new episode of Counting On, "Jana's Secret Garden." Jana heads to Tennessee with John, Abbie, and Grace, and while she is gone, the family pulls off a big surprise for her. She has always wanted a greenhouse, and it's time for her dream to become a reality. You'll also hear what the eldest Duggar daughter thinks of all the questions she receives about her relationship status. 

And if you missed last week's episode, it will air just before this one. Below is a link to a preview video of tonight's show. 

Video: Jana's Surprise

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