Tuesday, August 11, 2020

'A Beautiful Miracle' Recap

Counting On "A Beauitful Miracle"

  • Eleven days before their due date, Lauren and Josiah are making sure they have their hospital bags packed, as Lauren’s contractions are picking up. They head over to the Swanson home to walk on the treadmill and the stairs. The parents-to-be invite Jill to be part of the labor. They head to the hospital at 5:45pm to find that Lauren is 3cm dilated and 80% effaced.
  • Lauren’s birth team consists of Josiah, Michelle, Lauren’s mom, and Jill. When she hits 6cm, Lauren’s back labor is very intense, so she gets an epidural, which wasn’t part of her plan. The epidural doesn’t work well, so the doctor gives her a second one about two hours later.
  • “I definitely can sympathize with Lauren with the back labor that she is experiencing,” says Michelle. “I’ve gone through that a few times, and I know, that is really uncomfortable.”
  • Her back pain is still not completely gone, so Lauren receives a drug to help her sleep. Meanwhile, the Seewalds put together a care package for the new parents.
  • Back at the hospital, Lauren’s contractions slow down. The doctor gives her Pitocin but says that she will need a C-section if things don’t progress. Before long, she is able to push, and Bella arrives! “It was such a joy for my heart to see Josiah and Lauren holding little Bella in their arms,” says Michelle. 
  • “Going through a loss and then holding a child that you’ve been waiting for is probably the greatest thing you could ever feel,” says Lauren. On the day that Lauren is discharged from the hospital, Jim Bob and Michelle come to help her and Josiah pack up.
  • At Joe and Kendra’s home, one-week-old Addison is doing very well. Garrett has been a bit jealous, but he enjoys giving the baby kisses.
  • In Los Angeles, Jinger, who is 10 weeks pregnant, is baking a pregnant gingerbread cookie. The rest of the Duggar clan is making gingerbread houses at the big house for family night, so the Vuolos join via video chat and share their news. “You know the problem with this?” Jeremy says to Jinger. “We’re not going to be able to make one as pretty as you.
  • During family night, the teams have one hour to build their gingerbread houses. “Building and decorating our house was a challenge,” says Jana. She turns the project over to Jim Bob. As Jana carries the finished product over to the computer to show the Vuolos, it falls over.
  • Jason and James make a ship, and they use a hot glue gun and a drill.
  • When the family sees Jinger and Jeremy’s pregnant Jinger bread, it takes them a minute to figure it out. Michelle is just really impressed by the detail. When she realizes what it means, she and Jim Bob are all smiles.

Kendra Turns 22

Wishing Kendra Duggar a very happy 22nd birthday! She's the mom of two (Garrett Duggar age two and Addison Duggar age nine months), and she and Joe will celebrate their three-year wedding anniversary next month.

Kendra Duggar birthday

Photos courtesy joeandkendra.com, duggarfamily.com, theseewaldfamily.com

Long Labor and Exciting News

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Duggar labor
Michelle Duggar and Josiah Duggar help Lauren Duggar during labor

It's Duggar day! An all-new episode of Counting On airs tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on TLC. In addition to Lauren's long labor (link to video preview is below), Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo share some big news with the family via video chat.

Lauren's Labor Challenges

Photo courtesy TLC

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jeremy's Transformation

Jeremy Vuolo Counting On
Jeremy Vuolo shares his testimony

"I ended up getting arrested. I was drinking, I was partying in college, just being a foolish young guy. And it was really that night, when I got arrested, out late at night, 3:00 in the morning, I realized I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian. And that was the turning point for me, where, from that point forward, I made the decision, 'I’m going to actively serve Christ with my life.'"
-Jeremy Vuolo

On last night's new episode of Counting On, viewers heard Jeremy open up about the sinful life he lived as as professional soccer player and the transformation he experienced when he came to know Jesus. During a conversation with professional skateboarder Brian Sumner, the two guys realize that their redemption stories are very similar. To watch the clip, visit the link below.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

'A Baby Girl for Joe and Kendra' Recap

Counting On 'A Baby Girl for Joe and Kendra"
  • At 38 weeks pregnant, Kendra says she has a boost of energy and has used that to accomplish necessary tasks before Addison arrives. The youngest Duggar siblings come over to help Joe and Kendra clean and move furniture. The kids also end up devouring Kendra’s fresh biscuits.
  • “Sometimes when you have little helpers, they do create sometimes more of a mess than actually helping,” says Kendra, laughing, although she admits to feeling a lot more ready after having help from the siblings.
  • “Having your second child, it’s a little bit more work, but it’s manageable,” says Jim Bob. “When you have three, then you’re outnumbered. And then when you have four our five, it starts getting a little busier. And then eventually those little ones get old enough to help out, and it kind of levels out a little bit.”
  • The Seewalds take Henry, almost three years old, back to the speech therapist for a follow-up evaluation. The therapist determines that Henry has caught up and is doing well.
  • In Los Angeles, Felicity tries out her new scooter. “Felicity’s very adventurous, loves trying new things,” says Jeremy. Later, Jeremy receives a skateboarding lesson from famous skateboarder Brian Sumner. Both guys are Christians and experienced a major life transformation when they came to know the Lord.
  • “I had a similar darkness in my life, where I was consumed with playing soccer, but I was also living a life that wasn’t honoring to Christ.” says Jeremy. “I ended up getting arrested. I was drinking, I was partying in college, just being a foolish young guy. And it was really that night, when I got arrested, out late at night, 3:00 in the morning, I realized I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian. And that was the turning point for me, where, from that point forward, I made the decision, ‘I’m going to actively serve Christ with my life.’”
  • Five days before her due date, Kendra starts having significant contractions and is about four centimeters dilated. At bedtime, she and Joe drop Garrett off at the Caldwell house. They return home and end up going to the hospital at 1am. Kendra is unsure about going and does not want to interrupt anyone’s sleep, but Joe insists that it’s time.
  • When she is admitted, Kendra is still only four centimeters dilated, so she and Joe walk the halls. Before too long, her water breaks, and her mom arrives. She feels the need to push, but her doctor is delivering another baby at another hospital. The nurses tell her to wait, but when Kendra says she doesn’t care if the doctor is present, the nurses decide to go ahead with the delivery. Addison Renee Duggar arrives at 5:33am on November 2nd, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz.
  • Later that morning, other family members, including Garrett, come by the hospital to meet the new addition.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Jennifer's 13th Birthday Celebration

As we shared yesterday, Jennifer Duggar just turned 13 years old! She is the 17th Duggar child, which means it won't be long before Jim Bob and Michelle only have teenage children and adult children. We think Jennifer looks like Jana in this new photo, taken at her birthday celebration.

Jennifer Duggar
13th birthday celebration

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Jennifer Turns 13

Wishing Jennifer Duggar a wonderfully happy 13th birthday!

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Scenes from the Duggar Dash

The Duggar Dash
Jana's team
Did you catch Tuesday's new episode? In case you missed it, TLC posted a video with some scenes from the show (link below). The family competes in a race around town called the Duggar Dash, which includes math problems, thrift store finds, climbing challenges, and more. There are plenty of opportunities for laughs, like when Jessa overestimates her dad's age and has to look it up online. Jordyn knows it though!

Scenes from the Duggar Dash

Photo courtesy TLC