Friday, April 9, 2021

Update from Justin and Claire

 
Justin Duggar and Claire (Spivey) Duggar

Justin and Claire Duggar are loving life as newlyweds. They are living in Texas, near Claire's family, which makes Justin and Jinger the only married Duggars that don't reside in Northwest Arkansas. The couple recently did a video interview with TLC to share what it has been like to live together and learn each other's quirks and habits (link below). Justin has introduced Claire to a new hobby, too.

Newlyweds Justin Duggar and Claire Duggar Discuss Married Life

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Joe and Kendra: Easter 2021

Happy Easter! The Lord Jesus Christ is risen! We just love this photo of Joseph and Kendra Duggar and their littles. Garrett turns three in June, Addison is 17 months, and Brooklyn is six weeks. 

 
Addison Duggar, Joseph Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Brooklyn Duggar, Garrett Duggar


Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Jedidiah Duggar is Married!

 
Michelle Duggar and Jedidiah Duggar

We are thrilled to finally be able to announce that 22-year-old Jedidiah Duggar is officially a married man! He and Katey Nakatsu became husband and wife today during a ceremony attended by family and friends. They have desired to keep their relationship (over the past year) and engagement out of the spotlight, and we wanted to honor their wishes by not posting. Katey's father shared a beautiful video of the couple's engagement on his personal blog (link below).

Jedidiah Duggar's Engagement to Katey Nakatsu

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Baby Bella Update

 
Josiah Duggar, Lauren Duggar, Bella Duggar
 
Lauren Duggar: "I think it's obvious who she resembles." 

Josiah Duggar: "Many times you say to me, 'I feel like I'm raising a baby Josiah.'"

Bella Duggar is one year old, and she is becoming a very lively and talkative little girl. Her first sentence was "I love you." To watch Josiah and Lauren share a video update, visit the link below. Sadly, the video does not include any live shots of Bella, but it is still fun to watch. 

Josiah and Lauren Duggar: Baby Bella Update

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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

'A New Life' Recap

Counting On "A New Life"

  • Kendra is two weeks away from her due date with Baby #3. Jessa and Joy come over to help her put together some items for the nursery. Kendra will only be allowed to have two people in the delivery room, her mom and Joseph.
  • When asked by the producer how she leans on her faith to get her through difficult parenting moments, Joy says: “I’ve actually been studying the fruits of the spirit right now, which has been really good. But it’s like patience, faithfulness, kindness, love. That is Christ. And so, you’re trying to be more like Christ and set a good example for them.”
  • Later, Michelle (aka Lolli) and some of the young moms lead the younger kids in decorating hats for Easter.
  • Jim Bob, Michelle, Jessa, Ben, Joseph, Kendra, John-David, and Abbie get together to discuss the true meaning of Easter. Jim Bob starts with some encouraging words for Joe and Kendra. “It seems like just yesterday that we were expecting our second and third child,” he says, smiling. “And it goes pretty quick from there. Once you have three, you add a fourth, a fifth, and it’s just like, it’s no big deal.”
  • The Duggars take turns sharing how their faith in Christ has made a difference in their lives.
  • “At 15 was the first time I really heard that I could be forgiven for everything that I had done wrong and know that I have eternal life,” shares Michelle. “And boy, did I have a lot of baggage. I just remember when I asked Jesus to forgive me, I was a changed person.”
  • Ben asked Jesus into his heart at age 15. “It was like springtime in my soul,” he says.
  • At age 12, Jessa thought a lot about eternity. “I also knew that I was a difficult person to be around,” she says. “I was contentious, I was selfish and self-centered, and I was coming to a place where I was not content with staying that way.” After confessing her sin and turning her heart towards Jesus, she says she saw a change in her life.
  • The group gathers around Joe and Kendra to pray for the delivery and for the baby.
  • Kendra ends up going into labor 10 days ahead of her March 1st due date. She is admitted into the hospital around 4pm, and Brooklyn Praise Duggar arrives before 8pm. Her birthday is February 19th, which was also Michelle’s mom’s birthday.
  • On another day, Jessa dyes eggs with her kids, and they bring them over to the big house to make angel eggs, the Duggars’ name for deviled eggs. They also make empty tomb rolls by rolling a marshmallow in butter and cinnamon and rolling that into a piece of crescent dough.
  • Some of the family comes over for an Easter brunch. Joe and Kendra bring newborn Brooklyn over, as well. “I fell like Garrett’s adjusted pretty well to Brooklyn, but I feel like Addie is still struggling, so we’re working through that right now,” says Kendra.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

7-Month-Old Evy

Evelyn Forsyth is seven months old, and older brother Gideon recently turned three. Austin continues to build homes, while Joy stays home with the kids. It's hard to believe that Joy and Austin will celebrate their four-year wedding anniversary in May. 

Evy recently had an appointment with a specialist because of a concerning bump on the back of her head. Thankfully, she received a good report.

 
Evelyn Forsyth

Photo courtesy @joy4site

Saturday, March 20, 2021

New Episode on the Way

 
Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar

We wanted to let you all know that there is a new episode of Counting On in the TLC lineup. The episode is slated to premiere at 10pm ET on Tuesday, March 30th, and rerun at 2am on Wednesday, March 31st. The only information that has been shared is the episode summary and title, which are below. We will let you know as soon as we hear anything more.

A New Life: The Duggars celebrate Easter with several activities, including a Bible study and fun crafts. Kendra goes into labor and gives birth to her second daughter. Later, the family gets together for an Easter brunch and meets their 20th grandchild. 60 minutes

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Update from John and Abbie

 
Abbie Duggar, Grace Duggar, John-David Duggar

John and Abbie Duggar's daughter, Grace, turned one in January. Because the show has been on a break since September, fans have seen little footage of Gracie. TLC just posted a video update from the family of three (video below).

Update from John, Abbie, and Grace

Photo courtesy TLC

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

James with the Bride and Groom

 
Claire Spivey, James Duggar, Justin Duggar

It has been almost two weeks since Justin Duggar married Claire Spivey. Very few photos of the event have been made public, but we did post a link to the video preview of the wedding. We will let you know when a full video is shared. Until then, we thought you would enjoy this picture of James with the bride and groom.

James and Jason, who are 16 months and two-and-a-half years older than Justin, were in the wedding party. And here's a fun fact: Claire's mom was her matron of honor. Isn't that sweet? Claire's aunt (her mom's sister) was in the wedding party, as well. 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Derick Turns 32

Happy 32nd birthday to Derick Dillard! For fun, here's a throwback photo of Jill and Derick, taken before they were married. They announced their courtship on March 31st, 2014, and their engagement on April 9th, 2014.

 
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
2014

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com/dillardfamily.com

Jinger and Jeremy Share an Update

 
Felicity Vuolo, Jeremy Vuolo, Jinger Vuolo, Evangeline Jo Vuolo

"Definitely a time of life that we'll look back on as the good old days."

-Jeremy Vuolo

Evangeline Vuolo is  three-and-a-half months old. Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo and their two girls filmed an update video that is available on the TLC website (link below).

Jinger and Jeremy: Update as a Family of 4

Photo courtesy TLC

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Duggar #1 Turns 33

Wishing Josh Duggar a blessed birthday! He turned 33 yesterday. 


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


Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Sneak Peek of Justin's Wedding

 
Claire Duggar and Justin Duggar

The videographer who filmed the wedding of Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey just uploaded a sneak peek clip of the big day. The YouTube link is below. The newest Duggar couple became Mr. and Mrs. last Friday. 

Justin and Claire Duggar: Wedding Teaser Film

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Claire Turns 20

 
Justin Duggar and Claire Duggar

What a big weekend it has been for Justin and Claire! They got married on Friday, and Claire turned 20 on Saturday. Years ago, February was one of the only months when the Duggars didn't have a birthday to celebrate. Now, there are five Duggar birthdays in February. It sure is exciting to see their family grow. 

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, February 26, 2021

Justin Ties the Knot

The ninth Duggar wedding is officially in the books. Justin Duggar married Claire Spivey today! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Duggar.

 
Justin Duggar and Claire Spivey

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Joe and Kendra Welcome #3

 
Joseph Duggar, Addison Duggar, Kendra Duggar, Garrett Duggar
December 2020

And baby makes five! Joseph and Kendra Duggar welcomed their third child, a sweet baby girl. She was born on Friday, February 19, weighing 7 lbs 3 oz and measuring 20.25 inches. Her name is Brooklyn Praise Duggar. You can watch Joe and Kendra's announced video and see a glimpse of Brooklyn on the TLC website (link below).

Joseph and Kendra Duggar Introduce Baby #3

Photo courtesy joeandkendra.com

Monday, February 22, 2021

Jim Bob and Michelle in Branson

It has been quite some time since we've posted a picture of just Jim Bob and Michelle, so we thought we would share this one. It was taken in Branson, Missouri, which is less than two hours from the Duggars' home in Northwest Arkansas. This July, Jim Bob and Michelle will celebrate 37 years of marriage. That means it won't be long before their ruby anniversary!

 
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Rainbow Baby on the Way

 
The Seewald family of (soon to be 6)

Another Duggar grandchild is on the way! This will be Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 21st. Who are the proud parents? We will give you a hint: This is their 4th baby. 

Those of you who guessed that Jessa and Ben Seewald would soon announce a pregnancy were correct. The couple just revealed that they are expecting a child this summer. This will be a rainbow baby, as they suffered a miscarriage last year. Below is the link to the Seewalds' announcement video on the TLC website. 

Jessa and Ben Seewald Announce 4th Baby

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Duggar Snow Day 2021

 
Jennifer Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar
2021

It has been an interesting week, weather-wise, for the Duggar family in Arkansas. Between big dumps of snow and temperatures that have dipped into the single digits and negatives, what they have experienced is not something that happens every year in their area.

Do you remember the big Duggar snow day in February 2011? We thought we would resurrect some of the photos we posted back then. Can you believe it has been 10 years? The three Duggars pictured above were toddlers back then!

 
Josiah Duggar
February 2011

Joy-Anna Duggar and a friend
February 2011 

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com


Monday, February 15, 2021

Seewalds at the Beach

 
Henry Seewald, Jessa Seewald, Ivy Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald

While they were in Florida for a friend's wedding last weekend, Jessa and Ben Seewald took the opportunity to take their three littles to the beach. Seeing the ocean through a child's eyes can be such a magical moment. And based on Spurgeon and Henry's heights as they stand next to their kneeling parents, it might not be long before they pass Mom and Dad up!

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Friday, February 12, 2021

Duggars Soon to Reach 50 Members

 
Duggar family Christmas 2020

A couple weeks ago, we wrote a post on our Bates Family Blog about the ever-changing family statistics. With a few babies and some potential engagements on the horizon, the Bates are very close to reaching 50 members. So how do the Duggars compare? 

Including in-laws, the Duggars are currently at 30 members. When you add the 19 grandchildren, that total comes to 49. But after Kendra delivers her baby girl in the next few weeks and Justin marries Claire Spivey (date unannounced, but sure to be soon), Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their clan will number 51 people!

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Tyler Turns 13

Wishing Tyler a very happy 13th birthday! This post was supposed to go live yesterday, on Tyler's actual birthday, but there was a technological issue.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Henry Turns 4

Happy 4th birthday to Henry Seewald, the 7th Duggar grandchild! Fun fact: Henry is the 2nd in a line of six Duggar grandsons born over a period of two-and-a-half years, which was followed by 8 (soon to be 9) Duggar granddaughters. 


Photos courtesy theseewaldfamily.com; duggarfamily.com

Friday, January 29, 2021

Joy's Trip to TN

If you have been around for a while, you are probably familiar with the close friendship that the Duggars have with the Bates. Back in 2014, we shared a photo of the oldest kids from both families, who are now adults, taken in 1995. Carlin (Bates) Stewart and Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth have been best friends for years. They also both happen to be the ninth-born in their families and only six months apart in age, with Joy being the oldest. 

Joy and Evelyn just returned home to Arkansas after making a surprise visit to Tennessee to visit Carlin. 

 
Joy Forsyth and Carlin Stewart

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Friday, January 22, 2021

Justin's Oral Surgery

Over the years, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have become experts at guiding their children through wisdom tooth extraction. Fans have watched some of those moments on camera. On 18 Kids and Counting, "Duggars Under the Knife," which aired in June 2009, Jana Duggar and Jill Duggar had their wisdom teeth removed. A couple years later, Jessa Duggar and Jinger Duggar had the same surgery on 19 Kids and Counting "Duggar Dental Drama." We also posted a post-op video of Josiah in 2015.

The most recent Duggar to have this common dental procedure done was 18-year-old Justin. Thankfully, his fiance, Claire, was able to be in town to help him recover.

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

Photo courtesy duggarfamily.com

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Duggars #2 and 3 Turn 31 (Belated)

After posting Joseph's birthday collage yesterday, we realized that we never published Jana and John's.The post was all ready to go but didn't quite make it on the blog. But better late than never, right? Jana and John-David Duggar turned 31 years old on January 12th. They are Jim Bob and Michelle's second and third children and the first of two sets of twins.


Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Duggar #7 Turns 26

Wishing Joseph Duggar a very happy 26th birthday!

Photos courtesy joeandkendra.com; duggarfamily.com

Monday, January 11, 2021

Ben Ordained as Pastor

We have some exciting news to pass along. Ben Seewald was just ordained as a pastor for a church! (The Seewalds have not shared the name of the church.) Congratulations to the Seewald family on this wonderful milestone. May God bless your ministry.

 
Jessa Seewald, Henry Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald, Ben Seewald, Ivy Seewald

Photo courtesy theseewaldfamily.com

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Duggar Grandchild #17 Turns 1

Happy 1st birthday to Grace "Gracie" Annette Duggar!

 
Grace Duggar

 
Abbie Duggar, Gracie Duggar, John-David Duggar
 

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

Monday, January 4, 2021

11-Year Blog Anniversary

We are few days late in writing our annual post about our blog anniversary, but better late than never, right? 

On December 26th, this blog turned 11 years old! That's right, we have been blogging about Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their family for one decade plus one full year. It has been a true honor to be a small part of their ministry to encourage others and share the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ with the world. This year, our page view count is up to 245 million.

For fun, we have inserted our very first blog header below. And how fitting that we just posted an updated one a few days ago (shout-out to the wonderful reader who designed it for us!).