Friday, June 11, 2021

He or She, What Will Baby Seewald Be?

Henry Seewald, Jessa Seewald, Ivy Seewald, Ben Seewald, Spurgeon Seewald
Beach vacation 2021

Jessa Seewald is pregnant with her fourth child, a rainbow baby, but she and Ben have not yet shared the child's gender. They found out via ultrasound but are keeping it under wraps, as they have done in the past. They also haven't announced the exact due date, only that their little one is set to arrive sometime this summer. 

For a fun Friday discussion, we thought we would let you all share your guesses in the comments section: Do you think Baby Seewald #4 will be a boy or a girl?

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Garrett Turns 3

Happy 3rd birthday to Garrett Duggar! For three months, Joe and Kendra had three children under the age of three. Now they have three children ages three and under. 

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

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

3rd Grand-Duggar Turns 8

Wishing Marcus a very happy 8th birthday!

Marcus Duggar and Michael Duggar

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Strawberries with the Seewalds

Reagan Family Farm in Fayetteville

Is it strawberry season yet in your neck of the woods? It is in Northwest Arkansas! The Seewalds went picking today at Reagan Family Farm in Fayetteville and returned home with five pounds of berries. 

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Evy at 9 Months Old

Evelyn "Evy" Forsyth
9 months old

Can you believe that Evelyn Forsyth is already nine months old? She is already trying to stand on her own. Do you think Evy looks like Gideon did at that age? 

Gideon Forsyth

Gideon Forsyth

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Duggar #15 Turns 17

Happy 17th birthday to Jackson Duggar! Next stop, adulthood!

Johannah Duggar and Jackson Duggar

Jackson Duggar and Tyler

Michelle Duggar, Jason Duggar, Jana Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, Jackson Duggar, Josie Duggar

Jackson Duggar

Jennifer Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Ben Turns 26

Yesterday, Ben Seewald celebrated his 26th birthday. Happy belated birthday, Ben! This summer, he will become a father for the fourth time, when Jessa delivers Baby Seewald #4.

Ben Seewald and Ivy Seewald

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

A Birthday and a Graduation

Jill Dillard and Michelle Duggar
May 2017

The Dillards have had an exciting month of May. After three years of hard work, Derick Dillard officially graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law. And this week, Jill had a milestone birthday, the big 3-0. Congratulations to Derick, and happy birthday to Jill!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Lauren Turns 22

Happy 22nd birthday to Lauren Duggar! It's a very busy time for Duggar birthdays, with five in 10 days. We (blog owners Lily and Ellie) missed Jill Dillard's 30th yesterday, and Ben Seewald's 26th is coming up tomorrow.

Bella Duggar, Josiah Duggar, Lauren Duggar

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Duggar
October 2019

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Duggar
April 2018

Josiah Duggar and Lauren Duggar
New Zealand, January 2018

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Sale on the Vuolos' Book

Jeremy Vuolo and Jinger Vuolo, 2017

As we shared several days ago, Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's new book, "The Hope We Hold," was released last week. Have you had a chance to read it? What did you think? Or if you haven't picked it up yet, do you plan to? If you still want to buy a copy, Amazon is having a sale, and the book is currently listed for less than $17. 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Josh to be Released from Jail

Following a virtual hearing today, PEOPLE Magazine reported that Josh Duggar will be released from jail tomorrow. He will live under set restrictions with a court-approved couple who are friends of the Duggars, and he will only be allowed to see his children if Anna is present. If convicted during his trial, which is set to being in July, Josh is looking at a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and possible fines. Additional details of Josh's release and restrictions can be found on the PEOPLE Magazine website.

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this situation and in order to protect the privacy Josh's children, we are disabling comments on this post.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Josh Duggar Arrested

We encourage you to pray for the Duggar family. Josh Duggar was arrested yesterday and appeared in federal court this morning, where he pleaded not guilty to some terrible charges. More information can be found in this news article from a local, Northwest Arkansas publication. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar just released a statement via their website (link below).

Statement from Jim Bob and Michelle

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this situation and in order to protect the privacy Josh's children, we are disabling comments on this post.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Another Baby for Josh and Anna

Josh and Anna Duggar and family

Josh and Anna Duggar just made a big announcement (actually, two big announcements). They are expecting their seventh child, and it's a girl! Since their oldest was born in 2009, Josh and Anna have continued the pattern of welcoming a baby every two years.

Baby Girl Duggar is due this fall. She will join siblings Mackynzie Duggar (12 in October), Michael Duggar, (10 in June), Marcus Duggar (8 in June), Meredith Duggar (6 in July), Mason Duggar (4 in September), and Maryella Duggar (2 in November). 

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Vuolos Speak about Tension with the Dillards

"Family is strong, and so there's going to be difficulties in every family. ...So many families go through different issues, especially as children are growing, and this family happens to be in the public spotlight."

-Jeremy Vuolo

In December, we posted about Jinger and Jeremy Vuolo's upcoming book, "The Hope We Hold." (To pre-order the book, you can visit the publisher's website.) 

Ahead of the May 4th release date, the Vuolos did an interview with Us Weekly. One of the topics they discussed was the tension between Jill and Derick Dillard and the rest of the Duggar family. The link to that interview can be found below.

Us Weekly: Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo Hope Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Reconcile with the Family

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Jason's Golden Birthday

Today is Jason Duggar's 21st birthday. Turning twenty-one is a big deal, and it's an even bigger deal because it's also his golden birthday. Happy birthday, Jason! He is No. 12 in the Duggar family lineup. 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Abbie Turns 29

Wishing Abbie Duggar a very happy 29th birthday! Abbie and John will celebrate their third wedding anniversary in November, followed by Grace's second birthday and John's 32nd birthday in January 2022.

John-David Duggar, Abbie Duggar, Gracie Duggar
April 2021
John and Abbie Duggar

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Honeymooners

Jed and Katey Duggar have been newlyweds for 10 days. We thought it would be fun to share this photo from their beach trip honeymoon. Don't they make an adorable couple?

Jed Duggar and Katey Duggar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Duggar Snow Day 2021

Jennifer Duggar, Johannah Duggar, Jackson Duggar

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 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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