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

Photos courtesy duggarfamily.com

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  1. Did you miss Jill’s birthday on purpose?

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    1. Wondering the same thing.

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    2. I have a feeling, yes. But quick to post about Josh.

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    3. Birthdays have not always been posted on the actual day. Jill's is not the first, and I'm sure it won't be the last. No biggie.

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  2. Hope she's doing well, and it's very nice to have a new post.

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  3. Happy Birthday Lauren! I hope you have a great day (and maybe an announcement soon?)
    On another note, I am really starting to see the resemblances between Josiah, Jedidiah, and Jason. While all of the Duggars share resembles, I think that there are groups of them who resemble some more than others.
    These are the groups that I would put them in.
    In group 1: Josiah, Jedidiah, and Jason
    In group 2: John David and Joseph
    In group 3: Joy Anna, Johanna, and Jordyn

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  4. 22 was an amazing age. Graduating college, entering the professional workforce, traveling internationally with friends, solo, and my boyfriend, supporting myself, dating, and buying my first new car. It is such an important time for a young person to establish self-sufficiency.

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    1. Agree, 22 was a great age. Had my first child at 22, followed not too long after by child #2. It was great to be a young family; traveled together, learned interdependency together, had fun times and hard times too, and bonus we are now grandparents and young enough to be involved with the grandchildren! As for the first car, bought my first brand new car at 19. Life has been very good, no regrets starting out young. Traveled much of the world and now traveling with the grandkids, all of this with "only" 2 years of college and no debt!

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    2. Anon 11.36. You know everything you have referenced in your comment is exactly what my just turned 23 year old daughter would say. Establishing her teaching career, she has just bought her first car, been with her boyfriend 4 years & until covid, went on at least 3 international vacations a year. She has a super joyous life. Lauren’s life is very different as a wife & mother but so long as she is happy that’s all that matters. I hope she has a lovely day.

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    3. Unfortunately not everyone had it as easy at that age as you did.

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    4. Lauren’s life is almost the complete opposite of this.

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    5. Yes, I agree. When I was 22, I was in grad school,working hard at my research but still having fun. It was so interesting getting to know grad students from all over the world. Already self-sufficient, it was a great age. I made sure my own children had the same opportunities that I had.

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    6. 22. What an amazing age. Getting married, being a mama to a sweet baby girl,hanging out with friends,husband, family, such an important time for a little one to have her mama and not rely on daycare to raise my child.

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    7. It isn't a matter of defending one way of living over another. There are great experiences across the board. People make choices all the time and what works for them is great. I think the bigger point with the young women in the fundamentalist church is that it really isn't about choices at all. They're taught that doing anything other than being a wife, mother of many and a homemaker is sinful. If that's all you hear and you're afraid to do anything else because you're told God doesn't approve, it's not so much a choice as it is an edict. I went to college and grad school, later married and had two kids. I was able to take a LOA from my great job that allowed me to stay home with my kids before they started school. Now, I'm retired with a good pension, which I'm glad I have because my husband is battling cancer. Life throws curve balls- man or woman, you need to prepared to support yourself! My sister lost her husband at age 33- she had three small kids. It was rough!

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    8. 22 was awful for me. Cheated on and dumped by a boyfriend I thought I would marry. Terrible roommate who left me high and dry. Having to work 3 jobs and taking out cash advances on a credit card just to make rent. Those times were not good.

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    9. There's nothing wrong at all about Lauren being married and a mom at age 22. I like what @2:57 said about being young enough to enjoy the grands. I would have loved to have been married and a mother at 22 but I was still making dumb choices. I thank God for saving me both spiritually and physically at 23 because I might either be dead now or possibly in prison.

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    10. I simply cannot imagine anyone viewing themselves as an adult while entirely dependent on others. Much less 2 married parents with that status.

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    11. Wishing her total happiness on her birthday!

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    12. I was in an graduate school at age 22 and waited quite awhile to have children, due to my career. I regret it and actually wish I'd had kids much, much earlier. I think there's something to be said for starting a family early, then still being relatively young when they're out of the nest.

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    13. I have to laugh. All these posters who really think that older and older grandparents have no energy. Do you really think that, by the time you are 50 or 60 or 70, all you can do is sit in a rocking chair all day? I know grandparents in their 70s and 80s that have an exercise level that would put to shame many of those in their 20 and 30s.

      How about the Duggars? Michelle was having kids in her late 30s/early 40s. Is Michelle sitting in a rocking chair all day?

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    14. 10:28 So true! I'm 67 and do not feel in any way ready for the rocking chair! In many ways, getting to this age is quite liberating, as I don't have the insecurities that I had when I was young. Being retired, I also have a lot more freedom to enjoy so many things in life that are hard to fit in when you're tied to a job. Spending time with grandkids also means you can do so without being distracted by the details of being the parent, like sleepless nights and tending to mountains of laundry!

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    15. I also have to laugh, what do these young grandparents think us older grandparents do? I am in my 60's my grandson is going to be 10, I am very involved in his life. Going to his baseball games, before covid taking him to amusement parks, taking him on trips to visit family in another city and going on picnics. Since he is currently doing virtual learning because of covid helping him do his school work. I have thrown balls with him and taken him swimming. Just because we're older we don't quit living.
      At 22 I wasn't even thinking about marriage. I had a good job, a new car, a few good friends and freedom. I feel bad for woman like Lauren who think all they can do is get married and have children. To me that would be depressing. But, if she's happy that's all that matters. Happy Birthday Lauren, hope you had a great day.

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    16. At 22, I was struggling g with severe depression, mental health issues and PTSD from the losses I experienced as a child. Grappling to make sense of it all. Struggling to get established in work, school and relationships. What wouldn't give to enjoy life, either as a young mama or as a grad student.

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    17. Anonymous @ 10:30-I'm going to be praying for you. We're 53 and my spouse is dealing with a chemical imbalance-induced depression. We're both dealing with PTSD from serious family dysfunction growing up. We too have been grappling to make sense of it all and walking through this with a professionally licensed Christian counselor. The most ironic part is that 3/4 of our parents identified as Christians to family, friends, and the Churches they attended (in other words they looked and sounded good, but weren't living following Christ in their personal lives within our homes)...and that was not ok and very wrong. You are so very much more than what happened to you and what was perpetrated upon you (maybe even by the people who were supposed to protect you). Your story isn't over because of what happened to you. The key word in this is walking "through". You are valued more than you know, loved more than you could ever imagine-there's no one else in all of creation who has your blend of gifts and talents and this world needs you. Please know you're not alone in this battle you fight.

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    18. Thanks. I'm 33now, doing much better. I have "passed through" alot. Just hope people can be grateful for their happiness. It takes longer for some people to level off than others. It's ok to be a wife and mom at 22, as long as it's from a healthy place.

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  5. Sometimes these birthdays strike me funny because so many of these kids are hitting these major life milestones so early, and it shocks me when they're still only in their early 20s when they've already been married for a while and have a kid or two. I was just getting out of college and starting my first job when I turned 22. I feel like I had so much life ahead of me before settling down on that very clear path of adulthood. Marriage was still a few years away and kids were almost eight years away for me. There's no right way to do it, clearly, but the contrast between what they cram into their 20s compared to what a lot of others cram in never ceases to amaze me. And then all of a sudden they're 30 like Jill!

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  6. Happy.Birthday to Lauren.

    Poor Jill. :( seems like everyone has forgotten about her this past year.

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  7. Happy belated birthday to JILL!! Why is she being ignored? Why is there no family congrats to Derick for graduation of law school??? That’s a huge accomplishment!!

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    1. The family itself has never missed from congratulating Jill’s family in each and every accomplishment and milestone. They have exemplified grace under fire-the fire being Derick throwing stones at them constantly in public with his latest being calling for the end of their show. This show has many people depending on it’s revenue and beyond that, many viewers who are fans and find inspiration from these people. If it didn’t work for the Dillard’s, that’s fine. But trying to take away the opportunity to do the show form other people is selfish and hypocritical. It amazes me how the Duggar’s have met every feat with their children with steadfast kindness, support and in Josh’s case, the courage to face truth whatever it may be. I have young children but I hope if we end up butting heads later in life, I exhibit their love and strength.

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    2. @3:10 The people depending on the TV revenue are the family. (TLC will simply replace the show with something else). If that's what the Duggars are banking their future on, they'll be sadly disappointed. Contrary to what you or they may think, they are not guaranteed or owed a steady stream of never-ending TV show income. It boils down to sponsors. If they lose them, they're out of luck. If they have to find regular jobs, oh well.

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    3. @3:40 I don’t believe anyone is owed any particular sort of income. I believe in supply and demand in the market economy and finding work based on that. My comment was that I believe Derick publicly calling for the end of his in-laws’ livelihood because the show didn’t work well for his family is simply wrong. If he wants to make different choices, great. Find peace with your own choices. Don’t repeatedly get into other people’s choices because you think you know better. If you’re Christian, God is the only true judge. He just comes off bitter and insecure. They gotta stop seeking headlines by throwing stones. The Duggars have the same rights as you to choose for their own families. Advocating to take away their choices (cancel the show) is just spiteful. If the show goes, I think it’s a tragedy. Obviously there’s a demand. Hello we’re all on this fan blog! Nobody on the show has been accused of a crime or down anything wrong. I honestly would be very interested to see how they navigate this crisis and have full faith they would show me a thing or two. Plus I am an Anna supporter and I’d like to hear her voice and support her children as they create a new life.

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  8. Have a wonderful birthday Lauren. I hope your day is filled with many blessings from the Lord.

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    1. Happy birthday Lauren I wish you the best!

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  9. Rough times for these young members of the family. I do feel very sorry for them. I hope they have the good sense to disassociate themselves from TLC and stay private, for the sake of their own children growing up.

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    1. Or, you can hope TLC has the good sense to disassociate themselves from the Duggars. With no mention of an upcoming season, it may have already happened.

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    2. I agree. I wish various members of this family would just STOP making public statements about things going on right now.

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    3. I think you are right. It's just too much now with all that is being said in the media about not just Josh but about the family. This stuff will follow the family and their reputation for years. What is life worth without peace for yourself and your kids, so I would get out of the media and live a peaceful private life at this point.

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    4. What's even harder to comprehend is how they could have gone this far wanting to be in the spotlight, given all the things that have happened over the years. Is it worth trying to stay public when you pay for it with your self-respect?

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    5. TLC doesn't like scandal. I think any new season for the Duggars is off the table at this time. IMO the family needs to stay off social media for a while and let this thing die down.

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    6. They certainly have lost all respect. They brought this on themselves, unfortunately.

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    7. I don't think they should lay low until this thing dies down (i.e. "blows over"). Personally, while this isn't going to be a popular opinion, if you don't deal with the sin when God brings it to your attention (especially because you want to do something else more-like fame and money), it's only a matter of time before your sin will find you out. That's just the way it is-God gives you time, but there's a time limit. They should have stayed off the air and stopped the speaking engagements the first time around and focused on their real lives, marriages, and families.

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    8. Anon 9:42. It's one thing to deal with sin and quite another to keep stirring the pot like the Duggars are doing with their current public statements. I don't think the Duggars need to stay in seclusion for the rest of their lives but at this point public statements are doing more to tarnish the family than to improve their image.

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    9. 10:37 Regarding restoring their public image, I think that ship has sailed.

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  10. Here's hoping that Lauren, is enjoying her 22nd Birthday!!!!!!

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  11. I'm disappointed you skipped Jill's birthday. She is a member of this family and deserves birthday wishes too.

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    1. I agree! Jill especially deserves her own post! I feel so bad that her special day was forgotten. It was a big birthday too (number 30!)

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    2. Amen! Totally!!

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    3. Apparently Derrick's law school graduation wasn't worth mentioning either. Sigh.

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    4. I agree. Especially since it was her 30th! I really thought I would see a post here

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    5. No reason to be disappointed. Jill didn't forget plus Lily and Ellie mentioned it in the above post. So, let not your heart be troubled.

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    6. Mentioned it after the fact you mean.

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  12. Happy birthday to all the Duggar family members born in May. In my family there are a lot of May birthdays as well. In my family we agree on one day in May for celebarations. It is very easy to miss somebody because we all have busy lives. Many thanks to Lily and Ellie for maintaing this blog. All the best. Judith

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    1. Judith- I love this idea! We did this once for our extended family because too many people were sick between October and early January. So, we had a group party at the end of January and did 3-5 birthdays, plus Christmas. It was so much fun and easier on everyone!

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  13. Happy birthday Lauren, I really do admire the young lady you are and the Godly example you are, May your year and the years to come bless you and Josiah and little Bella, Praying for your family 🙏🏻 HERE'S TO A GREAT BIRTHDAY 😇🥳🤗🎂🎈🎊🎉

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  14. Praying for their family, I really do hope that Counting on returns as it doesn't look like it will, I love their sweet family,

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    1. I also hope, that TLC will air a new season of Counting On.

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  15. You could still do a late post for Jill

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  16. Lauren is so beautiful!

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  17. 😀 Happy 30th 🎂 birthday Jill Michelle Duggar Dillard. May God bless your day. I can't wait to see what he has in store for you. I hope you had great day.
    😀 Happy 22nd 🎂 birthday Lauren Swanson Duggar. I hope you have a great day today. May God bless your day. I can't wait to see what he has in store for you. I can't wait for God to bring you & Josiah a lille bundle of joy in time. I really can't wait for season 12 of counting on. Hopefully this summer. I really ♥️ love the show.
    😀 Happy 26th 🎂 birthday Benjamin Michael Seewald. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you. May God bless your day. I can't wait to see Jessa and your 4th baby on counting on. I really can't wait for season 12 hopefully this summer. I really ♥️ love the show. Natasha b

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  18. I met Lauren a couple times and she is an absolute sweetheart. Bella is a very blessed little girl.

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  19. Happy Birthday Lauren! Hope you have a great day!!

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  20. Happy Birthday!!

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  21. Why haven't you covered Derick graduating from law school?

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    1. Probably because it doesn’t involve weddings or babies.

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    2. Lily & Ellie, may have been holding off, on making new posts about Josh's siblings, because they weren't sure how much of the the public's anger, about Joshn's recent legal charges, would be attached to Josh's siblings. Now that they have seen, that the majority of this blog's commenters, have no anger towards Josh's siblings, Lily & Ellie, may now feel that the time is right to put some fresh posts, on their Duggar blog. I for one, have no anger towards Josh's siblings, and I am glad to read these new posts.

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  22. Happy birthday, Lauren AND Jill!

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  23. Here's hoping that Ben, is enjoying his 26th Birthday!!!!

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  24. I am about to go to bed, but 18 Duggar, are very innocent, and we should remember ThaT!!!!! I am upset about Jill+Derick too, very, but I bet it will be fixed!!!!

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    1. I totally agree with you, Justine. I can’t understand why the siblings would be in any way held accountable for Josh’s crime. I would like to see them return, but it seems like even a good percent of their fans on this blog don’t want to see them on television again. I feel like Ellie is a blessing for those of us who want to keep up on the Duggar family.

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  25. Lauren HAPPY BIRTHDAY, everyone has different walks OK, and U have a wonderful little cute girl OK!!!! I love U 3!!!

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  26. I don’t think anyone is intentionally leaving out Jill’s birthday. I’m sure Ellie has a busy life, in addition to the two blogs she does, and sometimes things slips her mind. I forget some of my friends’ birthdays from time to time. I feel bad about it, but my friends are gracious enough to say they understand how it is.

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  27. Time for baby #2!

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    1. Why? I think she should take more time off before the next pregnancy.

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    2. Maybe she’s done having babies.

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    3. Might not be ready foe baby#2. It's there choice not ours

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    4. That's up to Lauren and Si not you.

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  28. happy birthday lauren i hope you have a wonderful birthday :)

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  29. Blessings and happiness throughout your birthday year. God Bless.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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