Monday, June 30, 2014

Goodbye June!

This month has been busy for the duggar family. Here's a recap that happen this month.

  • Marcus turned one on June 2nd
  • Michael turned three on June 15th
  • Anna turned twenty-six on June 23rd
  • Derick and Jill exchanged wedding vows on June 21st
  • Josh and Anna celebrated their first year living in DC. They moved there when Marcus was just two weeks old

Derick and Jill: new photos

Back from the honeymoon!

Derick and Jill are back from their honeymoon and spending time with Jill's family at a local firework celebration

Saturday, June 28, 2014

First week married

I can't believe that Jill and Derick have been married for a week! We will be posting them as soon as we can find them.

Friday, June 27, 2014

New changes

In the next few weeks our blog is going to get a new outlook on it. We have many blogs that are schedule to come out during this time. We are so sorry for the timing but we wanted to make sure that this blog is done right.

Thanks for understanding

Fan page of Duggar Family

New wedding photos!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Michelle Duggar on Courtship Chaperones

Question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan: How do you pick chaperones for each couple? Does it change depending on who is free that day or is there a designated chaperone for each couple?

Well, it has been very flexible so far. We’ve set an age limit of 10 years old and above. So we have a lot of potential chaperones with 15 kids over that age! With Derick and Jill, they wrote out their courting rules at the beginning of their official courtship. These were their commitments to each other. After they agreed on them, they shared with their chaperones and family members so that they would know what they want to be held accountable for. Ben and Jessa have done the same thing.

The chaperones then have clear guidelines for what is acceptable and what’s not. They’re the accountability. What that means is they’re allowed to say, “Hey, are you supposed to be doing that?” But the funniest things have come up. For example can they high five during a game? And so as they go along, the couples have made some tweaks and changed things up a little bit.

Sometimes with all of our busy schedules, we’ve had to call on other folks to be chaperones. When Jill and Derick were courting, everyone went on a trip and Jill had to stay back for her midwifery work. But she still wanted to see Derick when he got off work. So she called Ginny, a family friend, who was able to meet her and Derick at a restaurant and then they could all eat together. Ginny was at Jill’s bridal shower recently and she said, “I had the most fun. I got to be Jill and Derick’s chaperone and they treated me to lunch. What a deal!”

Grandma Duggar has also taken a few turns chaperoning, which is extra special for the girls. After a recent visit with Grandma as a chaperone Jill told me, “Grandma gave me some amazing advice. Derick and I were just so encouraged by her wisdom.” So you see, chaperones can take lots of forms and are quite helpful in many ways!

Update on Ben and Jessa!

As of late, the focus has been on Jill and Derick's new adventures that we remember that we haven't updated on this relationship.

Ben and Jessa are focusing on getting to know each other after being in this courtship for almost a year. It's the longest courtship to date!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Grandbaby news!!!

We had a conversation with Anna Duggar regarding if she's pregnant with her fourth child and she confirmed that she is currently not expecting her fourth child. She's figured out when her baby turns three or four months old, fans start to ask if she is pregnant with another one. 

She and Josh agreed from the minute that they were courting is that God controls the size of their family! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Another Duggar down the aisle!

It's weird that it's been almost six years since Josh and Anna have been married and now that Jill is married to her husband Derick. We will be doing more blogs regarding Derick and Jill's first year of marriage. We wish that we would have done it with Josh and Anna but we did not start the blog until a couple of years ago.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Anna's birthday

Anna is turning another year old and she's been married for about six years and have three children. She and Josh are only months apart.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wedding anniversarys update!!!

Derick and Jill- June 21, 2014
Jim Bob and Michelle- July 28, 1984
Josh and Anna- September 26, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Derick and Jill are married!

Congrats to Derick and Jill who exchanged vows today!

Derick and Jill started to court in November 2013 and got engaged in March 2014.

What are your dreams for the happy couple?!

First wedding photos glimpse!

Jill Dillard

Married at last! 

Today's the big day!!!

Today is the big event for the duggars and the dillard Family. There will be photos of the wedding that will be posted as soon as we can.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Michelle Duggar's Marriage Advice for Newlyweds

Question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan: What advice will you give Jill as a newlywed wife to keep in mind throughout her marriage?

1. Be available
First, I’m going to pass on the advice that was given to me by a dear friend Gala. Whenever I speak with groups of other moms and married women, I always share this advice. It’s been the best advice that was ever given to me in regard to my relationship to my husband Jim Bob.

Gala had only been married for three years, but she had very wise advice. I was about six months out from getting married, and was just all bleary eyed and in love. I couldn’t wait to be married and be called “Mrs. Jim Bob Duggar.” That was the dream of my life.

She told me: “Michelle, I know you’re so excited. You’re a bride-to-be, but some day you’ll be at this point. I’ve been married three years and I’m still happily married. I have one child, we’re expecting our second and I’m big pregnant. You’ve got to remember this. Anyone can iron Jim Bob’s shirt, anybody can make lunch for him. He can get his lunch somewhere else. But you are the only one who can meet that special need that he has in his life for intimacy. You’re it. You’re the only one. So don’t forget that, that he needs you. So when you are exhausted at the end of the day, maybe from dealing with little ones, and you fall into bed so exhausted at night, don’t forget about him because you and he are the only ones who can have that time together. No one else in the world can meet that need.”

“And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, ‘Yes, sweetie I am here for you,’ no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. ‘I’m still here for you and I’m going to meet that need because I know it’s a need for you.’ ”

I’ve realized the sweetness of that through the years. While I am always joyfully available for him, in turn, he’ll lay down his life in any way. He will sit there and listen to everything I need to tell him because he knows that I’m there for him, too. I’m meeting his needs, he’s meeting my needs. We’re willing to be there for each other. And each one of us has different needs in a marriage relationship and that’s what’s so precious. I’ll share this advice with Jill so she knows that she’s got to be a wife first and then later, Lord willing, she’ll be a mother. Her responsibility before God and Derick needs to come first. It’s not just me and the Lord; it’s me and the Lord and my husband.

2. Talk about disagreements privately
Another piece of advice, I’ll tell Jill – don’t ever talk about things in front of your children that are supposed to be between you and your husband only. Step aside and say we’re going to talk about this privately. And don’t ever put your husband down in front of your children or other people, especially your families. Talk privately. We always say in our family, we praise publicly, but we correct privately. And that’s marriage advice that I would give to anyone.

3. Get marriage advice when you need it
There are going to be those times in your marriage where you might not always agree; you might not see things eye to eye and sometimes you may need a trusted third party to be a counsel for you in your marriage. Feel free to go to that trusted wise counsel that you both respect and get counsel when you need it. We have all been there. Yes, we have a oneness with spirit in Christ, but there are times that we need others to give us life counsel. So be willing to go seek it together.

It’s important to note that you can get marriage counseling in a lot of different ways. Your friends are very quick to offer advice, but it might not always be the wise advice you need to hear. Another option is to listen to to messages from scriptural teachers together. Through the years as we have gone to marriage retreats, Jim Bob and I have tried to take time out as a couple to listen to messages from other couples that have either learned from their mistakes or from others with the Christian perspective that we share. Even if you can’t afford to get away for the weekend, that’s fine. In our early days, we’d often plan a romantic dinner and listen to readings together and have grandma babysit. It would strengthen our relationship.

Jim Bob and I say we have the best love life ever because we’re so experienced now, but we are also still learning about each other and it’s just great. I’ve gone back and reread some books that were helpful to me and I’m writing out notes to share with Jill. I’ll be giving her a little bridal package that has lots of things that she’ll need for the honeymoon. Jill is very understanding of a lot of things because she’s a midwife and she’s helped a lot of mothers. But there are still a lot of things that I want to share with her before her wedding night. For me, it’s a whole different perspective because I’m sharing this information with my daughter.

And even fellows need a lot of help! These guys need to know they can’t go into this thinking they’re all macho. They need to get their knowledge from the right perspective to go into things with the right ideas.

For Michelle’s recommending reading for newlyweds, visit the Duggar Family website.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The youngest duggars children

Jackson just turned 10 years old
Johannah is  8 years old
Jennifer is 6 and will turned seven in August
Jordyn-Grace is 5 years old
Josie is 4 years old

Recap: Cousin Amy's two hour special

Tonight on 19 Kids and Counting, "A Big Announcement" & "A Duggar Leaves Home"...

Amy is the oldest grandchild of Grandma Duggar and since she is the only child of Deanna (Jim Bob's sister) has a special relationship with all of her nineteen cousins. Grandma Duggar jokes about how Amy was her favorite until Josh was born but then admits that Amy is one of her favorites. Jana thinks that her cousin is lonely and admits that they would be happy to take her in as their older sister. Jill reveals that Amy is the prefect combination between spunk and entertainment.

Amy reveals that she did not get into trouble that much however she admited that she bent the rules. Amy reveals that her mom and dad had issues in their relationship however lived separately until they said I do when she turned 19 years old. Amy was always caught in the middle during the tension between her parents. She revealed that it just made her a strong person.

The duggars shared moments that they experience with Amy. Amy heads over to the family house to make the big announcement.  Amy reveals that she is heading to Nashville since she wants to purse to her musical career. She admits that she wanted to get her family approval before moving there. Jim Bob gives her advice to follow the lord and reminds her that there is a lot of girls that look up to her. The family prays over her and gives her a farewell for now.

Amy reveals that she was working as a nanny to 30 different family. Amy loads up for a two week stay in Nashiville along with Grandma duggar and Deanna Duggar (her mom) Amy doesn't know what she is doing but is excited to see where it's going.

Amy meets with her music producer where she gets a tour. One of her friends accompanies on a guiltar while she sings on a street corner. She was not really comfortable with it. On her first night performance, she doesn't have the best start but the crowd is giving her the great support and she is able to finally pull it off.

As the show ends today, Amy reflects on her time in Nashille and admits that is where she wants to be.

Nine days and counting

Derick and Jill are excited to share the rest of their lives together. They will be getting married in nine days and counting.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Preview: A Duggar Leaves Home

Amy Duggar is headed to Nashville, y'all! With dreams of becoming a country music star, she along with her mom and Grandma are packing up their bags and heading for this music city. Will she have what it takes to make it big in country music?

Preview: A big announcement

Take a hilarious and touching walk down memory lane with the Duggars and Cousin Amy as they share some of their favorite family events. And then Amy creates a brand-new memory when she makes a Duggar-sized announcement that none of her family sees coming!

Monday, June 9, 2014

It's been a year

It's been a year since Josh and Anna packed up their kids and now they are adjusted to living in DC

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ben and Derick: Bonding

Ben and Derick got a chance to talk in the recent episode of 19 kids and counting "A toast to Love" about how they met both Jessa and Jill. Ben and Jessa started their courtship in September while Jill and Derick started their courtship in November and got engaged in March.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

14 days until the big day!!!!

They have two weeks and counting

Baby number 20?!

Jim Bob and Michelle were talking to a doctor about getting pregnant with baby number 20. The doctor reveal that they could get pregnant with the baby but the chances are not on their side.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Recap: The proposal

Recap: The Proposal
Derick shows up at the duggar family home hoping to have a chat with Jim Bob. Jim Bob had a feeling that this what going to happen. he wants to make sure that they are ready for this big step before saying yes he can marry his daughter. He gives him his blessing and Derick starts with planning the big event for his soon-to-be bride.
Josh and Anna bring the kids to meet up with the family for the book tour however on the first day of it, little Michael wakes up not feeling good and Anna keeps Marcus and Michael with her at the hotel.
Michelle and the older duggar girls head to a bridal shop while Jill changes into the dress. Jessa does not want to do it until she's engaged which is smart thinking. Derick calls Jill on a book signing event and ask her out on a date. He later calls Jana and Joy to come along with her on the date. Jill knows that something is up but she still had no idea what was going on.
The couple enjoys lunch and Derick's plan starts to fall into plan.  A singer sings about their romance and Jill knows when Derick goes down on one knee and pops the question. She has the answer that he is hoping for which was Yes. Jill and Derick agree that once they became engaged they could hold hands like Josh and Anna did. The whole family is excited about the wedding.
19 kids and counting is schedule to return in the fall of 2014.

Derick's first interview!

Last week on the show was Derick's first interview. He did pretty good and I must say that he was a little bit nervous but I would be too if I had to be on camera.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Birthday wishes for Marcus part 2!

We got a lot of birthday wishes for Marcus first birthday and we could not fix them all in the first blog. I am not sure if it this is going to be the last one but we will see!
Cindy: Happy 1st birthday Marcus
Joyful Christianne: Happy birthday Marcus
Michelle: Happy birthday Marcus
Tapanga: Happy birthday baby Marcus. I hope that you have many more birthday and may God bless you in all of your life.
Leighanna: Birthday blessings Marcus
Andrea: Happy Birthday Marcus....We share a birthday! Hope you have a blessed day little man!
Christy: Happy birthday Marcus!!! God's blessings on your day!!!
Melanie: Happy Birthday Marcus!!
Annie: Happy birthday Marcus
Kathy: Happy Birthday Marcus!
Melissa: Happy birthday Marcus
Pam: Happy Birthday.
Lindsey: Happy Birthday Marcus!
Tracey: Happy Birthday Marcus! My nephew is only a week older than u
Melissa: Happy birthday
Aimie: Happy birthday Marcus!
Charlotte: happy birthday
Deb Happy Birthday Marcus!! xx
Debra happy birthday marcus
Brittani: Happy birthday to marcus for Monday
Susan: Happy First Birthday Marcus...
Sharon: Happy 1st Birthday little man Marcus Dugger
Elizabeth: Happy birthday Marcus
Melissa: Happy birthday Marcus
Hannah: happy happy birthday one year is a big milestone'
Brittany:Happy birthday Marcus! ! Wishing you many MORE amazing years to come!! Hopr you have an amazing birthday with many special memories! !

Season finale

The duggars allowed us to see Derick and Jill's proposal. A follower so kindly uploaded the episode

Watch a Toast in love

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Welcome home Derick & Tripe Date

Michelle Duggar on Jill's engagment

It really is so exciting for our first daughter to be engaged. Even Jim Bob tears up quite a bit these days. He's so happy for Jill and he really appreciates Derick and who he is. We know Derick is going to make a great husband and, hopefully, father.

But, at the same time, Jim Bob and I are saying to ourselves, “Oh, wow." We're realizing our girl is going to start a home and her own family, and that's a big deal, especially for dad.
Derick asked for permission to propose to Jill from Jim Bob. And Jim Bob was on board 100 percent. It was really sweet, the night before Derick was going to propose he called Jim Bob and asked if it was ok if he held hands with Jill after they were engaged.
We’d always encouraged them to set the standards for their relationship ahead of time and then to keep those standards upfront so that there's accountability. Jim Bob said that holding hands would be just fine.
Derick wanted to make it really special for Jill. He even got down on his knee when he proposed. Derick said to Jill afterwards, "You're my fiancée," and you would have thought Jill could have melted into a puddle. She said, "I'm your fiancée. It sounds great." She is so expressive and such a social butterfly, and she just lights up the house. We all jokingly say, "Love is in the air."
Jill and Derick have so much in common, especially their focus on the Lord and their love for outreach and ministry. It’s going to be exciting to see how the Lord uses them together.
And after they get married who knows where they'll be? Jill and Derick both have a dream to do international humanitarian work or mission work, as they call it. Whatever the Lord has for them, Jim Bob and I realize our kids will probably scatter all over the world. We trained them from the time they were little to have a ministry mindset, and be willing to go wherever God calls them. I think they'll give us some interesting destinations to visit as grandparents!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Happy first birthday wishes! Part One!!

Becky: Happy Birthday Marcus, I hope you have a great first birthday!! I hope you get lots of presents from your grandma and grandpa Duggar and also your grandma and grandpa Keller and your aunts and uncles!!
Leanne: Happy First birthday Marcus!! Boy the year went fast!
Julie: Happy birthday
Elizabeth: Happy First birthday
Bridget: Happy Birthday
Joanne: cutie pie
Terri: Happy birthday Marcus
Theresa: Happy 1st birthday
Cathy: Happy birthday Marcus
Sharon: Can't beliee that he's already one. Happy birthday!
Hayley: Happy birthday, Marcus. You're one on Monday
Taylor: Happy 1st birthday Marcus. I've loved watching you grow up! 1 year old already, I remember when you were in mommy's tummy!! Time is passing by too quick. Your one very handsome little man!!! Hope you have a wonderful 1st birthday!!!
Randi: Happy birthday Marcus
Nancy: Happy birthday Marcus. God Bless you
Alexis: Happy first birthday. You only turn one once!
There will be more Happy first birthday wishes for Marcus! Thank you everyone for commenting on his first birthday!

Tonight on 19 kids and counting finale

While the girls are out promoting their new book, Derick takes the opportunity to do some secret planning back at home. After getting permission from Jim Bob to ask for Jill's hand in marriage, will he be able to pull off an intricate proposal? 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Someone fun is turning one!

Marcus is finally one years old and none of us can believe that it's been a year since his birth. We included some birth photos. We took to facebook to see what your birthday wishes are for him and we will be posting them later this week!