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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Message from Jill Duggar!

What's the scoop? Our friends at CollegePlus! have generously sent us an exclusive message from Jill Duggar revealing her college plans!

"My name is Jill, and I am the 4th of 19 Duggar kids. Over the past few years, while considering my future plans, I’ve become very interested in nursing. When my little sister Josie was born prematurely, I spent a lot of time in the hospital with her and this really increased my nursing interest. I’ve decided to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing to allow me to pursue nursing.

With 19 kids in our family, we’re probably one of the busiest families out there. Besides family activities and travels, I’m also a First Responder with our local Fire Department. This has given me more medical training and experience, but it’s also added to my busyness. So as I started into my college studies, I needed flexibility. I’m currently studying for some of my general education classes independently and then taking CLEP exams to earn the college credit. This allows me to study any time I want to and from anywhere in the world our family happens to be. Not only is this approach flexible, it’s also a lot cheaper. After I’ve CLEPped out of all the classes I can, I’ll be transferring in to a local fully accredited nursing school to complete my degree.

There’s a really awesome college program called CollegePlus! which is helping me with this process, from researching the tests I can take, to studying for them, and later will help me with the transfer process. Go to http://www.collegeplus.org/duggars to find out more and see the college plans my siblings have."

This is an update to a post we wrote last year.
Thank you, CollegePlus!
Readers, if you have any questions, post them here, and we will forward them to CollegePlus!

Those of you in the US and Canada, be sure to tune in to TLC on Tuesday, October 4th, to hear more of the Duggar kids' college plans. As always, we will post a recap after the show.

Have you heard of CollgePlus!?

Josie: Happy and Healthy!

Despite rumors that might suggest otherwise, little Josie Duggar is happy and healthy. Due to some minor cold symptoms, she--accompanied by Michelle and Jill--did have to stay a few extra days in Israel, but all is now well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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          Tuesday, September 27, 2011

          Recap: Newest Grand-Duggar and Spectacular Waterfalls

          On Tonight's new episodes of "19 Kids and Counting..."

          Duggar Grandson On Board:
          • Josh and Anna take seven-day-old Michael James in for his first checkup and receive a good report from Dr. Scott Fedosky (husband of Ms. Teresa, the Duggars' Bradley class teacher). The blood work is the hardest part, especially for Mama!
          • Later on, cousin Amy comes over to meet Michael and brings homemade raspberry bars. "So how many of these little things are you going to have?" inquires Amy, convinced that there will be plenty more babies in the future.  "You'll have to wait and see!" replies Anna.
          • The old adage "opposites attract" definitely describes Amy and Anna's relationship. "We get along great!" says Anna.
          • Back home, Jim Bob and the kids prepare to landscape the front garden, which has been overtaken by an army of weeds. The father of 19 lays out the plan to his sons: "What if we go and just rent a rototiller and just plow it all under and get some plants." 
          • "And when I say we, what I really mean is Joseph and John-David," Jim Bob tells the camera crew, chuckling.
          • The Duggars encourage their children to live at home until they need to be out on their own, but they firmly believe that everyone should contribute to household chores. Many hands make light work. 
          • The episode closes with a party to celebrate Anna's 23rd birthday (and Josh and Anna's three-year engagement anniversary). Can you believe that the Duggars have celebrated 236 birthdays since Josh was born?!
          Duggars Over the Edge:
          • The entire family hops on their tour bus and heads up to Niagara Falls. Even Josie is able to join in on the fun!
          • "Josie was a very sick little girl for a long time," says Michelle. "And now she is this rambunctious, busy little girl that wants to run and explore the world. And sometimes I still think she's very fragile, but she doesn't think she is!"
          • The day's festivities include a wet but thrilling ride on the Maid of the Mist and an even wetter, but just as fascinating, tour of the Cave of the Winds. Then, while Michelle, Jana, and Jessa take the little ones fishing, Jim Bob and the older kids experience an adrenaline rush like no other on the famous Whirlpool Jet Boat tour!
          The Duggars are astonished at the magnificent beauty of the Niagara Falls. What is the most spectacular world wonder that you have seen?

          Monday, September 26, 2011

          Duggars Return Tonight!

          Here's a friendly reminder: the season premiere of "19 Kids and Counting" airs tonight!

          For our readers in the US and Canada, tune in to TLC at 3PM EST/2PM CST for a marathon of reruns (see our Showtimes page for details), leading up to TWO new episodes....

          "19 Kids and Counting" Duggar Grandson On Board (9PM EST/8PM CST) is all about baby Michael and his recent milestones!

          "19 Kids and Counting" Duggars Over the Edge (9:30PM EST/8:30PM CST) follows the family on their wet and wild, Niagara Falls adventure!

          Can't tune in? No need to worry! We post recaps of all the new episodes!

          Will you be watching?

          Our Readers Meet the Duggars

          We recently asked you to send in photos of yourself (or someone you know) meeting the Duggars. Here is what we have so far. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
          Have a photo to share? Email it to DuggarFamilyBlog@gmail.com, and we will add it below!

           Josie Duggar and Ellie with Bailey, a young fan
          LifeWay Christian Store in Rogers, AR

           Amy Wingfield stands in line with family and friends to meet the Duggars
          Green Acres Baptist Church, Tyler, TX

           Meeting Jinger Duggar

           Posing with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

           Chatting with Michelle Duggar



           Photo with Jill Duggar

          At the door of the Duggars' bus with Jana, Jessa, Jackson, and Johannah

           Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar and Gil & Kelly Bates 
          Visit Claire, a fan recovering from brain surgery


          Brianna and Natalie meet John-David Duggar and Paul Waller (Anna's nephew)
          July 2013

          The Williams family with Jeremiah, Joy-Anna, Jessa, Jana, and Jinger Duggar
          Political fundraiser in Gastonia, NC
          June 2013

           The Williams meet Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
          Gastonia, NC
          June 2013

          The Westbrooks family poses with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
          Poplar Bluff, MO

           Jessica Grimm meets the Duggars 
          With her mother (Dee), son (Nathan), and daughter (Anna)
          Farmington, MO

           Nathan Grimm poses for a photo with Josh and Anna Duggar
          Farmington, MO

           Meeting Jinger Duggar in Farmington, MO
          Photo from Sheila

          Fans pose with Joy-Anna and Jason Duggar in Farmington, MO
          Photo from Sheila

           Meeting Jessa and Jinger Duggar
          Photo from Sheila


           Meeting Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
          Photo from Sheila


          Franicia White celebrates Jim Bob's 47th birthday with the Duggars
          (Grandma Duggar, Debbie Query, Franicia, and Michelle)

          Kelly, Jim Bob Duggar, and Tom

           Kayla with Jason, Jedidiah, Jackson, Jennifer, and Jordyn

           Kayla poses with Jill Duggar 

           Meeting Anna and Jana Duggar

           Joseph Duggar takes a photo with Kayla

           Rhonda and her children meet Jinger, Jessa, and Jill in Camden, MI
          July 2010

           Jim Bob Duggar with the Morgan family
          July 2010

          Rhonda and her kids with the four eldest Duggar girls
          July 2010

           Josh Duggar greets the Morgans
          July 2010

           John-David, Joseph, and Joy pose with Alexis and Aiden
          July 2010

           Anna and Mackynzie with Rhonda and Alexis
          July 2010

          Kimmie and her family run into the Duggars and chat about homeschooling

          Crysten with Jill and Joy-Anna in Kansas

           Cyrsten with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

           Jim Bob Duggar and Chris in East Peoria, IL
          Spring 2012

          Chris meets Jana Duggar in East Peoria, IL
          Spring 2012

           Josh Duggar opens for Rick Santorum in East Peoria, IL
          Spring 2012

           Leah poses with Jim Bob and Michelle in Canton, OH
          June 2009

           
          Lily and Ellie with Jim Bob Duggar
          (Gil Bates just happens to call while we are chatting)

           Lily and Ellie pose for a picture with Jill Duggar
          (Jill also snaps a photo on her phone to send to her mom, 
          who is back home with the little ones)

           Lily and Ellie with the gracious Anna Duggar

          Lily and Ellie join Josiah and Michael Duggar for a photo

          Lily and Ellie with Jana Duggar

           Carissa meets Jim Bob Duggar in Ripon, WI

           Jim Bob and Josiah Duggar with friends in Ripon, WI

           Josh Duggar in Ripon, WI

           Campaigning in Ripon, WI



          The McQuinn family 
          with Jana, Jill, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and Jordyn Duggar

           Michelle Duggar with Erin in Atlanta, GA

           Kayla meets Joy-Anna Duggar

          Shields family with Jim Bob Duggar at Santorum event
          Spartanburg, SC

           Jana Duggar and Michaela

          Josh meets Jedidiah Duggar

           Josh and Jeremiah Duggar
           Rebeckah and siblings meet Jessa Duggar

           Rebekah and siblings meet Michelle at SC book-signing

           Meeting Josh Duggar at Santorum event

          Shields family fellowships with Zach, Lawson, and Tori Bates at Santorum event
          Spartanburg, SC

          Lily Madrid with Jim Bob, Michelle, and Mackynzie
          Elise from Mendocino, CA, meets Michelle
          2009 Children's Consignment Sale in Fort Smith Arkansas

           
          Jim Bob and Michelle with the Miller family
          2011 book-signing in Cincinnati, OH

           
          Jen Voight and sons meet Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
          2011 book-signing in Columbus, OH

           Nicole meets the Duggars in Cincinnati

           
          Chatting with the kids!

           Signing books
          Image contributed by Nicole





          The adorable Josie!

          Jennifer Duggar

          The Baughers pose with Michelle and Jinger
          June 2011 Book-signing in Camp Hill, PA

          Abigail and Danielle Baugher meet Joy-Anna

          The Baughers pose in front of the Duggars' bus

           The Rufeners meet the Duggars (and serve them a meal)
          Canton, Ohio

           Chris Rufener poses with Grandma Duggar

          Cake decorated by Haylee Rufener

          Collage for Joy-Anna Duggar's14th birthday
          Created by JOYDUGGARFAN, a loyal reader

          Brittani poses with Jim Bob and Michelle
          June 2011 in Akron, OH