It has been a busy year for Jim Bob and Michelle and the kids! Let's take a quick look at the Duggars' 2011:
January 2011: Twins Jana and John-David turned 21.
February: The Duggars woke up to two feet of snow--a record for Northwest Arkansas. The following day, we had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Bob and Michelle on Nina Frye's Living the Dream Mom radio show. A few days later, a brief snippet of our October interview with Michelle was heard on 19 Kids and Counting, "Duggars All Aboard."
March: Josh and Anna Duggar announced to the world--in a creative, non-conventional way--the gender of their second child.
April: the family made their annual trek to the ATI homeschool conference in Texas and had a close call with a destructive storm system.
May: When Joplin was devastated by the infamous, May 22th tornado, the Duggars loaded up a caravan of supplies and spent hours searching for survivors amidst the rubble.
June: After the release of the Duggars' second book, A Love That Multiplies, the entire family piled onto their bus and departed on a book tour. Then on June 15th, Anna Duggar gave birth to her second child, Michael James Duggar.
July: We interviewed Michelle and Anna Duggar. That same evening, the family left for Atlanta to fulfill speaking engagements and book-signings.
August: The Duggars spent time witnessing in Washington D.C. with evangelist Ray Comfort.
September: On the 2nd, 26 Duggars (Jim Bob and Michelle and their kids, Anna, Mackynzie, Michael, Grandma Duggar, and cousin Amy), headed overseas for the trip of a lifetime. In a period of less than three weeks, they visited Scotland, Ireland, England, and Israel. Upon returning, they headed to Atlanta to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
October: The family spoke at the LifeWay Kids Ministry Conference in Nashville. The younger kids gave an entertaining performance of "I've Been Redeemed" that had the crowd roaring with laughter. (Watch the video here.)
November: The Duggars made headlines when they announced that they were expecting their 20th child.
December: The family was again featured in national news when they received the tragic news of their miscarriage. Following a memorial service for Jubilee Shalom Duggar, Jim Bob and Michelle and the kids cleared their schedules to grieve. But they still made time to celebrate their five December birthdays (Josie's 2nd, Jordyn's 3rd, Jinger's 18th, and Jedidiah and Jeremiah's 13th).