Discuss the Duggar Family Website

This blog entry has been created to as a place for you to post any comments you have regarding the Duggar family website.

There is a permanent link to it in the sidebar of our home page, so that even when it scrolls off the home page you will be able to locate it quickly.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I went to check out their website and saw how Josh and Anna have a website as well. I clicked on it, saw its info mostly about the wedding... it has their registries info on it. Curiously I clicked on the walmart registry link- Someone needs to help them!!! They have food on their registry -haha- they have pringles, sprite, jerky on there... its kinda funny. At first I thought about the 2 sprites maybe when they went to register they bought 2 sprites and it somehow made its way onto the registry... but the other stuff, jerky and pringles... thats hard to explain away! I am all for registies but not for food stuff! the reste of the registery looked fine regular household goods. The food stuff threw me though!

btw she did register for a 24 count cupcake pan, I think she plans on making cupcakes for her sister and brother in laws. haha

Anonymous said...

Holy Crap! That house isn't a house it's a mansion complete with beautiful appliances and furniture. Altogether it must have cost millions. Looks like the Duggars get plenty of their own freebies just from doing a few specials. They've already outdone the Gosselins. If the series is a success who knows what they might get. Does gymboree make prairie style dresses?

Anonymous said...

Holy Crap! That house isn't a house it's a mansion complete with beautiful appliances and furniture. Altogether it must have cost millions.
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It actually didn't cost as much as it looks. I don't know how much they spent, but they did most of the construction themselves, which saved them a ton of money on labour. They built the frame out of two gigantic steel frame kits they ordered online. A family friend did a lot of the labour they didn't know how to do themselves, like electricity (I'm assuming he was paid, but probably less than a traditional electrician would have been). They brought in a couple professionals to do last minute stuff to speed up the process.

The industrial equipment in the kitchen was purchased at auctions and cost a fraction of what it would have cost new. They were being filmed for their special "16 Children and Moving In" at the time, so Discovery (I think that's the channel that films their specials?) did contribute some to bring in a decorator and probably contributed some for the furnishings (as well as a piano).

I'd say more than half of the construction and cost of the house came straight out of Duggar pockets, and I would guess that it cost less than half to build their house the way they did than if they'd had a contractor and work crew build the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars had a special a year or two ago and they explained that they paid for that house with their own money. The house was not given to them. It took them several years to build and they did a lot of it themselves, by hand. Jim Bob does financial seminars, I believe and they don't have any debt whatsoever, including their vehicles.

Anonymous said...

At the end of the program, "16 Children and Moving In," if you watch the credits you see a long, long, LONG list of "thanks" to businesses for goods and services. It goes by so fast, I can't see but I do believe all that furniture was donated, as was the decorator, the washers and dryers, I believe were from Sears, and I think Home Depot (or someone) came in and finished the house because there were just not getting it done to meet the filming requirements. Now I am not 100% certain on this because the credits go too fast for me to catch, but I used to read a blog about them and it was discussed, much like the Gosselin freebies are discussed on GWoP.

I am guessing that, much like J&K, if you see it happen on the show, it is not paid out of Duggar pocket but rather through a deal worked out by the production company and Jim Bob.

Anonymous said...

"It actually didn't cost as much as it looks. I don't know how much they spent, but they did most of the construction themselves, which saved them a ton of money on labour. They built the frame out of two gigantic steel frame kits they ordered online. A family friend did a lot of the labour they didn't know how to do themselves, like electricity (I'm assuming he was paid, but probably less than a traditional electrician would have been). They brought in a couple professionals to do last minute stuff to speed up the process."

I'm sorry, but Pa Duggar doesn't have the capability to build a house of that quality without a whole lot of professional help. I watched the special where the Duggars were "building" the house and found it laughable. I've been watching do it yourself shows for years and houses like that don't just grow out of kits. The quality and craftmanship of the Duggar home is the result of true professionals who would not work for free.

Ruthe said...

I posted this on another thread, but it seems more appropriate to be shown here

I knew nothing about these people until I happened to see the show where they were building their own home. They have carefully shopped for second-hand or used industrial kitchen appliances and laundry appliances, which certainly is a breath of fresh air. They've had construction time donated from a few friends and local construction companies, which is absolutely wonderful. They showed even the small kids lending a hand with manual and power tools. But, please ... SO many red flags went off in my head.

They've shown snippets of what the house looks like after completion. Not only is the sucker HUGE, but the furnishings are over the top. You can't tell me that a family with 18 children can afford to fill such a large house with such extravagant furnishings.

Naturally, since we have been inundated with the Gosselin phenomenon, it is natural to make a comparison of the two families. Sure J&K have some issues which have been beaten like a dead horse, but this family creeps me OUT.

It certainly is refreshing to see a family with values and morals, children who are happy to help with the laundry, the cooking, their siblings (and even some manual labor) but the family reminded me of a Stepford family.

I don't know, maybe I am looking at this the wrong way, but 18 children (IMHO) is irresponsible in this day and age.

(and those parents need to explore the rest of the alphabet for baby names)

Cassandra said...

When the Duggars were finishing their house and it was coming down to the wire (they had to get out of their rented house), TLC (or someone else) finished constructing their house for them. I would guess that TLC completed about 25% of the house.

Then TLC (?) hired an interior decorator from the Big Apple. The Duggars were sooo impressed. She sent them to a furniture store to see what kind of stuff they liked... and she sat down with them (all 18) and took notes about what they wanted. (One of the boys wanted quotes from the founding fathers on his bedroom walls!)

Only then was the house furnished and decorated. The Duggars seemed to actually be happy and grateful with the result. (At least they were happy on tv.)

P.S. New babies sleep in the same room as Ma and Pa Duggar. The breast feeding seems to help as a form of birth control (dirty words), although we know that it isn't 100% safe. At about 5 months, the new baby is weaned and sent to live with a buddy. Thus, at 5 months, Ma and Pa Duggar are ready to whip up the new Duggar.

MidnightSun said...

At about 5 months, the new baby is weaned and sent to live with a buddy. Thus, at 5 months, Ma and Pa Duggar are ready to whip up the new Duggar

That isn't entirely true. Judging from what has been previously aired, the babies are weaned from breastfeeding at approx 1 year of age.

Anonymous said...

looking through the website for Josh and Anna... I am patiently waiting on the update on how they met. From reading their short backstories it does make me wonder how in the world they met. She's from FL he's from Arkanas... Surely its not an arranged marriage?!?!

mlou said...

"looking through the website for Josh and Anna... I am patiently waiting on the update on how they met. From reading their short backstories it does make me wonder how in the world they met. She's from FL he's from Arkanas... Surely its not an arranged marriage?!?!"

If I had to guess I would say they met at the "Homeschooling Week" they attend every year. I'm not sure that is what is called, I just know one of the specials it showed them attending some kind of homeschooling seminar.

Personally, I always thought he would marry the daughter of the family they are real close to. She appeared to be about his age.

quietlyconcerned said...

I said this before regarding the Gosselins, and I will say it again: I do not care if the Duggars got a few free things--as long as it did not cost their children.

From the glimpses people have had of the Duggars, it seems that they are fairly cheery and have sunny dispositions when they are off camera as well as on. No meltdowns from the kids. No snottiness from the parents.

Time will tell. I think, as I have said before, that a child advocate is desperately needed on both sets--just to make sure the kids get a fair break. The Duggars may not like that--they seem to have rejected the wore "worldly" aspects of life--but I do not think they would object as strenuously as the Gosselins. Just my hunch, my opinion.

Anonymous said...

The majority of their furnishings appear in Home Decorators Collection catalogs. They are nice looking, but cheaply made. There is a store near me and I have seen it in person. I wouldn't call it extravagant by any means.

Anonymous said...

The children don't help with the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. They do all of it. And they don't help with their siblings. They are more and less a third parent. And if people think J&K are strict with the gender roles, they have nothing on the Duggers.

Just Me said...

So they built their house with little help or freebies, good for them, if they hadnt done this before they got their own show and TLC and figure 8 offered to build them a house you dont think they would take it?!?! Im guessing they would, just as Jon & Kate are.... theres no difference.

Anonymous said...

Good for the Duggars. I appreciate an appreciative family and they are. Grounded and mature. I don't care how many kids they have. LORDY BEE>> at least the mom never complains like Kate, and I'm sure she has a lot more errands to run hither thiter and yon.. You go Michelle... I can't wait for your show...

Ruthe said...

" ...at least the mom never complains like Kate ... "

I don't imagine she would if she could. All the woman knows is how to be a mother and a wife. She went from her father's house to her husband's.

It's one thing to be a good and kind person, but to raise that many children and then having to move from house to house to house until hubby gets the HOUSE completed, and not say anything other than, "oh well" - she needs to open her mouth and stop being a doormat.

TLC went from one extreme to the other.

Anonymous said...

I found it odd that they didn't have a "meet the family" link and list each child, by name, and tell us how old they are and what they're interests include.
I guess they see the children in that family as a UNIT, instead of individuals.

Anonymous said...

I come from a family of 15 children - I'm number 14. My mother was 43 and my father was 47 when I was born - talk about a mind f(*&. All I can say is - think of this from the kids perspective. I can tell you that having this many children is NOT RIGHT. These kids DO NOT get the attention they need to form a normal perspective on life, to form a normal, whole self - it is not possible. The parents expect the other, older siblings to act as parents to the younger children. I grew up in a poor family and this is why the Duggars are an oddity. Normally large families are poor as my family was. We had a 4 bedroom house - you can do the math. Bottom line - these two parents should be ashamed of themselves - but they aren't. They are lost in some freaking la la land just like my parents were. Sad...

Anonymous said...

The Duggars keep it up, Mama Duggar will be able to breastfeed her grandchildren.
Josh's future children will have Aunts and Uncles YOUNGER than they are!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Josh's future children may have aunts and uncles younger than they are. So what? They won't be the only family where this occurs. I have a friend who is the youngest of eight and her oldest sister was 23 years old than she was. When my friend was born, she was already an aunt to her sister's two toddlers. And guess what? The world did not end.

A Mom said...

That is just speculation.

Seeing as they spent 3 years building a home before Discovery helped them finish it (initially Jim Bob hired a separate contractor and as the pace wasn't picking up fast enough b/c their home was being demolished)--Discovery kicked in the rest.

I have serious doubts that the Duggars would have ever arranged a deal with a production company to get them a home.

They don't seem to be the kind of family makes deals with the devil.

Anonymous said...

I am the second-to-youngest of 7 children. My youngest brother was born six months after my sister had her first baby. Therefore, my brother is younger than his nephew. I can't say that this has ever been an issue to anyone in my family. Is it not the ordinary situation? Maybe. But, I don't think it is harmful. We are certainly not a family of 20 but we are large by today's standards. I enjoy all my brothers and my sister and can't imagine my life as any different.

Anonymous said...

A mom said: "They don't seem to be the kind of family makes deals with the devil."

And YET they prostrate themselves on national TV, have a 'deal' with the discovery channel to finance their trips....etc. Are you kidding me???

I saw their house on TV before discovery finished it for them. No where near done. Just the shell. If the DC hadn't paid for the finishing, furnishing, and stocking, they'd still be in their rental unit.

They use the house as a church and have received the IRS tax shelter that comes with a church. They homeschool their children because they don't want them to mix in the world with the rest of us. I don't know how anyone can hold these people up as moral examples.

MomOfThree said...

If you followed the "special" shows as they aired beginning in (I believe) 2005, then you would know that the Duggars had been building the house by themselves (the whole family pitched in at various times) for a few years. Their original home had been sold at the time the new house was begun and the the new owners were kind enough to allow the Duggars to remain in the home til their new house was built. This took longer than expected and their old home was scheduled to be torn down, so they eventually had to move to a rental (which was also scheduled for demolition at some point in the future). Time was up on the rental then but their new home was still far from finished. JB said they then had no choice but to enlist in the help of first, a family friend for consultation work, and then actual contractors to complete the work. TLC threw in a designer from NYC and shortly after, they moved in. I do know for certain that TLC gave them a gift of a piano because they showed that (Michelle cried with surprise and gratitude). What else TLC actually paid for is speculation and perhaps it was done as compensation for the family allowing the show to be filmed. Whatever the deal was, I would imagine it was a fair one. JB and Michelle do not strike me as the greedy type to just take whatever they can get. As far as the house now being used for church services, I have no idea about that as that has not been mentioned (so far) on the shows. I know at their original home, they said they sometime held services there, but I don't know about the new home. We'll have to stay tuned....

Anonymous said...

When has it been said that TLC pays for the trips? Does anyone have any actual proof of that? I know J&K+8 said that the hotels, or retreat centers invite them to come for free, but TLC does not pay for it. I'm guessing the same is true for the Duggars.

I imagine that the today show paid for the trip to NYC. I'm sure the family paid for the dude ranch trip and the wedding trip.

Anonymous said...

If you check the real estate tax records for their home (which are public and online) you will see they DO NOT TAKE A CHURCH TAX DEDUCTION for this property. PERIOD. Please stop the stupid rumors on this. They paid $11,000 last year on the property in taxes.

Anonymous said...

Did you see that Josh and Anna wanted a Ipod?