Lights, Camera, Duggars

While they may not watch much television the Duggars are always up for a good movie. They travel to the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival to take in the films and chat with their favorite movie star, Kirk Cameron.
30 minutes

82 comments:

Mayday said...

Are the Duggars going down the same road that Jon and Kate are on? I am saying this because in tonight's episode the Duggars got special treatment by having an arranged visit with the Von Trap children and Kirk Cameron. Would my family have gotten that same treatment if we attended the film festival? Seems like they are on the "we are special" road too. I expected more from Jim Bob and Michelle that they would not enter in to the special treatment thing but just to experience things along with everyone else.I really thought that they would turn around TLC reality TV and do things like everyone else does. I guess my expectations were wrong, as TLC is doing the same thing as they did with Jon and Kate, just more in a subtle way. What message is that sending out...you have lots of kids and you get lots of special treatment.

Willow said...

Mayday -
I understand your point in a way, but I loved the episode. I think they are humble about anything "special" they get to do. The fact is that they have been on television several times over the years and were already known, at least in the Christian community. Jim Bob was in politics and his family have been well known business people in their area for 3 generations, according to a newspaper article I read. They are probably already used to notoriety. I think it is o.k. for them to get some special treatment, as long as it does not go to their head and change them. Also, they were presenters at this event and I think it would be "abnormal" if they didn't get to see some of the other participants while they were there. I think they can keep their heads about it and I pray that it works o.k for their family. I enjoy their show and also the Roloffs'. I hope that doesn't make me guilty of child exploitation. I think the Duggars and Roloffs can make it work for their families. I just don't think the Gosselins have enough love in their hearts to pull off handling the fame. I personally do not find much T.V. worth watching anymore and there are only a few shows I even bother with, and these are a couple of them that I really look forward to.

gracie said...

In 2006 the duggars actually sang and played violin at the festival so it's not like they went just as a free trip.

Willow said...

Does anyone else think, like I do, that maybe there will be another engagement soon --- maybe between the Bates family and the Duggars? I am rooting for Zach Bates and Jana Duggar.I think they are the oldest.? I don't have any favorites but Jana just looks SO much like my daughter!!! Anyway, it was just a thought. Maybe John David and one of the Bates girls. Maybe that is why they have been on the show a couple of times!! Of course, I am just speculating. We know of course it depends on who likes who. Watching the cheeriness of this show has been a real uplifting blessing for me tonight!

Anonymous said...

Mayday -- Just my friendly opinion, but i think the Duggars WOULD have gotten the special meeting without the show because of the sheer size of the family, and their representation of the beleifes of that religion. Just IMO

Emily Tolliver said...

I like the episode. But I do get worried when mom duggar starts plugging the "My breast Friend" breastfeeding pillow. Even though I used one just a few months ago after my son was born (AND THEIR GREAT!) I just dont want it to turn into product endorsement/product placement like the shady gosselins.

Sixxlet said...

My comment is about the nursing pillow she was using - My Brest Friend. I wonder if she has always used that or if it was a gift and therefore 'product placement.' I have a feeling this is the first baby she has used that product with. I wonder if we will start seeing a lot of gifts/product placement with this show, just like we have seen with Jon & Kate.

Air&Darkness said...

I didn't see spot for this comment, so here goes:

Tonight they also showed an episode where the Duggars "volunteered" at an animal safari.

1.) Getting a freebie trip is not what I would call "volunteering": especially not for people who self-identify as Christian. What about doing some -real- volunteer work, like helping out at a food bank, or a crisis nursery or a soup kitchen?

2.) The animal safari should be shut down. I'm not a zoologist, but I'm pretty sure those animals don't eat bread and bagels. That made me sick.

Mint said...

If My Brest Friend was a product placement, then Michelle Duggar has gotten good at doing plugs. Remember when they tried that for some cleaning supply and everyone, even the most casual viewers, could tell it was scripited and forced?

And we don't know if this is the first baby she's used My Brest Friend with. I honestly think this is the first time we've seen Michelle Duggar breast feed in public. I could be wrong about that, I haven't seen every episode.

And I agree with the statement that they would have gotten specail treatment without the show. I'm not sure if they would have met Kirk (maybe, he's a cool guy), but I can definately see them meeting the Von Trap kids. They seemed willing to meet the Duggars simply because of their size and their closeness.

BoyMomInTX said...

Willow-I wondered that too and asked it as one of my questions on the video. Not sure if they'll answer it, but also, how do they "meet" the prospective spouses? They don't attend many outside activities that involve strangers (not counting the PR stuff), so I'm curious how the older kids go about meeting mates.

Melissa said...

Air and Darkness: They just did a volunteer mission to South America.
Also, about the product placement thing: I'm not buying it. There have been episodes of them going thrift storing to buy shoes. I seriously doubt the Duggars are on the same path as the Goss tribe.

Can you imagine the Gosselins doing either thing?

Being the mom of a big family, I LOVE the Duggars and don't think they're selling their kids up the river for some freebies and money.

Cee said...

Air & Darkeness...There is a discussion about that episode. I know I agreed completly with your thoughts about the animals and a lot of other people did too.

I have been kind of bored with the episodes of this show lately...I think Jim Bob loves using his large family to get special treatment.

BoyMomInTX said...

I'd gladly watch their daily lives at home than another freebie trip to Hawaii any day. That's what people like about the Duggars-that they seem so real even though they have 18 kids. I'd love to see them grocery shop and do laundry and schoolwork. It's what we all are doing in our homes right now-not taking extravagant vacations, wearing expensive clothes, or "buying" lots of useless stuff. The Duggars may not be as flashy as the Gosselins, but it's a welcome break for me to watch people I actually like.

As for the freebies, c'mon, are there that many people clamoring to meet Kirk Cameron or go backstage? These kids don't get to do normal things, so I don't mind the little freebies. They seem more deserving of them.

BoyMomInTX said...

How much did you love that the photo shoot clothes were from Target?! I LOVED that! It's a great way to connect with the viewers-show them wearing clothes from somewhere that the rest of us actually shop at. And they all looked adorable without perfectly matching. :)

Jennifer said...

you're right. she didn't BF in any of the other episode but the kids were also too big when the show started. the specials were often showed right after the newest baby was born so maybe the camaras just didn't capture it.

Denise said...

Kirk met the Duggars because I'm sure Kirk's PR person told him that it would be a good way to plug his movie. The Von Trapp children got some exposure too, as did the makers of My Breast Friend. We've never seen Michelle breast feed before, but now that she has her Breast Friend we get to see her breast feed. Now I'm wondering...was the Jim Bob sprays his hair episode a product placement for Aqua Net? Oh and remember when the new house was finished and they showed the pantry fully stocked with Campbells brand food? More product placement. I want people to come and put products in my home:)

MomOfThree said...

Mint said...And we don't know if this is the first baby she's used My Brest Friend with. I honestly think this is the first time we've seen Michelle Duggar breast feed in public. I could be wrong about that, I haven't seen every episode.

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There was at least one other time that Michelle breast fed "in public" that I remember and that was when they were at Disney Land and were talking to the guy who was escorting them around the park.

Michelle was covered up and feeding, I think Johannah, and was just listening to the man talk. It was no interruption or inconvenience at all.

I remember thinking at the time how much of a pro she must be at this because it was always a big production for me at home...getting settled in the right chair, piling up the pillows at the right height, situating the baby "just right", keeping the blanket from falling off my shoulder and onto the baby's head. LOL at the memories! I never could get the hang of it and, although I vowed to "make it work" with each baby, my attempts were short-lived.

Anonymous said...

BoyMomInTX: I do sometimes wonder the same thing.... how will ALL these kids find that "one" when they are so sheltered from the outer world. Where do they meet other people with the same values as themselves?
Although I don't see eye to eye with the Duggars on many aspects of their faith, I do respect the fact that they are loving parents who truly care about their childrens' well-being. AND, they have the ability (emotionally, financially, etc.) to support their choice to have such a large family. Unfortunately, so many people have children without having the emotional capacity or ability to really love, nurture and provide stability for them. I can respect the Duggars for this reason.

jill said...

I am sure this has been asked before, but what religion are the Duggars? My mom thinks that they do not believe in the Trinity and that they believe in Jesus, but that he was just a prophet???? IDK?

Anonymous said...

I loved the fact that both Michelle and Jim Bob were sensitive to their young children's needs - JB missing the Von Trapp singing because he was taking out the toddler girl and letting her play in the lobby since she was bothered by the singing. Also how Michelle let the kids run around backstage to burn off steam. I can't see either Jon or Kate being concerned about their kids' needs - they would be too worried about appearances.

Tammy C said...

I think it is cool that the Duggars were able to meet Kirk Cameron and be at the SAICF.The part i had a hard time with was that the Vison Forum Minisrty allowed this to be filmed and on TV.Most of them do not watch TV and to think that they allowed this to be on TLC where they show Toddlers and Tiaras and other strange shows.

Good for the Duggars.I would love to meet Kirk Cameron.

Denise said...

Poor Jim Bob having to miss out on the singing of the Von Trapp great-grandchildren. But don't worry too hard...The Landover Baptist Church gave him his due: "Let's all shout out 'GLORY' to Jim Bob Duggar who with the help of his wife Michelle has so far brought 18 children into this world." Gee it was mighty nice of Michelle to "help" JB bring their eighteenth into this world. What a good and submissive gal she must be. If you want to be submissive like her then feel free to "support" those of her ilk by joining the "Landover Ladies Campaign Against Women's Suffrage". Please do not confuse suffrage with suffering. And while you're at it ask your husbands how many years it would take for your family to "buy used and save the difference" and then manage to save 101,000 in cash for them (your husbands) to finance a senate campaign out of pocket like JB did in 2002.

Willow said...

BoyMomInTx - I am so glad you asked that question! I hope you will let us know if anything comes of the questions. I just think there is at least 1 Duggar/Bates hookup in the works!! (How cute). I mean - I think I heard them say they were staying with the Duggars for 2 weeks that time they came and played paintball. And they were all so HAPPY. It will be fun to see what shakes out. Hope they share with us. :)

Anonymous said...

Talk about plugs--did you notice JimBob gave Kirk Cameron a copy of their book? He proudly pointed out that they had all "autographed" the inner page of the book.

How ironic is that? They gave an autographed book about themselves to a actual celebrity? You would think they would have asked for Kirk's autograph, not give him theirs! He didnt really seem to know who the Duggars were!

jayley said...

Air&Darkness... While I'm not a zoologist either,I agree that bagels and bread for exotic animals is not what they were intended to eat. Heads up to families looking for family fun., make sure the animal place you visit has earned accreditation/certification from the American Zoological Association. These are the VERY best places for your children to be educated. aza.org. Tons of kid friendly educators who might be able to tell you that in the desert, camels DON'T eat bagels. have fun this summer.

Sarah said...

Did anyone notice Anna (Keller) Duggar picking up a kid or darting behind someone everytime she was on camera? I did. I think she's pregnant. ;)

Beth said...

Anonymous said...

Talk about plugs--did you notice JimBob gave Kirk Cameron a copy of their book? He proudly pointed out that they had all "autographed" the inner page of the book.

How ironic is that? They gave an autographed book about themselves to a actual celebrity? You would think they would have asked for Kirk's autograph, not give him theirs! He didnt really seem to know who the Duggars were!

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I disagree. It seemed to me like Kirk Cameron knew who the Duggars were. They are well known in their communities, local and religious.

I thought that the experience for the Duggars' in this episode was great. Though I may not agree with everything they do or believe in, I think it is amazing how they raise their children.

Though I too am curious to know how the Duggar children meet a significant other, but you know however they meet their potential spouse, there is a lot that goes into it. I remember Josh saying that he met Anna at a homeschooling conference and after a long period of prayer and reflection and speaking with his and her parents, he decided that Anna was the one for him.

Munchkn said...

About My Brest Friend and other nursing pillows: These pillows MAY be helpful in positioning the baby at the breast, but they *may* also CAUSE the baby to be positioned incorrectly leading to sore nipples and poor latch. If a mom is using a nursing pillow and she has sore nipples (and I know Michelle has said that she had sore nipples), then she could try ditching the pillow to see if the soreness doesn't resolve. If that helps -cool! If it doesn't, that ok, too.

To {{{Mom of Three}}}: I'm sorry that you weren't able to nurse your little ones as long as you wanted to.

Megan said...

It looks as though Michelle has had the My Breast Friend pillow for a while. Here's a video of her using it with Jennifer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELSr2tMqHo&feature=related

Sixxlet said...

Megan, I'm glad to find out that Michelle wasn't just doing a plug for the My Brest Friend Pillow, that is was in fact something she had been using for a while. Thanks for the info.

Dee Dee said...

The Duggars were presenters at the award show because of their celebrity - hence, the special treatment.

Nowhere is it written that we can only watch reality shows about poor, struggling, anonymous families.

Josh mentions that he went to this same festival last year. He's clearly a video/film buff.

Andi said...

I can't help but think the kids - at least the older ones - probably get out a bit more than it looks like. From the latest episode at the film festival it sounded as if they only watched Christian/Family films. Yet I remember one episode right after Josh and Anna were engaged, they went on a date and whomever was chosen to chaperone (I think Jinger??) had to be switched out with Jana at the last minute because Jinger was too young to get into the movie...so I'm assuming it was probably not a 'family' movie. I'm absolutely NOT criticizing them for this, but it does make me think the older kids at least get a bit more exposure to the outside world than it appears on the surface. I think cousin Amy helps keep them in touch with the real world too.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the movie that Josh,Anna,Jana,and John went to see was a preview....of Fireproof.
I'm amused sometimes to see the conclusions that are jumped to, although this forum is much friendlier than some. Thankfully, the Duggars don't let all the negative stuff bother them, since they don't live life the way they do to gain approval from people. They truly are doing what God has given them to do, and I, along with many , many others, are very thankful to have them in my life.

Anonymous said...

I thought they went to see Fireproof at the film festival. I thought he said they changed chaps because they had to be 18?

Danielle said...

Jana is too pretty and smart for that weird Bates kid.

MomOfThree said...

I don't think that the name of the movie that Josh, Anna, John and Jana went to see that evening was ever stated in the episode, but I do clearly recall someone (I think Josh) saying that the movie was rated "R" and that was the reason that Jinger, the original chaperone, was replaced by the older kids.

"Fireproof" was rated "PG" and I doubt that Kirk Cameron (who would not even kiss a woman, other than his wife, on-screen) would ever be involved in a film with an "R" rating.

Frankly, I was very surprised that the Duggar parents would allow it or the Dugar children would want to go to an "R" rated movie. I am not judging them BY ANY MEANS; I am just surprised. It also goes to show that once the kids reach age 18, JB and Michelle obviously allow and respect the choices they make. I really think that these kids will always be loved and welcomed in their family regardless of what path they take in life.

Anonymous said...

Fireproof is rated PG... Not "R"

Jennifer said...

then something is off with the timeline 'cause Josh & Anna said they saw Fireproof during their engagement. i'm curious what movie they did see that you had to be 17.

Kristyn said...

hi, first time posting! ok, a little random but here i go. i think they do get special treatment for their sheer size AND because they're well known. but i think the whole reason for this was to promote christian entertainment because there is not much of it. i actually work at a christian radio station and there are not many options as far as "wholesome" entertainment goes. as far as promoting things, i think they for sure promoted the movie Fireproof. i don't think people would've even knew about it if TLC and Discovery hadn't run commercials for it for 2 weeks straight during J&K and Duggars. as far as the breast friend, Michelle probably started talking about it, then TLC had to get the ok from the company for them to use it in the show, or at least say the name, so it was a win win for both. free promotion for the company and she got to have more to say on the show. my issue with this show and J&K is that they go on these outings that would never really happen if TLC didn't pay for it because really, how many episodes can they have of them just sitting at home talking and doing chores or whatever? so TLC has to create situations for them, so they are getting their money's worth. it seems fake at times but it is entertaining, and interesting to see these places we may not have known about before. i don't agree with their beliefs but i appreciate that they are real about their religion and put it out there, even though they force it on us sometimes, but do not cover it up like J&K, who are part-time christians, IMO. and i am with you all, i would really love to see the older kids getting out there and socializing with other people. i wish they had friends who weren't the same as them, you know, like cousin Amy. i love her as a part of the show because she is like us, like me in a way, but she can still have fun with them and they accept her. so why her and not others? i know she's family but not all non-christians are bad people. i would love to be friends with the older girls, being only 22 myself we're kind of close in age. and i'm alredy married! lol one last thing, my personal opinion, i think Jinger will be one of the few who do not live her life the way they do. she is too outgoing to be a housewife! thx.

lovetheshow said...

People have commented on the fact the choices of careers for these children-esp. the girls are already made- being a housewife and having a large family. I don't agree at all- Michelle and Jim Bob want their children to be well rounded and teach them (both boys and girls) household, mechanical and "book learning" to allow them the best opportunities for their futures. I don't see them acting as robots, but I do see respect for their parents/adults. They do have one thing not many of us have-- which is why most of us tune in- a large family that actually works. It has given them some chances through TLC to explain their beliefs and show how they make it work. I do want to point out though- they are NOT in debt. This is big because it seems as though most people complain about their free trips and special treatment. I think most of the things they do on the show are things they have done for years before- mission trips, film festival, creation museum (or other museums for the educational value), thrift store shopping, and vacations with the family in the family bus. They probably do gain something for their time and willingness to be filmed and perhaps some perks, but I haven't seen things shut down just because they have arrived like we do with J&K. I also see humility in them you don't see with J&K. I am sure there are quirks and ways of living that anyone can comment on or disagree on, but they are not preaching "I am right and you are wrong" they are preaching- "this is what we feel GOD wants of us, through prayer and study" There is a balance in everything in life, everyone has to find their own balance in reaction to their relationship with God. If they do not believe in God, then all the things Christians base their beliefs on are null and void for them and they live by a different balance. Someone asked before what religion/denomination they practice- they are Christian with a very conservative Baptist background. They believe in Jesus as their savior and that He died for their sins, they believe in the Father Son and Holy Ghost. They are not a cult, they are a family. We need more parents like them committed to raising their kids with the Christian view and not the world view in mind.

Sixxlet said...

Jennifer has left a new comment on the post "Lights, Camara, Duggars":

then something is off with the timeline 'cause Josh & Anna said they saw Fireproof during their engagement. i'm curious what movie they did see that you had to be 17.
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Not trying to be snarky, but did you ever stop to think that they saw more than one movie during their engagement? They did go to see an R rated film, so obviously they saw at least two movies during their engagement.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I wonder if one of the
Duggars some day may become a film director.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Air said: ".) Getting a freebie trip is not what I would call "volunteering": especially not for people who self-identify as Christian. What about doing some -real- volunteer work, like helping out at a food bank, or a crisis nursery or a soup kitchen"

It always amaze me about those who think that the Duggars should do this or that instead of what they choose to do. What about freedom of choice?

Just for the records the Duggars do work with the homeless and other charities. They give their Tue. and Saturday for that, however when they made a contract with TLC they made it clear they did not want to have cameras follow them to these events. I think the animal zoo contribution was an exception as well as the mission trip. They do a lot of work that they do not let the public know.

I thought the zoo video was interesing althought I thought feeding them bread was not what most zoos do. Maybe the animals get other type of food fed by the staff and was not shown. Perhaps the bread was just a "filler".

SuzanneDeAZ said...

For those who think they saw an R rated movie I have my doubts. I think it was "Fireproof" and it was a special premier. Perhaps the "age" had to do more with the fact they only wanted older people viewing the movie rather than young teens and kids. I think when you see a premier that they are more selective than have the general public attend.

Sixxlet said...

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Maybe the animals get other type of food fed by the staff and was not shown. Perhaps the bread was just a "filler".
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Speaking as a biologist again, I think you are right and this place was using the bread as a 'filler'. However, this is not healthy for those animals. Those animals are not equipped to deal with refined sugars and flours any more than we are. I am guessing there is a reason that those animals appeared a bit heavy and sluggish. What happens to humans when they eat too much sugar and refined grains? They become heavy and sluggish!

Jennifer said...

considering their engagement was about 4 months and Josh says there aren't a lot of wholesome movies out there to be able to go and see, no I didn't think they saw more than one movie. I agree with Suzanne's theory.

Air.and.Darkness said...

"It always amaze me about those who think that the Duggars should do this or that instead of what they choose to do. What about freedom of choice?"

Thanks, SuzanneDeAz, for supplying the information about the Duggars' other volunteer efforts.

On another note: Sure, they have "freedom of choice," but I was suggesting you can only stretch the "charitable volunteer" moniker so far. They made such a to-do about this trip as a "volunteer effort" and I wasn't convinced it applied. It would be like me and my children "volunteering" at Disneyland for the day.

Anyway, it's nice to know they do other things. I wish those would be shown, though. It seems like they're starting to go down the every-show-will-be-a-different-trip-or -unusual-activity, a la the Gosselins.

KentuckyMomof1 said...

I just found this blog and I called my cousin, who is good friends w/ 2 of the Duggar girls to see if she wanted to post or if I could mention her name. Was told, "NO!" But I did want to say a few things about this family that I know, they are really happy and are not locked up at home praying for someone to come and take them away. The family laughs ALOT, and though it does NOT come across on camera, Mr. Duggar is really funny. (I don't know why he's so stiff on the show). The girls have friends, if you watch the old show when they moved out of their house-and you don't blink-you'll see my cousin. She wears pants, and is nothing like the Duggars, but she's friends w/ them and they w/ her. Anyway, just wanted to say that the children aren't captive and the family is just fine. As far as jobs go, once one of the girls said they wanted to be a mid-wife and Mrs. Duggar said she thought that was great and had the daughter talk to her mid-wife to see what the job was like. Doesn't seem like the response of a mother who doesn't want her girls working. Sorry to go on and on. There is just SOOOO much misinformation and half-truth on the site. Blessings to all.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I agree that it may have the appearancepg going on trip after trip like the Gosselins, but I would say that most likely they would have done a lot of the things they are now being videoed for even if they were not on the show. Most homeschooling families do a lot more traveling and field trips than other families. They have the time and they incoporate vacations with short term field trips. They did mentioned on the show they did a few years ago when they built their home that they do a lot of trips to learn. I homeschool and my daughter has went on many trips that I know she would have not done had we not homeschooled. I worked in public schools twenty years before I homeschool and now I am back in the ps system and I can say that there is more exposure in traveling when one homeschools than when they attend regular schools.

I know they went to DC as a family at least once before they even started to do the shows as they have old pictures of them when I think the family was about 13. The homeschool conventions are not in their state and they attend that at least once a year so they can take different routes and visit different places each year. It does not seem that having a large family is keeping them from traveling.

Anonymous said...

When the Duggars do travel and they're video taping it, it seems to me that it is usually somewhere that fits within the values of the family and not so much like a freebee for the sake of the tv episode. If it was like amusement park after amusement park or something I could see calling foul, but IMO I don't mind seeing them travel.

Willow said...

Does anyone know if the Safari Zoo they went to is the one in Springfield, Missouri, or is there another one actually closer to them? It looked a lot like the one we have been to in Springfield. Just wondering - we are thinking of taking the grandkids there again, but maybe if there is another one in this area, we could try it. Oh yeah, and I am guessing Josh and Anna will have a little one by Christmas, what do you all think? Oh, and to the cousin of the friend - thanks for the info. That was great insight. Hope everyone has a great Sunday!!!!

Sorayah said...

As far as the "Brest Friend" pillow goes... Michelle has used it as far back as Johanna. She has never been shown breastfeeding on the prior specials, but in the "On the Road..." episode when they visited the Cadillac Ranch, she was using it to help her carry Johannah. I noticed it because I was using one of the pillows to nurse my daughter at the time, and thought it was strange to use while carrying around an infant. I gave it a try, but never got the hang of it. Also, as a BF-ing mother twice around, I have gone through one or two of these, and the tag that she showed on camera for the pillow was from one of their earliest products on the market. The style of the logo and fabric covers is really different now.

Also, for what it is worth, I personally prefer a nursing pillow by Leachco called the Ease Back.

Old North State said...

Willow said: Does anyone know if the Safari Zoo they went to is the one in Springfield, Missouri, or is there another one actually closer to them? It looked a lot like the one we have been to in Springfield. Just wondering - we are thinking of taking the grandkids there again, but maybe if there is another one in this area, we could try it.
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That was a repeat of a previous episode and I believe the safari is in Gentry, Arkansas. You might want to read the thread about the safari trip in the list on the home page. There is a web address for the the place in the thread.

Willow said...

Old North: Thanks so much for the clue about the zoo!! I will check that out.

Willow said...

Old North State: Sorry I got your name incomplete. I had surgery on one eye and only have the use of the other one for a few days!! I didn't mean to be careless. :)

MomOfThree said...

SuzanneDeAZ said..For those who think they saw an R rated movie I have my doubts

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I don't think that the name of the movie that Josh, Anna, John and Jana went to see that evening was ever stated in the episode, but I do clearly recall someone (I think Josh) saying that the movie was rated "R" and that was the reason that Jinger, the original chaperone, was replaced by the older kids.

The next time they re-run that episode, I will be sure to pay attention when this part comes up.

Callie1978 said...

hmmm... looked up my brest friend... turns out you aren't supposed to use it standing up!
if they do the occassional product placement i wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT I DO THINK ROCKS IS.... that here is MIchelle, Mrs. Conservative MOm breastfeeding in public!!!! YAY. She was also using what looked like "Baby Au Lait" nursing cover (very popular with new moms). Its great to have a mom feed her baby without shame or embarassment. For far too long nursing mothers have had to hide in the shadows or go off into special areas to breast feed their babies.
Finally companies are making products that help moms breastfeed comfortably and can be used in public or on the go. And if Michelle who is very conservative and modest is doing it then why not any mother?
We shouldn't feel ashamed of doing the absolute best thing for our babies. Even adoptive mothers now have options where they can produce breast milk for their babies. Instead of hiding we should be allowed to care for babies and still participate in normal and active adult lives. Moms should no longer get punished for being good moms.

Sixxlet said...

Callie1978 has left a new comment on the post "Lights, Camara, Duggars":

hmmm... looked up my brest friend... turns out you aren't supposed to use it standing up!
if they do the occassional product placement i wouldn't worry about it.
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Interesting about you are not supposed to use it standing up. I guess that is to protect themselves from liability in case someone uses it standing, trusts the pillow to hold all of the baby's weight and then the baby falls. (and I hope that never happens) I wonder if you could use a Boppy pillow the same way, though. I personally wouldn't want to breast feed standing. I only breastfed for a short time, and I was always sitting down. But that's just my preference, and sometimes nursing moms just gotta do what they gotta do!

I am also very happy to see someone as conservative breastfeeding in public. It doesn't have to be made into such an ordeal. She did it very discreetly. You go, Michelle!

Anonymous said...

I have 2 huge boxes of really nice, name brand gently-used boy clothes. Should I ship them to the Duggar's or is that weird? Do they even need stuff like that anymore?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I think Mrs. Duggar would be grateful for the boy's clothes. She has said that they do accept donations for used clothing for the kids.

LaDeDa said...

so I have been re-watching some 17 kids and counting episodes and I've noticed that the Duggars do in fact often partake in some product placement. The two instances I can recall right now are in the episode where Jinger takes her drivers test. At the very beginning Michelle and one of the older girls are cleaning the kitchen with pledge multi-surface. In every shot of them doing so, the pledge is very prominently placed facing the camera and there is even a nice close up of the product all by itself. Also, in the jurisdiction swap episode when Josh, John David and Jim Bob clean the bathroom they use scrubbing bubbles and Jim Bob gives a short speech about how scrubbing bubbles is great for cleaning the whole bathroom really quickly. I never noticed the product placement before I guess because the Duggars are so understated in everything that they do...

Faith said...

I'm sorry but the Duggar's are a little to holy for me.

my4luvs said...

I find it very refreshing to post here.I have been to other sites and find hard to read when people jump to so many conclusions about this family. We see such a small portion of their life.. however after reading their book and reading accounts from people who have met them I believe they are a very genuine family who only wants the very best for their children. I do not think they are going down the same road as Jon and Kate..there are so many differences between these two families.. I think it is wonderful that they had it in their contract that the cameras were not allowed to follow them as they do chariable acts..we all know Jon and Kate would make sure the camera's were following them so they could look better.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

When one chooses to live a "holy" life separated unto God they do it for God and not for others so it does not bother me. I would never say they are too "holy" for me as that is something between them and God.

Lorist said...

I love this family. What a sweet kind bunch they are and kudos to their parents. Watching these children they have definately done something right.

Anonymous said...

I think I enjoyed the family more when it was the occasional special rather than a weekly show.

I'm sure that TLC has a big hand in the "Product Placement" that we are seeing so much of now; and God bless 'em you can tell that none of them are all that comfortable with it.

I believe that TLC has alot to do with the special trips, and introductions to people such as Kirk Cameron & The Von Trapp kids. What we never see is how many other "special introductions" did those two do at the awards weekend. And face it; jealousy is a tacky emotion. When YOU crank out 18 kids and live a wholesome life, you deserve some rewards for it. That Movie award show would have gone completely un-noticed outside the Christian Community being out done by the Oscars and the Golden Globes. They got an awful lot of free publicity for their program by being spot lighted by the Duggars. Pretty fair swap if you ask me!

I loved the scene with the kids running wild in the lobby between shows. My daughter is 6 and we have just recently started going to the movie theater because she couldn't sit still for 90 minutes.

And as for Jim Bob taking Jennifer {?} out becuase she was getting antsy...the only ones that make that a big deal is the readers on this site. He didn't seem to think it was a big deal at all, or he would have passed her off to her "buddy". I'm sure he realized that it was important for the older kids to be able to have a night off from the buddy system and just be teenagers and enjoy {by Jana's admission} their first movie theater experiance.

The only thing that I found curious was Jim Bob's admission to being uncomfortable with reading speaches in a public setting. How the heck to you get to be a state representive without doing A LOT of public speaking written in advance or otherwise. Sometimes the things he says just doesn't add up and he hopes no one remembers what he has said in the past.

And last but not least KUDOS to Michelle for the public, though modest, breast feeding. I fed my daughter everywhere from a park bench to a Lazy-boy display in a furniture store, to perched on a toilet seat in the ladies room. I never felt embarassed, nor should I have. Even one of the formula companies advertize that "breast milk is best", and if the young moms and moms-to-be, see Michelle has no problem doing something as natural as feeding her child the way God intended, then so can she. That was the best "product placement" of the season!

tha squirrel watcha said...

Willow--You are thinking of the "Great Animal Paradise" in Springfield. They closed a few years ago. I loved going there to feed the animals through the car window! We always stopped there on the way home from Branson, MO or Eureka Springs, AK.

Willow said...

Squirrel Watcha: Thanks for the additional info on the safari. We did not know that one closed. Yes, it was really fun. The kids loved the camels spitting on them!! We will have to try the other one. We are planning our first trip to Branson this spring. Have you been on the train ride there? I have been to Eureka Springs also - its pretty cool. But I digress ----

Anonymous: Yes, Jim-Bob's mention of not liking public speaking hit me also. I thought, "what?". Anyway, I thought maybe he meant he always hated that part of it. Yes, I agree about the breast-feeding. I hope they keep their product placement to a minimum as they have so far.

BoyMomInTX said...

To Anonymous:
I don't think anyone on here had a problem with JimBob taking Jennifer to the lobby! In fact, we commended him on it, letting Michelle and the older kids enjoy the show while he dealt with a restless kid.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob comments in their book that he practiced his speeches for hours before giving them and he truly has a major phobia about public speaking. He didn't like giving speeches even then, so he would practice for hours to be able to give them and seem as though he was not afraid or nervous. Also he states he never would have gotten involved in politics at all if he didn't feel God was telling him he *had* to.

Mrs. P

Willow said...

Thank you for mentioning about what Jim-Bob said in his book about speaking. I have not read their book yet but I hope to eventually. Makes more sense now. It seems like he does pretty well with it.

Willow said...

There isn't a new thread up yet about last night's episode, so will post here for now. Regarding the show on 3/17 about parents going to the View and the kids re-doing the bathroom while they were gone. Michelle looks like she is bouncing back from the baby very well. Jessa and Jinger looked cute on the View. I love Jill's hair straight and Jana looked darling with her hair up. I can't believe how big Jennifer is getting. But that James - what a little character. He is a break-out star! I think Josiah does a real good job narrating. Also, I thought Joy was really cute when she was trying to explain the "de-frauding". I understand what they are doing and why, but I do not know how that word fits in. It was cute how JD wanted to put an unexpected element into the new bathroom. Grandma Duggar is a saint!!!

SuzanneDeAz said...

I believe there was a new show on the Duggars last night. It was the show in which the new baby, Mr. and Mrs. Duggar and 2 older girls went to the View and the kids who stayed home redid their bath room.

Why is there not a thread on this new show? Also I had to sign up again, completely register to post, why is that? Clicking on the "sign in" sign did not work as it has been working for a long time.

sgw555 said...

Hold up a second: I didn't see this episode but did we see Michelle Duggar breast-feeding?

This is a mother who makes her children wear full-coverage bathing suits (because showing any skin above the elbow or knee is going to make people think sexual thoughts - which are of course BAD), yet it's okay to breast-feed on national television?

Oh, the hypocrisy!

SuzanneDeAz said...

It is not being a hyprocrate. Nothing wrong with breastfeeding if you are not allowing it all of her breast to hang out.

Melissa said...

To the above commenter, do you realize the Landover Baptist Church is a parody?

Or was your comment sarcastic? If so, rock on.

notafanofanyone said...

I have 2 huge boxes of really nice, name brand gently-used boy clothes. Should I ship them to the Duggar's or is that weird? Do they even need stuff like that anymore?

The duggars are making hundreds of thousands of dollars or more (who knows how much) from this reality show plus other endorsements. Can't you come up with someone who really needs and deserves this clothing? I think at this point the Duggars can afford to buy their own clothes. Donate it to your local Salvation Army or VOA.

Duggar Weary said...

notafanofanyone said: The duggars are making hundreds of thousands of dollars or more (who knows how much) from this reality show plus other endorsements. Can't you come up with someone who really needs and deserves this clothing? I think at this point the Duggars can afford to buy their own clothes. Donate it to your local Salvation Army or VOA.
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Thank you for saying this. Remember when Michelle went shopping for the new baby, they went to a very nice boutique and bought lots of cute, matchy-matchy things. Please help someone locally.

MomInWV said...

sgw555 said...Hold up a second: I didn't see this episode but did we see Michelle Duggar breast-feeding?

This is a mother who makes her children wear full-coverage bathing suits (because showing any skin above the elbow or knee is going to make people think sexual thoughts - which are of course BAD), yet it's okay to breast-feed on national television?

Oh, the hypocrisy!

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This episode is up on TLC's website. I thought it was a good one. You see absolutely NO body parts when Michelle is breast-feeding. All you see is a blanket draped from her shoulders to her waist. That's it.

SuzanneDeAz said...

Because she is not letting her boobs hang out and exposing them for all to see there is nothing hyprocitcal about her.

SuzanneDeAz said...

I found this video of the Duggar family singing and I thought some of you may enjoy the song. I did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCSHDbD4KzI&NR=1

SuzanneDeAz said...

http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2009/03/if-only-theyd-brought-along-the-tater-tot-casserole.html

above is the website in which I was able to find the videos.