Tuesday, August 18, Duggars and Dugouts

With a family the size of two baseball teams it's no wonder the Duggars love sports! Watch as the family enjoys some of their favorite pastimes including a heated broomball match.

30 minutes

109 comments:

lizz said...

I like this side of them. I think it makes them more relatable. What a nice family.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

It looks like there is no more episodes on the Bates's house. Is there a web site that shows the final product?

Mandy said...

They said at the end of the last episode that they'd be returning to the Bates' house at a later date (after she had the baby). It will probably be a different episode down the road.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully whoever was left to work on the house when the Duggars had to leave has gotten a lot further than we saw on the last show. I believe the Wilsons had to leave before the Duggars so I wonder who's left to help them finish all that work besides John David and Joseph and the Bates family.

It sure seemed like they still had a lot of work to do after everybody left.

Anonymous said...

Michelle Duggar's blog is up on the TLC website!

Anonymous said...

michelle's blog is finally up at the tlc website! http://blogs.discovery.com/tlc-michelle-duggar-blog/

Grace said...

Could they have made that advertisement for the Swiffer Wet Jet more obvious?

Anonymous said...

That swiffer product placement was disgustingly obvious and uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

This episode should have been titled: "Broomball and Bacteria"! Looks like "Swiffer" is the "official" sponsor of TLC...their commercial showed the Roloffs, in addition to the Duggars. How very Jon & Kate this show is becoming! First the freebies (NYC, Dollywood, the Natural's game) and now comes the product placement (Rose Petal Cottage, Pledge, Swiffer). I enjoyed this show when it was about the family showing how THEY did things (such as making their own laundry soap) to be thrifty.
Now, they are simply using what they are told to use (for advertisement). I could watch commercials on any show. I watch(ed) the Duggars for a breath of fresh air.

Joanna said...

Just watched this weeks webisode. Michelle is putting Jim Bob on a diet! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Michelle looked pregnant to me. I thought they had her covering her tummy while holding shirts and stuff. Maybe it was just me.

Anonymous said...

That pop-up was certainly right- Jim-Bob certainly not cut out for sports. I had to laugh as he was trying to explain the rules of broomball and then baseball. On the broomball: maybe it's just because I was born & raised in Minnesota, but if you go to the rink & there are two nets, and someone thows a ball out and hands out sticks, well...um...you get the general idea.

ANNA said...

I don't think we can get too upset over the product placement. It's just the way the TV world works. Annoying to see these 'commercials' during the show, I agree. But the Duggars (or the Gosselins for that matter) have no say in it. It's just part of the game. You can't even blame TLC- it's just the way it works.

ANNA said...

Michelle looked pregnant to me. I thought they had her covering her tummy while holding shirts and stuff. Maybe it was just me.

There was a brief shot of her breastfeeding while at the ball park so I don't think she is pregnant.

Mandy said...

"Just watched this weeks webisode. Michelle is putting Jim Bob on a diet! LOL!"

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I was wondering if Jim Bob/Josh/John David were getting bigger because of the fact that there's always so much food. When you go through a buffet line every night for dinner it's probably way different than the smaller servings that most families have in front of them. Poor Jim Bob though, I'd be sad watching people eat lasagna and not being able to have it lol.

Joanna said...

This episode was filmed "before" the family left on their summer road trip. And in Pidgion Forge when the went in those giant balls, Jim Bob said Michelle wasn't pregnant. Also it seems to me that Michelle's tummy has gotten smaller over the summer. So she wasn't pregnant when they filmed this episode.

Michelle did faily well on the tricycle. Jim Bob's definitly not cut out for sports. He said when he was on his schools' basketball team he was usually on the bench. I believe it!

I don't blame them for not doing oragnized sports because they have so many children and it is such a hastle. I do personally think alot of parents over due the oranized activites for children. My nieces constantly have 3 or 4 oranized sports going on at one time, and they have their church activites as well and still manage to have time to study! That's ALOT! My cousin who has 5 children, they are all involved in "1" activity at a time outside of home and church.

The Duggars, however, do several sports together and with friends and at their community center I seriously dought they think they are missing out on anything. I'm sure if anyone one them wanted to do an organized sport, I'm sure their parents would support them. They probably don't think about it because they see sports as for fun. But if any of them wanted to do anything competivitly, they would.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I wondered why they were mopping using a product that is expensive, and two of them at one time. The swifters are expensive and do not do as well as a job as the shark which steam cleans and has a rewashable pad. I love to mop since I got my Shark. It was not till the commerical that I understood why they used a Swifter rather than a Shark. Too bad Shark does not use them rather than Swifter as Michelle mentioned she was concerned with germs. I think a steam cleaner mop kills germs better and it does not use chemicals.

chocolatebee said...

Another good episode.Johannah is quickly becoming my favorite Duggar.Her cutness factor is way up there!I love to see this family having fun together.

I had a thought.The two girls working at the ballpark wore mid thigh walking shorts.Would the Duggar consider this a "nike" moment? The shorts were not inappropriate according to most people's standards but as we know the Duggar have different values.

Also I found it kind of rude that when Josh,Anna, and her sister Suzanne were entering the doctor's office he held the door for Anna and the not only walked in before Suzanne but didn't hold the door for her.Now I'm from the South and this is definite etiquette that we are taught.Sometimes Josh can be so inconsiderate.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this evenings episode and it seemed a good time was had by all.

I never got to play broomball as a kid but the tricyles sure seemed like fun.

As for product placement, at least its not Juicy Juice!!!!!

Jessica said...

Has anyone noticed Jennifer always seems to be cranky and whiny the past couple of episodes?

:(

Ancient of Days said...

Anna said:

I don't think we can get too upset over the product placement. It's just the way the TV world works. Annoying to see these 'commercials' during the show, I agree. But the Duggars (or the Gosselins for that matter) have no say in it. It's just part of the game. You can't even blame TLC- it's just the way it works.
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I respectfully disagree. The TV world is driven by what the consumer will shell out for whatever it advertises, and, if TV producers can place products in both commercials and the programs sandwiched in between those commercials, they will. It's all about the Almighty Dollar. And, yes, the Duggars can do something about product placement; they can walk away from their show. I'm disappointed in this family who tout their independence from the outside world and yet fall prey to it with their Swiffers, their store-bought lasagna, and their general overuse of natural resources (I live alone and am assiduous about recycling; they toss a meal's worth of soda cans into the trash with all their other detritus).

Yes, we live in a material world, and there are certain products we need (or have convinced ourselves that we do), but we don't have to be in thrall to corporate machinations, as the Duggars increasingly show themselves to be.

Anonymous said...

When Anna was at the doctor and they (meaning Josh) mentioned the name for the baby, the camera zoomed in on Anna's belly and labeled it McKenzie Renne Duggar - they spelled both names wrong!!

Also, Michelle always looks pregnant. At this point I don't think her stomach can go flat again! Plus I think she only owns maternity clothes, so that kind of adds to the effect.

Anonymous said...

Michelle has said (in the past)she sometimes breastfeeds while still pregnant.Maybe that was before she got older though.
I am guessing if she gets pregnant with no. 19,the announcement won't be until after Josh and Anna's baby arrives.I could be wrong,but I'm guessing they won't want to upstage them in any way.JMO.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe that both Jim Bob and Michelle got to go to school and play sports but won't allow their children the same opportunities. And what about Michelle showing her legs in cheerleading? How immodest!

Almost all little boys know the rules of baseball and who famous players are. Jim Bob isn't doing his sons any favors by not allowing them to partake in the great American pasttime!

frugalchicken said...

After being pregnant 16 times I am sure her poor belly is stretched beyond going back flat and she will likely always carry the pregnant look, its just one of those things that happens after so many pregnancies. As for the swiffer we have to remember that tlc needs to make money to keep filming and I am willing to put up with a few minutes of sponsership to continue my favorite shows, speaking of which I also watch Hells kitchen and the exact thing happened on there also last evening as the winning chefs all won blenders they were showing the boxes and saying the product name over and over. So tlc is not the only station that advertises products in their shows.

flowergirl said...

Even though Josh and Josiah remind me of Amway salesmen,I STILL wanna be a Duggar!

Swissmiss150 said...

I believe Jim Bob said they go to the ice rink on both Friday and Sat. nights. Is that every week? It would sure tie the rink up. I would think those would be prime nights for people to want to come.

Wonder what it costs them to use the rink?

It was nice not to have Amy butting in on something for a change. I find her very tiresome. Get your own show, Amy.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what breastfeeding has to do with not being pregnant. I didn't notice Michelle looking pregnant, and it seems like the baby is too young for her to already be showing, but I got pregnant while nursing and continuted to nurse until I was almost in my third trimester.

It was an okay show. I was surprised how little Jim Bob knew about baseball. It seems like they had fun at the game, though. I didn't really understand them throwing the soft autographed baseballs.

I was surprised that Anna's sister is spending the summer with them. Those kids have a strange idea about how to spend their first year of marriage.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was just me, but this episode seemed disjointed - we went from cleaning to broomball to Anna and Josh and then to the baseball game. Seemed like nothing really fit together. Jim Bob shouldn't even try to explain baseball, that was funny.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that Josh held the door to the Dr.'s office, then dropped it on his sister-in-law? Rude!

leeroy said...

I thought it was so funny when Jim Bob was trying to explain baseball to the kids and he kept calling it a foul ball instead of just a ball!

leeroy said...

8/18/2009 9:02 PM
Anonymous said...
On the broomball: maybe it's just because I was born & raised in Minnesota, but if you go to the rink & there are two nets, and someone thows a ball out and hands out sticks, well...um...you get the general idea.
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Jim Bob explained that broomball was pretty much like hockey...

Anonymous said...

I think M may be pregnant again, too. Breastfeeding is only 50% reliable for birth control - same percentage as wishful thinking.

J&A's visit to the OB was as big a non-event. J even said it was routine and no beig deal (well, maybe for him); then, almost immediately, admitted to how little he learned from/was effected by his mother's numerous preganancies and deliveries.

Even if J wasn't present at any births (his younger sisters were), he doesn't seem to have absorbed anything, either through observation or being mentored by his father/mother, having to do with what it means to be a senitive spouse during pregnacy. If he is sensitive and caring, he doesn't really show it on camera.

Get over yourself J and stop belly-aching over how this pregnancy, and the commitment involved, is upsetting YOUR sleep/work schedule. Bucko, you're married and need to start focusing on SHARING your life with others. So, embrace sleep deprivation and reacquaint yourself with JOY (YOU are last) as your new "pupose" for, at least, the next 18 years. Get over yourself!

Also, why has A's sister moved in for the SUMMER? And why is J so insulting about it - OK he's a newlywed and SIL may be cramping his considerable style - but, about he all said was he liked her cooking. What a jerk !

Now, if there is a courtship going on, perhaps J&A are acting as chaparones. If not, again, why is she there for the whole summer? Could it be that she's the back up birth coach/nursery painter/furniture assembler/emotional supporter/cook, when J is busy sleeping/eating/sitting at the car lot/towing a sale?

Sorry for the rant, but he's just so annoying and not getting better!

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Anonymous said: "Almost all little boys know the rules of baseball and who famous players are. Jim Bob isn't doing his sons any favors by not allowing them to partake in the great American pasttime!"

They do play sports, maybe moreso than most families.n They just do not play "organized" sports. And there is a reason for that. Fiorst they have enough kids of their own to form two teams, secondly because the size of the famiuly if they all had their own games to attend the family would be not only split up but they will be out every night going to a game for one or two of the children. I know many families are eliminating organized sports as they rather have controll over their schedules rather than have the schedules rule over them. Make sense.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice how many Mountain Dews they ordered at the baseball game? That stuff is loaded with caffeine and its sooo bad for your teeth - kids shouldn't be drinking that stuff.

I guess if you can't drink alcohol ... you can at least go around on a caffeine high! :)

Anonymous said...

Just because Michelle is still breastfeeding doesn't meant she can't get pregnant. I think she has said before that she can. Breastfeeding is by no means a surefire method of birth control. It can have an inhibitory effect on ovulation but it's not 100% and it's different for every woman. That said, I don't think she's pregnant again yet! And if she was I think they'd wait a while to announce it, due to the higher risk of miscarriage with her advancing age, as well as (like someone else said) not to take away attention from Josh and Anna's pregnancy (as if they aren't getting enough lol).

nccalgal said...

Even if they aren't "into" organized sports, they could still play baseball. They certainly have enough kids to play the game in their own yard. It would be good exercise, it teaches patience and how to take turns, as well as conflict resolution (you're out, no I'm not). It is a shame that none of the kids had a clue how the game was played, much less anyone who played the game.

Sulmith said...

"And what about Michelle showing her legs in cheerleading? How immodest!"

Michelle freely admits that she was immodest in her past and that she now knows it was a mistake on her part.

She says that when she was a teen she mowed the lawn in her bikini and didn't realize at the time how this may have affected her male neighbors. She feels bad about being so provocative for no good reason.

I believe she now uses these moments as teaching moments. It would be hypocritical to pretend that she had always dressed and behaved modestly but she doesn't do that. She's been there, done that and she can defend her position with experience. I respect that completely.

ANNA said...

general overuse of natural resources (I live alone and am assiduous about recycling; they toss a meal's worth of soda cans into the trash with all their other detritus).

Yes, we live in a material world, and there are certain products we need (or have convinced ourselves that we do), but we don't have to be in thrall to corporate machinations, as the Duggars increasingly show themselves to be.


Hey, I agree with you about the recycling part. The Duggars are HUGE, wasteful consumers. I cringe at what they carelessly and ignorantly throw away. But regarding the advertising placement- the bills need to be paid and that is a way to pay them.

notafan said...

She says that when she was a teen she mowed the lawn in her bikini and didn't realize at the time how this may have affected her male neighbors. She feels bad about being so provocative for no good reason.

Again the notion that the poor, dumb man can't control his sexual urges. It's the girls fault if the man gets turned on. Ridiculous.

GettingonMynerves said...

I too don't understand why Anna's sister is there for the ENTIRE summer! It's as if since Josh and Anna were NEVER alone until after they got married they always need to have someone with them. But you can take or leave that theory, the fact is that she's there for the entire summer and they are newlyweds! Wouldn't that be kind of awkward/annoying after awhile???
My first thought when I saw Josh walking around with Anna and her sister was that he sure must be enjoying having two women cook for him, clean for him etc. Boy is he in for a rude awakening when he goes back to having one servant wife plus a baby arrives and wakes him up at all hours. Poor poor Josh might have to get up before 8 or 9 am. I can not immagine how hard Anna's life will be then, because i just don't see Josh rolling out of bed at 2 am to help her.

Ms. B said...

"general overuse of natural resources (I live alone and am assiduous about recycling; they toss a meal's worth of soda cans into the trash with all their other detritus)."
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Really? weren't people on here just complaining about how they have a soda fountain? Maybe I missed this part of the episode, but I have never seen them throw away cans because they own their own machine. (which I do NOT agree with either, but let's get the facts straight before we judge!)

And I can't really agree with the wastefulness claims either. I feel like any family of 20 that buys mostly used clothes saves LOTS of resources. Additionally buying food for that many people at once saves resources (AND packaging!), heating just one house for that many people saves resources, etc, etc...

However, being from California, I do agree that other parts of the country are a little behind when it comes to recycling and the like. Does anyone know if Arkansas has home recycling services? I know that, for example, in Idaho, they do not. Whenever we would visit friends up there they would just throw away their soda cans because the nearest recycling center was hours away! Often they would have their Cali friends take the recycling home with us! Since I'm unfamiliar with Arkansas, maybe someone can clear this one up.

Paige said...

At first, I was a little miffed that a TLC family got ANOTHER handout. However, the Duggars were very gracious and even had the kids clean up the skybox after the meal. That made it a little easier to tolerate.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Swiffer WetJet - yes product placement is a fact of life these days. However it's exceedingly annoying when people who wouldn't use the product in a million years are touting it. The Duggars make their own laundry soap. It just wasn't believable for them to be using that kind of product. I suppose they didnt actually say anything about the product. They just showed hte girls using it while talking about how much cleaning they have to do. Maybe that was the line they drew on having it in the show in the first place.

LJC said...

Ok. I couldn't believe it when Josh opened the door for Anna and then walked right through it, completely ignoring Suzanne. Hello Josh, it's nice to be courteous to ALL women. Not just your wife. And besides, she's his sister-in-law! Rude!

Also, I have read/seen interviews where Jim Bob and Michelle talk about how important the first year of marriage is. They advise that you shouldn't have a pet or a TV throughout the first year. Um, so, why in the world is Anna's sister LIVING in their house this summer? What?? There must be a good reason for that, because pretty much as soon as Suzanne leaves, the baby will arrive. Bye, Bye honeymoon.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that Jessa was wearing a Tennessee t-shirt when the family was playing broomball?? It reminds me of back when J & A were courting, and they took those photos wearing matching Arkansas shirts. Maybe that is a sign that there is a Duggar-Bates courtship?? Between Jessa and Zach?

Anonymous said...

Yes, Arkansas does have curb-side recycling. I live near the Duggars and recycle everything I can. It costs $3 extra a month, but well worth it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that is a sign that there is a Duggar-Bates courtship?? Between Jessa and Zach?

That would be sweet but it may well be she just got it on vacation like most tourists do. I have to admit though, Zach is pretty darn cute, so who knows?

Anonymous said...

I was surprised that Anna's sister is spending the summer with them. Those kids have a strange idea about how to spend their first year of marriage

They are used to having lots of people around so I don't find that odd. Maybe they like her company.

Sulmith said...

"Again the notion that the poor, dumb man can't control his sexual urges. It's the girls fault if the man gets turned on. Ridiculous."

Well, it appears they were able to control their sexual urges as no sexual contact was made.

I won't use the word "fault" but sometimes, yes, it is very much the woman's doing. (The provocation, I mean.)

You believe that men should be held personally responsible for all their actions, yes? That's great, but remember, it goes both ways.

Joanna said...

Why is Susanna staying with Josh and Anna? Actually, it's not uncommon at all for siblings, relatives, and even friends to stay with with you for a period of time, even newly married couples. I'm not surprised at all.

As for Michelle past of wearing bikini's, I would never do it myself and I discourage people from wearing them outside of a swimming area, at least I think they should be worn with shorts. That's just my opionion, but my mother would never allow me wear a two piece outside of the swimming pool. I haven't worn a two piece since I was 12. Partly because my step-dad and Dad wouldn't allow it (my step-dad said at age 12 I was to "young" to wear a two piece and by age 14 I was to "OLD" to wear a two piece), but also because I thought two pieces were immodest.

Anonymous said...

However it's exceedingly annoying when people who wouldn't use the product in a million years are touting it.

Unlike yourself, I am not intimate with what cleaning products the Duggars do and do not use on a regular bases. Who know, they may have been Swiffer people since the day they came on the market and the show has nothing to do with it.

I can only speak myself when I say I make my own laundry detergent and use a Swiffer and have done so long before the Duggars presented an example of "wastefulness". I tend to buy off brand pads and use my own cleaning solution. I like the idea of throwing away whatever slop I get up off the floors and maybe they do too. It is easier and more efficient than trying to sterilizing a mop after each use. That uses energy also, in more ways than one. They may well mop more several times a day to keep things in order for all we know.

Anonymous said...

They advise that you shouldn't have a pet or a TV throughout the first year. Um, so, why in the world is Anna's sister LIVING in their house.

Maybe because she is not a pet or a TV? Just a wild guess.

Anonymous said...

When I saw that Suzanna was living with Josh and Anna, my immediate thought was that she might be courting one of the Duggar boys. Possibly John David?? But that may not be the case at all. She may just miss her sister and wanted to spend some time with her. But it did seem awful strange for her to stay the entire summer with her MARRIED sister. That would be so awkward in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Jumperoo for a almost 2 year old???
Did you see that in the beginning? Seems a little too old IMO.

cassandrau said...

Can I just say that I was really disappointed that Michelle chose to plug the Swiffer WetJet during this episode?

Samantha said...

Anonymous said "Jumperoo for a almost 2 year old???
Did you see that in the beginning? Seems a little too old IMO."

My 2 yr old tries to get in the baby things all the time, even though he isn't supposed to. I walked in the living room the other day and he was in the bouncy seat. ARGH! He knows he isn't supposed to, but he climbs in it anyway. He also gets into the exersaucer. So it's totally believable that Jennifer(or was it Johannah?) climbed into the jumperoo by herself and wasn't supposed to be in there.

Mrs P

nccalgal said...

Jumperoo for a almost 2 year old???

Just because she's in it doesn't mean that she was put in it. Depending on when it was filmed, it could be out for the baby and Jennifer climbed in it, after all, she probably used it and was just claiming her territory. BTW, glad to see she didn't have a pacifier in her mouth, she was getting a tad old for that.

Anonymous said...

I feel a little sad for Josh and Anna that they aren't getting alone time with Anna's sister there. My husband and I have been married for two years and don't plan on having kids for at least 2 more because we know that this is our time to focus on us and our relationship. Once you have kids, they become your #1 priority and it'll be 25 years or so before the kids move out and you can just be a couple again. And with Josh and Anna's beliefs on child planning, it will probably be much longer. (Look at Jim Bob and Michelle - at this rate they'll still have kids living at home when they're 60.) The beginning of marriage before children is such a special time when you can just focus on each other and really get to know your spouse in a way that just isn't possible before marriage. Having someone else in the mix takes away from that intimacy. I know my husband and I are cherishing our time together just the two of us. We have in-depth discussions about religion and politics, our work, our hopes and dreams for the future. We talk about our childhoods and what we want for our kids. We hug and kiss and flirt, spend whole evenings cuddled up together on the couch, and have sex in the middle of the afternoon on the living room floor. The entire dynamic of our home would change if we had an extended visitor, even someone we love dearly, like a sibling.

Although I know that this was Josh and Anna's choice (they could have told her no), I do feel a bit sad for them and hope they don't regret losing out on that "just us" time.

Joanna said...

This episode was filmed "before" the family left for Tennesse. Jim Bob gained around ten pounds on the trip! So much for his diet!

roddma said...

As fas as product placemnt goes, Ive noticed in it on daytime soaps if anyone still watches them. Soap operas were originally designed for that purpose. So no it isnt just TLC.
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Yea I wonder why a honey moon couple would want in laws with them. Maybe time alone as a couple isnt part of their lifestyle. I never see JB and michelle do just a couple thing. I agree anonymous, The first year should be about getting to know each other. I made it clear this house wasnt a free for all when I married. You better have good reasons to need a place. There was a sitution where my late mil had to stay a couple of weeks.It was a year after we married and drove me nuts though I loved her dearly. Extra live-ins really do change the whole scenario. She would have loved to lived here permanentely I believe but no way I could put up with that. I guess the live-ins temporary or not dont realize the strain they place on the hosts to keep them entertained and fed.I know sometimes u have to but I prefer not to lol

Joanna said...

I rewatched the webisode and it was Jill wearing the Tennesse shirt. Jessa was wearing an Arkansas shirt.

I've been noticing the sleeves on the girls shirts. They wear short-short sleeves, like they are trying to go as short as they can with their sleeves without going sleeveless.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Earlier this week when I subbed in a 4th grade class I used the Duggars as an example of a math problem. The children were learning about "ranges" and I explained to them about a TV show Called "18 and Counting". I explained to them that the range of the ages of the chilren is " nine months to 21 years of age. They all liked the example and some of them want to watch the show.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised that with all of the sheltering one of the little boys was able to sing the "beans, beans the magical fruit..." song...

Melissa said...

I was surprised that Anna's sister is spending the summer with them. Those kids have a strange idea about how to spend their first year of marriage

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I don't know. J&A might just not know how to behave just being the two of them. Or maybe they're starting to grow up and realize marriage isn't a bunch of fun and games, and you have to be an adult, not giggly teenagers wildly clinging to each other in public.

I still would like to know how much time elapsed between their established courtship and their engagement. I don't think it was long enough. I also would have liked a longer engagement. Such a short period for a huge transition. My intended and I have been together for four years, and don't plan on marrying for at least another three. But then that's me...

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure Josh & Anna's courtship was only 3 months! Really rushed into things. It's like they decided to get married at the point where most couples would decide to be officially in a serious relationship.

pumkin said...

I have two ideas abut why Anna's sister is living with them, maybe neither is correct, or maybe they both are.

Idea #1: perhaps Anna asked her to come because she is lonely and has no friends except for the Duggar famiy. She helps out at the used car lot, so she works with Josh all day lon, and then she gets to come home and cook and clean for Josh... she doesn't have a job outside of the family business where she could make friends, nor do they attend a church outside of the "home church" so she has no outlet.

My idea #2 is that Anna and Suz's father seemed pretty controlling to me... the whole "transfer of authority" during the wedding. Perhaps the sister offered to help out Anna during her pregnancy so she can have some time away from him... although I think that if this is the case, she has merely exchanged the frying pan for the fire.

Perhaps it is neither, or perhaps a little of both. Those are simply my thoughts.

Not a Duggar Fan said...

As a baseball fan, it made me sad that the boys didn't know who Babe Ruth was. No, you don't have to be a baseball player to know about the greatest player ever, but what about reading about him? One of the boys said, "Babe Ruth....who is she?" Another one said, "Is that the lady that invited us tonight?"

When they were leaving the house to get on the bus to go to the ball field, I thought Michelle looked pregnant.

As always, Josh is self-centered and inconsiderate. I think he hates having to share the limelight with Anna and the baby. He would love to be the front man for the Family Duggar and have the spotlight on him.

In spite of all the trips, outings, etc., I still can't help but think that it's much fun to be a Duggar. Not trying to be snarky, but just the sheer number of folks living in the house, the lack of privacy, the lack of parental attention, and for the girls, the lack of any future, makes me sad.

Tetotomom said...

I think its very hard to go from a house filled with people to a house with just you and your spouse. Which is what both of these kids did. He came from a home with well over 20 people in it all the time and she came from a home with at least 10 people in it all the time. If that is all you have ever known it's very hard to go to just the two of you in a home. I think they will get things worked out to their benefit as time goes on.

Andrea said...

A few people have mentioned a possible courtship between Anna's sister and John David....wouldn't that be kind of weird though, since Anna is already married to a Duggar? Anna's sister and John David aren't blood related but still "related" already. Am I the only one who thinks it would be weird?

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing about Anna's sister living with them for the summer .... but the more I think about it, they are both so used to so many people being around, that living by themselves, with just the two of them, might be quite the culture shock.

Besides, I can't imagine that what they do in their "personal" time is that wild and crazy that they are bummed to have to keep it down!

Anonymous said...

I don't see anything weird about families intermarrying. It's actually quite common. There's certainly nothing illegal, immoral, unethical or fattening about it. It was even more common in the past when communities were smaller and families larger. If there are no blood relationships between the families, there is nothing even remotely incestuous about it.

I also don't see anything weird about Anna's sister staying with the couple for a while. Anna appeared quite ill during the early part of the pregnancy and I'm sure her sister was and is a comfort to her. I would be surprised if she didn't come back to help when the baby is born. Many new moms have a family member come to help with a new baby.

I don't think these folks view marriage and family life the way modern, secular society does. It's not my cup of tea, but if it's theirs, God bless them and leave them to it.

The Duggars and Bateses, etc., remind me very much of the Hassidim I grew up around, and of the Amish communities I've seen as an adult.

But Hassidim would not knowingly or willingly appear on television, and I doubt you'll see many Amish folk on TV, either. Celebrity is seen as a form of idolatry in these communities. I can't say that they're much mistaken.

suze said...

A few people have mentioned a possible courtship between Anna's sister and John David....wouldn't that be kind of weird though, since Anna is already married to a Duggar? Anna's sister and John David aren't blood related but still "related" already. Am I the only one who thinks it would be weird?

I know a family that has had two bothers marry two sisters. Plus the dad of the brothers is married to the mom of the sisters. So your mom in law is also your stepmom, your dad in law is your stepdad, and the married couples are spouses as well as step siblings. And yes, we all think its weird. But they all seem to be happy.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's so odd that Anna's sister & a Duggar boy would be a match. There have been plenty of cases of 2 brothers marrying 2 sisters over the course of history. It used to be very commonplace in the "olden days." In the 1800's, my great-great grandmother was widowed so she married her husband's brother.

Regarding the "beans, beans" song...remember they are still small-town Arkansas folk. Nothing against small towns or Arkansas, but they are not being raised with the same sophistication as someone in larger, more diverse area. Witness the ad for next week's show where JB stands at the ticket machine as though he were from Mars.

Lynette said...

I don't think it would be weird at all if Anna's sister married John-David even though Anna is already married to a Duggar. I know of lots of families where two sisters have married two brothers so it's not odd to me at all.

CappuccinoLife said...

I know several families where there were 2 or even more marriages to people in another family. Current culture makes it unusual because of super-small families and a global availability of potential spouses. But it wasn't always considered odd.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Duggars and the Bateses ended up with more than one connection by marriage. Wouldn't be horrified either. ;)

chocolatebee said...

To add to this ongoing conversation that I think we've spoke on this before but to the posters who feel that it would be weird if Anna's sister marries a Duggar(namely John David) must remember there is no relation between them so why would it be weird? I am from the South so I am used to two families have multiple marriages among them. It's not uncommon and was something normally practiced in my grandmother's time especially.It surprises me all the time how so many people don't understand the concept of "in-laws". If people are not blood related, they can be married in America.

winsomeone said...

The Duggars don't seem to have any interests outside of their home. They don't participate in organized sports, or watch them or anything else on TV. They don't seem to read anything but the bible..do they even get a newspaper I wonder? They don't seem to have any hobbies, like knitting, crocheting, or gardening. I have never seen a flower in their yard. Do they have any pets? Other than the latest pregnancy or baby, or housework, what in the world do they find to talk about? Yes, they do get together with other home schoolers and their families now and then, but I certainly wonder what the kids find to talk about.

Sarah said...

I went to the baseball game that was filmed for this episode. It occurred in Mid-May. If the trip to TN occurred after this, that would put John David in TN during much or all of June, possibly even into July (wasn't he left behind to finish the Bates' addition?). I don't think this would square with the theory that Anna's sister would be there to spend time with JD since he was gone so much of the summer from what I'm piecing together. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

With respect to the possibility of a match between Anna's sister and John-David, it would make some sense inasmuch as the potential dating/courtship pool seems pretty limited. I'd be happier, though if the show would put more focus on Jana and her future. It seems for now that she's doing little more than helping out with the small children and doing household chores.

Enough with the Multiples said...

Pumkin--I think you have some good points. I was thinking along the same lines about Anna's sister. I think she is staying there for the summer for one or all of the following reasons:
a. She is companionship to Anna, who most likely has no friends there outside the Duggar family. Moving to a new town would have to be hard but Anna never even had a chance to work outside the family and build some friendships that way.
b. This may be one of the few options for Anna's sister to get out of her house. Women in these families don't seem to be given much freedom. Visiting her sister would be acceptable to them though. And it would be the closest thing to living on her own that Anna's sister would probably get.
c. Courtship with a Duggar boy. (although I'm more inclined to go with options A and B)

The thing that really bothered me though was how Josh and Anna treated the sister when they were walking in the doctor's office. They left her behind and seemed to be ignoring her. Their cuddling and hand holding is so childish. They look like teenage parents. No adult couple would act that way going into the ob/gyn office.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. My husband and I have been married 12 years, and we still cuddle and hold hands, kiss frequently etc. Since when is it ridiculous to show affection to one another? They aren't making out in public or anything LOL! They're just kissing or holding hands. Nothing inappropriate, especially not for a married couple!

My parents were all lovey dovey like this when I was young as well, so maybe that's why I see it as no big deal. My dad was always looking for reasons to grab Mom's hand, put his arm around her, hug her up close to him etc. My husband and I are the same way.

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Anonymous said...

Nothing at all wrong with hugging your spouse or holding his/her hand. But that climbing all over each other, hands EVERYWHERE, is a little ridiculous.

winsomeone said...

So then, you feel it would be appropriate to cuddle and kiss during a church service, or a funeral even? Schools don't allow it in their hallways..wonder why if it's something that is appropriate behavior any where? Or is it not okay when you are 17, but perfectly fine when you are 18?

chocolatebee said...

winsomeone said:
The Duggars don't seem to have any interests outside of their home. They don't participate in organized sports, or watch them or anything else on TV. They don't seem to read anything but the bible..


You've made it pretty clear that you don't watch the show. The Duggars do have plenty interests, in fact this episode was about just one of their interests. This is what bothers me so much is people who comment on what they don't understand.

Rory said...

My boyfriend and I always hold hands and when we're at Mass and it's time for the sign of peace, we give each other a small kiss on the lips.

PDA's are okay as long as they're not taken overboard.

winsomeone said...

You've made it pretty clear that you don't watch the show. The Duggars do have plenty interests, in fact this episode was about just one of their interests. This is what bothers me so much is people who comment on what they don't understand.
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I am sorry, but I do watch the show. You said this episode was about one of their interests..baseball? They knew nothing about the game or history. Or broomball..that is one of their interests?

I am beginning to wonder if some of the people who blog here are related to the Duggars, as they are so quick to always defend them, and supposedly know everything about the family..even their thoughts and philosophies. They then explain to the rest of us idiots what we have missed, in their opinion.

Two people can look at or watch something and come to opposite conclusions..one will see black, the other white or gray.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars don't participate in any activities outside of their family. If they play a game, it is with their family, not within the community or school, where the kids can exert a little individuality or independence. It would be so healthy for members of this family to get to spend five minutes away from other members of the family, just to develop their own sense of self.

I don't agree that they don't have any interests, but they don't seem to read much, show much interest in education, or improving their futures (aside from the money coming from TLC). I worry about the older girls, who don't seem to have much of a future. 19 year olds should not still be sharing a bedroom with their toddler siblings and doing nothing but cleaning and childcare. I really want more for Jana and Jill!

Anonymous said...

I agree, PDA's are fine as long as they are not overdone.

I think Josh & Anna have gone overboard just a bit, but that is to be expected because they are making up for lost time.

My question is, what ever will Josh do when Anna has a baby latched onto her 24x7? I think that guy is in for a rude awakening because his mom & dad had several years to get to know each other and have some freedom before a baby came along.

I worry for Anna for the exact same reason. I imagine it's quite a shock to have courted, been married and have a baby all within about 18 months and in front of millions of people to boot.

Anonymous said...

Yes Josh and Anna's constant hand holding and mushy stuff can seem a bit immature, but remember they haven't been able to do this for very long, and it's their first experience being in love and stuff. They're acting like middle schoolers because they didn't get the chance to do this in middle school! My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year and we're still like that too (we're in our mid 20's). At least we know they're really attracted to each other! And once they have the baby they won't have as many hands free and they'll be exhausted all the time so they should take advantage of the opportunity while they can!

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I like this side of them. I think it makes them more relatable. What a nice family.

Swissmiss said...

I read somewhere that the Duggars help out at some charity on a regular basis but don't allow that to be filmed.

One episode maybe a year ago showed a neighbor demonstrating how to plant a garden. I have not seen anything more about it. It's odd that with so many people, they don't have a HUGE garden.

Anonymous said...

Josh and Anna are overboard. They have to have all hands touching some part of the other at all times. It's gross to watch, and they should practice some modesty and decorum.

Anonymous said...

Josh & Anna acting like middle schoolers? If that's what parents allow middle school children to do, then give me the Duggar philosophy. Fifth thru Eighth graders are barely into puberty and if they're pawing all over one another at 12, it can only lead to more intimate activity before they are out of high school.

Mama said...

Rory, please know from a mama Catholic that really isn't OK. Just because no one has told you it's inappropriate doesn't mean it's ccrrect. Mass is not the time to be kissing your boyfriend even if it is just a small kiss. The passing of the peace isn't a greeting. It's a sign of being at peace with your fellow parishioners and fellow man. A hug would be far more apprpopriate if you insist on showing affection.

leeroy said...

Anonymous said...
Josh & Anna acting like middle schoolers? If that's what parents allow middle school children to do, then give me the Duggar philosophy. Fifth thru Eighth graders are barely into puberty and if they're pawing all over one another at 12, it can only lead to more intimate activity before they are out of high school.
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My mom works at a middle school (4th-8th grade) and they caught kids having oral sex on the bus... so don't think middle school kids are innocent...

Jennifer said...

regarding the length of their courtship, most courtships that I have read personally accounts about are only a few months long. so three months isn't all that short. Granted most have longer engagements but the courtship is usually pretty short. Most believe that through prayer, God begins to works in both parties hearts before begining a courtship so the time together is relatively short.

grandma in AZ said...

I find it sad that it doesn't seem any Duggar children are interested in going to college.
Josh is a bit annoying by being so full of himself.

Anonymous said...

For the post about a 19 yr old sharing a room with a toddler sibling, I seem to recall that when the house was built the girls ALL wanted to continue sharing a room. The boys all wanted to continue sharing a room also. So if you don't like it that Jana is sharing a room with her toddler sister than complain to Jana because it was Jana's choice.

Anonymous said...

I like the way the Duggar family works together, prays together and plays together. I think they genuinely love each other.

On the other hand though, the way they educate their children and shield them from anything and anyone not of their religion (except for Amy) just doesn't seem fair to the kids.

As has been said numerous times before, Jim Bob and Michelle lived totally differently in their growing up years. They made the choice to change their lifestyle. It seems so selfish of them to prevent their children from having choices about their lives at a certain age at least. I can somewhat understand the homeschooling of the younger children. But somehow I just don't think Michelle would be knowledgable enough to homeschool highschoolers and get them where they need to be academically for college.

Anonymous said...

Jana wasn't 19 when the house was built. Maybe it seemed like a swell idea at the time, but what grown woman really thinks sharing a room with toddlers (who aren't her own...and even then...!) is a great idea? I can't imagine she doesn't long for even a little bit of privacy, which is only natural for a young woman! She seems so railroaded into a life with so few choices. She probably doesn't know any better, but that doesn't mean that we have to agree that it is OK.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Michelle said Jana wanted to share a room. And maybe Jana really did want to. But I have an inkling that 'keeping the peace' is more valued in this family than 'saying what you really think'.

They are happy and lovely when they are together, and I love that. BUT, at least Jim Bob and Michelle get a little alone time and peace at night (clearly). The girls seem to be in constant caretaker mode. The only time they're off duty is when they get their teeth yanked.

Kids Having Kids said...

IMHO Josh and Anna are perfect examples of children having children. They are both extremely immature (no matter the "I'm grown up" bravado we see in Josh on the show). These two with their PDA are NOT a good example for anyone. There is a time and a place to cuddle and kiss. I'm not prudish in the least, but I tried to teach the kids that guess what, not everyone wants to see you all over each other and making out!! Surprise! Having affection for one another is great, but they acting like two horny teens up against a locker is NOT a good example for the kids in the family or for the kids who watch it.

Actually, Josh may be the reason I stop watching the show because I truly find him obnoxious and offensive at all times.

leeroy said...

Anonymous said...
Jana wasn't 19 when the house was built. Maybe it seemed like a swell idea at the time, but what grown woman really thinks sharing a room with toddlers (who aren't her own...and even then...!) is a great idea? I can't imagine she doesn't long for even a little bit of privacy, which is only natural for a young woman! She seems so railroaded into a life with so few choices. She probably doesn't know any better, but that doesn't mean that we have to agree that it is OK.
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I would imagine that since she is 19 and an adult if she didnt like sharing a room with her siblings she could move out (of course that probably isn't allowed, but...)

Anonymous said...

My favorite all-time quote:

"The best thing a man can do for his children, is to love their mother"

Thats just the kind of guy Josh is - bless him for being so affectionate towards his wife.

leeroy said...

Kids Having Kids said...
IMHO Josh and Anna are perfect examples of children having children. They are both extremely immature (no matter the "I'm grown up" bravado we see in Josh on the show). These two with their PDA are NOT a good example for anyone. There is a time and a place to cuddle and kiss. I'm not prudish in the least, but I tried to teach the kids that guess what, not everyone wants to see you all over each other and making out!! Surprise! Having affection for one another is great, but they acting like two horny teens up against a locker is NOT a good example for the kids in the family or for the kids who watch it.
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I totally agree!!! Why do they have to be all over each other all the time? Affection is fine but I'm surprised in their religion that they're allowed to act like that in public... What they do at home on their own time is their business but don't make the rest of us watch it...

Hands where I can see them said...

Kids having Kids said: Having affection for one another is great, but they acting like two horny teens up against a locker is NOT a good example for the kids in the family or for the kids who watch it.

Actually, Josh may be the reason I stop watching the show because I truly find him obnoxious and offensive at all times.

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So true! You can't even act like that in public high school anymore because of the strict code of conduct! But I guess it's okay for home school! Maybe that's part of the science lesson!!!!!

Josh is his father's son----impressed with himself and figuring out that it's pretty easy to support your family dancing to the orders of TLC!

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I should have said high schoolers, not middle schoolers. However, here middle school is grades 7-9 so i definitely wasn't thinking of 4th or 5th graders when i wrote that! I guess i was using the term to invoke the immaturity of the behaviour. And you'd be surprised what pre-teens get into these days, they're pretty sexualized and certainly not as innocent as I was at that age!

stopthemadness said...

If you wince at the ignorant Jim Bob explaining baseball to his kids, don't listen to him take a bash at carbon dating. This guy needed more than a GED. I wonder what kind of contribution the kdis will be able to make with the amount of education the parents have, and permit them to have. Thankfully Michelle is doing the homeschooling as she seems to have a better education or a few IQ points on her husband.