Tuesday, September 8, Duggars Bowled Over

With 18 kids it's always time for another birthday party in the Duggar house. This time it's James who is celebrating getting older with a bowling birthday bash.

30 minutes

64 comments:

pumpkin said...

I am excited to see this episode. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the preview and the guy asked who had been bowling before and only Anna's sister raised her hand (I think it was her, anyway).

I am a little bit surprised, when I was in a Christian youth group as a teen, it seems like every other event was a bowling night.

This show helps me get through the early part of my week because I have something to look forward to on Tuesday nights. Yay Duggars!

Anonymous said...

I saw the trailer for this episode, and think it is sad that the family has never even been bowling before. Such sheltered lives these people lead. I guess we could thank TLC for showing the family a little bit more in the way of how others live. Perhaps some of it will rub off on those older girls, and they will try to gain some independence.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine being a teenager and not having gone bowling. I guess it's hard to find time though when you're raising your newest buddy and cleaning your mother's house. I'm surely not opposed to kids having chores, but this goes to the extreme.

Shame on Jim Bob and Michelle for keeping their kids so isolated. As posters have said before, they both had "regular" lives as teenagers and then chose their lifestyle. Their poor children have no choices.

I keep wondering which one will bolt first, it's just gotta happen.

anna said...

I'm really not sure how the fact that they've never been bowling attracts a "how sad and sheltered" response. I honestly don't see how never going bowling is missing out on much...lol! I've never been to a football game...does that mean that I've led a sad, sheltered life and that my parents have forced their ideals on me? No, it just means that football isn't one of our favorite activities!

I think this episode looks fun! I ENJOY watching this show because it is finally a positive program on for once.

I think we need to cut them some slack and let them live their lives as they choose. It's what we demand for ourselves, and I think everyone is deserving of that.

Anonymous said...

For goodness sake. I was 14 before I went bowling for the first time. Many people don't go bowling regularly. I didn't get to go b/c my parents did not enjoy bowling.

AND, around here, most bowling alleys allow smoking, serve alcohol and don't have the best clientele. Therefore, we didn't go there until our church rented the whole alley for the evening.

Mrs P

Maggie said...

We stopped anonymous posts at one point, and now they are allowed, but we would prefer that you choose a name. Please let us not have to revert to the "no anonymous" rule.

Tom said...

Maybe it was a Midwest thing, but we went bowling all the time. There was a bowling alley in every neighborhood back in the 1960s-1970s.

nccalgal said...

Not all bowling alleys are "family friendly" and some are so packed with bowling leagues the only time they can accomodate the occasional bowler is at odd hours. As others have noted, they didn't bowl until they were in their teens. On previous shows they have mentioned other activities that they participate in on a regular basis. TLC is filming what they want us to see, that doesn't mean it's truly representative of how they live. Although I agree that the ciriculum they use my not be the most challenging, it doesn't "doom" them. Many people who either had an inferior education or didn't apply themselves in school later go community college to make up for the loss and end up excelling. life. The same goes for the "sheltered" life. Just the snippets of how they teach their children, it's clear they are giving the why and because of their core beliefs, not just saying "Don't do this". They will be grounded when they leave the nest and unlike many other posters, I believe Jim Bob and Michelle do not expect all their children to follow their footsteps exactly as far as how they live out their faith as long as they stay true to the faith.

Anonymous said...

I also dont understand that you have 'missed out' if you have not been bowling by the time you were 12 or whatever age is prime.

I first went bowling in high school and did not really like it. Its a great family outing though.
As for anonymous.. I m wiling to give a name but what would that accomplish?

Maya

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I am likewise looking forward to this new episode.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

By giving a name we can follow who said what more closely. If more than one uses anonymous than it is hard to follow.

gotsomewheelsnow said...

I'm not much of a bowler, but our youth group used to go out for bowling and pizza on a regular basis. It wasn't so much the bowling we enjoyed as the chance to have a good time with our friends. Maybe the posters are referring to the social experience those kids are missing. Of course, we don't know everything the Duggars do and maybe they do have opportunities to socialize with their friends and make new ones.

CMS said...

I am looking forward to this eppy as well. I may not agree with their lifestyle & religion but that's alright. I enjoy the show. I don't pick it apart as some do.

Joanna said...

Well, so Cousin Amy dosen't know how to bowl. And we all know she's definitly not "sheltered".

The Duggar kids typically play boomball, paint ball, ride go karts, and ice skate.

tha squirrel watcha said...

Oh, how I wish they'd show more about their actual lives. It would be so cool to see them socialize with friends more, especially the children. I would like to see them depict what the older children's future plans are...like their decisions about furthering their education, what age they'd like to start courting, etc. I realize they are probably not going away to college, but I would hope some of them would do some sort of online training or just take classes about their interests. They could even design curriculum for other religious children...for example, a photography class that made sure not to depict nudity, immmodesty or modern design. I know they are following a certain path, you'd just think that there would be some room for innovation within their sheltered, little world.

(Just to note: a while back, Amy posted some photos on her facebook. Josh & Jana were tagged in photos, then they were suddenly gone. You couldn't see Jana's profile, but you could see Josh's friends & many were in Universities, as if he had friends outside of their group. I don't know if this was a fake, but if it was true, why not show the children's lives outside of their family. I can't be the only one who would find this interesting!)

chocolatebee said...

I think sometimes the Duggars are unfairly judged even before the episode airs.After watching, it was clear that all the people at the bowling alley along with the Duggars were not part of the family(not including Anna's sister Suzanne) and some of them also did not know how to bowl so the fact that the Duggars don't or hadn't previously bowled is not a "Duggar thing". Bowling really isnt like this great American pastime that everyone enjoys on a regular basis.I think it's unfair when people feel everyone should enjoy a hobby just because they themselves do.I always think it is fun to see the Duggars as a family enjoying fun group activites.

I liked how open and candid Jim Bob's sister,Deanna, was about her past.I always wondered about Amy's father and now we know she wasn't married when she had Amy(not that there is anything wrong with that).It is glad to see that Deanna is not condemned for her life choices and decisions.She seems happy now with her husband.I know a lot of people who would treat a family member bad if this family member isn't living the same lifestyle they are.

Seeing Jim Bob and James go shopping for the new bike was a breath of fresh air since it was just the two of them.You rarely,if ever,see Jim Bob and Michelle get any one on one time with the children.James is a funny little guy.

Overall a great episode in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the episode about bowling and celebrating the birthdays of James and Deanna but I feel that the kids probably want to retain some privacy in their lives. Who wouldnt? I dont think its important to delve into every little detail about he Duggars.

Signing this, Maya

Taylor said...

I didn't get to watch the 1st showing so I'm watching the re-run.

I wonder who was watching the youngest. I saw one of the older girls holding the other littlest girl (can't keep track of their names).

The kids look like they have fun, together. TLC is affording them the opportunity to do things they wouldn't have ordinarily experienced.

I don't recall other birthday parties except the one where Grampa was sick and wheeled to the table to eat cake. Maybe they just weren't filmed. They have at least one in every month except one so there's plenty of material for upcoming shows.

I'm amazed that they have their own bus and a motor home to get around. I don't know how they'd do it without them. I wonder if the bus has seat belts. I never understood that school busses aren't required to have them.

James got a new bike, which as explained by Michelle, is unusual and can be passed down. The little guy has a good sense of humor, saying he wanted a pink bike, then laughing.

I give the Jim Bob's sister credit. Can you imagine someone arriving at your house with 17 kids--noisy kids, at that.

How nice of her to bake all the goodies for the kids. The sister must have watched the youngest because she was at the party.

They really are cute kids.

Kylee said...

James is a sweet and funny little man. I bet he is going to cherish memories of shopping with his Dad for his bike for the rest of his life.

The cost of bowling was probably prohibitive for the Duggars when the kids were younger. Think about it, 12 kids, one income and about $10 a person an hour? That is without snacks. I think a game of kickball in the backyard, homemade popcorn and some movies 'rented' from the local library could be just as much fun for kids.

Grace said...

I think the bowling thing was probably more a financial issue rather than 'sheltering'. The Duggars (before TLC) seemed to be extremely practical, and maybe wouldn't spend money on something like bowling.

After all, the cost to RENT a pair of bowling shoes would probably be the same amount of money to BUY a pair of actual shoes for a Duggar kid at a thrift store!

kalyse86 said...

The first time I ever went bowling was about two years ago as a sophmore in college. I haven't been since. That was my first and only time bowling. I really don't think it's strange that they've never been bowling before.

Pumpkin said...

This was a great episode. I love James, he is so cute and freckly.

As someone mentioned above, he will likely cherish the one-on-one time with his dad shopping for his bike forever.

Aunt Deanna is a brave woman. I salute her. No way would I be comfortable having that many small children in my house.

I was so pleased to see Grandma Duggar having fun and running around in the yard with the sillystring. She is not being swallowed by her grief for Grandpa and I am so proud of her for enjoying herself and playing with the kids.

CappuccinoLife said...

Loved it. The bowling was too funny. :)

James reminds me so much of my middle child. Love seeing Johanna as she gets bigger. She's got spunk and personality. :)

Who cares if they'd never bowled before? Honestly. They have now. Wowee. *Now* those poor kids are really fulfilled, having finally experienced the thrill of bowling after years of dull drudgery. Yippee. They will probably all run away from home so they can bowl every weekend, now that they see what they've been missing.
*snort*

The episodes are snippets of the Duggar's life. Obviously fun is part of life for them. From the promos for the next episode, I see a waterslide in the future for them! :)

imaamy said...

Taylor, not long ago they showed the family going rollerblading for one of the other boy's birthday. People speculate the producers read this and other sites and see that the birthday doesn't get attention. 'Member how Michelle talked in detail about what they do for each kid? It was as if the producer told her to explain that each does get celebrated.

Also I agree bowling with 10 lanes and almost 20 pairs of shoes would be expensive for any family! If TLC hadn't paid for that, they likely wouldn't have chosen to do it.

Barely Watched said...

When was this episode filmed? Michelle looked very pregnant and her blouse looked like a maternity top.

duggarfan said...

I thought the bowling looked fun. It's a stretch to criticize them for not having done that yet, IMO. There's so many activities to do, how can they be expected to do everything everyone considers normal?

Bike--yowsers. We need two bikes for the kids and couldn't begin to afford where they went. But they are the ones who manage their money, not me. They probably want something sturdy that will hold up or just can plain afford it because of all the other ways they save.

Thought it was interesting that Deanna chose to share info about Amy and marrying her father later. It takes courage to be vocal about something when the public can jump on it.

Anonymous said...

Why does the audience need to know Amy's origins and Deanna's choices? Is this to contrast the sinful with the righteous? Explain Amy's zany streak and general lack of "self-control?" Give another opportunity to plug "coutship and impulse control?" What's the lesson/point/relevance?

Okiemom said...

I think the point in Amy's mom talking about her past is to help show how the Duggars truly love their family unconditionally. michelle talked about how Jim Bob and Deanna were always close. They obviously have not behaved judgmentally towards Deanna, or Amy, but have shown love and grace. Perhaps Jim Bob tried to be a father figure to Amy when she was younger - that's why she's always around the family so much. The Duggars truly live out their beliefs - it seems to me like some people are going to criticize everything they do, regardless.

Tammy C said...

13 James Andrew July 7, 2001

Michelle wasn' that far along but being her 19th child she proably will get big fast!

gotsomewheelsnow said...

Hopefully, this won't post twice. I'm learning how to post other than as anonymous.

This was a fun episode. It's nice to see families enjoying themselves together. My attitude about Jim Bob has changed over the past few weeks. He's not as obnoxious as I first believed. It's nice to see him support his sister and her family even though she has lived her life differently than him. He seems to truly live his faith and not be judgmental about her choices and has remained close to her through the years.

He and Michelle have passed this on to their children. They genuinely seem to love and accept Amy even though she's different than they are. Likewise, she loves and accepts them.

I'm not sure why Deanna shared the info she did with us, but I really hope it's not some type of TLC hype. She's apparently a great aunt and very brave for having all those kids over.

Gayle said...

I absolutely love the Duggars! It is my new favorite show on television. One that I can actually watch with my children in the room without fear of filth.

Keep it up TLC. Finally you've got something right.

Diane said...

Terry is not Amy's father right? Deanna said they had only been married 3 years. So is that why Amy is a Duggar cause she has her mom's maiden name. Who is Amy's father? A mystery.......

octavia said...

Diane said...
Terry is not Amy's father right? Deanna said they had only been married 3 years. So is that why Amy is a Duggar cause she has her mom's maiden name. Who is Amy's father? A mystery.......
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I was confused about this as well. I took her comments to mean that she had Amy (with another man) out of wedlock, then married Terry later in life. I may be wrong. And why it was even included in the episode, I have no idea.

On another note, this episode was ridiculously scripted. JB & M in interviews claim that they allow their birthday child to decide what THEY want to do. Then JB announces to the family, "We're going out for bowling and pizza!" I never heard or saw that request come from James himself. Not a single Duggar had been bowling before, so why would an 8-year-old choose an activity he had NEVER participated in (and maybe never even heard of) for his birthday? And then the Duggars just "show up" to the bowling alley without notice and are able to "rent" 10 bowling lanes? No way.

More like a TLC-suggested activity to show just how wacky it is for 20+ people who have never bowled, to go out and throw some bowling balls around.

Also, it seems strange to me that the Duggars often have friends or other people with them, and those people are never introduced. There were at least three young women with them that didn't belong to their family. TLC could at least put a caption with their name on screen, with "family friend" or something.

Anonymous said...

Terry IS amy's father. The two were together the entire time, had Amy, then got married when she was 19. This has been discussed before, and by Amy's boyfriend when he left a thread on here

Joanna said...

Deanna said that Terry "IS" Amy's father. They dated off and on over the years until they finally decided to get married just 3 years ago. I think the strangest thing is why it took them so long! Amy would have been like 18 when her parents finally married.

Tom said...

Here's Deanna's website (for her singing group Two Hearts N Him:

http://deannaduggar.tripod.com/index.html

I'm intrigued by the reference to the "car accident story"

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there are a lot of people who haven't been bowling. I took a bowling class in college, and that is really the only time I bowled. My husband has never bowled. I never took my children, and they are grown now and don't care. The Duggars appear to be very nice people. I'm sure they do what they can afford. My great-grandmother had 16 children. I think a large family is great if there is love.

Kayla said...

I read somewhere that Amy's last name isn't actually Duggar. That they just say that it is on the show so it's not confusing.

leeroy said...

I'm not saying that I dislike cousin Amy because I do- but I know it has been asked before why she is always on the show and I think this is the reason why...

http://amyduggar.com/Amy%20Duggar%20Bio.html

Tom said...

Deanna's website is twoheartsnhim.com The site refers to some serious car accident. Anyone have info on this?

bethany said...

i went to the website and didn't see that about a accident ,,, i wonder where it is and who it is about?? does anyone know??

Anonymous said...

octavia said...
Also, it seems strange to me that the Duggars often have friends or other people with them, and those people are never introduced. There were at least three young women with them that didn't belong to their family. TLC could at least put a caption with their name on screen, with "family friend" or something.
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The girls bowling with Jinger are long time family friends. They are the Sherrill family. There are 4 girls in the family, they homeschool, and their father is in the military. I read their blog. :)

Tom said...

From Deanna's website "biography" page:

Deanna is an Arkansas native, born and raised in Springdale, AR. She has been singing and performing most of her life in churches, social events, and other venues.
Deanna traveled for two years with "Life Line" now the "Galloways"
Deanna' auto accident story was filmed by CBN and aired on "CBN", The 700 Club ,"TBN" and "The Fox Network"
Deanna has written numerous songs and has co-written songs with Elaine.

Think Outside the Dining Room Table said...

Do the Duggar children have any friends that are NOT homeschooled? If not, why not ?

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind sharing, and if it isn't private, what is the Sherrill's blog address?

PR in PA said...

I just checked out Amy's website. I never knew she was a singer! I'm not a fan of her on the show..she's just too annoying for me.

Diane said...

The Sherrill's blog is not private. They don't post as often as they used to though.

http://ayearinthelifeofthesherrills.blogspot.com/

grace said...

I saw a camera crew filming the Duggar house yesterday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks for sharing the Sherrills blog.. it was cute as well as interesting to read.

Maya

Joanna said...

The Sherrill's wear pants and dance!

Anonymous said...

I too just read the Sherills Blog... it was great. I really hope her reversal works. I couldn't imaging having my tubes tied at 21, wow!

good luck to them!

Anonymous said...

"The Sherrill's wear pants and dance!"

You mean the Duggars associate with and have friends who are NOT exactly like them? *gasp*

Willow #1 said...

I just wanted to add how cute I thought little James was on his birthday episode. It was nice to see the Duggar family in an every day situation and interacting with their extended family.

Diane said...

Yes they do. I think there are a lot of things about the Duggars that will surprise you.

Anonymous said...

"Yes they do. I think there are a lot of things about the Duggars that will surprise you."

I was being sarcastic, since it is such a common critisim of them. I love the Duggars :-)

MomOfThree said...

Since the first time Amy was on the show, she always reminded me of someone else on a different show that I watch, but I could just never figure out who or what show. She looked similar, had the same exuberant personality and (sometimes) could be a bit too much to take.

Then yesterday, as I was flipping channels, it came to me. Cousin Amy reminds me of cooking show host, Rachel Ray! Except for the lighter hair color on Amy, they look like they could be sisters (in my opinion, anyway).

Jean said...

My own kids don't have many friends who aren't homeschooled because, well, homeschooled kids are around when we are. Kids in traditional school are busy all day, have homework and go to bed earlier than they do at night and are generally trying to catch up with everything with their own families on the weekends. Plus they have friends from school and often don't look for more in the homeschool community.

For the record we do NOT homeschool for religious reasons.

wentra said...

I think the reason they explained Amy's backgroudn and her mother's former life style is to show that everyone is forgivable and acceptable in God's eyes no matter what they have done. Here is my take on the fact that there are some activities the Dugger kids have never experienced: I dated a man who was a skilled bowler, card player, billiards player and sportsman as well as everyone else in his family, because that is what their parents focused on when they were young. However, it did not take me ling to discover that this man and several of his family members had few moral values and generally dealt with other people in a dishonest and manupulative manner. I am glad that the Duggars know what priorities to focus on when it comes to raising their children. Entertainment and worldliness aren't necessarily the most important things to be concerned about.

Think Outside The Box said...

I am sad that the Duggars do not know that preparing your children for the real world of adulthood (education beyond the dining-room table and how to function in a group with people not of your ethnic background) are very real priorities to focus on when it comes to raising their children.

Beth said...

If you click on the contacts link on Amy's page you can hear a demo of one of her songs.

luvmybabies said...

You are right MomofThree about Amy resembling Rachael Ray, in both looks and personality! How funny! I have always liked Rachael Ray, for the record. I don't watch her show, but I used to always watch her on Food Network.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to this site, but I like cousin Amy. And I like the Duggars. It's no one's business how many children they have as long as they can afford to feed, clothe, and house them. It's a misconception that home schooled children are less socialized than their public school counterparts. In our community they can join town sports teams, and organization like the Scouts and junior first aid squad. Home schooling families frequently get together for field trips. My own children went to public school, but I have no problem with anyone who wishes to put in the time and effort to home school their children. Although it may not be true for the Duggars, many home schooled children go on to college. There are plenty of people who home school for reasons other than religious ones. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

does anyone know the words to the birthday song that the family sang in this episode?

Lindsey Marie said...

Oh, Happy Birthday to You
Oh Happy Birthday to You
And Each day of the Year
May you feel Jesus Near
Oh Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Have the best Year You ever Had!