Tues, November 10, Duggars Fly the Coop

When you have a big family, big things seem to be all around you. Watch as this very large family visits an ostrich farm and meets some very large birds. And then the family gets to take home a truly Duggar-sized treat as a special souvenir.

30 minutes

56 comments:

justamom said...

I'll take a guess that the 'Duggar-sized treat' is an ostrich egg. One egg would feed the whole family.

EHM said...

Not another TLC freebie trip. What next? The Duggers meet the Harlem Globetrotters or watch a Phillies game from a skybox?

Anonymous said...

An ostrich farm? They really are scraping the barrel!

Beedageeda said...

Yes, it may be a TLC freebie trip, but a day at the ostrich farm sounds like something the Duggars would do anyway as a home-school fieldtrip. So, it's not exactly out of character for them.

Jinger Rocks! said...

When will they return to the Bates' house? I want to see the Duggars do the finishing touches.

AmyKB said...

Again with not answering directly if there's any potential suitors for the girls, but they did mention that JimBob definitely has a soft spot for his daughters... which makes a lot of old episodes make a little more sense... like when Jill and Jana went to him when they were preparing for their teeth surgery, etc. Jinger doesn't have the love for cooking that Jill and Jana seem to?!? shock, LoL. Then, JimBob called Jill a "supermom already" which I thought said a lot. I thought it was a strange three-minute addition to show Jill and Joy going off to babysit, but maybe they just want to show that the kids do get out of the house and do things independently. ok ...they just went to a farm, so why are they going to see birds at another farm now, LoL? unless they were actually pretty far apart and just aired close together... but I kinda think that since Josh and Anna have been absent lately that these were filmed close together. And I wonder which Duggar didn't try the egg... ?

Anonymous said...

Nice harp!!!

Joanna said...

I don't think I'll be trying an ostrich egg anytime soon! I'm a very picky eater anyway.

I've heard them mention a few time that Jill and Joy babysit other families' children regularly. Out of the older children, it seems that Jill love children the most and I can see her choosing a career that involves children. In my life so far, God has called me to be a mentor for dozens of children. Non the less, I'd love to have my own someday, including adoption. (But not no dozen! Not through pregnancy and birth that is)

Everytime Michelle and Jim Bob talk about how sweet and what an easy baby and child Jill was, I remember that was followed by the diffcult Jessa! A mistake alot of parents make is that the first baby is so good and easy, they think another one would be just as easy, only to end up with the exact opposite.

I'm looking forward to next weeks. Joy-Anna's birthday! I was wondering if they would film her birthday. Can't wait.

Joanna said...

Yes, that is a beauitful harp.

Anonymous said...

I think TLC must be stalking this blog like they do GWOP.

We mention focusing more time on the older girls, they do it.
We mention how we think the olders girls don't get to mixed with outsiders, they show them going to babysit for non-Duggar-like people.
We mention how we don't see Michelle or Jim Bob helping out with anything, we see Michelle making dinner and Jim Bob standing there holding Jordyn.

Hmmmm, just a thought...

Anonymous said...

The ostrich farm was a nice educational trip for the Duggars. It appeared that Michelle brought along homeschool material to further show this wasn't a leisure trip.

Michelle,by the way,is showing more now and seems to be doing well with her pregnancy.I know they are not talking as much about this baby yet but it still early during the time most of these episodes were taped.

Baby Jordyn is growing and changing.She is absolutely beautiful and reminds me so much of Jessa's baby pictures.All the Duggar kids resemble one another.

Of the older girls Jana and Jill seem to be sweeter,kinder of the bunch especially Jill. Their mothering skills are so much like Michelle yet, in my opinion, still have a sisterly touch about them. I know that all the Duggars have their own jursidictions but it seems that Jessa and Jinger don't carry as much weight around the house as Jana and Jill. Even JoyAnna is beginning to fall into the mothering role of the little ones.

I like to see Jim Bob being hands on like he was with Jennifer and Jordyn on this episode.But I was bothered that the question about the girls courting was not clearly answered by Michelle.I was a bit intrigued when she said the girls go to Jim Bob to discuss prospective courtships.I was wondering does that mean the girls have brought boys to Jim Bob that they had in mind but were not approved of in the end by Jim Bob?

MOM IN TEXAS

the older kids were hiding their faces said...

At least they didn't show teenagers waving to the cameras on a kiddie type train meant for 8 and under.

Anonymous said...

Michelle said "When my kids were young, I had a harp CD." Does she not realize that most of her kids still ARE young?

Anonymous said...

This episode felt like an online dating profile for those older girls. Like hey boys, look how useful and ready these girls are to be courting, just call us up. Creepy.

JENNYLYNVIRGINIA said...

I liked it-- the episode seemed to have a good balance showing what works and how they do it. Live what they feel convicted of-- a big plus for them, and don't show ugliness to those who don't agree. They seem comfortable in their chosen paths for convictions and do not ever make it seem as though YOU MUST DO AS WE DO CAUSE WE ARE THE BEST_________ FILL IN YOUR OWN BLANK.

Ktham said...

I think it is great that the majority of the children, especially the older girls, are such talented musicians. The harp is such a beautiful instrument. I wonder if it would be an option to further their professional training and perhaps play or teach as a future career. Maybe to other home-schooled kids, since I don't think they would be allowed to teach at a secular institution or be allowed to get further training at a secular music school. What a shame, they are so talented, I wanted a harp at my wedding, but the Church was very strict about not using their people.

Anonymous said...

I liked that Michelle explained that the girls were really close to their Dad as well. I have one brother and my Dad and I always had a special father-daughter bond. I'm so happy to see that they can (hopefully) feel comfortable talking to JB about potential suitors and what they desire, not just what he wants. They have a lot to offer some young man.

Anonymous said...

Jill acts like those children's mother. She and Jana really do all the parenting in that household.

Whenever Michelle says "When our children were young" (which she did last night and on the "Ask the Duggars" episode) it just reminds me that she doesn't even realize that she has ten children under age 10, since she doesn't raise these children. She reminisces about "when our children were young", thinking of the oldest five, whom she did raise.

Earth to Michelle---you still have a pack of young toddlers and babies! Go mother them yourself!

Tammy C said...

I would say Josh didn't try the egg.I think the show said 19 out of the 20 Duggars tried the egg.He would have been the 20th.

sandra said...

Anonymous said...

Michelle said "When my kids were young, I had a harp CD." Does she not realize that most of her kids still ARE young?
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I interpret that to mean this:

Michelle had to use this as a means of stress-relief, since she was a young mom, taking care of the children primarily by HERSELF. Now that she is older, she doesn't have to do much of the primary care.

All the older children have to take care of the daily needs of the younger ones. Also, with the older children, they also share in the household chores.

Lindsey Marie said...

Michele said when my *Older* kids were young...

I loved seeing Joy more although I could use less of Jill. I can't wait for Joy's Birthday next week!

I believe Josh didn't try the egg... they didn't show him at all this episode.

I would love to see more Mackynzie... so I can't wait for the epi. in 2 weeks!

Yep, Tuesday's are pretty much my favorite days! ;-)

Ms. B said...

did anyone else notice that in the preview for Joy's B-day, for a brief moment, they show her rock-climbing AND wearing pants?? I think it will be yet another good episode.

And in response to Anonymous said...

An ostrich farm? They really are scraping the barrel!

11/09/2009 11:49 AM

LOL, I was coming on the board to post exactly the opposite. I was going to say something like, well I guess people won't be able to say "they're scraping the bottom of the barrel on this one!" since I can't think of any other reality TV show that has done this. Evidently I was wrong.

I was wondering since people feel that TLC is "reusing ideas" and scraping the barrel, what would some of our bloggers suggest for episode ideas?

mythreesons said...

Michelle had to use the CD when the older ones were young, but now the older ones play the harp so now it's "live" music that is played. I know several families with preschool age and toddlers who use harp CDs when it's naptime or when things have gotten chaotic. It seems to have a naturally soothing and calming effect.
Even if the new harp wasn't in tune and needed work, it still sounded beautiful. Those girls are very talented to be able to play so many instruments.

Anonymous said...

Was anyone else grossed out that no Duggars used utensils, including the older kids, to eat the ostrich egg? And again with the wasteful paper plates! Maybe they just don't want to wash silverware, so they all eat like they are in the zoo, but it really is not pleasant to watch!

sandy said...

Joy Anna seems like shes getting prepared to start taking on some big sister responsibilities. Learning to cook, helping babysit, etc. Maybe they're preparing for one of the older girls to fly the coop sometime in the future.

I really like Michelle, but I think I would have liked her even more when the older kids were young. I just think the Duggars were different back then. As much as I like the Duggars, It's less endearing when you see how much child rearing the older girls do. And they are becoming so modernized. I used to love the show because they were so different from me, it was so neat to watch! It's just not the same as it used to be.

Hopewell said...

This was a fun episode--and no Josh/Anna!! Yeah! I liked that it was a fairly normal day--the field trip was a "normal" homeschool field trip, albeit without a homeschool group to go with the Duggar "group".

Anonymous said...

Maybe because I'm an animal lover, but I really didn't like they way they were talking about making belts and shoes out of Ostriches and using it skin and feathers for all different things. Anyone else feel this way.

Harriet said...

They're in farming country and it is a fact of life that various forms of leather are used for belts and shoes. It was an educational trip for the children and that is part of growing animals for human use.

Anonymous said...

I agrees, no more field trips, the best episodes take place in their own home or surrounded by family.

Enough with the Multiples said...

re: I was wondering since people feel that TLC is "reusing ideas" and scraping the barrel, what would some of our bloggers suggest for episode ideas?
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Good question for discussion. I would love to see more episodes that further explored their homeschooling. I would also like to see more episodes focusing on the older kids--Jana, John David, Jessa. The little kids repeating JB/M's beliefs is getting a little old. I know I can keep dreaming but I would especially like to see the oldest kids looking at colleges/college courses and/or jobs outside the home. I think it's so sad that Jana is almost 20 years old and is still living at home, not working or attending college, raising her mom's babies. This is a time in her life when she should be given the opportunity to explore her own interests.

What else would others like to see?

imaamy said...

It has been said that they don't film on certain days when they perform community service, but they did show the soup kitchen in D.C, so maybe a show about the kinds of service they do? There was also the one about the trip to El Salvador.

Anonymous said...

This is really random but I fell across it and realized how much the Duggars had changed since the first (I think) episode of 17 kids and counting. If you jump to 3:00 you can see Jim Bob flag down a taxi (funny)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LKrQfy9UU&feature=PlayList&p=179E22EF3008D062&index=2

LilBit0318 said...

Jana is almost 20 years old and is still living at home, not working or attending college, raising her mom's babies. This is a time in her life when she should be given the opportunity to explore her own interests.

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If I'm not mistaken, in an epsiode not too long ago, she mentioned that she works (Worked?) at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. It had something to do with how the employees there say, "My pleasure," when someone thanks them, & they'd started doing it at home, too. But I do agree that it's a shame to see her & the other older girls not being able to get out & experience things the way most people their age would. And I defintely agree that they seem to have way too much responsibility for the younger children.

Anonymous said...

LilBit... you are mistaken. Jana did not say that she ever worked for Chick-fill-A. She was explaining why they were saying "my pleasure," and what she said was, "The owner of Chick-fill-A has his employees say 'my pleasure' and my mom liked the idea..." She never mentioned working there.

Anonymous said...

To correct my last comment, she actually did not say "the owner of Chick-fill-A." She said "the guy who started CFA..."

Beedageeda said...

Haha! I thought they were referring to AAA, or "Triple A" when discussing the business owner who encourages his employees to say "my pleasure."
I just can't see Jana working at a Chick-fill-a!

Eliza said...

I read this blog weekly, never commented before because someone else always says what I'm thinking so I can't believe no one's mentioned this yet, I'm pretty sure she (Michelle) mis-spoke but lets all rewind and listen again...

After she cracked the egg over the sink and poured some on the griddle she said "I was allowed to (you know) let the children play with it." When they showed her face afterward, she looked so shocked that she let it slip!! YES it happened rewind and turn it up.
That is funny even to me, a huge Duggar fan.

As for Jana being at home at her age, I am 22 and still at home. I did move out and got the out-of-moms-house experiance, but I chose to come back to be with my 2 year old sister.
Maybe she just isn't ready/doesn't want to, or is afraid to leave her siblings.

I also think TLC is reading this, so if you guys want to arrange a marriage with an infertile woman hit me up. I'll go undercover for the greater good lol.

I hope I didn't offend anyone, and yes Jinger does rock!

-Liz

Willow #1 said...

Hi all - I agree that at this point, the older kids being featured with their plans, if any, would be very interesting. Also, I agree with the idea of showing their volunteering, etc. I really enjoyed the trip they took to El Salvador. I am very interested in this type of activity. It would definitely be my area of interest if I had an opportunity like that.

As far as the D's mingling with others, wasn't the birthing class that JB&M went to open to the public? I know they knew the instructor, but I think the class was open to anyone. Also, I was totally surprised to see Jill and Joy babysitting. I am sure JB&M knew the family, but I was still surprised and happy they were allowed to go. Oh, and LOVE the harp. How very cool. Wish I had one.

Anonymous said...

"After she cracked the egg over the sink and poured some on the griddle she said "I was allowed to (you know) let the children play with it." When they showed her face afterward, she looked so shocked that she let it slip!! YES it happened rewind and turn it up."

I don't get it...what am I missing? I didn't record the episode so I can't rewind...

Mary said...

I think the 20 Duggars referenced (for eating the ostrich egg) were the 17 kids at home, JB, Michelle and Grandma Duggar, since she lives with them.

Anonymous said...

Eliza ....

What are you referring to?

Anonymous said...

"Jana is almost 20 years old and is still living at home, not working or attending college, raising her mom's babies. This is a time in her life when she should be given the opportunity to explore her own interests."

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She is exploring her own interests. She visited a college yesterday where a few of my relatives work. I was jealous that they got to see her and I didn't!

Anonymous said...

I would like to see more episodes where the older daughters do things outside the family(volunteering,maybe attend a lecture at a university,art class etc) and have JB and Michelle take over the child rearing duties that the older girls normally do.

BoyMom said...

I liked this episode. More stuff at home, which is what I love about the Duggars. Seeing how their household works is amazing to me and why I keep tuning in. Much better than last week TLC.

Anonymous said...

I didn't catch this comment, either, but it sounds like Eliza is saying that Michelle was "allowed", (presumably by her husband) to let the kids play with the raw ostrich eggshell.

Also, did I imagine it, or did I hear one of the little boys playing with an airplane on the floor and say someting to the effect of "watch out, we're headed for the Hudson." Since we can assume they didn't watch the 24 x 7 coverage of that event, I'd be curious to know what news outlets they do follow & how much the kids (of all ages) see.

-Katydid

Willow #1 said...

Katydid - I heard the boys talk about the Hudson also but thought I had misunderstood. If they are being kept informed of current news events, that would definitely surprise and impress me.

tngal said...

For a family that preaches hard work all the time, I never see Jim Bob working. Does he ever handle their business affairs? He seems to hog the camera and always be around.

Willow #1 said...

tngal - I have wondered the same thing. I sometimes wonder if they hand off a lot of work to the older children because JB wants Michelle free to be available to help him or go places with him, etc., at any time.

MomOfThree said...

tngal said...

For a family that preaches hard work all the time, I never see Jim Bob working. Does he ever handle their business affairs? He seems to hog the camera and always be around.

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Jim Bob and Michelle worked very hard in their early years at various jobs...at a supermarket, fixing and selling used cars, a convenience store, tow truck service, among other things. (It also helped that their first child wasn't born until 4 1/2 years into their marriage.) They made sound financial decisions and investments and scrimped and saved and sacrificed to be more or less in the position they now are. Their rental properties are all commercial ones and therefore do not require usual, predictable "landlord" maintenance that residential ones would. Because of this and other things, they are most definitely in a unique position. Most families, large or small, do not live like this.

That said, this family could not be more perfect for TLC in terms of availability and appeal. The entire family is more-or-less always available for whatever (or wherever) TLC cooks up. There are no job or school commitments to interfere with filming schedules.

Contrary to what the Duggars maintain (that they are preparing their children for adult life) IMO
they are giving the kids, especially the younger ones, a very distorted perspective of "real life".

In spite of all their organization, daily family routine and jurisdictions, the Duggars really don't appear to adhere to any real "schedule" the way most people do. They do not have to "punch the clock", as those who have job or school obligations do. The few times they do have to be somewhere at a given time, they arrive on "Duggar time". The kids may be used to this "when we get there, we get there" mantra, but as adults holding down jobs, it won't be tolerated.

It will also be an adjustment for both the boys and girls alike when they marry and realize that the dad/husband of the family will be out at work providing and not hanging around the house all day or going with the family to visit farms, dentists and orchestrating home additions for friends in another state. Given the likelihood that there will be a stay-at-home mom and many children to support, dad may have to hold down more than one job to make ends meet. If not for TLC, Josh and Anna would be learning this lesson right now.

In any case, this is just my two cents on the subject. Don't get me wrong, I really do believe that Jim Bob and Michelle have earned everything they have. But it was a long and hard struggle and they had a secular background as a base. That they do not recognize how naively they have raised their children (particularly the girls) and that they can make it a bit easier on all the kids by encouraging higher education or training in a trade, really just makes me sad for the kids. Those children are going to have a rude awakening when real life comes calling.

Bri said...

I'm not form a large family but my parents are chronically tardy. My Mom is having a good Sunday if she makes it to church before the sermon starts. My brother and I both go insane if we are ever late for anything because we are so embarrassed by our family never being anywhere on time.I'm sure some of the Duggars will turn out the same way.

As for normal hours there is no such thing. All kinds of jobs don't keep nine to five hours. For example if Jana wants to be a midwife. Babies do not wait for office hours. Jill wants to be a missionary.Not exactly something you go clock in for.


Totally off topic.....Did anyone see on the website Jinger wants to be a chef??? She is probably the only girl who NEVER cooks.

Anonymous said...

I remember that giant list of jurisdictions and the job/work/school chart that used to be up in their old house. It seemed like back in those days, the family really did adhere to a stricter schedule, with more actual "school", and the boys helping out more (you can tell the older episodes of boys helping, because they had the slicked down hair---now they don't wear their hair slicked down and parted anymore).

In those days, the kids were better behaved and seemed more organized.

Since TLC has taken over their lives, the schedule, jurisdictions (except the older girls doing almost everything), and structure seems to have gone out the window. There seems to be no structure at all... no specific time for studies or whatever. The boys no longer do any chores inside the house.

Basically, it is mayhem in the house now, with all the younger kids running wild. That is why kids like Jennifer, who would probably thrive on structure, seem so out-of-sorts.

Cyn said...

We may never see the charity work the Duggars do in their own community for several reasons:

The people they are helping or working with may not want to be on film or want it known that they are being helped out.

I have read where they help shut-ins and or help out in nursing homes and most nursing homes would have issues with a camera crew coming in.

The Duggars also may not want to show or brag on all their charity work simply because the bible tells us (paraphrase) "what you do in secret I will reward you openly.." And in other places it tells us not to do things just to be seen doing them but to do them simply because that's what needs to be done to be a help to others.

In DC that place is used to camera crews (since lots of celebrities go there to be seen doing the work)and or wanted the publicity it would bring to further help out that mission. (Showing that not the clothing orders could be filled due to shortages)

Just my 2 cents.

Im_in_PR said...

CYN said We may never see the charity work the Duggars do in their own community for several reasons:(Snip)The Duggars also may not want to show or brag on all their charity work simply because the bible tells us (paraphrase) "what you do in secret I will reward you openly.."

I totally agree. I'd be extremely surprised if we ever knew the extent of what they do in that area.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see them show the playroom. I haven't seen it; but I heard the house has a nice big playroom. I'd like to see the little kids playing more...which is probably what they do most of the day. Do they do arts and crafts? board games? blocks? dolls? i haven't seen many toys around.

Sarah said...

I remember as children, when my sister and I felt like someone was giving us any attention, we became the biggest show-offs you have ever seen. Watching this show, I wonder if that's how the little kids are behaving - showing off when the camera is filming.

I also have to remind myself that the Duggars aren't filming 24/7. We don't see everything that happens in their lives. And what we do see, TLC has edited it. They can twist the events to make it look like whatever they want.

Sami said...

Mom of Three said: Given the likelihood that there will be a stay-at-home mom and many children to support, dad may have to hold down more than one job to make ends meet. If not for TLC, Josh and Anna would be learning this lesson right now.

Exactly. Normal marriages and couples starting off struggle, and with just one child the cost of living goes up. I have a friend with a good job and monthly paycheck who runs out of money after two weeks. I totally agree. Even Josh and Anna mentioned that they were (are?) having money problems. Without the TLC check I wonder where they would be now.