Monday, January 31, Donating Duggars (episode 3)

The Duggars help the community when they donate their time and a building to the volunteer fire department. Later, they are off to Oklahoma to make supply parachutes for persecuted Columbians.

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

that's great,I would like to see more of their community projects,closer to home.I think it inspires others to help,which is always a good thing. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes, and I would like to know that their altruistic endeavors include helping even NONChristians.

Sharla said...

Please note episode descriptions are from TLC not the blog mods.

jen said...

Anonymous on Jan 28, did you miss that they did the phone-a-thon for the Arkansas Hospital or bringing treats to show their support for their community's policemen and firefighters, or serving at Miriam's kitchen (though technically some of the original founders were Christians, it isn't Christians they are serving.)They have already shown that their altruistic endeavors include helping nonChristians.

Peace said...

What is with the new time slot? This was always a great show for families to watch together but that will be hard to do now that it's on at 10:00! I think the ratings are going to slip with it being on so late.

Cyn said...

My oldest kids are happier for the later time slot, then they can watch their shows before bed. Since we have that TVo thingy I can record them for my younger kids that like watching all the Duggar kids.

Cupcake1 said...

Glad to see they went out of their way for their special guest! Tatertot Casserole served on styrofoam plates! They couldn't have acutally used real dishes??? Good Lord......

There are no words...

mythoughtis said...

I think it is totally up to the Duggars to decide where they want to volunteer their time... and whom they want to help.

I'm just glad they are continuing to volunteer.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see they went out of their way for their special guest! Tatertot Casserole served on styrofoam plates! They couldn't have acutally used real dishes??? Good Lord......

There are no words...

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Two words: Classy (not!)
Clueless

Shannon said...

Has anyone noticed how little we have seen of Joy-Anna? I've tried to find out if this is a "dead horse" for any reason, but can't find any explanations! What happened to her? I think I saw her wearing pants under her skirt- is she still the tomboy she was?

pumpkin said...

I'm so excited that they went to Bartlesville, that's where I was born!

It's good to see the Duggars walking the walk of Christian charity and not just blathering on about modesty and purity.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused about the Bible signing. (And we've seen the Duggars sign other peoples' Bibles in the past.) It seems a little weird for me to have people autographing it, like it was a book they wrote.


Also strange was 8 year old Justin, when asked about why he got his Bible signed, said "well, when I get married then I'll still know him." I don't even know why a boy that age is talking about marriage. I guess it goes to show just how ingrained the "get married and have kids" meme is.

Cyn said...

Re Paper plates and Tater Tot Casserole:

Looked like a Sunday night dinner at a church to me. Lol they had enough people there for a smaller church. Having attended Charles Stanely's church in Atlanta GA, heard him speak for years, and knowing his work. I'm quite sure he felt right at home in the serving line and at the table with various ages of children running around. Being treated like family would have meant more to him than fancy plates, and formal dining.

Stanley and Gothard have quite different views, while having the same concepts in common. Personally I wonder where the Duggars really fall in their daily walk, and how much is our speculation of how and why they do the things they do.

Anonymous said...

I never heard of that preacher they had over but Michelle's behavior was kind of embarrassing. She was acting like a school girl with a huge crush. Too bad Jim Bob didn't act like that when they met Dolly Parton. LOL

doberman said...

Two thoughts:

-Michelle, when the special guest (preacher?) came over, looked like one of the hundreds of teens mooning over the Beatles when they first landed in America. She seemed like a 15-year-old seeing Paul McCartney for the first time (which is really frightening from a 44ish woman with 19 kids). Is this guy an idol or something? They treated him like a rock star. Creepy.

-Why do the Duggars have two kitchens and industrial sink and dishwasher if they always use throw-away plates and utensils?

I'm not big on "going green" and saving our planet one paper towel at a time, and I do use throw-away plates from time to time. But using them for every meal, and for guests (in my family, no matter how many you serve, doing this would have you gossiped about for your lack of class) is extremely wasteful at the very least. Not only is it cheaper to use reusable dishes and utensils, but it just looks nicer. Plus... waste not, want not.

Anonymous said...

I never heard of that preacher they had over but Michelle's behavior was kind of embarrassing. She was acting like a school girl with a huge crush. Too bad Jim Bob didn't act like that when they met Dolly Parton. LOL

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Agreed! Michelle always acts like a silly school girl - recall her at the Creation Museum where she squealed with joy, "There really IS a creator!!"

Sadder even is that the Duggars raise their kids to remain forever childish like this.

Keeping women childish certainly goes a long way in allowing Patriarchy to continue.

re: the food served: Guess we should be grateful the visiting preacher wasn't served up some yummy SQUIRREL!

re: Dollywood: I wondered why they took their kids to such a NIKE! place in the first place.

Hopewell said...

"Also strange was 8 year old Justin, when asked about why he got his Bible signed, said "well, when I get married then I'll still know him." I don't even know why a boy that age is talking about marriage. I guess it goes to show just how ingrained the "get married and have kids" meme is. "

This bizzare thinking comes from never being around anyone who actually listens to him or who will challenge him and actually talk to him--not just "train" him.

I was STUNNED that Charles Stanley would agree to this. He is way far from Bill Gothard!!

Tammy C said...

I assume Michelle was giddy and star struck about meeting Dr.Charles Stanley is that he is a celebrity to her.It is like one of us meeting a TV star and acting giddy.My dream is to meet Jimmy Fallon and If I ever do I am sure I will be speechless.

Stacy said...

I thought poor little Josie look silly in that headband pigtail thing, makes her look goofy.

Anonymous said...

I assume Michelle was giddy and star struck about meeting Dr.Charles Stanley is that he is a celebrity to her.It is like one of us meeting a TV star and acting giddy.

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But Mrs. Duggar is in her forties and has had 19 kids - ridiculous for her to act like a starstruck 14 year old.

flipflop said...

I also wondered about the lack of Joy-Anna this season..not 1 sit down interview either.

Sharla said...

- 1.708 million viewers
- 1.1/2 HH
- 0.7/2 A18-49

flipflop said...

looks like the #'s are up, despite the later slot!

Anonymous said...

If I ever have someone that means so much to me I get giddy, come to my home for dinner, I surely will put out some nice dishes and make him a special meal - not paper plates and tater tot casserole for goodness sakes. Howe embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Being treated like family would have meant more to him than fancy plates, and formal dining.
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Perhaps it's just a matter of how one is raised. Growing up, when we had company over, it was always an extra special occasion. My mom would pull out a lovely tablecloth instead of our every day place mats, put out nicer china instead of every day plates, etc. Further, doesn't the bible teach to conserve our natural resources - so why would you constantly use paper plates?

If the Duggars were still poor, then I'd understand the tater tot casserole (but still not the wasteful paper plates), but they are not poor and could easily afford to put on a nicer meal when a guest comes over.

I guess Michelle just doesn't know any better, because clearly she was happy to have this guest in her home and you'd think he would get the star treatment.

Was it just me, or did JimBob seem less than thrilled to give over his Head of the Table seat? lol

Anonymous said...

I could understand years ago, where the Duggars needed to conserve and buy cheaper groceries, but now, with their extra money, why not purchase better meats and veggies? Why must it all be canned, processed, and unhealthy? They have all of that land to build a nice garden. I usually say nothing about the Duggars but this is one thing that irks me most.

Anonymous said...

I LOVED the segment about Justin liking to help little Jordyn. What a sweet, loving little boy Justin is, and it was obvious that Jordyn adores him.

It was extremely wholesome and just precious to see the special relationship shared by them.

Seeing this kind of loving spirit is what keeps me watching this family.

Anonymous said...

Poor Jordyn. She has her youngest brother caring for her, getting her oatmeal with cold tap water (not even warmed in the microwave or with milk).

Where is her MOTHER? Why is no adult, like her mother, ever caring for this poor lost child? She was so lost in the shuffle with Josie's birth, that she never got any bonding time with Michelle, except her time under the Best Friend!

Sad!

Willow #1 said...

I agree about Justin being such a cutie. He was so adorable in his sailor hat and now he has another one. Gives him a little "individuality" -- something that is usually so lacking in the Duggars. I did enjoy the show, however. It seemed more real and down to earth, everyday life, etc. Jordyn is just adorable.

Regarding Michelle and the "rock star", I have never heard of him either and I am surprised that I haven't. He seemed a little reserved to me, but hard to tell from just the few minutes we saw him. I think I saw at least Amy and Deanna in the background at the dinner, so obviously there were a few extras and maybe too large of a crowd for "real" plates, but I agree that it seems the Duggars MAY still be wanting to come across as being their same humble selves. In other words, maybe they don't want to come across as letting their money change them??

Jean Chasseur said...

Where in the world did Josie get that fake pigtail headband? omg it's going to ruin every single one of her baby pictures - she seems to be wearing it in every one! It's ridiculous. I mean, the huge bows and itchy headbands on a newborn are bad enough, but the fake hair extensions attatched to a headband is just beyond the pale.

I had bald blonde babies who took forever to grow their hair but they were beautiful all the same - no need to cover it up or fake the process.

Celestie said...

These people don't walk the talk. They profess to be proud Americans, but they don't send any of their children to serve their country, they are selfishly polluting the god's earth with their laziness (using disposable everything), they over populate with offspring, they do not care personally care for. Ok so they go to Central America. There is enough over population and trash (not the people kind, the plastic kind) lying around.

Ok, has anyone driven down Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood late at night? That line of girls shivering on the side of the road reminded me of the girls there. Of course they were selling a different product, but the look was the same.

Anonymous said...

Applauding, Celestie!

Not just a reality in W. Hollywood, but in every major city.

Any kind of volunteer work is commendable, but it's good to also remember that we have PLENTY of poor and needy in our own country.

And don't even get me started on the irresponsibility of bringing 19 children into the world and THEN beating one's chest about self holiness for 'letting god decide'.

To the Duggars, their own beliefs, but to the rest of us, ours.

Anonymous said...

Poor Jordyn. She has her youngest brother caring for her, getting her oatmeal with cold tap water (not even warmed in the microwave or with milk).
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Actually they showed Justin heat the oatmeal in the microwave. I don't think there is anything wrong with him helping out with the younger ones. He's eight and should learn responsibilty. Others complain that the boys don't do enough so I think it's fine.

Anonymous said...

Stanley was on the show?? Dr. Charles Now I am Divorced Stanley??
Oh my
WOW I am shocked. Wonder how Mr. Gothard would rationalize fraternizing with such a sinner (said tongue in cheek...sorta, considering how I was shunned by Gothard 'friends' after my divorce)

Okay- not going to debate the pros /cons of that divorce....going back in my corner, still shaking head in shock...

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"Stanley was on the show?? Dr. Charles Now I am Divorced Stanley??
Oh my
WOW I am shocked. Wonder how Mr. Gothard would rationalize fraternizing with such a sinner (said tongue in cheek...sorta, considering how I was shunned by Gothard 'friends' after my divorce)"

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This just shows you that they are not Gotheradites die hards as some believe they are. Also it shows you they are not that judgemental.

Personally I bet if Gothard went to their house they would have not made a big deal out of it as they did Dr. Standley.

msrylee said...

I did not know that Dr. Stanley was divorced. I also did not know that the Southern Baptist Convention would allow him to continue as senior pastor as a divorced man.

A comment was made that the Duggars aren't judgmental. Is there a possiblility that the Duggars could have been seen as condoning the divorce of Dr. Stanley, or just that they accepted it as fact. I am confused, and would really like to know how the Duggars rationalize their belief system regarding divorce.

Anonymous said...

"Stanley was on the show?? Dr. Charles Now I am Divorced Stanley??
Oh my
WOW I am shocked. Wonder how Mr. Gothard would rationalize fraternizing with such a sinner (said tongue in cheek...sorta, considering how I was shunned by Gothard 'friends' after my divorce)"

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This just shows you that they are not Gotheradites die hards as some believe they are. Also it shows you they are not that judgemental.

Personally I bet if Gothard went to their house they would have not made a big deal out of it as they did Dr. Standley.

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I'll take that bet. Double or nothing.....

If not judgemental, WHY do they feel it necessary to so insulate themselves from the rest of the world?

IMO their show is merely Duggar Lite so as to appeal to a larger audience than merely the super-right viewers.

Anonymous said...

Re Dr. Stanley being divorced, I read elsewhere that the divorce was initiated by his wife (and presumably he didn't want one) and that since the divorce he has remained a single man, doesn't date, etc. So apparently that's how some who might otherwise have a problem with his divorce come to terms with it - he didn't want it, and he's apparently not seeking another relationship in its place.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

The Duggars may not condone Divorce among themselves however, they may not judge others who have taken that path.

msrylee said...

I would welcome further discussion on the Open Forum Discussion site, regarding divorce. I know this isn't the place to continue. Any takers?

Sharla said...

Thank you, msrylee, I'm opening a thread for Dr Stanley and divorce in the open forum.

Jean said...

They DO have nice dishes! ... or at least they *did*. Watching repeats, on the episode where Ma & Pa Duggar took newborn Jordyn to The View along w/ Jessa and [another girl], when they returned there were place settings at the table. Actual silverware and real plates. No paper or plastic to be found. You could have knocked me over with a feather as I had not noticed this before, but it looks like they have some for certain times ... unless, of course, that was a one-off.

msrylee said...

Thanks Sharla. I look forward to more discussion on this issue.

Leigh Ann said...

I just saw this episode last night for the first time. Justin was so sweet, not only making Jordyn's breakfast but showing her how and involving her in the process. Really interacting, not just saying "sit down and I'll bring you your oatmeal". He's going to be a wonderful husband and daddy one day.

I wanted to respond to this comment though, if it's OK:

"I did not know that Dr. Stanley was divorced. I also did not know that the Southern Baptist Convention would allow him to continue as senior pastor as a divorced man."

We live in an Atlanta suburb so this is right near us. There was a controversy at First Baptist Atlanta about Dr. Stanley continuing on as senior pastor. His own son opposed it and formed his own church (I guess he'd been on staff at FBC before?). At any rate, it was the congregation's ultimate decision to keep Dr. Stanley on. I'm a lifelong several-generation Southern Baptist on both sides of my family. SBC churches are autonomous call and hire/fire their own pastors, the convention has nothing to do with it. Once in a while you'll read about a church being dismissed because of having a female pastor, happened to a friend of ours whose wife is the co-pastor. The belief statement was revised in 2000 to limit the role of pastor to men. That sentence did not exist before then and a lot of churches have left over that. But whether a pastor is divorced or has some other questionable issue, it's up to the local church.