Tuesday, July 26, Duggars Respond & Rescue

The Duggar clan celebrate Grandma's 70th birthday. Meanwhile, when a tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri the Duggars rush to help with the search and rescue efforts.

30 minutes

25 comments:

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Wow, I did not realize that grandma Duggar is 70 years old. She sure does not look that old.

Hannah said...

Wow, she was 69 or 70 when sking then.If its flimmed out of order. I wonder why they would risk a fall with an older woman(like sking). It`s not easy to recover from an injury at 70. It seems like they put her safty last too.

michelle said...

Grandma Duggar definitely looks younger than 70 to me. I'm glad the Duggars reached out to the tornado victims.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Happy (really late) birthday, Grandma Duggar!

chengdu said...

It's actually Great-Grandma Duggar. She's a great-grandmother (who works really hard at laundry and childrearing.)

roddma said...

I thought Grandma Mary was at least 2 or three years older. Grandpa Duggar must have been 3-4 years older.

ANNA said...

plenty of 70 year olds ski. As long as she'll willing and able, good for her.

ennvee said...

I don't feel like digging up JL Duggar's obit at the moment, but IIRC, there was a 5 year age difference between them.

And if you look closely, Grandma looks every one of her 70 years. She's aged a lot since JL's death, of course, but with her hair still dyed brown, and nice figure, I can see how she can fool people from a distance. But up close, she's very wrinkled; heck, until I saw her maybe a year and a half ago, she had me fooled as well.

Hope the Duggar genes allow her many more happy birthdays and ski holidays. If she's osteoperosis-free and stuck to bunny slopes (which it appeared she did) I don't see anything too shocking about her skiing for an hour or so. My mother was waterskiing in her 60's. Heck, enjoy it while you can!

Hannah said...

They were too busy to do somthing for his birthday on that day. Poor Kid. You couldn`t even spare an hour to take him out. I have no words for that. When is his birthday.


Gross, stop refering to them as married.Jackson was very sweet to use his tickets. I hope he keeps up like this.

Digger said...

This had to be the most boring episode ever except for Jackson being thoughtful to get a prize for Johannah. That was sweet.

Dar said...

It is mind boggling. A tornado devastates a community. The young people go to help and Michelle manages to make it all about her and her teachings. The same thing when Jackson wanted to get something for Hanny. That little girl is probably the only one who gives him any attention when the cameras are off. That "old married couple" routine is becoming tiresome.

I really like how grandma Duggar presents herself. I think she is probably the only genuine adult in the whole group. There does not seem to be an affectations about her. She appears to be warm, kind and loving to all those children. A good example.

positiveparent said...

It doesn't bother me that they could not celebrate on the exact birthday.... but they said it had been ' a few weeks' since the birthday and they were just now celebrating, by including him in Jackson's birthday plans.

It is one thing to schedule the party the weekend before or after the birthday.... and another to do it weeks later as an afterthought. Someone please adopt this boy and give him a real home.

mom in texas said...

God bless the Duggar kids who went to Joplin and lent their help with the recovery efforts after the tornado. It takes a lot of courage to go into a dangerous situation and participate in a search and rescue effort.It is scary and you never know what you will find. These kids do it for free as they are volunteers. Joseph seemed to be effected by the devastation as he described the scene from the Walmart. Hopefully they were able to take something positive away from this tragedy.

Josie looked so cute and really healthy on this episode. It is such a blessing.

I don't think it is anything wrong with celebrating a birthday late, however, the way Michelle worded it "we had so much going on; we were so busy, etc." made it sound like the boys birthdays were an afterthought.

I thought it was nice for Jackson to use his tickets for Johannah but I really wished Jim Bob would have praised him for the gesture but then allowed Jackson to treat himself. I also noticed that when Jackson said he wanted to get the dress up set, Jim Bob hesitated and almost corrected Jackson until he realized Jackson wanted it for his sister, not himself. I also wish they would quit referring to them as a "married couple". It's a little weird.

Grandma Duggar seemed really touched (but not at all surprised) by the birthday party. She is such a sweet spirit and they really do love and value her.

msrylee said...

I also like how Grandma Duggar presents herself. She comes across to me as sincere, genuine, a woman of deep faith (without the preaching), and absolutely loves each of her grand and great grand babies. She appears to work very hard in the Duggar household, and I wonder if she truly likes to keep very busy, if it's expected of her, or if TLC just portrays her in that manner. Just a beautiful kind and loving person.

Good for the older blessings for assisting in any way they could. The devastation was hard to view, and I'm sure it was for them also. Even though I have been concerned about an apparent lack of post-secondary education, they have achieved their first responder status. And, that has been so helpful in several situations, including this episode, Josie's febrile seizures, etc. I will give credit where it's due.

ennvee said...

People who live in MO were told NOT to just "come down to help" unless they were with an organized group; 3 members of the Tonitown VFD don't count (not sure where Josh supposedly volunteers, but after the tornado hit, that was the first I'd seen of him in the gear...you'd think they would have played that one up to the hilt since he was first).

At any rate, I think this is why the 5 Duggar kids only averaged 5 hours apiece at the site (and Josh was hamming for other news outlets when they saw the TLC cameras following him). The girls were only searching at houses that were already marked; I'm sorry, but it was for show and Joseph had no business being there at all; he's not formally trained and underage to boot.

I think they began to garner a bunch of attention and were kindly asked to go home.

The only redeemable part of the episode was Jackson giving up his tickets to "buy" Hannie the princess set.

Sharla said...

1.124 million viewers.

Krissy said...

Call me cynical, but I was less than enthused about the Duggars' "effort" in Joplin. As another poster mentioned, the authorities gave strict instructions not to just "show up". Massive search and rescue efforts need to be coordinated among police, fire and military personnel. From the way the episode played out, the producers figured a disaster would provide a great filming op. They left the house literally right after the tornado hit and from what we saw did not go down as a unit with the rest of the VFD.

It just reeks of self promotion to me.

ZebandJustinfan said...

I remember reading somewhere that when they did get there, they did check in at some sort of check in point. If they did not show it, people would complain that they never did this sort of stuff. People will not like it no matter what they show/ do not show.

Alberta Rose said...

Every article I've searched about the Duggars in Joplin, the articles have said the Duggars arrived and were put to work immeadiately. Also, Jim Bob was there which got downplayed by the camera crew.

UGH!!!! said...

(my initial post was full of typos)

JACKSON & JOHANNA: Jackson was really sweet to his sister and I worry they’ll all soon start “splitting them up” due to their genders. There’s little “closeness” among the kids, and none that I can see between brothers and sisters. They just all coexist. That can’t all be coincidence.

BIKES: Messing around with the crotch of your skirt so much calls attention to it way more than wearing pants ever would. Geez. And if they took better care of their bikes, they wouldn’t have to buy such expensive items brand new (that’s BS). They should have about 30 in that place of different, adjustable sizes that they maintain well. Am I the only one who’s never seen girls riding them, and once we do, it’s a sit-down type??? Please tell me this isn’t a regular-v.-side-saddle deal!!!!

JOPLIN: It kills me to see the Duggars, who have no job or college to tend to, not setting up camp in Joplin to help beyond initial search and rescue but with CLEAN UP. If anyone’s available to donate TIME for this, it’s them. Servant’s heart my foot. I do appreciate they went, but it seemed for show more than help. Shouldn’t their church have organized something to actually be welcome, and helpful??

Porcupine Pie said...

OMG!!! They bought NEW bikes and not used? I only have 3 kids and pass the bikes down. I think they store their bikes outside so they get old and rusty (in JimBobs words). If you take better care of the bikes they would last longer and you could pass them down. Oh well, if I was on TLC I would buy new bikes too. I like Grandma Duggar, wish she was in my family!

Anonymous said...

did anyone notice all of the Hershey products in the dugger 'grocery store'. I saw rows and rows of cocoa and hershey's syrup... wanna bet that hershey provided the products?

mom in texas said...

Ugh said:JACKSON & JOHANNA: Jackson was really sweet to his sister and I worry they’ll all soon start “splitting them up” due to their genders. There’s little “closeness” among the kids, and none that I can see between brothers and sisters. They just all coexist. That can’t all be coincidence.
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You are right to have this concern as we already see this happening. Jackson appears to be spending less time with momma and little girls at home and being pushed more into the big boys group of brothers that are ahead of him. This is similar to what we saw with JoyAnna. Both Jackson and JoyAnna fall in groups of opposite gendered siblings. She and Josiah seemed to be close until they hit pre adolescence and we saw the separation take place. Now Jackson is being sent off more with dad and the "boys" (sorry there are so many in the middle the name escape me)even earlier. I notice though that Johannah has seemed to be much more calmer and less "rough and tumble" since she spends more time with the girls while Jackson is still rowdy and sometimes hard to control. Maybe there is a reason for it all but one can never know in Duggar World.

Alberta Rose said...

It's normal for kids to go through stages of which gender they hang with. I remember when I was a kid around 7 I started to drift away from my brother and want to do more girl things. My son did the same thing when he started Grade 1 and had his first all boy party. I've heard other women bemoan their kids are at the stage when they no longer want to hang together, or other people remember when they went through the stage of not wanting to hang with their opposite gender sibling. There's even a country song with a verse about a little boy pleading with his dad to take any boy but "please don't take the girl" on a fishing trip.

Willow #1 said...

I just wanted to comment while there was still a chance - about the Duggars going to Joplin for tornado cleanup. I live about 10 miles from Joplin and I just wanted to say that during the first couple of days, before organization could really get started, MANY people just showed up to help. People grabbed chain saws and came from all over the country just to help with rubble removal. I think if they had come a little later, they might have had to "sign up" or have a plan, but in the very beginning, I know they were appreciated.