Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:00 PM, Episode 21, First Grandson Turns 1

First Duggar Grandson Michael is turning one and Jim Bob and Michelle are pulling out the stops! Plus, Anna decides to make a 3-tiered high-concept cake for her birthday boy, but will it be too difficult for her to pull off in time for the party? 30 minutes

69 comments:

tulip said...

I hope Anna's creation is a step up from that goofy Rice Krispy thing they made for Josh's birthday-I think they molded Rice Krispy treats onto plastic plumbing pipe into the numbers of his age...hideous (& gross).

tulip said...

Hopefully the cake Anna makes for Michael is better than that hideous creation she did for Josh's birthday-the Rice Krispy treats molded onto plastic plumbing pipe into the shape of number 24.

Shoegal said...

Poor Anna....is this how she'd like to b portrayed spending her day.???? With all of her sister in laws why cant Anna have a job and send Mack and Mike over there?????? If she's educated beyond the ''kitchen table'' surely she'd like to bw doing something. But wait......then according to Michelle the wrath of God would be upon her for working outside the home.

I think Anna is a great mother....unfortunately Josh will compare her to his own and she will always be guilted into doing things she may not 100% agree with......more children. She's already parroting Michelle with the ''as many as God sees fit''. Poor girl......

Nancy said...

Heck, Michelle was probably a "good mother when she just had Josh and the twins. Of course, she admitted her own descent into madness 7 kids in.

I hope for Anna's sake that Josh's rapid weight gain has affected...other stuff. Although I'd betcha that Gothard (like most insurance) approves of Viagara, but won't pay for birth control pills. Don't get me started on that...

han said...

Mack got a full hour. Why does her brother get half an hr show?


Anna does work outside the home with "Josh" and speaking and the lot

Shoegal said...

Your right Anna does work.....being a mother is a full time job. Im just wondering if at any point does Anna think, im 22/23, I wish I could.......or I wish I had the chance to........??? As far as speaking......i mean real, true emotion. Not this cookie cutter Duggar/Bates/Keller/Gothard retoric!!! I'd just once like to hear Anna say i'm young and frustrated, I take care of two babies all day long. Im not always pleasant, I dont always agree with my inlaws, my husband and I argue, my kids annoy me at times, i'd like to do things my way, I dont want to wear this.....i want to have a seperate identity!!!!! As women these are all normal emotions and feelings.

Rainbow68 said...

I don't think Anna knows how she feels yet. In your early 20s, you aren't really questioning things as much as you do later. Add to that, all she's ever known is Gothard's version of things. One thing is true, for sure. She's not nearly as fertile as Michelle, and that's a good thing. They've been married 4 years and "only" have two kids. I realize there was a miscarriage somewhere in the mix, but at least her body gets some rest between procreating.

sandi said...

JMO,but I think Josh and Anna may be using some form of non-hormonal birth control.I really think Josh meant itwhen he said they were only going to have 2 or 3,and the rest was just fluff for the show.

Flower Child said...

I think what irritates me most with the Duggars is that they are so fake no true emotion is ever shown. And to me that's not encouraging at all. A few of the teens might show a slight glimmer of emotion but its quickly rebuked.

I too would like to see Anna say to Josh these kids are driving me bonkers I'm going out shopping, latte, walk in the park anything by myself. That wouldn't mean that she didn't love her husband & kids, it would just show that she's human.

Hearing Michelle say a firm "Stop that now" to a wild kid. Wouldn't make me that she was a bad mother, ungodly, or out of control. Actually it would be the first time she seemed tuned in to her children & in control of their behaviour.

False platitudes are nausating and actually discourages me from wanting their life style.

Ashley said...

Wasn't Mackynzie's birthday party also the pregnancy announcement? That's probably why she got an hour versus a half hour show.

Shoegal said...

Very good point but.....your right but maybe by Anna being in her early 20's its all the more reason to be questioning herself. I guess in Annas ''gothard'' driven world there are some parralells to the typical girls world.....my husband (boyfriend) and I argue, u dont always agree witg my inlaws (parents), things get in my nerves....etc. It doesnt seem like any of these women ever express unhappiness. Thats actually frightening. With all of these babies there has to be some degree of post partum....even then its doesnt seem like its shown or addressed. That to me is unhealthy and dangerous. We never see Anna leave mack and mike at the grandparents and take the day to herself. Its rather sad. I mean once your married surely you cant be shipped off to camp for your poor attitude. And even beyond the surface emotions what about the intimate and physical connection to Josh, Anna has nothing to compare him to. I mean realistically......the hand sex was all either one of them ever knew. And that dreadful ''instructional'' tape in the car!!!! That musta been a disaster!!!! I just wish these women had more of a outlook to life!!!

han said...

Josh looked like he was using a credit card/debit when paying for the party stuff.


Gross,one of the kids eating off the table and spitting it back out.

Mrs. Barker said...

Wow I noticed Josh and Anna didn't shop at Aldi's for their shopping trip. Wow what a cake catastrophe. Anna must have bought extras in case she messed up, thus her friend came in and redid the whole thing. Knowing them they probably bought the cake. I am so tired of all the hands in the food. I am sure they could spring for some latex gloves. That is probably why they stay sick all the time. Michael got a huge shin-dig for his 1st birthday. Poor Macks Noah's Ark catastrophe paled in comparison.

Rainbow68 said...

Michael was adorable. He did look fussy, though, and started crying. The party seemed to be more in the afternoon, which would probably be his nap time. I made that mistake too :) Mack is really verbal and bright. Josie seems to be thriving. As far as the remark about the parents never not rebuking the kids strongly, I think that really could've come in handy when the boy (don't know which one) was licking chocolate off of the island. I almost had a cornoary when one of the boys took Michael on that slide, too, but maybe that's just me. I remember holding my firstborn in the hospital and telling him, "I'm never going to yell at you." LOL! I'm not much of a yeller, but if he's doing something wrong, I'll tell him strongly to knock it off!

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RJWife said...

Wow, it seemed like Jim and Michelke gave a huge party for Micheal, but not his sidter a girl, even with there own grandchildren they already seem to be treating the boys better then the girls, that's what I'm seeing anyhow at least.

Michelle said...

That was disgusting - watching one of the little boys (who was obviously old enough to know better) climb onto the counter, eat the pudding (or cake batter?), and spit it out.

My two year old even knows better.

SmokeyKitty said...

The Duggars and their kind are all about stay at home moms... yet, these folks can't manage to bake a cake without a mix ? I'm a working woman who is also getting a masters degree and when there is a birthday I can manage to bake a cake from scratch....even for 40 people. If you are going to be a stay at home mow you should be able to cook from scratch not make everything from a mix and/or cover it with canned cream soup.
Edited because I'm still learning to use my tablet!!!!

Nichole said...

I want the recipe for the cheesy chicken biscuits they made when they fed 50 people please!!! They looked delicious!!! Thanks!!!

Stephanie said...

I had broken my foot in January and went on a Duggar viewing bender out of boredom, and I watched the "moving in" specials and I think I commented somewhere that we never see them use the grill. I didn't think that they really never had used the grill, but Josh was totally honest that they never had used it.

If I had that nice set up it would be used once a week and at the least once a month, year round. And since men like to grill, why can't. John, Joseph, and Josiah be in charge of that one meal per month or week???? How easy would it be to grill just hotdogs?

Stephanie said...

I forgot.
What the heck with the Birds nest in the vent of the kitchen? That's gross too. It was loud, sounded like a bunch of birds. When there has ever been a birds nest on our porch, a ton of germy, gross bird poop came with it.
Isn't that the boys job to unscrew the vent, or do whatever they have to do to get that mess out of there?
The entire time they are making that cake you can hear screaming birds, its loud, how do they stand that?

Devil's Advocate said...

I'm usually pretty tolerant of what I see (or don't see) in the way of parenting on this show, since I can choose not to raise my children that way and don't live anywhere near the Duggars. However, I did feel completly grossed out seeing the children slurp up raw batter yet again, and the disgusting way in which they did it. Maybe the as-yet-undescribed future episode details the family experience with food poisioning? And I also wouldn't be surprised if one or more of them gets sick after inhaling (and likely consuming) bird droppings from that vent. Also another gross-out.

Lisa said...

The germaphobe in me cringed when Michael was handling the raw egg and sucking on the germy shopping cart handle. It did not look like Anna wiped the handles down before she plopped the kids down. I know a lot of people don't worry about this stuff (and we didn't worry as much back when I was a kid 1960s-70's) but I do and cannot go back to saying..hey chew that handle all you want! I always cringe when watching the Duggars during food preparation!

summer11 said...

That cake making was a s*** show until (I think her name was) Sierra came in to fix it. The finished product looked great! Too bad she'll never be able to use her talents in a business venture...

If the Duggars can afford all the expenses that are associated with their campaigning around, surely they can afford to have someone come in to take care of those birds. I really don't understand why they don't get that taken care of. The most it would cost is a couple hundred dollars, probably less.

I did think it was touching how Josh and Anna said their personal "Happy Birthday" messages to Michael. I don't remember ever seeing Josh show emotion like that. Josh saying that he loves his son and is proud of him was really cool, I think. It seemed genuine and real to me.. More real than when Michelle or Jim Bob say the same thing about their children.

tulip said...

The whole thing with the cake was weird, and gross. Anna doesn't appear to be that great in the kitchen to start with, so attempting that cake was way out of her league. And, she thought inviting Amy over to help was a good idea?-Amy making raspberry bars was probably the worst baking I've ever seen, and then Anna made a face when she tried them but tried to cover it up saying they were really good. When Grandma was looking on at the hideous mess with the two halves of cake, she said she thought they were doing good, but looked like she was going to burst out laughing. Joy spilling batter all over the counter while the boys licked it off, and while all the kids were "helping" with the fondant licking their fingers, sampling frosting, etc.? Ultimate in gross, especially when people besides their own family members would be eating that cake.

I actually thought it was a good idea Josh came up with to barbecue, and it looked like something he really cared about doing to help make a good party. Why did Anna insist on shoving a piece of cake into Michael's mouth while he was crying?-that looked bad. I'm surprised Jim Bob & Michelle splurged on the cotton candy machine and snow cone maker (wonder if TLC was in on that.)

Sharla said...

1.217 million viewers and a 0.4 rating.

America still likes first birthday parties.

Becoming less of a Fan said...

First let me say, if you want a cake to look a certain way, you do not employ a bunch of kids under the age of 10 to decorate it. Secondly, yes I believe in kids participation in cooking, but there is a time and place for it. A birthday cake is NOT that time. I am a perfectionist so I may be a little biased here. If I want the cake to look like the picture described, I would have done it myself, with adult help. These people are ridiculous on so many levels IMO. Cake is NOT THAT HARD! Really stuffing it with other cake pieces? What flavors were those cakes?

Did anyone notice the strain in Michelle's voice when she was saying that being a grandparent was so exciting?

I'm sorry but Josh's little sentiment IMO means nothing. So proud of you? He's 1. Yes I am a parent, I have twins, I did not say I am proud of you at 1 I said I love you, I can't wait to see what you learn and who you become. Sorry but IMO 1 year olds (who are not struggling let me make that clear) have not accomplished much to be proud parents. I may be just a bit more than done with the Duggars so that is why so much cynicism from me.

For some reason I can't pull myself away from it all though. Train wreck anyone?

tulip said...

The cake was quite the spectacle, and the usual behavior of the kids "helping" and sampling during the process just added that much more to the yuck factor.

Josh seemed more tame in this episode-the barbecue and the happy birthday wish at the end both seemed like he humbled himself for his son's birthday. I felt sorry for Michael when he was served his cake, and Anna shoved a piece in his mouth while he was crying-then they tried to get a picture.

Grandma seemed "amused" with the cake making process...definitely trying her best to be nice and not burst out laughing.

Devil's Advocate said...

I am no fan of Josh's, but I do have to say that between what interaction we do see with his children on the show and in other media (internet, social or whatever), he does seem to be genuinely involved with his children and interacts with them well. Since Anna stated in a previous episode they're actively trying to have more and it's reasonable to assume they will given how young they are and their current politics/beliefs, it will be interesting to see if that level of involvement changes for Josh. The show probably won't last that long for us to see, but we can probably guess what the answer is...

Beth Anne said...

Why oh why did everyone loudly proclaim that Anna was doing a great job on the cake? She did a crappy job! Can't these people ever be honest???

And, I think Michelle's voice goes up a half-octave for every year of her life. She keeps getting squeakier and higher, which makes her sound more and more fake every time I hear her.

Unhappy ex-Duggar fan said...

I have watched for years out of pure curiosity at the train wreck. But, with all the politcal mumbo jumbo being spewed on Josh instagram it kind of puts them in another light. They are part of the demographic that is pushing for church and state co-mingling. Not good! Can't wait until they get canned.

tulip said...

No, I really don't think they can be honest-I think they always have to be "positive" even if the situation is atrocious. Anna's cake was so bad, I think it was worse than the episode of Amy making her raspberry bars (which up until this point was one of the worst showings of baking I've seen.) Anna tried them and made a face, but of course followed up with, "they're really good."

Olympia said...

Grandma seemed "amused" with the cake making process...definitely trying her best to be nice and not burst out laughing.

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I agree. Grandma Duggar seems like a kind, gracious lady who was being as honest and polite as she could when asked by the crew for her opinion of Anna's creation.

sandi said...

>I want the recipe for the cheesy chicken biscuits they made when they fed 50 people please!!! They looked delicious!!! Thanks!!!

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Me too.It was nice to see something other than tater tot casserole for a change.
Also,Josh,spill the beans about your secret seasoning mix,if it's that good. :)
Uh,not believing that Michael reached to the back of the cart and got the egg out himself.
The cake..what a hot mess.Glad it was fixable,and it turned out really cute.It looked like it was fine till they tried to put the thin layer of icing on it.Not sure what that was all about.
I cringed as well when one of the smaller kids was carrying Michael up the slide.

Nancy said...

Ugh, that chicken in a biscuit looked NASTY.

The cake was also faked; where did the rainbow come from all of a sudden? Wasn't Anna trying to make a "black and white" cake? I smell shenanigans. Then again, this is TLC, you KNOW they had a cake ordered in the background because they knew this would only end in an epic fail.

As for grilling, they got a freebie from TLC and had it built way too far from theh house to be practical, especially since they didn't build a patio. They've been seen in the past pulling out an old Weber kettle grill, and lately a more sophisticated model that can be transported (seen at Big Sandy ATI camp).

Melissa said...

To comment on previous comment, I do hope that Josh & Anna are using some type on natural birth control. After the way everyone treated Anna during the labor & delivery of Michael... I still cringe thinking about it. His labor was a lot harder than Mack's. She even said, "I don't think I can do this." Do you think they moved her to the hospital? NO. Of course, now that Micheal's a year old, Anna's already forgotten about that part of it. I fear that something bad could happen in the future with the homebirths, especially if birthweight gets bigger with subsequent babies.

Patrice said...

OMG...does TLC think the viewers are as dumb as the Duggars? Obviously that was not the same cake as the bacteria-laden mess the girls were working on. Hopefully the "cake doctor" threw that whole salmmonella-laced heap in the garbage before the bakery showed up with the real cake. Nice try, TLC. And then Boob tries at the end to tell us what a wonderful job Anna did on the cake. Unless she ran down to the bakery and worked for a few hours, she did nothing to make that cake. This show has now crossed the line from ridiculous to outrageous.

sandi said...

I had to laugh when I noticed one of the boys in the kitchen had a Crimson Tide t-shirt on,although I couldn't tell who it was.The cameraman cut his head off.

Molly said...

Isn't anyone ever lactose intolerant that visits that family? Every meal is laden with cheese and cream soup glop except when they grill.

Yeah it was a different cake. Why try and bake a cake if you always fail at it?

Amy seems to have serious narcissistic personality disorder as she hams it up for the camera. I feel sorry for Joy who seems to want to be close to her, but Amy will never help any of her cousins escape, she only cares about herself.

I agree with the posters, about Josh and Anna, I hope that Josh and Anna are using birth control or even NFP so they do not end up with a million kids. I do think Josh knows the real deal and just pretends to go along.

I have noticed Josh seems less animated and kind of depressed in the eyes during the shows.

Michelle seems more fake and strained and weird every show.

katie_elaine said...

How hard is it to make a cake from a box mix? Anna and Amy both seem to have extraordinary difficulty following instructions.

Marites H. said...

So much for "reality TV".That rainbow creation served at the party was definitely NOT the same vanilla/chocolate cake Anna had been working on in the kitchen.
She doesn't have to be Super Mom and design this perfect masterpiece for her son's 1st bday. Spend a bit of money and go to a professional baker, share your ideas and leave it in their capable (much more capable) hands.

One of the "older" little boys licking batter off the counter was so gross. It might be a bit more acceptable if it had been one of the grandkids, but the others should have better manners.

Making a cake from scratch can be difficult. Cake mixes are easy. For her last birthday, my 9 yr old niece baked her own cake.

Elspeth said...

The rainbow cake piece was cut from the little cake stuck on top not the vanilla/chocolate base. Anna did make rainbow colored batter. That said, I think the final cake was professionally done and the whole sloppy mess part was done just to make an episode.

Hannah said...

nice article on the episode

http://crushable.com/entertainment/duggars-anna-duggar-personality-19-kids-and-counting-michael-birthday-cake-260/

Rainbow68 said...

Great article. Thanks, Hannah! I'm wondering if there's no third baby for Josh and Anna because Josh realizes that the show may be nearing an end - when I say "end", I mean an end to weekly programs. I've always believed they'll have specials after the show ends. As far as the cake, it would've been much easier and not much costlier to have the cake made. We always had Walmart cakes for our kids and they were just fine. Whatever Pixar movie came out that year was the theme. Of course any cartoon character will be lost on these kids as they are censored :( We went to Walmart, got the cake, and got some ice cream. Easy! I'm hoping Josh and Anna aren't frantically trying to procreate again to prove that they're "blessed". They need to enjoy their kids! They won't be around forever, although that seems to be the goal of the Gothardites. The best thing that could happen is no birth for several years, if any more at all.

mom in texas said...

Melissa said: I do hope that Josh & Anna are using some type on natural birth control.
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I too believe this could be true. They could be using a rhythem type method or it could be that Anna really just isn't that fertile. Everyone can't be as fertile as Michelle. Anna may not be as fertile as her own mother, who had 8 I believe. Anna's sister Esther, also has about 7 or 8 kids. Most people know there is no accurate way to time a pregnancy. Anna and Josh don't seem to be too heartbroken over not having a house full of kids at this point either. I think they are content with the 2 children they have.

zebracrossing said...

I know it is difficult to believe...but I think Anna's friend really did save the cake. Amy's picture shows fondant makings. I think it would have been easier to buy one at Walmart as well...but it did make up quite a bit of the show. Did those girls get to change clothes before the party began? !

http://web.stagram.com/p/304972328343060534_8488471

tulip said...

Amy's friend may have saved the cake, but I still think the whole thing had some kind of script, from the very start, when Josh & Anna were in the grocery store (not Aldi!...Safeway?) and Michael had the egg. Michael reached back initially to check out the eggs, then suddenly Michael was holding an egg, but the egg cartons in the cart were closed and at the far end of the basket. And then of course, a camera zooms in on a worker announcing a clean up over the intercom.

I think they did try to make a rainbow cake because when they were trying to fix the two halves, they were filling in with pieces of green cake. However, the green cake they had was this dark, mossy looking green. The green layer in the finished product was a much nicer, brighter green. Not to mention, all the rainbow layers looked so perfect, no crumbs, pieces, or any other evidence of disaster.

The finished fondant was all perfect, primary colors in polka dots, not the messes the Duggar kids were helping to "create"-I saw them mixing colors and making everything from hearts to a snowman-definitely not polka dots...but it was shown to be all the kids chipping in to help make Michael's first birthday cake.

BTW, Amy was really lucky that her friend Sierra, the "cake doctor", just happened to be available to just show up and save the day just in time for the party.

Stephanie said...

They easily could have and would change the cake. The egg I think a producer gave Michael that egg. A one year old baby can't open a carton of eggs unless he flips the entire carton over spilling all the eggs. Josh didn't seem fakely surprised about the egg. Michael was reaching for the eggs and Anna stopped him. The producer thinking "this would be great if Michael got into the eggs" then taping the clean up announcement. Production needs to try something else.

The fakeness of the show is getting obvious. The fake fishing, Janas fake goodbye, Jills fake telling of her speeding ticket, fake bday cake, fake egg snatching. We have seen the cake decorating several times.

zebracrossing said...

Totally staged...the cake and the egg. My kids were happy with cupcakes.

stephanie said...

The fondont that covered the finish cake? Doesn't that require a special machine that makes the fondont and don't you have to cover the cake in one big piece for that to work propery? The only thing I know about cakes is from The Cake Boss.

Did the friend bring over the fondont machine? Just kidding, I think the friend brought over an entire cake. Hence her running the cameras out of the kitchen. What liars the Duggars have become. We should do a thread on the lies they tell for the benefit of the tv show.
The little kids played in making shapes just for the cameras and their pieces were obviously not used.

stephanie said...

I just rewatched the cake episode. Maybe they didn't switch out the cake. It looks about the same size with the same base holding it. And its hardly a perfectly decorated cake. I might have just changed my mind. Of all the fake things they do on the I don't think the cake was totally switched out. It is just like the Duggars to use a friends skills for free to get something they want.

Mindy said...

Much to my dismay, I actually think that Sierra is legitimately one of Anna's friends who happens to be good with cake, and the cake for Michael's birthday is what they started out with...doctored :) I went back in Anna's instagram and found the pics for Josh's "24 cake" and Sierra was one of the mastermind's for that as well:

http://web.stagram.com/p/138748337545983607_17236708

Alberta Rose said...

When Micheal dropped the egg in the store and Anna said "We've had an egg accident", my first thought was "People who leave conception in God's hands don't have egg accidents". Okay so maybe only it's laughable to me.

Alberta Rose said...

Anna's Cake Doctor friend saved the day with the freezing and slicing. I think the "Cake Doctor" title might be a ommunity nickname, though, because the way the fondant was put on was still amatuerish, although way better then what Anna would probably have created. I think whoever made the Rainbow Cake either likes real bright colours or let a little kid help out because there was WAY too much food colourng in the layers.

Alberta Rose said...

Your right Anna does work.....being a mother is a full time job. Im just wondering if at any point does Anna think, im 22/23, I wish I could.......or I wish I had the chance to........??? As far as speaking......i mean real, true emotion. Not this cookie cutter Duggar/Bates/Keller/Gothard retoric!!! I'd just once like to hear Anna say i'm young and frustrated, I take care of two babies all day long. Im not always pleasant, I dont always agree with my inlaws, my husband and I argue, my kids annoy me at times, i'd like to do things my way, I dont want to wear this.....i want to have a seperate identity!!!!! As women these are all normal emotions and feelings.

Christian wives and mothers tend to have a support network, pray, read and/or journal to come to a solution. That's why the Duggar women aren't shown doing that sort of thing, they cope, they let go and let God. Anna didn't throw up her hands, say forget, I'm gettiing a Latte, she phoned a friend who went by the nickname "Cake Doctor" and helped. True, the Cake Doctor didn't make it look like something Buddy Valastro would have made but at least she saved the day. I do wish, though, whoever made the Rainbow Cake had used way less food dye.

Elspeth said...

Christian wives and mothers tend to have a support network, pray, read and/or journal to come to a solution. That's why the Duggar women aren't shown doing that sort of thing, they cope, they let go and let God. Anna didn't throw up her hands, say forget, I'm gettiing a Latte, she phoned a friend who went by the nickname "Cake Doctor" and helped.

First, I don't think "Christian women" are a monolithic group about which I can make or accept statements like above. I think the Duggars and many other fundamentalists want to project a certain image and as a result they learn many ways to suppress and repress their emotions. This can lead to depression, learned helplessness, and many other less than satisfactory emotional states. I know many, many fully Christian women who are not afraid to lead real authentic lives. They do try not to be shrews, but they aren't emotionless doormats either.

The whole cake mess/cake doctor plot was a planned episode by TLC. Right down to the clean up on aisle 5 for the broken egg, it was a TV setup. If not, it wouldn't have even been worthy of filming. See a young mother bake a first birthday cake. Yawnsville.

sandi said...

I don't know if the whole cake was the same one or not,but yes,for the person who asked,you can get pre-made fondant.I think walmart sells it in the bridal/party section (the white,anyway).Or any party store would carry it.And no,it doesn't overall tend to taste very well,that is jmo though.Probably what the guy on Cake Boss makes is much better.

Beth Anne said...

Re: "Christian wives and mothers tend to have a support network, pray, read and/or journal to come to a solution."

I think a lot of wives and mothers form their own support networks and find people they can lean on during stressful times. I don't believe it's exclusive to Christianity. I am also a Christian who tends to be very independent and is not very good at asking for help, even when I need it. I pray a lot, but I don't think we can paint all Christian women as being one way, nor can we assume non-Christian women do NOT have support networks, read, or journal to sort through their frustrating feelings.

emm said...

I've been in the food industry for 11 years. I am continually repulsed at how the Duggars never seem to tie their hair back when cooking or baking. Also at one point a child climbed onto the counter and actually licked batter off the counter? Awful hygiene and terrible manners! Note to Anna...Cousin Amy is far from an expert baker!

sandi said...

Yes,I truly balked when Amy said "Us southern girls know how to cook!" She is an insult to us! For one,we know how to choose the right size pan. :)
I agree about the hair nets,and I wish they would wear plasic gloves,considering their (lack of) kitchen hygiene.And no feet on the counter,no kittens there either,and no walking on the dining room table,esp. with shoes! ick.

tulip said...

Yes, the fact that Amy supposedly thinks she's a good cook because she's "southern", and the fact that Anna thinks she's someone to look to for good cooking/baking is utterly laughable. I think if Amy marries Reed, they'll be out at restaurants all the time just like Josh & Anna.

I also think Amy posted that Instagram photo of "did you see last night's episode?" of her & the others "making Michael's cake" because they know good & well what's been talked about here. Sorry...just because Amy, Anna, Joy & Sierra are smiling behind the counter with flour on their shirts and fondant polka dots laying nearby doesn't convince me of anything (except that they like photographing themselves.)

Alberta Rose said...

I also think Amy posted that Instagram photo of "did you see last night's episode?" of her & the others "making Michael's cake" because they know good & well what's been talked about here. Sorry...just because Amy, Anna, Joy & Sierra are smiling behind the counter with flour on their shirts and fondant polka dots laying nearby doesn't convince me of anything (except that they like photographing themselves.)

If they didn't make the cake, TLC went to great lengths to make it look amatuerish and did a very good job of it. I've worked with fondant. If my son, husband or even best friend wanted to film me or take a picture, I'd tell them to hand over the camera until I was done. I don't blame Sierra for not wanting to be filmed. Last time I worked with fondant, the Christianity went out the window and I shrilled a very bad word in between "leave me" and "alone".

Beantown Mom said...

I caught this episode on-line, probably the first one I've seen since before little Michael was born, and was struck by the changes in Anna. It then made me wonder, if I had stumbled upon the reason for the weight gain earlier in the year, and why there hasn't been an announcement for Grand-Duggar 3. Is it possible Anna is under treatment for PPD?

emm said...

It could be Anna may have PPD or some form of anxiety....her children are so close in age.... that is stressful enough. I cant imagine the pressure of "staying sweet" is easy to deal with.

tulip said...

Anna does seem spaced out to me. She's quiet, has a glazed-over look half the time, and the other half the time looks like she doesn't really know what's going on around her. In this episode with Michael's Bday cake catastrophe, we really didn't see her doing much of anything, except enlisting everyone else's "help". I think the only thing I actually saw her do was crack an egg into a measuring cup.

Flower Child said...

That's the way Michelle always seems to me like she's on mess and quite spacey. Maybe this is part of being a 'good wife'

Flower Child said...

Meds not mess

sandi said...

I think the instagram photo of the cake pose was actually some time ago,like over the summer,and someone just reposted a link to it? I could be wrong though.I haven't read Amy's instagram lately.

Canadian Fan said...

Anna has always seemed a bit "spacey" to me (such aa the weird side-to-side head tilt in the opening credits) but seems even more spaced out now like she's going through the motions of daily life. Probably taking some kind of happy pills for PPD, stressed with 2 young kids (3 if you count Josh), trying to maintain a sweet demeanour for the cameras.