Tuesday, April 2, Baby On the Way (Season 7)

Back from their big trip to Asia, Anna invites the entire Duggar family over for a themed dinner that will reveal her big surprise! But for a meal this big, she recruits Cousin Amy for help. And Jill and Jana jump right into work as midwives.

60 minutes

60 comments:

February said...

Please make it stop! It's called Jumping the Shark.

sandi said...

oh come on...I think the guests all probably knew in advance what the 'big surprise' was.

Stephanie said...

Remember when Josh told Anna she was Pregnant with Mac? He called the camera crew and they outloud said "Josh is very camera/tv savvy? Something like that. He should not be proud of that comment.

Boo's Mom said...

I'll be watching on youtube since I don't have cable, but I wonder if the birth center will allow filming when Anna delivers. Some places don't even allow families to record it, let alone a pro film crew. I'm curious to see if she (or Josh rather) finds a reason to have a home birth at the last minute.

lol

Rudy Tecat said...

Let's see...baby corn, baby carrots, baby back ribs...

Marites H. said...

I remember the way Anna was flustered and overwhelmed, trying to work out the measurements to make bigger recipes for their first big party as newlyweds entertaining the whole Duggar clan. She had to get the sister-moms to step in and help. They were in her kitchen, not even measuring ingredients, looking at her like "it's not that hard to do this."

In the promo to this episode, it was sad to hear Michelle saying something like "our babies are delivering babies". Don't most parents of 20-somethings despair "Our babies are HAVING babies.' We all know those girls won't be having their own babies any time soon. The little ones would be traumatized and feel abandoned when their "moms" leave them behind to marry and start their own families. I think the little ones will be stunned to find out that the woman with the out-of-control poofy hair, raised eyebrows & soft baby voice is actually their bio mother.

Alberta Rose said...

Just once I'd like to see someone ask "How come you have so many children and your sister only has one?" They have NEVER discussed why Jim Bob's sister and BIL only had one child.

I do think it's sweet Anna is taking an interest in Amy. They are both nice women, they have a quirky sense of humour and they both tend to have the best of intentions when it comes to big projects.

Anonymous said...

In sticking with the "M" theme, Meal Ticket would be a great name for baby #3.

mythoughtis said...

Well, maybe the reasons Jim Bob's sister only had 1 child is that 1. she wasn't married at the time, 2. she only wanted the number of children she could afford (don't forget she had a close up view of Jim Bib and Michelles early parenting years), 3.she doesn't belong to this crazy cult of a religion. And, it is not Jim Bob and Michelle's place to comment for his sister. She's not the one making big bucks off of this show.

Ari said...

Stephanie said...

Remember when Josh told Anna she was Pregnant with Mac? He called the camera crew and they outloud said "Josh is very camera/tv savvy? Something like that. He should not be proud of that comment.


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I distinctly remember one of the crew saying "The Duggars are very TV savvy." I knew I'd never forget that moment, because that was the moment I realized that the Duggars knew exactly what they were doing.

Rachel HM said...

Just once I'd like to see someone ask "How come you have so many children and your sister only has one?" They have NEVER discussed why Jim Bob's sister and BIL only had one child.
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I remember there being a discussion with Grandpa Duggar saying, essentially, that he did not like them having all the children they do. Clearly, Jim Bob and his sister were not raised to believe in this. They came to the quiverful movement on their own.

Penny said...

This baby vegetable theme was done on the show Full House years ago.
Jesse married and when his wife became pregnant she made him dinner with baby corn, etc. I wonder if Anna watched this show when she was a child and remembered that episode-Also the Duggars are friends of Kirk Cameron whose sister was one of the girls in Full House.

hannah said...

They were around a lot of my births. What about ANNA,


First Jobs< What first jobs.

What every happened to College Plus? aka Stephanie said...

I was glad to see a TV in Anna & Josh's house. I think no TV is good in the bedroom, but doesn't necessarily have to be a TV free home.

I am sure we all noticed the new sofa at Josh's. Jim Bob had say big and outloud "You got a new sofa, did you get it at the auction?" Jimbob can be rude and embarassing.

Glad to see baby UGGS on Mac. Used or not, I was glad to see them.

James who is super cute, looks alot like his Aunt Deanna and Aunt Amy.

Yes, I remember the Baby Menu of Full House. Anna could have seen that on a re-run in the past couple of years.

Joy runs into the front door, straight to Amy. I agree with a blogger friend that Joy loves Amy very much.

Jana & Jill have been studying for over 3 years? wow, they could have went to a real college and been almost done by now or been a real RN by now.

Jana says her parents "really like it when they can do things together." I thought we were kinda speculating about that fact but they confirmed.

Michelle talked alot about training children again.

Jessa knew about the big secret before everyone else because poor old Jessa is #5 and never gets to do anything.

I have been thinking about Jill, they way she is a people pleaser, do you think she thinks she isn't the prettiest of the girls? They are all pretty but she may not think she is.

They are having a boy and I think they will name it Matthew.

Michelle opening and closing with the Duggar Album. Will that stay or not? New Producer maybe?

Nancy said...

Aaaaaannnnddd if I hear Anna say that one more time, I will personally fly to Springdale and snatch her head bald.

Gah, it's like fingers on a chalkboard.

Her makeup? Wow! She had the gun set to "Harlot."

As for the rest of it, IMO we're in for a giant dose of FU Internets!!!! If you only have to assist at 40 births, you won't be anywhere near the 3000 hours the pop up claimed Jill/Jana have (assumed combined). Still, I guess they're not home long enough to study properly. Still, I don't know why they haven't taken their exams; as the midwife said, rather shiftily, Jill has either been with her two years (this past) February for two years, or had already been with her for about two and a half years, depending on when that segment was actually taped.

Speaking of...the first bit at the TTH was shot around the holidays; garlands lined the stairs. Then we go back to the beginning of October for the pregnancy announcement. I'll guess that the Jana/Jill segment was done later, which would make more sense of the midwife's statement about time. It was hard to tell since the people coming in didn't look all bundled up, but it's not excessively cold in AR most of the time.

Boo on the poor continuity editing. Tape that scene at the main house after the decorations are down and no one would have been the wiser and it would have told the story they were attempting to tell.

sandi said...

Anna's family follows Gothard as well,meaning they likely did not have a tv.The producers may have come up with this one.Seems they want a new way to announce each one differently.jmo.

Kari said...

Did anyone notice that when they entered Josh and Anna's house, Joy PUSHED right past Anna without even a hello, and ran right to Amy and hugged her. Joy may be the one to leave the nest first, and follow right in cousin Amy's footsteps.

Mindy said...

Who wants to bet Anna is giving birth at the CPM's office where Jana and Jill are apprenticing? Not quite a "birthing center" but at least (hopefully) the CPM would have to be there for liability's sake.

Faith said...

After watching last night's episode I have a comment and a question.
My comment is, boy does Grandma Duggar have a lot of laundry to do. I'm not sure how many loads they said she had to do when they returned from Asia, but even with multiple washers and dryers that must have taken FOREVER. And that's not taking into consideration the number of loads of laundry she would have to do once back just to keep up with the daily work. Couldn't someone get in there & help the poor lady out?!
My question is, why do the Duggars not eat pork? This might be an old/obvious question, but I'm relatively new to the Duggar phenomenon so this was new information to me.
Thanks!

Not a Fan said...

It is my understanding the Duggars don't eat pork because of the Old Testament belief not to do so. This is much more a Jewish tradition than a Christian one. These are the Duggars we are talking about and they think that everything ever written in the bible should be followed. That said I wonder if Jim Bob will sit in a chair that Michelle has sat in during her cycle? That too is a crazy thing that some Uber Christians abide by. Yes Uber, it is my way of saying extreme.

imaamy said...

They follow some Old Testament guidelines/restrictions such as the number of days after birth before starting on the next one (!) and not eating pork. They never said why they follow that dietary guideline, and I don't know if they eat shellfish which is also prohibited to kosher Jews.

Ari said...

Faith said...

After watching last night's episode I have a comment and a question.
My comment is, boy does Grandma Duggar have a lot of laundry to do. I'm not sure how many loads they said she had to do when they returned from Asia, but even with multiple washers and dryers that must have taken FOREVER. And that's not taking into consideration the number of loads of laundry she would have to do once back just to keep up with the daily work. Couldn't someone get in there & help the poor lady out?!
My question is, why do the Duggars not eat pork? This might be an old/obvious question, but I'm relatively new to the Duggar phenomenon so this was new information to me.
Thanks!


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They don't eat pork because it's one of Gothard's dumbass rules, taken from the Old Testament. Yet they don't talk about not wearing clothes made from 2 types of material, or other weirdo laws like that. Of course they don't elaborate on it......THEY don't even know why they follow HALF the rules they do.

sandi said...

IIRC,one of the pop-ups said Gma Duggar did 70 loads of laundry a week.So about 10 loads a day on average.
I agree,someone should be helping her out.I imagine she started doing it as a way to feel she was earning her keep when she first moved in,but that's a lot of work for someone in their 70's.Plus I noticed some of the family is inconsiderate of her and just throws their clothes on the laundry room floor. (No,I don't think Gma did that!).Imo the kids,esp.the boys..are being taught,once again,that women exist for housework and for picking up after them.Plus there's no elder respect being taught.Not a nice waay to show your kids how to treat your family,imo.

sandi said...

I think it was said the Duggars don't eat pork due to the laws of the Old Testament.

Jules said...

The Duggars don't eat pork because of the Old Testament Law. They say, in their book, that while they are Christians and obviously follow the New Testament, they also do some things in the Old Testament such as: no pork, circumcision, so sex for a certain amount of time after a birth.

Boo's Mom said...

"As for the rest of it, IMO we're in for a giant dose of FU Internets!!!! If you only have to assist at 40 births, you won't be anywhere near the 3000 hours the pop up claimed Jill/Jana have (assumed combined). Still, I guess they're not home long enough to study properly. Still, I don't know why they haven't taken their exams; as the midwife said, rather shiftily, Jill has either been with her two years (this past) February for two years, or had already been with her for about two and a half years, depending on when that segment was actually taped."

ONLY 40 birth are required? 3000 hrs is a heck of a lot more than that lolz

I don't think they would be "allowed" to get an actual nursing degree, as they couldn't have a "buddy" with them 24/7 and nursing courses require hands on learning that JB & M would have a problem with (you know stuff like foley cath on male patients, etc)

Are these girls aiming to be CPM's or CNM's?

Stephanie said...

I forgot something else funny. When the camera crew did a close up on the dirty laundry, they focused in on a big Brown BRA. That's embarassing and awesome!

Penny said...

Yes,poor Grandma Duggar. I think it was Jessa who liked doing laundry and Grandma stepped in to help and I guess Jessa stepped out.
The birthing center-Jill and Jana examining the mothers with their bellies exposed. When Michelle and Anna were filmed having sonograms-everything had to be covered up-guess the boys will not be able to fully watch that episode. I wonder if the children were allowed to touch Michelle's stomach and see her stomach when she was pregnant.
As for Anna preparing dinner-lot she could have done the night before when Josh was home from work-such as prepare the vegetables,even make the trays if she had enough room in the frige.

Cassia said...

Jim Bob and Michelle do not treat his mom with respect. She is basically an unpaid servant in the laundry room. Even if they don't intend to do it, they are teaching their own children that it's OK (and normal) to treat your parents this way. G'ma Duggar deserves a vacation from all that laundry. With that many washers & dryers, there's no reason why the kids (sons included) couldn't help out. Do the men in the Duggar compound even know how a washer/dryer works? They've probably never touched it.

Ashley said...

I'm watching the episode now but here's my thoughts so far...

I like the album thing at the beginning. I did feel a little bad though thinking that the little ones are still in there "first steps and strollers" days. Well I guess they have all taken their first steps. I just hope that they get their little milestones celebrated too. (I suppose it doesn't take a family of 20 for those to become routine though!)

Jill said that she is taking Anatomy and Physiology - I didn't realize that lay midwives took formal classes. Jana said that Jill is completing all of her perquisites; I wonder what that means. Smart of her to learn Spanish. I hope she gets to learn by talking to some people who are fluent though!

Ashley said...

First, I noticed that I misspelled prerequisites in my last post. :)

So who bought that the Duggars were actually unintentionally early to the dinner? That seems highly unlikely IMO.

I thought it was sweet that Anna told Jessa about the baby. It's probably not often that one of them knows something the others don't! I couldn't believe more of them didn't figure it out though. In that family, if someone said there was a surprise, I'd automatically assume pregnancy. Lol.

tater tot said...

I watched this episode *yawn*. I feel sorry for Grandma Duggar and all the laundry...run Grandma Duggar run..ok walk Grandma D ....ENJOY LIFE and get outta the dirty clothes.. i'm betting your hubby..bless his soul and may he rest in peace, but he would not want you to be WORN out over all this work. Do your own dirty duds Duggars..Grandma should just be enjoying life---let her enjoy HER retirement. I mean i think the duggars are pretty sweet people but this just is not right. ANNA please speak like an adult. Last rant;) all those people need to take off the shoes in Josh's house..with little ones crawling around ...ughhh just makes my skin crawl with all the germs. FREE GRANDMA ~~~~

Buddy Free said...

I just feel kinda creeped out and kinda strange about Jill and Jana and all this "mid-wife" & "doula" business. Not that this is bad. Its just that these young ladies have not even had their ...first kiss or anything else..yet there they are dealing with birth ETC ETC. Save those kisses but dive right on in to delivering...again Not knocking it..just creeps me out---i know i know its not bad..but still. I sure hope these young women are able to leave the birds nest and have a happy life while they are still young...not that they have a sad life. Buddy system is ok but its time for Michelle and Jimbob too take care of their younger kids...let the buddies do what they want. As for Anna mentioning a bizillion times that she might be preggers...last episode ..is this what this show has become...all about who can create another baby? I'm tiring of this show..how many times can TLC churn out the same ole same ole.

Leigh Ann said...

"They don't eat pork because it's one of Gothard's dumbass rules, taken from the Old Testament. "

And pork is only one of many food laws. The OT also says no fish without scales (no catfish!), no crabs, lobster, clams, rabbit, snake (not that those two come up all that often), milk with meat. I wonder if the Duggar kids eat Jello? Gelatin is made from pigs' hooves although you can get vegeterian/kosher gelatin.

It just seems weird to pick one food on a banned list and ignore the rest.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Gdma D ... There was a show about some fixer-upper they bought that had been vandalized (probably by the local Meth-heads) for copper pipe. During that episode, GB is showing Gdma around and he asks her if she likes the place. In response, she asks whether there is a washer-dryer.

Sounds like Stockholm Syndrome to me.

That poor woman is lost in some dark vortex of laundry and may never emerge.

FREE GRANDMA D !!

Not a Fan said...

I feel bad for Jana. It seems to me that she has been pushed into this Doula/midwife stuff all because Jill took an interest. She even said that she doesn't like to get in there the way Jill does and just likes to stand on the sidelines away from the whole thing. (paraphrasing) I know that my sister and I had similar interests but believe me she never would have gone into teaching and doing clerical work was not for me. When I moved onto working as a building inspector, I would never in a million years thought she would follow. I did it because financially it was the right thing at the time. She would have just seen the work boots and dirt. Not everyone has the same career path in mind. Why do these people keep trying to make everyone fit into a specific mold? Their children are different and have different talents and interests. Clearly Jana would be happier doing something else. This is not the path she is meant to take. Oh but I forgot she is probably being told to be content in it.

Faith said...

Leigh Ann said...
And pork is only one of many food laws. The OT also says no fish without scales (no catfish!), no crabs, lobster, clams, rabbit, snake (not that those two come up all that often), milk with meat. I wonder if the Duggar kids eat Jello? Gelatin is made from pigs' hooves although you can get vegeterian/kosher gelatin.

It just seems weird to pick one food on a banned list and ignore the rest.
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Someone can correct me on this, but I think I've heard somewhere that Bill Gothard also instructs the no milk with meat thing too.
Also, I saw a video clip where Joy-Anna was giving a tour of the laundry room & she mentions that she helps Grandma D by hanging the laundry. So apparently Grandma D is in charge of gathering the laundry from the shoot and doing to washing & drying (maybe folding) and Joy-Anna puts it away. Still a pretty tough job for a 70-something year old woman if you ask me.

Marites H. said...

Even if Anna has 2 small children to keep busy while she's preparing for that HUGE dinner party, what would have been so bad about doing alot of prep work the night before? It wasn't a last minute decision to invite the family over. Not the brightest crayon in the box if she thinks she can get all that work done on her own (while watching the kids) in only 3 hrs. Good thing cousin Amy has free time to swoop in and rescue her. I didn't get to watch the episode until today. Joy definitely rushed past Anna w/o greeting her and launched herself into Amy's arms. Those kids really, really need contact with the outside world before they go completely crazy.

Jana doesn't seem as enthusiastic as Jill about the whole midwife/doula career choice but anything to do with helping other people with their pregnancies/babies must be on the short list of Gothard-approved career choices for a woman if she adamantly insists on being something other than a baby factory.

Elspeth said...

I think all the last minute rush nonsense is producer driven to create (fake) drama. I doubt we can truly assess Anna's abilities based on what I think is a contrived plot line.

Stephanie said...

I agree. Jana is not up for the blood & guts so to speak. Jill originally wanted to be an RN. I guess that was squashed because she didn't have a buddy. Its ashame.

Stephanie said...

I agree. Its ashame when that same plot is filmed again and again. Cooking for a bunch of people with Amy assisting. Even sadder is I got suckered into watching it again. Shame on me. Haha

zebracrossings said...

Thinking about Mary Duggar...'Grandma'... doing all the laundry. Maybe she is keeping all busy with that so she isn't stuck with babysitting. I think she really loves her grandchildren...but should be able to pick the time she spends with them. Yes, I think she needs some help with the laundry...and the kids need to know how to do their own....but I think she actually enjoys it....I know my grandmother LOVED doing laundry and would offer to do ours every time we visited her! Mary definitely needs some laundry buddies.

Sharla said...

1.368 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.

Leigh Ann said...

My mother had a neighbor who loved ironing and came over to my mom's and did all her ironing just for the fun of it. Starch and everything. She used to work at a cleaner's and she did a better job than my mother's usual cleaners.

Leigh Ann said...

"Someone can correct me on this, but I think I've heard somewhere that Bill Gothard also instructs the no milk with meat thing too."

I started looking for links about that. There's all kinds of ex-Gothard stuff out there. Then I remembered tator tot casserole. The recipe on the Duggar website calls for ground turkey and evaporated milk. I use ground beef and regular milk in mine, but I wondered what they used. They also eat lasagna with meat and cheese. So if Gothard teaches, they aren't paying any attention to it, at least in their cooking.

Beth Anne said...

RE: "Clearly Jana would be happier doing something else. This is not the path she is meant to take. Oh but I forgot she is probably being told to be content in it."

What is even sadder is that we, the TV viewers, can pick up on this in 5 minutes of watching the show, whereas Jana's REAL family cannot or, if they do, choose to ignore her feelings, in the interest of keeping her on a "Godly" path...i.e., a Gothard-approved job. It's all about fake smiles and being content with a path picked out by a relative stranger. And don't tell me she has all these choices...it is clear from ATI/Gothard literature and the testimony of ex-followers that women are directed to a few, selected jobs during their unmarried life.

imaamy said...

Re the food laws, most observant Jews wait 3 hrs after eating meat before eating anything dairy (ice cream, even crackers made with milk, cheese, milk etc). So if you have hamburgers for dinner, not til late at night can you have ice cream for dessert. Seriously doubt there is that much discipline going on there in Duggarville!

mom in texas said...

There could only be one thing Anna could have been "surprising" the family with, a new baby. Since Josh and Anna are already married, being pregnant was an obvious choice. The themes run so thin in this family. I have attempted to watch but have lost interest since the middle of the last season.

While one kid is a wonderful first, two kids make a cute family, three under 4 years old will be a true test for Anna. Mac isn't old enough to help and the only in-law who would be old enough and not too busy at home would be JoyAnna, who doesn't seem too willing. Anna seems so even tempered and hardly flustered so I wonder if three children will break her.

hannah said...

Its 6 hours, not 3.. I also find the kids very rude to climb on everything. The fruit seemed an FU moment.

Vida said...

Kari said...
Did anyone notice that when they entered Josh and Anna's house, Joy PUSHED right past Anna without even a hello, and ran right to Amy and hugged her. Joy may be the one to leave the nest first, and follow right in cousin Amy's footsteps.

4/03/2013 5:42 AM
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Yes I did notice that. Hopefully Joy is seeing the light and will be more of a free spirit like Amy!

Anonymous said...

I watched the faces on the older girls when Anna made her announcement, and I have to say I say some wheels turning and thoughts of "when is it my turn? I'm not even married yet, much less having babies". I felt very bad, especially for Jana. I sensed a sadness from her. I wish I could jump ahead 10 years and see what's going on with this family.

sandi said...

Since Josh appeara to be home a lot and not working at the car lot very much,I do think Anna will have it pretty easy with 3 kids,at least much easier than most ppl do who have that many under age 4.
JMO but I think she has a pretty easy life;they probably go out for dinner a lot,and she probably gets a pretty good break during the kids naptime,and the house is small,so it's not like she's cleaning or running a huge place.Jmo though.

flowerchild said...

I don't think Jana is sad about not having babies yet, I think she's sad about her brother following their parent's foot steps. I thought Jana was disappointed that Josh married so young too.

Penny said...

Josh and Anna are enjoying their lives, all the freedom to do what they want to and seem oblivious to the others feelings. Yes they should be enjoying themselves but maybe it's time to think of his sisters feelings. Yes baby 3 should be welcomed as well as baby 1 and 2 but do they need all the fanfare-I think a lot of it is for the show. Maybe the sisters don't want babies now but they probably want something going on in their lives that they can announce.

imaamy said...


4/07/2013 11:23 PM

Blogger sandi said...
Since Josh appeara to be home a lot and not working at the car lot very much,I do think Anna will have it pretty easy with 3 kids,at least much easier than most ppl do who have that many under age 4.
JMO but I think she has a pretty easy life;they probably go out for dinner a lot,and she probably gets a pretty good break during the kids naptime,and the house is small,so it's not like she's cleaning or running a huge place.Jmo though.


Agreed but in the preview they are shopping for a bigger house, not that one shown they were renovating. When they showed Anna getting ready to have the family over in that tiny kitchen, all I could think was "barefoot and pregnant!"

Stephanie said...

I think the girls are missing, romance. The excitement of being asked on a date and everything that goes along with that. The thrill of having a handsome man you are attractted to take you in his arms and kiss you. Romance is exciting and normal that is what the girls (and boys) are missing.

I really hope John David or Joseph has a secret romance going on in that little town.

sandi said...

>I really hope John David or Joseph has a secret romance going on in that little town.
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I'd just love to hear that one of them has snuck out the window for a night on the town! LOL.
I've always wondered if that's the reason they put the dorm bedrooms on the 2nd floor.

Leigh Ann said...

I finally watched it last night. I really enjoyed watching Jana and Jill at the birthing center. That was at least something different. I can never remember which is which with any of the kids but I did notice one of the two was really into the whole birthing thing and the other looked like she was there because she has to do something and that's about the only choice. I wonder what any of these kids, boys and girls, would do if they truly could choose. With nine girls, someone may well pick "wife and mom" but I don't think all nine would. As for Anna's dinner, I thought she told everyone "come on over, we have a big announcement" and that would have been obvious. But guessing the theme of the dinner was really creative. I wouldn't have gotten "baby on the way" just because everything was small. I liked when a couple of the boys guessed camping because of the hamburgers and hot dogs. I wonder what kind of dessert they had that was in a big pumpkin. I would have done a watermelon. And carved it the night before! But I agree with whoever said a lot of the last-minute was probably for the show. I get the idea Anna actually is pretty organized. I think she would have done a lot of it earlier.

One thing I notice a lot is that Michelle talks about training her kids whereas Anna talks about teaching hers. In this episode Michelle said she was training the little ones to help in the kitchen and Anna said she was teaching Mackenzie to help. Teaching leaves room for thinking and figuring things out for yourself, training just involves doing what you're told without thinking.

duggarworld said...

I've often wondered how it is that all of the Duggar children as well as those in every other Gothard family seem to tow the line and not break off on their own. Maybe Jana and certainly Jinger (I feel so bad for her with that name, all I can think of is Ginger Rogers and Ginger from Gilligan's Island every time I hear it), and even John David are all contemplating leaving this lifestyle, yet haven't done so yet since it would be detrimental to the family while they're still a money making machine. The show would have to leave TLC first, with only the occasional internet story about the family or a blurb in People about what's going on with them before any of the kids actually left. I wouldn't be surprised if Jim Bob and Michelle have even said this to them directly - that they can't make any moves or do anything while the show is still on the air.

But, it could also be that these kids are all just totally trapped in this lifestyle, and might be too scared to break free and be "alone" in the world. From what I was reading, people who rebel are ostracized, the same way Amish people do it to their own when they break free, and that alone is enough to keep those kids there. The fear of losing their famiiy's love and bond, however contrived it may be makes them stay. That and the comfy lifestyle, "jurisdictions" aside. Anyhow I can certainly see Jinger wanting to get out, it's so obvious. And I think Josiah might too. He seems to be getting more and more crazy as time goes on. He's not a carefree kid like he once was, but he's not a man yet either, and no one mentors him from what I can see. He'll probably run like the wind when he gets the chance... And as someone else has said, John David seems to have taken a backseat to all of the goings on. He probably wants to be his own man and not the Duggar handyman anymore.

And yes, free Grandma! I loved the line - which someone recently mentioned - when she and Jim Bob are in the rental house that's being fixed up, and he says "maybe you'd want to live here" and without skipping a beat she says "is there a washer and dryer". I think it was a tongue-in-cheek dig at Jim Bob, lol. It was great. As if to say - give me a break on the laundry already! Of course she'll keep doing it though because someone's got to, and she loves her family and wants to do for them...

HondaMom said...

Jana & Jill have been studying for over 3 years? wow, they could have went to a real college and been almost done by now or been a real RN by now.

For what it's worth, I had a talk with my midwife (who is on our state board and helps write the state exams and trains other midwives), and she said most of her apprentices take a little more than three years to complete their training. I have another friend who was a CNM in a hospital and decided to make the switch to doing home births, and it still took her a little while to get through the process to make the transition legally.