Tuesday, October 22, 9:00 PM, Fleamarket Finale!

This big family is preparing for an even BIGGER event! The Duggars are gearing up for the first ever Duggar Family Flea Market to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital. With a long to-do list and an ambitious goal, will they be able to pull this off?

60 minutes

85 comments:

Willow said...

Nothing about Jessa? Isn't it the season finale?

Rudy Tecat said...

I can just see the producers with this big hat full of unfinished story ideas, pulling out slips of paper reading "charity" "Flea market" and "boys vs. girls", and saying, "That sounds like an episode to us!" Same as "Bates" "camping" "girls", and "Anna" "Shopping" "dinner party". I'm hoping this season for the "Josie" "weight loss" "birthday cake" episode.

Nancy said...

Ben Seewald's posting of that picture of him and Jessa on his FB wall (similar to how he broke that they were courting before the Duggars) pretty much confirms that the "announcement" at the end of this episode will have to do with this relationship. For all we know, they could be engaged by now.

Willow said...

I am so mad that they hyped (under the guise of letting the cat out of the bag, "oops") the courtship of Jessa before this season even started. They know full well that is what the fans have been waiting for and, indeed, is the only reason some people watch, but they ignored it all season and are only going to "make an announcement". Again, dragging things out for ratings. I think they would have done better to talk about it more this season. As it is, I feel so angry that they gave us multiple doses of Josh and Anna (again) instead of something new. They think they are being clever, but I am really done with these people this time.

Janis M. said...

I have a question about something I noticed in this episode: the family went to a radio station to advertise their flea market. OK, I saw the frequency 102.7 and the name of the station, 'The Vibe' on the door as they were coming in. I decided to look them up to see what type of radio station they were and discovered that this station plays contemporary 'pop' music. Now, how were they familiar with this station if they don't allow the children to listen to anything except Christian and classical music? Plus, the air personality was nowhere to be found on the station's website. This makes me think that this was staged for the cameras and the producers just rented the studio as a backdrop.

Anonymous said...

All the "side hugs," really make me insane. Sorry.

Coleen said...

Family texting? So, I guess no text code is allowed because the parents wouldn't understand.

Stephanie said...

Ben next to Jessa when Jer comes to get the knives. You can see his arm and that blue braclet.

What was with Jessa ignoring her grandma so rudely while baking. Maybe she is ready to get out of there.

Nancy said...

So, given all the help with the flea market, not to mention the costs incurred by filming and income incurred by the Duggars, did JB donate his own proceeds to the hospital?

Seriously, they needed a fundraiser for the logistics and support staff that actually made the event run.

May as well just have written a check including the proceeds as well as their per-episode salary. They certainly owe the hospital that much.

Nancy said...

Ooooh...Michelle looks off into space while spewing the "Praying about adoption" spiel. That's a well-known "tell" that someone's lying.

They may be praying, but at best, I would imagine it's half-assed and insincere, primarily for show (and to keep the TLC Cancel Wolves at bay). No repetuable place is going to give an infant to parents pushing 50. Of course, if they did adopt, they'd go through some fundie channels that bypass all the regulations, but I'm not really worried about that either.

Judy said...

They didn't mention the thousands of dollars that had to be put out to even put ON the flea market.

no1 said...

Yes - we got the message that Jim Bob and Michelle take part in the group courting texting and phone calls. No word about Ben's parents. Does the "party line" extend only to the Duggars?

Leigh Ann said...

There's a couple in our church that's adopted internationally and they are easily around 50. He looks to be older than my husband who is 46. I saw them with this little girl a few Sundays and when I got close to them one day I asked the husband "Is this your granddaughter." He said no, she was their daughter. But they don't already have 19 kids and they also didn't get her as an infant and that's all Michelle would be interested in. I just couldn't see placing a baby with a family that big unless it was one of those families that has adopted 27 special needs kids. That's a special instance. The baby would feel like he went from one orphanage or another (if the baby came from an orphanage).

Leigh Ann said...

Maybe Ben's parents trust him.

Nancy said...

Ratings:
1.401M viewers/0,5 rating

Coleen said...

"Stephanie said...
What was with Jessa ignoring her grandma so rudely while baking. Maybe she is ready to get out of there."

I noticed that too! It seems that the adult children are losing patience.

roddma said...

I agree with several kids and toddlers, no legal agency would let the Duggars adopt. I also think they say it for ratings. As far as this charity thing goes, they could have kept it under wraps or at least kept it off TV. That's a nice gesture but with the way the Duggars like attention, it makes you wonder

Anonymous said...

"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Matt 6:1

So how do they rationalize giving their alms in front of 1.4 million people?

Anonymous said...

They could raise money for the hospital by using real plates and cups rather than using all those disposable forks, cups and plates, and donating the difference. And they could stop going on mission trips, and donate the cost of the airline tickets, and those useless gifts instead.

Londonbridges said...

Excellent question Anonymous. I have wondered many times as to how JimBob and Michelle justify this. JMHO

Anonymous said...

Two things. First I cringe every time I hear Jim Bob call Michelle 'Mama". Is that a southern thing? It just rubs me the wrong way. Second, why are 'courting' couples allowed no privacy at all? They must go on chaperoned dates. And are there really that many men out there who would put up with their emails being read by potential in-laws? The whole courting thing seems very weird to me. I understand caution and some family involvement, but honestly! Zero privacy I guess until after the wedding and you go on your honeymoon.

Stephanie said...

When talk to my kids I will say "go tell daddy" or "daddy is going to pick you up" I don't call him "daddy" when I talking to him. He always says "your mom" when talking with the kids. I think its Jimbob, his moms name is grandma now

Stephanie said...

Ben went from musclely to skinny in two months.

In the morning, more proof of something we noticed years ago. Where ever the kids drop is where they sleep. Jen, Jordan, and Josie all in Jills bed, pjs, no pillows no blankets. That means there is no bedteb ritual like bath, bible, bed.
My kids are teens and I still want them in pjs, clean, and warm blankets and pillows. Another condfirmation? The sister moms do draw a line with what they are willing to do. If mama doesn't care how or where they sleep, sister moms aren't going out od there way either. Where did Jill sleep that night? She can't possibly be that busy as a midwife.

Stephanie said...

Ben went from musclely to skinny in two months.

In the morning, more proof of something we noticed years ago. Where ever the kids drop is where they sleep. Jen, Jordan, and Josie all in Jills bed, pjs, no pillows no blankets. That means there is no bedteb ritual like bath, bible, bed.
My kids are teens and I still want them in pjs, clean, and warm blankets and pillows. Another condfirmation? The sister moms do draw a line with what they are willing to do. If mama doesn't care how or where they sleep, sister moms aren't going out od there way either. Where did Jill sleep that night? She can't possibly be that busy as a midwife.

sandi said...

I think their phone calls also get listened in on,if I am not mistaken.I think I would have to draw the line on some of these things.

Lynn said...

I have a question which has been on my mind since this episode aired. I have searched here and at FJ... but no one seemed to notice this. When they showed Justin making biscuits in this episode, it looked as if his right upper arm was severely burned or perhaps this is a birthmark? It is only shown for a brief couple of seconds.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone really think those younger boys will go along with the "courting routine" when the time come for them to start dating?

Pam said...

As far as married couples calling each other Mama and Daddy, I am in the South and I hear it a lot. I only refer to my husband as Daddy when talking to our son. For example go tell Daddy we're ready. If I am talking to him, I call him by his name.

Irene said...

If Jessa and Ben have any sense at all, they should get a couple of cheap mobiles and talk/text in private. There must be a way to sneak it into her hands and I am sure she can find a place to hide it. And just send some texts out on their other mobiles so the parents won't get suspicious.

Stephanie said...

Sorry about all of my typos. I have new phone and I am even worse on this one than on my other one.

Stephanie said...

I have always said I hope that John David has a secretgirlfriend somewhere but I doubt it.

Pathetic, 24 years old, sharing a room with 9 little boys and not allowed to talk to a girl without his mom and dad monitorinf every conversation or text?

I have teenagers and we watch the phone bill online to see how many times they text, but mainly we watch to see how much they text during school. The only way we would know who they are talking to is if we know who's number is who's.

They would actually have to approve EVERY PHONE NUMBER and match it to a person. Lets refresh, John, Jana, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and almost Joseph are adults. They have to give parents everyones numbers to monitor? I don't think that would work. Certainly Jessa didn't give them Bens number until they wanted to make it official. John could have his own private #.

They are so proud of their adult kids. But someone said they dont do anything and I agree. Jill is doing the equavelent of a part time job. John has been hanging with family more than ever. Jana, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, maybe Josiah have "graduated" high school. Why don't they celebrate when the kids get theie hs diplomas?

tulip said...

I know we've all pointed this out before, but what kind of an example do they think it is being shown using all that Styrofoam? I do get using disposables for a big family, but why on earth don't they use paper plates already? Don't know about Arkansas, but where we are, we can put food-soiled paper (i.e. PAPER plates) in the recycling toter. The Duggars may not have a recycling toter, or JB would be to cheap to have curbside pick-up. Anyway, they still should, and need, to use paper. And it is a poor example. Even after Josh & Anna were first married, they were eating their morning cereal out of tall Styrofoam cups. Two people, at their own house, and still using Styrofoam. Obviously we do what we've learned & what we see. Show some environmental awareness please. 19 kids may not be contributing to global warming (as they say), but 45+ Styrofoam plates, and who knows how many cups, at least per day IS contributing their share of messing up the environment, easily.

Leigh Ann said...

You can also burn paper. They have plenty of space for a burn pile. I did notice when Jana and Joy were babysitting they were eating out of regular bowls. When they were in Arkansas they appeared to be using disposable but I wonder if Michelle was supplying them and now they're on their own and using real stuff. This move away from the family is really good for them. They were saying they were able to spend more time together. Even though Josh is at work all day they aren't obligated to spend weekends or evenings doing stuff with the rest of the family. Sometimes you need to put some space between you and the extended family. Maybe not a thousand miles, but enough that you don't have people constantly popping in.

Anonymous said...

When Josh and Anna had that couple over for dinner I noticed that they used plastic plates and utensils.The plates were a deep red color. That might be somewhat better than styrofoam but Anna does have a dishwasher.Josh and Anna's kids are always shown eating their cereal out of either styrofoam or plastic.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie is absolutly correct about no bedtime ritual for the Duggar children. We see them sleeping on a chair, a couch, a blanket thrown on the floor. Michelle has said they have "Bible Study" everynight in the boy's room (don't know what they do when they are traveling) but it often takes quite awhile to round everyone up. Then they have the lesson and discuss it.Who makes night-owls out of small children?
I must have been very selfish when mine were small. I was tired at the end of the day and so were they, even with naps. We had bathtime, storytime and bedtime was at 7or7:30PM. They were never too tired to get up in the morning.
I know it's much, much more difficult these days when so many mom's work fulltime but that not the case in the Duggar household.

sandi said...

I suspect the Duggars use styrofoam instead of paper because it's cheaper.I know where I shop I can get a pack of 60 9 oz cups for .99 cents,and a pack of medium size plates for $2.This is less than what the ppr or plastic sell for.
Altough we don't use them all the time like the Duggars do,I like to keep them around in case we need extras.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Srephanie's comment about John David sharing a room with 9 little boys. I remember Michelle saying that John David owned the house that he had done work on for the bank. She said he was renting it out and would have that income while he remained at home until he was married. WHAT? Just because he's not married it doesn't mean he can't live in his own home...he worked for that.
My son was in his twenties and single when he bought his home.I was happy for him.

Anonymous said...

I meant to add in my comment about John David's house, I realize he would not be collecting rent to builld up a bank account if he lived in the home but they said he owned it outright because of the deal with the bank. He would probably only have a small real estate tax, as well as utilities. A small price to pay for your freedom.
He seems like a shy youny man (not a kid) who is embarrassed when the family is onstage singing. He often shrugs his shoulders and shifts from side to side. Just not into the violins and singing. What a sad life.

Maria said...

You can sure tell that Jessa is done with Michelle's fantasy of many babies coming through here. The look on her face clearly shows it. She rolled her eyes at her mother, over the baby shoes.

She was a little icy toward her grandma in the kitchen while making cookies. I bet Jessa felt annoyed by it since she's been cooking for Michelle since she was a little girl! You can tell that Jessa is over all of it, and ready to get out of the compound. I bet she is counting the days.

I feel terrible for Jana. Still stuck there, at her age, raising her mother's children. Jana is young, she should be out in the world having other experiences.

Maria said...

Also, I don't understand why in the world they bothered with this flea market thing. All Jim Bob had to do was pull out his check book and make it out for 10k to the hospital.

Jana looked overheated and her face looked very red at one point, it looked very hot that day. Then Jim Bob asks Jessa to make a bunch of cookies after all that work they already put in. Maybe that's why she was icy toward Grandma.

Anonymous said...

I honestly got the impression when Jim Bob came up with the idea of a"Flea Market" (following the Duggar farm failure) he was thinking of the proceeds going to his own family. Michelle immediatly said on camera that it should be a fund raiser for the hospital. At that point I don't think Jim Bob could say no and it became the gigantic flea market. They then needed to go out and find enough items and bring in an auctioneer.
This was all JimBob&Michelle but the entire family was required to be on hand.

Anonymous said...

Whenever I see those Duggar girls it reminds me of when I was their age. I was unable to attend college due to finances so I went to work for a large insurance co. We had a wonderful recreational association. For a small monthly fee we were able to go to museums, concerts,the theater, overnight ski trips. I have wonderful memories of those times. Michele has wonderful memories of her overnight trips with the cheerleading squad, all her wonderful sleepovers with her friend Cindy, staying up just talking most of the night.Why doesn't she let those girls enjoy this time in their lives? They'll only br young once.

mom in texas said...

Just to add my two cents, though I could be completely wrong, I don't see Jessa keeping up with the charade once she's outside the Duggar household. I think she sees Ben as a means to an end, not to say her feelings for him aren't genuine but I definitely could see her spreading her wings and flying far away from raising babies and jurisdictions. Could you blame her?

I feel somewhat sad for Jana but at the same time she's an adult who could leave if she truly wanted to. Suze Keller did it. I can't imagine sitting at home in my mid- twenties, waiting on "Prince Charming" and daddy's approval. Speaking of, Jim Bob often says the girls have had prospective courtship offers but I wonder why didn't any of them happen and which girls were involved? How does a guy pass the "Jim Bob" test? Ben Seewald is about 2 years younger than Jessa and he was approved. I think it has a lot to do with the family of the young man and what they have to offer the Duggars. I guess love and true feelings take a back seat.

Elvira said...

I don't believe for a minute the flea market was Jim Bob's idea. TLC needed something to fill out the season and I think it was their idea. Other TLC shows have used rummage sales as a plot device when they ran out of other ideas.

Anonymous said...

Elvira
I think prehaps you are spot on regarding the flea market episode . I seldom watch any of these TLC shows so wasn't aware that they use events such as rummage sales when they run out of ideas

Dar said...

All of these young people should have a fairly healthy bank account by now. They have been involved in this program for quite a few years. Money should have been put away for them and they wouldn't have to live at home and rent out their means of a little "alone" time. Jim Bob and the "Cheerleader" probably don't them becoming independent because one of them might ask where the money goes. They are the ones bringing in the money. Not too many are interested in Michelle's trite platitudes and JimBob's totally adolescent ramblings

Maria said...

Well, we know that there will be another season, because the finale gives us about 4 minutes to wrap up Jessa' courtship, long enough for us to see them all group texting with mom and dad. Jim is going to keep the money train going as far as it will go.

If Jana's only way out of the compound is through marriage, I hope she finds a really nice man, who really has it together and he treats her like the queen she deserves. I hope he pampers her and loves her very much. She deserves it after being nothing but a sister buddy, house keeper, cook, cleaner, etc for almost all of her life. She deserves to go on a really nice, long vacation and lay out on the beach and do absolutely nothing.

Jillian said...

"She deserves it after being nothing but a sister buddy, house keeper, cook, cleaner, etc for almost all of her life. She deserves to go on a really nice, long vacation and lay out on the beach and do absolutely nothing"
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In her ankle-length swimwear of course. :)

Boo's Mom said...

Something tells me all the TLC money goes directly to JB, I really doubt even the adult children have access to that money. I'm not sure about the state laws or anything but generally each person over 18 is paid in their own name and signs a release, etc. But it all depends on the contract they have with TLC. I would HOPE the adults have their accounts.

sandi said...

I don't think ATI would ever condone a female having her own control over money.That's part of how the men have control them.At most,they might have a joint account,but probably the male (either dad or her husband) must approve of her doing so, and my guess is they probably have to approve of most purchases beforehand.JMO.

Anonymous said...

I believe JimBob has total control over all monies that come into that home, whether from his rental property,cell towers or from TLC. Does anyone else remember the time Michelle made the statement that a friend of theirs' commented, "JimBob is so tight that when he walks he squeaks." Michelle just couldn't stop laughing at that remark. I think that gives us a good idea of who controls the money regardless of who earns any of it.

Anonymous said...

This is just my humble opinion, but I have always been a stalwart supporter of the Duggars throughout their original Discovery Health specials. I thought they were a bit strange, but admired their family values. Once the steady series and seasons of the "blank... and Counting" shows began, I was rather disappointed by what I felt was a commercialization and subsequent cheapening of that same quality. Maybe I am just getting old!!! :)

Anonymous said...

JimBob has such total control over those girls. Remember when he announced to the girls that they were going to donate blood when Josie was in the ICU? There was absolutly no way they were going to get out of that! It was clearly evident that they wanted no part of donating blood.He stated that the boys were not available then but they wiould donate blood at a later time. We never heard another thing mentioned about that. If it did take place it would have been filmed for the show. TLC does need to pull the plug on the Duggars. All this nonsense of courting, listening to a grown daughters phone calls, monitering her text messages, is not family entertainment. Lets call it what it is..... brain-washing.

sandi said...

I'm pretty sure Jim Bob at least controls what he and Michelle have.In their first book,Jim Bob said he'd bought an ad for a billboard without talking about it to Michelle.And then there is Michelle saying (on one of the shows),that sometimes they would make some extra money selling a car or something,and she would think that now they were going to get a new washer,or whatever they needed at the moment.But Jim Bob would say,"No Michelle,this is seed money.It goes back into the business."
So no,I do not think she has much say (overall) in all things moneywise.

Anonymous said...

Sandi
You are absolutly correct regarding JimBob's control over Michelle moneywise.It stands to reason that it is also true regarding money when it comes to the older children, who are now adults. Maybe JimBob did earn most of the money early on in their married life, but at this point in time at least regarding TLC the income a large portion of that was earned by their kids

Anonymous said...

I recently saw Michelle&JimBob give their "Testimony" (via the internet) to a large group. They stated that for the first three and a half years of their marriage Michelle was on the birht control pill.I had never heard that before. After Josh's birth she went back on the pill and at that time the pill caused her to suffer a miscarriage.I always thought the only time she was on the pill was after Joshs' birth.I don't understand why someone who was on the pill for over 3 yrs with no problems would blame the pill years later for a miscarrage.

Anonymous said...

they didn't graduate high school. They have GEDs.

sandi said...

Correct me if I''m wrong,but I think one of them (Jinger?) has a high school diploma from a correspondence course.You can do that nowadays.

sandi said...

A Christian Dr. told Michelle and Jim Bob that the pill was responsible for their miscarriage,although the truth is,there is simply no way to know for sure.She might have miscarried anyway.IMO, the Dr had a clear-cut agenda for telling them that.If I were Jim Bob,I would have admonished the Dr. for guilt-tripping Michelle like that.And possibly reported him to the medical board in that state.
Nowadays I think they like to relay that story for political reasons,as I do think they would like to see birth control made illegal,at least the hormonal forms of it. (If not all forms of it). JMO though.

Anonymous said...

Incentive for the "flea market"? $18K tax deduction for the Duggars.

All the rest of the junk (including donated items for the sale) were in turn donated to local charities...which was probably valued in the thousands.

So probably the Duggars got about $25-$30K in TAX DEDUCTIONS plus a story line that was spread over multiple episodes=$$$ for Jim Bob et al IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Sandi,
You're absolutly correct regarding a Dr guilt-tripping any woman who used the pill.
Have they ever mentioned what caused the daughter-in-law, Anna to suffer a miscarriage? Since she admits that she's always taking pregnancy tests I think, we can be sure she wasn't on the pill.

Anonymous said...

I realize the Duggars have been on the campaign trail in areas like Virginia but there sure have been quite a number of pictures of the entire Duggar family in DC on Joshs' instagram lately.
I really wonder if Michelle& JimBob have any worries or concerns about Josies health. I am a nurse (but not in NCIU) and I I do think she seems to be doing quite well but still as a micro-preemie she fought long and hard just to live. She is really still a baby. If she were my child I am sure I would tend to be somewhat over protective of her. I hate to see her traveling all over the country for political campaigns. Not because of the Duggars political views, but because I hate seeing her being passed around to people the Duggars don't even know that well. A full term baby is better able to resist many of the illnesses that micro-preemies'are susceptible to. I really worry about that little one. Of course,I also worried about her when they took her on their "world tours". She did become ill in Isreal.They were just fortunate to have good medical care for her there.

hello said...

It seems that Jim Bob and Michelle care more about staying in the public eye than doing what is best for their children. I think that taking Josie on all those trips was very irresponsible. Michelle went to go protest a convenient store that wanted to sell liquor when Josue was in the NICU fighting for her life. A store selling liquor would have no impact on the family.

Anonymous said...

I think we are all aware that many wealthy people tend to be rather "frugal"to put it politely. But to see JimBob haggle over an already cheap motel room for their anniversary, as his wife stands right there and then to see Josh drive off to work in that luxury car while his wife walks all over DC in flip flops you have to wonder if the estimates of their wealth are correct...Josh (age 25) $500,000. Jim Bob 3.5 million

Anonymous said...

Hello
I agree with you that taking Josie on all those trips was very irresponsible. I also think that it was irresponsible for Michelle to travel all thoses miles to Japan & China when she was pregnant with Jubilee, due to her prior problems in her pregnancy with Josie, as well as her advanced age. That's a lot of flying for any pregnant woman. Even the producers wife went into labor earlier than expected

Anonymous said...

There was repeat yesterday where JimBob&Michelle went on the"Marriage Retreat". Grandma Mary and the older girls were going to be in charge of the little ones...again. As they were leaving, Michelle threw out that tired old line; about how hard Grandma works, what would they do without her and she should just take a vacation. I've heard Michelle say that so many times (although not Jim Bob he seems to expect it.)Why don't they arrange for a nice vacation for her? She seemed to have a number of women friends when she went to the widows dinner. She said she was so happy to talk with others who had gone thru the same thing she had. People arrange for vacations for family members for special anniversaries , birthdays, etc, all the time. They don't need to have the date and who is going, Just make plans for a nice trip for Grandma and a friend and let her pick the date and where she would like to go. The woman is in her seventies...do something nice for her now before it's too late.

Elvira said...

Michelle was pregnant with Jubilee in Japan and China? I thought the funeral aired before those trips took place?

Barbara said...

You can't put much faith in online guesses of personal wealth. They're someone's unfounded guess is all.

Anonymous said...

Elvira
My apologies. You are absolutly correct that they lost Jubilee Shalom before the trip to Japan&China. Michelle was pregnant with Jubilee during the trip to;Scotland,Ireland, England & Israel.I had the trips mixed up. One of the reasons they liked the name Jubilee Shalom was because of their visit to Israel.

hello said...

I totally agree that Grandma Mary needs and deserves a vacation. Everyday should be a vacation for her. She raised her family and should be taking it easy and enjoying her grandchildren and not being a slave for her son and daughter in law. The older girls and Grandma should go on a vacation together and leave Jim Bob and Michelle home to take care of their kids for a change and do all the household chores. Maybe then they would realize what the older girls deal with everyday and rethink the idea of trying for another baby.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what Joshs' net worth is, but it's amazing that he has only been at his job with FRC since after Marcus was born and he is already a "Motivational Speaker." He travels from Washington, DC& requires business class airfare for (2), two plus lodging, meals (that could probably break the budget)& ground transportation. His boss requires $7500 & 2 coach airfare tickets. Is this the same Josh Duggar that only a few months ago was in the office at the used car lot playing with a toy helicopter while his employee was working?

Anonymous said...

I can't believ I forgot to mention that Josh's fee as a "Motivational Speaker", is $10,000. That's in addition to the travel expense, lodging, food and ground transport.

Elvira said...

Josh can put up any fee he wants, but it won't matter if no one hires him. Have we seen him take on any independent gigs? Now that he has a day job, they probably control his speaking arrangements.

Anonymous said...

Elvira
You're absolutly correct regarding whether anyone will come up with the fee and expense money to have Josh Duggar speak before their group. It's just unbelieveable that a 25 yr old who went from his parents home to a job & home provided by his parents and now this job obviously provided by "friends" of his dad, wolud have the audacity to consider himself worthy of this. Does he still have bible study daily with Anna & the kids? I know I don't read my bible as often as I should, but I do remember many verses about being humble.Whenever the Dugggar girls talk about courting they always mention wanting someone who will be "humble, not proud or arrogant." They've stated that many times. Wonder if Anna thought she was marrying a humble man? Although, maybe it's difficult to be humble when your wife looks up at you adoringly, as if you are the most brilliant person on the planet whenerver you speak.

Anonymous said...

Hello
When I posted about a vacation for grandma, I also thought it would be great for her to go with the older girls and leave JimBob & Michelle home alone with all the younger ones.I just thought many others would think she should go with a friend her own age. I often wonder what kind of hold they have over grandma. If she wasn't financially stable she could live in "Elderly Housing." Or she could probably make a good paycheck working for a non-family member. She if frequently filmed on the show (oh I forgot it's not a show it's just their lives!) I wonder if she is paid by TLC or does the money go to JimBob? I'll bet her late husband never envisioned her working this hard at this stage of her life.There seems to be something strange there, as I would never allow my son to denigrate the memory of my husband, especially in public and in front of his own children. JimBob considers himself a devout Christian, but seems to have missed one of the Ten Commandments that states; "Honor thy Father&Mother." You're correct grandma worked long & hard to raise her own family. Now even on trips she shares hotel rooms with the older girls and is part-time tourist and part-time nanny on the trip. She starts on the laundry as soon as they get home.
If she worked for me I would treat her like a queen, instead of just talking about how she should be treated.

Katie said...

I remember on one of their outings, I think it was the bike ride. Little Jordan needed to use the restroom. Jim Bob took her right over to grandma and waited outside for them. Michelle just stood there. She never made any effort to take her own child to the bathroom.

Willow said...

Amen Anonymous (regarding Grandma). "Us" regular, poor heathens treat our grandmas like queens. Who knew we were so wrong? (Couldn't resist a little sacrcasm this morning!). But no kidding, it's coming off as very disrespectful. I can't imagine that Deanna and Amy haven't tried to get her away from there (?)

Kit said...

I've thought the same thing about Deanna & Amy possible trying to get grandma out of the Duggars' home. I know I would be more than happy to help out any of my family members out if they were going thru a difficult time, illness, etc. But in your seventies you can't possible feel like bounding out of bed in the morning to start on the daily housework and babysitting duties everyday with no end in sight. Although prehaps you might be a little anxious to see if another baby had arrived during the night (I know sarcasm)Do Michelle & JimBob ever just stop and look around and see who is doing their work?

Anonymous said...

Willow
I've often though t the same thing (re Grrandma) being with Deanna. She appears to be much more tranquil than JimBob. Although Amy seems more like the Duggar kids.
I would be more than happy to help out anyone in my family that was ill or in a emergency situation
I just can't imagine being in my seventies and jumping out of bed to start the days chores.
I remember one episode when they were bike riding and little Jordan needed to use the rest room. Jim Bob took her right to grandma and she took her to the bathroom. Michelle just stood around talking. Don't Michelle & JimBob ever just stop and look around and realize how much work is being done by others in their home? I'm not talking about just helping out when needed during illness or emergencies

Anonymous said...

Willow
It doesn't seem to matter if it's the older girls or grandma. Jim Bob&Michelle just go on their own way. Mostly to speaking engagements where they tell everyone how they keep the house running so smoothly. Meanwhile, the laundry is being done, the meals are prepared, no child care worries,(including homeschooling) Can you imagine how many hard working moms( that Michelle is very critical of) would like to go off to work and come home to everything done and runnig smoothly? No laundry, no meals to prepare, no need for childcare ourtside the home and no need to pay anyone for those services. Michelle&JimBob really are living in a different world than most of us!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure a number of viewers saw the episode this season when JimBob decided they should look into farming. They went to a working farm to see what that would involve. In the end JimBob dedcded it probably wasn't the right fit for the Duggar Family. Guess what? This morning I saw a repeat of season 3 of 18 Kids & Counting(2009 before Josie was born.)The entire famiy went to a working farm in Oaklahoma for the same reason... to check out what's involved in a real working farm. Again, if they weren't interested back then in 2009, why bother doing this again? I have a feeling farming isn't any easier now than it was the 1st time they checked it out in 2009.

Anonymous said...

I am neither pro or con regarding home schooling.However JimBob & Michelle are supposed to be teaching those children and both of them are frequently grammatically incorrect. In a repeat yesterday Jordan was having her tonsils removed. Since she would need treats after surgery Michelle said, "her and I went to the store." Am I incorrect in thinking it should have been "she and I went to the store" or even just "we went to the store. " Then JimBob had just completed a run for charity and he said on camera in front of all the kids "I haven't ran this much since school." Shouldn't that have been "I haven't run that much since school? How will those children ever learn?I know the younger ones often don't speak correctly. Don't really know about the older girls, as they usually only have one or two lines or they are in a prepared group answering questions already submitted.
I also wondered when the Duggars have decided to do various events for charity, did they ever get sponsors? I thought you asked friends, neighbors,family etc. to sponsor you and the amount sponsored would determine how much you raised. Other runners did have papers with sponsors names, but the Duggars just ran and said they raised a lot of money.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else catch the repeat yesterday when JimBob & Michelle were interviewed by the producer regarding if they really did spend quality time with each of their children daily. Of course, the answer was; absolutely! They come up with all kinds of unique ways; trips to the store, post office, anywhere they can take one of their children along with them, they do. Then each of the children (down to Jordan) were asked the if their parents spent quality time with each of them although this time they left out the word "daily." To my surprise they also answerd yes. Their parents do spend quality time with each one of them. Oh.... did I forget to mention that the kids all said the quality time spent alone with them was usually on their birthdays!

Anonymous said...

Since there have been so many repeats lately,I have become even more aware of how often the Duggars use the word "train" in reference to raising their children. I know that many people have mentioned that the Duggars follow the book;"To Train Up A Child." I've always heard Michelle say "training the children" but don't remember Anna using the word "train" when MacKenzie was very young. She uses it a great deal now just as Michelle does. This is just a personal opinion but I hate to hear a mother say she is training her children. She may be raising or teaching them but they are children (oh blessings, even more special.) JimBob is always saying when Jill or Jana are leaving for either their midwife duties,or for a "Journey to the Heart" session, "well Momma, this is what we trained them for,to be a a blessing and an encouragement to others." I think the only time I ever used the word "train" in reference to my children was when I said I was "potty training" them. Although, I may have said I was training my dog.

Anonymous said...

Fleamarket Finale:
perhaps it is just me, but I can't get rid of the feeling, that JB downright cheated in the contest. Johannah was auctioning off their bows and he went and bought, what was left and said: "We can't have the girls win." To me, that is cheating. The girls might not have won, even without that, but we will never know now. Just because he didn't give them a fair chance. Great work to show your "blessings" how fairplay works. Not. BUT: I may have gotten that completely wrong. Maybe it was only to teach/train the girls into the wisdom, that boys must always win. ??? Correct me, if I am wrong, it's just my oppinion.