Happy New Year and Free Discussion January, 2015

Happy New Year everyone.  I would never have believed it when this blog was turned over to me all those years ago that we'd still be talking about the Duggar and Bates families going into 2015.  

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Duggar New Year

We've had a request to make predictions for the Duggars in 2015.  Guess away!

Happy holidays to everyone also.  I'll be out of town for most or all of the next week so please be patient if I'm slow to get to the blog.  For those who've asked the grandchildren are doing fine including the new one and thank you.

Free Discussion, December, 2014

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 9:00 PM, Episode 30, Amy's Nashville Dreams

Cousin Amy returns for a new special as she continues to pursue her music career. Amy performs on a sold out showboat dinner cruise then celebrates her 28th birthday with her Duggar family. Plus, we get a behind the scenes look at her new music video.

62 minutes

The viewers didn't want to see Amy.  1.138M viewers and a .3 rating.

Tuesday, November, 18, 2014, 9:00 PM, A Reveal to Remember

The DC Duggars make it to Chicago in the nick of time for David & Priscilla's gender reveal party! Who will be right, Team Boy or Team Girl? Later, the family enjoys the sights of the "Windy City" and caps off their trip with a camping excursion.

61 minutes

2.210 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 9:00 PM, DC Duggars Hit the Road

Josh, Anna, and their 3 little ones are heading to Chicago, RV-style, to visit Anna's sister Priscilla and her husband David for a special party. Along the way, they'll visit a series of quirky stops, but will RV issues put a damper in their trip?

61 minutes

1.779 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Free Discussion, November, 2014

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:01 PM, Dishing With the Duggars

It’s been 10 years since the Duggar family opened up their home to television viewers. In this special, the entire family takes a look back and watch some of the series best moments, sharing their thoughts insights about their favorite moments.
60 minutes

Tuesday, November 4, 2014,9:00 PM, Jessa's Engagement

With two Duggar weddings down and 17 to go, is the family ready for another set of nuptials? Ben plans a special surprise scavenger hunt proposal for Jessa with each challenge relating to a special moment in their courtship.

61 minutes

Jessa's Wedding

Things have been quiet about Jessa's wedding. However, it's supposedly this Saturday.  Where is it, who is in the wedding party, will the MOG outshine the MOB again?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 9:00 PM, Jill's Wedding

The big day is finally here... Jill & Derick are getting married! With hundreds of volunteers to help with everything from decorating to finishing the cake, they're aiming for this super-sized wedding to go off without a hitch.

121 minutes

Really a double sized episode after dragging this out for an entire season?

4.497 M viewers and a 1.l5 rating.  Second only to Sons of Anarchy in the rating and the most cable viewers of the day.  They probably got a bonus for the episode.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 9:00 PM, All About Jill

Jill Duggar is about to become Jill Dillard! See her very special bridal shower, where she spends time with the mamas and babies she's met through her work as a midwife. Could the next shower for Jill be a baby shower?

61 minutes

Really?  An episode all about Jill as if this entire season hasn't been all about Jill?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 PM, Wedding Countdown

With only one week to go, the Duggars are counting down the days until Jill's wedding! From securing a rehearsal getaway car to filling up their new home with furniture purchased at a local auction, this super-size family is in full-on wedding mode.

61 minutes

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:31 PM, Duggar Derby

The family is gearing up for their big derby race! But first, Jessa & Ben practice their parenting skills and take the littlest Duggars out for a day of fun. When race day arrives, which team will finish first and be crowned the Duggar Derby champion?

30 minutes

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:00 PM, Duggars in Cuffs

To celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, Jim Bob & Michelle go on a triple date with Jill & Derick and Jessa & Ben and have a big surprise planned. Meanwhile in DC, Josh gets back on track with his fitness goals by running a 5K.

31 minutes

Free Discussion, October, 2014

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:31 PM, Duggar To-Do's (sic)

Jill and the girls go look for the perfect wedding shoes for her bridesmaids. Meanwhile, Josh & Anna make a very special "Duggar" wedding gift. And Jim Bob and the boys tackle laying down the carpet for the newlywed's first home.

30 minutes

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:00 PM, Duggar Girls Go Glam

The oldest Duggar girls share some sisterly time trying out hair & makeup for Jill's upcoming nuptials. Then, they're off to search for the perfect bridesmaid attire. Can Jill find a bridesmaids dress that fits her vintage feel while staying modest?

31 minutes

New Bates Show

They have a new show starting in 2015 on a Christian network called UP (for uplifting) that is carried by Direct TV and Dish and some cable companies.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 PM, Jill Says Yes to the Dress

Michelle and the oldest Duggar girls are off to D.C. for a very special mother/daughters trip... it's time to buy Jill's wedding dress! Meanwhile, Jim Bob and John David take Derick and Ben on a guys' getaway to rock climbing and zip lining.

61 minutes

Ratings:  2.503 M viewers and a 1.0 rating.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:31 PM, Duggars Decorate & Diet

When Josh's old trainer Steve shows up at their front door unexpectedly, what will Steve learn about Josh's current eating and excercising habbits? Later, Jinger uses her photography skills to snap engagement photos of Jill and Derick.

30 minutes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:00 PM, Duggar Dirty Jobs

With Ben Seewald having moved in, Jim Bob puts Jessa's beau to work with a full list of jobs for the day. Can Ben get them all done, or will his first day on Duggar duty be his last? Meanwhile, Jill & Derick go wedding band shopping.

30 minutes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:31 PM, Duggar-sized Wedding Planning

Less than three months away, Jill and Derick are making some big decisions! From cake tasting to touring venues, will they hit the sweet spot for their Duggar-sized dream wedding? Over in DC, Anna has her hands full with her little ones.

30 minutes

Ratings:  2.682 M viewers and a 1.1 rating.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 9:00 PM, Duggar Daughter Dates


It's a Duggar date day! Jill and her fiance Derick go on a romantic hike and picnic with chaperone, James. Meanwhile, Jessa and boyfriend Ben head out on a date to the shooting range with chaperone, Jason. How will these chaperones feel about their dates?


Cable description: Chaperoning the Duggar daughters' dates.

30 minutes

Ratings:  2.641 M viewers and a 1.1 rating.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9 PM, Duggars & Mothers

Jill Duggar is getting married! And with the wedding only a few short months away, the first Duggar daughter to get married is diving right into planning this Duggar-sized event.

60 minutes

Big numbers:  3.293 M viewers and 1.4 rating.  It was the top cable show of the evening.

Free Discussion, September, 2014

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I have a request for patience this month.  I'm scheduling posts a few months in advance since there is a grandchild due in September.  If moderation is slow, I'm probably changing diapers or walking the floor.  Thanks.  :)  

Jessa and Ben: Engagement, Wedding Prep, and Wedding

After a nearly year long courtship, People got the right to announce the engagement.  It appears the staged engagement was filmed possible yesterday.

Free Discussion, August, 2014

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New Season Begins September 2, 2014

New season begins in the fall.  

The Ugly Behind the Screen of Reality TV

While not strictly related to the Duggars, this is some excellent information about "reality" TV.  For this one post other shows may be discussed, but please try to keep most of the discussion related to how it applies to the Duggars.

Reality TV.

More Behind the Scenes

Free Discussion, July, 2014

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Tuesday, June 9, 2014, Cousin Amy Special

Amy supposedly leaves home for Nashville (yet again).

Viewership:  1.591 M viewers and a .5 rating.

Free Discussion, June, 2014

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 9:00 PM, A Proposal

While the girls are out promoting their new book, Derick takes the opportunity to do some secret planning back at home. After getting permission from Jim Bob to ask for Jill's hand in marriage, will he be able to pull off an intricate proposal?

60 minutes

Amazing ratings:  3.034 M viewers and a 1.0 rating.

Link to Michelle's blog post article.

Jill and Derick's Wedding

It looks like it's time to have a place for discussing the upcoming wedding - June 21.


Jessa and Ben Engaged?

Rumors are swirling lead by a JessaSewald twitter account that they have gotten engaged.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 9:00 PM, A Toast to Love

Derick is finally home from Nepal, and the whole family has planned a super-sized welcome. Later, Michelle takes the courting couples on a triple date. And the kids surprise Jim Bob and Michelle with a dinner they won't forget!

60 minutes

Ratings:  2.787 M viewers and a 1.0 rating.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:30 PM, Couples' Weekend

Jill & Jana assist at a birth as Jessa documents the day in pictures. Then, Jim Bob & Michelle visit a fertility doctor. Ben, Jessa, and chaperone Jinger head to DC to visit Josh & Anna. Anna wants to show Ben the city, but Josh has other plans.

30 minutes

Ratings:  2.016 M viewers and a .8 rating.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 9:00 PM, Something New

Jessa and Jinger head to Ben's house, where his sisters teach Jessa how to cook his favorite meal. In DC, Josh & Anna, along with Jana and Joseph, embark on a skiing trip. Michelle spends time with Joy Anna as she tries her hand at the violin.

30 minutes

Ratings:  1.850 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Free Discussion, May, 2014

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 9:00 PM, The Big Question

With a few days left in their trip, Jill & Jim Bob make the most of their time. While Jill volunteers at a birth center, Derick takes Jim Bob for a traditional Nepali shave. As the trip comes to an end, Derick has a surprise for Jill. What will it be?

60 minutes

2.236 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:00 PM, Going the Distance for Love

Jill and Jim Bob travel halfway around the world to see if Derick could be "the one." Back at home, Michelle spends some time with Jessa and checks in on her courtship with Ben. When Derick asks Jim Bob a very important question, what will his answer be?

60 minutes

They should have rushed the production on this one as they are getting very close to the wedding. 

Ratings:  2.538 M viewers and a .9 rating.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Duggars Reunited

The Duggars have arrived in DC! The older girls brave driving in DC to record their audiobook. Josie, Jordyn & Mackynzie celebrate their 4th birthday by making candy! Later, the family visits a skating rink with lots of slips and falls.

30 minutes

Viewership:  1.823 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Graduation & a Surprise

Josiah is graduating! Before the family can welcome 400 of their friends to celebrate, they must clean up a huge mess. Anna & Josh are preparing to host the entire clan for a holiday meal but they get an unexpected phone call with a big surprise.


60 minutes

Duggars May Have to Face What Gothard Has Done

The Duggars are being called to account for supporting Gothard in an open letter.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Another Courtship?

Another courtship may be on the horizon! The kids plan a surprise for their parents. In DC, Anna has her hands full taking care of the two boys, and Mackynzie. Jim Bob and Michelle make a decision that could change one of their daughters' lives.
 
30 minutes

Rating:  2.279 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Free Discussion, April, 2014

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Is Jill Courting?

Take this with a salt shaker of salt.  It was sent to me by a friend of a friend of a friend. 



Pushed into another confirmation?  People article confirms it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Wedding Bells

TV Guide: The Duggars go to Tennessee for Erin Bates' wedding, where the girls help with the preparations and the boys get into mischief.

60 minutes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Double Dating Duggars

TV Guide:  Anna builds a playhouse; Jim Bob and Michelle go on a double date with Jessa and Ben; Jill makes the family's favorite snack.

TLC: When Jim Bob & Michelle take new couple, Jessa & Ben, out on a double date, they discuss the importance of boundaries. Anna builds a playhouse. Jill and her buddy group make the Duggars' favorite snack. And the family may be in for more changes...

30 minutes

Ratings:  1.846 M viewers and a .6 rating.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, A Duggar Says Yes

TV Guide:  In the season premiere, Jessa and Ben's courtship becomes official, but the Duggar boys have a few questions for their potential future brother-in-law. Later, Jessa visits Ben's hometown and goes on a double date with his parents.

TLC:  When Ben and Jessa's courtship becomes official, the Duggar boys put Ben to the test. Later, the tables are turned on Jessa when she visits Ben's hometown. The whole family reflects on what it means that a Duggar daughter may soon be leaving the nest.

60 minutes


Ratings:  2.259 M viewers and a .7 rating.

Kelly Bates says a grandBates is on the way

It's in the comments.

Zach and Whitney are expecting in October.


Free Discussion, March, 2014

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Michelle's Parentables

I think it may be easier if they are kept together.

September 7, 2012, Helping Kids Through a Crisis

September 14, 2012, Movie Night

September 27, 2012, Cheap Musical Instruments

October 4, 2012, Life, Death, and Bambi Problems

November 13, 2012, The Duggars' Snacking Secrets

November 30, 2012, The Importance of Giving Back

December 7, 2012, Teaching Young Adults About Modesty 

December 14, 2012 Making Birthdays Special

December 28, 2012 Giving Thanks for the New Year

January 4, 2013 Growing Kinds into Adulthood

January 11, 2013 Teaching Your Toddler to Communicate with Sign Language

January 18, 2013 Meal Plans and Involving the Kids

January 25, 2013 A Warm Home on a Budget

February 1, 2013 Favorite Indoor Activities at the Duggar House

February 8, 2013 How the Duggars Share Love on Valentine's Day

March 1, 2013, How the Duggars Got Hooked on Homeschooling

March 8, 2013, How the Duggars Pack for a Trip

March 15, 2013, How Michelle Keeps the Kids Happy While Traveling

March 22, 2013, Michelle Duggar's Snapshot of Japan

March 29, 2013, How the Duggars Celebrate Easter

April 5, 2013, Michelle Duggar's Spring Cleaning Secrets

April 12, 2013, The Duggar Family's Musical Background

April 22, 2013, Michelle Duggar's Advice for First-Time Mom

April 29, 2013, A Day in the Life of Michelle Duggar and Her Kids

May 3, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Taking a Break

May 9, 2013, Celebrating Three Generations of Mothers in the Duggar Family

May 24, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Healthy Changes for the Whole Family

May 31, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Kids Becoming Adults (Jana and Jill and midwifery)

June 10, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Welcoming a new Grandbaby

June 16, 2013, Welcoming a new GrandDuggar

June 21, 2013, Jill and Jana Duggar on Midwifery

June 28, 2013, How Michelle Duggar Deals with Her Daughter's Food Sensitivities

July 2, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Celebrating the Fourth of July

July 12, 2013 Duggars on the Move: How the Family is Getting Ready for Josh and Anna's Relocation

July 26, 2013 Michelle Duggar's Snacks for Kids on the Road

August 2, 2013 Michelle Duggar on Dealing with Difficult Children

August 12, 2013 Michelle Duggar's Favorite Summer Activities for Kids

August 16, 2013 How Michelle Duggar Teaches Her Kids to be Tactful

September 3, 2013 Back to Homeschooling with the Duggars

September 9, 2013 Michelle Duggar on Her Family's Buddy System

September 17, 2013 How Michelle Duggar Spends Her "Me Time"

September 20, 2013 Michelle Duggar on Courtship

September 30, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Why She Chose Modest Dress

October 7, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Teaching Her Daughters About Modesty

October 18, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Raising a Strong-Willed Child

November 1, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Creating Keepsake Boxes

November 8, 2013, Michelle Duggar's Top Tips on Communicating with Your Kids

November 18, 2013, The Duggar Family's Favorite Fall Desserts

November 22, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Giving Thanks

December 6, 2013, Michelle Duggar on Celebrating Birthdays for 19 Kids

December 13, 2013, The Duggars' Favorite Christmas Traditions

February 7, 2014, Michelle Duggar on Raising Twins

February 12, 2014, Michelle Duggar on Celebrating Valentine's Day

March 7, 2014, Michelle Duggar Tells All: Her First Date with Jim Bob

Free Discussion, February, 2014

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