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.

62 comments:

Willow said...

It might be interesting to see Jessa at Ben's house, but will Michelle be sitting there in between them when she is trying to concentrate on talking to Ben's family? Kelly Bates has portrayed that when they chaperone, they try to sit at another table, or across the room, or in the back seat.

Allison said...

From what I can tell based on what Kelly says (not what we've seen, since it's not filmed) that the Bates have a much healthier approach to courtship than the Duggars. Not that I'm a fan of either approach, but the Bates is definitely the lesser of two evils.

Anonymous said...

The Bates parents hide it better. That's all. Just my opinion.

Nancy said...

I now wonder if the title of the episode will be amended to "Duggars Say Yes." An hour is a bit much for just Jessa, oui?

Anonymous said...

It's not usual for a father to have the money to fly to Nepal, on the other side of the earth so his daughter can meet some guy. I'm tired of the Duggars "encouraging" everyone to live like they do. It's possible if you have a TV show, but we all aren't going to get one.

His pockets are stuffed and it's ridiculuous that they try to convince the rest of the world that they're "just regular folks".
They shouldn't be buying used and save the difference any more. They certainly can afford new stuff,, on sale, and leave the true needy choices at the thrift shop and consignment stores. They hoard those things too,,, I see now they are hoarding sons-in law". Have to keep up with those Bates'.

Sharla said...

Includes video of Jessa packing for weekend away with Ben and her parents:
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/04/19-kids-and-counting-season-8-sneak-peek-video-jessa-duggar-packs-for-her-getaway.html

Nancy said...

How ironic that while Ben is praying over the fajitas, with Hannie squeezed in between the lovebirds so they won't hold hands, the sign over Ben's shoulder reads, in part, "HUG OFTEN!" LOL

Anonymous said...

Did anybody else crack up when Ben and Jessa and his parents went on a double date and left Michelle home with the rest of the Seawald kids? Ha.

sandi said...

I think that's true as well,that Jim Bob isn't going to be outdone in the gkid dept.,at least not by those Bates! I think the gkid hoarding is coming soon...

Our wonderfully busy life with 4 beautiful boys......... said...

Why oh why did poor Ben have to ask Jim Bob and Michelle if he could court Jessa while staining in their closet(at least it looked like a closet or small office!)? Poor guy was so nervous!

DianeD said...

Dear Ben,
When asking a girl's parents to court their daughter, when proposing courtship to the girl, and when announcing the courtship to the family...a bit of advice: put. the. sytrofoam. cup. down.

Canadian Fan said...

A few observations:
Ben is put right to work with the boys (more free labour for Jim Bob) and the girls are in the kitchen.
Jim Bob has no idea that you need a comb or brush to fix a child's hair. He quickly passes her over to his mom and Joy
He also has no idea how many of his kids make the cut-off point at 12 for the "kids eat free" deal.
Everyone seems to be automatically assuming that wedding bells will be ringing for Ben & Jessa. That's putting a lot of pressure on this young, extremely inexperienced couple.
Did Michelle know that she'd be left alone to watch Ben's siblings? Why was she left in charge when Ben has sisters there living at home?

lily said...

Did anyone pick up Jimbobs comment to Ben/Jessa about would Jessa be moving far away if they married or would Ben come and work for Jimbob so Jessa could stay close to the family home? What manipulators. No wonder Anna's father thought it would be a great idea for the Josh Duggars to move to DC. Anna's father deep down sees how clingy Jimbob and Michelle are and felt it would be healthier for Anna and Josh to break from the Duggar parents control. J&A might be many miles away but not far enough away to keep Mom and Pop Duggar and the offspring from visiting whenever they want and for Josh to fly home on weekends. Jimbob and Michelle want to be controlling their kids where ever the kids move. My opinion of Ben's family. Time will tell if they are hanger on ers who want to make a quick TLC buck like the Bates have off the Duggars show. I have the feeling Jimbob thinks one hand will wash the other if Bens family makes money from being on

wampascat said...




It blows my mind how these fools carry on about the first guy that comes along in their daughters lives. In their mind they are already married and gone. Michelle was making sure Jessa was boning up on her cooking skills. Jim Bob was asking about living arrangements. Meanwhile, these two emotionally stunted kids haven't had the opportunity to spent one second having a private word with one another. Creepy beyond words! Now Jill announces she has fallen in love with a man she's never met. This makes it seem romantic, but he is another man hand picked and approved by "daddy". I can only imagine how this makes Jana feel. Even though I despise seeing these girls matched up one by one according to their psycho Father's wishes, I would rather she leave the house that way than remain there as Michelle's maid and nanny.

Anonymous said...

It was SO awkward! I feel so bad that their relationship is scripted and filmed and SO weird!

Anonymous said...

Michelle sitting between Jessa and Ben on the console in the car was illegal. She was not even sitting on a seat, and with no seat belt on.They can sit next to each other at the table while eating,but need someone between them while driving? That scene was just crazy.

Allison said...

I do not like this match. When Ben said "Well I'll figure something out" in response to Joseph's VERY mature question of "Do you really think you can support my sister by fixing windshields" I wanted to smack the little bugger. No aspirations, no plans. Just a very immature "Well I sure hope so!" Dear Lord. THAT'S who Jim Bob approved?! What the heck were the other guys like?! It was sooo weird. In a way it makes sense cuz he's, you know, 18, and most 18 year olds don't know what they want to do with their life. Which is why most 18 years olds shouldn't be getting married!!

The whole episode was terribly scripted and uncomfortable. All of it, from the double date to the courting question (if there are already 2 secret cameras in the room, why on EARTH is Jim Bob HOLDING a camera?!). I was just shaking my head through most of the show.

I didn't mind much though Michelle sitting between Ben and Jessa. They probably figure since she's married and a mom of 19, it's more appropriate for her than for Jessa. I mean, weird, but there are weirder things in that ep. I didn't really see anything unusual about Ben's dad, other than how how scripted the dinner "interview" was. But a lot of the show is totally scripted for the viewers sake, I think. They ask stupid questions and say things for the sake of the audience knowing what's going on and to hear the backstory, not because the people having the conversation need to hear it.

I sure hope there aren't wedding bells, but I read on another forum that Jessa and Ben got engaged over Christmas. Ugh. Why oh why did she pick him...

Judy said...

This episode was the creepiest so far.

Anonymous said...

I just about cheered when Ben, Jessa and his family went out to dinner and left Michelle home to babysit! Justice at last!! That cow probably thought she was going to get wined and dined. I am so glad she sat home, she gets to go out all the time, and leaves the girls home to watch her kids. Made my night!!

hello said...

They have said that the purpose of courting is to find out if it could lead to marriage. How can you really get to know a person when you are chaperoned at all times and aren't even allowed to text without the parents being involved in all conversations. These are adult women. Jimboob and Michelle must not have any faith in how they "trained" their kids. They trust them enough to raise their siblings bit not enough to make their own life choices. It was very creepy when the girls stated thay they would go to Jimboob Michelle Josh or Anna to get tips on how to kiss. I totally agree with lily about Jimboob asking if they would move away or stay nearby. That is very manipulative. When Josh and Anna got married Josh became her authority figure so it was up to him where they moved and Anna had no choice. What will Jimboon do when his daughters start getting married and he loses control over them? I cant see him gibing up control to their husbands that easy.

Stephanie said...

And remove the baseball hat and sunglasses off of your head
With that being said, at least they did not make a big embarrassing photo shot like the Bates do. Zach Bates Crying was Cringeworthy

Anonymous said...

Just watched the recorded season opener and stayed awake!

You know, I like Ben and I feel sorry for him. He doesn't have any experience speaking to a TV camera, so what can you expect from the kid. I think he's trying his best and is under more pressure than he should be. I could easily be his mother, (agewise)and I think he's way too young to consider a serious relationship yet alone marriage with anyone right now. How stupid are his parents? How can they not know this? I think these fundamentalist parents are a bunch of idiots.

Since Jessa is a bitch, this poor boy is a kind hearted, warmth seeker and tries to say nice, loving things. Jessa is the total opposite. She will tear him to shreds and his heart will suffer being tossed around by her. Once again, I'm surprised at his parents.

His mother seems to be a young woman as he is her oldest. She can still have kids! All these fertile women around Michelle mush make her so jealous..

On the home front, JimBob takes his kids out to a pizza place. It's ok for the "heathen" girl to work behind the counter there, but his godly daughters are not allowed to do such things. What an insult to that nice girl and any female that waits on them in a restaurant or store. Am I the only one who has connected those dots? His daughters, except for poor Jana, don't do much around the house.

Michelle is a liar who doesn't know her children. She was interviewed on TV a short time ago and said how ALL of her daughters are soooo ready for marriage because they know how to cook and keep a house, etc., Baloney! Jessa can't cook, was awkward in the kitchen simply slicing onions! She seems to be a lazy girl even with all that charity work they do. Poor Ben will be serving her all of his life. That innocent kid doesn't deserve to be HER Jslave. JMHO

Betty said...

There was a third seat belt in the front seat. Michelle asked if there was one and the answer was yes.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob & Michelle make sure that everyone knows they are the most happily married couple in the world. The love each other more than life itself. How could they have made that type of decision at their young ages? They were both much younger than the ages of the Duggar girls, that are just now ready to court. I thought the most ridiclous part was when they were forming a circle to pray and they had to put one of the little ones in between Jessa & Ben so they wouldn't be holding hands. Also when they were at Ben's parents' home & Jessa & Ben were on the swing & Jessa asked a crew member if he was chaperoning. Apparently,everyone was having such a good time inside, they forgot to chaperone the courting couple! "Did anyone else notice the look on Hannies face when Jackson said to her "you'll marry someone just like your; "Dad?" That little one spoke volumes with her face. ..she gritted her teeth & rolled her eyes. Also, I couldn't stand that Jim Bob said (when referring)to the girls courting, that now it was; "open season"! If my husband ever said anything like that in regard to our daughters I'd be furious.

sandi said...

Jessa being 2 years older then Ben,I doubt she is really going to submit to him.I think she will always see herself as the older and therefore,wiser one,and I don't know why Jim Bob hasn't thought of that.Or perhaps he has, and that will give him more control over the marriage,who knows.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Ben couldn't have used the family van that his dad took to dinner .They had to know that Michelle was to visit also. Why did they sleep at his house? So improper of them. They should have stayed at a nearby motel and spent all day together. Again, a contradiction in privacy and modesty.

Judy said...

I don't think Jessa is cutting or biting or anything like that and I cringed when her family members kept describing her as that way and glad that Ben "compliments" her so well, as in he is nice and proper and doesn't say everything on his mind, so maybe he can train her to be that way....Jessa is mush less dominated than her sisters by their parents. That's a GOOD thing!

Wampascat said...

I also thought it was weird how when Ben asked if he could "court" Jessa, Michelle gave Jim Bob her hand, like she was the one being asked.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was just awful when the boys were talking about how it's their job to grill any guy who is interested in their sisters. They said that they must be pretty good at it since Jana is 24 and still not married. Broke my heart for the poor woman. :-(

Allison said...

Well I think they are doing a pretty pathetic job if it's their job to protect their system. I think Ben is a ridiculous choice as a husband right now. He's far too young and ill-prepared to have a wife. I can't believe they let him off the hook with that whole "well I'll just figure something out" bit. Either that or they aren't showing us everything. I would love to know who Jim Bob and the brothers didn't approve because so far I'm not very impressed with their selection...

Allison said...

Yikes, just noticed that typo! Meant to say sister, not system. :(

Willow said...

I really don't understand the concept of the brothers being able to vote on the guys that court the sisters. It seems if you have a father and/or grandfather, there would be no need. Perhaps they just voice opinions (I hope). I mean, if its John David and Joseph, maybe not so bad - but to have to get Josh's approval - very bad IMO.

Anonymous said...

Of course Jim Bob would rather have his daughter marry a clueless eighteen-year-old who doesn't know his a@$ from a hole in the ground than a confident older guy who might challenge his authority.
It's all about Jim Bob, all the time. It goes: Jim Bob, Jim Bob, Jim Bob, Jim Bob... and God is waaaay down the list.

Willow said...

Of all things Duggar, the one I hate the most is them trying to control their adult offspring. I think the adult children just have to stand up and say, "no, we will manage our own lives thanks". I think they must instill a lot of fear in them - even Josh. I am hoping that if Jill marries her young man, they will go overseas on missions and have their own lives, but sadly, probably not.

Sharla said...

Michelle talking about the beginning of Jessa and Ben's courtship:
http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/19-kids-and-counting/michelle-duggars-blog/jessa-ben-courtship.htm#mkcpgn=fbtlc1

Ashley said...

Okay, my observations on the episode:

1) We've talked about the box in Josh and Anna's closet marked CASH. I always assumed they were cash receipts, surely not actual cash. Did anyone else see while they were in the office (the awkward can-I-court conversation) that there is a box on their shelf with a giant picture of a hundred dollar bill on it? I guess that's probably some of those fake $100s that are actually tracts with Bible verses on them. I'm curious though.

2) Interesting that no kissing or handholding is a "Duggar household rule." I thought they got to set their own rules? I wonder if they didn't approve of the way Josh & Anna held hands, or if it's just different because it's THEIR girls involved here now.

3) Superficial, but I like Jessa's makeup. It's very natural and compliments her well.

sandi said...

Ouch,I just saw the courtship in the mailroom proposal,and it was awkward at best.First off Ben,out the cup down! This was not a casual moment.It was a serious one.
Second,did they really have to do it in the mail room? heck,the prayer closet would have been a better idea! Better yet,I wonder why he didn't take Jessa (and family) out to dinner and ask her there.

Beth Anne said...

Re: Michelle talking about the courtship:

I call a bit of B.S. on this statement: A few of our girls have had men come up to them and ask for their phone numbers.

When? When would this happen, when they go everywhere as a family, are always chaperoned, etc.? Remember JimBob running out into the water to 'protect' his daughters from the nice young man simply asking curious questions about the family? I find the Duggars talk out both sides of their mouths at times. I don't think they know what the truth is anymore, since they are so fixated on "ministering" to the viewers by sharing the strict tenets of their ATI faith that they forget what actually happened.

And how can these young ladies actually know if they are interested in a young man with such brief interaction between the two, with respect to the statement that the girls tell JimBob yes or no if a man calls JimBob up to say he's interested? It takes a little time to get to know someone even at a friendship level, so I have no idea what screening criteria these girls are using, other than pure looks/appeal, which of course contradicts what the family preaches about it being all about the heart.

mom in texas said...

sandi said:
Ouch,I just saw the courtship in the mail room proposal,and it was awkward at best.
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I think that whole scene was staged for the show. It all seemed so awkward and off. I am pretty sure Ben wouldn't have been allowed on the compound had he not ran the courtship idea by Jim Bob first.

Anonymous said...

These kids will NEVER stand up to their parents or break away. They have been indoctrinated, cloistered away, and taught only the party line. They really don't know any different and they think that any different is sinful. It's obvious. It will take a very mature, intelligent MAN, not boy, to fool JB, look/act like them, marry Jana and change the rules after marriage slowly for her. One can only hope!

They think others are "weirdos" but they are the ones who are odd. It's a shame.

I also noted in the bedroom/clothes scene for the girls, that they have very little space to themselves. Jana is shoved in a corner, and someone said younger siblings sleep with her? That poor young woman. Where is child protective services? Many of them sleep on the floor in substandard beds as their normal beds, no sheets, and sleep in their day clothes. Has anyone noticed that? Pack them in like sardines. I''m sure they don't use tampax, so, it's yuck at night, and with the little girls there, can't be very comfortable for the older girls. Once again, bring in the welfare inspectors...completely unannounced!
The kids appear and say that they are happy because they have been trained to be and know no other way.. Sad.

Jessica said...

Just watched the episode and I have several things to say about it. First of all, Ben is only 18, a freshman in college, and repairs windshields?! Why does he think he is ready for marriage? He's barely an adult! Second, it was so awkward when they were in that room and Ben asked if he could make it official. Why does EVERYTHING have to go through Jim Bob? Jessa was 20 (now 21), why can't she make her own decisions? Throughout the episode, she kept emphasizing that all guys had to go through their dad. I didn't like the comment the boys made about Jana not being married. Overall, I don't see any chemistry between Jessa and Ben. Neither are mature enough for marriage. Jill on the other hand, I think shows a lot of interest and could possibly be ready for marriage. However, I would be disappointed if she gives up her "midwife" training because of marriage and children.

This episode was so awkward and uncomfortable.

Nancy Ann said...

As for Child Protective Services being called for the Duggar children 's sleeping arrangements, let me say that it has to be a LOT worse for CPS to be able to do anything. The standard of care is really low. That being said, the Duggars would NEVER pass a home inspection to do foster care. Too many kids in one room and a lack of proper beds, for starters.

Jac&Jil said...

Where to start with this one. Things I no longer want to hear on the show - "season of life," "with a purpose," and "character." All the girls are beginning to sound like Stepford Wives. All the girls sound like "tweens" and not the adults they are. When Jessa was getting ready to go to Ben's house, the girls sounded like they were at a pajama party. And they couldn't even be happy for her.

Jessa and Ben are so, so immature. They are not ready for courting, let alone marriage. I liked when one of the boys said how can he support Jessa installing windshields. What do any who are old enough do? They certainly aren't bringing in paychecks. I think John David tows cars. I'd like to know how much that brings in each week.

Then there's Jill and her becoming a midwife. I'd like to know that when she becomes certified if she will have hospital privileges. I'd love to have a certified nurse-midwife tell me the difference because I think there is a big one.

I can understand in a way why anyone in that house would like to get married and out of that house. The girls would get to sleep through the night without having to get up with the little ones. Also, none of those children will ever no what it's like to sleep in a room by themselves and have privacy. So sad on so many levels.

Finally, I still can't get over JimBob's statement about frontal hugs. That was disgusting just like him. Only JimBob would make a hug dirty and sexual. TLC, it's time for them to go. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein are people to be admired, not the Duggars.

Anonymous said...

John David is a pilot as well as a tow operator. He has some credentials to back up the question about how his sister will be supported.

Anonymous said...

Did I hear this correct??? John David and Joseph decided they will be single and are not interested in dating? I have heard of confirmed bachelors, but the confirmed bachelors do date, just not marry. So these young men plan on living a virgin life until eternity?

Elspeth said...

No, they did not. They were joking and after a short pause, John David laughed and said NOT.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was going to be sick when I saw the numbers for last week's episode. Last season they were down to just about a million. I guess Jim Bob does know how to keep a show going..but I'm not watching!

mom in texas said...

Although it's been said before, by myself I am sure, it was brought back to my mind as I caught the end of this episode where both Ben and Jessa talk about spending time alone but with emphasis on being chaperoned, makes me think that they must realize how ridiculous that sounds. Two adults having to be watched like little children. If the Duggars and other like minded families have so much faith in their parenting, beliefs,and how well they trained their children, why do these young adults still need accountability partners? Why can't you just trust that you have done well and that your parenting was not in vain? It must be exhausting having to monitor every facet of other people's life. I just find the whole proceed idiotic.

Allison said...

Yeah, it was joke...

Wampascat said...

Jessa said that her parents trust her, that she's been "trained" since she's was little and they know she and her sisters will do the right thing. That is such a lie. They don't trust any of their kids, least of all their daughters. Any female left to her own devices will stray and their whorish behavior will come to the surface. Therefore they must be passed directly from control of the father to the control of the husband.
I wonder exactly what happened between Jim Bob and Michelle before they married? Why does Jim Bob bring it up every chance he can? Such a gentleman.

Jac&Jil said...

"Anonymous said...John David is a pilot as well as a tow operator. He has some credentials to back up the question about how his sister will be supported."

I believe that John David is taking flying lessons that will lead to a pilot's license. To state that he is a "pilot" infers that he is working in that capacity for someone or a company. You have to have an education to back up being a "pilot." So I think his occupation now is tow operator.

If he has always wanted to be a pilot, he could have entered the Air Force or Navy instead of going to ALERT and pretending it's military training.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that recently Michelle has made a number of references to the fact that many changes are occurring in the Duggar household. Several times she has mentioned that Joyannah has now entered "womanhood." I take that as an outright statement that she now gets her period. I could be wrong but don't really know what else that statement would mean. I hope that's not it. Is nothing private in this "modest" home? She was such a tomboy and outgoing but she too has been beaten down the same as Jana. I would be so embarrassed if my mother was going around telling everyone that I had "entered womanhood."

Wampascat said...

John David did a lot of towing for Josh. The cars he sold were extremely high mileage and broke down . Not sure how much he does since Josh moved and the car lot sold.

Anonymous said...

See, that's what I think too. I do think kids can get into trouble and I understand how a kiss could lead to more, and I understand parents wanting their kids to remain pure. But, a couple of things here: I don't think kids should be dating anyway. Let them hang out at events and stuff where there is some sort of supervision. But let's be honest, we don't want our 16 year-olds getting serious anyway. Once they are 18 or so, I think they should be able to date without mom sitting in the back seat. They can't properly get to know each other that way. All Josh and Anna ever felt comfortable enough to say around others was "I love you." You know they've got to say more than that to each other on a daily basis. But they didn't have any intimacy before. It was like they were afraid to say what they were really wanting to say. But they thought "I love you," was safe.

Anonymous said...

I totally get the purpose of a courtship. Not dating someone unless you could see yourself marrying them is completely understandable. And if they desire to save their first kiss for their wedding day- whatever, more power to them. But what I don't understand is, if Michelle and Jim Bob feel like they raised mature, Godly kids…why do they have to monitor their texts, calls and go with them on every date? If their children genuinely want to remain pure then they will do it without chaperones. If Jim Bob and Michelle have to follow them everywhere and be a part of their texts and phone calls then that shows that it's Michelle and Jim Bob's desire, not their childrens'.

Anonymous said...

Monitoring texts, phone calls, is NOT chaperoning by any means. It is controlling every breath the couple take. It is about not trusting them to act appropriately. It is not for THEM to get to know the suitor like the courted girl is to know him. They should have a relationship with the guy, yes, but as the parents, not a prospective bride, like they are doing. These two jerk parents act like they have to sleep with him too after marriage. They are an insult to real chaperones out there. Someone should bring the definition of chaperone to them and have them explain why they act like they do. A real chaperone would accompany the couple to the mini golf course, sit on a bench and let the couple play the holes themselves. For heaven's sake, they are out in public, in daylight with others on the course,too, maybe come up to them mid game and ask how things are going? Then return to their seats.. They want to date these guys too,, so wrong of them. Give the couple some air to breathe..

hello said...

I absolutely believe Jessa and Ben will be "encouraged" to get married by Jimboob and Michelle. Jessa has been trained to think that courtship should lead to marriage. I dont really see any chemistry there either. As an adult they should be out having fun and meeting people, not waiting for daddy to find their Prince Charming to marry. I think Jill will absolutely give up all of her midwife training as soon as she gets married. She will be encouraged by her parents to start getting pregnant right away. She has drunk enough of the Duggars koolaid to do what mommy and daddy want her to do. I feel really sorry for Jana. She seems like such a sweet girl and the comments the boys made about her not being married were just wrong. For some reason I think Jimboob and Michelle want to keep her around for a long time to keep things running smoothly. I would love to see her meet a nice man, get married and move far away.

Anonymous said...

I'm rooting for Jana to marry a megabucks wonderful young man that can give her a full time housekeeper. That girl has earned a rest and to be truly loved and pampered by her husband. She is a good, kind soul who has been beaten into even more submission, IMO. (not physically beat, but emotionally torn down) by her parents and indoctrination camp.

I would love to see Michelle handed the dishtowel and Jana get the heck out of there!!

Marites H. said...

I seriously doubt she'd have the nerve to stand up to them, but I'd love to see Jana literally "toss in the towel" and tell JB & Michelle to raise their own kids. I remember one of the missions trip episodes. JB went with the older kids (who obviously couldn't be trusted in a group of other Christian adults) and Michelle was left at home with the younger ones. She was so relieved that "reinforcements" had arrived to help her once the whole family was home. That comment sounds like something an overwhelmed teenaged babysitter on her 1st job would say, not an "experienced" mom with 19 kids (or how ever many there were at that point). The kids are split up in to the boys room and the girls room so their parents don't have to be disturbed by bathroom emergencies and bad dreams in the middle of the night.

hello said...

Is the girls room near the boys room? Because the older boys certainly wouldn't be expected to get up if one of the younger boys got up during the night. With Jill getting married soon and Jessa not far behind I guess Joy Anna will be the replacement sister mom. Michelle is much too busy being Jimboob's buddy to take over raising her own blessings. Anytime Michelle is left with any of the younger kids she has no clue what to do with them. When Josue was sick in Israel and the rest of the family went home Jill was the one carrying Josue in to see the doctor. Michelle was too busy playing to the camera to take care of her. Jill was the one who carried her on the plane while Michelle got to relax on the way home. Giving birth to a bunch of kids doesn't automatically make you a good mom.

Anonymous said...

Just wait and see just how fast JoyAnna is bumped up to "big girl" when Jill marries.. it will suit Michelle, who needs 3 nannies to see to her 6 children she was left with, all, of whom, I may add, walk, talk and are toilet trained...Grandma, Anna and Pris were there to help... How utterly incompetent. She is NO mother at all.

Anonymous said...

Every single thing about this episode was cringeworthy and awkward to watch. Regarding the comment John made about Jana being 24 and still not married...while this was meant to be humorous I sadly think that it may be true. No man is going to want to come anywhere near Jim Bob and his constant questions and prying, and not to mention the cameras. Poor Ben looks absolutely petrified whenever he is on camera. Just leave the poor couple alone and stop trying to capture every moment on TV. I feel so bad for them every time I see them on the show.