Free Discussion, May, 2014

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Nancy said...

Does Grandma Duggar live with the Duggars? Does she have her own bedroom suite or does she share a room with the girls?

Anonymous said...

I thought Grandma only used to visit - since when did she become a full-time helper doing laundry?

Anonymous said...

Grandma Duggar lives with the Duggars. She and her (now deceased) husband, JB's father moved in when he was very ill and terminal. He has since passed away, and Grandma never left. I think they have a bedroom off the kitchen, ala Alice on the Brady Bunch, you know servants quarters. She owns a home outright, herself, the house that Josh and Anna lived in for free after they married. Why she doesn't return to that home, peace and quiet, and lunch with friend from church, go shopping, and enjoy her life at this stage is beyond me.
I don't know why Jim Bob allows HIS mother to serve Michelle, and not the other way around, the way Michelle's kids serve her. Something's not right there. Mrs. Duggar, Sr., we would like to hear from you on that..

Anonymous said...

Grandma Duggar has her own room, but she also owns houses.

Special Ed Lady said...

She has her own suite.

Anonymous said...

I think grandma duggar lives in her own house. In one episode i remember amy visit her and she said she goes to grandmas house.

Anonymous said...

David and Priscilla Waller are going to let god dictate how many kids they will have. Same as Josh and Anna and (it looks like) Jill and Derick.

Question 1: Has anyone heard about the three Bates couples plans? (Erin, Zach, Alyssa and respective partners)

Question 2: Does anyone have knowledge about fertility/miscarriage rates etc. To speculate how many kids that would lead to on average per couple? Both Duggars and Bates got to 19, just curious.

Allison said...

No, Grandma Duggar lives with the Duggars. She has a suite on the first floor. It's in the schematics of their house. You can look it up. She used to live in the house that Josh and Anna lived in, but she moved out after her husband died. This has been documented before... you can check on other Duggar websites.

Anonymous said...

If I were Grandma I would move into that house Josh and Anna were living in. It is perfect for her, plenty of room for one person. She could relax and have some peace and quiet. Michelle treats her like a servant, she does all their wash, helping with the kids, cooking, etc. while princess Michelle goes off to speaking engagements, and running after politicians. JB has no respect for his mother. I would be so pissed off if I were JB's sister.

tulip said...

I just have to comment on this since I keep thinking about the episode of Erin's wedding when Michelle was using those Command hooks to put up decorations. It's possible they bought some knock-off version, but if they were in fact Command, don't you think 3M would be livid watching Michelle use their product, that is supposed to leave your walls scott-free of anything when they're pulled off, but Michelle was taking chunks of paint of the walls as she removed the hooks? A show millions are watching, as Michelle is the one who looks to be misusing the product in the first place, went on and on how the beautiful church with not a speck wrong with their walls now had marks all over the place and got destroyed. I didn't see the brand-name, but I couldn't imagine if they did a product placement and that's how it played out. She never said anything like maybe she didn't pull them off right...nope, no fault for the Duggars.

Anonymous said...

I've watched the show over the years but I must have missed what's going on with Jana. Did she attend a camp because she had different ideas? Why isn't she courting?

Nancy said...

Thank you for answering my question.

Anonymous said...

There are many things i dont get about the duggar but what i dont understand most is why cant you have 1 or 2 kids and be a good christian. they act like you are only a good christian with a million kids which is not true.

Anonymous said...

In a repeat yesterday, the night before they found out they lost Jubilee, the family was discussing names. Jim Bob was really lobbying for the name: Jim Bob, if it was a boy. I was thinking to myself, for God's sake, don't you remember you named already have a son named; James. Then one of the younger boys said to Jim Bob, "you already have a Jim Bob, you named your stuffed whale from the aquarium, Jim Bob." Nothing was said about the son already named, James. All of a sudden it occurred to me, (after all these years,) that just maybe, the reason all the kids names start with "J" is because of Jim Bob's name beginning with a "J."

Zoey said...

They claim to sensor the internet and watch little tv plus we know they limit socialization but I think they are full of it. Watching a rerun and anna and josh were fist bumping and blowing it up. How would they know about that? There have been other pop culture things they have said or done that made me wonder.

Judy said...

I think Grandma is very happy at the Duggars. I wouldn't be, but she seems to be. :)

Special Ed Lady said...

I thought that was sad, too. I can imagine James' feelings being really hurt.

Anonymous said...

ANNA IS EXPECTING DUE IN SEPTEMBER AND JINGER IS IN A COURTSHIP WITH JONATHAN STEIGER

Zoey said...

I am not sure whats funnier.jill registering for a 399.00 blender or jill registering for mason jar cups :)

Leigh Ann said...

Michelle said they picked Joshua because they liked it and then they picked Jana and whichever boy is her twin because they liked those names. Then when pregnant with #4 they thought if they only had one more and if that one had a name that started with something else that child might feel left out so they just stuck with J.

And I always figured James was James Robert Jr. but maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Where did you hear this ?

Anonymous said...

i heard from another blog that anna duggar is going to have another child come spetember. and that jinger is in a courtship with someone named Jonathan steiger? anyone else hear this?

Anonymous said...

When discussing names did anyone else hear Michelle say "I think there's only room for one Jim Bob in this house." Jim Bob replied "there's only room for one Jim Bob in this world!"

Special Ed Lady said...

They named him James Andrew

Anonymous said...

No I didn't hear . What website was it ?

Anonymous said...

I've been hearing about a possible courtship with Johnathan Steiger. The rumor started when someone noticed that the Duggars follow him on twitter. The duggars follow family members, religious/political orginazations, journalists, Ben, Derrick, and Johnathan. He could be just a freind of the family, but he would be the only friend they follow.

Anna looks very pregant in photos and video released by her brother-in-law

Anonymous said...

What blog did you hear about jinger on?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! If it is true than now Jinger is courting, I feel horrible for Jana.
I pray Jana is courting too, but has been able to keep it quiet.

Kelly V said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puc4W8hbsGs

I found this video from the homeschool conference. It's interesting to me for two reasons. First, Priscilla actually sounds like a relatively normal person. I think she only gets that weird voice when she is trying to do a "Praise the Lord" video. When she was just talking about other stuff, she seemed normal.

Also, does anyone else think Anna is sporting another baby bump?

Mindy said...

Anyone else notice lots of recent pics of Grandma Duggar on Amy's instagram? I wonder if she is accompanying Amy on the new spin-off. Regardless, it's nice to see Grandma out and about without the Duggar19!

Sarah said...

I'm a grandmother so I feel I can comment about Grandma Duggar.

Unlike Mary Duggar, I have my husband with me, PTL, and that's the way I want it - just the two of us living on our own. We love our time together!

However, if I ever lost him, I would be fine living in my own room with my daughter's large family. It would help me feel less lonely and isolated, and it would give me some purpose to my life to be able to contribute to the family with cooking or laundry or helping my daughter in any sort of way.

I think that's probably how Grandma Duggar sees things, too.

Anonymous said...

Looking at Jill's wedding registry, how many pots and pans do 2 people need? And two sets of knives?

Rudy Tecat said...

I went to Jonathan S. Steiger's Facebook page, and it looks like he reads books, sees popular movies, and watches TV. The only name on his friends list I recognized is Susanna Keller. But, he is following the Duggars.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the explanation of James's name. I didn't know his full name was James Andrew (which I like very much) but still what child named James would want a brother named James too?

Anonymous said...

I think Jim Bob was joking when said he wanted another son after him. When Anna was pregnant he said "name him Jim Bob" It's a joke.

Allison said...

Not to be a defender of Jim Bob, but I do think that sometimes the things he says are just to be "funny." I think he just said "Jim Bob" because he thought it was funny, not because he was serious. And same with the "Hola!" thing in this week's episode. I think he thinks he's some kind of comic genius and it just comes off as being really insensitive and stupid. I don't know, that's the impression I get from watching him. He always has that smirk on his face, so it makes me think that he thinks he's really funny.

Anonymous said...

Jill's wedding registry looks like a request for everything in the house except the furniture. For preaching buy used and save the difference, she sure has a lot of wants for pricey items. Why exactly does she need so many pots, pans, and blenders?

Willow said...

Isn't Josh's middle name James? And the twins' middle names (both of them) is Robert. As mentioned, how many James' and Roberts do you need, even with 19 children? I think Jim Bob's dad was a Jim also, wasn't he? Also, Josh's son is Michael James (I think). Of course, this family also has Joy Anna and Johanna. Lack of imagination. Don't want to have to think too hard (sorry).

Jac&Jil said...

This is in Michelle's recent Parentable on continuing education after the kids receive their GED.

"It’s endless the things that they can study and learn about, even though they’ve already graduated high school. They’re doing their “college” things that they want to do, but a lot of them are getting paid for it. And that’s what’s great about on-the-job training. They’re making money getting trained to do the things that they love."

According to Michelle, John David is training to be a pilot, fireman AND policeman. Does Michelle really think that this statement is believable?

I do wish Jill and Derick the best and hope that they move far away from Duggarland. I also hope Derick will not let Jim Bob control him and Jill and will have the guts to say "no" to him when necessary. I wonder how Jim Bob is going to deal with someone who is way smarter than him. This guy is college educated with a real degree.

Finally, I hope Derick encourages Jill to get a real education and have a career before she starts a family.

Anonymous said...

After hearing the rumors about Jinger courting too, all I can say is : "Poor Jana".

Is Michelle going to enjoy THIS new season of life, meaning, stay at home, hands on mother and housekeeper? Doubt it, she'll promote JoyAnna instead and still try for more. She really needs Jana's permission for "sweet fellowship" with JB. Pass the brain bleach, please...

Anonymous said...

Why is this family, utterly "surprised" about another blessing on the way, 20 times now? Don't they know when you have unprotected sex, you're going to get a baby sooner rather than later? That's the recipe the Almighty gave us to procreate. When you put batter in a warm oven, you're going to get a cake! Not a miracle, it's the recipe.

I think at this time of life, it's important for Michelle to be responsible and look at the calendar every month before letting Jim Bob "righteously fulfill". Not a sin to be careful and avoid.

Anonymous said...

If its true..it looks like Jinger got herself a smart one! (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathansteiger)

Not a fan said...

Weighing in here on the video.
(1) I agree Anna looks pregnant. (2) it wasn't till Priscilla started talking specifically about God and the bible that she changed her tone IMO (3) regarding the digging a hole and living there for 100 years; if my daugher/niece said that I would have said sounds like a plan, hope you have enough room for a bed. Then there would have been laughter and that's it. Why being up actual future possibilities, they are playing. (4) Anna looks tired and run down. Sorry it's just an observation I don't mean to be rude.

Rudy Tecat said...

What would Jill and Derick think if all they got as wedding presents were used things from gift shops? What Jill needs are some good pairs of shoes!

Anonymous said...

If Jinger is courting that guy, I think it is a good idea if the "young people", (hint to JB and MIchelle) go out on a triple date together and go dancing! Let them have some real, nice fun together....will never happen,

How can people LOVE this family when they are so screwed up?

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna have to give Jill a break on her registry. After all the years of "buy used save the difference" maybe the girl wants new things that are just hers. And further into that perhaps Derek wants them to have new things for their new life together.

Anonymous said...

i noticed that the duggars all have twitter accounts now? thought they do not do social media? and I have noticed that all they clothes seemed to look really new and stylish anyone else notice this?

roxs81 said...

Jonathan is mutual friends with couple of people we have seen on the show like
Jonathan Edward Hartono and his sister Jennifer S. Hartono and Mandie Query
this person Rachel Hutchins who has a picture of her and Jessa

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jim Bob was just trying to be funny about another Jim Bob but he made them put that name on the "short list" of baby names.

sandi said...

It is just the amount of work they have Grandma Duggar doing,which,according to the pop-ups on the show,is 10 loads of laundry per day/70 loads per week.That is a lot of work for someone in their 70's.

Nancy Ann said...

Someone on the Recovering Grace website said that IBLP/ATI has less than a 1% retention rate. It is unlikely that all 19 of the Duggar children will stick with the program.

Anonymous said...

I agree wholeheartedly that they are taking advantage of Grandma Duggar and the laundry situation. That poor lady needs to be relaxing and enjoying her retirement. If she wants to live with the Duggars, that's their business, but I do think she needs a more leisurely lifestyle at this point. Michelle is a champion at exploiting others, even dinner guests, (Popes) preparing their own dinner while a guest at the home; and Jim Bob, certainly not honoring HIS own mother. I'd still like to hear from Mrs. Duggar Sr. on this one. I think we'll hear the "want to help out, don't mind doing it" nonsense out of her mouth, too, as she would never say anything negative about her son and his oversized family on camera. the best we got out of her was that she didn't think it was a good time in their lives to start a farm... no revelation there...

Judy said...

Jim Bob may say let's call the baby (whomever's it is) Jim Bob to be "funny" but he also pointed out how much Marcus looked like him when he was born...he's quite in love with himself.

Anonymous said...

It's official...Jessa Blessa has left the farm!
http://instagram.com/p/njamTGmlZs/#

New woman, new look!

Anonymous said...

This is not the time to start your career as a comic. You are supposed to be a modest, Godly,Christian Man; visiting your "prayer partner." When they used to go on their mission trips, the man in charge (forget his name) tried over & over again to teach Jim Bob a few words of Spanish. All he did, was to talk or yell at the top of his lungs in; English. It wasn't funny then & it isn't funny now!

tulip said...

Anna always looks a little bit pregnant to me and I'm not trying to be cruel here, but what does she expect when she's always wearing peasant & tent type tops, covering up with bulky scarves hanging down over her mid section and layering with jackets & sweaters? It's either that or her other style that seems to be the more form fitting type shirt with material that looks thin and clingy, so pregnant or not, it shows all.

I honestly can't believe Jill's wedding registry. Even if they want a perfectly clean slate buying everything brand new, the stuff on there is just ridiculous. Asking for a pair of scissors? Pin cushion? Can of WD-40? And at BB&B a juicer for $299.99 and $50 spice rack set? No buy used & save the difference, and even worse, they're asking other people to spend that much on them but when the Duggars give gifts to other people they buy cheap stuff and do DIY. Up to this point, Jill herself has been spouting off buy used, save the difference like it's something straight out of the Bible, but when it comes to outfitting her own kitchen, why ask for a couple of $20 flatware sets from Target when you can request the 75 piece Oneida set from BB&B for $199.99? Wow, just wow. IMO, it's all very telling...Josh's eating spree and subsequent ballooning out-of-control weight after he got married plus Erin's pink princess room & now Jill & Derick's registry gone hog wild are the textbook examples that once out of the box, these kids want and WILL express desires that their parents have corralled, pent up or just plain not provided for whether because of beliefs, lack of money and/or too many kids.

mom in texas said...

It's official...Jessa Blessa has left the farm!
http://instagram.com/p/njamTGmlZs/#

New woman, new look!
__________________________________

I don't know if she has "left the farm" yet but she is definitely sporting a new look. Arms out, lots of makeup, taking selfies with her head leaning on Ben. Wow, I almost didn't realize that was Jessa had it not been for the little brother (whose names escapes me right now) in the background. Maybe Jessa is the first Duggar to finally take a stand and find her own identity.

Anonymous said...

I just saw a news clip that the Duggar Family was at a Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, MO yesterday, May 4. Interesting that in the picture of the family on the stage performing there were only 15 kids.

Anonymous said...

I agree Jim Bob pointed out how much Marcus looked like him when he was just born. That's exactly what he said to Anna, about Michael right after she had just given birth to him. He held him up beside his own face, much like he did with Marcus and said; "he looks just like me!" I always thought, just what Anna wanted to hear after the terrible labor & difficult delivery she had just gone through. That entire family constantly fuels that huge ego.

Anonymous said...

I feel so sorry for the little one born before Josie. Is her name Jordyn? Breaks my heart. She walks around looking so lost and messy. Josie always looks put together, like a baby should. But I just want to cry when I see her seem not attached to anyone.

Anonymous said...

http://news.softpedia.com/news/TLC-Confirms-Jessa-Duggar-s-Chaste-Engagement-Will-Be-Featured-on-19-Kids-Counting-428657.shtml

link says jessa is engagement. hope they have a long one if it its true.

watchdog said...

It's possible they bought some knock-off version, but if they were in fact Command, don't you think 3M would be livid watching Michelle use their product, that is supposed to leave your walls scott-free of anything when they're pulled off, but Michelle was taking chunks of paint of the walls as she removed the hooks? A show millions are watching, as Michelle is the one who looks to be misusing the product in the first place, went on and on how the beautiful church with not a speck wrong with their walls now had marks all over the place and got destroyed. I didn't see the brand-name, but I couldn't imagine if they did a product placement and that's how it played out. She never said anything like maybe she didn't pull them off right...nope, no fault for the Duggars.

I can't really fault Michelle for this. I got some Command strips to use to put up Christmas decorations at work, and in spite of following the directions to the letter, our results were the same as Michelle experienced.

I just saw a news clip that the Duggar Family was at a Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, MO yesterday, May 4. Interesting that in the picture of the family on the stage performing there were only 15 kids.

They were at a church in Memphis (Cordova), TN yesterday morning, too. Which 15 kids were in MO? I counted only 10 kids there, Jessa, Joy Anna, Jedediah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, and Jennifer. Pretty sure Josh was in DC, but where were Jana, John David, Jill, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Jordyn, and Josie? (Couples on the right and left, respectively, are the pastor and associate pastor and their wives posing with the "celebrities.")

Anonymous said...

If Anna is indeed pregnant, yet again, I wonder how many hours after she delivers this one that she will be required to "get on with it", travel the world, or begin major physical work. I swear, this belief system treats their wives like plow horses on the farm... drop the foal, and start pulling the wagon.

Pam said...

After reading comments on here, I checked out Jill's registry. I am also amazed! I've been married close to 18 years and I don't have 1/4 of the stuff they asked for or even the need for it. Where in the world will they put all of that??? It seriously reminds me of how my 8 year old would act with a scanner in a toy store, "I want one of everything"

Anonymous said...

After seeing all these courtships happen, it's very clear that all the rules and chaperone stuff is forced onto the kids by the parents. In much earlier episodes they would insist that it's the kids making these decisions and they will leave it up to them when they are at that age. They say they do it to protect them, but how do you really get to know someone with people looking over your shoulder every second? They won't really get to know each other until they're married! I hope that some of this is just really played up for the cameras and the kids are happy in their relationships.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Yes, Jill does have a LOT on her registry, but I don't think we can fault her for having things such as scissors or whatnot. It's courtesy to have things that suit all budgets. Not everyone going can afford to spend a lot on wedding gifts.

Zoey said...

Pretty sure I saw Josie dancing in the DC episode

Anonymous said...

I agree with Tulip's comments on Jill's registry. Guess she & Derick aren't planning on using paper plates & utensils.

tulip said...

Why haven't we heard much from the Bateses about Alyssa's wedding?...it's in 2 1/2 weeks, on May 24!

I hope someone buys Jill the scissors for a wedding present, Lol. Maybe make her a DIY sewing basket full of stuff, like they made Erin that recipe basket w/ fire extinguisher...who's going to buy the $200 set of flatware? Alyssa & John's request for flatware has already been fulfilled, 3 sets at $18.99 ea. from Target.

Katie's Mom said...

I wonder if Michelle helped Jill pick out any of the things on her registry. It's for sure Michelle never had any of those things when she stared; "keeping house."

Ashley said...

"Not everyone going can afford to spend a lot on wedding gifts."

And by the same token, some people like to get together and do group gifts that are more expensive than anyone would buy individually. I really doubt that Jill is going to throw a Bridezilla fit if she doesn't get the fancy place settings or whatever it is. Assuming I'm correct and she accepts the gifts she is given with grace, I don't see any problem with using the registry as a bit of a "dream" of all the nice things she can picture in her house with her future husband. It's not like she's requiring people to buy off of it.

tulip said...

"I really doubt that Jill is going to throw a Bridezilla fit if she doesn't get the fancy place settings..."
"...using the registry as a bit of a dream of all the nice things she can picture in her house..."

If the Duggars (as well as Jill herself) denounce costly materialism as worldly & wasteful, why would she be dreaming of a set of flatware for $200? Alyssa Bates was content with registering for the $18.99 set at Target. The Duggars (including Jill herself) are constantly preaching buy used, save the difference & live debt-free. Why would they want other people to clear their bank accounts for a $300 juicer and $50 set of s&p shakers gift when they could spend 1/2 the price. IMO, the Duggars are all about contradiction, and this is just one more example to me that they say one thing and then do another. If being humble and living to the glory of God in the spotlight is supposed to be their "ministry", I don't see how dreaming that a few family friends get together and splurge on a $400 Bosch kitchen machine or $90 Emeril frying pan from BB&B is sending the message of accomplishing their mission.

Anonymous said...

Just to give her the benefit of the doubt, if I was a celebrity & had a bunch if adoring fans just waiting for the chance to give me wedding gifts, I would have registered a lot like she did. She's not stupid. She knows her registry is public & there will be a lot of "public" getting her gifts. This will be her only chance to register for all her dream items. I would make it count! Just saying...

sandi said...

While the Duggars do preach buy used and save the difference,which they *sometimes do...Jill is used to nice things,so I can't fault her for that,really.She's used to a house with 2 full kitchens,3 dishwashers (one commercial),and a full commercial kitchen complete with appliances.And I think about 3 ovens and a couple of microwaves,iirc.
And if they actually DO use the flatware and all,then I give them credit for not using ppr plates like her own family does all the time.jmo.

Anonymous said...

Re; Michelle's talk/bonding with Jessa. If that is Jessa's true personality then it should be that way and if Ben is offended then so be it. She is just being honest. What Michelle is telling her is what I hate about these fundies, it's the old "keep sweet" line.

Anonymous said...

This morning there was a repeat where the entire family went on a bike ride. When they had to stop so Jordyn could use the restroom, why did grandma have take her to the restroom when Michelle was right there? She just sat on the bike until grandma returned with Jordyn & off they went again.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob stated that he doesn't want Jill to get hurt in the relationship with Derrick; he wants to protect her..well, I understand that as a mom myself, BUT there is a huge difference between not wanting your kids to suffer and insulating them from the realities of life..this belief system does just that.. it keeps the girls/(and sons, I think) from feeling life's ups and downs. Yet those very things are the experiences that builds character, strengthens one's emotions, maturity. Keeping your adult children locked up in the tower doesn't make them grow. These females will remain in la-la land, emotional adolescents their whole lives. They will just play house with their starry eyes. What is their Prince Charming turns out to nothing like that for them? The, they will fall hard, and far from the sidewalk....You can't avoid growing up...

Anonymous said...

I strongly hope that someone says to the Duggars" Here...this is the internet, go on ALL of your commentary websites and actually READ all the comments about your family". I bet they would be shocked. They think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread..They really need to respond directly to these comments, and points of view.

Slightly Freaked Out... said...

Apparently Zach Bates lost in the primaries to the incumbent. Who happens to be a woman. Wonder how that changes his view of God's plan for men to rule over women?!

Anonymous said...

Regarding Jill's registry, this shows me that Jill and her sisters, I'm pretty sure, don't know the first thing about finances and what is real in life. A serving spoon is something you pick up in the Dollar store, or WalMart, they don't cost $9.99. I don't begrudge the girl her happiness at finally planning for and having her own household, but this is another example of delayed development in that family.Why haven't her mother and grandmother helped that girl list out a real household's needs,,kitchen, bath, bedroom etc. and evaluate what she has listed? I don't think Michelle herself knows what a housewife needs.. she hasn't been one in 15 years herself.

Anonymous said...

Zach Bates didn't win, but he got a lot of votes.

http://oakridgetoday.com/2014/05/06/countys-first-female-chancellor-joins-first-female-mayor-in-primary-victories/

Anonymous said...

I just noticed the girls' bedroom. I have yet to see ONE of the Duggar kids have a stuffed animal on their bed or a favorite toy, etc.


Other than their name on a headboard, a Bible, a musical instrument, and picture frames (if you are courting) there seems to be ZERO possessions or anything of meaning, mementos, etc.

I think that is really SAD.

Lizz said...

I am the only one who thinks jill is behaving like a 12 year old? I was thinking before she is a mature young woman but since she knows derrick it seems she lost a few brain cells.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice a few episodes ago when Derick's parents came to the graduation at the Duggar house that his mom was wearing pants and had a short haircut. Is Jill marrying in to a more progressive family? Anyone have any information about this?

Allison said...

I wonder if Derick's family is influencing the registry at all. Derick wasn't raised with "buy used save the difference." Maybe his mom has suggested that they buy new since they are all gifts and they can buy used when it comes to their own money? Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

I think it's wise of Jill to furnish her home with quality items that will last. In my experience a dollar store serving spoon will bend or break shortly after you purchase it. I'll bet she will still have the $9.99 spoons twenty years from now.

Anonymous said...

As far as the $18.99 flatware set vs the $200 one, they could be seeing it as an investment. Flatware from Target just won't last as long as a more well-made (and therefore more expensive) set.

Wednesday said...

The Duggar way is to buy used and save the difference, bargain down the price or to get it free. The registry is asking for a lot but that is how they roll.

mythoughtis said...

Of course Jill is acting like a12 year old, giggling and drawing hearts around Derick's name on her countdown sheet.... this is her first boy-girl crush. You have to walk before you run, which is why most of us encourage our children to progress slowly thru the crush stage to the dating stage and then later to marriage. Jill is going from crawling to running in one opportunity, even co-authoring a book on relationships before she had one. On the other hand, she's been a sister-Mom practically her entire life. The Duggar family dynamics are just ODD.

tulip said...

"I just noticed the girls' bedroom."

One of the many video clips TLC features on its site is a "tour" of the girls' bedroom, and I believe it was Jill giving the tour. In the very beginning of the video when she's first starting, you can see a framed 8x10 photo of JB what looks to be like when he was 18 years old on their dresser! What daughters have a pic of their Dad (when he was in his late teens) framed on their dresser?

hello said...

If someone goes to the store to buy something off their registry, should they try to haggle with the salesclerk to get a cheaper price? You know Jimboob would.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the registry, there's a happy medium between a $1 serving spoon and a $10 serving spoon. To me the registry is greedy and shows that they don't understand or appreciate the value of a dollar. And as far as Derick's family influencing the registry, I am surprised that after two years of missionary work he could justify such high cost items.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever noticed that when Michelle is shown cooking, it is always scrambled eggs in one or two little frying pans. Maybe all she knows how to cook is eggs, Nobody would cook in such small quantities for such a large family.

How about Anna serving corn on the cob for the holiday meal. Corn on the cob is rather expensive being out of season during the winter holidays , to say nothing of the mess of eating it on a paper plate on your lap. Would be much more appropriate for a 4th of July outdoor picnic.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Zach and Whitney Bates are having a boy in October! I find this family much more refreshing than the Duggars as of late...perhaps because they have not been corrupted by 10 seasons of constant cameras in their lives.
http://zachandwhitney.blogspot.com/2014/05/our-precious-baby-boy.html#comment-form

Anonymous said...

I noticed that a number of comments on here are about how ridiculous Jim Bob was when he stepped between Jill and Derick in Nepal when Derick tried to put his arm around Jill. It finally dawned on me that considering Derick's background, this would not be out of the ordinary for him.After all, I highly doubt he was raised giving people the awkward side hug. He wasn't raised as conservatively as Jill (his parents appear to be divorced, he attended an accredited college and has a real job). During Anna and Josh's courtship it was obvious they were very young (barely 20)and came from similar backgrounds and it was flaunted all throughout the wedding ceremony episode just how big of virgins they both were (case in point the cassette tap JB gave Josh). However, have any of them stopped to question Derick's past? I mean he is 25 years old, attended a big state school, and does not come from the rabbit farm that is the Duggar compound. I suppose it has never been considered that Jill may be getting a husband that is a little bit more "experienced" in righteously fulfilling his needs perhaps? I know he is religious, but that doesn't always mean the same things to everyone. Just a thought.

Sharla said...

Derick's father is deceased.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand Jill's registry. Any young woman planning her first adult home wants to choose every item with care and put her own touch on it. Whether its a Duggar girl sheltered her whole life or a more mainstream young woman getting her first apartment. Also, as with Erin Bates girly, pink marital bedroom, these desires come from never having had her own possessions. A room shared with 8 sisters, a wardrobe shared with sisters, etc. I also don't think her demands are over the top. I've seen brides of modest means
register for fine china at $200 per place seting, fine silver and luxury linens. It is, however, a LOT of things. I wonder if Jill is so used to Duggar size everything that she is forgetting that she is preparing a home for 2 people; at least for 9 months. I really see Michelle's hand in this, instructing her on what to ask for so she can outfit her home for a future large family.

tulip said...

Ok, just tempted to make one last comment regarding Jill & Derick's registry...On Michelle's latest blog post she talks about staying on budget w/ groceries. She goes on to talk about budgeting and says how Jill & Derick are going to be shopping Craigslist when furnishing their home.
So when it comes to furniture, something they actually have to purchase themselves, they'll buy used & save the difference trying to find some nice stuff, maybe not as concerned with "quality" when it comes to furniture? Maybe they would have a bit more to spend if they weren't concerned about outfitting their kitchen with a $90 frying pan? I guess it's fine to ask other people to spend that kind of $$ on them, but when they need a couch or dining room table, it's all about buy used & save the difference.
Sorry, after seeing that in the blog post, I just continue to see one contradiction after another. And as far as registering for "quality items" or wishing for more expensive things hoping that a few friends will "chip in" to make a dream come true, sounds like just the excuse the Duggars would use, as they're doing what they see fit for "their family" (thrifty, modest spending), but when it comes to what others do with their bank accounts, well, that's up to them and they won't judge them for it...

morganw323 said...

Weighing in on the whole Jill registry thing--I don't think she has been that unreasonable. Of course, I am a bride myself getting married this September and I will confess I went a little crazy with the scanner when we registered--including 12 place settings of fine china--a girl can dream, right? :) I think she has a good price range of items and even though she has registered for a lot of items, I think it is for a good reason. First of all, considering that Erin Bates had 1,000 people at her wedding, I think it is reasonable to expect that Jill will have about that many at hers who will be buying gifts, not to mention any showers she has, so she needs to have a pretty large registry considering she will probably be getting several hundred gifts. Also, while I am not registered for things like scissors and spoon rests and basic items like that, it was because I had all those things from the time I lived on my own. This is not something Jill has had the privilege of doing. So, when she "set's up housekeeping" she will literally be starting from scratch. Aside from her clothes and a few personal effects, what does the girl have that would be of use in a house--not much, I would say. So more power to her for being practical and recognizing all the things she could possibly need and trying to get them as gifts. At least she doesn't have food on there like Josh and Anna did... Although she did register for three rolls of duct tape at Wally World....

Anonymous said...

I am getting Married in 23 Days and my registry looks just like Jill's. Not everyone shops at dollar stores or BB&B would not be in business. The prices are about right with what I would spend on items and what my family would spend on items. You also have to remember Jill has nothing that that belongs to her and she can take to her house. She has to start from nothing, so scissors make since. When I moved out I had to get things like this as well. When you go registry the consultants help you pick things and tell you to put everything you will need. I am not religious at all so I am not defending her that way. Just a fellow first time bride and homeowner.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Michelle probably encouraged Jill to ask for as much stuff as possible in preparation for the umpteen kids she'll be expected to produce.

Anonymous said...

Here's the site with the Jana courtship rumors - http://duggars.tumblr.com/

It may be a guy named 'Jack'

Anonymous said...

I totally understand the no dirty dancing policy. But I wonder what happens to the child with a gift of a dancing ability such as ballet or tap? Ballet can be classical just as the music written for them. That saddens me. I grew up expressing myself through dance. But again, I do repeat myself in saying that dancing become out of control.

Dar said...

Jill must have been on TLC for at least 8 years. Where is her share. If all things were equal, she would not have to Buy Used. There must be a lot of money in Jim Bob's bank account. Money he would not have if it weren't for those children. How "Godly" of the parents. They hoard the money while the children earn it and when the children leave, they are penniless. What a pair these parents are.

KitKath said...

By the way, has anyone noticed that Josh is striking a "Hitler" pose in his Twitter photo? What is with the fascist dictator motif?

roddma said...

I don't really find the Bateses more refreshing than the Duggars. I would agree the Bateses seem more charming, but They all follow the same beliefs. This couple is expected to go from no touching, no being alone to babies in a short time like the others.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking jill will be the spinster daughter.

Anonymous said...

I bet Jill will have a cheap wedding, JB won't open the wallet and spring for a decent reception meal. He probably will try to get a free dress at Kleinfeld's too. I can't stand how these parents use those kids like circus performers and pocket the money.

Anonymous said...

i find it strange that that the duggar girls startet courting around the same time but none of the duggar boys startet courting yet.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I thought Jill would be the spinsteer daughter also. She seems to parrot everything her parents say. I always thought she was too far gone in Gothardland to escape.
Maybe there is hope. It would be so nice to see her go to REAL nursing school or something. I think she would do greatl as a Maternity nurse.

Anonymous said...

What in the world is Michelle Duggr talking about on her blog about buying in bulk. She said they always but things like "oats" in bulk. Every time we've seen them make oatmeal it's been from those little individual packets. That's how the kids could do it themselves. We've also seen them they buy chips etc. in small packages. We've seen the same thing with the Bates

geistmadl said...

Anna seems worn out all the time. She keeps house, plays with the kids, schools them, xooks, does Josh and flops in bed for a few hours' sleep. And if Jill really has a calling to do miaaionary work what does she need household items for? Why not ask for cash to spend on missionary trips?

sandi said...

What is weird is the Duggars and their ilk think ALL dancing is dirty,inc. tap,jazz and ballet.Also throw in square dancing (whic I bet the Duggars and Bates wold be good at),and ballroom dancing.
That said,it wouldn't surprise me at all to see Jim Bob and Michelle on a show like 'Dancing with the Stars' sometime.Anything for that big paycheck.I think they will come up with something like "Oh,we just noticed that verse in tehe bible about 'praise Him with dance' ". And there you'll have it.

Linda said...

I think Jim Bob's inability to dance, do sports, or be academically inclined is why the Duggars are not in college or have any kids in private or public school, have no kids in any types of sports, and do not allow dancing.

Jim Bob strikes me as the type of person who has issues with his childhood and his now deceased father. Jim Bob was fortunate to marry the popular out-going cheerleader Michelle. But his ambivalence to his father just shows how he never measured up as a man in his fathers eyes.

It's sad to think that Jim Bob created his own fan club with his children with little regard for their mental health.

Anonymous said...

if anyone seems unhappy it is Josiah and I hope he leaves and never comes back. Where could he go with no money or job skills. I hope Jill and derrick move far away. I am schoked Jim bod would let Jill court derrick since he was not home schooled and his parenets are divorced.

Anonymous said...

After reading about JimBob and Michelle "feverishly trying" for blessing #20 before they are 50 years old, it made my skin crawl. Not only is it totally immodest of them to be announcing what their behavior is in private to the world, but it definitely isnt' leaving that up to God. It's actively seeking their own will in that regard. They heavily "preach" that they are open to what the Lord wants for them in that area, their behavior is opposite of those words. Please shut up. You are coming across to the world as two idiots.
I would NOT want my grown children, especially those living under my roof, to be aware of my activities with my husband. How dysfunctional of them.They are examples of how parents are NOT to behave. I hope they, or someone who researches for them, reads this post. At this point, I don't know how Michelle can walk after so much "trying". I would love to hear frankly, from Dr. Sarner, as to exactly what her physical state is after so much activity... I bet she needs Poise Pads by now.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know whose job it is to wash that endless tile floor downstairs? It would need to be thoroughly washed EVERY DAY with the amount of traffic and abuse it takes. My bet is that it isn't Michelle's job.
Also, that house is a terrible investment. Why would a future owner be interested in such a huge amount of square feet with a small amount of bedrooms? It was clearly custom designed for dormitory style living and to meet their needs AT THE TIME with no thought to the future when the kids married off. How was that a good investment from the "real estate genius" Jim Bob. That house clearly needs 6 bedrooms each with their own bath and one extra downstairs to be re-saleable. Hope the property can be re-zoned into one acre parcels in the future and build 20 homes on it for it's own small subdivision.

Ginger said...

I enjoyed Sandi's comments about the Duggars dancing. It made me wonder If the Duggars are aware that there were( and I believe there are still some left) Christians, that believe in dancing to praise God, they were called; SHAKERS!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else notice that whenever Josh gets up to speak at one of the rallies he introduces himself as;"I'm Josh Duggar, Executive Director of FRC. Many of you know me as the oldest of 19Children. My family has a show ,19Kids & Counting,on TLC. Anyone out there think he got that job (above all the other qualified candidates) because of his superior education or his intelligence? He always mentions his families show, on TLC.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dar. When those kids leave, they will leave without a penny of the money from the "ministry", (can't believe I almost said show.) Jim Bob & Michelle will live comfortably for the rest of their lives on the money. Oh & grandma can forget any share she might have earned, either on or off camera & when her time comes to leave this earth, it will be just like it was with Jim Bob's father. Jim Bob will be sitting in the funeral home saying "she wouldn't want us spending that much on flowers or the casket.

Marites H. said...

I just watched the part about Jessa & Michelle "bonding" and discussing the courtship with Ben. Awkward sidehug! Why would Michelle need to ask how things are going with Jessa & Ben when she & JB are hovering over them all the time? Under normal circumstances, a mother and her 20-something yr old daughter might have a "so, what's new with you?" conversation but Jessa does not have her own life like other girls her age. No apartment, no job, nothing.

Although it seems to be a habit of many girls in these kind of families, Jessa doesn't look like she'd be the "stay sweet" adoring wife with a soft, high-pitched voice.

Sharla said...

One more time - Derick's father passed away. His parents are not and were not divorced.

Anonymous said...

I also think it will be a cheap wedding. It certainly won't be a sit down meal. The Duggars never had much food at Anna's shower etc. Food at Josh & Anna's wedding was done by the ladies at the Keller's church. For the Duggars 25th wedding anniversary they went all the way to N.Y. for a dress for Michelle,(I know it was for the show, everyone did) but all they served at the celebration after the service, was punch and anniversary cake. I don't expect much more, unless Dericks family get involved, or TLC thinks bigger is better!

Leigh Ann said...

Derrick's father died but that brings up a point. His mother is remarried. These kids are told you can only give your heart to one person. Well, lots of people have two happy marriages. Even my grandmother got remarried after my granddad died when they'd been married for 49 years. It may be a different type of love, you aren't that giddy young couple, but it's love. You really do your kids in a disservice when you tell them that. Courtships don't always work out, even Michelle says the reason for not having any physical contact is in case it doesn't work out. But your heart doesn't base its feelings on what your hands have done.

Judy said...

The wedding may or may not be cheap, depending on whether TLC is paying for part/all of it. But I notice that weddings for people in this "movement" tend not to be very fancy. Big church service, homesewn dresses for the girls, a cake and a few tacky appetizers afterward.

Leigh Ann said...

The Duggars do have nine weddings to pay for and it looks they may have three in a year or so (if the Jana rumor turns out to be true), so they better not to set the bar too high. I just had cake (bride's and groom's) and punch/coffee/tea at my wedding reception. I think there were mints and nuts, too. It was the middle of the afternoon. Most wedding receptions I've gone to have been like that. But please, get a nice cake and don't serve it on styrofoam with white plastic forks. They do make nice-looking disposable dinnerware.

Rudy Tecat said...

How about this? Once all the kids (or, at least, most of them) have moved away and the big house is almost empty, JB would turn it into a Duggar Museum? You know, keep some of their possessions there on display, have guest appearances by some of the kids, CHARGE ADMISSION, etc. Sort of like a Christian Graceland.

Rudy Tecat said...

Go the Family Updates section of thebatesfamily.com website, and you'll see why Zach lost his election: he was endorsed by JB Duggar. That's the kiss of death.

Nancy Ann said...

Very interesting that Josh seems to be silent about the ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas being struck down just days ago. You would think that the FRC would expect him to make a statement against it. Then again, some of the reality show "celebrities" who have spoken too strongly against same-sex marriage have suffered the consequences with their cable networks. What a bunch of cowards the Duggars are. When the chips are down, they won't come right out and say what they believe (and whose guidelines they follow) if it puts their fame and wealth in jeopardy.

Anonymous said...

2 Samuel 6 :14 King David danced before GOD.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God Rudy Teaca, if Jim Bob Duggar ever sees your idea he'll start work on the Duggar/ Graceland project before anyone in the house knows what's happening. He won't wait for all the kids to leave, as he always uses them as cheap labor. Yes a Christian Graceland! Can you imagine how much he'll charge & there will be no discount for seniors or military. But boy for a chance to visit the "love grotto." that is Michelle & Jim Bob's bedroom. I was thinking of a trip to Paris someday but this really peaks my interest.Wonder if there would be an extra charge if Josh was making an appearance....you know he is the Executive Director of FRC

Anonymous said...

Re: Leigh Ann's comments about Jim Bob eventually having to pay for 9 weddings. I believe the key here is, the timeline, & of course donations.Even if Jana does court, get engaged & married within a year, the only other girl of marrying age after that, would be Jinger. Based on the ages that the girls have been allowed, to court, be engaged & then marry, it will still be a long time between weddings for all the really young girls. Should be plenty of time to save up for weddings. I don't think they throw weddings that cost a fifty to a hundred thousand dollars. I couldn't believe how much of the expense for Josh & Anna's wedding was donated by the women of the Keller church. I remember Josh kept saying this would be fortune if it wasn't donated by these wonderful people. Everything from the flowers, food, decorations and elaborate wedding cake, all donated.

summer11 said...

I still have not seen the newest episode, so apologies if this has been shared, but does anyone know which organization Derick was working with in Nepal?

Was it a religious organization, or the US Peace Corps possibly?

Anonymous said...

Happy mothersday to Jana and jill

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that the wedding receptions of all the Duggar girls will be on the cheap..Those two should have thought of wedding costs as they continued to pro-create and what would happen when the sister/moms married off? The little siblings that bonded with THEM will be left in the dust. They have little bonding with Michelle and she with them.

I'm not a fan of tens of thousands of dollars for wedding receptions, but one can have a buffet dinner, nice dinner music, etc., for not a fortune. Doubt the Duggars have any elegant taste for those things anyhow. Can't imagine a wedding without dinner music to listen to, at least, they don't dance, don't drink, (not a fan of drunks at weddings either)but nothing wrong with a toast to the couple..Not bologna and cheese on toothpicks from Sam's Club, put together by people without hairnets or GLOVES..sorry, but unsanitary under any conditions. I doubt that 70 year old JB and Michelle will care much when the little girls date and marry..They'll be too old to go on dates with these girls by then. Unrealistic lifestyle.

Anonymous said...

Now that VF and Gothard ministries are fading, I believe the Duggars have found another conference to attend. (https://twitter.com/DavidNCil/status/463838984011923458/photo/1)

Coleen said...

Here's a vid of the Duggar kids at the CHEF conference singing.

http://instagram.com/p/nrRF5ZmlTc/#

Anonymous said...

As for dancing, the Bates have said that they don't dance in public, but Kelly has said that they have shown their kids square dancing in the home and she does like a waltz.

Anonymous said...

Did I see that Jill had a shower the other day? The items on her registries don't seem to be moving very quickly.

Sharon Digiovanni said...

Derick Dillard was a missionary in Nepal for IMB... IMB is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. Their mission is purely evangelical in nature.

He has recently began working for Walmart (the end of February, 2014) as a Tax Accountant - Sales and Use Tax in Bentonville, ARK

Anonymous said...

In Kelly Bates' blog post about Zach's election- in the comments, she mentions that the Duggars gave Carlin an iPhone.... why would they be buying other people's children phones??

Leigh Ann said...

This is the journeyman program, I'm sure that's what Derick did. It's a great program. http://going.imb.org/2to3yr/journeyman.asp

Nancy Ann said...

As a music teacher, I would make the following assessment of the Duggar's singing: they sing in tune, but belt everything out in their chest voice. It's not a very nice tone. Out of all those kids, can't anyone sing soprano? I have seen them mostly holding their violins, etc. When I have heard them play, the older kids play okay, but nothing that would get them a college scholarship. They would not get scholarships for vocal music, either. Besides their limited skills, they have never sung in a real choir or played in a real orchestra. The homeschool parents in my town put their kids in our local children's choir program and/or the youth orchestra. How sad that all the Duggar children get to sing and play is hymn tunes. I happen to love hymn tunes and folk tunes, but to be a well-round musician you need to experience more than that.

Csnee317 said...

So Derick is working for Wally World in the home state? There goes the hope that he and Jill might get out from under the Duggar clutches. At least he does have a real job.

Leigh Ann said...

I'm Southern Baptist and grew up overseas. Our church had IMB missionaries on staff and in the congregation (It was the Foreign Mission Board back then). The SBC has a program called the Journeyman Program. It's a two-year mission for college graduates. I forget what the maximum age is for it (not very old), but it's generally young people immediately out of college. All of our youth ministers were journeymen (meaning we got a new one every two years). I bet the journeyman program is what Derick did. They get a wide variety of assignments depending on what is needed where they're going. A lot of young people go through the journeyman program to kind of get a feel for missions before going onto seminary to see if that's really what they'd like to do. I wonder if Derick has plans for seminary and then missions? It'd be great for Jill to be in an SBC church, even the most conservative churches are better (freer?) than what she's grow up with.

tulip said...

I saw that about Carlin getting an iphone from the Duggars as well and thought that seemed really weird too. Maybe if there was some kind of courting going on, like Josh gave Anna a phone, but Carlin JUST turned 16 so I certainly hope not! With how stingy the Duggars are, they must be getting a huge break from Apple & getting free phones and macs, esp. to give a phone to someone else's kids.

I also saw Kelly gave out a few details of Alyssa's wedding, like her colors will be hot pink and malibu blue. Omgosh, what is this the 80s again? I seriously thought Alyssa would do something a bit more classic, as Erin was the romantic one, Zach & Whit went Christmas theme. Wow, I hope we don't see big puffy sleeves and miles of taffeta. She also said it will most likely be filmed by ABC...she didn't mention any Duggars in the wedding party...

Wampascat said...

I peeked at Alyssa's registry and a lot of her items are hot pink, orange and turquoise. Kind of cute, but very young. But her wish list was well thought out and coordinated and didn't go on for miles like Jill's. Jill had so many repeats; coffee pots, irons, dish sets, gobs of cookware. Crazy

Zoey said...

Weren't the duggars against technology in the beginning? Now they all have twitter accounts, iPhones, Skype etc.

got2bdrc said...

I was a little surprised to learn through this blog that the house Josh and Anna lived in prior to their DC move belonged to Grandma Duggar. I thought I heard Jim Bob say, prior to the wedding, that Josh had prepared for marriage by purchasing the home and setting up the used car business. Now we learn that Josh did neither--Champion Motorcars belonged to Jim Bob and the home belonged to the Duggar grandparents? Apart from the dishonesty, I thought that ATI/IBLP teaches self-sufficiency as part of what it means to be a man? How do the Duggars justify this lack of self-sufficiency in their eldest son? Why would the Kellers let their daughter marry someone who has to rely on "family welfare"?

Anonymous said...

I was shocked to see new photos of josh he looks lik a 40 year old I dont know if it's the genes or the poor diet they eat.

Anonymous said...

Yep, that's Grandma Duggars house, alright. I can see Jill and Derrick being the next free tenants. Don't think I would want to be in the Josh and Anna "love chamber" myself, but that family knows the activity their parents have in their "love grotto'. Yes, the car lot was/is JimBob's. I think he "owns" JD's towing service, too. I hope Derrick's family exercises some authority about what their son is getting himself into. I certainly hope that Derrick sees what's ahead of him and lives near HIS job at WalMart corporate. Jill needs to become a real RN and postpone the baby train. Why doesn't someone give them some cases of Pampers as a wedding gift.. they will need them before their 1st anniversary.

Sharla said...

Fumble fingered this morning I deleted a comment by mistake. It was asking if Jim Bob owned the DC area house where Josh and Anna live. No, he doesn't. Someone said that last year based on the address for one of car businesses changing. The property records, however, still show the same owner as last year and it isn't a Duggar.

Andrea said...

Any update on weather Anna is actually pregnant? Any "official word"?

Anonymous said...

I was clicking through links about the courtships. Did anyone notice that the photos on Jessa's courtship are "courtesy of Jim Bob"

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20735445,00.html

Anyone else have a weird feeling that Jim Bob set up these courtships at just the right time for publicity?

Julie said...

In an Instagram picture of the 5 older girls posted just about a half hour ago, Jana is wearing a heart necklace. Has anyone seen her wear this before?? My thoughts immediately went to courtship!

Sharla said...

Link to picture.
http://instagram.com/p/n_FVtBmlUv/

Brianna Mitchell said...

I read that grandma duggar and Amy's mom both accompanied her

Wampascat said...

I just saw a post that stated Josh and Anna are moving out of their DC house? Can anyone verify this? Or add to it?

Allison said...

Wow, the girls are wearing some pretty heavy make-up. Is this at an event or something? Even Joy is rockin' the eyeliner.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is true that Josh and Anna are moving http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/249-Panorama-Dr-Oxon-Hill-MD-20745/37457042_zpid/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emo-propalert-hdp&fb_source=message

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, the heart necklace that Jana is wearing is the same one that Derick bought for Jill in Nepal. That is strange...I wonder how Derick feels about that...

Allison said...

That's definitely not Jill's necklace. I looked at another photo of Jill's necklace and they are definitely different. The one on Jana doesn't have any stones and is looped through the heart. Jill's necklace has stones and has a loophole. You can see it on the 2nd to last picture here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2627646/Derick-Dillard-ask-Jill-Duggar-begin-official-courtship-pair-share-hug-new-clip-19-Kids-And-Counting.html

Anonymous said...

The necklace that Jana is wearing in that instagram is not Jills. Jill posted some pics of herself on her personal instagram that same day and she is wearing her necklace. http://instagram.com/p/n_LSeVrs2h/

Not a fan said...

The heart necklace Derick gave Jill is held on the chain in the middle of the heart. The one Jana is wearing is held on the chain cocked to one side of the heart. Not the same necklace.

sandi said...

I just watched that episode and I don't think that's Jill's necklace.Her heart isn't a sideways one,and it has little emeralds around the edge.So maybe Jana is in a courtship now.

julie said...

Nope. I'm , like, 99% sure that is not Jill's necklace that Jana is wearing.

Anonymous said...

So glad that Josh and Anna are moving out of that "death trap" of a house for kids. So utterly un-kidfriendly. Hopefully, they aren't moving back to the Duggar compound for some re-training after going to a movie and out in the world!
It is quite dysfunctional for Jana to be wearing the same pendant that Jill's boyfriend gave her. They really need to state what are the other girls' statuses. Why keep a secret?
I'm quite computer inept, I would like to view these photos that links are given to here, but I don't know how to "pull then up'. Is there a more direct way to view them? Thanks guys!

CannedSoup said...

The necklace Jana is wearing is similar but not the same heart necklace Jill is wearing (and holding up for the camera) in a picture with Jessa where Jessa has a shamrock "tattoo" on the back of her hand.

Anonymous said...

I happened to see a clip when the girls were doing their book signings. They were on the bus & Jim Bob is saying, that he's sure this book is going to be a great help & a make a huge impact on the lives of young girls all over the world. How? I wouldn't want my daughter getting all her information about relationships in the girls bathroom at school, but how do 4 girls who have never even held hands with a boy, let alone kiss him have any pertinent advice. At the time, we had just been introduced to Jessa's Ben (Hannie was placed between them so they wouldn't hold hands during the prayer)& we had never even heard the name, Derick. Just how was this book going to impact the live of young girls all over the world?

Ginger said...

I'm sure that now that Josh has spent over a year in "politics", as he refers to his job, he has plenty of money to buy one of the homes he was dreaming of when he first moved. I believe they were well over a million. But then again he's in politics now.

Julie said...

Jana has been wearing that same heart necklace as far back as 9 weeks ago at a book signing. Checked the Instagram pics.

Anonymous said...

About the registry,it is not a crime or as in to want nice things and remember it is not just what see wants, maybe derrick is a great cook and has ideas about what he would like in a home. I know when I registered (and my dishes were way more than hers back in 1987) my husband have some strong opinions about things he wanted as well. Since when does everyone have to register at Target -- yikes.

CannedSoup said...

I, too, did not like Josh & Anna's DC house because of all the outside steps. In the winter they will be dangerous and icy---living in a cold climate myself, I would not want to have to make sure all of those steps are safe each winter---maybe that is what they found out and are moving to something with easier outside maintenance.

Anonymous said...

Today was a repeat of the beginning of the weight loss challenge between Josh & Jim Bob. What I noticed the most, was Michelle's hair. At the beginning of the episode, it must have been, shortly after she had the makeover, for her birthday, with her friend, Cindy. That hair do didn't go over well with Jim Bob. However, although her hair was still long, it was also neat, with the bangs. She looked so much better. By the end of the episode, when they received call from the DR re: the results of the weight-in, her hair looked just the same as it does now. Of course, I know they don't show things in order. She has the fullest head of hair. It's like a mountain man, very, very bushy. I don't know how she can sleep at night with that head of hair. Not to mention, it looks just plain terrible. What's wrong with her? She knows there is a happy medium. Doesn't she have mirror in the house? She couldn't possibly think she looks nice. It's also a health hazard, if she ever decides to cook. My husband saw some pictures of the Duggar family,in a magazine & asked, who the he.ll is that woman? Oh, by the way, both Josh & Jim Bob, now look the same as when they started their weight loss program. Guess they didn't stick to it.

Willow said...

Re: Josh and Anna moving. My guess is that they rented at first so they could see how things went and if they were o.k. with the job and everything in D.C. Now that they feel more comfortable, they may either be moving or even buying a home of their own. They probably had a year's lease I would imagine. This is just a guess.

I lived in a house very similar when my children were very small and I agree it is not kid friendly, which I'm sure they figured out. I was constantly worried about all the stairs, inside and out, and I had a lot of baby gates.

tulip said...

So I will refrain from giving any more of my opinion on Jill's registry, BUT I did check in to see what has been purchased so far...
Walmart: Aside from some linen essentials & a crock pot, somebody bought up all the requested disposable gladware stuff as well as a pair of pliers. Various colors of duct tape, lint rollers & decorative plunger are still up for grabs.

BB&B: Keurig special edition brewer & k-cup carousel won out over the $25 Mr. Coffee but in the dish department, $4.99 plain white place settings were purchased for 12 showing to be more popular than the 1 setting for 4 of the Noritake. $10 serving spoons have in fact been purchased! as well as a $20 wooden cheese server (no Styrofoam for serving cheese at the Dillard house!) Looks like somebody went for the 12-pc. Emeril cookware at $199.99 instead of buying up any individual pieces like the 14-in. frying pan for $89.99.

All 3 items still left to purchase on Amazon, which include the Bosch kitchen machine ($400), commercial juicer ($295) & electric grain mill ($240) On a sidenote, looks like no time was wasted purchasing a can opener or the state of Arkansas-shaped bamboo cutting board.

Coleen said...

Is one of the Duggar boys courting? John David on a group date? instagram.com/p/nZcUCKHBT1/

Anonymous said...

If Jana (or anyone else) wants to keep their courtship quiet then right on! Jana is so quiet and shy that just because her parents overshare doesn't mean she has to. She did not sign up for this - JB did. I admire and respect her wish for privacy

Anonymous said...

I can't bring myself to believe that Grandma Duggar really enjoys her role in life, as a laundress to her son's family. I remember when she & her husband came to stay with JimBob & Michelle. It was at the end stage of her husband's life & it was said that they could help her out more with his care. After he died, she stayed on in their home. I really wonder now if that was all a set up, to show how compassionate Jim Bob & Michelle were to care for the dad. Of course, I do remember that the girls made his meals, at least what he was able to eat& I think John David help out with moving him from bed to chair. I don't know why she stayed on in their home.I always thought it was her home that Josh & Anna moved into. I'm sure it was JimBob's hand in the whole thing; see what care we gave my Dad, see how we provide for my mom, all she needs to do is about 70 loads of laundry a week. I would want to stay in my own little neat & tidy house, which I'm sure she can afford, even it's only Social Security. Taxes can't be that high & the cost of food for 1 person. She could go over to the Duggar home & help out, if she felt like it. Otherwise, it did seem she had a lot of friends. She could still be invited on trips with the family. I would never be able to stand the chaos at that house. She only had 2 children herself.

Anonymous said...

You know what comes to mind? With all the talk about the females retaining "all purity" and we know what that means..not even hand holding with a guy, do those same rules apply to the guy? It's likely that Derrick isn't "pure"; so why is acceptable for Jill? Will Jana have the same rules for her guy regarding his "purity"? Where is JB going to find an ultra fundie guy for Jana who is over 25 and literally "untouched" so easily..She doesn't need an 18 year old "Bin"; she does need someone a few years older. She seems to be a serious minded personality and doesn't take nonsense and childishness. She needs a grown up man.

Allison said...

Jill and Jessa originally were going to keep their courtship private. Jessa revealed in a video interview that someone had published a picture of the two of them, so that's why they announced it. Jill and Derick weren't "officially" announced until March, when the season premiered, despite being in a courtship since November. I think they want to keep this stuff under wraps for as long as possible because they don't want the embarrassment of a failed courtship.

Coleen said...

On the Duggars instagram (http://instagram.com/p/oEFSdPGlR_/) there is a young man in glasses standing next to Jana. Could this be her courtship?

Zoey said...

Obviously they didn't plan to keep their courtship private since TLC filmed their first meeting.

MandySue said...

What happens if Jana meets a good Christian man. He has his own business, he has succumbed to the Gothard way of life. The problem is before he came to see the error of his ways he was a rebellious teenager and he had meaningless $ex with random girls.

Would he be suitable? He is what they want a good provider, leave the children up to God, he has been celibate since his decision.

Will he have baggage? Do just women have baggage?

Willow said...

Coleen: Your two links do not work for me. Instagram says: Not found. Can you give any help? Thanks. We are all dying to see Jana's POSSIBLE "friend". LOL.

Anonymous said...

The journeyman program must be something akin to what the male member of the Morman Church also do. They serve for 2 years as missionaries. I believe they start in the mission field after they finish college

Anonymous said...

I think it's a fan.

Leigh Ann said...

No, Mormon missionaries are different. They are usually younger (you only have to be 19 so a lot of people do it after high school or the first year of college) and they are basically volunteers. I was shocked at how poorly compensated (housing and pay) Mormon missionaries are. Going hungry is not unusual from what I've read. The SBC journeyman position is a full-time job with pay and benefits. You have to be a college graduate and go through a rigorous application program. It was designed to be the Baptist version of the Peace Corps. Lots of journeyman go on to become career missionaries. If Jill and Jim Bob were in Nepal for two weeks they would have been there over a weekend. I wonder if they visited Derick's church. I'm real curious to know what his job was. Journeymen do all kinds of things, it just depends on what the church they are assigned to needs. Like I said, ours were youth directors.

Coleen said...

The vid of Jana and the guy in glass is on the Duggar family Instagram. http://instagram.com/duggarfam
13 May 2014 video.

Beth Anne said...

Re: I think they want to keep this stuff under wraps for as long as possible because they don't want the embarrassment of a failed courtship.

That is probably part of it. The other part is that Jim Bob does not want anyone else profiting off of something he can exploit for their show to bring in the bucks. Ooops!!! I mean, their "ministry" that just happens to be a show on TLC for which he gets handsomely paid. He wants to control the agenda and create a filming and photo release/People magazine exposure schedule that is most advantageous to him, I believe. Sad.

Emilya842 said...

After watching Jill spend time in a birthing center, I sincerely hope she is able to continue her midwifery studies after getting married. She seemed to be very much in her element while spending time in the clinic; she also seemed so excited when she described her aspirations of working in a over-seas birthing center similar to the one she volunteered in during her trip to Nepal. From the episodes, Derick doesn't seems like the type of person to demand Jill quit everything to wait on him hand & foot and have children non-stop for the next 20 years.

I also think it's so contradictory for the Duggars, Bates', et al to claim courtship is to prevent emotional attachment and "giving pieces of ones heart away to one other than the one the Lord has for him/her", but all the while, as soon as a courtship begins the two parties involved begin to say "I love you". That is hardly refraining from emotional attachment. It makes no sense. But then again, the Duggars rarely make sense.

Anonymous said...

that guy in the vid looked like Ben to me - d

Allison said...

Josh posted a full-length pic with Anna yesterday. If she is pregnant, she isn't very far along. If anything, it looks like she's lost a bit of weight, so good for her.

Emilya842 said...

I've watched the video of Jana and the "mystery man" on the Duggars' Instagram several times. I'm pretty sure it's Ben.

Anonymous said...

Mormon male missionaries volunteer to serve a two year mission and are not compensated at all. Their families pay $400 per month to the church for the two years. The female missionaries serve 18 month missions and pay the same as well. I currently have a nephew serving a two yr mission in Montana.

Anonymous said...

there is a shocking picture of jessa holding a gun in the internet!

Anonymous said...

I was really shocked when they said they had only been there a week. Both Jill & Derick said, 1 week wasn't long enough & they are right. It was a very costly trip for one week, even if TLC paid for it.It would have been nice, to see & hear something about Derick's work & his church there. We saw nothing of that, but did get to see Jim Bob trying on clothing & getting a shave, feeding the monkeys. When Jim Bob & Jill were putting the luggage in the taxi to leave, Derrick said; "Jim Bob & Jill are about to wrap up their week here in Nepal." If you get a chance to see the episode again you'll hear Derick saying that as they prepare to leave. I was very surprised, as it's such an expensive trip. I'm sure that money would have been an enormous help to the people of Nepal. Jim Bob & Jill sure had a lot of luggage for a week. No wonder people thought they were staying longer.

Anonymous said...

When the announcement was made about Jessa's courtship, JimBob made the appalling statement, that it was "open season," on his daughters, as if they were a herd of deer. It's on film,in the episode in the closet/small room where Ben asked to court Jessa. Now we are hearing about Jill (almost married by now) then rumblings about Jana & Jinger. Guess when dad announces "open season," men come out of the woodwork. It's very strange, that all of a sudden these young women, in their twenties are finding someone to court. It's happening all at once,isn't it? If it's a set-up my heart breaks for them.

Anonymous said...

A good question was raised about Jill "chasing Derrick". Did he ever ask her to meet him and visit in Nepal or did she instigate that trip all by herself? Yes, it seems she jumped the gun and asked Daddy Warbucks to fly her over there and court him herself, which he did. I'd like to know how is that "keeping pure"? She is acting as expected; hormone driven, momentos-on-the nightstand, 14 year old with her first crush. I'm not saying that Derrick won't be right for her, it's anyone's guess, but she has nothing to base her decision on other than mission work in common with him. It takes more than that. I, also wonder, Derrick being real college educated, and maybe having dated, went to a party or two, TV watching, maybe, just what intellectual stimulation would he find in Jill? She may have turned 23 the other day, but she is about 10 years behind emotionally and isn't up to date on current events; heck, the Duggar kids don't even know who the Beatles are, or who Dolly Parton is...I don't know on what level they can connect mentally.

Ginger said...

Please, please, these remarks about the Duggar kids not knowing about things like; The Beatles, or Dolly Parton. Of course, they do, it's been addressed in different episodes. They really enjoy collecting beetles & putting them in jars & they know that Dolly Parton is a lady that gives books to needy children.

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