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Friday, April 18, 2014

Duggar Courtship "Interrogations"

In a recent People article, Jill Duggar shares how she got to know Derick Dillard and what factors contributed to her decision to accept his offers of courtship and engagement.

The couple's first Skype conversation was five hours long and involved going through a three-page list of questions.

"It was an interrogation," Jill told People Magazine. "I didn't want to not have the guts to ask the tough questions." 

Jill grilled Derick about his relationship with God, whether he drank or smoked, his character, morals, and values, his plans for the future, and (of course) how many kids he wants. Derick only has one sibling, a brother, but both he and Jill want a large family and plan to follow Jim Bob and Michelle's example.

"Both of us want as many kids as God will give us, and we've talked about adoption," Jill told ABC News. "My parents have kept popping them out so we'll see how [our] fertility is!"

How did Jill come up with the questions? She told us that many of the ideas came from the books I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl, both by Joshua Harris. She highly recommends those books to other young people. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photos from the first Bates Wedding

Tuesday's new episode of 19 Kids and Counting showed the wedding of Erin Bates and Chad Paine.

 The Duggars arrive at the Bates home in the hills of eastern Tennessee

 Jessa Duggar and boyfriend Ben Seewald

 Josie Duggar

 Jackson Duggar, Warden Bates, and Justin Duggar

 Erin Bates and fiance Chad Paine at the rehearsal 

 Jill Duggar will be the first Duggar daughter to walk down the aisle

 Michelle Duggar and Kelly Bates on the day of the wedding

 Admiring Erin's wedding dress

 Justin Duggar and James Duggar getting ready for the wedding

 The Bates-Paine wedding party

 The wedding ceremony

 Mr. and Mrs. Chad Paine take their first steps as a married couple

 Chad and Erin Paine with Jana Duggar and Jill Duggar

 The boys "trash" the couple's getaway car

 The wedding reception

The bride and groom head for their honeymoon!
First stop: a cabin in the Smoky Mountains
Next stop: Ireland

Meet the Duggars in Missouri

Sunday, May 4 6:00pm
An Evening with the Duggars
Duggars to speak and perform music
Book signing and meet-and-greet to follow*
Tickets: $10 (payable to Midwest Ministry Care Center)**
Seating is general admission
Doors open at 5:00pm


Lynwood Baptist Church
2935 Lynwood Hills Dr.
Cape Girardeau, MO

*Books will be available for purchase 
**Tickets can be purchased at the church office, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
Proceeds will benefit the Midwest Ministry Care Center's newly opened Ruth House, which serves women coming out of inpatient alcohol/drug abuse programs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Duggar Easter Traditions

In the following TLC webisode, Michelle Duggar shares how her family celebrates Easter.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Wedding Bells" Recap

On tonight's new episode of 19 Kids and Counting, "Wedding Bells"...
  • All the Duggars agree that Jessa isn't as focused on household tasks as she used to be, now that she's in a courtship. Jinger has been promoted to head packer and runs around getting the clothes organized for the family's trip to Erin Bates' wedding.
  • The Duggar girls put together a gag gift for Erin. To play off the joke that Erin can't cook, the girls compile a book of easy recipes and takeout menus and purchase a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher.
  • Ben Seewald and his mom join the Duggars for the drive to Tennessee, which will be Ben's first trip with Jessa's family. "I'm going to try to do whatever I can to make myself useful," says Ben.
  • Jim Bob's has employed a new strategy to get everyone out the door on time: "Last one out owes me $5."
  • When the Duggars arrive at the Bates' house, Jessa is eager to introduce everyone to Ben, and Erin is eager to show her dress to the Duggar girls. She found it on the clearance rack at a local bridal shop and had it altered to fit her modesty standards.
  • Chad and Erin take Ben and Jessa to their new house, a cottage located five miles from where the rest of the Bates live. The room that stands out the most is the master bedroom, which Chad allowed his fiancĂ© to decorate. "It'," says Jessa. "I was kind of surprised."
  • Wedding prep is a bittersweet event for Erin and her sisters. Since getting engaged, Erin has had many tear-filled nights, realizing she won't be able to have late-night talks with her sisters after she gets married. Gil assures her she can come sleepover anytime. "I don't think Chad will like it if I just come over without him," replies Erin.
  • "Chad is definitely a very romantic guy that adds special touches here and there," says Jana. "They're perfect for each other."
  • On the morning of the wedding, a member of the film crew asks Erin if she has thought about her first kiss. "That's why I'm brushing my teeth!" she says.
  • Erin is very nervous to walk down the aisle and asks Jana and Jill to pray with her before the ceremony starts.
  • "Somehow I got selected to be the head car-trasher," says John-David, "And so I took the job very seriously." He and the other boys even go so far as to put sardines and mothballs under the seats.
  • And of course, Chad and Erin have saved their first kiss for the altar. After the wedding, Chad cuts the plastic wrap off the getaway car, removes the sardines and mothballs, and he and Erin take off for their honeymoon.