Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recap: Jessa's wedding!

Just 24 hours until their big day and everyone is trying to make sure that everything is done. Ben and Jessa meet with their pastor who will perform their ceremony. Mike has been in the family for the last few years as he is the founder of the S.O.S Ministries.
Their pastor wants to make sure that they made this decision about saving their first kiss was a personal one since the bible doesn't command it.
Jessa decided to reuse Jill's decorations since their wedding was really close and so they are a family on a budget. The family is grateful for the many family and friends that volunteer to make sure that their wedding goes off right.
Sierra meets with the volunteers and go over everything that needs to be done. Joy Anna has decided to help her.
Ben's mom, Guinn, is getting their rehearsal dinner ready for everyone. The family is trying to get the ceremony planning all done and everyone knows what to do. Jim Bob is trying to hold in the tears but still manages to let a few out.
The family is touched by all the beautiful things that Seewalds family had put together and even the a special table to honor Grandpa Duggar who was not able to attend the wedding.
Grandma Duggar remembers that marriage is a sacrifice and gives her granddaughter advice.
During the dinner, the family shares how much they love Ben and Jessa. Jinger's speech is emotional since they have been best friends since they were little. Jana thinks that it's hard for her sister, Jinger, to say goodbye to Jessa since they are entering a new part of life.
The morning of the wedding, Ben and Jessa arrive at the church for the wedding with Jinger. Sierra is a little worried when the weather is a little chilly then what they thought that it would be. Sierra decided that she wanted to try to rent a few heaters to make sure that the guests stay warm but it doesn't happen.
Jessa wanted the whole wedding party to arrive at 9am so they can start getting ready. Since Jill is about 20 weeks pregnant at this time and can't reach her feet, Derick paints her toenails for her.
Michelle arrives to give her daughter a high protein snack to make sure that she keeps up her energy. Ben remembers that he forgot his bride's wedding ring at the family home but lucky Jim Bob has it.
Josh arrives before the wedding begins since he had a business meeting that he could not move around.
Jessa puts on her dress while her bridesmaids wait. She comes out and stuns both her bridesmaids and her father. Jim Bob starts to cry since he can't believe that his little girl is grown up and ready to be married. Jessa starts crying.
Ben and the boys head out to take pictures while the girls are doing the same. They do their best to get thru the wedding pictures since it's still cold out.
Jim Bob and Jessa share another moment together before they both start crying. The girls start to pray for Jessa while the boys pray for Ben.
It's time for the wedding, Jessa is happy that it's time to walk down the aisle for the last time as a Duggar. Jim Bob knows that it's going to be hard to give away another daughter but knows that she is happy with Ben. The ceremony was short and sweet. Ben and Jessa chose to recite their own vows which they adapted from the internet.
Ben and Jessa decided that they wanted to do a unity sand which their colors were green and yellow. Their parents joined them up stage for a moment of prayer.
They are pronounce husband and wife and run out of the room as Mr. and Mrs. Ben Seewald for the first time. Their pastor announce that they had decided to have their first kiss in private rather in front of everyone.
"Our first kiss was nice and slow and romantic," says Jessa.
Ben and Jessa enjoy their first time alone and then gather with their family to take pictures and sign their marriage certificate.
Outside the guests enjoy their ice cream, Ben and Jessa enjoy their sundae by feeding each other and get a few more kisses.
Ben and Jessa managed to get a horse-drawn carriage, She decides that she is going to try to hug as many family and friends as she can before they leave for their honeymoon which they went to Europe.

Ben and Jessa's wedding vows!

Ben's Vows:
Jessa Lauren, you are the love of my life. You are my best friend, and I have learned so much through your love for me. And today is a beautiful day because I have the privilege of committing my life and all that I am to you.

Jessa Lauren, today I take you to be my wife, my faithful partner, and my one true love, loving you now and as you grow and develop into all that God intends. I promise to encourage you, to inspire you, and love you truly when we are together and when we are apart, when our lives are at peace and when they are in turmoil, when I am proud of you and when I am disappointed in you, in times of work and in times of rest. I promise to passionately pursue you, to pray for you, and to empower you to do the things that you dream. From the depth of my being, I will seek to be open and honest with you. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up, and to love you unconditionally, through all of our adventures in life together. I say these things believing that God is in the midst of them all.

And I give you this ring as a token of my unending love for you.

Jessa's Vows:
Benjamin Michael, Ben, today I take you to be my husband, my faithful partner, and my one true love, loving you now and as you grow and develop into all that God intends. I promise to encourage you, to inspire you, and love you truly when we are together and when we are apart, when our lives are at peace and when they are in turmoil, when I am proud of you and when I am disappointed in you, in times of work and in times of rest. I promise to passionately pursue you, to pray for you, and to empower you to do the things that you dream. From the depth of my being, I will seek to be open and honest with you. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up, and to love you unconditionally, through all of our adventures in life together. I say these things believing that God is in the midst of them all.

And I give you this ring as a token of my unending love.

Duggar wedding #3 sneak peak

Now that Ben and Jessa are married. Here are some photos. There will be more in the coming days! 


Ben and Jessa's wedding!

Jim Bob and Michelle are getting ready to watch their daughter Jessa get married to Ben tonight on TLC. Ben and Jessa have been married for almost five months.
Check out the preview of Jessa's wedding

There will be a recap after the two hour event! 

Meet Baby Dilly!

TLC has announced that there will be a two hour special for Baby Dilly's birth on May 5th. Baby Dilly will be around a month old when the special airs. As of right now, Jill is currently 41 weeks pregnant with her first child.

Check out this week's pregnancy blog: 41 weeks pregnant

41 weeks pregnant!

Derick and Jill are currently 41 weeks pregnant with their first child. 
There has been no word if baby Dilly has been born yet.
Do you think that Next week's blog will be the baby's first week of life? 
Leave a comment down below with your thoughts! 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Has Baby Dilly's name been revealed?

A family friend said that Derick and Jill are planning to name their son, Israel, but there is no word that this is going to be his name. We are going to have to wait until the baby is born to find out what his name is.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Engaged one year ago!

Derick and Jill were engaged one year ago today. Derick asked her to be his wife at a local park in Jill and Derick's hometown. It was so special to see as Jill and Derick started to court and now to be parents.
Check out the engagement announcement that was made in April 2014

Preview: Jessa's wedding

The big day is finally here! The family comes together to marry off another Duggar daughter, Jessa, to Ben Seewald. But with gloomy weather predictions, a huge bridal party and a list of non-traditional requests, can they pull it all off?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Michael goes to school!

Michael is starting school! Josh and Anna have chose to homeschool each of their children as they become of age.

April Birthday cover!

I know that I have Baby Dilly's birthday cover in the month of March but as of today he is not born so that means that he could be born in the month of April. 
Here is the current photo for the birthday:

Jana and Josie's special trip!

Jana and Josie headed down to Mexico a few weeks ago to share and spend time with a few of the Bates family.
Jana Duggar, Josie Bates, Carlin Bates

Jana, Josie, Carlin

Carlin, Josie, Jana and Josie Duggar

Carlin Bates, Josie Duggar, Jana Duggar, Josie Bates

Friday, March 27, 2015

25 weeks pregnant

Josh and Anna are 25 weeks pregnant with their fourth child, second daughter, who is due on July 10th! 

By the time that she is born, her cousin should be almost three months old.

Recap: All about Jessa

With 48 hours to go until Ben and Jessa get married, The house is pack with family and friends for the wedding. Ben and Jessa decide that they don't want to do separate parties since they don't want to be apart so they do a flag football game.
Jim Bob and Ben are captains on the team so it going to be intense competition. Jim Bob's team beats Ben's team. When the game is finished, Ben and Jessa get advice about marriage.
"I think Ben is as ready for marriage as he will ever be," says his dad, Michael.
The family looks back on Jessa's childhood. "Jessa was full of energy," says Jim Bob. "She was a handful." Jessa says she loved growing up with 18 siblings, and she learned to be very organized from a young age.
"Jessa's gift of organization was there when she was a little bitty girl," says Michelle. The mom of 19 was especially thankful for her third-oldest daughter's gift while Josie was in the NICU after her premature birth and Michelle had to be by her side.
Jessa loves to pack and normally doesn't forget anything important. The only time that she forgot something is the socks and underwear for the eight youngest boys.
Josh knows that his sister is a lot like him. She will tell you what she thinks and even if you don't want to hear it. Jessa has been the teacher for her little siblings. Jill reveals that their younger siblings like to listen to her.
Michelle doesn't know who will fill in the gap once Jessa leaves. She knows whoever steps in will have big shoes to fill.
Jedidiah said "We respected Jessa as a teacher. She pretty much knew what she was talking about all the time.
Jessa talks about her spunk behind her and remembers when they went skydiving. Jessa is really close with her siblings. She is more closer to Jinger whole is a year and 1 months younger. "Our personalities are totally different, and so we work together very well," says Jinger.
The Seewalds reflect on Ben's childhood. Ben's brother Ethan says he is really kind and acts like you are his age and treats you kindly.
"He was a big encourager," says his mother, Guinn.
Ben and Jessa started talking back in 2013. Guinn reminded her son that there was a lot of guys knocking on her door and that he should not get his hopes up and he ended up winning her heart.
"Ben is definitely a good match for Jessa," says Anna. "...they definitely balance each other well."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Josh and Anna's six and half marriage anniversary!

Josh and Anna have been married for six and half years! It is hard to believe that it's been that long since Josh and Anna said I do.

Baby watch: 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant

Jill is 40 weeks and two days pregnant with her first child. She revealed that she was expecting to be late with her first child.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baby Watch: Interview with Jill!

 Today marks Jill's due date and she is doing great. Jill reveals that she is experience Braxton Hicks contractions which helps prepare the body for labor and delivery.
Jill knows that many first time moms go over their due date. She has two due dates March 24 and April 5th. The baby will come when it's ready to be born. Normally they won't let moms go past 42 weeks so the baby could be here in April.
Jill revealed that she was planning for the baby to arrive late.
Jill has helped deliver around 30 babies including Anna's children. Jill is still studying to be a midwife and will take her exam later this year.
Jill reveals that it's been exciting to study while she is expecting since it's something she is learning and going through.
Do you think that she will make it to 41 weeks?

40 weeks pregnant!

Today is Baby Dilly's due date! We did wait a day for Derick and Jill's due date. 

Now normally they allowed pregnant mamas to go to 42 weeks as long as the baby is fine and so is the mom.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby watch: 39 weeks and 4 days

Derick and Jill are 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant with their first child. Today they are celebrating their nine months of marriage.

Dillard's marriage: 9 months later

Derick and Jill have been married for nine months today. It's hard to think this past June, they were married.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jill's blog: Pregnancy update: Going into the final stretch (no pun intended ;-)…I’ve definitely had a lot on my mind…

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” –Psalm 18:1-3

Being a student midwife myself, I have seen lots of “my mamas” thru pregnancy, labor and delivery, and experienced the joy of new life time and time again! That being said, I’ve also seen when things don’t go as planned and what to do when complications arise. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve had several times where worry and anxiety come as I anticipate the soon arrival of our little man. When I’m feeling scared about the unknowns of birth, I talk with my sweet hubby, Derick, and he always encourages me by speaking God’s truth from the bible and/or praying and asking God to give me peace!

A few weeks ago, God gave me a renewed sense of His peace and joy as I was reading the bible and praying one morning. There are so many uplifting verses, “what time I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Ps. 56:3-5)…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)…”He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah 40:29)…”Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Ps. 23:4). During my pregnancy, we have taken these inspiring verses (and more!) and created an “Inspirational Board” to have on hand during labor. The board is plastered with 3x5 cards full of bible verses, as well as inspirational quotes and song lyrics handwritten in different colored inks.

I am 39 weeks pregnant now and feeling great! We finished our childbirth classes back in December (Bradley Method, Husband Coached childbirth), and recently had our home visit with our midwives to make sure everything is in order for delivering “Baby Dilly” here at home. Derick is the most supportive hubby one could dream of and has enjoyed getting all the birth and baby things ready to go; the birth pool is set up, the car seat base is in the car, etc. He helps me with my daily pregnancy exercises we learned in childbirth class and also makes sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need by calculating my daily protein intake at the end of the day. We pray for our little guy every day, and then together in the evenings we sing, “Jesus Loves Me,” to him!

As I mentioned, we are planning to have the baby here at home. We have both our homebirth and backup hospital plan hospital plans ready to go! Although I’m not sure where in our house I’ll end up delivering (not set on one way), I am grateful to have all my options available for labor; birth stool, bed, tub, pool, shower, etc. We were so blessed at our recent baby shower to have been gifted with the rest of our birth supplies and the birth pool rental! Our midwives and a few family members are now on call to help in whatever ways we will need them, from labor support to errand runners. As for now, it’s the waiting game! We look forward to meeting our little man soon, seeing his features, cuddling with and kissing him, and we are as ready as we can be for now until God decides to bring him out!

Thank y’all so much for all the well wishes and prayers! We know they make a difference. Keep ‘em coming!

“A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.” –John 16:21

Baby Watch: Will there be a 40 week update?

Derick and Jill are still pregnant with their first child. Now things could change before Tuesday but right now there will be a 40 week pregnancy update!

Jill is 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Recap: Wedding prep

The wedding is fast approaching, Ben and Jessa have many things to do. Jeremiah and the couple heads to pick up their marriage license.
Grandma Duggar and Michelle decide to take a netting piece off of Grandma Duggar's wedding dress to attach to Jessa's bouquet like they did with Jill's gift. They gather a few of the little ones to help with it.
Jennifer decides that she wants to pretend to be Mr. Jim, who is the sound man for the show, and grabs a horse head stick and a pair of headphones.
Derick and Jill pick up Ben and Jessa for a double date. They head to do some arts and crafts and paint a tree together.
Back at the house, it's time to make some pizzas. Jim Bob tries to hand-toss his pizza dough and it seems to work well. The kids decide to put some pickles which is a favorite food for the Duggar family.
Josie decides to lick and stick things to her own little pizza which she licks each toppings and then put them on it. Michelle puts Josie's name on her plate to make sure that she knows that it's Josie and no one else will have to get hers. Michelle reveals that her daughter is quite a little chef.
Ben and Jessa head to have their final marriage counseling with Jessa's parents, who has been giving them marriage counseling every week during their engagement. They talk about the importance to talk to one another. Jim Bob tries to give them kissing advice for the big day.
Sierra comes over to make a homemade brownies to use as a topping for the ice cream sundae bar. The little kids want to help and Sierra has them help.
Anna is getting the kids ready to leave for the airport. Ben, Jessa, and Jinger are waiting for them at the airport. Josh had a meeting and will arrive four hours before the wedding starts.
Anna, who is Jessa's bridesmaid,  takes the couple to get their wedding bands. The couple has to pick out Ben's ring while Ben gets Jessa's ring and doesn't want to show her until the big day.
Jessa and Anna head to get Jessa's wedding dress. Friends and family start arriving at the Duggar family home for the wedding. It's getting closer to the big day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

24 weeks pregnant

Josh and Anna are 24 weeks pregnant with their fourth baby. Josh and Anna are still picking out a name for their daughter. This is their second daughter.

Monday, March 16, 2015

39 weeks pregnant

Derick and Jill are excited that they are just one week away from their due date. Jill is 38 weeks and six days pregnant today. 

Do you think Baby Dilly will be born this week or next week? 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Preview: Wedding Prep

Jill, Derick, Jessa, and Ben paint together on a double date while the family has a pizza party. Later it's all about the wedding as the couple finalize last minute details. Will everything come together or is there too much prep even for the Duggars?