Monday, March 19, 2012

We Got to Meet the Duggars!

Yesterday the Duggar family of the hit reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting, visited our old church, New Life, in Chicago (they were in the area campaigning for Santorum)  and we got to listen to them speaking on parenting and family life. What a blessing they were to hear in person!

Here they are speaking:

Michelle was very passionate as she shared the gospel and her heart for her family and the Lord. She encouraged us to love our husbands and "love on our babies". After her talk, I was missing my babies! Jim Bob shared his story of financial freedom and how they used the pill and found out they lost a child because of it. Together they shared their journey in marriage and parenting and encouraged all that listened.

Michelle also shared that their new upcoming episodes were going to cover the loss of their most recent child, Jubilee. So if you have cable be sure to look for it, she was very emotional as she shared her loss but gave glory to God through it all. 

Here is a picture of me and Michelle, these photos were taken with my old mobile phone (since then it has been replaced) so that is why it is not as clear:

From left to right: Marisela (my sister-in-law), me (yes, I look weird-but bear with me), sweet Michelle, Susie (Our Simple Farm) and Rhonda (Walking with Sarah) 

Michelle was very sweet and personable--she took the time to answer questions from everyone and sign every single card given to her. They stayed until the very end to connect with everyone and her genuine love for people just shined through.

Rhonda, Daniel Devine (WORLD Magazine writer and our personal chauffeur who drove us there--thanks, Daniel! :)), Jim Bob Duggar, Me, and Susie

(Jana, Me and Jessa) 

The older children spoke to teens and children in another room. There they had a chance to answer questions from the audience and share what life was like in a family with 19 children! I was able to chat with these lovely gals personally and encouraged them to continue being an example of Jesus Christ to their millions of viewers and told them to continue on in defending the faith!

My daughters (and their friends and cousins) with some of the Duggar girls.

My oldest daughter, Janai, even got to meet her long time penpal, Jill Duggar, in person!  Jill recognized her right away and they were able to catch up. Jill was so friendly and has grown into such a beautiful young lady.  It was also announced that the Duggar girls are working on a book called Growing Up Duggar, but no news on the release date just yet!

Here is some video of them (not taken by me) but to give you an idea of how it went:

 (Note: turn off the music at the bottom of the blog before viewing!)

New Life church is supposed to have a video of the entire talk and make it available tomorrow. When they post it I will share the link with you to view!

The Duggars hit TV show 19 Kids and Counting can be found on DVD's HERE or you can instant stream them on Amazon here.

Hope you enjoyed my pictures!


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Bobbi Jo said...

That is so cool! I would love to be there neighbors and friends. Lucky you!! Bobbi Jo

Amy Duncan said...

That's neat! They are a genuine family. My husband and I had the opportunity to go to their house and meet Jim Bob and a few of the children. That was when Michelle was with Josie in the hospital. I admire them greatly.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...


That is wonderful---are they just the sweetest people you could meet? So glad we had a chance!

Many blessings...

Sara said...

Wow that is so cool my one dream in life is to meet Michelle Duggar and the rest of the family someday. But living in CAnada the chances are so slim. Although this summer we will be very near the Bates another family that I would love to meet . Awesome about your daughter meeting Jill and writting her. My 7 year old daughter fav Duggar is Jill. How would one go about writting the Duggars i think that would be a great homeschool project esp to improve writting and wrtitting skills

Stephanie said...

I really would like to meet them - but I'm from Germany and here is not even an opportunity to watch their show! But I read both books and I love them!

Jessica said...

How exciting! I was suppose to hear them speak in Bloomington this past Saturday, but plans fell through. I was so disappointed. Thank you for sharing, and for posting the link to hear their talk!

Ruth said...

How exciting! I love the Duggars; they really shine for the Lord!

Jessica said...

What a blessing it must have been to meet them. So exciting!

Amy Duncan said...

They are the sweetest! I forgot to add I will get to meet with her in October at the Hearts at Home conference in Colorado Sorings. I'm really looking forward to that.

Anonymous said...

How nice, I met them at a book signing. I had to go through the line three times since you were only allowed to stop at one table!

Ashley said...

That is so neat! I would love to meet them but I highly doubt they would want to visit Las Vegas (aka Sin City!) lol. But maybe one day our paths will cross. I admire them a whole lot and I have gleaned a ton of ideas from them on parenting. :)

Glenys Hicks said...

I would love to meet them too! As I am in Australia, I guess I won't. Thanks for updates on the Duggars.

Michelle Johnson: said...

How wonderful for everyone. Thank you for sharing such a lovely event and pictures! The Duggars are so inspirational.

Kim said...

I am such a fan of the Duggars! When I saw the photos on Facebook I didn't see the one with Jim Bob at first and so I was telling my kids about it and my son and I remembered the episode where Jim Bob goes "Everyone's dream is to meet Michelle" and the crew asks "is it anyone's dream to meet you Jim Bob" and he laughs and says "No, no it isn't" LOL.

That's really really cool that you got to meet the family!! (and that your daughter is penpals with Jill! SO COOL!!)

Kate @ Teaching What Is Good said...

How delightful that you got to meet them! What a blessing their family is to so many. Thanks for sharing this.

Mellissa said...

What a neat experience!!! Thank you for sharing with us!

Far Above Rubies said...

What a wonderful experience, June. Thanks for sharing with us.

Val Young said...

We attend the same church fellowship. If ever in nw Ark, you are all welcome. Email We love visitors!

Rachael Londeree said...

Is there a way to be pen pals with a Duggar ?!?

Rachael Londeree said...

Is there any way I could be a pen pal of one of the Duggars or contact info?

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