The latest new episodes of “19 Kids and Counting" aired on April 29. During the shows, TLC revealed some fun and interesting facts about the super-sized Duggar family from Arkansas that has a super-sized audience of fans. The reality program, which first aired in 2008 as a special titled “14 Kids and Counting,” chronicles the lives of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar as they raise their super-sized family. Six years and five children later (plus three grandchildren), “19 Kids and Counting” is more popular than ever and the Duggars continue to produce strong ratings for TLC.
Tuesday’s episode of “19 Kids and Counting” opened with a trip to Washington, D.C. so that the older girls could make an audio recording of their new book, “Growing Up Duggar.” As posted by Zap2It on Tuesday, Jana, Jessa, Jinger and Jill Duggar spent more than 200 hours putting the book together.
One fun fact revealed on Tuesday is that Anna Duggar can cook up a holiday meal for 25 people…and fast! When the entire Duggar family arrived in DC one day early, she quickly pulled everything together to serve up a turkey dinner and all the fixings. Josh, on the other hand, could use a bit more practice carving the bird.
Another interesting tidbit of information is that Jessa Duggar carries a photo album filled with photos of Ben Seewald when she travels. The two are currently involved in an official courtship. Jessa recently told People Magazine that they would like a big family and are interested in adoption.
One more fun fact is that Mackynzie, Jordyn and Josie can all celebrate their birthdays together (well, sort of). Mackenzie was born in October of 2009, Jordyn in December of 2008, and Josie in December of 2009. Less than a year separates the sisters and Josie’s aunt is just 15 months older than her. All three adorable girls love chocolate and spending time together.
Michelle Duggar revealed the most intriguing fact of the evening. She explained that she realizes her children are entering new phases of life. “We’re enjoying the ones we have and our grand babies,” the mother of 19 stated on air on April 29. However, she also stated, "I am not currently expecting, but I'd like to be." It sounds like she and Jim Bob are trying for their 20th child.
The two new shows ended with Jill declaring that she was in love with Derick Dillard, even though she never met him in person. She asked if she could visit him in Nepal and Jim Bob agreed to accompany her on the overseas trip. Jill and Derick courted for four months and got engaged on March 29. The two will be married on June 21. As posted by The Stir, they are saving their first kiss for the altar.
The next new episode of “19 Kids and Counting” is extended to sixty minutes and titled “Going the Distance for Love.” Jim Bob and Jill travel halfway around the world to see if Derick could be “the one.” Back at home, Michelle spends some time with Jessa and checks in on her courtship with Ben. Towards the end, Derick asks Jim Bob a very special question, but what will his answer be? Tune in at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 6 to find out.
More about the Duggar family from "19 Kids & Counting"
The super-sized Duggar family includes mom Michelle, dad Jim Bob, plus children Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie. The family resides debt-free in Arkansas and stars in a weekly reality TV series on TLC called "19 Kids & Counting."