On the latest episode of “19 Kids and Counting” that aired on Oct. 8, the super-sized Duggar family celebrated two separate anniversaries and reflected on their good fortunes. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar celebrated their 29th anniversary, while Josh and Anna Duggar commemorated their 5th wedding anniversary. The latest one-hour episode was super-sized, just like the Duggars.
Jim Bob asked his kids for help with planning a big surprise for Michelle. He told his wife of 29 years to pack an overnight bag. “You’re such a special wife and it’s going to be a special anniversary,” he stated. Michelle replied, “I have no idea what’s in store. After 29 years of marriage to Jim Bob, he’s still very full of surprises.”
When it was time to go, Josiah greeted his parents at the door and served as chauffeur. Their first stop was a daytrip to Terra Studios, a beautiful place with a garden and unique art sculptures. Michelle and Jim Bob tried their hand at glass blowing and were presented a pair of bluebirds of happiness. They also wrote their initials in a heart on a chalk wall.
“19 Kids and Counting” reflected on Michelle and Jim Bob’s early days together. Jim Bob claimed it was love at first sight, but Michelle had a slightly different version of the story. She said that their first meeting wasn’t very memorable. However, when they went on their first official date one year later, everything changed. “I really realized Jim Bob was the one for me after our first date,” Michelle stated. She added that she was attracted to Jim Bob’s handsome good looks and spiritual focus.
The next stop was a special dinner at War Eagle Mill, a romantic and charming restaurant with a country feel. The Duggar children prepared the meal and served it to their parents. “It made it so much more special having our children there,” Michelle said emotionally. After the lovingly prepared meal, Michelle and Jim Bob checked into the Apple Blossom Inn, a quaint hotel similar to the one they stayed in on their wedding night. In the morning, Jim Bob surprised Michelle with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Although she is afraid of heights, Michelle put on a brave face and soared into the sky. “Amazingly, it was a very gentle flight,” she stated.
Michelle Duggar recently told “Celebrity Baby Scoop” that she and Jim Bob are trying to get pregnant with their 20th child, despite Josie’s premature birth and subsequent extended stay in the NICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She stated about extending her family, “We are not expecting right now. I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one. We’re trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility. If not, we are so thankful and grateful for the ones that God has given us so far.” They said on “Today” that they are also “considering adoption.”
Josh and Anna Duggar also celebrated a wedding anniversary on the latest episode of “19 Kids and Counting.” Jana and Joy-Anna made the trip to Washington, D.C. to help Josh pull off his own string of surprises to celebrate his 5th anniversary. After being treated to a girls’ day out and her first professional manicure, Anna put on one of her prettiest dresses. She and Josh enjoyed a romantic dinner at Bond 45 Seafood Restaurant. After dinner, Josh surprised Anna with four photographs of their children, which he took that afternoon while Anna was away from home.
Josh and Anna Duggar are still adjusting to their new life in a big metropolitan city. “I think the move has brought our family a lot closer because we don’t have so many activities pulling us in a million different directions,” she said. She went on to state that she has baby fever and would like to have twins one day.
New episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” air every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST) on TLC.
Below are details on episodes scheduled to air on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
- “Engaging Announcement.” The Duggars visit some old friends – the Bates. The girls go on a camping getaway full of swimming, s'mores and plenty of girl talk. Meanwhile, Jim Bob and Gil are left home in charge of the youngest kids. 9 p.m. EST.
- “Duggar Challenges.” After inviting new friends over for dinner, Anna faces her own challenge of juggling three little ones with grocery shopping and cooking dinner. Meanwhile, the Duggars revisit their own boys versus girls flea market challenge! 9:30 p.m EST.
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 called "19 Kids & Counting."
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