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Best #TBT Ever! See a Photo of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar on Their First Date!

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May 142015

Now this is a Throwback Thursday we can get behind! Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the matriarch and patriarch of the ever-growing Duggar family, shared a #TBT photo on their Facebook today, and it pretty much wins everything.

A very young Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar stand innocently in the photo, fresh-faced, as Jim Bob explains below that this sweet snap goes back to their first date! Yep, this is an actual record of how the 19 Kids and Counting brood began.

See more: How Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Are Celebrating Their Son's One-Month Birthday

"This ‪#TBT goes back a few years. This was my first date with Michelle," Jim Bob wrote on The Duggar Family Facebook page. "She is as beautiful today as ever. I am very blessed to be married to my wife who every day exemplifies Proverbs 31!"

The reason they're so dressed up is because Michelle Duggar told TLC last year that for their first date Jim Bob took her to his high school's senior banquet. "On the evening of the banquet, he arrived at my parents' home to pick me up. And we went, and I just remember being very embarrassed because I didn't know him at all," she recalled. But all of that changed after the night was over. "I just knew right then that first evening after he left my home. I thought wow, this guy is different. I never met anyone like him... And I fell in love with him on that first date."

19 kids later, it's pretty clear that Jim Bob fell in love with her right away too!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Reveal How Their Son’s Birth Brought Them Closer

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Apr 192015

So thankful to God for this handsome little guy! 9lbs 10oz, 23 inches long! #IsraelDavidDillard #babydilly

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With just weeks to go before their first wedding anniversary, Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, have opened up about the details of the birth of their son, Israel — a 70-hour delivery during which Duggar stayed incredibly, admirably calm, according to People. It was "worth every single contraction," she says now.

The 23-year-old 19 Kids and Counting star delivered their baby boy in a surprise C-section and Dillard, 26, sang "Jesus Loves Me" as his wife recovered from the surgery, according to People. "[It was] the song I'd sung to him every night when Jill was pregnant," he explained. "I looked at him and thought, 'This is my son. I love this person.'"

See More: Another Duggar Wedding? Find Out Which 19 Kids and Counting Star Is Courting!

Duggar, who has delivered nearly 30 babies as part of her training to become a midwife, is home now, nursing Israel, but she's certainly not alone! The large Duggar clan is there to support her!

"I love our birth story because it bonded us so well," she told People. "It brought us through something amazing together. It was a journey that we needed to go through."

Duggar may not just be referring to her long and dramatic labor. The new mom delivered her son two weeks past her due date of March 24! The couple tracked her pregnancy through a series of Instagram images, capturing her ever expanding belly.

Craving more details? TLC will give fans an up-close glimpse into Duggar's labor on May 5, in advance of Mother's Day.

See New Photos of Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard’s Son Israel David!

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Apr 142015
Jill Duggar-Dillard Baby Israel David

Photo: Courtesy of The Dillard Family

Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard welcomed their first son, Israel David, on April 6, and he's already fitting seamlessly into his large extended family! The very public parents have never been shy about sharing details of their personal life on their hit show, 19 Kids and Counting, or on their social media profiles, so it comes as little surprise that a digital album of Israel's first days at home has been made public.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Doctor

Photo: Courtesy of The Dillard Family

Jill and Derick uploaded several adorable photos of their newborn son to their website, TheDillardFamily.com, and gave fans an intimate look at their home life with a brand new baby. While we've already seen a few photos from the hospital, the proud parents shared a few more shots of their moments with their son. From a photo of Jill cradling Israel in bed, a portrait with the doctor that delivered their son (seen above), and their departure from the hospital, the new mom and dad want fans to be part of the experience.

Baby Dillard Israel David

Photo: Courtesy of The Dillard Family

Among the other photos they shared were candid looks at the couple at home with Jill's best friend and sister (seen at top), baby Israel dressed up in sunglasses and mittens, and even one shot where the new baby looks less than thrilled in a photo that was apparently taken mid-cry.

While the couple's fans are obviously excited about the newest Duggar edition, there are two people even more thrilled to welcome Israel into the world: his grandparents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar!

"We want to thank everybody for all their support for Jill and Derick," Jim Bob said in a statement on Facebook. His wife joined in, saying, "And for your prayers. What a blessed time this is as we welcomed our new grandbaby, little Israel, into the world. We are just so thankful for our friends and those out there that have been praying for our family. Thank you so much."

But what they're most excited about is how their family will continue to grow! "Four grandkids and counting," Jim Bob said. "Going on 200!"

Another Duggar Wedding? Find Out Which 19 Kids and Counting Star Is Courting!

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Apr 132015
Josiah Duggar is Courting

Photo: Courtesy of The Duggar Family

The Duggar family has had a whirlwind year: Jill Duggar got married to Derick Dillard and the two just welcomed their first son Israel David last week, while Jessa Duggar got engaged to (and married) Ben Seewald as well. Now, another Duggar sibling is getting ready to enter that exciting time of his life — 18-year-old Josiah Duggar reportedly just entered a courtship with 17-year-old Marjorie Jackson!

In case you've forgotten, courting is a more old-fashioned form of dating in which the Duggars partake to prepare for marriage. When courting someone, you must always be accompanied by a chaperone and can only side-hug.

Funny enough, Josiah officially began courting Marjorie, who he met while taking Spanish lessons form her mother Analucia, the same day Jill gave birth to her baby. And according to the happy teen, everything so far is going great!

See more: Watch Jessa Duggar Get Ready for Her Wedding!

"It's been going very well," Josiah told People. "I met Marjorie a few years ago, when I was taking Spanish lessons at her house and I was very impressed with the way she was with her siblings and her love for the Lord."

The two spent more time together during a mission trip to El Salvador in December, which is where Josiah really became interested in courting Marjorie. "She really caught my eye," he continued. "That is really where I noticed her."

Marjorie, on the other hand, noticed Josiah early on. "I met him at Spanish class a few years back," she explained. "For me it was an immediate thing, I have always admired him and his family."

Hopefully this means we'll have another Duggar wedding soon enough!

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Share Photos and a Video of Baby Israel David!

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Apr 082015

So thankful to God for this handsome little guy! 9lbs 10oz, 23 inches long! #IsraelDavidDillard #babydilly

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Jill Duggar finally gave birth to her son, Israel David Dillard, late on April 6, but the new mom and her husband of just under a year, Derick Dillard, are already showing their first baby off to the world. Less than 24 hours after welcoming "Baby Dilly," the parents shared a video of their family and dished on the nearly two-week late birth.

Yesterday the parents posted a brief, 48-second-long video (below) to their blog that gave one of the first clear glimpses of Israel. "We're so excited to announce the birth of our son, Israel David Dillard," Jill says in the clip. She then gives fans of the popular show, 19 Kids and Counting the news they've been hoping for. "He's just a handsome little fell and we'd like everybody to stay tuned to TLC, May 5, they're going to be showing the birth episode as well as things surrounding that."

Jill also shares that "things didn't go exactly as planned" but doesn't further elaborate on what sounds like a tricky delivery. However it happened, the pair seems to be ecstatic that their son is finally here. Both Jill and Derick posted photos of Israel to their Instagram accounts, sharing captions like, "It's so surreal to think we have a sun! I love him so much! #babydilly #israeldaviddillard" and "He's a beautiful baby boy! Israel David Dillard, born last night at 11:49 pm!"

It's so surreal to think we have a son! I love him so much! #babydilly #israeldaviddillard

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As for their sons unique name, the couple has yet to comment, but People has speculated the choice stems from the Duggar family trip to Israel back in 2011. In their very first family photo Derick is even sporting an "Israel Defense Forces" T-shirt while their son dons an embroidered onsie with his new name.

Is Jill Duggar Finally In Labor?

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Apr 042015

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An eager dad-to-be Derick Dillard on Friday announced his wife, Jill Duggar, was in labor, but Us Weekly reports Dillard jumped the gun, and Duggar was likely just experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions. So, the 19 Kinds and Counting star is still pregnant — and now nearly two weeks past her March 24 due date!

Before he took to Twitter to let fans know his wife was not, in fact, in labor, the 26-year-old husband shared the false-alarm news in a long blog entry, which he posted on Good Friday. In the blog post, titled "Jill's Labor and My Understanding of the Bible," he wrote, "My wife, Jill, is beginning to have contractions which means that the birth of our son is near. ... I can't even describe right now the anticipation I am feeling, as I am about to get to meet my firstborn son for the first time face to face. So many people have already testified that nothing can quite describe that moment and that I'll just have to experience it for myself. When I look around, I can see new life everywhere. The trees are budding, which means summer is near."

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Dillard continued to describe his wife's false labor in great detail: "From what I've learned in birth class (as well as from Jill, who is a student midwife) and from what I am witnessing right now with Jill, labor pains start sporadically and then become more consistent, longer lasting, and stronger the closer we get to the birth of our son. Again, it's important to remember that we don't know when he will be born, but we can definitely see the evidence that points to his imminent arrival, whenever that might be."

For her part, 23-year-old Duggar has taken the late arrival of her first child, nicknamed Baby Dilly, in stride. She recently told People, "I have told myself, 'First-time moms often go a week and a half over, so don't get discouraged.' When everyone else is asking you, 'When are you going to have that baby?' The baby will come when the baby comes."

In the meantime, they'll do what they can to hurry him along. The couple recently went out for Mexican food, and Duggar snapped a selfie for Instragram with the caption, "Out to lunch...maybe this spicy Mexican food will make the baby come! Only Braxton Hicks contractions with this weather so far. We shall see what the weekend brings!"

19 Kids and Counting Recap: The 4 Most Tearjerking Moments from Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald’s Wedding

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Apr 012015

Well, we finally got to watch Jessa Duggar marry Ben Seewald on last night's episode of 19 Kids and Counting (seriously, it feels like we had to wait a lifetime to actually see the big day go down), and though we knew many of the details in advance, such as the wedding dress, rings, and ice cream sundae desserts, there were still moments that caught us by surprise. There are so many weddings to go around in the Duggar family that you'd think they'd be fresh out of emotions, but we ended up tearing up quite a few times while watching! Here, a few cry-worthy moments:

Jinger's Sisterly Love
Jessa has always been as thick as thieves with her younger sister Jinger, and it's never been more apparent than in Jinger's rehearsal dinner speech. "I just have to say that I am so thankful for...just...I am so undeserving," she started, with tears in her eyes. "I just love Jessa. She has always been there. For my lowest points and stuff, she has been the one encouraging me, standing beside me, regardless of what I've gone through. It's something that I'm just so grateful for...And I'm thankful for Ben for coming into Jessa's life, and I'm just super excited to see what God has in the future for both of y'all."

See more: Go Inside Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's Romantic Getaway

Jim Bob's Glass Case of Emotion
The Duggar patriarch has now seen three of his 19 children get married, but he's still a wellspring of emotion. He got so heartfelt before the wedding ceremony that he made the normally-stoic Jessa tear up! Her realization that she forgot to wear waterproof mascara, though, softened that raw moment.

Ben's Deep Vows
It was pretty adorable watching Ben get practically paralyzed with nervousness before the ceremony. Not only did he bring a a toothbrush, mouthwash and mints for their first kiss (ever), he forgot the wedding rings! With a little help and a lot of mustered-up courage, he got it together in time for his absolutely romantic vows. "You are the love of my life," he said. "You're my best friend, and I've 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. 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 and our life together."

Jill and Derick's Wedded Bliss
If Jessa and Ben's marriage is anything like Jill and Derick Dillard's, they have a lot of joy to look forward to. Case in point? At one point in last night's episode, Derick looked adoringly at his pregnant wife and wisely said, "Love makes a happy marriage." Awww!

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