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Eldest Duggar Girls Share Relationship Secrets in New Book

Duggar Sisters Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger Pen Relationship Book

Originally posted 02/20/2014 01:25PM

"It's not always easy to get along with 18 siblings," four of the Duggar siblings write in their new book, Growing Up Duggar)

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Jessa Duggar Is 'Courting' (Don't Say Dating) Ben Seewald

Jessa Duggar Enters Courtship with Ben Seewald

Originally posted 09/16/2013 05:00PM

Could a Duggar daughter be preparing to start a family of her own?

Jessa Duggar, 20, the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark.,has entered into a courtship with Ben Seewald, 18, who lives in nearby Hot Springs, Ark., PEOPLE confirms.

The couple's relationship will be featured on the family's TLC show, 19 Kids & Counting, which returns Tuesday at 9 p.m.

"We are so excited for Ben and Jessa," Jim Bob, 48, tells PEOPLE. "They are enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another."

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PHOTOS: Meet the Newest Duggar, Marcus!

Josh and Anna Duggar Introduce Son Marcus

Originally posted 06/07/2013 07:00PM

Meet Marcus Anthony Duggar!

Josh and Anna Duggar introduce their newest addition, born Sunday morning.

"We are so thankful that mom and baby are well! We are blessed to have our family close as we celebrate this gift from God," the couple told PEOPLE Friday.

Josh – the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children – and Anna are already parents to daughter Mackynzie, 3½, and son Michael, who turns 2 this month.

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Josh and Anna Duggar Welcome Third Child

Josh and Anna Duggar Welcome Third Child

Originally posted 06/07/2013 10:00AM

Baby makes five!

Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed their third child, son Marcus Anthony, on Sunday, the couple tell PEOPLE exclusively.

Arriving at 11:32 a.m. and weighing in at 9 lbs., 3 oz., Marcus joins big sister Mackynzie, 3½, and brother Michael, 2 this month. The reality stars say their children are "thrilled to welcome a little brother."

"We are so thankful that mom and baby are well! We are blessed to have our family close as we celebrate this gift from God," the couple tell PEOPLE.

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Why Michelle Duggar Won't Be Caught in a Bikini

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Michelle Duggar Explains Why She Covered Up While Snorkeling in Puerto Rico

Originally posted 04/30/2013 04:05PM

When it comes to swimming, the Duggars have it covered.

On a recent marriage retreat to Puerto Rico filmed for their reality show, TLC's 19 Kids & Counting, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar decided to go snorkeling. But not in typical bathing suits. (Watch a clip below.)

"In society, sometimes there's this idea that we cover up at certain times and then we go to the beach and wear our underclothes," Michelle tells PEOPLE. "Bathing suits are pretty and colorful but it's not our thinking that it is okay to be naked some places and not other places."

The solution is to find something "I feel comfortable in," Michelle says. "I am not feeling exposed in the ways I am uncomfortable with." For the trip, which airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) on TLC, that meant covering up in swimwear by WholesomeWear.com.

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Josh & Anna Duggar Are Having a Boy!

Josh & Anna Duggar Are Having a Boy!

Originally posted 04/01/2013 08:00AM

The girls are about to be outnumbered in Josh and Anna Duggar's house!

The reality stars of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting, who recently announced their third baby is due in June, tell PEOPLE they are having a baby boy.

Along with the rest of the Duggar family, they decided to find out the baby's sex, and filmed the announcement for their show, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET).

"We didn't know the results," Josh, 25, tells PEOPLE. "But we gave them [from the doctor] to the sound guy, Jim, and he planned out this very unique reveal. It caught us off guard in a time and place we least expected."

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The Duggars Are Considering Adoption

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The Duggars Are Considering Adoption

Originally posted 03/26/2013 11:25AM

They have 19 children, two grandchildren and one more on the way, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say that doesn't necessarily mean their family is complete.

"We are open to the idea of adoption," Michelle, 45, tells PEOPLE. "We are praying about it, and we will see what God has in store. Love for children has been placed on our hearts."

The ever-expanding crew – eldest son Josh, 25, and his wife, Anna, 24, just recently announced they are expecting their third child in June – were moved by a visit to an orphanage in China on their recent trip there.

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Jim Bob & Josh Duggar Compete in Weight-Loss Challenge

Jim Bob & Josh Duggar Compete in Weight-Loss Challenge

Originally posted 03/12/2013 01:30PM

The Duggar clan is shrinking – by over 50 pounds.

Jim Bob Duggar, 47, and his oldest son Josh, 25, of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting airing on Tuesday nights at 9, are in a fierce weight-loss challenge with each other.

"I got back from Asia and looked at myself on camera and realized something had to change," says Josh.

Married to Anna, 24, and looking forward to the addition of the couple's third child this summer, Josh says he was at 238 lbs. and not feeling healthy. In October, he started to cut back and make healthier choices – and began to see the weight drop.

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Another Duggar Baby Is on the Way!

Josh and Anna Duggar Expecting Third Child

Originally posted 03/11/2013 09:15AM

The pitter-patter of little feet may sound more like a stampede at a Duggar get-together – and this summer the volume is due to increase.

The famously fertile family of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting have another baby on the way. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's oldest child, Josh, and his wife, Anna, tell PEOPLE they are expecting their third child.

They are already parents to daughter Mackynzie, 3, and son Michael, 21 months.

"It is very exciting," says Josh, 25. "It's fun for Michael and Mackynzie being so close in age and this baby will be, too. We feel very blessed and happy."

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The Duggars Visit Asia on Upcoming TLC Special: Catch a Sneak Peek

Originally posted 02/21/2013 12:50PM



Kids, we're not in Arkansas anymore.

One of America's most populous family, the Duggars, visit the world's most populous country, China, as part of a longer trip to Asia captured in a three-episode special coming to TLC in March.

Getting 25 Duggars and their 40 suitcases to the airport is a struggle all its own. But then they tour Japan and China, where the familiar logistical challenges are compounded by the cultural differences.

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