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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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Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Alone in New York

Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Go It Alone in New York

Originally posted 02/14/2012 08:00AM

Only two Duggars? It doesn't happen very often.

Jim Bob, 46 and Michelle, 45, are flying solo in New York this Valentine's Day – celebrating life and the season premiere of their TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, on Tuesday night at 9.

"Men don't always know what to get for Valentine's Day," Jim Bob told PEOPLE Monday, on the eve of his and Michelle's latest Today show appearance.

"They have these teddy bears everywhere, and Michelle said, 'Please don't get me one of those giant bears,' so I am going to listen to her and take her out to eat. It is really nice to spend some romantic time together in New York."

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How the Duggar Kids Are Handling the Loss of Jubilee

How the Duggar Kids Are Handling the Loss of Jubilee

Originally posted 12/18/2011 11:30AM

Even grief is exceptional in the Duggar family, as there are so many children to console. Michelle Duggar, who miscarried her 20th child this week, says she is comforting the little ones – and being comforted herself by her older kids and her husband.

Michelle says Jackson, 7, asked about his baby sister Jubilee Shalom, and she soothed him and explained the loss.

"I told him there is going to be a day when we are going to be together again," she says. "As the days go on, I know we will have time to talk through all this. I have been trying to hold my composure and do what I needed to do, and then be able to grieve."

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Hundreds Attend Jubilee Duggar's Memorial | Jim Bob Duggar, Michelle Duggar

Hundreds Attend Jubilee Duggar's Memorial

Originally posted 12/15/2011 08:30AM

On Wednesday, an unseasonably warm winter day in Springdale, Ark., friends and family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar gathered to pay their respects to the couple's 20th child, a stillborn baby girl named Jubilee Shalom.

"I feel a great sorrow and grief, and yet at the same time I have a peace in my heart," said Michelle. "This is so sad, but I have peace. There are people praying for us and angels surrounding our home, and there was peace in the sorrow and the grief. Those feelings are mingled together."

The reality stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting discovered on Dec. 8 at a routine doctor's appointment that their 20th child no longer had a heartbeat. Michelle, 45, miscarried the baby on Dec. 11, the day after their youngest child, Josie Brooklyn, born at 25 weeks gestation and just over 1 lb., turned 2 years old.

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Duggars Set Memorial Service for Baby Jubilee Shalom

Duggars Set Memorial Service for Baby Jubilee Shalom

Originally posted 12/12/2011 12:30PM

After suffering the miscarriage of their 20th child, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will hold a memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 14, for the baby girl they have named Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

The reality TV stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting had discovered on Thursday at a routine ultrasound appointment that their 20th child, due next April, no longer had a heartbeat. Advised by her doctor to let the miscarriage occur naturally, Michelle, 45, was being cared for at home by her family.

Following the miscarriage late Sunday night, Michelle began to feel lightheaded and as a precaution was taken to the hospital, where she was kept for observation, according to a family spokesperson. Michelle is recovering well and expected to return home later on Monday, the spokesperson adds.

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