In 2006 the world was introduced to a peculiar family of devout Christians living in the town of Tontitown, Arkansas.
Back then Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar had 16 children – which was enough to turn a one-hour TV special into a reality series about the family, then titled 16 Kids and Counting.
We were fascinated as these Baptists managed to handle raising and caring for more than a dozen children before adding to their brood, resulting in the show being renamed three times.
It’s been three years since TLC officially cancelled the once popular 19 Kids and Counting and while the family returned to screens shortly after with Counting On, there are so many kids to keep track of we thought it was worth taking a look at where the Duggars have each ended up.
Jim Bob and Michelle
The couple that started it all with their extraordinary need to breed has finally stopped having natural-born children, but that doesn’t mean their brood has stopped growing. In addition to the nine (and counting) grand-children they now have, the couple adopted a 20th child in early 2017. They also became permanent guardians to their grand-nephew, nine-year-old Tyler, after his mother was unable to care for him.
Jim Bob and Michelle are still caring for nine other kids at home ranging from eight to 18 and regularly posting photos and Bible verses on their Duggar Family Facebook page and updating the family website.
In case you missed it (except, we know you didn’t) the eldest Duggar boy’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years. In 2015 allegations surfaced that he molested at least five girls as a 14 and 15-year-old – including his own sisters. To his parents, Josh had apparently confessed to touching the breasts and genitals of his sisters and friends while they were sleeping.
Later in 2015, Josh, who had been married to his wife Anna since 2008, was exposed in the Ashley Maddison hacking scandal as having cheated on his wife. However, the pair remains married and have five children Mackynzie, eight, Michael, seven, Marcus, five, Meredith, two, and Mason – born in September 2017.
Jana, was dubbed Cinderella Duggar for her house-cleaning and child-caring role in the family, as she was the eldest and unwed at 28, which is considered rather surprising given four of her younger sisters are married with kids or expecting.
In March, InTouch reported the family’s eldest daughter, in fact, “preferred the company of women”, although no named sources have gone on the record to confirm the rumour.
While there’s been no “courtship announcement” for Jana, her rumoured boyfriend, photographer Caleb Williams, shared a photo on social media in October 2017 holding Josh and Anna’s son Mason – so he has certainly met the family. As for her career, there’s been little reported on it, but when last she spoke publicly she was working as a midwife assistant and doula.
It’s happy news for Jana Marie’s twin, John David. On Tuesday it was announced the reality star is officially courting 26-year-old nurse Abbie Burnett.
“We are so excited to announce the courtship of John David and Abbie!” Michelle and Jim Bob wrote in a statement via the family’s website.
John David and Abbie are said to have known of each other for years, yet only met in recent months.
“We fell in love very quickly,” John David told TLC. “It’s been a wonderful journey thus far, and [we’re] taking the next step to move on to a courtship.”
Fans of the show might remember that Jill met her now husband Derick Dillard shortly before he went to Nepal to serve as a missionary. After speaking over Skype, visiting him – with her father – and starting a formal “courtship” when he returned in November 2013, the pair announced their engagement in April 2014 and were married in June.
Jill, now 27, has since given birth to the couple’s two sons, Israel, three, and 11-month-old Samuel.
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After meeting her now husband, Ben Seewald, through church, 25-year-old Jessa married in November 2014. A year later they welcomed son Spurgeon, now two, and one-year-old Henry in February 2017. Thankfully, we can all keep up to date on Seewald family’s progress on their website, where they regularly blog about and share photos of their sons.
Jinger married former professional soccer player Jeremy Vuolo in November 2016. There’s quite an age difference between the pair, who began courting last year when she was 22 and he was 28.
The 24-year-old announced her pregnancy in January, with the family posting to their official Facebook page: “Congratulations Jeremy and Jinger!! We are so excited and can’t wait to meet this little one!”
Jinger is now almost 38 weeks along, and shared the first photo from her maternity shoot on Instagram today.
The couple too has their own website, where they talk about their faith and life together.
Joe, now 23, married Kendra Caldwell, 19, in September 2017 and welcomed their first child just earlier this month.
The arrival of Garrett David Duggar was, as you’d expect, met with adulation from the huge family.
“No matter how many times we’ve experienced the joy of babies born in our families, there’s nothing comparable to the joy in our hearts today! Children truly are a gift from God. We are so thankful for his safe arrival and this new journey as parents,” the Duggar parents said in a statement.
With one “failed courtship” on his record, Josiah pleased his parents in January when the 21-year-old entered an official courtship with Lauren Swanson, 18.
‘It was really exciting to hear from Lauren say “Yes, I will start a courtship with you.” It was really good to hear that, and she was genuinely surprised.’ Josiah told TLC.
If you hadn’t figured it out yet – this is practically unheard of in the Duggar family, as the courtships are meant to end in engagement, marriage and babies. But in 2015 – not long after news Josh molested his sisters emerged – Josiah and his then-girlfriend Marjorie Jackson broke up. Marjorie has since released a book ‘Devoted: A Girl’s 31-Day Guide to Good Living With a Great God’ in May 2017, but it’s not exactly the juicy tell-all we were all hoping for.
Joy-Anna, 20, married Austin Forsyth in May 2017, and gave birth to the couple’s first child, Gideon Forsyth, on February 23.
Curiously, Joy-Anna has been the biggest detractor of her parents’ faith, with a leaked video from her wedding rehearsal dinner revealing she ‘struggled’ with accepting her family’s rigid belief system.
“I can’t speak and cry. It’s terrible,” the 20-year-old said in a clip obtained by Us Weekly. “First of all, I want to say that Joe, I’m so thankful for you. You really did change my life. Just through my teen years, I think I was having a hard time taking my parents’ faith as my own and you really befriended me as an older brother.”
Joy-Anna did raise eyebrows when she bucked tradition with the birth of her son; she gave birth in a hospital, despite the Duggar family being staunch supporters of home births.
The rest of the Duggar children
We thought you might like to know how old the youngest of the Duggar children are now. Twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah are now 19, Jason is 18, James is 16, Justin is 15, Jackson is aged 14, Johannah is 12, Jennifer is 10, Jordyn-Grace is nine and Josie, the youngest, is now eight years old.