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Jill Duggar: Did She Just Confirm That Derick Dillard Is Cheating?!

The past year has not been particularly kind to Jill Duggar.

It all started back in November of 2017, when Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On.

Jill and Derick Dillard Pic

Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, which unfortunately left the couple with two kids to raise and no source of income.

One would think that after such a precipitous fall from grace, Derick would be forever on his best behavior, but thus far that hasn't been the case.

These days, Derick is in law school and taking steps toward once again supporting his wife and kids, but the months since his termination have been tumultuous for reasons that go far beyond financial instability.

Derick Dillard with Jill Duggar Pic

Derick has been accused of cheating on Jill, and the fact that neither party has addressed those rumors has only added to the public scrutiny of their relationship.

Earlier this week, Jill posted the photo below, which shows her reading a self-help book entitled Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

"Reading a little during bath time. lol #momlife #orangebathwater #boundariesbook," Jill captioned the pic.

Jill Duggar Reads About Boundaries

As In Touch Weekly points out, many of Jill's followers commented that they had also enjoyed the book and found it especially helpful for mending fractured relationships.

“Very good for dealing with toxic family members or friends!� wrote one such fan.

Others noted that Jill could very much benefit from the lessons about independence, and Derick often seems to treat her as his doormat, even going so far as to make Jill attend his law school lectures to assist in taking notes.

Derick, Jill Duggar Dillard

“A great time to say ‘no’ is going to your husband’s school. That is a good boundary to work on, Jill,� commented one follower.

“Her father controlled her life until she married her husband,� added another fan.

“She NEEDS to read this book.�

As many others pointed out, this is not the first time that Jill has used her Instagram page and her choice of reading materials to throw subtle shade at her controversial husband.

Jill Duggar Bible Post

Jill recently posted a photo of her Bible, in which the section about adultery has been highlighted in its entirety.

Like we said, neither Jill or Derick has confirmed or denied that Derick was busted cheating recently -- and in all likelihood, they never will.

But that doesn't Jill is above throwing a little shade with her Instagram posts.

Jill Duggar: Did She Just Confirm That Derick Dillard Is Cheating?!

The past year has not been particularly kind to Jill Duggar.

It all started back in November of 2017, when Derick Dillard was fired from Counting On.

Jill and Derick Dillard Pic

Jill quit the show as a gesture of solidarity, which unfortunately left the couple with two kids to raise and no source of income.

One would think that after such a precipitous fall from grace, Derick would be forever on his best behavior, but thus far that hasn't been the case.

These days, Derick is in law school and taking steps toward once again supporting his wife and kids, but the months since his termination have been tumultuous for reasons that go far beyond financial instability.

Derick Dillard with Jill Duggar Pic

Derick has been accused of cheating on Jill, and the fact that neither party has addressed those rumors has only added to the public scrutiny of their relationship.

Earlier this week, Jill posted the photo below, which shows her reading a self-help book entitled Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

"Reading a little during bath time. lol #momlife #orangebathwater #boundariesbook," Jill captioned the pic.

Jill Duggar Reads About Boundaries

As In Touch Weekly points out, many of Jill's followers commented that they had also enjoyed the book and found it especially helpful for mending fractured relationships.

“Very good for dealing with toxic family members or friends!� wrote one such fan.

Others noted that Jill could very much benefit from the lessons about independence, and Derick often seems to treat her as his doormat, even going so far as to make Jill attend his law school lectures to assist in taking notes.

Derick, Jill Duggar Dillard

“A great time to say ‘no’ is going to your husband’s school. That is a good boundary to work on, Jill,� commented one follower.

“Her father controlled her life until she married her husband,� added another fan.

“She NEEDS to read this book.�

As many others pointed out, this is not the first time that Jill has used her Instagram page and her choice of reading materials to throw subtle shade at her controversial husband.

Jill Duggar Bible Post

Jill recently posted a photo of her Bible, in which the section about adultery has been highlighted in its entirety.

Like we said, neither Jill or Derick has confirmed or denied that Derick was busted cheating recently -- and in all likelihood, they never will.

But that doesn't Jill is above throwing a little shade with her Instagram posts.

Derick Dillard Says Something That’s Not Completely Stupid, Stuns Fans

Even by the standards of the Duggars -- a family that thinks women were placed on earth for the sole purpose of procreating -- Derick Dillard isn't exactly a progressive feminist.

In fact, Derick was fired from Counting On for expressing his ultra-conservative views on social media, which is kind of hard to wrap your head around.

Derick Dillard in Class

After all, the continuing popularity of the Duggars has less to do with Jim Bob and Michelle's breeding abilities than with their evangelical beliefs.

Whether you love them or hate them or love to hate them, there's no denying that the Duggars fill a niche on basic cable.

Sure, the denizens of the Bible Belt have The 700 Club and Fox News, but their options in terms of reality and scripted programming remain limited.

Jill and Derick Dillard with Family

This is due, in part, to the fact that few groups are less likely to seek out commercial entertainment than evangelicals, but TLC long ago figured out that it's good to be their go-to when these folks put down the scripture and pick up the remote.

All of this is a long way of saying the Duggars have a very specific audience cornered, and maintaining their spot as the number one can be a tricky balancing act

And it seems they feel that removing Derick from the equation was essential to maintaining that balance.

Derick Dillard with Jill Duggar Pic

At this point, it looks as though Derick has finally resigned himself to the notion that he'll never again appear on reality television.

These days, Derick is attending law school, and his wife even attends lectures with him for reasons that aren't entirely clear.

But as much as Jill and Derick's idea of date night might not sound like much fun, it represents a generational shift in evangelical attitudes toward women and education.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard in Class

Jill and her siblings were all homeschooled, and typically, women in the Duggars' community are "strongly discouraged" from attending college, presumably because it might distract from their baby-making.

But amazingly, Derick says he's all for women entering the world of higher education.

Or at least he begrudgingly accepts it, which is actually quite a progressive stance from a Duggar dude:

Derick Dillard on Social Media

“If you had a daughter, would you encourage her to be educated?" a fan asked Derick during a recent Twitter Q&A.

"Would you encourage her to go to law school or medical school and become a professional like you?�

“Yes, if that’s what she wanted to do," Derick replied.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard at IHOP

"My mom is a professional working woman and has been for the past 40 years."

Of course, it's easy for Derick to say that, as he doesn't have any daughters (yet).

And he would look like a pretty big d-bag if he made his wife attend classes with him and then revealed his belief that women don't belong in the classroom.

But hey ... we guess this is progress.

Josh & Anna Duggar Continue Comeback Tour With Tribute to Eldest Daughter

Well Duggar fans, whether you like it or not, Jim Bob and Michelle's eldest child is slowly worming his way back into your lives.

Many feared a day would come when Josh Duggar would once again be foisted upon an unsuspecting public, and a handful of perverse weirdos have been openly hoping for it.

Josh and Anna Duggar Anniversary Photo

But whether you're currently celebrating or cringing yourself into oblivion, there's no denying that the second coming of Josh is close at hand.

We won't bother to brief you on Josh's sex crimes or the various other ways he's shown himself to be less than a model of Christian virtue.

Instead, we'll skip right to the ongoing effort to rebuild his reputation:

It started with the announcement that Josh and Anna were celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the day that they got engaged.

Josh and Anna Duggar and Daughter

Yes, the Duggars were in such a hurry to push this agenda that they couldn't even wait until the actual wedding anniversary.

Shortly thereafter, Josh and Anna made a public appearance together, posing for pics at the wedding of family friends Josie Bates and Kelton Balka.

This may not sound like a big deal, but it's the first time that the couple has appeared in public at a non-family event since 2015.

Josh and Anna Image

Let's not forget that when Josh attended Joy-Anna Duggar's wedding last year, his family was still so keen to sweep him under the rug that he was edited out of footage shot by TLC.

Now, in keeping with the proud Duggar tradition, Josh and Anna are getting their kids in on the act.

Or at least one of their kids, anyway ...

Anna Duggar's Daughter

Mackynzie Duggar turned 9 this week, and Anna celebrated by posting the above pic along with a touching caption.

"Nine years ago today we transitioned from newlyweds to a family of three when our first daughter Mackynzie was born," Anna wrote.

"Mackynzie, it has been a joy to watch you grow into such a kind, fun and caring young lady!" she added.

Josh and Anna Duggar and Kids

"You live up to the meaning of your name as you are a wise leader! I am thrilled to watch you love Jesus, love others and strive to do what is right!"

Now obviously, Mackynzie is totally innocent, and we hope her birthday was a joyous occasion.

But these days, it's hard not to be skeptical of everything that Anna posts -- particularly when said posts are coming out so much more frequently that any other point in the past three years.

Just don't say we didn't warn you when Josh is making regular appearances on Counting On next season!

Jinger Duggar’s Daughter Survives First Ridiculous "Scandal"

Last week, Jinger Duggar was accused of cultural appropriation for wrapping her daughter's head in fabric in order to keep it warm while the family attended a Chicago Cubs game.

The situation was annoying for a number of reasons.

Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo, and Baby Felicity at a Cubs Game

For starters, these are the Duggars we're talking about.

If you want to complain about an ignorant habit or a questionable child-rearing practice, they give you so much good material to work with.

There's really no need to go nit-picking.

Felicity at 2 Months

On top of that, since when is there a specific culture that owns the exclusive rights to wrapping babies up in fabric to keep them warm?

By that logic, Jinger and her ilk can and should accuse Scientologists of cultural approporiation.

After all, far-right evangelicals were weirding people out with their extremist beliefs decades before L. Ron Hubbard was even born.

Felicity Vuolo Smiles Adorably

Anyway, when you slam the Duggars for perfectly normal behavior, you reinforce their belief that they're simply being persecuted for their religious convictions.

Worse, you distract from the actual shady practices the family engages in on a regular basis.

And as you can see from the photo below, Jinger is not the slightest bit concerned about the uproar over her baby girl's headgear.

Felicity Vuolo on Instagram

That's a pic Jinger posted on Monday.

The proud new mom captioned the image, "So smiley!"

Her head is wrapped in a fashion that's identical to the Wrigley Field pic, and it looks as though neither Jinger or Felicity are losing any sleep over the uproar.

Jinger and Jeremy and Daughter

In fact, Jinger probably received a monetary bonus from Jim Bob this month.

Every time something like this happens, it strengthens the Duggars' argument that the public will find fault with everything they do.

So now, when there's another legitimate Duggar scandal -- and we're about due for a big one -- Jim Bob can point to this situation and be all:

Jinger, Jeremy and Felicity Vuolo

"[Self-righteous sigh] This is just like that time everyone freaked out on Jinger's baby for wearing a scarf."

The worst part is, this "scandal" is probably the result of 8-10 very vocal nitwits who get a weird high from being mad online.

This has been yet another installment of "Society: It Just Wasn't Ready For the Internet."

Jill Duggar: Is She Rebelling Against Jim Bob’s Belief System?!

The offspring of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been showing some rebellious tendencies as of late.

Of course, we mean "rebellious" by the standards of the ultra-conservative Duggar clan.

Such acts as wearing pants instead of long skirts might not seem very defiant, but Jim Bob has an extremely low tolerance for insubordination.

Which may be why fans are freaking out about Jill seemingly rejecting his sacred belief system ... 

1. The Face of Rebellion?

Jill duggar as a mama
Jill might not seem like the type to publicly reject the belief system that her parents hold so dear.

2. The Traditionalist

Derick jill duggar dillard
She was the first Duggar woman of her generation to get married and start a family, and it initially looked as though she would carry on her parents' ideals unquestioningly.

3. Change Is Afoot

Derick dillard with jill duggar pic
Over the past few months, however, Jill has demonstrated a willingness to rebel against that strict belief system.

4. Whose Footsteps?

Jinger duggar post baby body photo
At first, it was widely theorized that Jill was inspired by the example of her sister Jinger, who became the first to defy the well-known Duggar dress code.

5. The Derick Factor

Derick dillard in class
Now, however, it looks more like Jill is taking her cues from her husband, Derick Dillard, whose beliefs often conflict with Jim Bob's.

6. The Pants Dance

Jill duggar in pants
It's because of Derick that Jill is permitted to wear pants. And that's not the only way life has changed in the Dillard household in recent months.
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Josh & Anna Duggar Make Rare Public Appearance Together: See? We’re Totally Still Married!

Folks, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it's been a difficult few weeks news-wise.

And now, we might all be forced to endure another public spectacle that no one asked for or expected ...

Josh and Anna at Joseph Duggar's Wedding

We're talking, of course, about a Josh Duggar comeback.

Yes, if you're a Duggar aficionado you might have noticed a lot more Josh in your life lately.

And, like everything else the Duggars do, that's 100 percent by design.

Josh and Anna Duggar Anniversary Photo

For years, there have been rumors of Jim Bob and Michelle helping their son to return to public life, and now it seems it's actually happening.

Perhaps they've been emboldened by the current political climate, or perhaps they simply feel enough time has passed that fans will have forgotten the severity of Josh's sex crimes.

Whatever the case, the effort to rebuild Josh's public image and welcome him back into the Duggar media empire has begun in earnest.

Josh and Anna Image

It started with Josh appearing in several Duggar Facebook posts back in September.

It continued as Josh and Anna celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their engagement this month -- as though that's actually something people celebrate.

Those festivities prompted rumors that Josh and Anna's marriage is a sham, as Anna appeared undeniably miserable in all of the accompanying pics.

Josh and Anna Duggar and Daughter

So that was an unexpected bump in the road of Josh's recovery, but Jim Bob is every bit the PR genius that Kris Jenner is, so he was well-prepared for the inevitable rumors that Josh and Anna are headed for divorce.

As In Touch Weekly reports, longtime Duggar family friend Josie Bates married Kelton Balka this week.

The Bates are reality "stars" in their own right (though not nearly as famous as the Duggars), so this qualified as a public event.

Josh n' Anna Duggar

And that makes it the first time Josh and Anna have attended a non-family related public event since he was embroiled in multiple consecutive sex scandals back in 2015.

So you can bet it won't be long before Josh starts making appearances on Counting On again.

Will Duggar fans turn their backs on the family in protest?

We'd like to think so, but something tells us that won't be the case.

Josh & Anna Duggar: Is Their Marriage Really a Sham?

Last week, Josh and Anna Duggar celebrated an anniversary.

The controversial couple has been married for (almost) ten years, and they're survived more than their fair share of scandals during that time.

Josh Duggar Is Back

Actually, to be fair, Josh and Anna were celebrating ten years since the day they got engaged.

Not a common custom, but the Duggars need all the "good" Josh-related news they can get their hands on.

And of course, the Duggars are fiends for social media attention, so they publicly celebrate anything that could possibly be construed as a milestone.

Josh Kisses Anna

Josh and Anna celebrated their almost-decade of wedded "bliss" with the above photo, which she posted on her Instagram page.

(Josh remains persona non grata on social media, with no accounts of his own.)

"The 10 years have been a wonderful adventure!" Anna captioned the pic.

Josh Duggar, Anna Duggar, and Kids in 2017

It sounds like -- despite the many Josh Duggar scandals that nearly brought an end to her marriage -- Anna is genuinely excited about reaching the 10-year mark with Josh.

But there's reason to believe she's not as thrilled with the situation as she claims to be.

Radar Online consulted with an expert who claims that Anna is unable to convincingly conceal her disgust with Josh in the above photo.

Josh Duggar Family Photo

"She has a tight smile," body language expert Dr. Lillian Glass told Radar upon examining the photos.

"He eyes are not smiling. She's gritting her teeth. It's very contrived."

Dr. Glass claims that these non-verbal cues are consistent in recent photos of Josh and Anna.

Josh and Anna at Joseph Duggar's Wedding

"This is all for show," Dr. Glass remarked upon examining a series of images.

"She's looking at him, but she's leaning away. Anyone with eyes can see this is all for show."

Viewing footage of the couple from 19 Kids and Counting and more recent YouTube videos, Dr. Glass became even more convinced that Josh and Anna's marriage is a ruse.

"She's uncomfortable," Dr. Glass said after watching various videos.

"She's rocking back and forth. It's so phony and contrived."

Sounds like a lot to take away from some photos and short video clips, but this is Josh Duggar we're talking about.

We're very quick to believe that no one would be married to this man by choice.

Jill Duggar Offers Lame Parenting Advice, Gets Roasted on Instagram!

The Duggars really enjoy offering parenting advice to their fans.

We're sure some folks appreciate this tendency, but it seems that just as many resent the unsolicited counsel.

After all, the Duggars could really benefit from tending to their own backyard, so when they get a tad too preachy, their fans are often quick to call them out.

This phenomenon took place in a big way this week, when Jill Duggar offered up some painfully obvious insights on parenting on her Instagram page.

 

1. Jill the Mom

Jill duggar and her pale children
Jill is a mother of two, and she obviously takes parenting very seriously. She homeschools her kids and loves to share parenting tips on social media.

2. Helping or Hurting?

Jill duggar rocks swimwear
Some fans find Jill's tips helpful, while others feel that she tends to be a bit preachy while offering advice that's already well-known to most parents.

3. Obvious Child

Jill duggar votes
Recently, Jill posted a new post on her blog about the importance of allowing children to play outside.

4. Yes, Really

Jill duggar rocks shorts
Apparently, Jill is under the impression that "let them play outside" is some sort of groundbreaking approach to parenting.

5. Jill Needs to Chill

Jill duggar hiding a bump
Needless to say, fans weren't exactly blown away with Jill's helpful hints. And many of them were quick to let her know that.

6. Sarcastic "Wow!"

Jill duggar derick dillard instagram image
"A friend of ours called recently to check in," Jill wrote. "She said that when her girls were little and her husband was in school she would take her littles outside and give them a ball to play with and that they’d play for quite awhile before she brought them home, tired and ready for bed."
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Jana Duggar: Fans Are THRILLED to See Her Find Companionship!

Now that Jana Duggar relationship rumors have been shut down by Laura DeMasie herself, some fans fear that Jana really will never find that special someone.

But a new photo surfaced that has fans excited that Jana may have found real companionship at last.

Jana Duggar on TV

Don't worry -- we're not going to keep you in suspense for too long.

While this is unfortunately not a report that 28-year-old Jana is dating ... that doesn't mean that she'll be alone.

It was actually Jessa who uploaded the photo that you're about to see.

In it, little Spurgeon Seewald is playing with a beautiful white dog named Willow.

"Up, Willow!" Jessa captions it, quoting Spurgeon. "Now stay. Good dog! You deserve a kiss."

Spurgeon Seewald and Willow

Fans immediately pointed out how cute both Spurgeon and the dog were.

They also noted Willow's "painted" nails -- they are clearly nail caps.

And then they asked whose dog Willow might be.

Jessa replied that Willow is "Aunt Jana’s dog."

Fans were immediately overjoyed, and weren't too subtle about their belief that having a beloved pet will fill a perceived void in Jana's life.

Jana Duggar and Pumpkins

"So glad that Jana has a dog to love!!" exclaimed one fan.

Another fan gushed: "I love that Jana has a dog!"

Jana is just a few months away from turning 29 -- her birthday is in January.

She isn't just the eldest unmarried Duggar -- she's the only unmarried adult Duggar.

As a Duggar, she is not allowed to date.

Having a dog to love and nurture and cuddle can be great for anyone, but especially for the perpetually single.

Jana Duggar, Laura DeMasie

Recently, fans had hoped that rumors of Jana Duggar dating Laura DeMasie were true.

The two are close friends and Laura has even traveled with the Duggar family.

Derick Dillard insisted that no lesbian activity was taking place, but fans take Derick's word with a grain of well-deserved salt.

It's easy for fans to see a single adult, totally under the control of her hyper-conservative fundamentalist family, be interested in women but unable to come out.

But Laura has shut down those rumors.

Jana Duggar and Laura DeMasie

Sure, it's possible that Jana could be gay. Statistically, more than one of the Duggar kids would have to be something other than straight.

(Though of course the Duggar household is the last place where we would ever want an LGBT child to be born)

But whether she's gay or asexual or just awkward, it's really not our place to speculate about someone else's sexual orientation.

That is emphatically her business.

Not every straight person has to get married and start popping out babies, no matter what Jim Bob Duggar says.

Jana Duggar Cooks

The real reason that fans are so concerned isn't that they think that Jana is at an unusual age to be unwed.

Jana is a Millennial -- Millennials have an overall trend of waiting longer to be sure before they decide to get married. That's normal for non-Duggars.

A lot of fans hate to see Jana still laboring under her parents' instruction.

She is a grown woman, but fans perceive her to still be the family Cinderella.

Jana fans would all get a little piece of mind if they believed that Jana were living her own life as more than just Jim Bob and Michelle's obedient helper.

Her beautiful new dog, Willow, sure looks like a step in the right direction.

Josiah Duggar Reveals the WEIRD Way He Prepared For His Wedding Night!

These days, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are all over each other. But just a few months ago, they had never even kissed.

In the restrictive world of the Duggars, the first kiss is very public -- because it's at your wedding, in front of everyone you know.

Josiah is revealing how he prepared for his very first kiss: he practiced on his hand. See the video:

In the teaser for Monday night's Counting On finale, Josiah is just hours away from marrying Lauren Swanson.

23-year-old Joseph Duggar is a married man himself.

He figured that he should pass on some advice to his brother about what he learned from tying the knot with Kendra Caldwell.

"As far as the first kiss goes," Joseph says. "I mean, I’m sure you can figure it out"

"It’s not really that complicated," he assures his slightly younger brother.

"I asked her just to stay ... kinda as still as she could … and then kind of go with it," Josiah says awkwardly.

"That’s what we did," Joseph replies.

"Either one side or the other," Joseph adds. "But it looks better when the guy goes, I think."

"I don’t think you’re going to have a problem," Joseph suspects.

He credits his optimism to communication, because: "y’all probably already talked about it."

Witha  little prompting from a producer, Josiah reveals a little more to the Counting On cameras.

"I was thinking, you know what? I wonder what it feels like," Josiah shares.

To be clear, he's talking about kissing -- not the wedding night.

"So I practiced on my hand," Josiah reveals. "I think practicing on my hand was just to see what it felt like from her side."

"You can’t kiss a tree and expect to see what it’s going to feel like for her," Josiah reasons.

Well ... he's not wrong. Lauren is not a tree.

"So if you kiss on your hand, you can feel … like, ‘Okay, maybe I should make my lips more full,’ or whatever," Josiah continues.

That helped him, Josiah explains, to practice "and kind of think of it from that perspective."

"You’ve got to think about it!" Josiah explains.

Obviously, practicing for something like the wedding night using his hand would be strictly forbidden in the Duggar household.

We suppose that kissing his hand must be okay. We hope.

Still speaking to the camera, Josiah gushes about this major life milestone.

"It is interesting to think this is the first day in my life I get to kiss a girl," Josiah says.

He clarifies that he will be kissing Lauren "right smack dab on the lips."

"I mean, it’s special," Josiah shares. "It really is a special moment for us."

"And I’ll try to make sure it’s not just a peck," Josiah promises. "I’ll make sure it’s good."

Most of us have probably seen one viral video or another of a fundamentalist wedding where the bride and groom had never kissed.

These videos go viral because, well, the first kiss ends up being painfully awkward to watch.

While it's a shame that the Duggars aren't raised with real choices and personal freedoms, Josiah has seen a lot of weddings.

At 22, his first kiss was probably a little more prepared than a normal person's at 12 or 15 or 19 or whatever.

We'll find out on Monday night's Counting On season finale!

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Duggar Clan to Amy: Congrats! We’re Letting You Back In the Family!

If you're a diehard Duggar fan, you may have noticed the absence of "rebellious" cousin Amy in recent months.

That's no accident, as sources say Amy was essentially kicked out of the family back in June.

Amy Duggar on WEtv

Her famous cousins were banned from visiting her, and certain family members, like Jinger Duggar, even went so far as to unfollow Amy on Instagram.

“Amy is not allowed to talk about the Duggars anymore,� one insider told Radar online at the time.

“Amy went through her Instagram and had to delete all the pictures she had with her cousins."

Amy King Picture

Explanations as to why Amy was exiled vary, but most are in agreement that the ultra-conservative Jim Bob simply didn't approve of Amy's slightly more liberal lifestyle.

But it seems that at some point in the past three weeks, Amy was somehow able to get back in Jim Bob's good graces.

First, Jinger re-followed her cousin on Instagram, and now, the Duggars have chosen to acknowledge Amy's birthday on Facebook.

Amy Duggar Birthday Pic

Yes, the above photo was posted on the Duggars' official Facebook page earlier this week, and while it may seem like a minor development, it's actually a subtle way of sharing some very big news.

Until recently, Amy was, by her own admission, "out of the family."

She was persona non grata at all Duggar gatherings, and as Jim Bob and company aren't exactly big on forgiveness, it was widely assumed that it would stay that way.

Amy Duggar on Marriage Boot Camp

But now, not only Amy been forgiven, it also looks as though she's being embraced by her family.

The youngest Duggar daughters recently formed a singing group -- called, of course, The Duggar Girls -- and it seems Amy has been recruited to assist with their dreams of stardom.

So maybe Michelle reluctantly asked for Amy's assistance since she's the only person the Duggars know who actually lives in the 21st century?

Amy Duggar Instagram Image

We suppose that's possible -- but Michelle doesn't do anything without Jim Bob's approval.

So even though he's not in this pic, you can bet JB signed off on the decision.

And if there's ever a man who's not keen on changing his mind, it's Jim Bob -- so you can bet Amy worked very hard to get back on his good side.

Jinger Duggar Accused of Racism By Angry Mom-Shamers

Just a couple of weeks ago, Jinger Duggar was mom-shamed for making her baby wear gloves, which fans believe will hinder Felicity's motor development.

This time, however, they're getting parent-shamed for something else.

Are Jinger and Jeremy guilty of cultural appropriation?

Jinger Duggar, Jeremy Vuolo, and Baby Felicity at a Cubs Game

Felicity and Jeremy shared this sweet photo on Instagram.

The parents captioned it: "Took Felicity out to the @cubs game."

Felicity's hands are once again entombed within mittens, which her parents put on her to keep her from scratching her face with her sharp nails.

That was not the primary focus of the mom-shamers this time.

This time, the concern is over a couple of things -- first and foremost, that head wrap. Is it cultural appropriation?

Felicity at 2 Months

“This is racism," wrote one commenter very bluntly.

Another wrote that putting Felicity in the hair wrap was a "microaggression."

A microaggression, folks, is a subtle jab against marginalized people that they experience every day.

(Like asking an American of Asian descent where they're from, and not being satisfied with an answer like "Virginia")

Some also shamed the parents for taking Felicity to a loud public space, but that took a backseat to the head wrap.

True Thompson in Pastels

(Here is Khloe's daughter, True Thompson, for comparison, since a fan brought it up)

When one fan asked why it's okay for Khloe Kardashian's baby True to wear one, another fan explained.

"The difference is," the other fan wrote of Khloe. "Her baby is African American and entitled to wear one."

Another just thought that it wasn't fashionable, and wrote: "I really think a French beret is more baby appropriate and fashionable."

It looks plenty stylish, but the appropriateness of it is in question.

Felicity Vuolo Sleeps in Mittens

Some fans rose to Jinger and Jeremy's defense.

"Women of many cultures wear head wraps," wrote one. "There nothing specifically African-American about it."

That same commenter even cites an example: "Rosie the Riveter had a head wrap."

"I think the baby looks adorable," another writes. "Nothing to do with race. chill out people."

"I hope you do not listen to these negative people," that fan continues. "What is the problem that head was cover and she looks great."

"They are not the problem you are reading into it more than needed," the commenter claims. "Fashion is for everyone."

Jeremy Vuolo and Baby Felicity Vuolo

Cultural appropriation is a complex subject, in part because a lot of people don't realize when they're doing it.

What's more is that there can be real debate, even within marginalized communities, over what is and is not appropriation.

African head wraps are from sub-saharan Africa and predate the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In fact, head wraps were one of the few cultural symbols that African slaves were able to take with them to the Caribbean and to North America.

Unfortunately, some slave owners would force slaves to wear head wraps, which turned this cultural symbol into a symbol of oppression.

It is only in relatively recent decades that the natural hair movement has begun to reclaim the head wrap for black women in America.

Felicity Vuolo Smiles Adorably

As we said, this is such a complex subject. We are certainly not qualified to be the arbiters of what is and is not appropriation.

We will say that it's definitely true that multiple cultures have used head wraps.

We tend to believe that claiming something as one's own -- for example, having a bunch of mostly white runway models wear hair wraps -- would be appropriation.

Putting a baby in a stylish hair wrap, on the other hand? That seems a lot more benign.

Quite frankly, it's kind of nice to think that any members of the Duggar family are willing to learn from any other cultures.

Duggars Hint at "Budding Romance": Who’s Getting Married Next?!

Monday night's episode of Counting On focused on the wedding of Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson.

But the newlyweds weren't the only ones enjoying the heady thrill of a budding romance.

Several members of the Counting On clan hinted at a "budding romance" taking place in the lead-up to Josiah and Lauren's big day, but they declined to go into detail.

Fortunately, we've uncovered the truth about who hit it off at the nuptials ... along with some other strange secrets about the latest Duggar wedding.

1. The Happy Couple

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Josiah and Lauren were reportedly smitten from the moment they met, and anyone who watched Counting On last night could tell they were thrilled by the prospect of tying the knot.

2. The Newest Duggar

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Judging from their social media posts, Josiah and Lauren are both very much enjoying married life, but the wedding wasn't without its share of drama.

3. Kiss Anxiety

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Neither Josiah nor Lauren had ever kissed anyone before their wedding day, so they were both understandably nervous ahead of the ceremony.

4. Hands-On Experience

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During last night's episode, Josiah admitted to practicing kissing on his own hand. When asked why, he stated that it's more effective than practicing on a tree. Can't argue with that!

5. Helpful Hints

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The adults in Josiah and Lauren's life advised that if they "miss" they should just go back in and "try again." We think these people might be over-complicating the simple act of kissing a bit.

6. Without a Hitch

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Fortunately, when it came time to seal the deal, Josiah and Lauren were able to execute the kiss rather seamlessly -- but as fans were quick to point out there was more than a little awkwardness in the gesture ...
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Jessa Duggar to Fan: Stop LYING About My Family!

Whether they're handed down by God or Jim Bob, rules are what make the Duggar family tick.

Even if you're a casual fan, you're probably familiar with the Duggar courtship rules, the dress code, and the bizarrely regimented lifestyle that governs life on the compound.

The Duggar Family: A Photo

Some of these rules are expressed openly.

For example, many episodes of Counting On have featured various members of the massive Duggar clan explaining the many things they're not allowed to do prior to marriage.

(The list of what's not permitted is much, much longer than the list of what's allowed.)

Jessa, Ben, Jinger, Jeremy

But there are other rules that are shrouded in mystery.

Take, for example, the Duggar policy regarding social media accounts.

It's long been rumored that Duggars who are not either married, engaged or courting are not allowed to post on social media.

Jana Duggar and Pumpkins

It was widely assumed that it was for that reason that the still-single Jana Duggar doesn't have a social media account.

This became a matter of public discussion when Jessa Duggar posted the above photo of her sister earlier this week.

"I think their family has their own rule that they can’t have their own social media until they are in a relationship," one fan commented.

Go Team!!

Jessa was having none of that talk, and she was quick to cement her place as the most outspoken Duggar daughter by immediately clearing the air:

"It’s not a rule, it’s just coincidence," Jessa responded, adding a laughing emoji to make it clear she's not taking the situation too seriously.

Of course, that emoji also served to confuse the issue a bit.

Jessa Duggar, Crazy-Eyes

Is Jessa really saying that it's just a coincidence that Michelle and Jim Bob's kids start social media accounts only after they've announced their courtships?

Is she actually suggesting it's a pure coincidence that Jana is the only adult Duggar without any social media presence, and she also happens to be the only one who's single?

We have a hard time with that one, but we doubt the Duggars really care.

It's always been sort of understood that part of what the family offers is wholesome fiction, and fans seem okay with that arrangement.

John David Duggar & Abbie Burnett: We Make Our Own Courtship Rules!

It's been just over a month since the world learned that John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are engaged.

And in that time, the couple has faced far greater scrutiny than any previous Duggar couple.

The reason for that, of course, is that John David and Abbie break "the courtship rules" so frequently (and openly) that it often seems they're not bound by the same strictures that his siblings were forced to abide by.

And now, the young lovebirds have posted a pic that's being interpreted as proof that they've made their own rules and couldn't care less about Jim Bob's commandments ...

1. The Happy Couple

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John David began courting much later in life than any of his male siblings, but it looks as though his patience has truly paid off.

2. Wasting No Time

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He and Abbie moved fast once they found each other, and John David popped the question after just a few weeks of dating.

3. Hands On

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From the start of their relationship, John David and Abbie appeared to be less skittish about physical contact than their predecessors.

4. Bold Move

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In fact, they rather brazenly violated his family's arcane rules about premarital physical contact.

5. The Rules

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If you're a fan of the Duggar clan, then you're probably already aware that Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring are forbidden to engage just about any form of physical contact prior to marriage.

6. The Origins

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Many of the rules prohibiting "front-hugs" and dictating how long unmarried couples are permitted to hold hands are culled from the teachings of the Duggars' church, but others were invented by Jim Bob and Michelle themselves.
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