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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I think she means chicken breast halves. My guess is that since this is J'chelle's recipe, these are chicken breast halves of some cut-rate store brand, and are very small. I question how often (or if) J'chelle actually made this. Assuming she's serving 20, that still half a chicken breast half per person -- 20+ grams of protein for each of those undernourished children. That's more than all of the Duggar recipes that Jill has posted combined. It is, of course, drowning in fat and sodium, so at least it has the main components of a Duggar recipe.
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    The Lonely Js Club: Jana, Jedidiah, Jeremiah and Jason

    If she is, she's missing the boat completely. The bold eyebrow thing is about actual eyebrows, not drawn-on eyebrows. She may have very whispy, or light colored eyebrows, but all I can see is eyebrow pencil -- a lot of eyebrow pencil. That's not a look, that's just sad.
  3. It looks like what it is -- a teenager's idea of a "glam" look. The eye makeup may be on trend, but it is weird and distracting looking. The colors don't do much for her, and the lipstick clashes so badly with the shirt that it's hard to look at them together. And the hair! I usually stay out of the Jxxxx needs to get a foot chopped off discussions, but I was thinking that Jessa's hair looks better here than we've seen in a long time, but looking at it now, it looks awful. It's not an attractive color, and it has no style at all, and it looks dull and lifeless. Jessa is stuffed full of pregnancy hormones right now, and her hair should be at its best, If she were to cut off a foot, her hair would still come down to the middle of her back, but it might be less of an ordeal to wash -- and she might wash and condition it occasionally. She also might want to wear it up from time to time -- perhaps a nice chignon? Even Jill wears a braid now and then.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    If Izzy is organically learning to read on his own, then good for him. If he has chosen to learn to read on his own because Jill and Derick read to him regularly, then good for them. My guess, though, is that Jill has purchased some (Gothard approved) phonics program and is pushing him to read at age three for nothing more than bragging rights at the TTH. What other reason could there be? He's never going to be allowed to read anything other than Bible verses and the occasional story about the bad things that happen to boys who think for themselves. The person who needs to be reading is Jill -- perhaps a book on early childhood development? Of course she won't, because she already knows everything there is to know about childhood development -- just like she already knows everything there is to know about cooking, and fashion, and home decorating, etc.
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Patriarchy does not require cruelty towards women, and children -- that's simply a by-product in some (many) cases. It's entirely possible for Jeremy to be 100% behind McArthur and his beliefs and be nice to his wife, and love his daughter. If he's not, though, it doesn't matter -- and that's the problem. It's arguably worse that Jeremy and Jinger put an attractive face on this lifestyle that creates so much misery for so many women and children around the world.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    See, the thing you're forgetting here is that Israel is a manipulative sinner. No good can ever come of praising a child for his effort. The options are either "Yay" meaning "correct" or "you're just making it up" meaning you are an evil sinner and a liar. As much as I dislike the Duggars and am prone to put the worst possible spin on everything they do, I don't think I'm far off the mark to say that none of the Duggar children ever received normal praise for an accomplishment, or a normal, proportionate punishment for an infraction. I think Jill is just mirroring her own childhood.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    As other posters have mentioned, you can audit classes as a non-student. I can only speak to the schools I've attended and the people I know, but auditing is usually done by older people who have the time and the interest in broadening their knowledge, but who have no need for, or interest in, things like credits and grades. Jill certainly isn't auditing in that sense. I could certainly see someone in Jill's position wanting to audit classes (probably regular college classes, not law school) in a desire to make up for lost time and soak up knowledge. That person isn't Jill, though. Jill only wants to teach, and to tell people all the many many things she already knows (Jesus, cooking with canned soup, delivery babies, being a mom!!!, etc.). Jill goes to class with Derick because Gothard says so. If Derick's eyes stray, or he even has a thought outside of Orthodoxy, Jill will be there to protect him from himself.
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    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Her face said that she didn't think much of it at all.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    That sounds so much like something JB would say -- and believe -- like somehow Jill could spend a few hours at law school bringing sandwiches and pestering Derick and that's somehow the same thing as attending law school. I haven't seen Jill doing any reading, has she? Of course not, she has -- at best -- the reading comprehension of a 6th grader. Do they think that Derick can explain what he's learning in law school to Izzy, and he'll have the equivalent of a law degree when he's six? The least appealing thing about Jill (to me) is her insistence on "teaching" and "giving advice" even though she knows nothing about anything, and has zero accomplishments to her credit at 20-something years old. Allowing her to believe that she has the equivalent of the a law school degree is doing her (and us) no favors and Derick should just cut that shit right out.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Everything about this is just insanely sad -- and this is what Jill manages when she tries The party decorations are ridiculous. The pictures on the wall are insane. Jill simply has no eye for anything -- I've never seen a collection of dozens of small pictures haphazardly arranged on a wall that way, and now I can see why. The table looks like crap. Does she really not own a bowl? Is it really necessary to serve the "big green salad" in tupperware on the dining room table? Jill looks like crap. If this is a special dinner, could she really not bother to put on a cute outfit? We know that she has some reasonably cute clothes now -- are those clothes just for selfies? I'm glad Izzy has some pajamas -- something his mother never had -- but it seems like he's never out of his pajamas at home. As far as sitting on the table goes, I don't object as much as other posters to the Duggar habit of crawling all over the furniture, but I don't get this. Is there really no place in their home where they can gather for a photo without sitting on the table? Are we supposed to think it's cute or charming or something? And, like all Duggar photos, there's a composition problem -- why does Jill need to stand so far away to get this shot? Why do we have to see all those peripheral pictures and chairs and things?
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I think it's more the other way around -- Derick doesn't want any more of his in-laws largess. Those houses aren't "free" and they aren't even cheap -- they come with thick, heavy, binding strings attached.
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    The Lonely Js Club: Jana, Jedidiah, Jeremiah and Jason

    I know you're not new on this board, so maybe it just slipped your mind, but the way to convert non-English speaking Christians to Christianity is by giving them fingernail polish.
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    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    I agree. The "marriage counseling" tidbits that JB and J'chelle talk about are not bad in and of themselves. A lot of marriages deteriorate when kids come along because the partners stop taking time for their relationship and focus 100% on the kids. The problem -- as is so often the case with the Duggars -- is in the execution. Jill especially seems to be incapable of nuance or reflection. She has no way of putting these "rules" in context and adjusting her behavior to the given situation. It's not necessary to ignore the kids to make time for a partner. She doesn't HAVE to sit next to Derick EVERY time they go out to dinner -- maybe they can sit next to each other on "date night" and split up to take care of the kids when they go out for a family dinner? Maybe they could give the kids an early bed time (does Jill even know what that is?) so that mom and dad can have a couple of hours together in the evening?
  14. I was just coming here to post a link to the article -- it's really good, and I'd encourage everyone to read the entire thing. There were a couple of things that stood out to me: "Kids by the Dozen” led to a staged “reconciliation” between my parents and Alicia. In the eyes of our tight-knit Christian community, a rebellious child is a great shame and failure on the part of the parent. To address and compensate for the show’s strict depiction of their parenting, my parents self-published a book called Love in the House: Filling Your Home With the Greatest Commandment. In it, they highlighted Matthew 22:36-40, in which Jesus says that the “greatest commandment” is to love God and others. For us kids, this meant we had to give unconditional love to our parents without questioning their beliefs or authority. For our parents, it meant that God wanted them to have more children. I know, that’s not what love is at all, but, sadly, I didn’t know that for the first 23 years of my life. Once born, children were welcomed as blessings but brought up, above all, to be useful and to honor every whim of their parents. Our home was often filled with chaos ― children scattered everywhere; piles of laundry and toys and dishes deep enough to wade through; one child or another practicing piano or riding through the house on a Big Wheel; my mother yelling and sometimes wielding a heavy cutting board or pizza paddle to dole out spankings. I was put to work early and quickly learned to do everything from bathing five children at a time to waking up in the night to tend to fussy toddlers while I prayed for the strength to handle my Sisyphean workload. My parents convinced me that my work was a duty to God, so it was impossible to view it for what it was: exploitation." I think that these quotes absolutely apply to the Duggars as well, and when we wonder why the kids endlessly praise J'chelle and obey all of the ridiculous rules, etc., we forget the depth of the brainwashing that they have endured. This young women got out enough -- she took some classes at a local college -- to get some perspective and realize that her life wasn't normal. IT really does show how very tight the control is, and how little it takes to shatter the bubble -- I'm sure the Duggars know about the "tragedy" of Cynthia Jeub, and I'm sure that they've clamped down even more to prevent any of these "sinful" influences from infecting their family.
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    Michelle and JimBob aka J'Chelle and Boob

    I've posted about this before, but it's worth repeating -- if these people were anything other than white and "Christian," DCS would have become involved and the children would have been removed until - at least - these two lunatics had taken parenting classes. If they had been Muslims who refused to let their daughters out of the house unless they were covered from head to toe, and who insisted on marrying off teenagers to grooms selected by their father, there would be outrage. If they were atheists who had stuffed 15 kids into a tiny house and relied on charity for food while the father spent $250,000 on a non-starter of a Senate campaign, the kids would be gone. If this was an African-American family who had covered up sexual abuse, and "counseled" their daughters by having them admit their guilt in somehow causing the abuse to happen, they'd be in jail. Instead, because they're white and they slap the word "Christian" on themselves, they're rewarded with a television show, a free house, and travel around the world. Thousands of people admire them and follow them on social media. That's the real outrage.
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