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    Michelle Duggar turned 48 on Saturday, and was surrounded by no shortage of love from her family! I guess that's one advantage to having so many kiddos -- you're going to get lots of birthday love.

    First off, the 19 Kids and Counting matriarch got pampered by daughter Jill Duggar, who is expecting her first child with husband Derick Dillard. The newlywed posted a picture of her and her mom getting pedicures, and included a sweet message.

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    This week, we saw two 30-minute episodes of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, and I continue to marvel at how sharp and together the Duggar family is with their handling of media, family news, and show promotion. These guys are GOOD. In today's exclusive episode below, I take on what makes the Duggars so relatable and an insight into the WHY behind Michelle's agreement to have 19 children.

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    Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald may have just gotten engaged, but these are the Duggars we're talking about, and long engagements aren't really their thing. The 19 Kids and Counting stars have set a date of November 1, 2014 -- less than two months to go!

    You know what that means ... it's time to stalk their wedding registry. What does one get for young reality stars who are saving their first kiss for their wedding day, anyway? Likely the same thing you got the bride's big sister at her own wedding just month prior -- Because Jessa's wedding registry looks an awful lot like her big sister Jill Dillard's did last spring.

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    This week on 19 Kids & Counting, things got 10 kinds of romantical. Or at least, you know, two kinds of romantical. Engaged couple Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard went on a romantic hike and ate some hummus. That's good and sweet and what have you, but Jessa Duggar's date with Ben Seewald kicked courtship into overdrive when they went to visit a gun range and put their skills to the test. Turns out, Jessa Duggar is borderline assassin-level good with a shotgun! 

    Long-time fans of the show might remember that for her 18th birthday, Jessa celebrated with her family at the gun range. I had completely forgotten this and was beyond impressed when she all nonchalantly annihilated her target. She put her boy-toy to shame but remained, in classic Duggar fashion, totally humble and brushed off her success when it came to hitting the target. 

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    The Duggar kids may be all about love and marriage, but it's still not every day we get a gander at a 19 Kids & Counting star's new engagement ring! But yesterday, 21-year-old Jessa Duggar took to Instagram to flaunt her bling from fiance Ben Seewald.

    Let's just say she's as elated as the rock is romantic and sparkly! Alongside the video, she gushed, "My beautiful engagement ring! .75 carat diamond -- 18 karat gold band. Gorgeous!"

    Check it out up close!

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    What do 19 Kids and Counting & Married at First Sight have in common? Besides no sex before marriage, that is?!? In today's exclusive episode below, I examine episode 9 of the FYI Network's relationship show as well as the season 9 premiere of TLC's 19 Kids. Between Jill Duggar's wedding plans and real-life baby news and the MAFS couples days before their decision to stay married or get divorced, there's LOTS to discuss.

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    19 Kids & Counting is back, better, and busier than ever before! Clearly, family is somewhat important to Jim Bob Duggar (gee, ya think, Rebecca?). With his daughter Jill Duggar engaged to marry Derick Dillard in just three short months (excuse me as I breathe into this paper bag at the very idea of planning a party for 1,000 people in less than a year), Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have marriage on the mind.

    To that end, Jim Bob proposed something super savvy. He asked Jessa Duggar's boyfriend Ben Seewald if he'd be interested in coming to live in the guest house so he could move things forward with his beloved.

    I was floored by this gesture! Not just because it was exceptionally generous (Jim Bob will also be employing the dude), but in part because it was such ingenious parenting. Jessa and Ben's courtship has been stymied by the four hours keeping them apart. This is something that might please other parents -- but not the Duggars! 

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    Jill Duggar didn't exactly surprise anyone with her announcement last month that she's in the family way. We were all but expecting it, since she and her new hubby Derick Dillard have made no secret about the fact that they'd like to have a large family just like her parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

    The 19 Kids and Counting star may have raised a few eyebrows with her timing, given that she famously shared her first kiss on her wedding just two months earlier, and usually people like to wait until they're out of the first trimester to announce anything, but to each their own. Jill may have felt like she was in the "safe zone" however, because she recently revealed that she's been having some pretty serious morning sickness.

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    Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard's wedding may have come and gone months ago, but we're still eagerly awaiting the behind-the-scenes action on the upcoming season of 19 Kids and Counting. Thanks to teasers from the hit TLC reality show, it looks like we're going to get our fill of Duggar wedding mayhem.

    In this brand new preview clip, Jill and Derick visit their wedding planner along with her mom Michelle Duggar, Jessa Duggar (who has since gotten engaged herself to Ben Seewald), and a few other sisters.

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    It takes a special kind of person to be able to move in with their significant other's parents. And Ben Seewald, who just got engaged to Jessa Duggar, is clearly that kind of person. That's right, Ben and Jessa are living together now ... with the rest of the Duggar clan.

    Throughout their relationship, Ben and Jessa had been living four hours apart from each other and only were spending one to two days per month together -- not exactly an ideal situation. So, Jim Bob decided to ask his future son-in-law to move in with his large family in their Tontitown, Arkansas, home a few weeks ago -- in a separate guest house, of course -- so his and Jessa's relationship "could be really accelerated." And, naturally, Seewald jumped at the chance. "He was all for it," Jim Bob said. "And his parents were happy about it."

    But, of course, there are some rules. 

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