’19 Kids & Counting’ Recap: Josh & Anna Moving To Washington D.C.?

Tue, May 14, 2013 8:37pm EST by 11 Comments
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Josh is offered a great new job in Washington D.C., but must decide if it’s worth it to take his family there! Plus, Josh and Anna visit her family in Florida, and they whole family picks up Joseph after rescue training!

Josh Duggar and his wife Anna have made a comfortable life for themselves in an Arkansas small town, right near Josh’s parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — and their 19 kids. But when Josh is offered a new job in Washington DC, the family must decide if it’s worth it to uproot their lives, and move to a big city.

Josh & Anna Think About Moving To DC

Josh was offered a job to move to Washington DC, but he and Anna aren’t sure if moving to such a big city would be the right move for them. They weight the pros and cons, some of the major cons being they would be so far away from their family — with whom they are super close.

They meet up with Jim Bob and Anna to talk about and pray over the decision, but it’s clear Jim Bob doesn’t want them to be so far away. He worries about his grandkids not even knowing their grandparents! Plus, DC is “a very populated place,” Jim Bob says, and important life aspects like church and family are most important — and are in Arkansas.

Jill & Jana Deliver Baby Samuel & He’s Rushed To The Hospital

Jill and Jana help deliver baby Samuel during a home birth through their midwifery apprenticeship, but something isn’t right with the little bundle of joy. They notice there’s a defect in his umbilical cord, which is similar to a hernia, and they call 911 right away. He’s rushed to the hospital, but luckily everything is fine! Mom and baby are happy and healthy, and he didn’t have any lasting effects from the birth defects.

Samuel’s parents say Jill and Jana were amazing during the delivery, and that they definitely have a future as midwives!

Meet Up With Joseph After Rescue Training

After Joseph has been in International ALERT Academy for rescue training, they finally get to visit him and see everything he has learned in training. Joseph won an award for scripture reading, and the family couldn’t be more proud — but they have to wait anxiously until they can even say hi or give him a hug!

While he’s in line with all of his other trainees, Jim Bob shouts at him and tries to get him to smile. He cracks a smile, but still keeps his composure — he’s a true professional! The family gets to see all of the skills he learned, and after a long day of ceremonies and watching their son, they finally get to give him a hug and take him home!

Josh & Anna Visit Her Family In Florida

Even though the Duggars are all one tight-knit family, Anna is close with her parents and siblings too — she just can’t see them as often since they live all the way in Florida! She wants her kids to spend as much time with her parents as they do with their Duggar grandparents, so a family visit is much overdue.

Plus, Anna can bond with her older sister, who just had a baby! Even though Anna is younger, she is giving advice to her older sis, and telling her the ins-and-outs of motherhood. Since Anna is pregnant with her third child, she’s pretty experienced! Anna says the first six weeks of your baby’s life is like “parenting boot camp.” Meanwhile, the boys have a blast driving four-wheelers around!

Josh & Jim Bob Have A Check-Up On Their Weight-Loss Progress

Just weeks after their initial physical and weight-loss journey, Jim Bob and Josh are back at the doctor’s office. They have seen significant progress in their overall health, and the doctor is impressed! Their times and heart rate levels on the treadmill test are noticeably better.

They just can’t wait until the final workout and weight-in with their trainer!

What did YOU think of the episode, HollyMoms? Do you think Josh and Anna will move to DC?

WATCH: Duggar Family Plays Gender Guessing Game With Josh & Anna’s Baby

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More 19 Kids and Counting News:

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  2. ’19 Kids & Counting’ Recap: Josh & Anna Announce Their Pregnancy
  3. ’19 Kids & Counting’ Recap: Jill & Jana Help Midwives Deliver A Baby

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Posted at 4:49 PM on September 18, 2013  

I think it was very unthinking of Jim Bob to make Josh and Anna wait another day for their furniture. Over the years as I watched the program, Jim Bob has acted rather stupid. He needs to grow up and start acting like the patriarch he is. What kind of example is he setting for his children, being late all the time and not thinking of others when time is of the importance.

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mimi estes

Posted at 3:48 AM on June 23, 2013  

I hope they do what they feel is right for the family they haven’t been away from family so I am praying they will make a good decision. I really have doubts about the move but if they do it will be a great experience. god bless each of you in your decision. mimi

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Marilyn Kendig

Posted at 1:27 AM on June 19, 2013  

I love the show 19 Kids & Counting – however it always seemed to me that Josh has had a hard time getting up early in the morning to go to work – I think he is lazy – and he is going to have a job in DC where he will be expected to be to work at regular working hours – – – wonder how long they will over look him being late and yawning coming in the office!!!!!!

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Posted at 10:56 PM on June 16, 2013  

Ok I don’t want to call Josh stupid but he is letting his pageant wife and 2 small children just go wondering around DC .I am sure they had a camera men and body guard along side and guidance on where to turn and where not to but once this show is gone its way which may be soon and no one with eyes on I wonder if Anna is prepared to make a wrong turn or have one her children run down the wrong street as DC as some of the roughest areas in the United States .Josh and Anna don’t seem like brightest tools in the shed .Maybe Josh could handle some it but Anna has been trained to be a sweet little Duggar wife with her long skirts and low level of self defense .DC isn’t all that safest place .I am not saying some women couldn’t handle it but Anna is sitting target for what is going to face wondering alone in DC with small children

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Posted at 5:36 PM on October 22, 2013  

Hahahahaha you’ve clearly NEVER been to DC, have you?

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Posted at 4:34 PM on June 9, 2013  

Right. Josh gets offerred a “great” job in DC…he never even went to high school, he was home schooled. Did not go to college…has three kids. Why even bother with this, it is just to create something to talk about…

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Janet Ferris

Posted at 9:31 PM on May 23, 2013  

HI, Josh and Anna and the babies, I live in Woodbridge, VA , About 15 miles south of DC and I go to a wonderful Southern Baptist Church In DAle City, VA who’s Pastor is a wonderful Teacher Preacher and he preaches God’s word every Sunday, Tuesday night and WEd.. We would love for you to visit our church. I love your show.God Bless you all

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Janie Fox

Posted at 11:32 AM on May 22, 2013  

Wondering what job offer Josh has been offered. Jobs that are worth a move usually require advance degrees. I know he has run his own business and did well, will it be in the automotive sale career path?

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Posted at 4:51 PM on September 18, 2013  

He was offered a job in the Christian Coalition as a new face to get young voters to vote conservative Christian. It’s a good job, but I’d think twice about uprooting my family to move to one of the most violent cities in the country.

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Posted at 5:39 PM on October 22, 2013  

I grew up in DC and I still live in DC. A lot of you are very unaware of what goes on in DC. There are a few select parts of DC that are terrible, sure. Let’s not forget though that DC and its surrounding area are also some of the richest areas in the country. If you think you’re going to get raped walking in DC, you might as well just stay home.

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Posted at 2:03 PM on May 15, 2013  

Please Josh and Anna move while you are still young!.D.C. offers so many opportunities for you both.Rural areas are good to visit and retire to, but a young grounded couple like you deserves all the new experiences that await you. God Bless

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