As they make their way back to Arkansas, the Duggars continue to have an adventure during a layover in Newark, as one of the younger sons, Jackson, gets lost in the airport on his way back from the restroom (security finds him and he is safely returned, albeit a little scared and teary-eyed). 

The day after arriving home, the Duggars load up once again.  This time, they are driving just three hours away to Little Rock, Arkansas, where Michelle will be the Mother’s Day Honorary Duck Master at the Peabody Hotel

If you’ve not heard of this daily, quack-and-waddle event, it’s quite a curious thing.  Every morning at 11:00 a.m., a group of ducks ride the elevator from what appears to be a tiny, glass penthouse down to the first level of the Peabody.  Out they march and make their way across a red carpet, up some steps and into the hotel’s fountain where they paddle around until 5:00 p.m.  At that time, they make their recessional march and head back upstairs for the evening. 

“It was a wonderful Mother’s Day for me,” shared Michelle after presiding over the morning’s march and enjoying a lavish breakfast buffet at the hotel.  “I can’t imagine anything better.”

It’s obvious that there is a deep love in the Duggar family and that they truly care about one another.  In fact, nary a harsh word was heard during either of the first two episodes.  It’s a way of relating that we would all do well in emulating in our own families—no matter the size.

Future episodes of 17 Kids and Counting are promised to cover the latest business venture for the always entrepreneurial Duggars—the “Duggar Used Car Lot”—as well as the planning of a wedding for Josh (as a result of his engagement).

Two back-to-back episodes of 17 Kids and Counting premiere Monday night, September 29, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on TLC.  Click here for more information.


  • Language/Profanity:  None.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  None, though Jim Bob does make reference to some of the Times Square billboards (big-screen advertisements) being “raunchy” and advising his children to ignore them.  None are shown up close.
  • Alcohol/Drug Content:  None.
  • Spirituality/Ethics:  The Duggars are Christians (conservative Baptist) and pro-life.  They say that they have very conservative values, don’t let their children watch cable TV and closely monitor the family’s access to the Internet.