‘Counting On’: Fans Are Shocked By 1 Item in Jill Duggar’s Home

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard left Counting On in 2017, and ever since, they’ve been slowly working to make changes to their lives that will separate them from Duggar’s strict upbringing. Even those who criticize the show have had a hard time hating on Duggar for how hard she’s trying to live a normal life. And when Duggar revealed one item in her sons’ room, people were surprised by what they saw.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard reportedly had a falling out with her family

When Counting On first premiered in 2015 as a result of the fallout from Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse case, Duggar and Dillard were the stars of the show. Duggar was the oldest married child at the time, so the show focused mostly on her and her younger sister, Jessa Duggar.

After a few seasons, though, Duggar’s husband reportedly became frustrated with the way Jim Bob handled the family finances. Though fans didn’t know it at the time, Dillard later revealed that he and Duggar left the show because Jim Bob was unfair with handling the money. Since then, Duggar and Dillard reportedly haven’t been on the best terms with her family.

Duggar has been trying to raise her kids to be a bit more mainstream

Duggar and Dillard have two sons, Israel and Samuel, and at first, fans thought they’d have a huge family. However, in time, people realized that they probably won’t have any more kids (though it’s unclear). Now, Duggar is doing her best to raise her boys a bit more conventionally than she was raised. She recently enrolled her older son in public school — something she was always taught not to do growing up. It’s unclear if she’s purposely defying her parents, wants a better life for her sons, or if there’s another reason behind her choices.

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People were shocked to see Duggar’s bookshelf for her kids

Duggar recently posted a photo of her kids’ bookshelf in an Instagram story, and fans couldn’t believe the book choices. They took to Reddit to discuss the children’s books, none of which seemed to have any religious undertones. Stories such as “Peppa Pig” and “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” made the shelf, which are books that most children in the U.S. read. And, interestingly, there were two books (including the mouse book) that were written in Spanish.

“I figured it was because they lived in Central America for a bit but still pretty cool,” one user said of the Spanish books. “Are any of those books Jesus-y? I’m surprised they don’t even have like a kids Bible or something there,” someone else wrote. “There’s even a Daniel Tiger book. That’s from…gasp…PBS,” another person added.

Fans were shocked to see the selection on Duggar's bookshelf.
Fans were shocked to see the selection on Duggar’s bookshelf. | Jill Dillard via Instagram

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Fans are hoping she’ll continue to move toward a more mainstream lifestyle

Though Reddit users tend to criticize the Duggar family as a whole, they’ve recently become fans of Duggar’s willingness to raise her boys differently. And many people hope she’ll continue to break out of her sheltered life and offer her sons a bigger picture of the world. After all, the couple did live in Central America for some time, so they’ve at least explored somewhere beyond their Arkansas roots. A few changes can go a long way, and it looks like Duggar and Dillard are on the path of giving their sons a totally different life.