Members of the Duggar and Bates Family Are Moving at the Same Time, and Fans Noticed
When we first met the Duggar family years ago, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were firmly planted in Arkansas — and not much has changed since then. A few members of the family, like Josh Duggar, have moved out of the state, but they’ve since found their way back home near mom and dad. And fans are pretty happy that all of the family members live near each other, too, as it makes the possibility of family photos all the more plausible.
The Duggars aren’t the only huge Christian fundamentalist family on reality TV anymore, either. We know the Bates family for also having 19 children (though many fans noted they seem to be way more laid-back than the Duggars ever were). And the Bates are primarily based out of Tennessee.
It seems some members of the Duggar and Bates families have announced they’re moving — and fans noticed the simultaneous timing. Here’s who’s going where and what fans have to say about it.
Jinger Duggar announced she’s moving to Los Angeles
If there’s any Duggar family member that fans always thought would fly the coop, it’s Jinger Duggar. This “rebellious” Duggar has discussed her excitement for big-city life in the past. And while it was always squashed by Michelle Duggar, Jinger and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, are finally accomplishing their dreams and heading out west. As they wrote on their family blog, “Through much prayer and counsel, the next step for our family is to relocate to Los Angeles to attend Grace Community Church as Jeremy pursues graduate studies at The Master’s Seminary.”
Fans seem ultra excited for Jinger and Jeremy to finally make their big move, as they’ve discussed the possibility in the past and have already been making small steps to find their own path apart from the rest of the Duggars. We know they already were out of Arkansas and living in Laredo, Texas, prior to their announcement, and it looks like they’ll be the only Duggars to ever have moved to the West Coast.
Micheal Bates is also moving, but back toward home to Tennessee
Jinger and Jeremy aren’t the only ones moving, as noted before. Michael Bates, the oldest daughter in the Bates family, is also making a big move. Unlike Jinger, however, she’s not moving further away from her family. Instead, In Touch Weekly notes she’s moving back to Tennessee in order to pursue nursing school. As she wrote on social media, “To build on the college degree I currently have, Tennessee looked like the best and most affordable option for schooling. So… we are now in the process of moving to TN!”
As one fan noted on the Counting On Reddit page, “Is it Fundie Moving Season? First Jinger and Jeremy are moving to Los Angeles and now two of the Bates are moving back to Tennessee.” And it seems Jinger is also excited for Michael to start this new chapter of her life, too. As she commented on her Instagram, “Wow! So excited for you all!”
Many think Jessa Duggar could be next to move
If it really is “Fundie Moving Season,” as the Reddit user called it, then that means perhaps we can expect yet another move, too. And some fans suspected it could be Jessa Duggar who’s set to pack her bags next. Jessa and Ben Seewald have two children, and she’s currently pregnant with her third child who’s due this spring. Jessa and Jinger are ultra close, and some suspected that perhaps Jinger could sway the Seewald family to move out west with her and Jeremy.
Unfortunately, fans will have to keep on dreaming if they want Jessa to move. In Touch Weekly reports when one fan asked her on social media if she had any plans to move to a bigger space to accommodate her growing family, Jessa responded with, “We are staying put for now! If we are still here in a few years, we have a carport under our roofline that we may end up closing in for a bit more square footage.” Jessa has also recently spruced her home and really seems to love it there, so it seems like we’ll have to look toward the other Duggar and Bates family members to see who may move next.
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