6 hours ago, LurkerOverThePond said:
What did she do with her hair? Back in the day when their blog was updated I used to envy her really, really long and thick hair. And yes, they did seem genuinely happy and kind of adorkable together. Of course they are fundie as hell, being Gothard followers and all, but they at least seemed to be truly into each other, plus I think Lisa is a little bit older and not probably going to pump out eleventy blessings. She must be in her late thirties now and they "only" have three or four kids, if I'm not totally wrong.
On Matthew and Amanda... I cannot pinpoint the exact reason why I never really thought she was that much into him. Yes, she smiled in her wedding pictures and looked like what a happy fundie bride is supposed to look, but somehow I was never convinced. Now I could be totally wrong and they are blissfully happy together (and for their sake I hope that's the case), but reading about Pa Neely's wedding speeches make me wonder if Amanda really was kind of coerced into this marriage. I always thought Pa Neely was really creepy and based on the triple wedding he truly is a piece of work. Now where's the vomiting emoji when you need one???
Lisa is switching it up a bit. She has added bangs and it looked like she had cut some of it off. Admittedly, it was in curls, it was shoulder length from the view that I had. Even though they are fundie as hell, Josh and Lisa really seem genuinely happy. While up on the stage Josh was primarily holding their, I'm assuming, new daughter. Also, I noticed he was keeping the kids in check when walking down the aisle instead of leaving it all to Lisa. Basically, what I am trying to say, it looks like Josh isn't leaving all of the child rearing to Lisa, like most fundies, and is making sure she has downtime.
Amanda's story was pretty much boring. Her story was, basically, Kathryn's the only difference being she knew Matthew a lot longer and, in my opinion, really did seem into him. The part where Pa Neely did bring it up does make me think there was some coercion for Amanda. Pa Neely really came off as creepy during the triple wedding the way he talked. Like I said during Susanna's wedding he brought up Susanna questioning whether Amanda really loved Matthew or if she was marrying him to please him. Remember Pa Neely sent all of his daughters future suitors a questionnaire. He did it with Matthew Wilkes and Daniel Staddon when they showed interest in courting Amanda and Kathryn respectively. It wouldn't surprise me if he did the same with Adam and Daniel Wilkes and Jordan Smith.
6 hours ago, JermajestyDuggar said:
I can’t help but feel really sorry for the Neely girls. I am guessing they had no say in having a triple wedding. I also think that it’s possible one or more of the couples was pushed into a relationship and engagement before they were ready. Just so they could have a triple wedding. I bet their dad wanted to save money and time. Get them all married at once and out of the house. Even if the girls weren’t ready or didn’t want a triple wedding. Let’s just hope Pa Neely leaves the couple’s alone now that they are married and no longer inhis home. But I can’t help but doubt it. I just get this feeling he might be like JB or Steve Maxwell and can’t let them leave and Cleve completely.
The only Neely girl whom I don't feel bad for is Jessica. Admittedly, she could have vetoed the idea of having a triple wedding with her sisters. But, Pa Neely did say that Jessica had been praying for Daniel Wilkes to be her husband for a few years. Heck, at least one daughter married a man whom she genuinely likes, well loves, rather than deal with Dad's ultimatum. Lets face it Jessica, most likely, had the most say in who she was marrying out of her siblings.
In fact I wonder if Kathryn and Amanda resent her a little bit for that. While I do think Amanda really did like Matthew, Kathryn definitely did not like Daniel. Jessica, as far as we know, married the man of her dreams. Kathryn did not. Amanda maybe.