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They Keep Coming—17 and Counting--and Look Ma, No Stork…
8/7/2007 9:41:01 AM

Here’s a recent post from the Discovery Website []:

Welcome Jennifer Danielle Duggar!

The super-sized Duggar family of Springdale, Arkansas, just got a little bigger with the birth of baby number 17 on August 2, 2007. Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 AM (CT), weighing in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 21 inches in length.

Parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar happily welcome Jennifer Danielle to their amazing brood of 10 boys and six girls: Joshua, 19; Jana and John David, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 10; Joy-Anna, 9; Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 8; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; and Johanna, 21 months.

"We are so grateful to God," said Michelle Duggar. "Jennifer is so precious and beautiful and such a sweet gift."

When asked about the possibility of more children, Jim Bob said, "We would certainly be open to having more children. The girls want to catch up with the boys now."

Jim Bob Duggar is a former Arkansas state legislator. Deeply religious, both parents are real estate agents and they own commercial properties. The family is reportedly debt-free. The children are home-schooled. In spite of the fact that the family is by necessity a bit structured, the children look normal and, well, happy and they seem to be having a good time.

A grade school classmate of Michelle Duggar has this to say:

"They really are fascinating and interesting people. Anyone could learn something - from their money management (no debt) to their organization skills which are just unbelievable. They buy all their clothes at thrift stores, shop at Aldi's and buy everything else at auctions. "Buy used and save the difference" is Michelle's motto. They have a complete commercial kitchen that would have cost over $100,000 and they paid only $11,000 for everything by buying it at auctions.

They eat and cook at home mostly, but they do know what area resturants have family specials and go there on those nights. A friend of mine took his family to Taco Tico one Sunday for 39¢ taco day, but left after seeing Jim Bob come in and order nearly 100 tacos!"

Considering that Michelle Duggar had given birth to two sets of twins and that she also had had two births by C-section (the last one was a VBAC, or vaginal birth after caesarian), she had gone through the following normal who-needs-the-baby-stork birth episode quite a few times:

I strongly suggest reading about the Duggar Family first before making any comment.


8/10/2007 10:00:54 AM

Just "...being fruitful in every good work..." per Colossians 1:10.

8/14/2007 10:49:16 AM

If you see this wonder of creation a dozen times, you could even see the pain in the mother's hidden face. And suddenly you prefer the stork...

8/21/2007 1:15:29 PM

Nothing specific in the Holy Book that says "Go forth and multiply and replenish that township in Arkansas..." But then that's all in God's general directive. The Duggars are in compliance, even more so than others, I guess...

Joe Padre
5/9/2008 10:43:10 AM

Here's an update in today's (May 9, 2008) Yahoo News:

Happy Mother's Day: Woman pregnant with 18th child

By JILL ZEMAN, Associated Press Writer2 hours, 11 minutes ago

It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child.

Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins.

"We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing.

The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old.

The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are home-schooled.

Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health.

The new show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores — or "jurisdictions" — are assigned to each child. One episode of the new show involves a "jurisdiction swap," where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa, Duggar said.

"The girls swapped jurisdictions, changing tires, working in the garages, mowing the grass," she said. "The boys got to cook supper from start to finish, clean the bathrooms," among other chores.

Duggar said she's six weeks along and the pregnancy is going well. She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, said they'll keep having children as long as God wills it.

"The success in a family is first off, a love for God, and secondly, treating each other like you want to be treated," Jim Bob Duggar said. "Our goal is for each one of our children to be best friends, and everybody working together to serve each other makes that happen."

The other Duggar children, in between Joshua and Jennifer, are Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2.


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