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Old 05-09-2008, 02:19 PM   #1
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By Bob Considine
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updated 8:35 a.m. CT, Fri., May. 9, 2008

The Duggar kids planned a big Mother's Day surprise for their mom this year. But the surprise was on them when Michelle Duggar announced on the TODAY Show that they were soon to welcome an 18th sibling.

“We’re expecting!” the happy mother told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira and the entire Arkansas clan. “Number 18!

“They didn’t know. My girls watch the calendar like a hawk. We just found out on Monday night.”

“On Monday night she brought one of the [pregnancy] testers in,” Michelle's husband Jim Bob added. “I wanted to bring it with me, but she wouldn’t let me.”

Joshua, the Duggars’ eldest son, said the news, two days before Mother's Day was “a shock” — if only to a point.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” the 20-year-old said. “But it’s been nine months since the birth of the last baby], so yeah.”

To date, the Duggars’ 17 natural children range in age from 20 years to 9 months. Included in the mix are 10 boys and seven girls — Joshua, twins Jana and John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and baby Jennifer, who arrived last Aug. 2.

With two sets of twins, Michelle has gone through 15 pregnancies that ended in 13 natural deliveries and two Caesarean sections.

Both Michelle and Jim Bob — a former state legislator who served in the Arkansas House of Representatives — are real estate agents. They claim their family is debt-free, with the entire bunch helping to build their 7,000-square-foot home in Tontitown. And they are enriched by a devout faith in their religion.

The Duggars are followers of the evangelical Christian movement called Quiverful, which teaches that children are God’s blessing and that husbands and wives should happily welcome every child they are given. In fact, the Duggars' Web site, duggarfamily.com, quotes “Children are a heritage of the Lord” from verse 3 of the 123rd Psalm.

“We just let the Lord decide,” Jim Bob told Vieira.

“They are such a gift and we’re enjoying them so much,” Michelle added. “We would love more, and the power of the Lord took our faith to give us another one.”

The Duggars married in 1984, when Michelle was 17 and Jim Bob was 19. They held off on having kids for four years before Michelle ceased taking birth control pills to have their first child. After Joshua was born in 1988, Michelle returned to birth control but wound up getting pregnant anyway. Unfortunately, she suffered a miscarriage, which the couple attributed to use of the pill.

Michelle and Jim Bob decided to pray for as many children as God would give them. Within a year, Michelle was pregnant with the first of their two sets of twins.

Their large number of offspring has meant other large numbers for the Duggars. Michelle has been pregnant for 135 months of her life, with an average of 18 months between births. The family estimates it has used 90,000 diapers and launders 200 loads of clothes each month in a row of industrial-size washers and dryers.

Even though they go through three loaves of bread per day, they claim to feed their family for less than $2,000 a month. Transportation is facilitated by nine vehicles, led by a 21-passenger bus. They estimate that all members of the family have combined to work approximately 39,000 hours on their home.


Each child learns to play both violin and piano. And for what it’s worth, when child No. 18 arrives, they’ll have enough kids to field two baseball teams.

Most importantly, there is a unique dedication to serve the greater good of the home and family. An older child will take on the responsibility of a younger sibling throughout the day. The children help prepare meals and keep to a steady home-schooling schedule. Group studies include materials from Advanced Training Institute International, a Bible-based education program for families.

The Duggars' daily adventures are currently being chronicled in a television series on the Discovery Health channel. They previously participated in another Discovery Health series, “On the Road with 16 Kids."

To celebrate the latest addition to the Duggar clan, the TODAY Show planned their own surprise for Michelle by sending her children out to either shop or make new gifts for their busy mother.

The main gifts, picked by all the kids, included a ring Michelle saw and liked in a used jewelry store two weeks ago, as well as a pearl necklace and matching earrings. The older girls, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger, picked out an outfit for their mom designed for “in-between” stages of pregnancy.

And, for a fitting gift that keeps on giving, all of the kids went in on a coffeemaker. “She always has to make so much, so we got a big one for her,” Jessa said.

The final present was a large, cardboard card with each of the children’s handprints posted in paint, along with a loving message.

“They thought they’d give their a mom surprise,” Jim Bob said. “But she gave them a surprise.”

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I really dont know how to process that.....wow !

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Sir step back and PUT THE PENIS AWAY!!!!!!

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there should be a limit on kids..

get her tubes tied already..
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there should be a limit on kids..

get her tubes tied already..

This isn't China!!! What blows me away is that they are debt free!!! Could you even imagine feeding and clothing that bunch???
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Our cousins (hubby's side) just had a set of twins making the kid total of 10....I know they are very into their church and I am guessing it is Evangilist of some type.

I will say this, those kids are so well behaved and polite. The girls have alot of home sewn outfits, they raise a good portion of their food and are home schooled. They aren't stupid, they look healthy and play outside doing stuff we did, using imagination and fresh air, not locked up in their bedrooms behind puters, tv or video games.

While I am surely not maternal enough to keep having babies, I do often wonder if they are not the normals ones and we all are nuts. Let's face it, our kids cannot survive without video games, cell phones, ipods, tv that doesn't have more than five channels. They wouldn't know what to do without convenient foods or starbucks for that matter. They are spoiled rotten materialistic beings and that said, many don't know what it means to get a good ass whippin when they do wrong (mine included) as they are the time out generation. Respect and work ethics....not many kids who really know how to bust ass and put in a day of hard work. Hell, most of them don't even know how to make change without a cash register telling them.



Nothing wrong with a giant family, especially with decent moral values. Why are we not shocked at the amount of young women, not married, on the government tit, with their ''baby's daddy'' not supporting them. I see it every day, wic and food stamps, designer purses and no shame at all. Young girl brought in her tiny, not super healthy looking baby of a few days old to get her formula, made mention to me she had two more under the age of three....not married, probablly not all from the same father, dumb as shit and yet this does not circulate through the internet. My attitude is this, have as many children as you like as long as you can raise them to be literate, contributing members of society and do it on your dime, not mine.

It must be crushing for that family to know their family photo is all over the internet with rude comments on it. They look to be a beautiful happy family, good for them when so many are f'd up, dysfunctional and miserable.
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I couldn't agree more, dogsnhorses! From what I've seen, the Dugger kids are turning out a lot better than most of the kids I see all day long at daycare. And, it's not uncommon for the state to be paying for that daycare while Momma goes out a gets herself another one so she can stay on welfare. As long as the kids are loved, healthy, well cared for and well adjusted, and not on welfare, more power to them.

Personally, I can't imagine having that many kids. I can't imagine spending that much of my life pregnant.
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I am surprised that her uterus hasn't fallen out
That does happen. Especially with women who give birth to several kids at home. At least, that's what the doc said about my grandma (7 kids).
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I am not being negative about these folks. They all seem well adjusted. It's just kind of a throw back to my great grandfather's day. He had 22 children, by two mothers. The first one passed away after 12 kids and he found a 17 year old that had the next 10. Back in the day, that's how you worked your farm. The kids did their part to support the whole family. He did have one rule that was not to be broken...When you turn 18, you're on your own!!!
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Personally, I can't imagine having that many kids. I can't imagine spending that much of my life pregnant.
No kidding, though I loved being pregnant (after the first trimester) my hubby on the other hand couldn't handle me being pregnant. His version of my three pregnancies was that I would start crying or yelling without warning. Said he felt like he was walking on eggshells and get this, could be downright bitchy. Not sure why he thinks this way, like I said, pregnancy was cake, I think he's not remembering things right. ROFL!!!
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I have 1 in college and 1 that will be in a little over 1 year. I cannot imagine college tuition x 18. They are not in debt. But who will be if they all go to college? I don't want to start my children off in life in debt, I worked all through college so I wouldn't be in debt. And what happens if mom or dad have a major illness that incapacitates them. Too many what ifs for my taste.
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Our cousins (hubby's side) just had a set of twins making the kid total of 10....I know they are very into their church and I am guessing it is Evangilist of some type.

I will say this, those kids are so well behaved and polite. The girls have alot of home sewn outfits, they raise a good portion of their food and are home schooled. They aren't stupid, they look healthy and play outside doing stuff we did, using imagination and fresh air, not locked up in their bedrooms behind puters, tv or video games.

While I am surely not maternal enough to keep having babies, I do often wonder if they are not the normals ones and we all are nuts. Let's face it, our kids cannot survive without video games, cell phones, ipods, tv that doesn't have more than five channels. They wouldn't know what to do without convenient foods or starbucks for that matter. They are spoiled rotten materialistic beings and that said, many don't know what it means to get a good ass whippin when they do wrong (mine included) as they are the time out generation. Respect and work ethics....not many kids who really know how to bust ass and put in a day of hard work. Hell, most of them don't even know how to make change without a cash register telling them.



Nothing wrong with a giant family, especially with decent moral values. Why are we not shocked at the amount of young women, not married, on the government tit, with their ''baby's daddy'' not supporting them. I see it every day, wic and food stamps, designer purses and no shame at all. Young girl brought in her tiny, not super healthy looking baby of a few days old to get her formula, made mention to me she had two more under the age of three....not married, probablly not all from the same father, dumb as shit and yet this does not circulate through the internet. My attitude is this, have as many children as you like as long as you can raise them to be literate, contributing members of society and do it on your dime, not mine.

It must be crushing for that family to know their family photo is all over the internet with rude comments on it. They look to be a beautiful happy family, good for them when so many are f'd up, dysfunctional and miserable.

Agreed! As was said, this ain't China. If you can be blessed with that many kids, go for it. I know several families that feel that way and have 8 or more so far. They are all home schooled too. Very well behaved and polite.

For me though - three was plenty. Grandkids are better!
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I must admit, the clown car pic did make me laugh . When I married my wife, we were hoping for at least our own family baseball team, then as time rolled on, figured it was time to count down the time when my son graduated, and moved out. Now, we are waiting for the first grandchild...

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