Ever since I read the book by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, The Duggars: 20 and Counting! at the invitation of my friend Becky Edwards, I have fallen in love with the Duggars, the family in Arkansas that has 19 children.
They are incredible! If you haven’t heard about them, they are a family with 19 biological children who seem too good to be true. All the kids play the violin, homeschool, and the family lives in a 7000 square foot house that they built themselves. They also have no debt.
This video below is a great introduction to the family and why they have so many children. I love hearing Michelle say that they asked God to give them a love for children like He has. I love that it mentions that they homeschool and are debt-free. They are such a great example of how to live with God as your focus.
This video explains what they discovered about the birth control pill and why they stopped using it. They say that they got pregnant while on the pill and miscarried, and that the pill caused the miscarriage. So the Duggars studied the Bible about what it says about children, that children are gifts of God, and they decided to let God control how many children they have. They have consecrated their fertility to God. They are great examples of sacrificing selfish desires to have more children. I am humbled by their commitment. I enjoy hearing Michelle quote scriptures as she says, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walk in truth.”
Here’s a video about the oldest son Josh and his wife and their beliefs, addressed to a youth group. They are following in Josh’s parents’ footsteps by giving their fertility to God and letting him control how many children they have. I like that they encourage youth not to start dating unless you are ready to get married.
Here’s a video about how the children feel about their mom being pregnant. Sadly, Michelle miscarried the baby the following month, in December 2011.
You can learn more about the Duggars at their official web site http://duggarfamily.com.
It has a blog by Michelle but I almost prefer the unofficial site http://duggarsblog.blogspot.com. The latter site is a blog kept by a homeschooling mom and daughter, Lily and Ellie. It usually tells you more about what is going on in the family more than the official site. It has new pictures there right now taken by Jinger. It also has links to all the episodes of the Duggars’ TV shows with recaps. I am excited about the new episodes of 19 Kids and Counting returning in less than three weeks–mark your calender for August 28th at 9PM EST/8PM CST! The blogspot blog It also has some interviews with Michelle on the right hand side of the blog.
And there’s another family out there, the Bates of Tennessee, who have 19 kids and will start a new show for TLC called the United Bates of America. The Duggars and the Bates are great friends. In fact, the Duggars paid for and built the addition onto the Bates’ home for their expanding family. The video shows 18 kids but they have since had one more baby and “caught up” to the Duggars.