The Duggars: #18 On The Way!

This sort of blows my mind.  No one is asking every Catholic family to have 18 children…  But the folks who think more than two is a burden…  I wish they could meet some of the larger families I have known.  The larger families do not have the biggest homes, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances.  They have each other.

I bet their house is fun.

No, they are not Catholic or Mormon, they are Evangelicals who are involved (very much so, obviously!) with the Quiverful movement. That being said, if they ever did decide to come into the Catholic Church, they would be a boon for any parish.


Woman pregnant with 18th child

By JILL ZEMAN, Associated Press WriterFri May 9, 5:25 PM ET

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.


On the Net:

Duggar family Web site:

Discovery Health site:

Stop at their website and wish them well! I can’t help but think of what amazing Catholics they would make… Of course, all of us would!

Take a moment also to check out Contraception: Why Not? MP3s by Dr. Janet Smith… While the Duggars are not Catholic, it is interesting how they have responded to the Natural law written on the hearts of man in such a fashion!

See also: The Counselor and Contraception

Critique of the “Quiverfull” and “Divine Family Planning” Positions on Childbirth (That Oppose Catholic Natural Family Planning
Keep this wonderful family in your prayers.


15 Responses to The Duggars: #18 On The Way!

  1. fortyfour says:

    I’ll never get to 18. But, number 4 is due in June. Our only regret was waiting to get started – we might be at 5 or 6.

  2. Great story! May they be blessed!

  3. mj anderson says:

    I had not heard of the “Quiverfull” movement. Interestingly, the American South is one region of the “western” world where the modern fashion of only one or two children has given way to families routinely having three or more.

  4. Micki says:

    They have built a new home, by themselves. Mom also home schools the children and they probably have the most organized life one could imagine. What an inspiration. What love is shown by their daily lives.

  5. zan says:

    my mom and I always watch their specials (more for the shock value, she thinks they are nuts) but we both cannot figure out how they can afford having 18 kids, I think the dad is a lawyer but still even if he gets a good pay I doubt he could support 18 kids…

  6. ultraguy says:

    The thought occurs: larger families (‘atomic’ and/or extended) make the distinction between being at home and being in/with one’s church family that much less so. I.e., they are, in a sense, a training ground for what it’s like to live in a big messy group all of whom love one another because of faults and quirks. The impossible and dangerous illusions of separation and having it your way goes out the window in such an environment.

  7. dymphna says:

    Mr. Duggar must be awesome.

  8. Nan wrote:

    my mom and I always watch their specials (more for the shock value, she thinks they are nuts) but we both cannot figure out how they can afford having 18 kids, I think the dad is a lawyer but still even if he gets a good pay I doubt he could support 18 kids…

    I suspect that a big part of their financial situation is their strict and stident avoidance of debt. If you can pay cash for a house, upgrade it, sell for a profit and do so every 2 years for a decade, the amount of equity you can have in a HUGE home is rather incredible… Additionally, being debt free really has some amazing upsides… I used to know!

  9. Nan says:

    Massive typo Simple! Zan wrote.

    Nan doesn’t watch much tv and her mom primarily watches sports.

  10. Rob says:

    My grandfather was a laborer for Dow Chemical in Michigan 1940-1980’s. He raised a family of ten children, was the first on his block to have a dishwasher, TV, etc. and left his grandchildren half a million in land and oil rights. All he ever did was his full-time job and a part-time job on Saturday. He paid for everything in cash.

    It’s not the same as eighteen kids, but obviously it’s in the ball-park, and he did more than scrape by.

  11. Massive typo Simple! Zan wrote.

    As my typos go, that one is HARDLY massive!

  12. Nan says:

    The “massive” part is in the misleading result; neither I nor my mother would watch such shows.

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