UPDATE, December 22, 2008: Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar was born on December 18, 2008.
Happy Mother's Day!
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 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.
One word: OUCH!
I've heard of families this large, but they're usually blended or involve adoptions. Giving birth to eighteen kids... I can't imagine that.
I can't imagine raising eighteen children.
I don't think I could do it. I know I wouldn't want to do it, but I won't criticize the Duggars' choices.
As long as they can afford to provide for the kids and they give them plenty of love, I see nothing wrong with bringing eighteen children into the world.
God bless them.