The Duggar family of “18 Kids and Counting” announced on the “Today” show that Michelle Duggar is pregnant with her 19th child. Read more and see the Duggar family’s announcement below.
We are so thrilled,” says Michelle, 42, said during the family’s announcement on The Today Show Tuesday. “We just couldn’t believe it is happening.” Jim Bob, 44, added: “This never gets old. We are so grateful for each child. We are looking forward to our first grandbaby and our 19th child.”
The Duggars oldest son Joshua, 21, and his wife Anna, 21, are expecting a daughter Mackynzie Renée , next month.
“I love all of this, it is so fun,” Michelle said. “Anna and I will have babies five months apart. My mother and my sister were pregnant at the same time and it was really wonderful. The kids were really close and still are. I have a nephew who grew up with me, we’re just three months apart.”
Children are awesome but why do the Duggar’s want so many children?
Jim Bob Duggar has one sibling and Michelle is the youngest of seven. When they got married, they thought they’d have two or three children. Not wanting to have a child immediately, Michelle went on the birth control pill as they waited three years to have their first child, Josh, who is now married and expecting his first child.
After Josh was born, Michelle went back on the pill. She got pregnant anyway and suffered a miscarriage, which her physician told them was probably caused by the pill. As conservative Christians, they decided after that to let God decide how many children they would have.
They adhere to a Christian movement called Quiverfull, whose members take seriously the biblical exhortation to be fruitful and multiply and believe that every child is a gift from Providence.
All the children are home-schooled and all learn to play the violin and piano. The older children help raise the younger ones under a buddy system. Jim Bob, a former state legislator, is involved in a number of businesses, including commercial real estate.
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