Friday, August 03, 2007

Duggars Welcome 17th Child ... And Want More

From Associated Press:
LITTLE ROCK - An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday — their 17th child and seventh girl — and the pair say they're still not ready to give it a rest.

Jennifer Danielle was born at 10:01 a.m. at a hospital in Rogers, Arkansas, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said in an interview.

"We'd love to have more," Michelle said, referring to baby girls. "We love the ruffles and lace."

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) home in Tontitown. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are taught at home.

The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.

"We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative. "We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well."

Jennifer joins siblings: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.
My Comments:
I don't know what method of child-rearing these folks use, but they're damn good at it. I can't get 4 kids to sit that still, much less 17.

UPDATE (4 August)
The "freaks" are out again, commenting over at Regular Guy Paul's blog.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Child-Hating Columnist at it Again

"When the REAL Freaks Took Over"

What Evil Reads Like

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At 8/03/2007 10:04 AM, Blogger Literacy-chic said...

It goes something like this: "Stay still for the news cameras, kids!" ;)

At 8/03/2007 12:51 PM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

The Duggars are a constant topic on my blog; not that I write about them so much, but that people keep commenting on them.

Some of these commenters seem quite deranged.

To me, the most remarkable thing about the Duggars is not their big house, their debt-free lifestyle, or their 17 kids, but rather the visceral reactions they provoke in the crowd that spells "responsibility" with only six letters: C-O-N-D-O-M.

At 8/03/2007 3:07 PM, Blogger Christine the Soccer Mom said...

AND they homeschool! (That is probably a big factor in it. They are just used to helping everyone out, and they have a system in place for everything.

God bless 'em, though. What a neat family they are.


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