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Old 11-08-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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Waves of nausea pass over me as I read this...




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Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar Expecting 20th Child - Yahoo! TV







20 kids over a period of about 24 years. I can not imagine being pregnant most of that time!!! It's crazy!!!
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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My wife is a fan of the Duggar's, I have seen the show plenty of times to make an informed opinion of them. My opinion is that I don't condone or believe the same things that they do, but it is also absolutely no business of mine.

The Duggar's believe what they believe. If they are entrusting themselves to God's will, then so be it, who are we to criticize their beliefs? They are not hiding behind God's will as some do to support positions that attack the lifestyle choices of others or deny medical care to their children etc. I personally find their brand of Christianity to be both odd, yet wholesome in a strange way.

The Duggar's do not ask anyone for handouts, nor are they living off of the money from their TV show. They are perfectly self-sufficient and well regarded citizens of their community. I see what the Duggar's are doing to be a world removed from the other "large family" shows and stories like Octomom and Jon and Kate. These people love, care and provide for their children, therefore it is not any of my business how many they choose to have.

I do think having another after what they went through with Josie is a poor decision, but only for the potential health issues faced by both baby and mom. They could have quietly decided to abstain, but that goes against their beliefs that they are obviously deeply attached to and so far seem to have done alright by them.
Just to be clear here. They bough their land but Discovery channel arranged for their house to be built, decorated, and for all of their furnishings and appliances.

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Old 11-08-2011, 02:39 PM
 
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I roundly object to the name Jinger. It looks like it should rhyme with singer.
There, there. I'm sure they'll name the next one Julia. Or maybe Julian if it's a boy.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Maine
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denverian -- they want all of those kids to produce more "soldiers for God" -- literally, "God's army."
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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Just to be clear here. They bough their land but Discovery channel arranged for their house to be built, decorated, and for all of their furnishings and appliances.

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The link wasn't exactly clear, but here is a better one detailing what they got:

Where Does the Duggar Family Live | LoveToKnow (http://reality-tv.lovetoknow.com/Where_Does_the_Duggar_Family_Live - broken link)

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The Duggars owned the property their house was built on, so that expense was not an issue for them. They used lots of recycled materials to keep costs down, and the whole family put in hundreds of working hours to build the structure.

Because of the family's status on television, sponsors were also involved in donating materials for the home, as well as appliances and furniture. Some of these sponsors included The Home Depot, Sears, Coca Cola, and Huggies.
OK, so they didn't do it ALL themselves, but according to interviews and the actual show produced about the house, they had been in the process of building the home for years and Michelle essentially designed it herself. Part of their deal with TLC was the finishing of the home and TLC enlisted sponsors to get it done and donate materials as well as furnishings and appliances.

I still don't consider that "living off the show" as compared to say Jon and Kate whose entire lives were based on the income and sponsors for their show. The Duggar's are extremely frugal and manage money well in their own right as attested to in the article you linked. They have long been invested in the car and real estate businesses. That family isn't going to collapse financially when TLC decides to stop doing the show.

That was the difference I was getting at.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: anywhere
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I admit I don't really understand their lifestyle or the need to have so many kids, but they seem like nice people to me and the kids seem like good kids so good for them. Congrats.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Ummm... To them it's not an "excuse". It is their faith. (Or religion or belief system or whatever description applies nowadays.) From what I know about them they see each child as a blessing. Some people have a faith and choose to live it. Just as you choose not to.

Personally, I wouldn't know what to DO with 20 children. Twenty. That's like two baseball teams with subs on the bench.

Thank you. They see each pregnancy as a gift from God. If they have a baby with a disability, that baby is still a gift from God. Is having a baby with Down Syndrome or something else a risk? Sure, but he would still be their baby.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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The rhythm method isn't perfect, but I doubt that they are using it. They don't have to use birth control--they can simply choose not to have sex while she is ovulating. It's not 100% but Mrs. Duggar would not be having a baby a year at that rate.
Their group believes that is the same as birth control. Withholding intercourse so as not to get pregnant is considered the same.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I am soo jealous! I wish that I could have a #7 but hubby got fixed :/ I hope and pray that everything turns out okay for the Duggars
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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Gross. Cant imagine if there is any elasticity left in that place. Having 20 kids should be illegal. My goodness
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