Saturday, August 4, 2007

Duggar Family Welcomes Child # 17

Congratulations to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar on the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Danielle, on Thursday, August 2. Congratulations also to Jennifer’s siblings: Joshua, John David, Janna, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, and Johannah. Yes, the newest one makes number 17, and they are already looking forward to having more. The sons number 10 and the girls only 7. (I woke up to my husband thrusting the news article in my face this morning – read into that what you will!)

I have been fortunate enough to catch some of the specials the Duggars have been featured in, on the Discovery Health Channel. (Look at their web site for fun facts about the large family, or to see when you can catch a re-run of one of their shows.) Early in their marriage, the couple decided to answer the call of welcoming as many children into their family as God was willing to send them. Together they recently built a large new home in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they are homeschooled by their mother. They frequently make long trips in their RV. Michelle is 40 and her children range in ages from 19 to newborn.

What an inspiration they are to the rest of us!

“Like a fruitful vine
your wife within your home,
Like olive plants
Your children around your table.”
Psalms 128:3

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