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Friday, October 14, 2005

Let's Give This Woman a Break!

In Little Rock, Arkansas a few days ago Michelle Duggar delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again. Born at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces, Johannah Faith Duggar is the family's newest member. The baby's father, Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative, says Johannah's birth was especially exciting because it was the first time in eight years the family has had a girl.

Jim Bob Duggar, who sells real estate, previously lost his bid for the U.S. Senate. He said he expects to run for the state Senate next year but isn't ready to make a formal announcement.

Jim Bob Duggar, 40, said he and Michelle, 39, want more children. "We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said.

Michelle Duggar had her first child at age 21, four years after the couple married.

The Discovery Health Channel filmed Johannah's birth and plans to air a show about the family of 18 next May.

The Learning Channel is doing another show about the family's construction project, a 7,000-square foot house that should be finished before Christmas. The home, which the family has been building for two years, will have nine bathrooms, dormitory-style bedrooms for the girls and boys, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers.

Their children include two sets of twins, and each child has a name beginning with the letter "J": Joshua, 17; John David, 15; Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah, 6; Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; and Jackson Levi, 1.

Jim Bob Duggar previously lost his bid for the U.S. Senate says he expects to run for the state Senate next year but isn't ready to make a formal announcement.

While I certainly wouldn't want to have 16 children, or be one of sixteen-you would feel like a freak nowadadys, it is nice at least that they can afford it. In the old days when people had 16 children they could probably barely afford two.


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