Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh Baby!

The following article appeared a few weeks ago in newspapers all over the country.

Arkansas family welcomes 18th child -- a girl
The Lowell Sun

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) -- An Arkansas woman has given birth to her 18th child.
Michelle Duggar delivered the baby girl by Caesarean section Thursday at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.

"The ultimate Christmas gift from God," said Jim Bob Duggar, the father of the 18 children. "She's just absolutely beautiful, like her mom and her sisters."

The Duggars now have 10 sons and eight daughters.

Jim Bob Duggar said Michelle started having contractions Wednesday night. She needed the C-section, her third, because the baby was lying sideways. Jim Bob said both baby and mother were doing well Thursday night.

"We both would love to have more," he said.

The cable network TLC broadcasts a weekly show about the Duggars, called 17 Kids and Counting. Chris Finnegan of TLC -- which handles public relations for the Duggar family -- said the show's name would be updated to account for the latest addition to the family. He said TLC also will air a show Monday on the baby's delivery.

Jim Bob Duggar is 43, a year older than his wife. Their oldest child, Joshua, is 20.
The other Duggar children, in between Joshua and Jordyn-Grace, are Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 17; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 12; Joy-Anna, 11; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 8; James, 7; Justin, 6; Jackson, 4; Johannah, 3; and Jennifer, 1.

Why post this article? It represents a possible income stream for those frum families who not only have 18 children but are well over twenty. Can you imagine a TLC show entitled 22 Kids and still Counting? Or maybe that title should be "22 Kids and Who's Counting"? Or maybe TLC or one of the other cable channels could develop a competition show along the lines of America's Best Chef, only it would be America's Best Family of 18 or More.


mother in israel said...

You have to be good at marketing.

Anonymous said...

They have several commercial rental properties and home school all the children.

miriamp said...

And about seven washers and dryers, and they make all (or most) of the kids' clothes.

But the debt free part is the most impressive -- frum families could definitely learn from the Duggars.

Judith said...

How well would they be doing financially if they had to live within walking distance to their place of worship and if they had to support their married children who didnt work?

Anonymous said...

Anyone with 18 kids is simply off their rocker(s) and should be locked up, unless they are completely self sufficient and not on any type of government aid.

Ditto for frum families. Any frum family that continues to have children they have no chance of being able to afford is a disgrace.

My title for a TLC show about a Jewish family with 18 (or more children) : 18 kids and counting: Morons of the Mosaic persuasion.

Anonymous said...

The impresssion I got is that they are proud of getting along without government aid, not just of reproducing