Thursday, October 27, 2005

Popping Babies Like Baseball Ball Machine

You may have heard of "the mother who recently gave birth to 16th child." It seems like all it took was one head turn before she gave birth once again. I remember reading news about "the mother who gave birth to her 15th child." Now, it's the 16th child named J-something in the Duggar family.

Michelle Duggar, age 39, is the name of the baby popper. She first popped a baby at age 21. I think it's incredible how she loves and genuinely wants to have more children.

They have two websites. I'm not sure which one is current or if they run both websites: and

Their children include two sets of twins, and the parents have stuck to the letter "J" for their names.

* Joshua, 17
* Jana and John-David, 15
* Jill, 14
* Jessa, 12
* Jinger, 11
* Joseph, 10
* Josiah, 9
* Joy-Anna, 8
* Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 6
* Jason, 5
* James, 4
* Justin, 2
* Jackson, 1
* Johannah, 0

Her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, quoted in an CNN article: "I have always left it up to Michelle because she's actually the one that carries them and does all the labor," he said. "But we both love children. Even yesterday, she said she would like to have some more." He later went on to say how happy and excited they were to have a baby girl, the first in 8 years for the family. Jim further states in the article that "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 in a telephone interview.

One word: Wow.

It always seem that large families like them are strongly rooted in their faith. In other words, they're always religious or strongly identified in their faith. And, their faith provides structure, discipline, and guidance in raising large families.
I've never read of a large family that was non-religious or not strongly rooted in faith and make faith their way of life.

It's just too interesting and remarkable that these large families of baby poppers always seem to be christians or religious. I've never seen a non-religious LARGE family where they love popping out babies at the rate of a baseball training ball popper that pops out balls at you every few seconds during practice. The only difference here is that there's no training, and these miracles of life are real.

With all due respect to these families and their faith, I can't help but wonder about this: if Kinsey's estimate that 1:10 people are gay, will at least one of their children later come out of the closet as a gay person? Nonetheless, I have faith that these children are growing up to become loving respectful adults with a wonderful large family like Michelle and Jim Duggar's.

Congratulations, Michelle and Jim, on your new addition and arrival!