Saturday, May 10, 2008

And then there is this.....

I came across this newspaper article today, while visiting the in-laws. Apparently, these folks announced their latest news on the Today show, last Friday. You might have heard about this family - The Duggar family, the husband has, apparently, super bionic sperm and she - a super human uterus... together they have created this....

By JILL ZEMAN, Associated Press Writer Fri May 9, 5:25 PM ET
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's a happy Mother's Day for an Arkansas woman — she's pregnant with her 18th child. Michelle Duggar, 41, is due on New Year's Day, and the latest addition will join seven sisters and 10 brothers. There are two sets of twins. "We've had three in January, three in December. Those two months are a busy time for us," she said, laughing.The Duggars' oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old.The fast-growing family lives in Tontitown in northwest Arkansas in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are home-schooled.Duggar has been been pregnant for more than 11 years of her life, and the family is in the process of filming another series for Discovery Health.The new show looks at life inside the Duggar home, where chores — or "jurisdictions" — are assigned to each child. One episode of the new show involves a "jurisdiction swap," where the boys do chores traditionally assigned to the girls, and vice versa, Duggar said.
"The girls swapped jurisdictions, changing tires, working in the garages, mowing the grass," she said. "The boys got to cook supper from start to finish, clean the bathrooms," among other chores.Duggar said she's six weeks along and the pregnancy is going well. She and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, said they'll keep having children as long as God wills it. "The success in a family is first off, a love for God, and secondly, treating each other like you want to be treated," Jim Bob Duggar said. "Our goal is for each one of our children to be best friends, and everybody working together to serve each other makes that happen." The other Duggar children, in between Joshua and Jennifer, are Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2.___
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I get it - It's America, it's a free country and you want to populate the better part of it. Here's an idea, how about you become a surrogate or help out a fellow sister and give a few of these bambinos up for adoption because guess what - Not everyone can have 18 effin kids, lady.

It's insane and the part I don't get is what keeps possessing them to continue having children? Do they know about "Infertility" because honestly if it was this easy for me to pop some kids out, I think I would feel guilty that I could get pregnant so easily while others struggle. What about helping out for the "greater good"? I can only guess that in her situation I would really want to help others but hey - that's just me, little ol' sarcastic, infertile and slightly envious, me.

It all makes sense now - as I re-read this post (My favorite part, btw) - They will keep having children as long as God wills it.
So many questions for God, this will be in the top ten for sure.


kate said...

Yeah, I read about this, too. I didn't even know how to begin to approach it, so I kind of "back burner"-ed it. I'm glad you posted about it though, because you're right. It is so weird to deal with IF and then to read about or see very large families. And the Duggars are certainly almost embarrasing in their wealth of children. I just have to take offense though, because I sincerely do not believe that God allows children for some and not for others. Whatever limited belief I have does not include a god that picks and chooses. There are plenty of righteous, God-fearing, faithful women who have not been able to conceive, and plenty of terrible people who do. I just don't think that makes any sense.

Man. Eighteen children... that is something else.

Barb said...

It bothers me mostly b/c they are taking away all responsibility from themselves. "It's in GOD'S hands" they say. Well, didn't God give us free will, and doesn't He help those who help themselves? I just hate when people take that easy road.. letting God be responsible for all their decisions. Because let's face it. When you're fertile it IS a decision to have children.

Furthermore, the whole overpopulation thing really gets to me. AND the fact that you can't possibly provide as much attention etc to 18 children as you would to 4 or 5. You are only 2 people after all.

All that being said, I know it is their life, and I should butt out and not judge them. That's not my job. Easier said than done, but I'll try.

Amanda said...

he he i blogged about this too, but I didn't even try to make anything constructive out of it.

I really can't even begin to imagine.

Chelle said...

Holy freaking crap! Does that woman ever get off her back? Seriously! I watched their show on TLC back before we started treatments, and I didn't understand them any better then than I do now. It just doesn't seem fair or right. They ought to start handing the kids out to people who can't have any. Good grief.