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19 Kids and Counting Duggar Family Season Premiere Recap

November 09, 2011 10:52 AM by Beth Stewart

The very popular 19 Kids And Counting is back on TLC. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have realized for some time that fans want to know all about one of the world’s best known families. Consequently the Duggar’s decided to ask viewers to send in questions for the family to answer. Viewers submitted them through TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting Facebook page, Twitter, the family’s website and videos.

Most of the questions were about exactly how the house runs, who does what and when and generally how so many people get along so well. Members of the family took turns answering and giving their fans an insight into what makes this family tick. How many loads of laundry per day? Ten. How many grocery carts do they use on a shopping trip? Four to seven. How many cereal boxes do they go through each day? Four. Viewers were also interested in the biggest challenges the family faces. Jim Bob said that moving the group as a unit was his biggest challenge for him as it requires several vehicles and a lot of prep. The teenage girls thought laundry was the biggest challenge.

One very interesting question that was asked of Michelle and Jim Bob was, “Why are you bringing 19 children into a world that’s overpopulated?” Both of them replied that it’s a myth that the world is overpopulated and that Arkansas has a lot of unpopulated areas. In fact they said the whole world’s population could fit into the city limits of Jacksonville, Florida.

The Duggar’s have a deep faith so religion plays a big part in their lives; in the values they teach the children and goals that they all have. These answers were peppered with their stance on dancing, dating, values, and goal-setting. We also learned the difference between courtship and dating as they see it. Courtship is more of a commitment than dating but doesn’t include any physical intimacy before marriage. Even kissing is a negotiable aspect between the courting couples.

The highlight of the show was when Jim Bob gathered everyone together under the ruse of a long overdue family picture. Then he said he had a big announcement. Michelle surprised the children by loudly saying, “Mama’s gonna have another baby!” There was dead silence, a few cries of, “Really?” and when the news sunk in, the kids whooped, hollered, and made all kinds of other wonderful kid noises. Jim Bob held up an ultrasound picture of the baby for everyone to see.

Josh added more levity by saying that he had an announcement of his own, that Anna was not pregnant!

When asked what she thought of the children’s reaction, Michelle said they thought they were shocked but also very excited. Her commitment to the children is obvious and she said she’s willing and happy to lay down her life for her children. Jim Bob feels like the richest man in the world. It’s going to be 20 kids and counting soon.

Michelle summed it up best for both of them by saying they are grateful beyond words for this new life that God has blessed them with. However, being pregnant at forty-five, she acknowledges that there will be concerns about her health and that of this new baby.

Their last baby Josie was premature and had very serious health issues when she was born.

The Duggar’s say that the reason they do the show is to encourage other people to enjoy their families just as they do.

Coming up next week, the family will begin their European tour in Ireland and Scotland. It should be a lot fun watching the family enjoy all the new experiences ahead of them in the weeks to come.

It’s actually very impressive how well this family gets along and how much fun they seem to have. What do you think it would be like having or living in such a large family? Feel free to leave your comments.

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6 Responses to “19 Kids and Counting Duggar Family Season Premiere Recap”

  1. Jon Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    To have a Large Family, with 19 Kids, would be challenging and hard, but interesting, and but I’d never want that many Kids!

  2. bro-baer Says:
    November 9th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    I do not like it when I see people paint other “types” of people with a broad brush but I can’t resist looking at the arrogance of this family and their perspective that “the whole world could fit inside the city limits of Jacksonville”. They don’t realize how many square feet of land/water it takes to raise cattle, chickens, corn, wheat, fish per human. It’s not about the square footage your feet occupy, its about the footprint of space needed to feed, cloth and care for you. More people on this planet are faced with starvation and famine then ever before and the prices of staple food supplies are going up drastically not because some god has decided to push them but because supply and demand is teaching the human race a lesson. This show rates 1 notch above “toddlers and tiaras” on my human depravity list and I am appalled at what passes as entertainment for the north american audiences now.

  3. Kim Hauber Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Congrats!!!! I am so happy for you all. I too believe a baby is a true blessing and a gift. I watch your show all the time and have learned so many things from you and your family. You have encouraged me to change my way of thinking about god and better ways to raise my family. I wish I could turn back time and do things differently with my children. I have three kids and they’re all wonderful but I could’ve done so many things better. I have learned as I grow and I know that is what god wants from all of us. To learn and teach our children how to be respectful, honest, loving, caring, and above all to believe in him. Hope your pregnancy goes well. I will be praying for you, the baby, and your amazingly loving family. YOU TRULY INSPIRE ME!!! I live in Portland Oregon and would love to meet you all. Do you think you will ever come to this part of the country? It’s a beautiful place to visit. God bless each and every one of you.
    Kim Hauber

  4. Beth Says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for your comment Jon. I had three children and thought I was awfully busy. I don’t think most people would have the room or the money to support so many children but the Duggar’s are very fortunate in that department.

    And Bro-Bear, your comments are appreciated. The situation that most of our word’s inhabitants find themselves in is more than a little troublesome. I was surprised at the Duggar’s answer to this question as well. Next week they start a trip to Europe as a family. The Duggars may find that their unique way of viewing the world is challenged by these new experiences. Travel is often a wonderful way to expand one’s horizons. It will be interesting to see what effect this has on all members of this family..and hey, I just recap, I don’t produce..:)

  5. amy Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    This is the most ridiculous thing! Stop having kids! Its not a contest.. JESUS!!!! I understand if its about your faith, but there comes a time when you need to give it a rest and be done! The miscarriage should be a sign! It was for me.

    You shouldnt reproduce just because you can. Thats not right! Think about it!!!

  6. amy Says:
    December 8th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    This is ridiculous! Why are you trying to have as many kids as you can???? Its obviously not good on a womans body-(miscarriage) What are you people thinking? ITS NOT A CONTEST!!!!!! YOU have a compound of kids that seem healthy.. There comes a time when you need to stop


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