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Full Circle December 16, 2009

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Strangely enough, I write my last required blog entry of the semester about the same topic I wrote my first entry about: the Duggars and Number 19.

Although she wasn’t due until March 18, little Josie Duggar made her appearance a few days ago, weighing only one pound, six ounces. Turns out, Michelle had preeclampsia, which is when the mother’s blood pressure is really high. Obviously, having babies in your forties isn’t safe. Having your nineteenth baby in your forties is probably even worse. I hope this baby makes it out of the NICU (last reports refer to her as “stable”), but I seriously think the Duggars need to take a step back and consider the options.

In the vein of the Quiverfull movement, maybe this is God’s way of telling you to stop already. You have nineteen children and a grandchild. You’re going to be surrounded by babies for the rest of your natural lives. I promise that you will never get rid of your grandchildren.

Again, I do completely respect them and their religious beliefs, but when pregnancies are causing health problems not only for the mother, but also the baby, I feel like someone should step in and tell her that what she’s doing is not only unsafe for anyone involved, it’s also rather selfish. Why inflict that much pain on an innocent child?

Seriously, Duggars. Keep it in yo’ pants.


The Duggars are CRAZY September 1, 2009

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The Duggar Family poses shortly after the birth of 18th child, Jordyn-Grace.

The Duggar Family poses shortly after the birth of 17th child, Jennifer.

So.  I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but the Duggars of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” fame are expecting their 19th kid.  And to this I say, “Really?  REALLY?”

I feel like this cannot be healthy for anyone involved.

For those of you who don’t know, the Duggars are part of this Quiverfull movement, which basically means, have all the sex you want, use no birth control, and God will give you kids when he deems it necessary.  I have no problems with being religious and having complete faith in God, but I think this might just be a little extreme.

Apparently, the Duggars have found some fame (infamy?) on their TLC show, but whether the people who watch it do so for the positive message of faith or just for the entertainment value (because watching Michelle sit around and breast-feed child No. 18 while the rest of the family does laundry and cooks never gets old) remains to be seen.

However, I think the part that bothers me most about the Duggars is what they’ve done about naming their children.  Because all 18 of them have names that begin with the letter ‘J.’  In order: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johanna, Jennifer, and Jordyn-Grace.

Gag me. With. A chainsaw.

The oldest, Joshua, was married last September, and he and his wife, Anna, are expecting their first child next month, a girl, to be named Mackynzie Renee.  Luckily, Joshua and Anna have decided to use the letter ‘M’ rather than ‘J’ to avoid confusion.  So little Mac Duggar will have an aunt or uncle younger than her.  Fabulous.

In all seriousness, I appreciate the fact that the Duggars are raising their children to have such an unfailing faith in God because it’s definitely something you don’t see everyday.  But think about this: if each Duggar child has 20 children, that means Jim-Bob and Michelle will end up with 400 grandchildren.

I’d love to see Christmas at that house.