Parents’ guide to social services and special needs in Northeast Ohio 2011
Left: At 38 weeks pregnant, Anna Duggar, wife of oldest son, Josh, packed all their birthing supplies on the bus with them — just in case. Luckily, baby Michael James waited until they returned to Arkansas for Anna’s second home birth on June 15. Middle: While their tour bus is certainly sizeable for transportation, that doesn't stop 3-year-old Jennifer from enjoying the outdoors when she can. Right: Johannah joined mom Michelle at the table to sign family photos at Barnes and Noble in Akron. (And sign she did — with a smiley face next to her parents’ autographs and bible verses.
FM: What is your advice for moms of preemies or expectant moms?
Michelle: That NICU life is a whole different world having a pre- mature baby. If you are expecting your first, rest as much as you can. Eat a lot of protein, fruits and veggies and be careful about your choices. I think if I had known what I know now back 24 months ago, I probably would have been eating a lot more protein and eggs. (Josie was along for her first trip as a healthy, active 18-month-old.)
Jessa: We all love being in a big family. I don’t know if any of us will be able to have 19 kids, but what- ever the Lord gives us.
Jim Bob: The funny thing is, I always wanted a brother growing up. Now I have 10 sons and nine daughters. It’s really amazing. We just have fun all the time. I think we have more fun than any family I know.
FM: What would you say to critics about your carbon footprint?
Jim Bob: We probably have a smaller carbon footprint than most people and even though we are driving a bus and getting like seven miles to the gallon, we’re hauling 23 people. So actually per gallon, we’re hauling more people, so it’s like driving a transit bus around. Also, we buy clothes at the resale shops. We’re recycling all the clothes. Believe me, when the clothes leave our place, they are ready to be disposed of.
Jason and Joy-Anna
FM: What responsibilities do you have as the old Duggar children?
Jessa: If you keep the mindset that it’s a ministry, then it doesn’t feel like a burden. We know we aren’t going to be in the spotlight forever. It’s a window of opportunity the Lord’s opened up for us right now.
FM: Is everyone excited for the next Duggar grandbaby?
Jessa: We are so excited to have a little nephew. They picked out a name, but they aren’t saying. (At time of print, Josh and Anna had just welcomed their newest addi- tion, Michael James, at 8 lb., 5 oz.) Jim Bob: It’s really special to be a grandpa.
FM: Do you like being in a big family? How many children do
(Jessa confirms, noting several former outfits on younger siblings running around.)
With all the disasters and the tsunamis, all these different things, we need people who are going into the world to serve. (And serve, they do. Some of the older Duggars who are volunteer firefighters went to Joplin, Mo., to help follow- ing the recent tornado.)
FM: Advice to people struggling?
Jim Bob: [We want] to help peo- ple see the big picture in life. Life is not just about ourselves. It’s about seeing where we fit in God’s plan in the world. It’s about encouraging our children and our families to not just be an island out by themselves, but really for them to look for ways to serve others.
Terri Nighswonger is editor of Family magazines. Her four children seemed like a lot until meeting the Duggars.
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n this second book from the Duggars, they focus on the principles that equip them to face life's challenges — drawing from their most recent challenge with the three-month premature birth of their newest child, Josie Brookyln. They also share the new chal- lenges their older children are facing as they prepare for adult life. A special chapter on homeschooling gives valuable information to parents who are considering this route. The world continues to be amazed by their 19 well-groomed, well-behaved, well-schooled children and their home life, which focuses on family, financial responsibility, fun and must importantly, faith. The Duggars show how parents can succeed whether they’re rearing a single child or several.
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