The young parents may not want 25, but they say they will take as many children as ‘God gives them.’ Will they reach 19 kids and counting?
Josh and Anna Duggar announced on last night’s TLC‘s 19 Kids And Counting that they are expecting a little boy in June, who will join big sister Mackynzie, 17 months. But it doesn’t sound like they are going to stop at one boy and one girl. “We’ve decided we’re going to have 25.’ I always say that jokingly, but there’s a lot that goes into a family, and a lot of hard work, and that point often gets overlooked,” Josh, 23, tells E Online, “especially with the harshness the economy is going through now.” Jeez, even if the oldest Duggar kid was joking, the thought of 25 kids makes us shudder!
“It’s really not about the number of children you have, but how well are you doing with the children that God has given you,” Josh explains. “We’re just focusing on Mackenzie right now and this little boy that God has given us. We’re really just going to take it one at a time.”
That sounds like a plan, but look what happened with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — one at a time led to 19 kids to feed and care for.
“I don’t think you can say we’re going to set out and say we’re going to have five kids or four or three. We have no control over that. God has the control,” Josh continues. “Obviously, we can do things to prevent that, but I’m glad my parents didn’t just settle to have three or four children. There are definitely a lot of advantages to trusting [in God]. Anna’s glad that her parents didn’t stop at four, because she was number five.”
Josh explains that he could not imagine his life without any one of his siblings and understands that many people have a different opinion to what his family believes in, but he’s OK with that.
“Each person has to make that decision for themselves, but right now we’re in the state where we’ve got a little one that’s under our feet and a little one that’s on the way,” Josh says of the life he and Anna, 22, are leading now. “But we’re just enjoying the time and the precious moments that we have at this time, and taking each moment as it comes to us.”