Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced the birth of their 18th child. Ten boys, eight girls. (Plus a brand new daughter-in-law!) We have enjoyed the Discovery Channel's shows on this family, my parents tape them for us, and now we are enjoying their first book. The Duggars: 20 and Counting.
Whether you have two children, or a mega sized family, you will find practical wisdom and joyful parenting in this book. It exemplifies the fun, challenges and joy of large family life. Michelle and Jim Bob admit to learning patience and working on controlling their tempers. (You know the only way to learn patience is many opportunities to practice.) They show how they lived debt free from early in their marriage and how they live frugally and sensibly to provide for their huge family. They write about the ways they implement the details of daily living and homeschooling with that many children.
The Duggars are not Catholic, but they have a deep love for God and a desire to live as they hear Him calling them to live. I am grateful that they have been willing to share their family life so publically. What a good example of Christian love for family and for others.