Tuesday, November 8, 2011
In Defense of the Duggar Family
In case you missed it, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar--along with their 19 children and 2 grandchildren--appeared on the Today show this morning. With much enthusiasm, they announced that they are expecting their 20th child! I love how excited they get about each new baby, and how much joy is in their family. Every single child that they are given is accepted with open, loving arms and hearts, no matter how many.
As my kids and I watched the interview on the Today show this morning, we were disgusted with the obvious disdain the interviewer (sorry I don't remember her name, as I normally never watch this show) had for the pregnancy. She started off the interview by saying, "I'm afraid to even ask" (what the announcement was), and then proceeded to ask all of the usual questions that the Duggars are typically asked over and over again. Questions like "how will you afford another one?" and "what about your health" and the two most annoying ones: "was this one planned" and "will you have another?" Really??? How many times do the Duggars have to explain to people that they can't give an answer about when they'll stop having babies because THEY DON'T KNOW, because they are leaving up to God? Michelle is just so gracious and loving in her responses to people. I'm sure the constant criticism must really wear on her after awhile.
Also worth noting was that there was not a single "congratulations" to the Duggars, only an attitude of "what are you thinking...are you crazy?" (Correct me if I'm wrong...I may have missed it!) I thought that the interviewer was somewhat rude and condescending, and could have mustered up a nice friendly "congratulations on your pregnancy!" like most people do when someone announces a pregnancy. Why is it that the congrats are less and less frequent the more kids you have? Is the first or second child more important than the 6th or 8th or 20th? That should not be! Every child is a blessing and has value, and the Lord has a plan for every one of them.
Worse yet are the comments online. They're horrible! Go to this news story if you want to see what I mean. These days the world is so mixed up and priorities are all out of place.
The biggest criticism is regarding Michelle's health. Why do people think that's for them to determine? Jim Bob and Michelle obviously are following the Lord and seeking Him for His will. If it was not safe for them to have more, I'm sure in their prayer time God would speak to their hearts about it. As it is, they are at peace allowing the pregnancies to come as God wills, and they are trusting Him to keep Michelle and baby healthy. I greatly respect their faith, and it would sure be nice if others could make kind comments, instead of the terribly rude ones!
Congratulations Jim Bob and Michelle and family, as you await this newest precious addition to your wonderful family!