Family with 18 children in East Texas

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A family that has become reality show icons is back in East Texas.

When East Texas first met the Duggar family, it was Jim, Michelle and 14 kids. Now, it's Jim, Michelle, 18 kids and one more on the way. Michelle is pregnant again.

"We just celebrated 25 years of marriage," Jim said. "Michelle and I, we love each other more now than we ever did before. It's just been growing love and really love multiplies."

The Arkansas family is in Big Sandy for a family camp week at Alert Academy. As always, they profess their faith and their love to all who will hear.

"The closer that two people get to God, the closer they get to each other," Jim said.

"We began to receive the gifts that God gave us," Michelle said. "They really are a blessing and we are enjoying each one."

They've been profiled many times on The Learning Channel, but they've never enjoyed stardom, instead just telling their story of loving children.

"Enjoy today because before you know it they'll be grown," Michelle said.

"We always have stuff going on," said 15 year old daughter Jinger. "There's never a dull moment, there's always somebody to play with and its great."

Their children range from 21 years to 9 months, all of them with names beginning with "J". And their oldest son Josh is married and expecting his first.

"Josh's wife is due on October 19th, and then Michelle is due March 18th with our 19th child," said Jim.

"Our kids are keeping us young," Michelle said. "Chasing and playing around with them I think keeps you young."

The Duggar's are a testament about everything that is good about love, family, and raising children.

"We're praying that our children do much good in the world for several generations," Jim said.

You can meet the Duggar's and all their children in person this Thursday at the Alert Academy in Big Sandy at 6:30 near the convention center.

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