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Large families a.k.a. the Duggar’s

Posted by MDViews on August 7, 2007

Discovery Health, a cable TV channel, has introduced the world to the Duggar family, a conservative Christian family now with 17 children. The latest, little Jennifer Duggar, entered the world just a few days ago. The TV shows documents their lives. It is refreshing to see a family that does not need “Nanny 911”. (I’ve heard of some of these shows from other family members as I no longer watch TV. I’ve never seen “Nanny 911, but I know it’s premise. I have seen a few episodes of the Duggar’s on Discovery.)

My favorite blog site is ProLife Blogs, a composite of prolife bloggers whose post all show up in the order they are published. Scrolling down it, I learned of the Duggar’s new edition. One blogger, Adam’s Blog, (links on Adam’s Blog will take you into the libertine and angry liberal world; full of lousy logic, idiotic ideas and lurid language–proceed there with caution) was kind enough to go into some of the liberal sites where extremely negative comments regarding the Duggar’s and their 17 children were made. Liberals made all the expected arguments. Poverty, lack of attention, hurting the planet, psychosis, Christian robots, unable to think for themselves and just general outrage that a family could be that large.

Being a member of a moderately large family (3 brother, 3 sisters, all close in age), I feel somewhat qualified to comment about it.

First and foremost, being a member of a family, whatever size, is better in my mind than not being born at all, as 35 to 40 million of us have been disposed of prior to taking our first breath, thanks to Roe v Wade in 1973. Breathing is good. Seeing the sunshine is good. Hearing the birds, laughing, learning, loving–these are all good things that those aborted will never experience. Being born poor, being born to the very young or very old, to the single mom, to the welfare mom, to the college mom whose BF wants her to abort and whose parents will surely never understand is better, dear reader, than never seeing the light of day.

I recall growing up in rural SD with so many siblings, so close. (Six in six years) We were not as organized as the Duggar’s, not as disciplined as the Duggar’s, not as well-to-do as the Duggar’s, (few were in rural SD in the 50’s and 60’s), not as well behaved as the Duggar’s and not as kind or helpful as the Duggar children I see on TV. But we were taught to love, we did play together, work together, cheer for each other and support each other. We also argued, fought, scrapped, teased and, to my shame, made life miserable for my two younger sisters. Somehow, out of poverty (this was prior to welfare being available), large family, rural, in a poor state with an arguably poor educational system, we survived. Now older, we are two MD’s, one PhD and author, one JD, one principal and one former principal and one former TV news anchor, now a stay-at-home mom.

My older brother is the most dear person in my life, except for my wife. I feel a closeness to my siblings that I feel with no other people, except maybe my own children, even though we don’t see each other all that often. I wouldn’t trade my childhood and growing up experience for anything.

I suspect the Duggar experience will be similar, except the Duggar’s have been homeschooled and will have a better understanding of the Christian world view, the secular world view and the arguments for and against. I think they will be less likely to be swayed by the authoritative, liberal, I-know-everything-and-you-are-a-conservative-idiot liberal professors they will meet in college.

So God bless the Duggar’s! Were that there were more like them!

(And yes, pregnancy #17 at age 39 is high risk, but can be done, obviously.)

On a personal note, I have not been blogging recently do to some health issues, but was surprised to find comments about some of my posts. How nice! I hope to post more frequently and respond in a timely way to any comments made. Thanks.

One Response to “Large families a.k.a. the Duggar’s”

  1. Leticia said

    I just discovered your wonderful post on how prenatal diagnosis ‘prevents’ birth defects. Well done.
    We are big Duggar family fans, here. I wished for a large family but after six pregnancies, I am blessed with three lovely girls, the youngest of which has Trisomy 21. I was the 39 year old mom on her sixth pregnancy when I was expecting Christina, my special child, and refused invasive testing. I told my OB, “you aren’t able to tell me anything to change my mind about having this child, and you can’t cure Down syndrome so why bother?”
    Now, there are scientists who may have found prenatal treatment for Trisomy 21. What a refeshing development instead of the favored “search-and-destroy” techniques.

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