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Beliefnet Exclusive Interview: Michelle Duggar Gives Update on Baby Josie Duggar

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Michelle, Jim Bob, and Josie DuggarIf you’ve been following the story, you know that the newest addition to TV’s the Duggar family, Josie Brooklyn, has been struggling ever since mother Michelle gave birth to her prematurely in December (she wasn’t due until the spring). In early April, baby Josie was finally released from the hospital, but, sadly, needed to return only a few days later.
This Sunday, TLC is airing a special Mother’s Day episode of “19 Kids and Counting” (8/ 7 p.m. Central) that documents Josie’s homecoming. (Check out clips from the show, here on Beliefnet.)
Michelle gave me an email update on Josie, and spoke about how the family’s Christian faith is keeping them strong. She also said she’s open to the possibility of having more children. Read the interview below.
How’s little Josie now? Last I heard, she was released from the hospital, but then had to return. Is she still there?
Josie was released from the hospital on April 6th weighing 4 ½ pounds. She returned two days later due to some digestion issues. She is currently in the hospital where doctors are running test to determine her tummy problems. Other than that, she is doing great and has just reached the 6-pound mark!
How has Josie’s condition affected the family? Has the stress and sadness brought the family in general closer together or pushed you apart?
It has been very difficult having a premature baby, but God has met all of our needs every step of the way. Our family has grown closer to each other and to God.
What’s a typical day like now for the family? How have things changed for everyone since Josie’s birth?
We are staying busy running back and forth to the hospital, home schooling, and spending time together as a family. We know this is just a season of life and everyone in our family has pulled together to keep the bases covered.


Are the other kids resentful of the attention on Josie right now?
Our family is praying for Josie and thankful to God for how well she has done. We really appreciate all of the kind emails, notes and prayers we have received from others.
Last we spoke I asked you if you would continue to have children if your health became a factor and you said: “I guess we would just cross that bridge when we got there. If there was something that were life threatening for me, that would be a matter of prayer at that point.” Has your health now become a concern? Are you planning on having more children at this point?
This is the second time I have had preeclampsia. The first time was with my first set of twins 20 years ago who were born 2 weeks early. Preeclampsia can affect any pregnancy and the only cure for it is delivery. I had a complete physical and blood work done several weeks after Josie was born and the tests came back normal. I will be 44 years old this year and I realize my childbearing years are coming to an end. Right now we are focusing our attention on taking care of Josie. We thank God for each child and are open to the possibility of more.
Has your Christian faith helped you through this tough time?
God has promised that all things work together for good to those that love Him. When we believe God doesn’t make mistakes and that He loves us and has a plan for our lives, then we can look for the good that will come out of every difficulty that we encounter. We praise God for the wonderful doctors and nurses we have met and also for all those who have shown us love and kindness during this difficult time.



  • Sonia Norris

    I love the Duggers!They understand that God is in control and that through him all things are possible. Their faith is unwavering no matter their situation. I always get regenerated by watching the way the come together under God. I will keep baby Josie and the family in my prayers. God Bless you.

  • Lizzie

    Wow, 6 pounds! She is really getting better now!

  • pagansister

    19 kids?! Some folks don’t know when to STOP! Actually, have they even heard about Birth Control? Good thing they are on TV…how else would they pay the bills?

  • LaVerne Van Auken

    Michelle and Jim Bob,
    I have been praying for you and for baby Josie. I am a 72 year old widow, my husband who passed away in 2007 was a pastor and we believe very much in the power of prayer. I don’t where I’d be just now if it wasn’t for that power of prayer operating in my life.
    I had a baby in 1959, a baby girl and she only lived 9 hours. We did not know that I have the RH factor in my blood and my Kimberly Sue’s blood was damaged before she was even born. But I do thank God for His mercy because the pediatrician told us that she would have been severely disfunctional and I just praise Him for his mercy and love. So, I do know something about things not really being “up to par” with our babies, but God has a plan for each of us and He is the ONLY One Who is in complete control.
    Your family has been much on my mind and I find myself at different times during the day thinking of you and I feel at those times that I should pray for whatever you may be going through at that particular time.
    I have to admit that at times I have questioned the wisdom of having so many children, however, that is NOT my call and I do commend you for the way that you have raised your children believing and trusting in the Lord.
    This coming Sunday evening will be our time for the Mother’s Day program when Josie got to come home for the two days and I have made a mental note not to miss that program. I’m looking very much forward to seeing it .
    Well, God bless each and every one of your days with peace, comfort and calm as the Holy Spirit brings that in to your being. I will continue to pray for you and yours until this , what may seem like a tragedy in to your Triumph !
    God Bless You !
    LaVerne Van Auken, from Ky.

  • priscilla ojevwe

    Woo 19 children, how did you do that? children i understand are from God, how are you able to manage? hope this will be the end of the road. God bless this family.

  • jody smith

    who are we to pass judgement, this family is lovely. they all love the Lord. They are true examples of Christians.

  • Kate Morris

    Our prayers are with all of you and your little precious Josie. We have had two very premature grand daughters, The emotional roller coaster is very hard on everyone. Both of our little girls are doing very well now but each had many diffuculties to get through as they struggled their first year. Our od is good and will help all of you get through the rough times and treasure each day and what it brings, we pray for wisdom for the doctors as they work with your little Josie and fo reach of you.

  • osazee

    Thank God for the babys life, she is going to grow big in love health wisdom and strghth in Jesus name amen. congratulation to hre parnets.
    and i big apprecition to the mendico bod.

  • abby

    God Bless you all, Keep up the good work…….

  • Karen

    I find Michelle very calming. She was blessed with beautiful children, but as Michelle gets older, so do her eggs and puts her own health in jeapordy as well. This little girl will always have digestive problems or some other problems. I feel, instead of having more babies, she must give more love to some of her present babies and not leave it up to her older children.

  • jeanna green

    To Dugger Family and litttle Josie: My heart and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I will continue to pray for little Josie and the rest of your family.

  • Darlene

    John 10:10 the thief comes to steal,kill and to destroy.Jesus came to give life life abundantly. PLEASE DON’T BLAME GOD WITH SOMETHING THAT satan did.

  • lois

    Josie is now 6 months old. Michelle is apparently not pregnant yet and has said she will devote this year to focusing on Josie. My guess would be that they are using the surest form of BC which is called abstention. Many seem anxious to assume that, because says she will welcome more children if God gives them to her she is trying to get pregnant. Why not give them the benefit of the doubt. She probably is well aware that she couldn’t handle another pregnancy or baby at this point in her life.

  • lois

    Sorry, I misspoke, I meant to say Josie if 5 months old. There is not way to edit so please accept the correction.

  • Cindi

    God bless all the Duggars, especially Josie.
    I am always inspired by Michelle and Jim Bob’s faith. They have such beautiful children.

  • Pamela

    I often wonder what are the Duggers trying to create, by having all those children. And of course they do have the freedom and right to do so, but I can’t help believe that there is a real underlined motivate for having all these children. I wonder if this is the same thought out process for their children and their children’s children’s. (just a comment).

  • Erin Patricia

    I think Michelle Duggar is my secondary hero! (GOD is my primary hero), I watch you guys on Discovery Health Channel all the time and TLC all the time! I wish my family were more like you guys, the world gives you guys all this popularity and yet you have such a down to earthness about you and you have an unfailing love for God!
    16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
    ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18~

  • Suzy

    God BLESS this precious family, and especially take care of Baby Josie. We all pray for them daily. You have been given the most precious gifts in life and I would devote the rest of my life to surrounding the 19 children that you have with love and guidance through this crazy world. God Bless you all!

  • Amy

    I love the Duggar family! I had heard about this family on TV who had 19 kids and I thought to myself…How do they make it work? After watching a couple of episodes I was hooked. I have learned so much from them. They are a awesome family of God and I love turning on the TV and actually seeing a show that gives so much glory to God in these times. I to had a premature baby..who is almost 5 now! I know the walk the Duggars are going through now and if it were not for my Christian faith, I dont know how I would have made it through it. Prayer does work! Thank you Duggars you are a beautiful blessed family!

  • Lori Whitten

    Jim Bob & Michelle & family!! Always praying for all of you!! Your faith is so strong!! Our 4 kids & I enjoy watching your show!! May God continue to bless you all!! Extra special prayers for baby Josie right now!! I know that if God Blesses you with more children you will still make great parents!! Take Care!!
    In Christian Love,
    Lori Whitten & family

  • TinaMarie Palmer

    Thank you Duggars for your continued inspiration. Your show is only one of a few that I totally enjoy.
    I would love to know how you stay so calm. It has been a lifelong attempt to overcome my nervousness with my children, and life in general.
    My love and prayers are with you, your family and all the friends you have introduced us to. You renew my faith in God and people everytime I watch you.
    God Bless Always.

  • Jessica Wilson

    I have nothing against the Duggar’s and I believe they are good Christian people. BUT, I can’t imagine continuing to bring more children into their household. Not only could the average family not be able to afford that many children, but it is just not practical for most families with all the things that many people are involved in today, such as sports,piano,dance,Girl & Boy Scouts,4-H,etc…. Also, I hate to say this, but why tempt fate? They seem to have a perfectly healthy family thus far, so why have more and take the risk that one of them will have health problems. It was bound to happen sooner or later and as Michelle grows older the risk of having a child with Down’s Syndrome increases. They should count the blessings they have and stop while they are ahead.

  • Gail DeLonais

    Dear Michelle and family,
    All of you are truly my heroes. I am going to start crying. I love your show and the inspiration you give each and everyone. I am a 57 year old single mother of one and have tired to do my best at raising a child who is know 18. When I see you folks I am truly devoted to you and your faith. I pray for baby Josie as well as all of you. I sit sometimes and truly wonder how you do it, but the power of God is truly in you. God Bless to All, Gail DeLonais, OK
    PS It would be an honor to meet all of you sometime.

  • Bonnie Amidon

    God Bless the Duggar Family and special prayers for Josie who struggles right now in life. I have got hooked on your program and intend on purchasing you’re book soon. I think it is great how you are educationing your children going places to learn things and with our children watching they are also getting educated too by seeing the world thru your eyes which in my case I could not afford to take my children to all those places. I think it is great all the volunteering the children do and the values you invoke on them and they invoke on others. they haved great values in life and carry them over into adult hood as we see. God bless you all and many more happy years ahead and look forward to more grand babies to also love and cherish. Best of luck to you all and have a very happy life. I’ll be watching you on Tv. Love you all.

  • Devera Hicks

    just wanted you to know that little Josie and your whole family are on our prayer lists. It is so wonderful to see a truly christian family who isn’t afraid to talk about their love of God and their belief in Him and His Son. God bless you all and my little Josie be well enough to join her family at home.

  • Sonji Jones

    Dear Michelle and family, may god keep blessing you and your family. I have watched your show and think that it is amazing how you and your husband have raised all of your children, I am a single mother of 3 boys and sometimes things get a little ruff but as you stated that all things work together for good to those that love him, with that statement I know that all things will be ok.

  • LaVerne Van Auken

    Dear Michelle and Jim Bob,
    I suppose I have watched you and your family grow since you have been on TLC . You all are an inspiration to me. I am a 72 year old widow and in 1959 I had a full term little girl , Kimberly Sue, that I did not get to take home from the hospital….she died 9 hours after her birth. Every year on July 9th, I think of her, to this day. So, I do know what somewhat of what you’re going through with baby Josie. God, however, must have differnet plans for Josie and I have been praying for you all and for Josie. I think, possibly the WHOLE WORLD is watching and waiting to see Josie pull through. I love your family, I think your girls are simply beautiful and the boys seem to well adapted to do just anything. I just love Johannah ….I imagine that she keeps life from being boring, of course with your family, one doesn’t have the time to have anything boring. I just want you to know that I pray for you ALL of God’s most richest blessings to be shown once again to you all and that Josie will soon be ” out of the woods”.
    Prayerfully,
    LaVerne Van Auken, Ky.

  • danasittnick

    MICHELLe,and family I pray for u all. I watched your show, Ilove you all. My sister lives in wichita kansas and me and my twin would love too meet you and your famil one day thats my wish.you guys keep up the good work. I pray for your little Josie. Dana SIttnick

  • The Duggar Family

    I have followed your family for some time now,since you were building your home. I have recently returned to Jesus Christ after a season of anger. I am so impressed by the faith your family has in every issue you have had to deal with. You are such a special person for Christ and I am learning alot from you. I pray the little Josie will be able to stay home soon and that she is in God’s hands.
    God Bless all of you,
    Diana L. Burris
    Wytheville, Va

  • http://hello pam faile

    Dear Michelle and Jim Bob, My name is Pam Faile and I live in Lancaster SC. I’ve been watching your tv show and i would like to say to yall GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!I love your show and i will be praying for your baby Josie, she is so sweet.Yall have a good looking family. pam faile

  • Lily

    I am of the opinion that when once clears away all the cutes and curls, that Michele D’s last pregnancy was done because she thought Anna was showing her up and that she, Michele, wouldn’t have all the attention. It seems to me that she just had to renew her vows with Jim and we all know what a shabby and pathetic disaster that was. Anna and Josh marry and nothing will do but mama Dugger has to get in the act…with a redo of her and Jim’s vows and then the birth of this terrible sick child Josie. Hey, do you suppose God is trying to tell them something?
    Stay home and take care of the little ones you already have. And while I’m at it, why do I infrequently hear them call Michele “Mommy”?
    Maybe it’s because she’s in her own little cloud of unreality.
    Even at that, I wish them well…
    Sincerely,
    Lily

  • barb

    i used to watch the show but them having all those kids and having jose that was so sad. i hope after having this little baby i hope its the end of having kids. i know the kids seems happy . but i like toknow is the state helping to play for these kids.where are they getting the money to support these kids.i feel if you cant afford to have kids. you shoudnt. well i guess having a tv show i guess thats where they are getting money from.

  • Maureen

    It is interesting that Michelle does not answer the question about whether or not the other kids are resentful of all the attention being shown to Josie – of course they are and that would be perfectly normal but Michelle never admits to anything negative and that is why I have a hard time watching this show. I come from a very large family 10 plus children (and we never had more than one washer or dryer and no industrial size kitchen) and there is no way she can give the attention that is needed for all when all are healthy – let alone when one is so little and sick. I am not saying she can;t have all the kids she wants, but lets be real. Once in a while its ok to say this is all too much and maybe we have enough kids now. I feel sorry a little bit for them because no one wants a child to be sick, but they have the resources to get the very best care for Josie and to provide for the others physical/material needs. The emotional needs are another story….and don;t think God is going to fill in the blanks – it doesn;t work that way (and I am a Christian) ….that’s just a means to justify all they don’t do for the other 18 kids – even the older ones. Practice some good old fashioned natural birth control like many of us do who don’t have the income to pretend with.

  • sherry

    i love your show. we are praying for little josie. god bless you all

  • DIANE

    I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY.BUT PLEASE PRAY AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF THE LORD. HIS WILL WAS DONE IN YOUR LIFE.SO I’M SURE GOD IS PLEASE WHEN HE SAID TO BE FRUITFUL.BUT YOU GUYS MUST USE WISDOM HERE. THIS MAY BE A SIGN THAT GOD IS SAYING THAT YOUR BODY CAN NOT TAKE MUCH MORE. THINK ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.WOULD YOU WANT ANOTHER CHILD TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. NOT KNOWING WHAT WILL BE THE LONG TERM OF THIS CHILD HEALTH.SO I ASK AGAIN BE PRAYERFUL AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF GOD,HE WILL NOT LEAD YOU WRONG.YOU ARE YET BLESSED,WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY,I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.

  • Tee Johnson

    I am glad that Josie is doing well. I wish I had family like you have because it gets lonely not having family.I have 2 kids and I had my hands full with just 2 and I don’t think its fair that the other children have to take care of there siblings that is the parents job. I also think its very sellfish that the girls don’t have a life outside the home because there is more to life than being a mother and a wife.It seems to me that the girls are watching what their mother does and she isn’t teaching them anything else and it should be the parents job to tell the children that there is more to life than motherhood.God gave us all choices and we need to teach our children that cause the world is a big place.What would you do if one of your children came to you and asked if they could marry outside your religon? The children don’t meet people outside your culture and there is alot more people in this world.Be fair to your children and teach them more because that is the way god made this world.My prayers are with your family.

  • Wanda Perry

    I love the family and I’m praying for them.

  • Anne

    They are part of the“Quiverfull” movement. If you read up on this it’s a little scary. I do think the Duggars are good parents and there children are wonderful to watch in action. Very humble and heart warming. But what about those who can’t do this… those who want to emulate this family. Failure can cost them all a great deal. I wish these parents would have put their love and wonderful parenting into foster parenting or adoption at some point rather than procreating. As a foster parent/adoptive parent I see the children whose parents love them and failed right out the gate because of their own difficulties. It would be wonderful if we could all put our selfish desires aside and work with those children who are in the system.

  • GWENDOLYN R. SZABO

    I REALLY THINK ENOUGHT IS ENOUGHT, THIS IS NOT FAIR TO THE REST OF THERE KIDS. I THINK OTHER PEOPLE CAN IMAGINE WHAT I AM SAYING. I DON’T REALLY NEED TO GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT WHAT IT IS LIKE FOR THE REST OF THE KIDS MOSTLY THE OLDER ONES. HOW THEY MOST RESET THERE OWN PARENT. IT IS THE PARENTS CHOICE NOT THE CHILDREN. I AM A GOOD PRESON I AM NOT TRYING TO BE MEAN I DON’T HAVE A MEAN BONE IN MY BODY. I AM JUST SAYING. I CAME FROM A BIG FAMILY 5 GIRLS & 1 BOY THE BOY IS THE BABY OF THE FAMILY. I’M THE NEXT TO THE YOUNGEST NO 5. MY OLDER SISTER’S HAD ALL THE RESPONCIBLITY THE LAST 3 WAS ALWAYS LEFT OUT. I THINK THE PARENTS ARE SELFISH TO HAVE THAT MANY CHILDREN. I DO PRAY TO GOD FOR THERE YOUNDEST BABY GIRL. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. TAKE CARE GWEN

  • James & Pamela

    Joyce Meyer would say,”NEVER GIVE UP” GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY. GOOD LUCK AND “KEEP THE FAITH”. It works for Me & my Wife Pamela, I love your show and you guys super role models for all families with kids. Now slow down,give JIM BOB a few years rest,from giving you all those kids. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL:
    LOVE JAMES &PAMELA SIMMONS
    WORCESTER MA PHONE 1-774-922-3662

  • Rachel Moody

    GOD HAS THE POWER OVER LIFE AND DEATH. HE ALONE DECIDES WHO, WHEN AND WHERE LIFE BEGINS AND ENDS. BY OUR CHOICES WE CAN INFLUENCE OUR LIVES IN MANY WAYS BUT IN THE END IT’S ALL UP TO HIM. THOSE OF YOU WHO CRITIZE THE DUGGAR FAMILY CANNOT SEE GOD’S PLAN FOR EACH OF THEM. MY PRAYER IS THAT GOD’S WILL BE DONE IN THEIR LIVES. I’M SO GLAD THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR US BECAUSE MANY TIMES I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PRAY FOR CONCERNING MICHELLE AND HOW MANY CHILDREN SHE AND JIM BOB HAVE OR WHEN. I DO PRAY FOR THEIR TESTIMONY TO BE PROTECTED FROM SATAN’S INFLUENCE. GOD BLESS ALL WHO WALK IN THE WAYS OF CHRIST. IN HIS LOVE, RACHEL MOODY

  • http://Responsibility Darlene

    Dear Michelle and Jim Bob.
    All your children are beautiful. It takes a lot of money to support such a big family. Jim Bob never seems to be working. Its important for children to see their father working. You must be getting a lot of money from TLC for exposing your life like you do.
    Any good psycholigist will tell you that your older daughters are carrying a lot of responsibility they should not have. Your new baby is not your main responsibility – the whole family is.
    Your formal second wedding was in such bad taste. What a bad example. To continue to keep havng more children shows how selfish you and Jim Bob are. A downs syndrome child will teach you lessons you should have learned earlier. Darlene

  • Donna Kruft

    I know that I will receive alot of flak for what I am about to say.
    I find the Duggars appalling and a very bad example to alot of young viewers out there.Michele pushed her luck too far on this last child.
    This poor innocent little baby is bound to have a lifetime of health
    problems, because of their selfishness!!Are you trying to break a record with the number of babies you can pop out. Instead of teaching
    your older daughters that its ok to be baby machines,teach + preach to them about all the thousands of babies who need parents and loving homes out there! I also agree with another persons comment about your
    daughters.They are taking on too much responsibility for girls their
    ages.Let them be normal teenagers and young ladies. They need a life
    outside of that commune you are living in.

  • Dianne

    I don’t agree with having so many children, but its not my life. I just want to say God Bless little Josie – I hope she grows strong & healthy.

  • Ruth Thennis

    I watch the show as often as I can. I don’t see anything wrong with you and Jim Bob having as many kids as you want. Two of the comments that I read, I feel are wrong. Your not teaching your girls to be babymakers. My grandmother had 14 kids, the older ones was not made to feel that they had to raise the younger ones. They loved each other and helped. That can happen to people who are selfish but I don’t see that in neither Michele nor Jim Bob. Maybe some never came from a loving family. Pray that Josie will beable to come home soon and that you all continue to love one another. Only God knows best, we don’t.
    Ruth Thennis

  • shelley quiroz

    keep your head up duggars god is in control were all praying for baby josie and strength for you and your family

  • shelley quiroz

    KEEP YOUR HEAD up as for these other comments well i have no comment your doing everything right the lord gave the abililty to populate you go girl.

  • paula

    I am a new fan of the Duggars. Came upon it flipping channels early one morning. Even though I haven’t met the family, from watching the show all I can see is a family strong in faith, and FULL of love. There are many different religious beliefs, but no matter what yours is, the truth is if there were more families as strong on faith, and family oriented as this one the world might just be a better place. Michelle has put having babies, her family, and just her whole life in Gods hands. I would suggest to all of the people out there that are so negative towards this family to step back and look at their own lives because the Duggars have it all figured out. God Bless you all!!!!

  • kathy waldron

    Weather we agree or not agree having more kids is totaly up to Jimbob and Michelle Duggar. What I have seen on the show is a family who loves and cares deeply about each other. Second is there belief in GOD
    they show it in there every day life. Best wishes to all the Duggars

  • Suzy

    God knew us before he created the world. He knew us even before we were in our mother’s womb. No matter what we think or how we feel about having and raising children, if we receive His son we become heirs to His Kingdon. After all “Father knows best”.
    Continued prayers for your whole family and may they too, build His Kingdon.

  • shelly

    He never gives us more than we can handle. May god hold you and your family in the palm of his hand. My prayer is that yneuvoour new little miracle comes home to you soon, healthy and ready to join the family. Believe it can happen and it will. May God Bless You All Every day of your lives.

  • SUSAN

    GOD BLESSES US AGAIN AND AGAIN!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH AND SHOWING THAT IT CAN ENDURE ANYTHING WITH FAITH IN THE LORD..BEST WISHES AND PRAYERS TO THE HEALTH OF YOUR NEWEST LITTLE ONE..WHAT A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL FAMILY YOU HAVE..GOD BLESS..

  • luciacanton

    i watch your show every week and look forward to it. you are truly an inspiration. your love for the Lord and for your children is like a breath of fresh air..i am praying for baby Josie and look forward to the day that you can take her home for good. God is a good God and as you say, all things do work together for those who love God ..may the Lord continue to strengthen and comfort you..thank you for having your show on the air..it blesses and inspires me.

  • Renewed

    Bravo to TLC for bringing this Christian family’s story to us. The Duggars are an inspiration (and those who criticize their lack of birth control need not watch the show). I pray for their continued strength in adversity and know that the Lord will bless them as they faithfully turn to Him for all their needs. He is our Jehovah Raffa, our Jehovah Jireh. Little Josie is in His hands just as her parents and siblings are. What better place to be?

  • Vincenza Saponaro

    Dear Duggar Family I think all of you are inspiration to the world ,I love to seeing the Grace of God in the world and he has his vibrant glow with you all. I enjoy every time I see it.Your children are so intrigging, with this show God shares to the world the love and faith that we all own.Only we are the ones to calm it. My prayers are always we with your family,and Thank You for all your faith in the Lord we need more people to speak of our Father and our Brother Jesus.May Josie Brooklyn be completely healed and enjoy her growing years.Best of life to all. Family in Faith Vincenza Saponaro

  • Sally

    Oh, please!! When this woman’s uterus is scraping the ground maybe she will tell tht creepy husband of hers to put it back in his pants.
    The Duggars should be jailed for child abuse and creating a cult for the way their children have turned out.
    What will ‘poor Michelle’ do once her older girls get married? Where will she be without her slaves. Perhaps she’ll have to actually lift a finger and be a mother to her children as opposed to sitting back with a cappucino while her oldest daughter raises her siblings.

  • Audrey

    I appreciate the comment posted by Renewed. As for some of the other comments, well, it really saddens me! It is very obvious the Duggar family loves the Lord and are very close to each other. If only America had more families raising their children for the Lord and putting Him first! It all starts with the family…if you go wrong there (even if you have just one child), well, it just gets harder. God sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins and if we ask Him to forgive us our sins and accept Him as our Savior we can have an eternal life. The Duggars are Christians, and you can see that right away, even if you know nothing about them! It is between you, your husband, and God how many children you have. They are hard workers and that’s one of the best character trates one can instill in their teenagers! My husband and I have gone through a simular heartache…our first little one was a baby girl with heart defects and she never came home with us. God IS good…He knows what we can handle and will not give us more than we can bare! 19 Kids and Counting is about the only show on TV worth watching. Thank you, Michelle and Jim for allowing us to be part of your precious family once a week! God bless each one of you and especially little Josie(Kitten)! ~Audrey

  • Carey

    As the mother of a special needs child I find some of these comments to be highly ignorant.
    It is unfortunate that Josie Duggar was born prematurely and is so ill, but she was. In every single article and tv interview two causes for the premature delivery. Those were an inflamed gallbladder and pre eclampsia, conditions that can occur in any pregnancy no matter one’s age or how many pregnancies they have carried. The sheer fact that Michelle has been pregnant so many times and only had pre eclampsia one other time would indicate that it was most likely a random event.
    Most Chrisitans believe that life and ensoulement occur at conception. It isn’t as if Josie was floating around in heaven and would have gotten another body. If you believe that ebsoulment occurs at conception then you are saying this child was better off not existing. You are saying that sick or disabled children are better off not existing.
    We are not all born into the greatest circumstances but we are all given the possibility of making the world better by being here. I believe the world is a better place with my autistic child in it. I think the world is a better place because Josie is in it.
    Regardless of whether the Duggars have more or not all of their children are created in GodKs image and are a blessing just as much so as the child from a 2 child family

  • Bette Paz-Buchanan

    I am so sorry that Sally has said such mean things about this lovely family. I have been following their show since it started and I love them. Sally doesn’t realize what sweet kind people she has insulted. I am not a Christian, I am affiliated with Reform Judaism. It doesn’t matter to me what religion someone is. It’s the goodness in their heart and mind that matter. Michelle and Jim Bob have been raising such wonderful, intelligent, articulate and respectful children. If Sally has ever watched the show she would see that. These people exude kindness and respect for other people and not just people of their own faith. They don’t speak mean about anybody and they raise their kids to be the same way. I may not agree with all of the teachngs that go along with fundatmentalist Christian belief..but I don’t have to agree with everything a person thinks to be in admiration of them. Each and everyone of those children will grow up to be kind, loving citizens of this country. Not just existing but doing it in a way that is helpful to the rest of mankind. This is what’s important. Watch the show sometime and see for yourself what I’m talking about.

  • Maritza

    People like sally just aint got nothing better to do if you aint have nothing nice to say then keep ur comments to ur self may the lord bless you and forgive you. As for me i know what it is to care for a premamture baby and let me tell you its very hard.I love the duggar family and how thier on fire for the lord and are raising thier children in the eye of the lord may god continue to bless them all the way because family like the duggars you rarely see.I wish the duggars the best. continue what ur doing you guys are great examples.

  • mcccmar

    the woman is a flipping maniac- she is taking her life and the life of her preborn babies in her hands doing this stuff- Josie is more than likely to have developmental issues – and why should her older kids have to parent the younger ones
    its time michelle and jim bob sobered up

  • nanette turner

    i know what you are going through with your baby josie. my little dean had to stay in the hospital for alost a week after we were rleased because he had spinal minajitus we didn’t knowif he would come home or not. now he is a healthy 5 year old.

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