About Joe Duggar’s Family
My parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, have a special place in their hearts for families. Their goal has been to encourage husbands and wives to have strong marriages, brothers and sisters to be best friends, and for everyone to find true hope in trusting Jesus Christ! (John 3:16, John 10:10, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8–9)
People often ask my parents, “Did you always want to have a big family?” When my Dad and Mom were married in the summer of 1984, they thought they would probably have two or three children and be done. However, the sorrow of a heartbreaking miscarriage with their second child caused them to have a heart change. Through this difficult time, they began to read in the Bible that children are a blessing and a gift from God (Psalm 127:1–5). It was then that they prayed and asked Him to give them as many children as He saw fit. A year later, God blessed them with twins! And then another baby, and another, and another!
When my parents had 14 children, they realized that their family was outgrowing their home. Since they were committed to living debt-free, they made the decision to begin building a house themselves. It was during this time that a television network began filming regular shows about the things that our family was doing together.
Fast forward a few years, and here we are! My parents now have 19 children (10 boys and 9 girls), sons- and daughters-in-law, and new grandchildren arriving every year. My family is far from perfect—we face challenges and struggles just like any other family! But through it all, our desire has been to make Christ known and for others to see that the Bible truly is the “owner’s manual” for life.