Yes, they are actually trying for – as opposed to not actively preventing – another pregnancy.
Michelle, 47, and Jim Bob, 48, are already parents to nineteen children – whose names all begin with “J” – and three grandchildren.
Starting at age 21, Michelle has had two sets of twins, two miscarriages, four C-sections and two home births. So just to get this straight, she’s been pregnant and giving birth for the last two decades.
When I asked her if all the pregnancies and births have taken a toll on her body, mind, and spirit, she replied,
“I feel great,” Michelle shared. “I think that exercising and eating right definitely makes a difference. My health is good and I am grateful for that. I think it could be different; every person struggles with different things, but I am so grateful that my health is good and I am able to enjoy running and chasing my little ones around at this point in my life [laughs].
In regard to my mind and spirit, I am so grateful, because as we received each child from the Lord, he has given us so much joy,” she continued. “Each child is a gift from God.”
Then when I asked if she gets any “me” time, she said, “I am a people person, so I love being with my family and kids. I absolutely love that.”
“I know that when everyone is asleep and quiet, then I’ll just enjoy reading and having that time to myself,” she added. “I am not the kind of person that needs to have alone time…too much of that will really drive me nuts. I think it’s important to be around people, communicate, and have heart-to-heart talks and all that good stuff.”
During our chat, Michelle went on to talk about the “misconception about overpopulation” and how her children actually enjoy having so many siblings – her daughter Jill said, “When you have more people in the family, there is that many more people to spread love all around.”
And of course there was lots of church chat.
But, for me, I was mostly struck by her disconnect to self. It seemed she couldn’t directly answer questions about herself, and quickly deflected to talking about her family or the Lord.
I mean does she really enjoy always being pregnant and birthing?! Has this not taken a huge toll on her body, mind and spirit? Surely she’d enjoy a girls’ night out with her friends every now and again? One too many glasses of wine? Or maybe even a spa date? Heck, even a 20-minute walk around the block – sans children?!
While I found Michelle to be extremely friendly, I felt sorry for her. Surely the goddess had other plans for this woman, rather than just being an incubator and birthing machine?! I won’t get into a religious debate here, but something tells me she can’t really enjoy being a “people person” around all those kids 24/7?! Do her older kids truly enjoy taking on the parenting role to their younger siblings? And not to mention their carbon footprint on our planet.
Surely the Lord would have something to say about all of that?
What did you think of Michelle’s interview?