Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Answer the Question: Why So Many Kids?

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Michelle Duggar is hoping to have her twentieth child soon, and since there's no way they could've known ten or twelve kids ago that they would be the stars of a successful reality show, one can't help but wonder why exactly she and husband Jim Bob would want to raise such a giant family.

The Duggars were asked that question point blank in a recent interview and their answer may surprise you:

"When we first got married, we thought we would have maybe two or three children," the Duggars wrote in a response. "Michelle started off our marriage taking the birth control pill so that we could plan when we wanted children."

"After three years Michelle went off the pill and we had our son Josh...We didn't think we were ready for more children yet, so Michelle went back on birth control pills."

Then, as the Duggars say "the unexpected happened, followed by the unthinkable."

"Michelle got pregnant even though she was still taking birth control pills," the Duggars added. "Between her second and third month, Michelle miscarried." 

"When the doctor told us the miscarriage probably happened because Michelle had conceived while still on the pill, we were devastated. We agreed we would stop using any form of birth control and let God decide how many children we would have."

The story, of course, has a happy ending and the Duggars went on to raise an astonishing 19 children, some of whom are now leaving the nest and starting families of their own.

The fourth Duggar child, Jill Duggar, recently got engaged to Derek Dillard and Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar first became grandparents in 2011.

The family, of course, continues to document their lives for television audiences. Cameras were on hand recently to capture the first meeting between Jill and Derek.

Naturally, Jim Bob was there to chaperone ...

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Michelle Duggar Quotes

And so be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, 'Yes, sweetie I am here for you,' NO MATTER WHAT, even though you may be exhausted and big and pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. 'I'm still here for you and I'm going to meet that need because I know it's a need for you.' - Michelle

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar