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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:

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are still working on that 20th kid.

"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."

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The Duggars are a slightly larger family than most, so its not surprising that they spend a lot of money on food. 

But even considering the astonishing number of mouths they have to feed, the size of Michelle and Jim Bob's grocery bill might drop your jaw.

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are still working on that 20th kid.

"Our goal for our monthly food budget is $3000," matriarch Michelle revealed recently. "It used to be more like $2000, but we've noticed the price of groceries have gone up."

Though an astonishing figure, it's actually not bad, for a family of 21.

What's more surprising is that despite the astronomical cost of keeping food on the table Michelle Duggar wants a twentieth baby in the near future.

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Jill Duggar got engaged to Derek Dillard last month and they'll likely start churning out an army of children of their own soon.

But while Jill and Derek share very traditional values, their relationship is all thanks to modern technology.

Jill Duggar and Derek Dillard communicated online for several months before they met in person and in a new clip from 19 Kids & Counting we get to see what it was like when the two finally saw each other to face.

In a word: awkward! Not only is Derek clearly uncomfortable on camera, he has to meet his longtime girlfriend and his girlfriend's dad at the same time!

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Michelle Duggar may be in her late 40s and already raising an astonishing 19 children, but her long-rumored quest to make it an even 20 marches on!

The original rumor was that the stars of 19 Kids and Counting planned to adopt Duggar #20, but according to a new episode of her long-running TLC reality series, matriarch Michelle plans to get pregnant for the twentieth freaking time!

It's been nearly five years since Michelle gave birth to her youngest daughter Josie and she started crankin' 'em out with husband Jim Bob so long ago that the fourth Duggar child recently got engaged, and the eldest has three kids of his own.

Even so, Michelle insists that she and her husband would "welcome another baby if God offered to give us one," adding, "At the same time we're enjoying the ones that we do have and loving our grandbabies." 

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Jill Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting is engaged! To Derick Dillard!

The 22-year-old, who is the fourth child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, will marry her boyfriend, the couple confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday.

Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard

Derick was doing missionary work in Nepal when Jim Bob connected him with Jill, and the two youngsters hit it off immediately, even if it was remotely.

"When we finally met in person in Nepal, we knew within days that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together," Jill Duggar said in a statement.

"When my dad first introduced Derick and I [remotely], we spent hours texting, calling, and talking on Skype while 8,000 miles away from each other."

"I feel like I'm dreaming," Dillard said of his engagement.

"It was great to grab her hand for the first time."

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Any guy out there looking to date one of the Duggar family girls may need to lower his expectations as far as physical contact and affection concerned.

To say there won't be much is an understatement.

On the season premiere of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting this week, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar laid out the rules of courtship for their 19 children.

With two of the older kids, 20-year-old Jessa (pictured) and 22-year-old Jill, starting relationships with prospective mates, there was no time like the present.

"As far as our kids dating, we believe a lot of times if you're alone with the person, it can create desires that can kind of get stirred up," Jim Bob said.

"You don't have any accountability, and [that] can kind of lead to some hanky panky," he feels, and suffice it to say, "hanky panky" is a big no-no.

"Courtship is really about getting to know each other for the purpose of possibly getting engaged and getting married," the Arkansas father of 19 said.

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Despite major health complications in recent years, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are still trying for their 20th child together, a new report indicates.

Michelle confirmed that the TLC couple, who viewers saw celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary on last night's 19 Kids and Counting, is TTC.

As in trying to conceive.

While hoping that they'll be blessed with another pregnancy, they're simply "enjoying their grandbabies" and are "thankful and grateful" for their other 19 kids.

Michelle Duggar, for the record, is 47 and has been married to Jim Bob for 29 years, meaning she's pretty much been pregnant for their whole relationship. (And she also makes a mean Duggars tater tot casserole recipe!)

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Jessa Duggar, the 20-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, is currently in a courtship with 18-year-old Ben Seewald, according to reports.

Jessa Duggar, Boyfriend

The lovebirds, who met in church, are "enjoying getting to know each other and are recommending sermons to one another," Jim Bob tells People.

He and his wife are "so excited" for Jessa and Ben.

As for the difference between courting and dating?

Jim Bob explains that courting is much more formal process, which often takes place in a larger group, whereas dating is more of a one-on-one thing:

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Michelle Duggar weighed in on the Texas legislature’s debate on a law that seek to restrict abortion in the state, calling the procedure a “baby holocaust.”

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The conservative Christian star of the hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting told a pro-life crowd in Austin that she is against abortion, to put it mildly.

Flanked by son Josh Duggar of the Family Research Council, she likened abortion to Hitler’s attempted eradication of the Jews in World War II.

"Baby holocaust" or not, the issue is being more hotly debated than ever thanks to a controversial Texas abortion bill that would severely limit its practice.

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Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame has accepted a job with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., much to the dismay of GLAAD.

Josh Duggar, Family

Duggar, 25, announced on FRC President Tony Perkins' radio show that he is the new executive director of FRC Action, an affiliate of the FRC.

GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz promptly ripped both of them:

"If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that's his business, but FRC's lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such."

"Josh's new boss, Tony Perkins, has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil. Fans of his family's reality show ought to know that."

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