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The Duggar Family: 19 Kids And Counting!

Updated on July 20, 2011

Here are the parents: Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar

They Married on July 21st, 1984

Here are the Duggar kids in order of birth:

Joshua James Duggar (Born March 3, 1988) with wife Anna

Daughter Mackynzie Renée Duggar (Born Oct. 8, 2009 - 2 months OLDER than aunt Josie!)

Son Michael James Duggar (Born June 19, 2011)

Jana Marie Duggar (twin)-

(Born January 12, 1990)

John-David Duggar (twin)-

(Born January 12, 1990)

Jill Michelle Duggar -

(Born May 17, 1991)

Jessa Lauren Duggar -

(Born November 4, 1992)

Jinger Nicole Duggar -

(Born December 21, 1993)

Joseph Garrett Duggar -

(Born January 20, 1995)

Josiah Matthew Duggar -

(Born August 28, 1996)

Joy-Anna Duggar -

(Born October 28, 1997)

Jedidiah Robert Duggar (twin) -

(Born December 30, 1998)

Jeremiah Robert Duggar(twin)-

(Born December 30, 1998)

Jason Michael Duggar -

(Born April 21, 2000)

James Andrew Duggar -

(Born July 7, 2001)

Justin Samuel Duggar -

(Born November 15, 2002)

Jackson Levi Duggar -

(Born May 23, 2004)

Johannah Faith Duggar -

(Born October 11, 2005)

Jennifer Danielle Duggar -

(Born August 2, 2007)

Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar

Dec. 18, 2008

Josie Brooklyn Duggar

Born Dec. 10, 2009

Josie finally came home! June, 2010!

Josie's birth ~ An emergency C-section

Josie comes home


From the Duggar Website:

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES - Here are some of the courses they use to teach their children at home

Michelle Duggar uses Sing Spell Read and Write curriculum for teaching phonics.

Discover more about the Duggars...

Some of the Duggar's Favorite Quotes:

"And He said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness, most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Psalm 127 says, "Lo children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward." We believe that each child is a special gift from God and we are thankful to Him for each one.

"We have received thousands of emails over the past several years asking questions about our family. Questions from "Why do you have so many children?", to, "How can you afford them?", "Are you going to have any more?",and "How do you do it?" We are grateful for the opportunity to share the many miracles that God has done as we have sought to follow Him. Our brand new book entitled The Duggars: 20 and Counting! will be in stores beginning December 2! Our book will have testimonies and photos from our lives, and things that we have learned along the way raising 19 children!"

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Duggar Bloopers and "Poopers" - When things go wrong at the Duggar House!

All the background information there's not time for in the series... - The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

By: Michelle Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar

Howard Books / 2008 / Paperback

Product Description

Take a close inside look at the supersize Duggar family (18 children plus parents)! Since their first documentary on the Discovery Health Network, viewers have been fascinated with the story of this couple's faith and belief that children are a blessing from God. Their first book, The Duggars: 20 and Counting, is an inspiring and entertaining collection of stories, photos, recipes, tips, traditions, and practical ideas designed to answer the questions of the curious. Some of the questions they answer are "Why do you have so many children?", "How do you provide for your family financially?", "How do you handle mealtimes...transportation... laundry...birthdays?", "How are your children so well behaved?", and "Why do all your children have names that begin with J?". Adopt a few ideas from the Duggars and improve the peace and love inside the walls of your own home. Paperback.

Publisher's Description

The Duggars: 20 and Counting! is a behind-the-scenes look at the supersize family that fascinates millions of television viewers around the world. From Idaho to Istanbul, people want to know how Arkansas parents Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar efficiently and lovingly manage seventeen (soon to be eighteen) happy, homeschooled children without going into debt -- or losing their minds!

This, the Duggars' first book, is an entertaining and enlightening collection of stories, photos, recipes, tips, traditions, and practical ideas designed to answer the questions of the curious, such as:

- Why do you have so many children?

- How do you provide for your family financially?

- How do you handle mealtimes? Transportation? Laundry? Birthdays?

- How are your children so well behaved?

- Why do all your children have names that begin with J?

Since their first documentary broke viewership records on the Discovery Health Channel, the Duggars have appeared in American and international news media, sharing their rock-solid faith and their overriding belief that "children are a blessing from God." In these pages, Jim Bob and Michelle share their story, beginning with their own childhoods. They reveal how their growing-up years shaped their philosophy of parenting. It continues with tales of their big, busy family, whose televised documentaries and frequent appearances in news shows and newspapers have created an international following.

The Duggars share, with humility and humor, the family routines and guidelines they've learned through biblical study and trial and error -- ideas that can help make your home a place of peace, love, and support:

- Financial lessons for debt-free living

- Organizing systems for a clutter-free home

- Homeschooling methods and schedules

- Training tips for little ones

- Relationship builders for older children

- Favorite Duggar family resources

Meet every Duggar up close - From youngest to oldest

Duggar Discipline Outtakes - Things aren't always easy for Mom Duggar!

Advice for mothers - Michelle Duggar

The Newlyweds - Duggar Family welcomes new daughter-in-law Anna

Josh Duggar married his sweetheart Anna Keller on September 26, 2008 at 7 PM in the Buford Grove Baptist Church in Hilliard, Florida. He is the only one of the 19 children who is married -- and a parent!

They saved their first kiss for their wedding day. How sweet!

Anna is from a large family herself:one of 8 children.

Her Family:


Mike Keller

Suzette Keller


Esther Joy

Rebekah Ann

Daniel Michael

Priscilla Lynn

Anna Renee

Susanna Grace

Nathan Edward

David Nathaniel

Follow their first year together on their website:

Behind the scenes with Josh and Anna Duggar

In October 2008, the first season of "17 Kids & Counting!" the new reality series, premiered on the TLC (The Learning Channel) and Discovery Health.

You can go to the Discovery Health Website and see YouTube clips of new shows, past shows and play the game titled simply, "Name That Duggar," You can now watch "17 Kids & Counting" Monday nights on the new Amazing Family Night on TLC!

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Mondays at 10 pm Eastern/9 pm Central on TLC (The Learning Channel)

Wednesdays at 9PM on Discovery Health.

Episode 1: Big Family Meets Big Apple

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have a big secret: they are pregnant with their 18th baby! What better way to surprise the other 17 children in their family than to do it on national television? Watch as Michelle Duggar and her enormous family travel to the Big Apple to appear on The Today Show.

Episode 2: Duggars Do New York

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are pregnant with their 18th baby! In this continuation of Michelle's Mother's Day extravaganza, the Duggars travel to New York City to visit Time Square and appear on the Today Show, then return to Little Rock, Arkansas where Michelle is made honorary Duck Master at the Peabody hotel.

Episode 3: Josh Gets Engaged

Some people think waiting until your wedding day for your first kiss with your fiancé is old fashioned. The Duggars disagree. In this episode we learn about dating and courtship Duggar style, including a hidden camera view of Josh popping the big question.

Episode 4: Duggar Dating Rules

Josh and his fiancé Anna travel back from Florida to the Duggar home in Arkansas where Josh's mega-sized family greets them. In this episode we delve deeper into Duggar courtship rituals where handholding is a privilege, saving your first kiss for you wedding day is a must, and chaperones are always tagging along.

Episode 5: When Big Families Collide

What's crazier that a family with 17, soon to be 18 kids? How about a family with 16 -- soon to be 17 -- kids coming to visit! Meet the Bates family from Tennessee, who have decided to visit the Duggars in Arkansas. Hosting another mega-family proves to be a challenge for Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, but as usual around the Duggar home, there's always a plan.

Episode 6: Bates vs. Duggars Smackdown

Big families like competition; and by big families, we mean BIG families. The Bates family has 16 --soon to be 17 --children. They traveled all the way from Nashville to visit their friends the Duggars. What do you get when you combine two mega-families, each with a pregnant mom? A total of 33 children and a competitive spirit, not to mention chaos! Watch what happens as the Duggars compete with the Bates in paintball, and dare each other to jump out of an airplane.

Episode 7: Cheaper By the Duggars

When you have 17 -- soon to be 18 -- children to care for, thrifty spending is a top priority. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar are masters at pinching pennies. Watch how the Duggars save money when buying clothing and food, heating their home and even growing their own vegetables. You'll have a new understanding of the word thrifty after watching this episode!

Episode 8: Trading Places, Duggars Style

In the Duggar home, the boys are assigned the dirty jobs including taking out the trash, working on cars, and tending to the landscaping. The girls do the cooking, the cleaning, and the rest of the household chores. Each member of this mega- family has their own chores, or jurisdictions (as the Duggars call them). But what if the genders were to switch? In this episode, find out what happens when the boys and girls switch jurisdictions for a day.

Episode 9: Duggars Learn to Drive

With 17 children and one more on the way, driving tests are an annual event at the Duggar house. In this episode, the 6th in line, Jinger, takes her first driving test. The Duggars also celebrate Michelle's birthday, and answer some email questions from viewers.

Episode 10: Big Family Reunion

The Duggars are taking a trip to Ohio for Michelle's family reunion. In addition to the several food and gas stops along the way, they visit a creationism museum where animatronic dinosaurs roam the earth with Adam and Eve. When the Duggars finally arrive in Ohio, we'll see that Michelle is a bit of a conservative black sheep in her family, and we'll get her relatives' thoughts on Michelle's decision to have so many kids!


Here are the answers to some FAQ


The Duggars are debt free.


The Duggars are Evangelical Christians who follow in the Baptist tradition.


Jim Bob has worked in real estate as an agent and investor for over 25 years. The family also owns a cell phone tower.


Jim Bob is a former two-term Arkansas State Representative.


Michelle's been pregnant for over 135 months (and counting!) of her life.


Average number of months between Duggar births is 18.


Estimated number of Duggar diapers to date is 90,000.


The Duggars do approximately 200 loads of laundry each month.


The Duggars feed their entire brood for less than $2,000 per month.


The only person in the Duggar family whose name doesn't start with "J" is Mom - Michelle.


Every Duggar child learns to play both violin and piano.


The family organizes their household chores by assigning "jurisdictions," so everyone knows exactly what their daily responsibilities are.


The Duggars estimate all the family members combined have worked approximately 39,000 total hours building their new house.

Complete list of TLC Episodes - 17 Kids and Counting:

Try the Famed Tater Tot Casserole at your house.

The Duggar's Recipe

This recipe is very good.

But beware, it makes a LOT!

(Two large casserole dishes full)

So unless you have a very large family, you might want to cut it in half.

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      IndianapolisRealEstateandIndiana 6 years ago

      Wow, what an amazing family and what an amazing house! And I thought MY family was big!!!

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      I love the duggars. Its good to see a good wholesome family. And they are all so well rounded and smart. God and school, proofs in the pudding.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      I was looking on your site to see if I could find out which church they attend...

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      I like this family! Great lens! Lots of cool information!!

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      JodiVee 7 years ago

      I've heard of this family, and I've seen the documentary. Michelle has a body of steel! They're more than a family, they're like a community :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Nice work on your lens. I really enjoy watching the Duggar Family. They are amazing!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Our local homeschool group is hosting Michelle Duggar in June. Should be a great speaker!

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      somebody100 9 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this Squidoo Lens about the Duggar family. I enjoy watching them on TV so much. I am so blessed and inspired by their love for God and desire to obey His Word. God bless!

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      jpetals 9 years ago

      You did a great job on this lens. Very thorough!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hello Budgeting mom! Great job on the page. It's gonna take you a long time to update all of those birthdays throughout the year!