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Originally posted 12/18/2011 11:30AM
Even grief is exceptional in the Duggar family, as there are so many children to console. Michelle Duggar, who miscarried her 20th child this week, says she is comforting the little ones – and being comforted herself by her older kids and her husband.
Michelle says Jackson, 7, asked about his baby sister Jubilee Shalom, and she soothed him and explained the loss.
"I told him there is going to be a day when we are going to be together again," she says. "As the days go on, I know we will have time to talk through all this. I have been trying to hold my composure and do what I needed to do, and then be able to grieve."
Originally posted 12/09/2011 12:00PM
During a routine check-up Thursday, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar received the heart-wrenching news that their 20th child no longer had a heartbeat and Michelle's pregnancy had ended.
"Our doctor said it was wise to let this miscarriage happen naturally," says Michelle, 45, who is resting at home. "And so that is what we are going to do."
The reality television stars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting are parents to children Joshua, 23 (who is married to Anna, 23 and has two children, Mackynzie, 2 and Michael, 4 months), twins Jana and John-David, 21; Jill, 20; Jessa, 19; Jinger, 17; Joseph, 16; Josiah, 15; Joy-Anna, 14; twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, 12; Jason, 11; James, 10; Justin, 8; Jackson, 7; Johanna, 6; Jennifer, 4; and Jordyn, 3, and weathered youngest daughter, Josie's premature birth on Dec. 10, 2009.
Originally posted 11/08/2011 08:10AM
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Originally posted 05/24/2011 03:15PM
Proving that there is strength – and safety – in numbers, nine members of the expansive Duggar family aided rescue efforts in the devastated Joplin, Mo., after a massive tornado struck the town Sunday night.
"This is the greatest tragedy our area has seen in a long time," Josh Duggar tells PEOPLE. "One of the first people I met, he was looking for his aunt and I jumped out and gave him a flashlight and we searched through his entire house. A neighbor thought she'd gotten away safely, and I gave him my flashlight to keep looking."
Added Josh: "That was just a small glimpse of what was happening everywhere. You can’t prepare for something this bad."
Originally posted 03/14/2011 09:45AM
Three months from now, the super-sized Duggar family will add another … boy!
Josh Duggar, 23 – the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle – and his wife Anna, 22, are expecting their second child on June 19 to join older sister Mackynzie, 17 months.
The couple chose an unconventional method for learning the gender of the child – they had Michelle tell them.
Originally posted 11/11/2010 08:20AM
Another day, another Duggar: Come next summer, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar will double their number of grandchildren.
Josh Duggar, the eldest Duggar offspring in the reality-show family on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, and his wife, Anna, 22, will welcome their second child in June 2011.
"It was awesome to get the news," says Josh, also 22. He and Anna already have a daughter, Mackynzie, who turned a year old on Oct. 8.
"I showed Josh the positive pregnancy test on Mackynzie's birthday," says Anna. "It was fun to announce it to everyone on that already happy day."
Originally posted 05/09/2010 03:00PM
Mother's Day is filled with bittersweet feelings for mother-of-19 Michelle Duggar, as she sits in the neonatal intensive care unit of Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock with preemie Josie Brooklyn.
"This Mother's Day is definitely going to be different because we'll be at the hospital," she tells PEOPLE. "This is the first time I've been in the hospital on Mother's Day."
Josie was born on Dec. 10 at a gestational age of 25 weeks, weighing just 1 lb. 6 oz., after Michelle's preeclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure) put both their lives at risk.
"She reached the 6 lb. mark today," says Michelle excitedly, adding that doctors continue to run tests to determine when Josie will be released. "We're going to have a six pounder party."
Meanwhile, husband Jim Bob and the 17 other kids at home are scrambling to get ready for Mother's Day themselves.
Originally posted 02/03/2010 04:05PM
It was a clear Thursday afternoon when Josh Duggar, the first of 19 children born to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, looked out at the highway in Springdale, Ark., and watched in horror as three cars crashed.
"I went out to see what I could do," says Josh, 21, whose family is featured on TLC's 19 Kids and Counting reality show. "That's when I saw the little girl."
Six-year-old Maddye Plascensia was brought by her grandmother from the wreck into Josh's nearby used car dealership.
Josh immediately called 911 and kept the dispatcher informed as his brother, John, 20, did CPR on the unresponsive child. Both young men have experience as volunteer firefighters in their hometown of Tontitown, Ark.
"Having a daughter of my own, I felt such a connection there," says Josh, who is parent to 3-month-old Mackynzie with his wife, Anna, 21. "I was glad to have had some trauma training."
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