the children that keep coming

an arkansas woman is pregnant with her 18th child. yes, she has 17 children, the youngest of which is 9 months, and now is pregnant with number 18. much of that i think comes from the beliefs of their quiverful religion, but i still can’t wrap my mind around 18 kids. she has been pregnant for 11 years. i think nine months sounds like a long time, and i can’t imagine spending 11 years of my life pregnant. they have nine vehicles and a 21-passenger bus. a friend and i who discussed this story yesterday over lunch figured the family must have a bus to drive 17 children plus themselves around.

joe and i decided a while ago that we want to have three or four children. lately, i’ve been leaning toward three, even though i don’t like the idea of having an odd number. but 18? i just keep thinking about that in awe. i haven’t been through labor yet, but even i know i don’t want to do that 18 times!

what do you all think about the idea of having 18 kids? how many kids did you/do you want?

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. goldeelox9 says:

    Isn’t it crazy….and more so crazy is that they do not have ANY debt! I want 3 kids and Pete wants one, so we will most likely settle for 2….But we will wait and see how hard this labor thing can be!

  2. Lisanne says:

    Jeff REALLY wants to have three children, and at the moment I’m completely satisfied with the two that we already have! But I don’t want to close the possibility of that third child down the road ~ we’ll see. If we did have one more, three would definitely be IT for us.

    18. I just can’t imagine.

  3. chas says:

    For me personally, the idea of having 18 children is ridiculous. It costs us way too much to get pregnant to ever do that….plus, I’m already 28, so the odds of me fitting that many children in before it’s too late are slim to none. I LOVE kids, and I’d love having many, but I think 18 is a bit much. BUT, that’s just me. I hear this family has a very stringent system going around their house and that it works for them.

  4. Kelly says:

    That family is just… amazing… and crazy. Me? I know we’ll definitely have 2 kids, and possibly three. Much more than that… I dunno!

  5. Laura says:

    I don’t even know where to put that. There are like, 52 things I feel like saying on the subject, but then I realize that I’m not them and I’m not living their life and I don’t really have any justification in judging their situation. So just… wow.

    I’ve always said 2-3 kids would be good. I tell you what, though – secretly, right now, I wouldn’t mind 4. Obviously that might change as time goes on. But shh, don’t tell anyone. 😉

  6. momma knows says:

    I always thought I would just have the 2 and then wham bam, #3 comes along, she has been a wonderful blessing, so the ages are 17, 14, and 2 years old…they keep me busy for sure!

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