16 Kids. What were we thinking?

[A short item I noted at work yesterday before I left, posted while everyone else is getting dressed for services, which start at 8:30am]

CNN is reporting about an Michelle Duggar (yes, the family does have a website) from Little Rock, AR (“I’m just a little girl, from Little Rock / I was born on the wrong side of the tracks…”). Michelle, it seems, just gave birth to her 16th baby at the age of 39… and that’s not the end of it. Michell and her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative, want more children. They are quoted as saying, “We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them”. Michelle had her first child at age 21, four years after the couple married (for those that can’t do the math, this means they got married at 17).

They have already been profiled on the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel is doing another show about the family’s construction project, a 7,000-square foot house that should be finished before Christmas. The home, which the family from the northwest Arkansas town of Rogers has been building for two years, will have nine bathrooms, dormitory-style bedrooms for the girls and boys, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers. Their children include two sets of twins, and each child has a name beginning with the letter “J”: Joshua, 17; John David, 15; Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah, 6; Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; Jackson Levi, 1; and now Johannah.

For us, however, one is plenty.

Hey, little minivan, we’re goin’ to the grocery store
She’s got an automatic tranny with overdrive,
and the radio’s tuned to Magic 95
She gets 30 miles on a gallon of gas,
And I can schlep all the girls to gymnastics class
She’s got her headlights on both night and day,
She’s the most practical value in the USA
She’s got cruise control, ABS & EFI, I keep her Michelins at 32 psi

Hey, little minivan, we’re goin’ to the children’s museum
On icy mornings when I’m feeling my age,
I’m protected and warm in my steel cage
Her climate control really pumps out the heat,
And her dual air bags just can’t be beat
She’s rated real high by Consumer Reports
And her two front seats have got lumbar support
I’ve got the good driver rate and comprehensive insurance,
And she’s loaded with electronic theft deterrents
(Hey Little Minivan, Austin Lounge Lizards)