Big family inspires on many levels

What a shame that you chose to write an editorial criticizing the Duggars, the family in Arkansas who have 18 children. (Monday editorial, “Limiting huge family would also be a gift.”) What you didn’t point out were the positive attributes that these parents share with their children.

Did you know the Duggars have no debt? None, not even a mortgage on their 7,000-plus-square-foot house. They live entirely within their means. How many of us can say that?

Did you know that the Duggars shop thrift stores, make their own detergent, and live in a manner that would make most ecologists “green” with envy?

Their children are raised with a faith in God and virtues such as modesty, honesty and respect. Each child plays an instrument and is home schooled. The mom, Michelle, has more patience than a saint.

The Duggars have had occasional TV specials to satisfy the curiosity of those of us who struggle raising our average-sized families, but their weekly show is new to TLC this year. I, for one, enjoy watching their lives change and I wish them nothing but the best — and as many children as they can have!

Jenny Barker


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