Shortly after the birth of their first child, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tontitown, Ark., threw out the birth control. “We thought we’d leave the decision about how many children to have up to God,” says Jim Bob, 41, a real estate agent.
And who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor? Now expecting their 17th child July 27—a girl they plan to name Jennifer Danielle—the Duggars have a jumbo, J-named clan of 10 boys and 6 girls (including two sets of twins), ranging in age from 19 years (Joshua) to 20 months (Johannah). “There is so much joy,” says Michelle, 40. “I would love more.”
Johannah, 20 months
Jennifer Danielle, due July 27
Jim Bob, 41
For more on the Duggars (or the show featuring them on the Discovery Health Channel), go to http://www.duggarfamily.com