Michelle Duggar and her husband Jim Bob Duggar are trying “for a twentieth child” and while speaking about “working” on a new baby, Michelle Duggar revealed her three tips for a happy and successful marriage. “After suffering a devastating miscarriage in December 2011, Michelle Duggar is trying to get pregnant again with her 20th child. The ‘19 Kids and Counting’ reality TV mom says she and husband Jim Bob Duggar are hoping to be ‘blessed’ with another pregnancy,” reported US Weekly on Oct. 9, 2013.
Michelle Duggar, who is 47 years old, and her 48-year-old husband Jim Bob Duggar already have 19 children with names all starting with “J.” Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob also have three grandchildren. Their oldest son, 25-year-old Josh, and his wife Anna have three children all starting with “M.” Michelle Duggar’s three grandchildren are four-year-old Mackynzie, two-year-old Michael, and four-month-old Marcus. Michelle Duggar’s 20th baby would be the grandchildren’s aunt or uncle who would actually be younger than they are.
In a recent interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop, Michelle Duggar said that she is not pregnant at the moment but that she is hoping to be expecting soon. "I would be so grateful if the Lord blessed us with another one. We're trying at this point and we shall see if that is a possibility. If not, we are so thankful and grateful for the ones that God has given us so far. We are also definitely enjoying our grandbabies! They are so precious!"
Besides talking about the hope for baby number 20, Michelle Duggar, who celebrated her 29th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8, also spoke about her marriage and what she considers to be the three most important tips for a happy and successful marriage.
“Oh wow! I definitely think my first tip is to pray together. I think a couple that prays together really has a head start. We asked a couple who had been married for fifty years what their number one tip was, and the fella said to Jim Bob, ‘There’s two things I would say. ‘Number one: I was wrong. Number two: will you forgive me? [laughs].
So pray together, be very quick to admit when you’ve made a mistake, and ask for forgiveness, because when you live with someone day in and day out, there’s always going to be those misunderstandings that come up.
If you wanted to place the last two tips together, then my third tip would be to communicate on a daily basis. When you pray together, you do that with the Lord and with each other. Communication is vital and it’s important to take time every day to talk. Jim and I always pray together every day. When the busy days come, which they will, try to always make the time to communicate with one another.
Oftentimes, Jim Bob plans a date for us once a week, usually on Saturday. Our dates are a really special time for us to communicate more with each other.”
Besides having a fulfilled marriage and a fulfilled life as a mother of 19, Michelle Duggar says that she does enjoy “me” time when everyone is asleep and everything is quiet. “Then I’ll just enjoy reading and having that time to myself."
However, Michelle Duggar says that she is more of a people person than a person that needs a lot of time alone. “I am not the kind of person that needs to have alone time … too much of that will really drive me nuts. I think it’s important to be around people, communicate, and have heart-to-heart talks and all that good stuff.”
In response to some people’s criticism about adding even more children to an already overpopulated planet, Michelle Duggar quotes her daughter Jill.
“Mom, Dad, I don’t understand why people would say that. Love really, truly multiplies… it doesn’t divide. When you have more people in the family, there is that many more people to spread love all around!”