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Friday, July 12, 2013

Five Duggars Fly the Coop

In her latest TLC Parentables post, Michelle Duggar shares her thoughts about Josh and Anna's recent move to the nation's capital. She says that her oldest son's love for politics goes back to his childhood involvement in Jim Bob's politic career.

It's in his blood to be involved in the process of government. He has a love and desire to make a difference in our country.

The mother of 19 knows what a great opportunity this is for Josh, but she admits that it will take some time to adjust to daily life without her son, daughter-in-law, and grand-babies close by. The Duggars hope to visit Josh and Anna in Washington D.C. often.

One of our girls figured it out and she said, “Well, mom, you know if we work this right, if we each take two weeks to visit them, we could probably have one of us there all year round!” So that’s what we’re hoping for.


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Anonymous said...

That sounds nice but wouldn't they want some time to do things them selves?!

Anonymous said...

Josh is 25, not 5. It is time for Jim Bob and Michelle to cut the cord and let their son and his family live their own life.

Anonymous said...

Not trying to be ugly or anything but I think JimBob and Michelle shouldn't see Josh and Anna all the time they have lives in Washington D.C. believe it or not and if they really want to see them they would make the visit.

Anonymous said...

hope and pray they can make a difference in washington.

Elena said...

It is difficult to have any family member move away from home, whether its going away to school or just moving hundreds of miles away. It can't be easy on the parents. In the back of their mind they are always thinking of them. Thank goodness for technology where they can now see eachother through skype or any other means. The best medicine will be visiting forsure. Just not sure how they are going to do it when a majority of their kids are gone..They will have to sell their house and live in the motor home and visit from child to child. Well thats what I would do. TLC can change the show to Duggars on the Road.

xo

Lucy said...

It is probably hard on Michelle especially to see Josh and family move to DC. I would say that thinking about one of them visiting for two weeks at a time was said tongue in cheek. Josh and Anna need time to live their own lives and have their home/condo to themselves-just the five of them- without anyone else there. They will learn to trust God more and lean on each other. That is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Way to let your adult children live as adults!! Although it must be a treat for the older daughters to get some time away from raising their 17 other siblings. Now at least they only have to care for 3.

Anonymous said...

I'm fairly certain Josh and Anna know how to tell family they need time alone.
None of us should think we need to tell them what they already know.

wilma said...

Wow thats quite something.Our kids live far away to.but I think it is good that they have there own live.
Not to be mean,but I think,it is not good to have all the tome you family over.Enjoy the visits you can make ones a while.
Love, Wilma

Anonymous said...

OH for goodness sake. I'm sure Michelle wasn't being literal. They(and the kids/young adults) will miss Josh and Anna greatly and will want to be able to visit lots. I'm sure it won't *literally* be every week.

I Dig the Duggars said...

I can certainly see how Michelle and Jim Bob would want to see their grandkids (okay, Josh and Anna, too. :) Why shouldn't they go out there when they can (as long as Josh and Anna don't mind)? I think Josh and Anna would love it!

Anonymous said...

I admire the family but you can't live in your family's pocket all of your life. When I got married and had our two children none of our family lived close by. I think sometimes people get so dependent on relying on outside help that they sometimes get a bit "lazy". Sorry that seems mean but I hear comments all the time "well who could raise two children so close in age without help". Back in pioneer times women raised whole families without even neighbors around and that includes building a house from scratch.

Anonymous said...

in the bible son cleves to his WIFE not his MOM! he is adult too. as above person that in pioneer times they did it alone! also these kids have all the advantages of technology . doesnt need his sibling there either for 1 or 2 weeks 1 goes home another 1 comes. these are choices HE made with his wife not his MOM, he is also 25

Sarah Adams said...

Family is a wonderful thing! I figure the closer the better! There is strength in numbers and u guys have plenty to go around!! :) Godly, loving and close families is what this world needs!!

Anonymous said...

People, Michelle wasn't being literal. Sheesh. If you think she was ,your ignorant. Jim bob and Michelle told josh and anna it would be a good thing to not live so close when they first married because they thought it was important for josh and anna to be alone. And so Josh's siblings wouldn't be constantly coming and going.
And josh and anna are able to say no. It would be difficult to see your first child move away but that's part of life. And Michelle is smart enough to realise that.

Anonymous said...

Ummm...I actually think it would be great for josh and anna to have someone over every two weeks or so for the first year. If they don't want it im sure they'd tell Michelle and jim bob. Moving away to a different state is really hard and puts lots of stress on the movers. I don't know if josh and anna have many contacts or friends in dc, but while they settle down, adjust, make friends and build a community/support network/family it would be really nice to have someone, a family member that they are already close with. And I really don't think the older girls would mind being "built in baby sitters." I think they'd really enjoy going to dc

Anonymous said...

Michelle first off didn't say it herself, it was one of the kids and they were probably just joking. Do any of you all ever tell jokes or are you always serious?

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great if the siblings could visit Johs&Anna in DC, especially if they could do sightseeing and not only babysitting. I don't know how Anna can handle 3 small kids by herself, while the oldest is 3 and the youngest is a newborn. She does need help. Michelle has now so many older kids practically doing all housework at home.
Does Anna also cook and clean, does shopping? She needs to have some sleep too. I hope some friendly DC area people can help. They never let older kids go to a daycare in this family (well, they don't need to, they have older kids to babysit and younger siblings to play with), but in Josh/Anna situation it could be a good option.

Anonymous said...

Ok, who is next to move out? I'm curious what if all older daughters will suddenly get married and move away to follow their husbands, who will then take care of the household? Joy-Anna? What I'm trying to say is that parents have to let go of children, in this case Josh, and let him live his own life. Yeah, they can visit to see DC, they can come and visit to help from time to time, but visiting all the time?! I hope it was just a joke.

Anonymous said...

resonpse to sara, you can still have , but as the woman said cleve to the wife. also srength in #,s come on now this person is an adult knew this when he got married to choose to decide what he wanted to due with his life. also time for michelle pr whoever said this to get alife!

Anonymous said...

Josh is not living out of their pocket. When he got married Michelle even said he was going to leave and cleave. She and Jim Bob have lived on love indicating that they struggled in the past. Some families are close. And i think it is great that siblings want to visit one another.

pga127 said...

@Annonymous 1:48; Josh does not appear interested in any of the younger than Joseph siblings. I don"t thing I have ever seen him interact on their show with one of the "littles". Even, he and JD don't seem very close. Maybe Josh is just fine being with his wife and kids...only. Anna is probably the one who would appreciate some adult interaction and a little help with the kids!

Anonymous said...

Anxiously awaiting the pictures from the recent photo shoot. Please get those up as soon as possible!

Anonymous said...

It is beyond unhealthy to be this attached to your family.

Anonymous said...

I have been harsh on Michelle in the past, but I do feel for her right now. I have grown children and when they are grown, it is really more difficult than when they were little in that they still have problems, but we as parents have to stay out of their problems and it hurts to do that sometimes. While most of us start getting the "empty nest" feeling long, long, long after we had to accept we had all the children we were going to have, Michelle kinda got a double-whammy. Michelle loves being pregnant and loves having a newborn....at all times. She has had to get used to the idea that Josie is mostly likely it, and at the same time is facing a passel of her children flying the coop in the next 5 years. My table is turning for Michelle. Life must be very hard for her right now.

Anonymous said...

The duggars are great!!!! Such an inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure the comment about someone being there every two weeks was "tongue in cheek". It will be an adjustment for them, for sure.

Anonymous said...

Love the Duggars!!

Anonymous said...

Michelle and Jim Bob have been so "baby focused" (look at the part of their bedroom that is devoted to the "youngest child") that they will have a very hard time dealing with the fact that they must now fill this space with no infant. Either that or they adopt to continue their obsession with infants. I don't think any of the Duggars are prepared to enter the "real world." Anna is a fish out of water. So is Josh. Things such as clothing. I never understood why the Duggar women have dressed so dowdy from neck to knees, yet face paint, falsely curled hair, and toe polish is acceptable. Women can be stylish and still adhere to Biblical standards, and anyway, why is so much focus placed on Duggar women anyway? Josh can wear pants to work out and God will not sentence him to Hades. Please ask the Duggars to place emphasis on nutrition. No more shows with Tator Tots and Chickenatti. Watch the rerun and see how much Reverend Stanley ate. One bite at the most. The Duggars eat like out of a garbage can, then toss the massive amounts of paper plates into this huge landfill that houses their millions of disposable diapers. More exercise. More sports. Less traveling, in particular, the world.

Anonymous said...

Josh is doing so great! At 25 he is married with 3 kids, lives and works in Washington, DC, and works in politics as he always wanted. And if his siblings come to visit, it's so good for all of them - they help, look at DC, get out of rural Arkasas. Maybe the girls meet some cute congressman to marry :).

Anonymous said...

doesnt matter who made comment about 1 of the kids being there for a week or so could cover a whole year. YIKES they need breathing room and maybe annas parents would rather bond with there ddaughter and kids and not have the duggars around for once . geez, people

Mmolesy said...

Well arent you a bunch of sour grapes!
Make up is not for everybody and i personally dont wear it. But i dont knock anyone who chooses to. i also think they travel too much and i think the show has its days numbered. They have made an effort to eat healthier by planting fruit trees and starting a vegetable garden. And they also learned more about healthy eating from a confrence on nutrition held by vision forum. But eating healthy can also have its price. it doesnt always come cheap for large families.
paper plates can be recycled. and their diapering days are almost if not already over. They also play sports on a weekly basis. im sure your not perfect either. So be careful when you criticize others.

Mmolesy said...

And as for the being prepared for the real world. They are more prepared than you think. They have been raised to work, stand for whats right, to serve and give generously and to love God and others regardless of their background. And THAT is what every young person should be doing with their lives.

kazl said...

Its beautiful to have such a loving and supportive family

Anonymous said...

I kept in close touch with my parents by visiting them when they moved away from Phoenix, AZ for better jobs. My dad even gave me advice on my car and insurance as that was his field. The help really eased my transition into adulthood when I finished college at age 23. This relationship continued until they both passed away to be home with Jesus. Our relationship as not always perfect, but it was wonderful. I miss them a lot but know I will see them when I pass years from now in heaven. The Duggars are doing a wonderful thing by keeping in touch with their kids and grandbabies.

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