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Arkansas Family Expecting 16th Child

Location: TONTITOWN, Ark.

Posted: June 17, 2005 8:23 PM EST

URL: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0605/236649.html

TONTITOWN, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' best-known big family will be getting bigger in the fall. Michelle Duggar and her husband, former state Rep. Jim Bob Duggar, say they're expecting their 16th child. Michelle Duggar was honored in April 2004 with the state's Young Mother award. At the time, she was pregnant with young Duggar No. 15, a boy named Jackson born May 23, 2004.

The next child, a girl, is expected in October.

"We love children," Jim Bob Duggar says. "We consider each one a blessing from the Lord and we would both love to have some more."

Michelle adds, "They're a gift."

Baby girl Duggar will join her family in a new, 7,000-square-foot house that the Duggars have been building for the last two years. When it's complete, the home will have a commercial kitchen, 10 bathrooms, master and guest bedrooms, a laundry room with four washers and eight dryers, and two dormitory-style bedrooms - one for the boys and one for the girls.

The Duggars say No. 16 might not be their last.

TM & ©2005 WJLA/NewsChannel 8, a division of Allbritton Communications Company

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

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