I was just content to observe all of the hoopla surrounding Nadya “Octomom” Suleman and reserve my thoughts … but then Joy Behar was guesting (that’s guest hosting, I guess) for Larry King Live and got the Duggar family to weigh in on the Octomom controversy.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Duggar family, they are a family of 20 who live in Arkansas. Their philosophy is that if it’s God’s will to have another kid, they’ll go ahead and accept God’s plan. And amazingly enough, they are able to do this without public assistance and live debt free. (I’m sure that the money they get from their TLC “reality” show helps …)
The article I read today can be found here. Future Husband is also well aware of my weird Duggar obsession and sent me this link last night (he’s just thankful that I like the Duggars more than I like Jon & Kate’s show …)
I include these links in the blog because both articles touch on some of the frugal measures that the Duggars use in raising 18 kids. (The link FH sent me includes their recipe for homemade baby wipes … awesome.) Other hints that they have employed include finding clothes, appliances and other necessities at thrift shops, garage sales and auctions.
I don’t really know how I feel about the Octomom – is she sick? Is she irresponsible (well, yeah – I think what she’s done is pretty damn irresponsible), but I’m hoping that she’ll take a page from the Duggars. Say what you will about them (and try not to shudder when Joy Behar makes some squicky comments about their sex life …), but they have learned to afford the (multitudes of) kids that they have.
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