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Jump For Joy! New Generation Of Duggars On The Way

Apr. 13 2009, Published 4:03 a.m. ET

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And you thought Nadya "Octo-Mom" Suleman had a crowded house.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the devout Christian parents of a 20-member Arkansas family documented on TLC's 18 Kids And Counting, will be welcoming a new addition to the family this fall -- their first grandchild.

The couple, surrounded by their 18 kids, appeared on The Today Show Monday. Their son John and wife Anna Keller are due to become parents Oct. 12.

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“We are so thrilled and so excited for Josh and Anna,” Michelle said, as she held the family's latest addition, infant Jordyn-Grace.

Josh said that he wasn't sure if he would maintain the family's tradition regarding naming the baby as the family has given all 18 children (Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and baby Jordyn-Grace) names starting with the letter "J."

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“We’re pretty sure we’re not going to go with J,” he jovially joked.

And don't think the touch of gray grand-parenting will slow down Jim Bob and Michelle from more procreating.

"We would love more,’’ Michelle said. “We really believe that each child is a gift from God. We would love to receive more gifts if the Lord sees fit. I guess we’ll just wait and see.”

Michelle told the show she saw nothing awkward about having kids that would be about the same age as her nascent grandchild.



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