Michelle Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' Turns 48

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Michelle Duggar, matriarch of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting family, turned 48 on Saturday, and likely received birthday love from all nineteen of her children. Us Weekly posed a very interesting question, asking if Michelle Duggar gets nineteen birthday presents--one from each of those children. Somehow that doesn't seem likely--but what a great thought.

Daughter Jill Duggar, who married Derick Dillard in June and only recently announced they are expecting a baby, sent her mom a birthday greeting via Twitter.

Jill's husband Derick Dillard sent his own wishes to his new mother-in-law--via Instagram. He captioned the message, 'Happy birthday to my favorite mother-in-law!' and included a photo of Michelle Duggar with Jill on her wedding day.

Daughter Jessa Duggar, who is engaged to marry Ben Seewald on November 1st, wished her mom a happy birthday via Instagram, too. She captioned a pretty shot of Michelle Duggar with, 'Happy birthday, Mom! I love you sooo much! You're my hero!'

Fortunately for Michelle Duggar, it's clear to see that her children both love and respect her immensely. Can you imagine how deflating it might feel--after raising nineteen children--to not have that be the case?

Back in May, Michelle Duggar and her husband were still considering having a 20th child. During an interview on The Today Show, Michelle divulged that she and Jim Bob Duggar were seeking the advice of a fertility specialist to see if another pregnancy was even in the cards.

"We are just going to check and see that I'm physically in good condition," she said at the time. "We would love more children if God saw fit to give us more—I just want to make sure that I'm ready to catch a baby if that would happen."

Happy birthday wishes are likely coming in from family members and friends from all over for Michelle Duggar. And whether she ever has that 20th child or not, mothers everywhere likely laud her as saintly--or maybe even crazy. It depends on their whole take on the mothering thing.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.