Jill Duggar Dillard, the 23-year-old daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, famous for their 19 Kids and Counting reality TV show, is busy working on a brood of her own.
Married to Derrick Dillard and well on her way to having a son of her own, Jill is eager to have as many babies as she can.
“We’re open to as many children as God will give us,” Jill told People Magazine. “We believe children are a blessing from the Lord and a gift from him.”
“We’ve talked about adopting, too,” husband Derrick added. “My mom was adopted.”
“Yeah… this will be only her third blood relative that she knows,” Jill said. “She had two sons and now her grandson.”
The Duggars are adherents of what is referred to as the Chirstian Patriarchy Movement, sometimes called “Quiverfulls”, after the scripture in Psalm 127:
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
The Movement is not just about having lots of children. It is also about an order of headship that is established within the home. It has been described as: The husband leads, the wife submits, and the children obey.
Jill and her husband are following in her parents footsteps regarding childbearing. But she also picked up something else from Mom: pregnancy cravings.
“I seem to be following my mom in that,” she said. “Like the dill pickle thing. In my first trimester it was everything cold … because I had nausea. And then I just wanted everything salty, sour, cold.”
Since the family practically lives with their lives exposed to a reality TV audience, might Jill and her husband consider filming the birth of their son?
“We’re still talking about that,” Jill said. “There will definitely be lots of lead up to that. Right now they are filming fun things like the gender reveal and those types of things. Also, we’re doing diary cam at home.”