Recently, Ben and I have been watching seasons of 19 Kids and Counting. I love that family! They are so different from other families in such a uniquely strange and attractive way. In the way the treat each other, deal with difficult decisions, keep purity as a family goal, and the loving climate of their home, they are a family worth learning from. It’s rare today for families to enjoy each other that much and have parents still in love and committed to each other.
What we have watched from this wonderful family has inspired our marriage and the way we want our home to feel. I think the biggest take-aways deal with the emotional climate and environment of what a home can look like. It always seems exciting (and noisy!), yet it looks like a place you would want to relax on the couch or sit in the kitchen and enjoy the company of a loving family who genuinely cares about each other. Jim Bob is definitely the leader of the family and his marriage – and worth respect because of all the time he invests in being present at home. Michelle creates such a hospitable and loving environment – not with interior design or fancy entertaining. It’s with the tone of her voice, the encouraging words she has for her children and husband, and the peace she has in her life. After all those years and children, the two of them still seem like best friends and affectionate spouses.
For Michelle and Jim Bob, I think having 19 babies proves something about their romance still going strong. For Valentine’s Day of this year, they shared some sex and romance tips on Today.com. Read here: The Duggars’ 7 tips for keeping your marriage sexy, even after (a lot of) kids.
Another great resource is on their family blog, where Michelle shares marriage advice she gave to their daughter Jill, who got married on June 21, 2014. Read her three points in the post Michelle Duggar’s Marriage Advice for Newlyweds.
Jim Bob and Michelle will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary next month!