Meeting the Duggar Family!
I knew that the Duggar Family would be coming relatively close to us in February to do a fundraiser for a Crisis Pregnancy Center. My husband just couldn't make up his mind if we were going to go or not, and so I had resigned myself to not attending. After church on Sunday, I was surprised by my Sister and Mother-In-Law saying that they had bought tickets for us to attend as an early birthday present for me! To say I was excited is putting it mildly :)
I have long enjoyed watching the Duggar Family, and truly admire them for their convictions in letting the Lord bless their family. They have encouraged me many times from afar, and whenever I get overwhelmed and wonder how I can keep going, I think of Michelle and all she endures. I especially think of her when I get weary of the noise level that 2 little boys can produce. Just think how noisy her house can get!
The Children played their instruments and sang, and then Jim Bob and Michelle shared their testimony of how they met and came to the Lord. They also shared what it is really like to have a camera crew follow them around, and gave an update on Josie (she wasn't allowed to be in attendance).
I was touched with how genuine and humble this family really is. They don't put on airs or act like they know how special they are. The whole family is quick to smile and make eye contact with anyone they see. Somehow, they manage to make everyone feel welcome at a big event like this.
My husband blessed me by taking our youngest children out to the van so I could stand in line to meet them during the book signing. Michelle was SO sweet, and took the time to encourage me, and tell me that I'm in the hardest years right now with four children 7 and under, and that things do get easier. My husband happened to come back in right then, so we got a quick family picture with them.
Almost a week later, I'm still encouraged by being able to attend, and have been amused over how much my children have role played as the Duggars this week! :)