This past Sunday, season two of 17 Kids and Counting kicked off on TLC with "A Very Duggar Wedding."
Now, for those of you who aren't familiar with the Duggars, allow us to give you a very brief introduction. Jim Bob is the patriarch of the family and a former Arkansas state legislator. Michelle is the matriarch of the family, Arkansas's 2004 Young Mother of the Year, and Jim Bob's high school sweetheart.
Early on in their marriage, the two experienced a miscarriage that they came to believe was brought on by Michelle's use of the birth control pill. Afterwards, as they say on their family website: "They prayed and asked God to forgive them, and to teach them to love children like He loves children. They asked God to bless them with as many children as He saw fit in His timing." In short, they never used contraception again.
Today, Michelle and Jim Bob have 18 kids, all of whom have names that start with the letter J (Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer and Jordyn-Grace).
Yes, they are quite a family.
But perhaps even more remarkable than Jim Bob and Michelle's robust fertility and vigorous faith is the extent to which they've succeeded in passing their values down to their many children.
Which brings us back to "A Very Duggar Wedding."
Joshua, the oldest Duggar child, recently got hitched to his girlfriend of two and a half years, Anna. Their courtship, some of which was showcased on the family's TV series, involved a lot of praying, heavy involvement from both sets of parents, and chaperoned trips back and forth to each other's homes (his in Arkansas, and hers in Florida).