Jim Bob Duggar has an older sister, Deanna, who occasionally appears on the show.

Michelle Duggar (née Ruark) has six older siblings (Pamela Ethel, Kathie Ann, Evelyn Alice, Carolyn Jeannite, Freda Louise, and Garrett Floyd Jr.).

The couple met in the early 1980s when Duggar and a fellow church member were sent for a follow-up visit after Michelle experienced a religious conversion.

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They practice chaperoned courtship, where the couple gets to know each other in a group setting.

The Duggars describe this as "dating with a purpose" and the Daily Mail describes it as a "G-rated alternative to dating." Jim Bob Duggar served as a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.

That is something that we've prayed about, and we'll just see what the Lord has in store for our family in the future.

They learned that they were expecting again in September 2012.

He was defeated for the Republican nomination for the U. Senate by incumbent Tim Hutchinson in 2002 by a vote of 71,576 to 20,546.

Construction of their 7,000 square-foot (650 square-meter) house began in 2000 when they bought the lot and ordered two steel frames.According to Michelle Duggar, such standards are mandated by scripture.They believe that baring the thigh is "nakedness and shame", and runs the risk of "defrauding" others—or stirring up and arousing "desires in someone else that cannot be righteously fulfilled." They avoid beaches and public swimming areas "because it's just too hard for the guys to try to keep their eyes averted in those situations." Female family members keep their hair long, and males are clean-shaven and short-haired.The Duggars avoid birth control saying they have decided to allow God to determine the number of children they have.All of the children are homeschooled, and access to entertainment such as movies and television is limited.When she was rushed to the hospital for gallstones, doctors discovered that she was pre-eclamptic and performed an emergency delivery.