Following God is an exciting adventure! We certainly never expected to be on television. Jim Bob felt that God wanted him to run for U.S. Senate in 2002. On the day of the election, a media photographer ended up snapping a picture of our whole family walking into the polling place. We found out a few days later that the picture was printed in the New York Times, with a caption stating that this candidate with a lot of kids ran for U.S. Senate in Arkansas and lost.
Weeks later, we received a phone call from a freelance writer that had seen the New York Times picture. She asked if she could write a story about our family for the “Ladies Home Journal.” She wrote the article, but the magazine decided not to run it. Months after that, the writer contacted us again and stated that “Parents Magazine” wanted to run the article, so they sent out a photographer to take a few family pictures. After that article was printed, we received a phone call from a man named Bill Hayes with Figure 8 Films who said someone at Discovery Health Channel had seen the Parents Magazine story and was asking if they could do a documentary about our family. We prayed about it and felt this would be an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing from God. We said the only way we would do the documentary is if they did not edit out our faith, because that is the core of our lives.
They agreed, and our first show called “14 Children and Pregnant Again!” ended up becoming the highest rated show ever on Discovery Health Channel. Then they came back and filmed more shows. In 2008, TLC began airing a reality television series featuring our family. We have also had the opportunity to do hundreds of TV, newspapers, magazine, and radio interviews with news crews from the U.S., Italy, Korea, U.K., Australia, Russia, and other countries around the world.
Figure 8 Films, the main production company, has been wonderful to work. After all these years the crew members feel like family to us. We love going places and doing things as a large family and they follow along for the ride!