Jan
29
2007

Welcoming Alicia Back

We had elk calf last night in celebration of Alicia’s return back to the family (in reference to the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32). Tonight’s TLC episode will bring much of our story (along with all sorts of Jeub events and happenings) of having a prodigal child for three years. The story is one of heartbreak, growth and love. Tune in tonight to get the full story! For now, here are some details and pictures…

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Last night was the first time in three years that Alicia got to see her siblings. They took her for a tour of the house to show many new things and projects. The kids were all different from what she remembers. We stayed up with the kids for a couple of hours talking about how great of a time we had getting to know Alicia again.

God can move mountains in some of the bleakest situations. We will likely post more about our relationship with Alicia. It is a great story with a very happy ending. For now, we’re relishing the great fruit of the vine. Here are some pics from last night:

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About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://robyncausley.blogspot.com robyn

    That is so wonderful! Thank you for being so open and sharing your story, the good and the bad so candidly. i am sure that people will be blessed. Your grandson is just gorgeous!

  • Lisa

    hi, I was wondering if you would share about your menus that you make for your month? or direct me to maybe another post that you have talked about this? I only have 4 and ‘wing it’ too often although I really do want to make up menus. thanks Lisa

  • Chris Jeub

    You’re not the only one requesting menu information. We’re working on this…trying to find some time to get it posted. We have some information on our growing FAQs. http://www.jeubfamily.com/category/faq/

  • Alicia

    Thanks for posting the great pictures and for sharing with everyone what a great time we had last night. I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more. I look forward to more time getting to re-know my little brothers and sisters.

  • Laura

    Watching your show on TLC right now. You really are so blessed and I want to say how beautiful your whole family is. Especially your wife. You’d never know she birthed 13 children. I grew up with just 1 sibling but had a ton of cousins. You children are so lucky to have each other. You want more children – May God Bless You!!!

  • Janet

    Hi:

    I really enjoyed the show of your family. The birthday bash seemed like a lot of fun and very creative. Just wondering how you fed 150 people on $150.00. That is amazing! God Bless all of you. Thank you Janet

  • Susan

    You family’s story inspires me.

  • Dawn

    I was so glad to see this section of the website and Alicia’s comment above. I was a 16 yr. old single mother of a beautiful daughter. I then met a man whom I married and have been with for 15 years. (we have one son together). It was a very rough road raising my daughter and your story seemed to paralel my life (all but the amount of children) – My daughter was a great challenge. Now she is 20 and living on her own. Although I was not happy with all her choices, eventually, she grew to be a beautiful smart young women whom I am very proud of. Chris & Wendy, please don’t miss out on any more of Alicia’s and your first grandson’s life. These are the days you will treasure and can’t be replaced. I see my daughter almost every day. We are best friends.

  • Karen

    We’re so happy about Alicia’s story that we’re crying!

  • Debbie

    Wow! I am in awe of your wonderful family! I have ONLY 5 kids, and am amazed at how calm and organized you all are. I am also thrilled that you are reconnected with Alicia. Keep up the good work, and congratulations on such an amazing group of kids!

  • http://www.momjustlikeyou.blogspot.com Nancy P.

    What a wonderful blessing! Yes, God can do anything! May Alicia continue to feel His love in her life.

  • Antron J. Thompson

    I am so grateful that the Lord has shared your family with the world. To see a man work as hard as you do to support his family is awesome! And to put icing on the cake is to have a wonderful wife who is intellengent and strong and can run the household in such a way that you have no worries, what a helpmate you have! You are a true inspiration to me and give me hope of finding my own helpmate. God bless you and your family!

  • Joyce

    I am one of the oldest (closer to the top than I am the bottom :) of eleven children. Seeing all the kids pitching in and helping, preparing for the big day, reminded me of the all of the fun we had growing up with family traditions. Stories that the kids will tell their kids…a legacy of love.

  • Cathy

    What a nice family you have…where do you find the patience? Thank you for sharing, truly, your family is beautiful!

  • http://www.familysource.net Shawnee P.

    Thank you for sharing your family’s story with us tonight on TLC. We are a large family as well of 7 children and I found it encouraging to watch another homeschooling family and see how they do things as well.
    Thank you also for sharing Alicia’s story with everyone as well. Keep up the great work and congratulations!

  • Kristi

    ‘Licia!!!! HI!!! You *know* I’m bouncing up and down waving at you!!!

    Luv ya!!!!

    -Kristi Tripp :-)

  • Kristina

    Hi there! I just watched your show and was heartbroken by your estrangement with Alicia. I was so happy that you guys got back together! Also, I was thinking that you guys are an incredible and beautiful family. You should apply for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition! I think you could win, and you deserve it after raising such a wonderful family. I thought about nominating you, although I don’t know where you live :) I hope you would consider it. I would love to see you on the show!
    It was a pleasure getting to know a little bit about you.
    Kristina

  • Billie

    Saw your show last night. Was floored by your ability to raise 13 children and be organized and on a budget. Was very interested in your story with Alicia. As the oldest surely a lot was placed in her lap in the caring for the other children. I understand that you could not have a “bad example” in the home but wonder what you could have done to help out someone who was so faithful to the family for so long. Don’t leave her — unless she forsakes Christ any other problems can be overcome. We are all human, we all make horrible mistakes and sometimes we don’t feel like we can come back to the family because of them. Grow in your relationship with her. Thanks for the site and the show.

  • http://homeschoolblogger.com/jesusismyjoy Dawn

    Praise The Lord!!!!!!!!!! I’m so thrilled to read this update on your family!!

    Blessings, Dawn

  • Alicia

    Thanks Kristi! Good to hear from you!

    ~Licia

  • McKenzie

    u guys are amazing i love this site!

  • http://none L.

    Bravo! Bringing Alicia back into the family is great. Right now Alicia needs you more than ever. Her son will also need you. You have influenced every part of their lives. Hopefully, the lessons you taught will show as she raises her own son with the same values that you have given her. Sometimes it takes having your own child to remember how important those lessons are.

  • Brit Engbrecht

    I am glad that you all were able to work out everything! I want to have a large family one day as well and your story has helped so much! Quiverful is how I want to be! Thank you Jeubs!!!

  • http://www.xanga.com/bmccort Bridget

    Thank you for being willing to share your hearts and open your home. As the 34 year old mother of a 21 year old prodigal child (who also has a child) I feel your pain. I’m glad you’ve begun to take steps to heal – we’re taking baby steps too.

  • Kelly

    Hi,

    I’ve just read your story on Alicia coming back. I’m glad you were able to restore your relationship with her. Even when things are tough, it’s always good to remember you have loving family surrounding you. How old is your grandson?

    I’m also facisinated by your family. I am an only child, so I get lonely sometimes. When I am older, I hope to have a big family.

    Bless you guys.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jacqie84 ms.jaQ

    i can’t hold back tears of joy when i see such beautiful, big family portraits. having only a 2 and 5 year old (so far!! :)), i can’t even express the kind of respect and admiration i have, for someone who’s spent so many years pregnant, and so many hours in childbirth. amazing. :) hugs to your family.

  • Trudy

    So glad to see Alicia getting to know the family again! I’m sure everyone would like to see more episodes of you and your family and how you do what you do. I do think that exploiting children for profit is wrong, I would think that your family would do something wonderful with the money. Please record more episodes!!

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