How little we made in 2006 — but we're still rich

We have received a few emails from skeptics who doubted our claimed income in the TLC “Kids by the Dozen” episode. We had 13 children last year when the film crew came to our home to capture our life. I said, “We make less than $40,000 per year.” Our point in making this claim is simple: God provides no matter how many or how few children you have. Wendy and I are convinced that if we had 50 children, God would provide for our needs just the same.

We are late in filing our personal income tax return this year for 2006, but I just sent it into the IRS yesterday. The exact amount: $36,684.  Can you believe that? Even I am in awe at how pathetic our salary is. Ha, ha — what a testimony! How great God is. He continues to provide for my family even with such a low income.

We make this point in our book, Love in the House, and we give pointers on how to live on such a small income. We reveal that we are not on welfare or any government assistance of any kind, including health insurance. We certainly could be, if we chose. In fact, with the number of children and the income we have, we are technically “extremely impoverished,” as the government terms it. We laugh at this, for we consider ourselves to be extremely blessed. We state in our book:

Some may consider our family poor, but we believe we are the wealthiest people in the world. Our kids don’t care that they don’t have their own bedrooms when right outside the back door is a six-and-a-half acre playground. To them, a “play station” is their latest Lego creation. To our minds, materialism is the shallowest of reasons to shut out the blessing of a large family. We’ve all read of people who lived in castles yet were filled with sorrow and loneliness. Likewise, don’t we all know others who enjoyed rich, satisfying lives, despite their modest means? 

Of course, we’re working on making more money this year. 2006 was a tough year for my business and ministry, and this year looks better. But, even if my income turns out to be twice that of last year, is that “enough” by today’s standards for a family expecting their 14th child? Even if I claimed $72k in income last year, most would think that to be still modest.

All in all, we believe this is a heavenly testimony that God will provide for families who put their trust in Him. He will not let you down! Go ahead, have kids: they are blessings. Don’t let anyone tell you they are liabilities. Enjoy the fruit of your labor. God will provide what you need.

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.

  • Tiffany Boyd

    Congratulations on the new baby! We wish Wendy a happy, healthy, delivery. May God continue to bestow his blessings upon your family. You are truly wealthy in many ways. We are sorry we haven’t had the opportunity to see you again on TV. Your family is truly an inspiration. I try to remind myself I can continue to homeschool 3 if Wendy can handle 14. (Ha, Ha) Our communtiy’s drug problem has become significantly worse and I find myself becoming an avid and very public proponet of homeschooling. I feel that this is truly my calling. We have recently formed a student government club in our area for the homeschool community that fosters awareness of the homeschool community. We are still considered a very “Strange” bunch in our area. I again wish you only the best.

  • Brenna

    I really think you need to quantify your figure with saying that it is BEFORE you itemize and apply exemptions because with 13 kids, no health insurance, a mortgage, etc you would have very little salary anyway after all that has been factored in.

  • Valerie

    Chris, thank you so much for your honesty. It is obvious from the TLC show that you have a lovely home and property, and that your family is very well taken care of. I so enjoy your book – I have read it three times already!

  • http://www.maprap.blogspot.com Rosalie Pauls

    We too are considered by the government (Canada) in an impoverished state but feel quite the opposite. It doesn’t take as much money to raise a large family as people think when God provides our needs. As soon people hear how many children we have you can almost see the dollar signs that they are adding up in their heads! Yes they eat a lot, wear through a lot of clothes but God is faithful, and He promises to provide for what we need. All praise to Him!

  • http://agodlyhomemaker.blogspot.com/ tami lewis

    i love your site! i wish i had the money to buy your book but i have to wait to save up :) see we are a 6 child family- with 6 in heaven- and my husband was out of work for a while but guess what- GOD PROVIDED!!!!!
    i really enjoy reading about God’s provision for your family, as well as tips that you share.

  • Jolene

    God is *so* good! His grace and mercy are so undeserved but He pours out His blessings on those who choose to follow Him. Please continue your work in raising Godly children and sending out the message of Christ! Hallelujah!

  • Tara G.

    I agree! God certainly does supply all of our needs. He promises it in His Word! I think that people that have a problem understanding that have a problem distinguishing between “wants” and “needs”. I am one of only two, but my family still struggled by the world’s standards. But, by God’s standards we have ALWAYS been and continue to be blessed. Possessions do not make a person happy. But, living for Christ does! God bless!

  • Margaret

    You have to know this is so encouraging to me. I am definately showing it to my husband. He has recently been very discouraged about being “stuck” at his job (which brings in slightly less than your income!), and anticipating many more children in the future, Lord willing.

    I know we can manage just fine with the Lord taking care of us, but it’s really good to see how it’s worked out for those who’ve gone ahead!

  • Joanne

    Is your income figure after taxes and deductions?