Up till Midnight with the Duggars

Chris & Wendy Jeub with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were scheduled to speak first thing in the morning, but we stayed up till midnight talking in their hotel room. It felt like only a short time, so much to talk about. We felt kind of guilty for it, but boy was it fun.

They had just rolled into Richmond on their bus. Wendy and I were attending the IEW booth to promote my new speech and debate book, and the Duggars were slotted as keynote speakers.

We have never done this before, just the four of us. Way back in 2006, Jim Bob and I talked on the phone to compare television show notes. Wendy met all the Duggars at a book signing one weekend when I was gone with the Jeub teens for a tournament. We’ve known of each other, but we have never had the opportunity to sit down and get to know one another.

Our messages are similar in this respect: children are a heritage of God’s, so welcome them as God gives them. To us, we’re on one side of the blessing—the blessed side—and we’re trying to explain to those who are struggling with the prospect of having children to go ahead and have children. Like the subtitle of our book, Love Another Child, explains simply:

Children. They’re blessings. Always. (Tweet this)

Here’s another similarity in our messages: love is the Greatest Commandment. It seems we’re both exploring the depths of love. As we’re blessed with child after child, we discover the trials and tribulations of life and love. The title of their book explains simply:

A Love That Multiplies (Tweet this)

Though the night was late, Wendy and I both wished our time together was longer. We made the commitment to connect again in the future, and I’m sure we will.

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.

  • Pam Petrie

    I can almost hear the laughter and the relaxation. There is something about talking with someone who understands and has the same beliefs to help you relax.

  • Sarah

    I love the meeting of these minds. Glad you were able to spend some time.
    – Sarah M.
    (formerly in MI, Now in WI…near Chris’s old stomping grounds)
    Mom of 8 Blessings.

  • Rachel Scott

    Awesome! i think my husband and I would have enjoyed the conversation since we have a similar book and message! Maybe that will happen some day.

  • Guest


    I think that “love” really cannot be your message while you continue your estrangement with your two oldest daughters.

    You are the parent, and could reach out again and again if you wanted to. That is more important that taking an “extended trip” to talk about love. Instead, walk the walk!

    I’m glad you felt a connection with the Duggars. However, I doubt they’d exclude their two oldest from family pictures and Christmas letters. If you want to preach love, you have to live it.

    • http://www.chrisjeub.com/ Chris Jeub

      Oh brother. You need to stop reading TV gossip sites. Our show was aired in 2006 and we wrote a book on it.

      • stink finger

        Your dirty laundry is starting to show up everywhere, your no better then the rest of the child beating crowd,, all done in teh name of Christ