Tuesday marked Michelle Duggar’s 50th birthday.
Yeah, generally we think of women with six freakin’ grandkids and a seventh on the way as being a bit older than that, but such is life in Duggar Land.
“You are such an example to all of us young moms and someone I aspire to be like! You’re not only my mom but one of my best friends!”
“Oh, and thank you for teaching us how to docilely accept the will of our husbands, while at the same time maintaining the illusion of being autonomous humans, so as not to alienate TV viewers or advertisers.”
Okay, we may have made that last part up.
Anyway, Jill wasn’t the only one who gave Michelle a birthday shoutout.
(One of the perks of giving birth to a small army is that you get a lot of birthday presents. In fact, that might be the only perk.)
We recently learned that Jessa Duggar is pregnant with her second child, so naturally, she also took to social media to tell the world how Michelle taught her everything she knows about mothering:
“People are drawn to your smile,” Jessa wrote in an open letter to Michelle.
“You are real and genuine. You are truly happy. You are a strong woman.”
She even went a step further than Jessa, calling Michelle not only the best mother she knows, but the best woman:
“I’ve been around you all my life, and I can testify to the truth of this statement! I do not know a better woman than you. You are the most loving, caring and compassionate person I’ve ever known!”
Naturally, Jim Bob Duggar wasn’t about to be left out of this love fest.
The family patriarch posted a gushing open letter on social media (doesn’t anyone just pick up flowers and a card anymore?) in which he struggled vainly to match the effusive praise heaped upon Michelle by Jill and Jessa:
“Michelle, you are so beautiful inside and out,” wrote Jim Bob. “
“I feel like the most blessed man in the world to be married to you for over 32 years. Thank you for having our 19 kids, you are such a wonderful wife and mother! “
“Your sweet spirit radiates to all those around you. I am looking forward to the next 50 years with you and spending time together with our 200 grandkids! I love you so much, you are my best friend!”
Those Duggars don’t mess around when they’re paying compliments!
Not surprisingly, there was no public praise from the Duggar’s disgraced eldest son.
Perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Josh Duggar is “dead” to Michelle following his recent sex scandals.