They have 19 children, two grandchildren and a third on the way, but Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar feel their family is not yet complete.
“We are open to the idea of adoption,” Michelle, 45, tells PEOPLE. “We are praying about it, and we will see what God has in store. Love for children has been placed on our hearts.”
During a recent trip to Beijing – filmed on TLC’s special 19 Kids & Counting: Duggars Do Asia, which airs Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) – Michelle opens up about the possibility of adoption.
“The kids are definitely pushing towards wanting us to open our home up to another child or more,” Michelle says. “They see how much we have been blessed with and how little so many children have and they want to share. We tell our children that would have to be something that is God’s will for our family, and we will see if it is. Our children love children, and we all do.”
Michelle and Jim Bob, 45, lost a child – a girl they named Jubilee – to miscarriage in 2011.
“We are open to whatever is in store,” Michelle shares. “It doesn’t really matter whether I would have another child or we would adopt, but we want to approach it with an open heart.”
She adds: “We have friends that have adopted children who are a great influence in our lives, and we have talked about their experiences. So it’s something we’ve considered. We have to know for sure that is what God wants for us to do.”
“When he gives us a child [through pregnancy], there is no doubt in our minds that is what He wants, but when it comes to adoption, we would have to know for sure that was His will,” she adds.