(part 1 here)
Kate does say throughout the book that she knows she is blessed with the healthy babies, all kinds of freebies, dozens of volunteer helpers, etc. However, a statement like this is inevitably followed a page or so later with her complaining about something else. This just goes on and on, to the point where I honestly wish Kate could get some medical and/or psychological help. Surely if medicine could give her 8 healthy children, it could give her more peace of mind!
This got me to thinking about personality types. In the book, Kate comes across just like she does on the show: trying to enjoy life, but often frustrated and unhappy. This despite all the fame and fortune that has come their way. It’s instructive to all of us who feel that “the grass is always greener” – if you’re not happy now, you probably wouldn’t be even if you had everything.
Kate also discusses having been brought up with “very stringent guidelines and rules”, which she oddly seems unhappy about, since she is now such a proponent of stringent guidelines and rules for her own children. An interesting example of how we repeat what we know …
Jon comes across as he does on the show also: helping tirelessly, seemingly the real hero of the family. Kate mentions that at night he would carry the babies to bed one by one, stopping to hold each one up to her lips for her to kiss. Although this is very sweet of Jon, it made me want to scream at Kate. Please GET UP OUT OF YOUR CHAIR and help put your own kids to bed, gosh darn it! It’s very reminiscent of the many scenes in the show where Kate is parked in her plastic chair, observing but rarely getting personally involved.
The last 30 pages or so of the book take on a more hopeful tone. Realizing that they have no vehicle to transport the entire family, Jon and Kate do some research and end up purchasing a Dodge Sprinter van, which seats 10. It’s refreshing to see that, at least in the early days, they did buy things for themselves. They host a big first birthday party for the sextuplets and invite 100, mainly folks who have volunteered to make their first year easier.
Mulitple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin
In August 2005, when the sextuplets are just over a year old, the Gosselins are contacted by a TV company wanting to do a one-hour documentary on their life. Kate describes how Jon was adamantly opposed to this and that she was leaning against it also, but was convinced by this line from the producers: “We do television to help people understand other people better.” I can see that this would be convincing to Kate, as she always seems to feel misunderstood by others. She lists this quote, and the desire to have family memories forever captured on film, as the reasons they made the life-changing decision to do the documentary, which later led to the television series.
The book ends with Kate listing 6 lessons God has taught her through her children: God is in control (although I think it’s debatable whether or not Kate fully realizes this yet), God is gracious and strong, etc.
I found myself a bit disappointed that the book ends at this point, when the sextuplets are still so small. However, as I mentioned at the outset, the Gosselins already have at least one more book ready to roll off the presses, and we have learned that where there’s publicity to be had, the Gosselins will usually have it. Stay tuned for the next printed installment of the Gosselins’ adventures.