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Jon and Kate Plus 8 on Good Housekeeping Cover

The Gosselins Say Cheese For Good Housekeeping Cover!

Jon, Kate, and their eight offspring — Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Aaden, Collin, and Joel — are on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping. We got a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get the shots of the Gosselins in this week's episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8. To see the couple's candid quotes about their marriage and their family's future from the upcoming issue,

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During the First Months With Eight Children
KATE: “There were days I just wanted to cover my head with a pillow. But I knew my babies were counting on me, and I had to keep it together. I had to keep it together for Jon, who was falling apart — he’d been laid off when I was pregnant and was applying for every job under the sun.”

The Strain on Their Marriage
KATE: “But our marriage is going to go through many more years of fine-tuning. Right now it’s taking a beating, because we have a house full of children. People see us arguing, and they say ‘When will Kate and Jon split up?’ Well, never. He’s the only one who’s been by my side through all of this.”

Life Will Never Be Normal Again
KATE: “People come here and say, ‘I feel like I’m watching your show.’ That’s because this is our show. We will never feel normal again, TV show or not. Does anyone see a family with twins and sextuplets every day? No. It took me until the little kids were almost 2 to completely accept it.”

Parenting Eight Kids
KATE: “I’m trying to focus on the enjoyable moments, rather than keeping them clean every minute. You have to realize you’re setting the rules for life. With six, we have no room for error.”

KATE: “It’s hard to turn my brain off at night. When I choose Leah to take to the grocery store, and I don’t know when I can tell the rest of them when their chances will be, that’s guilt.”

KATE: “Mady will come in and close the toilet lid and sit there and talk to me while I’m in the shower. I like to hear what they have to say. For me, that’s more like normal parenting.”

When They’re All Grown Up
JON: “I suddenly realized that I’m going to have five son-in-laws.”

KATE: “I have very vivid dreams of our family in the future — a house full of love, laughter, and lots of grandkids to spoil. I’m already worried about that empty-nest syndrome. Just as they came in a big group and overwhelmed us, they will likely leave in a big group, and the quiet will be even more deafening.”

The magazine, which also features an exclusive excerpt from the Gosselins' book, Multiple Blessings, hits newsstands next Tuesday, Oct. 14.

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xojennifer xojennifer 7 years
I love them all soo much! Kate is the luckiest person in the world. They're all very lucky to have what they have! Im pretty sure I know every single episode by heart haha, and all the different opening credits. Everytime theres a Jon and Kate plus 8 marathon on TLC, I'll be watching it! And if theres more than one a day, i'll be watching all of them even if they just keep playing the same episodes! And careful to whoever even tries to change the chanel! They just make me so happy and they make me realise that there is still people out there full of love and great values. And I would give anything to have what they have.
corcar86 corcar86 7 years
I absolutely love and adore their family!!! I love the show and reading anything I can about them I think they are awesome and you can just feel the love they all have for each other (ok that came out sounding kinda cheesy but its so true I just really think they are a great family). And I was wondering about that too lickety split, how can you hold against them their decisions. If it based on their choice to have a television show I just think that it was a smart financial choice for them that allows Kate to be home and enjoy her family (and Jon too now that he works from home more) and keeps them from having to worry how to properly provide for all those people
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i read an article on them recently where kate said the grandparents and sibs didn't agree with how they were raising their children so they choose not to be involved. what the heck is that? you didn't make the choices i like so i won't see you or my grand kids/neices/nephews? there is so much love in this family, i guess you either have it or you don't, because it doesn't sound like the parents learned it from their own parents.
Dana18 Dana18 7 years
Love this family. They give me all the hope in the world that mine will work out.
kia kia 7 years
Aaden is killing me in this shot. And of course Alexis have the biggest smile/laugh going on. Gotta love a girl that loves a gator.
theglossarie theglossarie 7 years
OMG I freaking love them!
celeblover celeblover 7 years
All those kids are just too cute! Alexis looks so happy!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
he is too darn adorable he reminds me so much of my son
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
he is absolutely adorable isn't he pink? seems like we have the same taste ;) ... aaden.... biden.... lol
kikidawn kikidawn 7 years
"Mady will come in and close the toilet lid and sit there and talk to me while I’m in the shower" I do this with my mom. ... even still. :) :rotfl: at: 5 son-in-laws! Geez! 8 weddings! lol although... shouldn't that be sons-in-law? ;)
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
aaden is so darn cute poor thing in the corneer, lol
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