Originally, Kate and Jon only agreed to shoot a one-hour special for the Discovery Health Channel. At the time, Jon had just lost his job, and Kate says they were feeling very misunderstood in their community. "People were saying, 'Oh, goodness, they're unemployed, and they have eight kids.' There was a lot of yuck," she says. "We were given six more children, but that didn't mean we didn't love them and want them. … We had to stretch our hearts, essentially, and people didn't understand that."
By letting people see how they lived day-to-day, Kate says she hoped to clear up any confusion. After the first special aired, they were asked to do another hour-long show. Then, TLC approached them to be a part of a series. They agreed. "By this time, we had been doing this for a year [with the] same crew, and our kids loved them," Kate says.
This series is also helping Jon and Kate document the special moments in their kids' lives. "It was, for us, memories that we didn't have time to videotape in our hands," Kate says.