A few years ago the world was glued to their screens to watch Jon and Kate Plus 8.
This larger than life family worked their way into our hearts and make us love them for more than one season.
But since the show aired, they’ve gone through a minefield of personal problems.
Jon and Kate’s marriage fell apart, breaking up their large family.
The Gosselin kids were forced to grow up in harsh circumstances.
But the kids have grown a lot since then, you should see them now!
The sextuplets are now 13 years old, can you believe it?
Imagine trying to raise two 17 year olds and six 13 year olds, talk about hard work!
As always, the family made sure they celebrated this important milestone with a huge party.
The birthday party was shown on a recent episode of the TLC show Kate Plus 8, and the family celebrated the big day with a very cool outdoor party with glamping, archery, and even a bonfire! Now that’s an impressive 13th birthday party! I’m jealous.
Despite the celebrations, something was missing from the part. Well, more like someone was missing.
Colin, one of Kate’s sextuplets, wasn’t at his birthday party.
Last year he was sent away to a special needs school.
During the episode, Kate mentioned that the while party was ‘iconic’ and a lot of fun for her and the whole family, it was still a bittersweet moment because ‘Colin wasn’t there.’
‘Thirteen — need we say more?’ said Kate during the episode.
‘The photos around the cake, I have them for every year, every child, every birthday. It’s definitely an iconic moment.’
Last year Kate announced that Colin was away at a school that would provide him with specialized treatment, but she never revealed the specific details of his condition.
But in the recent birthday episode, Kate explained everything.
‘Collin has special needs.
‘[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things.
‘This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him — our entire family has been impacted.’
Kate has become more open about her struggle with managing and coping with Colin’s condition.
‘It just became obvious to me that I was not able, with my own resources here, to meet his needs.’
The mom of 8 was really open about the struggle of celebrating such a big moment without one of her children.
A feeling any mother would dread.
‘So, birthday party without Collin – tough for them, tough for mom.’
‘We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here.
‘But it comforts us to know he’s where he needs to be right now, and I can feel good about that.’
Kate’s decision to send Colin away without revealing his exact diagnosis or location has sparked criticism from both the public and Jon Gosselin, her ex-husband.
Jon has claimed that he was also unaware of Colin’s situation or his whereabouts.
But her decision to avoid putting out that information is understandable. If you’re on a reality TV show, do you really want to bring your child’s personal problems to everyone’s attention?
I know I wouldn’t!
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