updated 11/11/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/12/2010 AT 12:25 PM ET
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Michelle Duggar?
The reality-TV mom on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting was game when she heard what daughter Jessa wanted for her 18th birthday on Nov. 4.
“She wanted to jump out of a plane,” says Michelle, 44. “And the last time everyone went, she was too young to go, and I was pregnant and couldn’t go.”
This time, she could. Last year, several of the older kids went skydiving with dad Jim Bob, 45, while Michelle and Jessa had to watch from the ground. So, last weekend, Michelle and Jessa took the leap together – each strapped to an experienced skydiver for tandem jumps. Michelle went 20 seconds before her daughter.