Inside Trent And Amber Johnston's Marriage

TLC's 7 Little Johnstons has endeared its titular family to millions of viewers across America. Far from the typical reality show, it features an otherwise normal family just trying to get by, while also living with dwarfism. As matriarch Amber told Good Housekeeping, normalcy was always the goal because other, similarly-themed shows such as Little People, Big World, and The Little Couple feature a slightly more heightened reality. "Not everybody lives on [a] big farm. Not everybody is a doctor," she explained.

7 Little Johnstons, then, aims to offer an entirely unfiltered look at ordinary, everyday life, as experienced by a family just like any other who also happen to be dealing with dwarfism. The Johnstons' uniqueness belies their innate normality, which is the pull for the show. However, it's worth noting the love story shared between parents Trent and Amber is anything but ordinary.

Trent and Amber Johnston go way back

As the happy couple explained in an interview with The Mirror, they met through an organization called Little People, which "arranges meet ups for little people and out-size family members, so people can get together, learn about medical things affecting us, and just be around other people with dwarfism," as Amber advised.

The then-teenagers spotted each other across the room and were instantly attracted. Trent was Amber's first real boyfriend, but she knew almost instantly they'd get married. And indeed they did, in November 1998 with more than 300 guests present, after dating for four years, most of which was long distance until she moved closer to him for college.

Trent and Amber Johnston were eager to be parents

Five children followed, two biologically and three by adoption, with Amber admitting in an interview with Southern Living that they're very strict parents. As she explained, their method of parenting means, "You're going to respect each other and you're going to respect your elders. And you're going to respect yourself."

Before getting pregnant with eldest Jonah, as the proud parents told The Mirror, they were eager to have a child with dwarfism too, because as Amber explained, "Trent always wanted a son like him and obviously I wanted a daughter like me." Their decision to adopt was partly due to the riskiness of another pregnancy and partly to give unwanted children with dwarfism a good home.

Trent and Amber Johnston are not getting divorced

Last year, rumors swirled that Trent and Amber's marriage was on the rocks with 7 Little Johnstons fans pointing to the growing tension between them on the show. Amber admitted to Good Housekeeping that juggling five kids with wildly different personalities can be tough at times. However, she also acknowledged, "We know that a relationship, parenting, and marriage is a constant work in progress. With both of us feeling that and knowing that we don't give up."

The proud mother doesn't regret putting her relationship on show for the cameras, reiterating that 7 Little Johnstons aims to get down to the nitty-gritty. As for viewers concerned about her relationship with Trent falling apart as their lives become increasingly complicated, Amber reassured them that no matter what happens, "We'll figure it out. We always do."