Charity founder Lyette Reback, 44, from North Palm Beach, Florida, has 10 daughters and six sons between the ages of two and 21 with her husband David Reback, 49, who is a broker with his own realty company.
She gave birth to her first daughter Daly Kay, now 21, when she herself was just 21, and has since had 12 more biological children, including latest addition Vaughn, two, as well as adopting four others.
Her other children are daughters Ryli, 20, Bliss, 19, Kemper, 17, Glory, 15, Trinity, 13, Liberty, 11, Sojourner, eight, Victory, six and Verity, four, and sons Courson, 12, Judson, 10, Shepherd, 10, Ransom, eight and Stone, five.
In an interview with The Sun, Lyette Reback said that she and her husband, 49-year-old David, are not stupid for having so many kids.
Having 12 biological children means that Lyette has been pregnant for almost 10 years of her life. She hasn’t had a single C-section. Incredibly, she home schools all her children and drives them to 88 different sports events every week. Lyette said many people are surprised at their decision to have so many kids: “At first when there were four or five little girls it was, ‘Oh my gosh, you are crazy, how are you doing that?’ People would joke or say things like, ‘Don’t you have a TV in your bedroom?’ Obviously, these remarks were either out of incredulity or they proposed my ignorance, but I am not stupid.”
The couple uses a 17-seater van to transport their kids. They also spend $650 (N234,000) on groceries per week and have to draw up a roster of chores for older kids to help out.
Despite all these, Lyette said that raising kids is the “best job in the world:”
“David and I were blessed to be able to have children and we really, truly believe that raising children is an incredible opportunity to do something amazing in the world. I fully understand we have chosen to do life differently than most, but it works for us. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Raising children is the best job in the world.” She said.
Incredibly, the couple hasn’t decided whether they will have more kids or not. Based on her experience, Lyette has also written a book about parenthood title Please God, Don’t Let Me Screw This Up.
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