Keziah, Ezra, and Boaz were adopted from Liberia in 2007.

All three have moved out of the house and are living here in Washington.

Keziah just graduated from Airline Academy!

Meet the Kids: Adalia

Adalia is our firstborn, our honeymoon baby.

She was born in Alaska in 1996. She is wild and active and adventurous.

She spent the summer of 2011 in Honduras with Teen Missions International where she met her future-husband.

She trained at Bastyr University as a birth doula at age 14 and attended 7 births before moving to New Zealand in 2014 with Kiwi husband Ben.

Meet the Kids: Judah

Judah was born in Alaska in 1997, 17 months after Adalia.

The summer of 2013 he spent in Zambia with Teen Missions International the summer of 2014 in Guatemala.  Judah has graduated from high school and completed two years of community college by age 17.

He loves running, reading, drawing and soccer. He is currently attending Central Washington University and is part of the Douglas Honors College.

Meet the Kids: TillyTilly was born in British Columbia, Canada in 1998 and has dual citizenship. She was our first baby born at home.

Tilly spent two weeks in Colombia in October 2013 helping teach local women to knit and crochet. She spent the summer of 2014 in Malawi drilling a well to provide fresh water to a remote village.

Tilly is a talented photographer who blogs sporadically over at Let It Shine.

Tilly just returned home from six months in New Zealand.

Meet the Kids: Enoch

Enoch was born in Washington in 2000.

He is clever and mechanically minded. He is active in his Boy Scout troop and currently working toward Eagle Scout.

Enoch enjoys building with LEGO and reading, running and biking. He spent the summer of 2015 with Teen Missions in Tanzania, East Africa.

Meet the Kids: Kalina

Kalina was born in 2001 and holds the proud distinction of being our only blue-eyed child.

Kalina loves reading, swimming, writing poetry and playing the ukulele.

Kalina was diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss at age 12 and wears a hearing aid.

Meet the Kids: Mordecai

Mordecai was born in 2002 with amniotic band syndrome.

He was the first child we adopted. He joined our family at 4 weeks old.

He loves LEGO, pasta and anything electronic.

He is a talented artist and amazing LEGO designer.

Meet the Kids: Jubilee

Jubilee was also born in 2002 just seven weeks after Mordecai joined our family. They have grown up as “twins”. Jubilee loves reading, hanging out with friends and is on the school track team.

Meet the Kids: Hezekiah

Hezekiah was born in 2004.

He is an old soul and a thinker. He is in the school band and plays the clarinet.

You are likely to find him off by himself absorbed in a book, drawing designs for a spacecraft, or building with LEGO.

Meet the Kids: Avi

Avi was born in 2005.

She was joined our family when she was just 3 days old.

Her claim to fame is having been born in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Avi is loud, vivacious and full of personality!

Avi is loud, vivacious and full of personality!

Meet the Kids: Tucker

Tucker was born in 2005 3 1/2 months after Avi joined our family. They are our second set of “twins”. Tucker is loud and wild and loves playing with LEGO.

Tucker is loud and wild and loves playing with LEGO. He excels academically and loves sports.

Meet the Kids: Apollo

Apollo XIV was born in June 2010 by emergency c-section after I experienced a cord prolapse at home.
Apollo has a double aortic arch, a rare congenital heart defect, which was repaired March 2012.
He had a g-tube place May 4, 2012, and a second double aortic arch division in October 2012.
Apollo is a serious little man, loved and adored by all.
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46 Responses

  1. Sara Maria Finley

    My birthday is on March 7 so I will make sure that I remember to be praying for him throughout the day! Also, I was wondering Boaz is till at home with the rest of your family because I had not seen any pictures of him on your blog recently.

  2. Hannah Babiak

    I have three adopted children from Liberia along with 7 biological children. One of our sons just headed off to Job Corps. I’d love to hear how your children are doing at Job Corps.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Hannah- our kids are doing great! Keziah (19) has one more test to take and then will have her GED. Boaz (17) is working on his High School Diploma and plans to join the military when he graduates. Ezra (19) just started but seems to like it.

  3. Cherridon

    Your children are beautiful! Jubilee is not a common name, but SO beautiful! My oldest daughter’s name is Jubilee Ohannah – her twin brother is Asher Othaniel. Their younger sister is Senona Joy… I pray the Lord’s blessings on you and your lovely family!

  4. Wow, your family is awesome and beautiful. My family has five children, three bio, and two adopted.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Brittney, thank you! I really love my large family.

  5. I’m wondering about the duct tape…

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Rachel- what are you wondering?

      • My sixteen year old daughter loves duct tape, as well. She has a lot of different colors and patterns. It seems to be A Thing in her school, and amongst her friends.

        • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

          Yes, it is quite popular now. There are entire books written about duct tape…

  6. You have a beautiful family. I have a son named Tucker who is 7. He is also loud, wild, and loves playing with LEGO. Must be the name! LOL

  7. I was wondering if there were any updates on your three children at Job Corps. Do they call/visit very often? How are they doing?

    • I was wondering that also. I am unsure at what job core really is…maybe a post on it? Did they live at home very long?

  8. Such beautiful children….I absolutely love their names!

  9. I have enjoyed your blog. I live in the Houston area and wish I would have been able to helped you out when you were here. Feel free to email me if you find yourself in need to come here again and perhaps I can be of some assistance.

  10. What an amazing family!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your family with the world. It absolutely shows that you and your husband have very big hearts! I was searching for a kale recipe on Pinterest and somehow ended up at your site which then piqued my interest and I was curious about the 14 children as this always amazes me since I can’t quite fathom squeezing out one! I have plenty of time though. I’m curious to know how your youngest is doing and why there is not more positive things written about him. Has he overcome some of his health issues? Has he taken any interest in some small joy or creation in life? Please feel free to email me personally – jenny@jenny-says.com. Oh ya, and I still was searching for the kale recipe for my own blog =)

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you for the comment. Apollo is now taking only 2 tube feeds per day, down from 4 since his last surgery in October 2012. Good luck with the kale!

  12. Hi ,
    it just occurred to me that Apollo shares his number (XIV) with Louis XIV the most famous King of France. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history (quote from Wikipedia). It must be a good omen for Apollo !

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Anne- thanks for sharing that fun bit of trivia!

  13. What a remarkable group of kids!
    Is Hezekiah aware of the Mars One project? Here’s a link: http://applicants.mars-one.com
    All the best to you all!

  14. Hi, can you do an update on the 3 oldest kids?

  15. your children are beautiful!

  16. Alicia A. Carlson

    So cool to see another Keziah. Our Keziah (just turned 3) was adopted from Ethiopia as an infant. She sat on my lap while we scrolled through the kids’ pics and bios. She was very excited to see another Keziah-and one that looks like her.

  17. I saw where mordecai had surgery on his fingers. Would you happen to have any before and after pics. I’m getting ready to go through with surgery with my grandson.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Lori- I do but this was before the digital age, so they are in our family scrapbooks. Sorry I can’t be more of a help.

  18. I loved reading about your beautiful family after your post on the TMI FTM page. I just wanted to tell you that your daughter’s head leaders on the Malawi team are a *wonderful* couple! I had the privilege of going through leader training with them in March and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. (Right up till the night they arrived pre-Boot Camp and were camping out in the office–before having to turn in their phones the next day. 🙂 ) I’m so excited about the work the Malawi team will be doing! Your daughter’s team has a prayer partner here in Michigan (soon to be Ecuador)! Blessings on your family…

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Celeste- I shared this will Tilly and it made her so happy. Good team leaders make such a difference.

  19. What a beautiful family! It’s obvious that there’s a lot of love to go around. You are all truly blessed to have each other. I haven’t read previous posts, this is the first I’m reading about your family and blog. If the children were previously homeschooled, why are they attending public school now. And you’re right about some kids being mean, but so are some teachers. I’m just curious because I only recently started homeschooling my son and took him out of public school. They both have good and bad points as I’m sure you are aware. Thanks

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thanks for asking! I have ten children at home right now and four of them have special needs. I am running one or more of them to various appointments at least three day a week and often more. Me constantly being gone has taken a toll on the whole family and it breaking up homeschooling too much. We decided a regular routine and consistent learning was what is best for them right now. You might also find this helpful: http://bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com/2014/12/15/farewell-homeschooling/

  20. I’ll look ino the link you sent me, thank you.

  21. Michelle Tanner

    Tilly has “duel” citizenship? LOL

    duel = arranged, regular combat between two private persons, often over a matter of honor (among other meanings)
    dual = double (among other meanings)

    Who used to check the kids’ spelling when they were still homeschooled?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Ha, ha! Thanks, I’ll fix that. Though some days duel is probably the right word for it.

  22. You have beautiful children! I enjoyed reading about each one of them. They sound like they have some amazing parents!!! I love their names, too.

  23. […] her Little Earthling Blog, we were amazed.  She and her husband, Chuck, are the proud parents of 14 children.  14 kids!  You might wonder how she manages to keep her sanity with a life so full of people, […]

  24. Why point out that some are adopted and some are bio? Does that help your adopted kids feel part of the family?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Because here on the blog I tell the story of our family. Putting that info on the Meet the Kids page means I don’t have to respond to dozens of emails per week asking about it.

    • Kate, I have 11 kids with another due in June. Three of mine are adopted, and I always point it out when I introduce my family. My oldest daughter was adopted at age 17 from foster care. I’m less than 14 years older than me. She looks a lot like me and wants to be identified as adopted for two main reasons. 1) She doesn’t want people to judge me and think I was a teen mom and more importantly, 2) She sees it as her chance to educate the world about foster adoption of teens. She knows that there are many teens aging out of foster care without families. She wants to make people think and hopefully soften a heart or two and give another teen the opportunities she had.

      My 2nd adopted child falls right toward the middle. He is now 11, but was 6 1/2 when we adopted him. He is Hispanic, the rest of the kids, (except my younger adopted son) are Caucasian. He spent several years in foster care, including two years in a home where some kids had been adopted from the system and other kids were still in foster care. Being the “adopted” child was a badge of honor. When I wouldn’t mention it, he would become really upset because he wanted to whole world to know he was really, permanently a part of our family, not just passing through. We’ve continued to honor that even as he has gotten older.

      My 3rd adopted child is three. He is also part Hispanic, adopted through a private infant adoption. It fits naturally to include him as one of the adopted kids and I’m sure if he was old enough to ask, he would be thrilled to be part of that “special” group with his older brother whom he adores. It doesn’t make him feel any less a part of the family, but it does keep that part of his story out in the open and his adoption will never come as a surprise or big revelation to him.

      I have met many people who are quick to judge negatively because I point out the adoptions, but it is what is best for my family and best for the kids involved. And like my daughter, I hope that someday hearing my children’s stories will make another family reach out and welcome an older foster child into their home. It isn’t always an easy path, raising children never is, regardless of how they come into your family. But it is SO, SO worth it.


  25. Hi, I came for the scones recipe and got waylaid reading your story. I had a son with cystic fibrosis, and have 2 grown-up dtrs. And I have an LVAD. Hey, it will be OK. <3

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you so much for sharing about your son. Best of luck to you!

  26. I think it is so neat that Adalia became a doula when she was only 14. My daughter, age 12, is fascinated by labor/delivery and hopes to be a LD nurse someday. She is always asking me about how she can learn more now but I’m not sure how to teach her all of that at such a young age. How did you start with your daughter?

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Like your daughter, Adalia was always interested in birth. When I was pregnant with Apollo, a friend recommended she take the doula class at Bastyr University. We signed her up (never mentioning her age) and she did a fabulous job and earned her certificate!

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