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An Enormous Capacity for Love: Couple Prepares to Welcome 72nd Foster Child

Family reunion

They must have to pack a lot of napkins and sandwiches at their family reunions

Sometimes I feel like a martyr for having a second baby. Maybe not a martyr, exactly, because having children at all is a blessing and a privilege. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I worry about providing the best possible life for my children, and adding to the family will make providing the best that much more difficult as we spread around the money, time and love.

So of course I feel like a jerk when I read stories like this one: A couple in Allentown, Penn., is preparing to welcome their 72nd foster child. Yes, their SEVENTY-SECOND child. Take that, Duggars, Gosselins and Sulemans.

Thomas and Ann Rose have been foster parents for over 15 years.

Did I mention Thomas is in his 70s and Ann is in her 80s?

“It’s very satisfying,” Thomas told CNN of his foster parenting experience. “It’s really a lot of fun to see little kids develop and go from not being able to sit up to maybe being able to crawl and then walk and then talk. So it’s pretty rewarding.”

“We have grandchildren. They were getting older (and) didn’t have any babies, so we thought we’d do this,” Ann Rose said.

Despite the volume of kids they’ve cared for, there have rarely been more than 2 kids at a time in their home since foster kids are generally short-term guests. They pride themselves in teaching the kids to “have fun and get a sense of humor and, if they’re old enough … some manners.”

Yeah, so, I have nothing else to complain about today. How about you?

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