Helen Doss does a superb job of highlighting the adventures and growth of their family in her enthralling narrative. She had always longed for a little family of her own but as time showed that biological children were not a possibility, she and her minister husband adopted a baby boy…and then ELEVEN more children through a series of hilarious and unexpected events. What makes this story even more intriguing is that the book was published in 1954, which means that they picked their children up from orphanages, racism was rampant, babies were fed pablum, wash machines were not a given and they fit all 12 children in their station wagon. Talk about a perspective shift! And yet somehow what is most important in a family remains timeless.
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