Bobbi McCaughey is perhaps the most celebrated mother in America. As mother of the world’s first living and healthy septuplets, she and her husband, Kenny, have lived in the midst of the media spotlight since their seven new children arrived. They have graced the covers of America’s leading magazines and are featured regularly by the most prestigious news programs.
Born and raised in the quiet, day-to-day routines of small-town America, Bobbi’s life has changed dramatically. But the primary focus of daily living is more about chasing down curious toddlers, potty training, getting the laundry done, multiple weekly grocery store trips, and finding time to keep their marriage alive and healthy than anything else.
In the challenges are also the blessings. The McCaugheys have a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which is their optimistic outlook on life. “I think we’re the last of the big families,” Kenny says, “and a lot of people will be watching to see how we handle things, how we parent, and what it takes for a family to work together.” Part of that, for Bobbi, is common sense survival, but all of it requires faith and a steady commitment as a wife and mother.
Volunteers, friends and family from the church and community of Carlisle, Iowa, still participate as caregivers for the septuplets, their five year old sister, Mikayla, and for their parents. Kenny and Bobbi take Friday evenings for “date-night” to give their marriage and relationship a weekly boost and time to grow.
Their first book, Seven from Heaven (November 1998) appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list and Bobbi’s second book, Celebrating the Wonders of Motherhood was published in 1999. Grammy award winner, Brown Bannister, produced the McCaughey Septuplet Sweet Dreams Lullaby CD.
While their world has changed, Bobbi and Kenny have remained true to the principles on which they have based their lives. And that is why the world wants another peek through the window of their souls to the fine little children growing up in a house of love.