Bobbi McCaughey is perhaps the most celebrated mother in America. As the 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. Through it, all the couple has been a voice for the pro-life movement. After their kids grew up, they donated their house to become a home for unwed mothers.
Born and raised in the quiet, day-to-day routines of small-town America, the McCaughey's life has changed dramatically. Their marriage survived chasing down curious toddlers, potty training, getting the laundry done, and multiple weekly grocery store trips. Through it all, they made the time to keep their marriage alive and healthy. They love sharing their insights with couples, who are trying to find the balance in their marriages.
Bobbi and Kenny believe the challenges are also the blessings. The McCaugheys have had 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, was common sense survival, but all of it required faith and a steady commitment as a wife and mother.
The McCaugheys love sharing what a biblical community looks like. 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 children who grew up in a house of love. They love encouraging couples and churches to pursue all that God intends for their lives.