Astonishing story of family with 11 children 12 and under hits the

“It was a chance for others to see that with some sacrifices it can be
done,” Larry Kilmer said of the story about his family in the Washington
Post. “Despite the fear that ‘you cannot survive,’ we wanted to show
that it is possible.”

BY Jeremy Kryn

ROCKVILLE, MD, August 16, 2011 ( – The astonishing story
of a Maryland family with 11 children, ranging in age from 1 to 12, has been
featured in a back-to-school piece by the Washington Post Newspaper. The
August 10 story chronicles the Kilmer household’s day-to-day life and
details how they manage to stay lighthearted and have fun while balancing
what some might consider an impossibly difficult lifestyle.

Read the Washington Post story here.

In an interview with LifeSiteNews (LSN), Larry Kilmer, a native of Halifax,
Nova Scotia, said he viewed speaking with the Post about his family as “an
opportunity to show that large families can exist and survive in the
Washington area.”

“It was a chance for others to see that with some sacrifices it can be
done,” he said. “Despite the fear that ‘you cannot survive,’ we
wanted to show that it is possible.”

The article introduces readers to Larry, a high school teacher, and his wife
Jen, a stay-at-home mom, as well as children Christina, Joe, Michelle,
Julie, Tommy, Steven, Matthew, John Paul, Larry, Rosemary, and Peter, none
of whom are twins or triplets.

The feature chronicles the Kilmer family’s daily life, from 5 a.m. to 9
p.m. It notes the many challenges the family faces, but also highlights the
many blessings, including the tight friendships shared by the children and
the role that the “rock of Faith” plays in the Kilmer household.

“A large family helps to instill in a person many of the strong values and
virtues that a society needs in order to survive and continue,” Kilmer
told “In my opinion, the issue of putting others first
is at the heart of a large family as you work and exist with other human
beings in a close-knit environment.”

Commenting on the Washington Post story, Jenn Giroux, founder of Speaking of
Motherhood, who is also the mother of a large family, told LSN, “This is
an incredible and fair portrayal of this beautiful large family.  It is
rare to get this perspective from a liberal media outlet.”

“Large families have a positive impact on society,” Giroux said. “At a
time when our national birthrate is dangerously low, large families are
producing the future workers that will sustain the elderly in the very near
future … They are raising the next generation of Church and political

“At the heart of large families is the surrender to God’s supreme rights
over our lives and an embrace and love of His gift of children,” she said.
“Unfortunately, this is a foreign and/or unknown concept that has been
gradually lost over the last 50 years.”

“It requires ‘blind trust’ in God in times of difficulty,” Giroux
said. “This is a difficult concept for a contracepting society where those
today seek to control everything from the day they conceive to sometimes the
very sex of their baby.”

Read the Washington Post story here.

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