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Pregnant Army wife balances eight children

Posted November 20, 2008

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— Though Cpt. Kirby Vidrine will soon head to Iraq for a year, the Fort Bragg chaplain insists his wife is the real hero.

"She is the backbone of our family,” Vidrine said of his wife, Wendy. “I definitely married up."

Wendy Vidrine cares for the couple’s eight children – ranging from 12-years-old to 11 months – and she is pregnant with their ninth child due in June.

"We were content with just a boy and a girl and then the Lord gave us another girl, and then another boy,” Kirby Vidrine said.

A typical day involves Wendy Vidrine homeschooling all of the children, cooking, cleaning and taking them to music lessons. It takes a 15-passengar van to transport the family around.

Wendy Vidrine describes a typical day as “crazy.”

“I have my moments, but for the most part, I love it. This is what I'm supposed to be doing,” Wendy Vidrine said.

The older siblings help the younger ones do chores including cleaning the house, which the family does together.

"They help with the dishes and the laundry and the little ones help straighten up and sweep, as much as they can,” she said.

This is Kirby Vidrine’s fourth long deployment.

"I think the hardest part is going to be the children missing him, because they were much younger the last time he did leave. And already they're missing him,” Wendy Vidrine said.

Kirby Vidrine, a Baptist preacher, said his children know his work for the Lord is just as important as his work at home.


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  • mom2threecld Nov 25, 2008

    tmsfits, if they want 9 children THAT is reason enough, they know how they keep having them, but children are a BLESSING!!!! you don't have to have any, so don't worry about those who want and do have them

  • sayitoutloud Nov 25, 2008

    I say more power to em'. If they can afford to feed, and cloth them then who is anyone to judge? And AMBERGAIL1...I would much rather MY tax money go to 1. Someone that is LEGALLY in this country and 2.Someone that is willing to Die for this country. The father of those children is fighing for this country so you can have the right to make your Lame Comments. Did you ever think about that?

  • Love my boys Nov 21, 2008

    To the ones with the negative posts - do any of you have children? If not, that explains a lot of the inability to understand parents. If so, shame on you for not knowing that children are a gift from God. I have 2 children. Will I have 7 more? No, my body will not tolerate it. Unfortunately, I am not able to have anymore children.

    Remember that this man is spreading God's word AND protecting your freedom to spout off about the injustice he and his wife are doing to you.

  • josep4567 Nov 21, 2008

    The cost to society for each child born is over 1,000,000 per child. Who pays that much in taxes. Education, medical care, police protection, fire pritection, infrastructure, government,military, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

  • giovanni777777 Nov 21, 2008

    You would be paying taxes no matter what. People who are always complainning about taxes are usually the ones who cheat and not pay.

  • tmsfits Nov 21, 2008

    There is absoutely no reason for anyone to have 9 children...not to mention, they don't seem to understand how it is they keep having them...they think god is responsible for the pregnancies...he just keeps "blessing" them with more children. How scary is that?

  • lilreno is in the wind Nov 21, 2008

    For the ones making negative post on this story, the bible does say "BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY" god is aware of what they can handle. I think its a great thing.

  • caminz Nov 21, 2008

    This was an inspiring story! I home school 2 and I wish I did have more. Children are truly a gift from God, not a financial burden. I know several large families and all the kids are well taken care of, get plenty of attention and KNOWN of them get public assistance. If God blesses you with that large of a family, why would he not also bless you with the capacity to care for them. Of course, if you aren't a follower of Christ, you would not understand this at all. As for college, most home school students end up with scholarships, I can attest to that personally. If the family reads this, God bless you and I will keep your family in my prayers!
    - A fellow home school mom in Florida

  • pwayscue Nov 21, 2008

    Belive it or not ambergail1, no one gives a hoot about your illiterate opinion! It must take some gall to be the moral compass for the world, not to mention psychic. Some families do actually pay their own bills and if these kids do acquire scholarships, maybe its because Mom is a great homeschooler. To suggest you punish achievers (not to mention their Dad's service so you spew your tribble), is the height of insensitivity.

  • FromClayton Nov 21, 2008

    Believe it or not, I completly agree with Jose. Who is paying for all that healthcare? We are through our taxes that go to the Army that suplements with health insurance. Who is going to pay for college for all those kids? We are through taxes where they will get grants and scholorships. And all those kids can't get the attention they need. This is just a selfish idea. Poor kids!