In today’s world, having a large family is a rarity. Courtney Rogers, a 36-year-old woman from Santa Fe County, New Mexico, defies the norm with her family of 10 children. Her unconventional family size often prompts numerous questions, not all of them kind. However, this mother, who has given birth to eleven children in ten years, is already planning her 11th child and insists on homeschooling all of them. She admits that she will be saddened when she finally stops having children.
Courtney and her husband, Chris Rogers, a 32-year-old church pastor, have rarely been without a pregnancy or a newborn since their marriage 13 years ago. Despite the assumption that life in such a large family would be chaotic, they have a well-structured system in place, essential since they homeschool all of their children.
Courtney, reflecting on her extraordinary journey, says, “I don’t know why I like it so much – I don’t think I ever imagined having this many children when we got married. I just knew that I wanted children, and when I became a mother, I realized how much I loved it. I love being a mother, and I would really like to have another one. We’ll probably wait a year or two to try.”
The Rogers family, including their children Clint, Clay, Cade, Callie, Cash, twins Colt and Case, Calena, Caydie, Coralee, and newborn Caris, lives on a 12-acre plot. Courtney documents their life on her Instagram page.
Despite facing online criticism about their family size and parenting choices, Courtney and Chris remain unfazed. They emphasize that their income supports their family, and they have never sent their children to daycare or traditional school. Their plan is to homeschool all of them.
As for the small age gaps between their children, Courtney believes that it fosters strong sibling relationships and shared interests. She acknowledges that they’ve received comments and criticism throughout their journey but has learned to ignore them. Courtney confidently states, “We know we’re doing what we wanted, and we love it, and we’re giving them a good life. We know how we’re raising them, so we try not to let it bother us.”
Their family has settled into an everyday routine, with Courtney and Chris homeschooling all the children over the age of four or five while maintaining their small farm. Despite the chaos and challenges, Courtney cherishes the excitement and joy they all experience during holidays, birthdays, and family trips. She hopes her children will grow up with fond memories of the fun and togetherness they share.