Like most grandmas, Laurie Brunz is overjoyed about the birth of her new grandchild. May 10, Heavenlynn came into the world. She is grandchild number 45. Yes, 45.
The baby's picture will join 44 other grandchildren on Laurie's living room wall. An empty frame also waits number 46 expected in July. But the sheer number of grandchildren isn't so amazing when you find out the 65-year-old is the mother to 13 children - Shauna, Jessica, Caleb, Zadok, Jonas, Jabez, Josiah, Elizabeth, Micah, Mariah, Daniel, Naomi and Bethany. One child, Jared, died shortly after birth.
From the 1980s to the 2000s, the Brunz family - not so surprisingly - gained the reputation of being probably the biggest family in Sioux Falls. Now with 10 of the 13 still living in Sioux Falls, their reputation lives on. The oldest Brunz child is now 45, the youngest 24; the oldest grandchild is 19.
All told, Laurie has 13 children, 45 grandchildren (so far!) and she couldn't be more proud of her supersized family.
Read the entire story in the latest edition of Living Here magazine.
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