Mother Of 11 Celebrates Mother's Day In Lenoir County

For a Lenoir County woman Mother's Day is quite the celebration with the latest gift arriving just three weeks ago. It's the brady bunch plus 5 in La Grange.

Karen Kozel says, "it's just a lot of fun and it doesn't seem burdensome. It's really rejuvenating for us."

To say Karen and her husband William have a few kids would be an understatement.

There is 17 year-old John, 15 year-old Scott, 14 year-old Kent, 14 year-old Kurt, 10 year-old Nick, 9 year-old Ben 8 year-old Luke, 8 year-old Leah, 4 year-old Jake, 2 year-old Jude, and 3 week old Brett

"I guess they are use to it," says Karen talking about her friends and family reacting to her saying their not going to have anymore kids. "

Every time we're like well this is probably it then they are expecting us to have another which we end up having."

Karen says she wouldn't change a thing in the world. She loves having her big family.

"It's really fun. Your either wiping fingers on the little boys or having great discussions with the big guys so it's really a diverse household."

In case your wondering Karen says her husband and 11 children got her a pedicure, manicure, a few purses, and some cards.

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  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    Thanks for fixing video!
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on May 11, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    Being the first of 9 kids, I know what it's like to be a part of a big family!! Happy Mother's day!
  • by Roberson Location: Parmele on May 11, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    I thought my family of 9 was huge. But you have us beat. Enjoy one another because believe time go by pretty fast. Everyone will be grown and married before you know it. Happy Mothers Day!
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt on May 11, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    How do they afford 11 kids. I can't hardly make w/ the 2 I have and both my husband and I work. I wonder if they get government help (medicaid, wic, etc...). I sure don't qualify any!
  • by Just a girl Location: wmst on May 11, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Wow,,that is awesome, that is a big caring and loving family,
  • by Crystal Location: Hudsonville, MI on May 11, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    What a great Mother's Day tribute to a very special family. We were guests of the Kozels at a family reunion a few years ago. They are as genuine and hospitable as they sound.They truely do view their children as gifts from God. The children are well behaved,helpful and polite! They are also very interesting to talk to. Thanks for printing such an uplifting story for Mother's Day!
  • by Rachel Location: Raleigh on May 11, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Yes, big families are awesome! The Kozels are a great bunch...if you think their home is fun, you should check out their family reunions! Those must be a blast:)
  • by Ruth Location: Wilmington on May 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    It's as good as it looks - the Kozels are a terrific family - I've been to visit them several times & it just works for them! Big families aren't for everyone, but the Kozels (and Garner's - Karen's sister has at least 11 kids too) seem to thrive on the activity! You go guys! BTW - it was great to see you all on the video & meet Brett. Congratulations & Lots of Love!
  • by mspiano Location: nc on May 11, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    What a beautiful family. Thanks for a great story... Its nice to see some good news for a change......
  • by WITN Moderator Location: WITN on May 11, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    The video is working now. The video link went active before the clip had fully uploaded.
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