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This North Dakota Mom, 77, Reared 69 Kids
The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11, 2013 | JAMES R. HAGERTY

Posted on 05/13/2013 4:28:35 AM PDT by Freeport

DUNSEITH, N.D.—Few mothers are likely to get more cards, flowers and phone calls this Sunday than Joyce Dumont.

Mrs. Dumont, 77 years old, a Native American of the Chippewa tribe, is at the root of a family tree so tangled that it seems more like a forest. By her reckoning, she has had 69 kids—including six through childbirth, five stepchildren, 11 who were adopted, several dozen foster children and a few who simply moved in when they had no better place to go.

Her latest three were adopted by Mrs. Dumont and her husband, Buddy, also 77, over the past few years. They range in age from 7 to 10. "They're really rambunctious," she told a recent visitor to her home near the Canadian border, where a washing machine chugged and a chubby Chihuahua named Peewee scoured the floor for Cheerios.

Social workers say Mrs. Dumont is exceptional in terms of the number of children she has nurtured over six decades. Chuck Johnson, president of the National Council for Adoption, a nonprofit group in Alexandria, Va., knows of people who have fostered scores of children but said such cases are rare.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: AMERICA - The Right Way!!; Society
KEYWORDS: adoption; love; service
Happy belated Mothers Day ladies!
1 posted on 05/13/2013 4:28:35 AM PDT by Freeport
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I loved how this Mom handled her daughter when she skipped school. Led her by the hand back to school and sat next to her during her typing class. Her daughter was so mortified that she never skipped school again. Great article... thanks, Freeport!!


2 posted on 05/13/2013 4:46:55 AM PDT by momtothree
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What this tells you is how few other "motherhood worthy" females there are in Indian country.

This woman needs to be saluted, not just for raising her kids, but many other people's too.

3 posted on 05/13/2013 5:44:47 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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Led her by the hand back to school and sat next to her during her typing class. Her daughter was so mortified that she never skipped school again

My threat to my grown-up kids when they were in High School. If you even think about dropping out I will drag you there everyday and sit next to you in every class.

They all graduated. They knew mom made good on her threats.

Don't have to do that with the youngest. He LOVES school - looks forward to going everyday.

4 posted on 05/13/2013 5:51:01 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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Yeah, me to. This is an exceptional mother and an exceptional pair of spouses too!


5 posted on 05/13/2013 8:21:23 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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I wonder if she lives in a Shoe...


6 posted on 05/13/2013 11:01:32 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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