Anna’s life has been devoted to the care of children, a journey that began at the tender age of 15 when she welcomed her first child into the world. Her husband, Mark, shares a familial background rich in sibling bonds, hailing from a lineage of 14 brothers and sisters, while Anna herself grew up among seven siblings. Embracing a profound belief in destiny and divine will, Anna expresses, “When children are born, it is God’s will. The most important thing is that we have the health to feed and clothe them, because we do not ask anyone for help and rely only on ourselves. We work hard and earn money.”
While Anna, the resilient matriarch of this expansive family, contemplates the idea of halting the birthing journey after nurturing 19 children, her husband Mark harbors a readiness to welcome even more into their bustling home. Despite her acknowledgment that her health may not be as robust as before, Anna remains dedicated to the well-being of her family, a sentiment echoed in her words, “I can’t say I want it too much – my health isn’t what it used to be, it can be difficult for me.”
A majority of Anna’s childbirth experiences have unfolded within the intimate confines of their home, with only occasional reliance on professional midwives. Raised on a farm, Anna’s offspring are instilled with a work ethic from a young age, learning the value of hard work and perseverance. Anna reflects on her life choices, stating, “If I could go back, I would definitely choose Anna again,” a sentiment that resonates with her husband Mark, reaffirming the resilience and commitment that defines their extraordinary family journey.