After short peripetias when our family searched for the direction of her
pilgrimage and kept moving through the Czech towns (Brno, Prague) we came to
conclusion that we and our children would do best in a village. We purchased an
old house in Vysocina near Bystrice nad Pernstejnem which we are trying to
reconstruct as we live in it, and at the same time be faster than the ravages of time which
consume both the house and us relentlessly.
- 8 children
- 3 horses
- 1 llama
- 2 dogs
- 2 cats
- 3 achatinas (African snails)
- 2 snakes
- 1 goat
- 2 budgerigars
- 1 cockatiel
Our family then consists of the Mom, Dad, and 8 kids.
is trained theologian but after 21 years of studies he came to conclusion that the
best way to serve God is to take care for the weakest. So he chuck the gown up,
left the pulpit, and at the moment he uses his theological and pedagogical
training for raising children--both his own and adopted ones.
In his free time he teaches English.
Should someone be interested in his musical or academical
carrier, here it is.
is absolutely normal Mom who suffers with the feeling that after 14 years of
house-wifehood she cannot think and she has nothing to put on. She holds the
positions of a manager, cook, seamstress, scrubwoman, taxi driver, and educator.
In her free time she likes to write gibbers like this one.
Our Children in the Order of Their Coming:
is hard-working assiduous teenager who has somewhat strange perception of the
world thanks to his ADHD and dyslexia. By this he enriches our daily routines very
much and at the same times he drives us crazy. He is the lord of our puppy Hugo
and horse Jarmanka. She is his pet and teacher at the same time. He wants to
become a smith.
Berenika (Berenice 2000)
is introvert and a senzitive little soul with the power of a tornado (when she
gets angry). Her paintings are beautiful and since she loves to care for others
she wants to become a doctor. Budgerigar
Modrásek ("the Blue One")
belongs to her
and she cares for him diligently.
came to our family in almost age of two (in 2002) from the Orphanage Brno--Hlinky.
Her incorporation into the family was relatively complicated, see
Don´t Shine in My Repro! Now she is joyful and communicating little girl, attending the second
grade of the Special School. By the court decision we have her in a "wardship care"
since 2008 (which means that we can, for example, apply for her passport or
publish her photos), before that, since 2002, it was "foster care" (we could do
practically nothing formally, officially for her).
Julie and Mikuláš (Nicolas 2004)
Sprightly twins pretty much resembling the Weasley twins of Harry
Potter. Especially Juli is worth two boys and there is no tomfoolery in which she
would not have a hand. She is unbelievably physically fit, she was not even two
when she started skiing, since the age of three she can swim. Mikuláš is more
"analytical," inquiring, deep (and slow) thinking. Right now he is excelling in
writing song that the whole family sings. Current hit is "When the Cars Are Dirty."
Click here for PDF of music with Czech lyrics.
Alžběta (Elisabeth 2006)
is our youngest and the most spoiled little Benjamin.
Patrik (1997) [the law prohibits to publish the photos]
came int our family in the summer 2008 from the
Children in Danger Funds' (Czech: Fond Ohrožených
Dětí) home for children needing immediate help "Klokánek" ("Little Kangaroo")
in Brno. It is thoughtful and zealous boy who loves animals. In the past, however,
he has received many blows below the belt which he will eventually have to face
and handle. He is excited to live in a village. He turned to be the keeper of the
llama Laila of which he takes a good care, and he dreams about his own (draught)
horse. He loves soccer which he plaqys on a regular basis, and has a nice
relationship with his brother Tom.
Tomáš (Thomas 2004)
is ubelievable and uncontrolled torpedo. He came to us together with his brother
Patrik. From the "Little Kangaroo" he brought along the pills for calming down but
we decided to discontinue them and to handle his hyperactivity for ourselves.
Thanks God his character is merry and conflictless, he also shows a wonderful
ability to get to terms with many things quickly ("I don't mis my Mom but she
misses me. But she has not chosen me and you have chosen me so I am now here.")
So Tom is now here and we hope that he would like it. As well as the other
So many children? And today? In the Czech Republic?
People often ask us how in the world we can
handle so many kids in these days. They say we cannot possibly provide for them
materially, meet the needs for development, and even emotionally satisfy in the
same level as if we had let's say just two.
The very term "provide in these days" is
strange. What does it mean? What the norm dictates. (What is the norm?)
appearently THAT WHAT EVERYONE HAS. All those who wish to be adrift with the wide
stream and not to depart from it. Is it then brand-named clothes, mobile phones,
computers, free-time activities like tennis or languages? Is it spending time at
bowling, on a vacation at the seashore in summer and in the mountains in winter?
We do not think that this is the norm that ought
to determine the quality of life. It only shows the measure of the affluence of
After all: When else besides these very days did people live better?
Our grandmothers (yes, just two generations ago!) had to boil the clothing diapers on a tiled kitchen
stove, they washed them in hands and rinsed them in a creek; they ironed them with a hot-coal-fed
iron (one wrong move and you could wash it again), 30 diapers a day for each baby, whereas we just
throw the used diaper into garbage. They brought the water for both cooking and washing from the
well -- we just turn the faucet. When they wanted to warm the milk for the children's breakfast they had
to first milk the cow or a goat (which means muck out, bed down, feed them, and wash their udder),
then heat up the stove (which includes preparation of wood and clear out the ashes). We just
pull the milk out of a fridge and put it in the microwave. Time saving at least an hour (measured by
a grandma who races like an ant).
Not mentioning the washers, dishwashers, detergents, supermops, and central heating. And we should not
forget that they warked on the field, with the animals, at the factories, on farms... And they had
Without medical care, cars, hypermarkets, daycare centers, sanitary towels, TVs, PCs, often without
solid shoes and winter clothing, without school aids. No, today we really have nothing to complain
We do not share the conviction that affluence is the best way to raise the kids well. Forming habits like
work, the necessity to share (toys, room, but also parents), respect for others, ability to wait for
the satisfaction of one's needs, respecting the older and tolerating the younger, having compassion
with the suffering of somebody else (although he irritates me greatly when he takes my toy car) --
these are the stimuli which form human heart. Not the computer, TV, mobile phone, not even the French
class with the super teacher.