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Mother's Day is all about love
By MARGO HORNER
Marla Evans claims to have a streak of selfishness, but its doubtful.
Evans, a 39-year-old mother of 10, doesnt have time to be selfish. Shes busy cooking spaghetti for a family of 12, resolving arguments between the boys, teaching the oldest how to drive and helping with homework in the study room a family room converted into an educational den with computers, desks and reference materials.
For Mothers Day, Evans will herd the children into the familys 15-seat van and take them to the theater to see Spiderman 3.
Taking the children out as a gift for herself? Hardly selfish.
I get to spend time with them, she said. Isnt that what Mothers Day is about?
Evans isnt sure when she and her husband, Rick, decided to build a family so big. They have four biological children and six adopted children from around the globe. They range in age from 8 to 15.
The children all share four bedrooms, taking turns each year having one of the bedrooms to themselves.
At first, Evans home-schooled the children, but at some point it became overwhelming. Now, the Evans children attend schools in Federal Way: Four at Public Academy, five at Panther Lake Elementary and one at Illahee Middle School.
Dinners together are the best times, Evans said.
We usually end up just cracking up because theyre telling different stories about their friends at school, she said.
As time goes on and the children grow up, raising a large family keeps getting better, Evans said.
Its so much fun, she said. You get to sort of watch them process life and for the most part, they make great decisions.
Evans and her husband maintain their sanity by taking a vacation alone together once a year.
Its good for the kids too because they get to answer to someone else, so when we come home they like us again, Evans said.
Its not easy finding a babysitter for 10 children. For the first few years, Evans flew a babysitter in from her old hometown in Spokane. Now, a woman from her church babysits when needed.
Evans thanks her neighbors and families at her church, Our Saviors Baptist Church, for helping keep the children clothed in quality and fashionable attire. The Evans children mostly wear hand-me-down clothing.
Sometimes, well open the front door and theres just bags of clothes there, Evans said.
The childrens grandparents also are generous with their time and gifts.
While Evans isnt actively looking for more children to adopt, she cant guarantee that shes done building her family. There are so many children out there who need families, she said.
Youve already got the family, so why not add a few more, she said.
Contact Margo Horner: firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565.