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Couple Prepares to Welcome 101st Grandchild the Same Month as Their 68th Wedding Anniversary


"We always made room."

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A Michigan couple is expecting their 101st grandchild the same month of their 68th wedding anniversary.

"I brag about it a lot," Shirley Keena of Grand Rapids, Michigan, told ABC's "Good Morning America." "My new friends tell me they've got five or six grandkids, and I say 'Well, I've got a 100.' They look at me like I'm lying or something. We can't have everyone over for Christmas anymore, the walls will cave in."

Having a big family has been a joy, Shirley Keena, 85, said. She and her husband, Don, 88, didn’t really “plan” to have certain number of children, as many families today do.

"We just loved it," Shirley, 85, told MLive. "We always made room."

"[My husband] is happy about them too," she told ABC. "He loves babies."

The Keenas have a total of 11 children, 32 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Shirley's daughter, Sally Keena, 64, told ABC that the age range of the Keena children is 53 to 67.

"There's Donna, Daniel, Sally, Deborah, Don, Sherry, Lynn, Rick, David, Mark and Tammy," she said of the kids, listing everyone in order from oldest to youngest. "People are saying 'Holy cow, I cant even imagine,' but for us it's normal. We’ve always had a big family."

And now, at 100 grandchildren total, the Keenas are expecting another.

"My family keeps getting bigger, and we're expecting another one the same month of our wedding anniversary," she told ABC. "We never believed we'd have this many."

Shirley shared that her grandchildren live in Michigan, California, Colorado and Texas, and nine of them are even grandparents themselves.

Shirley and Don met when Shirley was working at a soda fountain in Grand Rapids at the age of 16 — 69 years ago.

The two married May 15, 1948. Sally told ABC that her parents had all 11 children in 13 years, without having any twins.

"Their whole life is their kids and their grandkids," she said. "We are a very close family. Anybody you talk to says, 'Your parents are the nicest people we've ever met.' They're just very loving people. [My mom], she's very proud."

Sally said her family plans to hold a reunion this year to try and get as many of the 101 grandkids together as possible.

(H/T: ABC News)

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