Ever wonder what itas like to be in a big family? Not just big, but the largest family you knew. When my family ventured from our home in small-town Missouri, strangers noticed. We were not famous or wealthy. No, but we were noticed just the same. Bobbing heads counted us everywhere we went. We began to expect it with the arrival of each new member. As one of the eldest of fourteen siblings, I would experience two decades of ever-changing life from rock ana roll to disco.a] Our proud entertaining father resembled a politician more than a laborer. The strength of our mother would become our inspiration. Throughout childhood, we would be struck with sudden tragic losses which would shape our lives forever. The faith required would be unforeseena]even with such an ambitious family plan.