Toowoomba mum gives birth to sweet 16th

Jeni and Ray Bonell with their 15 children.
Jeni and Ray Bonell with their 15 children. Picasa

TOOWOOMBA'S Bonell family has grown by one with Ray and Jeni Bonell welcoming their 16th baby.

The arrival of Katelyn Vera is making national headlines with Australia's largest family doing the morning television rounds.

But don't expect sweet 16 to be the Bonells last.

Jeni told The Chronicle earlier this year that she planned to keep having babies until nature stopped her.

"I didn't want any kids when we got married."

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"But then we kept going. It was so wonderful to surrender into parenthood.

"It's amazing how your heart can expand to love so many people equally.

"I love the chaos, the noise, the hugs, the I love you's."

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And for those wondering how Ray and Jeni handle looking after 16 children - flexibility and persistence is essential.

"We get it wrong, no parent is perfect. But you just keep trying."

"We're a team."

Katelyn Vera was born at Toowoomba's St Vincent's Hospital.


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