Knoxville (WVLT) - It's an early weekday morning, and off to school for some of the 11 children that live in the piety household. Others are home schooled. They range in age from 41 all the way down to 8.
It's still a far cry from the 27, Ken and Linda have adopted over the years.
"There was a time when we had five ballgames in one night, we'd have to get to some would be playing football, she in basketball and they'd be at different fields. I mean you'd literally be just trying to get them to their fields and watch a little of the game before you took the next one and came back and picked that one up," Ken explains.
It took a while, but structure was a key, everyone is required to do their part.
Ken cooks and shuttles the kids, Linda organizes and runs the barn on their 35 acres. Today, Sage is her helper.
"Everyday is an Easter egg hunt for you huh" asks Alan.
"Except for Sunday," Sage replies.
From collecting a dozen eggs or so for breakfast, to milking the goats. No store bought for the Piety family.
"It tastes like a vanilla milkshake without the sugar," Linda says.
Meanwhile up at the house, Ethan is taking care of his room,
Skylar is cleaning his toilet and tub,
Sage returns from the barn to vacuum.
Then there's Katie and Charles both mentally challenged. Charles takes care of Zachary 24/7. Katie looks after Karrie's needs.
Life seems pretty organized in the piety household, but that wasn't always the case.
"Some days work better than other days and some days, gee why are we doing this, we clearly don't know what we're doing," Kens says.
"It's sort of like we had 3 sets of kids really, cause there's the older group 20 up to 30 something, a different set of kids a different set of needs, then we have the middle group, that's the older kids leaving home now, and the third family, that's Skylar going to be 14, down to 3 little boys, that are 8," says Linda.
And there were run-ins.
"I went to juvenile court one day again, and the receptionist said, well hey Mrs. Piety who are you here for today. I said God what am I doing?" Linda says.
"There are no books or tapes out there as to raising children cause we have made all the mistakes you can make," Ken says.
But what you do see is a family that loves, laughs, and respects one another. It's the Piety way.