Writer Stephanie Maher Palenque
Anthem resident Lori Herrington, a former preschool teacher who majored in child development, and her husband, Malcolm “Mac” Herrington, an ordained pastor and former U.S. Navy corpsman who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, had no idea their education and experience would help prepare them for raising 11 children (seven adopted, four biological). Along with “Gramma,” Linda Conti, the Herrington household of 14 could be considered a small military squadron.
Originally from Buffalo, New York and Glendale, California, respectively, Lori and Malcolm met at their California church, Hosanna Christian Fellowship, in January 1992. It all began when Lori was late for a young adults and singles group outing. When she arrived, she found pastor, David Coleman, his wife and Mac leaving to see a movie.
“They invited me to go with them,” Lori says. “Under his breath, the pastor said, ‘I get to do the wedding!’ I thought I would...