From the time Craig and Darcy Bryant were married they hoped one day to have children. Last September that dream came true. Son Austin was born, so was daughter MacKenzie, Kaitlyn, Peyton and finally Caleb. Relying on faith became the one constant in this young couples life from the first sonogram, through a difficult pregnancy.
In the final two months of her pregnancy, Darcy went to a Phoneix hospital that specializes in multiple births. Many days she was there alone, Craig remaining in East Texas to work. There were serious questions about the health of some of the babies. Kaitlyn was very small was not expected to live, and Austin had trouble as well. Some even suggested to the Bryants that they should selectively choose which children should continue through the pregnancy.
Darcy Bryant said, "You start over at square one. God has gotten us this far, Darcy. Just as I thought my faith was growing I would fall and have to start all over and go okay God you are still in control. And no matter what You will be."
Craig Bryant said, "We came to a point where God had given them to us and that He was going to provide for us so we kind of embraced that. But at the same time there are days when you say, man, how is this going to work? We know that You gave them to us God but how is it going to work.?"
At 32 weeks the babies were born. Austin did did not breath for 14 minutes.little Kaitlyn was only 1-point 6 pounds. But all survived. Today, back home in East Texas, a new journey has started. Caring for five is no easy task. Our visit here was pretty quiet. Craig, who serves as youth minister at Victory Baptist in Marshall and works for the Hallsville School District had just got home from work, and feeding time was just around the corner. What was once the master bedroom is now a nursery.five bed line the walls. The living room is neatly arrainged with 3 swings, 5 car seats, 6 bouncy chairs.a stroller made for five. The Quints will go through one can of forumula every day. Luckily some of the families needs have been met by friends or businesses.
The Bryant's know that the days ahead will be as difficult as the year behind them. But they both believe God has given them an extraordinarly large gift. And that they can face whatever challenges lie ahead through the power of prayer.