baby handMeeting your new baby for the first time is such an emotional and miraculous moment, so I can't even begin to imagine how it must have felt for Carrie and Gavin Jones when they watched their five newborns arrive in a matter of only five minutes! Yes -- I said five babies. Carrie and Gavin are the proud parents of quintuplets, three baby boys and two baby girls.

And while the newborns are still in the intensive care unit at St. Paul's University Hospital in Texas, they are all in stable condition.

The babies weighed in between 1 pound 12 ounces and 2 pounds 11 ounces, and their parents gave all of them adorable, traditional names. The boys are called Will Edward, David Stephen, and Seth Jared, while the little girls are named Grace Elise and Marcie Jane. (So sweet!)

The quints aren't expected to leave the hospital for quite some time, as each one has his/her own personal medical team who are monitoring them constantly to try and get them to a healthy enough weight to go home with their parents.

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Carrie has deemed her little miracles "five tiny bundles of perfection," and according to the doctor who delivered the quints, she and her husband have remained strong and "held it together" even though bringing five premature babies into the world can be very emotionally draining. And perhaps one of the most astonishing parts of this story is the fact that the quints were not conceived using in vitro, though Carrie was using shots to help her get pregnant. She and Gavin never dreamed that they'd actually wind up with five new little ones all at once, but I guess these babies were just meant to be.

And judging from what Carrie and Gavin do for a living, I'm not surprised that they are finding inner strength while their babies are hospitalized. They are both missionaries who serve in New Guinea, and they even have their 8-year-old son alongside them in their efforts. If anyone has the courage and faith necessary to remain optimistic after having quintuplets, it's two people who have devoted their lives to helping others.

What words of encouragement would you offer this family?

 

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