A family of six became a family of 11 last Friday when a Las Vegas woman gave birth to naturally conceived quintuplets at an Arizona hospital.
What’s more, Evonne Derrico and her husband, Deon, conceived the three girls and two boys without fertility drugs. The newborns join a 7-year-old sister, a 3-year-old brother and 1-year-old twin brothers.
Wow, incredible! According to a story published on The Huffington Post’s website, the Derricos had miscarried four times, and Deon proclaimed that God “gave us all those four back plus one on schedule.”
The babies’ names all begin with the letter D, just like their siblings at home. Perhaps the Derricos took a cue from “19 Kids and Counting” couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, whose children’s names all begin with the letter J. The Duggars’ eldest son, Josh, and his wife, Anna, now have three children whose start with the letter “M.”
According to the article, it looks like the Derricos might take on another Duggar trait. Deon Derrico said he and his wife would welcome more children if fate would have it.
“We’ve always talked about between 11 and 12 children,” he told the Huffington post.
In a day and age where it seems society looks down on large families, the Derricos should be commended. They are ready and willing to take on a larger family, and that’s what matters. They have friends who have stepped up to help with babysitting and child care. Deon Derrico, who works for a real estate company, said in online publications that he will do “whatever has to be done to take care of” his chidlren. All too often, news report pinpoint stories of children being neglected and abused by their parents or people they know.
Every child deserves a chance to grow up and be loved. That said, it was Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Carl Sandburg who had said, “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” That statement is something I affirm daily. When I was pregnant with my daughter, a fellow church choir member gave me a lace wall hanging with that very quote on it, and it hangs prominently in my home to this day.