A few days ago I discovered the Tuesday following Thanksgiving is now in its fifth year of being designated as Giving Tuesday--an international day of giving whether via monetary donations or giving of one's time. This coincided with reading an article about quadruplets born in Canada last May--an event that involves giving in several ways.
In December of 2015 when Bethani and Tim Webb went to the doctor and an ultasound was performed they discovered Bethani was pregnant with four baby girls--something that occurs one in 729,000 pregnancies! Furthermore later it was discovered the girls were identical which means that one egg had split three ways -- this occurs one time in 15 million!!
Bethani and Tim who were in their early twenties married in June of 2015. Their initial excitement about having a baby quickly turned to panic with news of quadruplets. Bethani was convinced there had been a mistake. Tim said "When they said there were four, I nearly fainted." When asked who would change the diapers, he said "Her--I have a weak stomach and can't change diapers." Further he exclaimed "Living with five girls--YIKES!. I don't know what I'm going to do." Later he joked about building a private ourthouse just for himself. (globalnews.ca/news/260278/l-in-67-million-alberta-couple-wins-baby-lottery-with-identical quadruplets)
The couple lives in a Canadian town of 821 people. Since they lived in a small apartment, they moved in with Tim's mother who is thrilled to have four granddaughters. Of significance is once the girls were born panicky feelings were replaced by Tim saying he felt overwhemingly awesome and blessed the babies were here. Bethani now says she can't imagine life without them.
Not only did the initial shock of being a family of six wear off, the parents welcomed their four daughers with open hearts. An online fundraising page was set up as well as companies donating items. Most helpful is how town residents have been coming to help with diaper-changing, feedings, and baths--a superb example of giving one's time.
It's been said it take a village to raise a chilid--in this case four girls with assistance from the community they live in not just on Giving Tuesday but day after day and most likely for a number of years. As they are cared for it becomes increasingly evident how each baby girl has a distinct personality. To tell the girls apart the parents paint the girls' toenails different shades as well as having their ears pierced and each wearing a different colored earring.
Great post! I need reminders--especially during the holiday hustle 'n bustle--that giving is not about cards, buying, and wrapping but about giving gratitude and expressions of love. Happy holidays, Jeannette!