A couple who had recently adopted four siblings got a piece of startling news that would make them into a family of 11 in 3 years.
Maxine and Jake Young are residents of Pennsylvania and were married in May 2016. They wanted to start having children right away. “Maxine always wanted to be a foster parent and had always dreamed of having a large family with adopted and biological children,” said ArLette Young, Jake’s mother. “Jake was completely on board and loved the idea of having a house filled with lots of love and laughter, maybe a little bit of chaos too!”
They adopted four siblings that they had been fostering for a few years and then in 2018, they had their biological son named Henry who was born after a round of IVF. The family of 7 now just wanted to have one more baby. But instead of getting pregnant with one child, Maxine found out that she was expecting quadruplets without any IVF treatments.
“Being naturally pregnant with Quads (which is about a 1 in 1,000,000 chance) is a wonderful blessing. However, it is still going to be a long and difficult journey,” ArLette said on the GoFundMe page that she started for her son and daughter-in-law. Maxine gave birth to the quadruplets on July 31 at 32 weeks, and they each weighed between three and four pounds. They named the babies Silas, Theo, Beck, and Cecilia.
“Meeting the babies was an indescribable moment,” Maxine said. “All of the struggles from the past few months were immediately forgotten. The pain and stress didn’t matter, in that moment, everything we have been through was worth it.”
“Luckily, they’re all doing really well,” said Maxine. “And we’re really grateful.” Congratulations to this family of eleven, and may God supply all that they need to take care of their gorgeous family.