Saturday, May 11, 2013

Special Delivery - May 13, 1998

Special Delivery - May 13, 1998
Bil Clinton was President and First Lady Hillary wrote a book "It Takes A Village" about caring for children.  Casco is a rural area (Village) that values life, family and community.  Over 100 caring people stepped up to helped get four new arrivals off to a good start in 1998.  What arrivals, you might ask.  Well, I will tell you about them.

On May 13, 1998 (near Mother's Day) the Overhiser quadruplets were born in Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  Kim Overhiser carried the quads 7+ months and rested in the hospital a few weeks prior to delivery.  Dr David Peisner a specialist in high-risk babies did the delivery.  Allan and about 20 other people were in the delivery room helping.
  • Adam Wayne, 3 lbs. 14.4 oz. and 17.5"
  • Alex Wade, 3 lbs. 13.6 oz. and 16.75"
  • Kortny Alise, 3 lbs. 6 oz. and 16.5"
  • Kelsy Ann, 3 lbs. 9.4 oz. and 17"
  • As a comparison, Aaron William was born December 9, 1996 and weighed 9 lbs, 14 ounces and was 23"
Kelsy and Alex were taken home on May 31 and Adam on June 2.  Kortny received a little more special handling and was taken to the farm on June 13.  That was Grandma June's birthday.  She would have loved caring for the quads but had passed away on March 3, 1997.  Rachel Brenner and Loretta Overhiser coordinated care givers and meal providers.  Other regular helpers from the Casco and South Haven community were Rachel Brenner, Loretta Overhiser, LouAnn Brush, Janet DeWitte, Martha Hamlin, Elenore Harry, Vivian Hendricksen, Ann Hibbard, Judy McMahon, Roberta Newton, Elenore Ransom, and Carol Wessling.  Grandma and Grandpa Myers, Grandpa Albert, and Aunt Doris were always there when needed.
Now here we are 15 years later and find four healthy, happy, hard working teenagers in training to become adults.  We have all enjoyed sharing in the upbringing and look forward to watching them progress.   

At The Farm May 11, 2013 

The cold spring has held back the blossoms.  As you may recall, last spring all of the fruit was lost from a late April freeze.  Some 80 to 100 bee hives have been rented.  The bloom is complete for the stone fruit (cherries, peaches, and plum).  The apples are in full bloom now.  Kortny and Kelsy marched with the Fennville Band today at the Holland Tulip Festival.  Aaron is playing in a basketball tournament.  Alex and Addam are playing baseball this spring.  Kortny is golie on the soccer team and kelsy is playing softball.  Aaron's driving is sure helping out in the transportation department. 

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