Move in day has finally come for a Hallsville family raising quintuplets! Craig and Darcy Bryant gave birth to the quints back in September 2004. Friday, they're unpacking and trying to get settled in their new two-story home. It was made possible by a group of East Texans.
Two-year-olds Austin, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn, Peyton, and Caleb all sit around the dinner table together in what's now called "the old house."
"They always say 'going to my new house' and they love the stairs, they love their trucks and their princess rooms," says Darcy Bryant.
Friday Mom Darcy is unloading box after box for their rooms--a truck theme for the boys and a princess theme for the girls.
"You think 'is this really my house?' we're really excited to get moved in and get everything set up so I'm having fun today," she adds.
The brand new two-story, three-bedroom house was all made possible by the generosity of others including Perry Hall homes, the builder, and local businesses chipping in for everything from countertops to a new kitchen.
"We'll have a mortgage, but it's very affordable," Darcy explains.
Tyson Heating and Air Conditioning donated the entire A/C and heating unit for a fraction of the cost.
"If you can help someone who is lucky enough to have five kiddos born on the same day, we're basically in a day and age when we need to help everybody we can help," says Ronnie Tyson, owner.
And it means a lot to the Bryant family.
"More room, more space, an ice maker, we've never had an ice maker," says Darcy.
"I'm sure somehow or another we'd made it without the house, but you know it sure would have been hard for them," says great-grandpa Driscal Bryant.
Darcy says the best thing is thinking about all the new memories that will be made in their new home.
"It's just a good feeling knowing this is home, and they will graduate form high school in this home and this is where we'll be," she adds.
One other thing the Bryants won't have to worry about--college. The Bryants are alma maters of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall and about a year ago ETBU awarded the Bryant quintuplets full tuition scholarship to attend the four-year university.