Quintessential girl next door blossomed into quintuplet mom

DALLAS – Aug. 13, 2012 – The parents of the quintuplets born Thursday, Aug. 9, at UT Southwestern Medical Center are classic childhood sweethearts, with a few unusual twists.

Gavin and Carrie Jones’ three boys and two girls remain in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Paul University Hospital until they meet weight, age, and health markers.

Carrie, Gavin, and their 8-year-old son, Isaac, at Monday's news conference. Check out additional photos on UTSW's Facebook account.

Carrie was the quintessential girl next door when she first met Gavin in first grade in Lomalinda, Colombia, South America, where their parents were neighbors and worked as missionaries.

When he moved to California two years later, fate seemed to set them on different paths, and they forgot about each other. But the couple says God had more in store for them.

A few years later, Gavin was diagnosed with leukemia. After word of his illness reached the school in Colombia that he once attended, Carrie started praying for his recovery.

“I can still remember seeing his name written on the upper-left-hand corner of the blackboard as a reminder to pray for his recovery,” she recalled.

Two years later, his cancer was in remission. Gavin finished high school and enrolled in flight school at LeTourneau University in Longview. Carrie had since moved to Dallas with her family when she was 16, had graduated high school, and began studying biology at Dallas Baptist University.

They were reunited in 1998, when he tagged along with some friends who were in Dallas to see Carrie, and the couple soon realized that they had far more in common than childhood memories. They married in 1999 after graduating from their respective colleges. Carrie also continued her education, earning a Master of Public Health degree from the UT Southwestern–based Dallas campus of the School of Public Health, a component of the UT Health Science Center at Houston.

A few years later, the couple had their son, Isaac, and in 2004 the family moved to Papua, New Guinea, a remote island in the South Pacific where Gavin fulfilled his dream of working as a pilot and missionary and she became a health worker, both for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

After Carrie learned she was pregnant, a sonogram during a spring 2011 trip to the U.S. revealed she was carrying five babies.

“I was praying that at least one of them would have a heart beating,” she said. “But every single one had a perfect heart beat.”


Media Contact: Jan Jarvis

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