March 23 is a banner day for Laurie and Bob Esplin of Delta. Three great-granddaughters were born, to three different sets of parents, in three different towns in a span of just over three hours.
With a big smile, Bob said, "That's an increase of 50 percent — from six great-grandchildren to nine — all in one day!"
Emery Paige Meyer arrived first at 12:24 p.m. in Erie, Pa. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches in length. Her parents are Justin and Amelia Meyer of Bear Lake, Pa.
Audrey Lylene Lowder arrived at 1:49 p.m. in Orem, Utah. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length. Her parents are Kevin and Rachel Lowder, and they will soon be headed to medical school in El Paso, Texas.
Eloise Alyse Esplin arrived at 3:56 p.m. in Provo, Utah. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length. Her parents are Steven and Emily Esplin of Saratoga Springs, Utah.
The three will have plenty of aunts, uncles and cousins to play with. Laurie and Bob Esplin, owners of Delta Elevator for 38 years, have 12 children, 37 grandchildren, and now nine great-grandchildren. Every other year the Esplins have a big reunion. Last year it was daughter Mary's turn to host the gathering in July during Deltarado Days. More than 60 family members rode a float during the parade.
Bob says the kids and grandkids in the area get together regularly. They often gather for a family night on Mondays for activities and scripture study. They have monthly service projects — this month 18 kids and grandkids gathered for spring cleanup at Laurie and Bob's Delta home.
Laurie is planning a trip to Utah later this month to hold the newest members of the family.
Her advice to parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents — "Enjoy them now because they grow up so quickly
. . . before you know it they are grown and gone."blog comments powered by Disqus