Ben and Amy Van Houten, the West Michigan parents who famously welcomed sextuplets in 2004, have had their fair share of media attention since their brood was born. But now that the sextuplets are 9 years old, they've settled into a groove despite their inherent challenges.
"The question I get asked a lot is … 'Is it harder, is it easier than it was when they were babies?' I think the way I look at it is, it's just different," Amy told Fox 17.
John, Gerrit, Sammy, Nolan, Peyton and Kennedy, who were born at 23 to 25 weeks, were joined by brother Drew two years later. In addition to the struggles that naturally come with raising seven kids, the Van Houtens also face the major medical needs of John and Gerrit, who are both wheelchair-bound.
"Sometimes your selfishness says, 'No,' but yet the grace of God gives you the strength to push through and take care of all these guys," says dad, Ben, regarding the constant care required of their sons with special needs. His wife, Amy, adds: "They couldn't be more of a blessing to this family. They add the piece to the puzzle that no one else could."