Stork returns to mark birth of Schenectady twins
Display continues family tradition
SCHENECTADY People driving down Lowell Road may notice the Santa Claus statue dangling from the side of a house.
But they may also see something they might not expect — a 13-foot-tall wooden stork on the front lawn.
The stork has landed a second time at the Stephens’ residence at 1179 Lowell Road.
Brent Stephens put up the display to herald his wife Danise giving birth Tuesday to twin boys Brently Lealand and Brenton Daniel. They will become little brothers to 4-year-old Brenna, whose birth marked the last time the stork made an appearance.
“I had it all ready to go. I put the post in the ground a week ago because I didn’t know if it was going to freeze,” he said.
The stork is a family tradition dating back 25 years, according to Stephens. His father made it for his sister in New Hampshire. Then, it went to Scotia and then out of sight.
“It sat in the cellar for 15 years,” he said.
The 52-year-old Stephens, who owns Stephens General Contracting, changed his mind after he married his second wife.
“We have the big house. I have all the fancy cars. We travel. None of that means anything to me anymore. I wanted to have children, so here we are,” he said.
The twins were originally scheduled to be delivered by Cesarean section on Dec. 26, but it was moved up because his wife, who is a lawyer for the state, had high blood pressure.
“She should be home Saturday,” she said. “The twins should be home in another week.”
The children’s names all begin with the letter B, which also keeps a tradition in the family, this one of giving siblings names that begin with the same letter. His wife’s brothers and sisters all have names that begin with D. Daniel was her father’s name, and Lealand was his father’s name.
The stork definitely attracts some attention, according to Stephens.
“Everybody stops at night because it’s lit up,” he said.
In a sign of the holidays, two blue stockings hang from it. Stephens said the holidays are always big in his family because Christmas Eve is his father’s birthday. The family has a full Christmas display, including a snowman with top hat on the lawn and lights, wreaths and red bows all along the house.
However, the stork is going to go into hiding — for now — as the couple doesn’t plan to have any more children. His 25-year-old nephew is engaged, and Stephens said that is where the stork will be flying next.
“It will not show up on the lawn again. I’m all done.”