Life with the Bs


It’s all in the response

Instead of another post on sick kids (although I have a lot to say after 3 doctor visits yesterday), I thought I would bring you something new.

The other day Tim and I were talking about the response that we’re getting from people regarding our involvement with Safe Families.  It’s strange, you would expect people to be positive, and although I do get some, I get a lot of negative responses.  When people see the kids or ask about what’s going on, many comment, “I could never do that.  I would get too attached.”  Or “Why do people keep having babies that they can’t care for?”  It’s hard to have extra people in your home.  It’s kind of like when people you love come to visit.  You really enjoy having them and entertaining them but sometimes it’s nice to see them go.  You get to have your house and routine back.  So while has been and will be hard to say goodbye, we know that they are being reunited with their family, something that they’re excited about.  And we get to get back to our family life.  As far as having babies that they cannot care for, who are we to judge?  We don’t know the situation that they are in or why they are at this point.  All we know is that they are reaching out for help and we are in a position that we are able to assist.  Their children should not suffer for things that are out of their control.

Tim said it’s like the silly response that he gets when guys hear that he rides a motorcycle.  He said, “I can’t have a motorcycle, I would kill myself” is a very common response.  To which he would like to respond, “so you were born without common sense?”

I’m sure that I’ve responded in a questionable way before.  I can actually think of one when a friend was telling me about having people over and that one of them and their children were gluten free.  Without knowing the situation, I said something about parents forcing their food aversions or restrictions on their kids.  Come to find out, both mother and daughter have Celiac disease.

Why is it so hard to support each other?  For some reason, our human nature is to go negative.  Life is hard enough so let’s be happy and supportive or at least try.  Oh, and thinking before speaking would be another good idea.  I know I’ve put my foot in my mouth more times than I would like to recall.

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Dodged the ER

Nolan dodged a trip to the ER last night.  He and bedroom furniture really don’t get along.  I’m thinking a padded room may not be a bad idea.  Luckily, we have a wonderful neighbor that’s in the medical field.  He helped us clean it up and said a trip to the ER was not necessary.  I used to be really freaked out by blood and injuries but I’m finding that as Nolan’s mom, that will just be a part of my life.  I learned last night that head injuries bleed, A LOT!

Nolan head

Other than that, we had a great weekend!  We’ve made it a whole week as a family of 6 and no one has missed the bus (or gone to the hospital).

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It’s a Petri Dish

Elementary school is a Petri dish!  Nolan came home on Friday with a fever and ear infection and came home on Monday with pink eye.  This is what he looked like on Friday while everyone else was at the Back to School Bash.  Poor guy!

CAM01697We’re adjusting to having 4 kids.  Janie actually woke us up yesterday about 20 minutes later that usual but we were still able to get all 4 kids fed and on the bus!  I’m so thankful for an awesome community that has helped me with clothing.  The kids get along really well and are enjoying their time together.

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Life and loss

I’m heartbroken for friends that are making funeral arrangements for their son.  This is their 2nd son that is now with Jesus and they are younger than us.  I just can’t imagine!  I know there are no guarantees and that those baby boys are now with our Savior but oh how their arms ache!

Then I see this beautiful story of redemption.  I’m just so happy for Erika and sweet Camilla is one lucky girl.

God is present in both circumstances.  He is always with us….to carry and to rejoice!

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We received our 2nd placement through Safe Families this weekend.  It’s a sibling pair that are school aged.  I got everyone registered at school this morning.  It felt a bit like I was signing my life away after just doing this for my own children last week.  I’m sure they’ll come home with more forms too.  So far so good!  They are great kids and will hopefully be reunited with their mom soon.  In the meantime, we will try out this family of 6 thing!

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First week

The kids had a great first week of school!  Nolan came home the first day and gave us details on lunch and art.  I guess those were his favorite subjects!  He also told me that Emma wore a very pretty dress and hair bow.  He described it as red with polka dots and curly sleeves.  Is it evident that he has a sister?!?  He also explained that scissors are for cutting paper, not clothes, and someone had to clip down to red for not following that rule.  I can imagine that Kindergartner teachers are amazed as the things they have to say out loud!  Nolan was falling asleep at dinner last night.  He was asleep in his bed by 7:15!  The first week of Kindergarten must be rough.

Janie has lots of old friends in her class this year.  She has also met a few new friends.  She said that one classmate even shares her birthday!  I was telling her that I met two of my good friends in 3rd grade.  We are still in touch today and we were even bridesmaids in each others weddings.  Janie loves school and always hops out of bed.  I hope that never changes!

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Best Marketing Idea Ever


I wish I had thought of this one (and worked for Coke because I’m not sure it would sell IT training).  Would I have bought the bottles above if they didn’t have our names on them?  No.  Have I seen numerous people buying bottles of Coke just because they have the name of a friend or family member?  Yes.  Do we plan to drink our Cokes?  No way, but I guess they could be part of our emergency plan in case we’re ever dying of thirst and the water supply has been depleted.

Marketing genius!  The other day at Target, I was buying the “Laura” bottle along with some school supplies and the man in front of me was buying birthday gifts for his granddaughter.  He too had a Coke bottle and said that he was excited that he found her name, Jamie, on a bottle and planned to put it with her gifts.  People are even using Coke to announce a pregnancy.  Coke didn’t just stop at John, Mike, and Jennifer.  My friend, Star, found one with her name.  Now, I bet that has never happened on a key chain or shot glass!

If you happen to run into a Nolan or Janie bottle, let me know.  I just know that Coke made them with my kids in mind and we must have them!


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