Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Right now, chaos is reining at my house. Our ten kids, including our newborn, two nephews and a neice. The house is bursting at the seams. It's a lot of fun. And a lot of work. I am desperate for a break. Totally desperate for a respite from all of the...
"someone drank out of my cup!"
"He's bullying me again!"
"But Mommy..."
"I have to go to the bathroom..."
"My clothes are missing!"
"Can we ________" Fill in the blank with the request of the moment...
"He ate all the cookies!"
"There's no more milk!"
"I don't like_____" Fill in the blank with whatever I've made for lunch/dinner that someone won't eat.
"Change me. I stinky..."
"My hands are sticky"
"Sydney took off her diaper!"
"Brandon and Preston______" fill in the blank with whatever B&P have done now.
"When is Dad going to be home?"
"I'm hungry and there's nothin to eat..."
"Can I call my mom?"
"I don't want to go to bed."
"_____ let the dog out!"
"But why do we have to come inside Mom?" as the wind howls, the rain comes down, an the sky looks grey and threatening.

On Monday, I am taking my nephews and neice back home to Knoxville. They really miss their Mama! I'm also packing up my five littlest ones and going to see MY Mama for some much needed quiet(er) time. Yes, I know I will still have 5 kids and to some that may not seem like much of a break but remember...the five I'm taking will go to bed around 8:00p.m. leaving us adults some greatly needed time for conversation, peace and quiet and just togetherness that is hard to come by when all the kids are present. The five I'm taking also take naps. At least three of them still do. And the other two have "quiet time."
Daddy and the older five boys will have 9 glorious days to do boy stuff. I suspect they'll play video games, wrestle and rough house, eat ramen noodles for dinner and leave the house in a mess but they'll have fun. And at the last moment, they'll pick up real quick before I get home,and I'll never be the wiser. But here's my secret. I DON'T CARE! Not even a little. They can make all the mess they'd like, eat grilled cheese, potato chips and ramen noodles to their hearts' content. It's all fine with me. I am betting they are as eager for their own respite from me and the little ones as I am for mine. They are thrilled at the prospect of staying up late and not hearing me holler to turn down the television, to not have to help change diapers, fill up sippy cups, and cut hot dogs into miniscule pieces. They can shout through the house in the middle of the day without fear of me storming up the steps hissing about babies taking naps.
And me....oh I'm craving the quiet(er). Can't wait to spend time actually talking to my mom and sisters without being constantly interrupted. I'm going to try to spend some time with friends I don't see nearly enough of, and ask two very special women in our lives to be Mia's Godmothers. I can't wait to get to Knoxville, to my Mama's couch, even if all I do the whole nine days is just sit there and watch TV and let the kids play in her garage. I just need to be off duty for a bit. And I know I won't really be off duty- I'll still have half my kids with me...but they go to bed early...oh yes, and did I mention they take naps?


Anonymous said...

Oh I hope you have a fantastic time! Sounds great!
Continuing to lift up prayers!
Psalms 5:11-12 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
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debi9kids said...

Oh Ang! It sounds like just what you need.
I can just "hear" it in your words how very much you ache to be home with your mom.
Have a wonderful time!

Nana said...

And Mom needs some Angela time. Can't wait!


amy sheldon said...

Would love to get together with you girls for dinner to visit and catch up. Let me know if and when you all can go. Miss Ya!

Anonymous said...

Still praying in Seattle!
Psalms 5:1-3 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Prayer Bears
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