Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

Meanwhile, I am rather prolific on twitter. Find me: @KeethaB
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Monday, September 15, 2008

There's ALWAYS Hope (AKA Hang in There) (AKA "THOSE' Broyles Children)

Many of you, my beloved blog readers, those of you who identify yourselves anyway, are the age of my children or even younger. I often see posts on your blogs about the frustration of parenting. This post is for you.

Been there, done ALL that.

With FOUR children.

These were not just ANY children - - - these were the infamous BROYLES children.

You are probably wondering, "What does she mean by that?"

Well, just let me TELL you what I mean by that.

None of these children were shy.

None of these children were quiet - - - at least not at home. The "baby" could be rather quiet out in public - - - but at home?!? Let's just say at meal time we were in imminent danger of getting a noise ordinance warning. Seriously.

All of these children were creative. TOOOOO creative. I have stories - - - I may tell a few someday, but this isn't that day.

These children were cute, and occasionally cuddly. People stopped us in the grocery store and begged me to let them buy candy for these children.

These children were ZANY!!! I'm real surprised I have ANY sanity left.

These children could also FIGHT. Now, they would fight OTHERS to the DEATH to protect one another, but they didn't seem to have ANY qualms about killing each other themselves. In fact, I rather think they believed killing each other would have been justifiable homicide.

I thought Big Sister would take Little Sister OUT the day Little Sister got into Big Sister's make up and smeared it all over their bedroom carpet.

Big Brother threatened to shorten the life of Little Sister AND Little Brother so many times we ALL lost count.

Little Sister and Little Brother didn't learn a THING from being tormented by their older siblings, unless it was HOW to torment each other to an even FINER degree than what they themselves had been tormented.

I wondered if they would EVER get along.

But time has changed all that.

As hard as they fought back then, that's how hard they love now.

Wednesday night the oldest three of "THOSE" Broyles children ended up at the same concert at Verizon Music Center.

Little Sister and Big Brother, along with their dates, were together. Big Sister and Brother-In-Law were no where to be seen.

Little Sister began texting Big Sister to see if they could meet. Unfortunately they were on opposite sides of that HUGE concert venue. Little Sister was not daunted!!! She set out ALONE (Big Brother - - - WHY didn't you protect your Little Sister???) to find her Sissy.

And EUREKA!!!! She FOUND her. Joyful meeting!!!

More texting - - - this time back over to Big Brother, who decided it was time for the entire group to get together.

And together they were for the rest of the concert.

Broyles siblings.


In one place even.

No fighting.

No killing.

Just love and SINGING (at the top of their loud little Broyles' lungs, I'm sure.)

And hugging. Don't forget the hugging.

So, my dear bloggy moms-of-young-children friends, there IS hope. Hang in there.

And remember these images of "THOSE" Broyles children loving, hugging, and singing.


Keri said...

Awwww :)

I love my siblings and I refuse to admit that I was anything but loving and gentle and kind with them our whole lives!!!! :) :)

Anonymous said...


I can't find my blog said...

So cute! I remember the days that my brother and I fought (yes, Sam the Butcher!), we wished it was to-the-death. Now, however, we get along great!

Brad, Carmen, Braylen and Alea Fleck said...

Thanks, Keetha, I needed that :)

Keetha Broyles said...

BTW - - - I took the last three pictures from Keri's blog.

Martin LaBar said...


(I wondered how you got the photos)

Keetha Broyles said...

Dr. LaBar - - - you may remember Kelly from his two semesters at SWU. If so, you will be thankful (as are we) to know he is re-enrolled in college again now, and THIS TIME doing the work he is capable of and getting GREAT grades.
(Surprising what paying for your mistakes & your own education will do for you!!!)

Also - - - Keri and I have an ongoing agreement that we can "lift" photos from each other's blogs, so I do not ALWAYS give credit where credit is due to her.

The Kittelson's Krazy Korner said...

This is too cute! I can't wait for the days when these three actually get along. LOL It seems so far away. Thanks for helping me realize it will happen someday. =D

Shannon said...

I loved that post!!

What about a strong-willed child? Any advice for that- bc I think I have one- oh she's cute alright, but a hard head for sure!

Char said...

Wonderful story!

nancygrayce said...

What an inspiration for young parents! I won't write my own story! :) I, however, have 5 siblings and we tried our best to kill each other until we grew up and now we are all close!

Keetha Broyles said...

Thanks all.

Julie said...

Thanks Keetha! :)