Thursday, August 21, 2008

Meet The Neighbors

As we mentioned before, we truly feel our neighbors are the reason that we found the home that we did. We thought we'd introduce just a few of them to you so you might see just how much fun it is to live on our street!

Miss Becky

Miss Becky will bend over backwards to help anyone who needs it. She made herself available to us from the moment she found out that we were having quads. She was the first to sign up to feed these little ones and came over in the wee hours of the morning to do so. Then, a few months later, she called me and said, "Mari, I think I can take care of all four of them by myself so you can get out of the house."  I thanked her kindly and declined the offer, but she insisted that I was to pick a day and she would come over for a few hours so I could have some time to myself.  It worked out wonderfully and she's been doing that for me every week since then. What a gift!

The Thoughtful Trio

Miss Vanessa, Miss Barbi, Miss Aimee - they coordinate the block parties, the fourth of july parties, the new years eve parties - these gals know how to celebrate life and motivate others to do so with them.  Last December, when they found out we didn't have a Christmas tree or any decorations up inside our home at the holidays (we were a bit overwhelmed with round the clock feeding with the four little ones), they brought over a tree with lights and ornaments.  On top of that,  they gave me the sweetest gift  - a necklace with all of the babies' names engraved on it and I cherish it so much!

The Laymon Family

Kate, Clark, Grant & Alyssa

The first time we formally met the entire Laymon family was last Halloween when the whole clan came to the door dressed for trick-or-treating.  Appropriately, Dad Laymon  was dressed as Batman and Momma Laymon as Wonder Woman (they are super hero parents of four as well).  A little while later, they found out through Miss Vanessa that FedEx had mis-delivered a shipment of our formula to another family and we couldn't get it back. So they surprised us and replaced the ENTIRE shipment through the help of their company.  On top of that, they have initiated their own version of Big Brother/Big Sister program and come over during the week to play with the kids, take them swimming, bring them books and toys - you name it. 

My Bible Study Babes

Miss Mari, Miss Vanessa, Miss Colleen, Miss Shannon, Miss Rebecca

My saving graces, my Thursday night treasures, my sweet friends.  These gals mean the world to me and come over every Thursday night without fail.  We laugh together, cry together and oh yeah, discuss God's Word as well!  Our current bible study is called Makeover: Revitalizing the Many Roles that You Fill by Jen Hatmaker and it's been a really fun one.  We're almost finished with this one and are searching for what to use next, so if any of you have a recommendation, let me know.

We haven't forgotten you, Cynthia & Jerry and Mr. Mark T. for the yummy meals you provided when the babies were little - we still dream about those!  And to Barbi & fam for always taking care of our first born, Jaz! We can't thank you enough!! She keeps asking to move in with you but I'm just not ready for her to leave the house yet. 

If you don't know your neighbors, I encourage you to get out there and meet them. God has some very special people surrounding you that He'd love to introduce you to.


Finleypotamus said...

Wow... for some reason I started bawling reading this! Hormonal much? lol You do have awesome neighbors that did/do all that. What a wonderful community we live in. I am sooo blessed to finally know you all and am sad I missed out on y'all for so long.

Suzanne said...

ah mari! what a great support system--that is SO neat to be surrounded by such wonderful and caring neighbors! miss you tons!

Alaine said...

Beautiful post-God has certainly surrounded you with a loving and caring group of neighbors! Such a blessing to have. Love to each of you.

Misty said...

What a blessing to have. My only babyshower was given to me by my next door neighbor. What a wonderful tribute to them. I hope the boys have recovered now.

Tubre Quads said...

Gotta love the neighbors. Mine have been/are my saving grace! Glad you know your neighbors...too many people don't and I think it is such a shame. Hope the boys are back in full force and that Sophia has strenghtened her right hook for Finn next time he grabs her by her hair! Cullen does that to Emma daily and it make me and her so MAD...ughh, boys!


P.S. I had a training class for work scheduled Mon-Wed next week in Houston, but it was just cancelled :( I was so hoping to ring you up today and see if I could come by and meet the crew and bring you some goodies. Maybe next time I am in the neighborhood.

Custom Baby Boutique said...

Mari ~ I am Kari and made some of your personalized items for the quads....Custom Baby Boutique...sent to you from J.Taormina!
I ready our blog now and again, thank you for always brightening my day when I read about you guys! What a sweet family you have!

As far as bible studies...Two that truly impacted my life are:
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
A Wife after God´s own Heart- Elizabeth George.
BOTH GREAT! And I did them both with some awesome friends a few years ago. Loved them both!
Hope you guys find a great one to do together!
The Wife after God's own heart had less homework but was always great discussion about what hit me different than a friend, etc.!

l e a h said...

It takes a village, you know...

I love the charms on the necklace. Your kids have fabulous names. Have I told you that already?

Lauren said...

Mari, I have been reading your blog for some time now and have never commented (shame on me!). I love hearing about your sweet little ones; it's also a treat to hear a Christian parent's view of raising quads!
I have always enjoyed Beth Moore's bible studies ... I feel like I have walked away from each one truly changed. Just a thought. :) God bless your family!

Mattam said...

I absolutely love that you adore your neighbors. My husband and I are the same way...value and love them. We do neighborhood dinners every couple of months. It's a great time to get together, allow other neighbors to meet, and bring lots of fun and love on our street :-)

Anonymous said...

We are doing Beth Moore's study of Daniel. It is awesome and Beth is amazingly energetic. Daniel can be easily applied to life now. Check it out....

The Munchkin Patch said...

Be sure to check out our Back to School Bash going on at The Munchkin Patch this week!!

Terri said...

So glad to hear you have such a wonderful support system. I know with out my neighbors, my life woudl be so much harder (and I only have twins + 3). I can only imagine the help they have been for you!

Anonymous said...

Happpy Early B-day Goerlich Quads!!
Hope tomorrow is a great day!!
Mari- I have a couple of questions regaurding sleeping through the night, so if you could shoot me an e-mail at, that would be great!
Gen told me to contact you, Jen, and Suz, becase she isn't the rigt person-- since, the mcnultys didn't sleep through the night til after they turned one!
THanks, Michelle Larkinson