I’m just warning you, this post may be a little all over the place.

Crazytown, if you will.

I was thinking earlier today that I’m really not sure if I’m cut out for this whole parenting thing. Why didn’t you think of that four children ago, you ask?

Well, that’s a darn good question.

I guess what I’m getting to is that we are entering new territory as parents. We have two tween girls. A man child stuck in the middle. And a tasmanian devil rounding out the bunch. LAWD help us.

The whole tween girl thing is getting hard. Yes, there is yelling, fighting over breeches (better than boys…I’ll take it), egos and attitudes, and so much undercutting you’d think Grayson Allen was their big brother.

And then there’s Renn, stuck in the middle of these three girls and just trying to get a word in. He is such a sensitive little (er…big) guy that I know he gets upset when he can’t be heard. I mean, we all do.

Allie broke the mold. Y’all, she may be the baby but she’s a boss.

I get so overwhelmed with the day-to-day that sometimes I just can’t breathe. And add a couple of “acute” situations and I just don’t know which direction to turn.

Caroline had Flu A 2 weeks ago.

LC has a cast on her right arm (NO, THIS IS NOT RIDING RELATED).

Allie broke out in full body hives.

Caroline cut her finger slicing an apple and had to have that closed up.

Renn is having surgery Monday on his salivary gland.

I have a stress fracture and cyst in my right foot.

And then the news came out today.

A 15-year-old girl is missing in our community.

My heart sank.

I cannot even imagine what this girl’s family is feeling right now.

Everything in my little world now seems so insignificant.

And while parenting is hard work, it is now a part of me that I can’t imagine living without.

So I will leave this post here, feeling grateful for my family and hopeful that Emma is safe.

Here is some information according to our local news website.

This hits so close to home and is right down the road in our neighborhood.


PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) — Parker police are working with federal agencies to find a missing 15-year-old girl. Emma Manzonie was last seen at approximately 12:35 p.m. Thursday, walking near the intersection of Mainstreet and Newlin Gulch Boulevard.

Emma is approximately 5-foot-1 and weighs approximately 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and long blonde hair. Emma was last seen wearing black pants, black jacket, black shoes and a black hat. She also had a black backpack.

Parker police have set up a hotline and are asking anyone with information about Emma to call 303.805.6911.