Good Times

Three Years…But Who’s Counting?

12 Comments 25 January 2012

First of all, happy 3rd birthday to The Fab Five – Brooklyn Faith, Britton Grace, Jack William, Lila Addison, and Ryan Elizabeth!!!

Three years.  Has it really been that long?  Wait – has it really been that short??  The answer to both questions is yes…resoundingly!  When the doctor told us 3 years, 5 months, 9 days, 2 hours, and a handful of minutes ago (who’s counting, huh??) that we were going to be raising quintuplets, we knew we were in for the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced.  And we were right – the Quintuplet Invasion left no stone unturned in its mission to force change, challenge, defeat, and triumph into every aspect of our world – and the invasion continues today.

We also knew on that day that in facing this challenge – these challenges – win, lose, or draw, we were going to be richly rewarded for our efforts.  And again we were right – the 5 little blips on the TV screen that day turned into 5 little miracles, 5 little blessings, 5 enormous personalities, and at times 5 little tyrants……..

But we were also wrong about a few things, too…our crystal ball must have been a little fuzzy that day (and so were our heads and our hearts and our spirits and our perspective and our…ok, pretty much everything was fuzzy that day!).  Mostly, I think we were wrong about the scale of things.  The challenge has been far greater than even we imagined and the change these challenges have wrought has been far deeper and life-lasting.  And so too have been the rewards…in which case, the changes have been life-everlasting.

 Yep – three years.  And countless smiles.  Three years…and more wiggles than you can imagine.  Three years and………..

More imagining than we’ll ever again experience…

More surprises,  good and bad, the memories of which will never fade…

More anguish over the color of a sippy cup than any man should have to be a witness to…

More sweet little voices than a man can bear saying things like, “I love you, daddy!” and “You’re beautiful, Mommy!” and “You-you-you getting your boogers out, Daddy?”…

An endless supply of lost shoes, missing stuffed animals, messy floors, messy mouths, and messy clothes as well as broken crayons, broken toys, and sometimes broken hearts and broken dreams…

An expert knowledge of the negotiating tricks and skills of a two-year-old trying to avoid bedtime as if their life depended on it…

A lifetime worth of pull-your-hair-out frustration after a night-after-night routine of facing the negotiating tricks and skills of 5 two-year-olds trying to avoid their bedtimes as if their lives depended on it…

Countless diapers, countless middle-of-the-night wake-up calls, endless drama, endless chaos and countless picture-taking opportunities for my endlessly crazy wife!!!!  But I digress…

A steady supply of warmth, care, and love from friends, family, and once-upon-a-time strangers who have carried us through some of the most difficult times we have faced along this path…

An overflowing of pride and joy and gratitude at the sight of Eliot McKenna being everything a big sister should be and becoming more and more of what a big sister should be with each new passing moment…

Not enough date nights, vacations, and moments of peace with my endlessly crazy wife, but more longing for each than either of us can stand at times…


Never enough hugs and cuddles from our oftentimes too busy tots…

A continuous loop of the subtly-maddening choruses of Barney and Friends…and Toddler Tunes…and Little Einsteins…and Wonder Pets…and Dora and Diego…and Disney princesses…and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”…and…ok, I’ll stop now…

A never-faltering faith in God’s hand at work in the life of this family…

Three years.  5 little miracles.  Life…abundant.

God bless,


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12 Comments so far

  1. Kelly says:


  2. Mary Hopcroft says:

    Ethan & Casey-

    Your 6 blessings from God are BEAUTIFUL! you all are really blessed, I love watching them grow on tv and they make me laugh with the silly lil things they come up with.

  3. Megan Boyd says:

    Happy 3rd birthday Brooklyn, Britton, Jack, Lila and Ryan! I love all of the “Quints By Surprise” shows. I watch them over and over again there so funny! They grow really grow fast!

  4. Sue says:

    My goodness you can write! The picture you are able to paint of your “crazy and enchanted” life draws us in and allows us to feel as if you are there with you. What a gift you have and thank you for sharing your gift and your family!

  5. Linda M. says:

    Happy Birthday, Quints! My how time flies!

    Hope you are all doing well and that the Lord continues to bless you. I still hope TLC decides to do an annual update with you just so we can see the Jones Family again! Until then, stay well and keep posting here. You’re in my “Favorites” box.

    Ethan, when are you going to start writing a book?

  6. Nicole Pak says:

    Your writing truly is beautiful. I have recently become a mom and could never put how wonderful it is being a parent into words but you capture the beauty of it with your words. God has blessed you with so much love. Happy birthday to your wonderful children!

  7. Linda B says:

    What a beautiful family. You both are blessed with 6 beautiful children.

  8. Tamyra says:

    Happy Birthday Jack, Ryan, Britton, Lila, and Brooklyn. Great job Mom and Dad!

  9. luca says:

    happy birthday quints!

  10. luca says:

    They’re so cute!

  11. Michelle says:

    Happy 3rd Birthday Little B, Jack, RyRy, Lila and Brooklyn. I hope that you have another good year :) I just love you five beauties and your parents. You do an awesome job Casey and Ethan. I appreciate you a lot. And I have a huge amount of admiration for you! Go on like this! <3

  12. Abby says:

    Happy late b-day! Hope all is well.

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