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What size bed do you sleep on? For the last eleven years since Sam-a-lam was born, Jake and I have enjoyed the space of a king bed. When we moved onto the bus, we planned to continue using our king mattress. Unfortunately there was an incident when we were loading the mattress onto the bus (it got folded in half to fit through the emergency door and the springs busted). That’s how we came to have a 6″ thick foam mattress pad as our bed in the bus. It’s made from the same foam we used for the bunks and the couches. It’s actually quite comfortable. Since it was custom cut, we opted for a non-standard size. It’s about halfway between a king and queen. Every inch counts when working with such a small space and we figured we could give up a few inches on our bed without it making too much of a difference.

We were right! Upon moving into the bus we didn’t notice downsizing from the king to our modified bus bed. Miss B still fit comfortably between us and she continued to sleep with us as she had for the last four and a half years. Though she has her own little cozy perch available, she prefers snuggling with another warm body at night. Since arriving at the Country Home, we’ve been sleeping on a queen bed and have definitely noticed the loss of space between it and our bus bed. Or perhaps she’s just grown bigger? I’m not sure, but whatever it is, sleep is no longer restful.

Before Jacob left, Josh and Jacob were sleeping together on a queen mattress. Since he left, Josh has had that spacious bed all to himself! (Sam sleeps on his foam mattress he’s brought in from the bus.) It didn’t take long for us to decide that Miss B would be much more comfortable sleeping with Josh than with us. It took a few days, there were some tears, and the first few nights she found her way back into our bed in the middle of the night, but the last couple nights she has slept through to morning with Josh. Time to celebrate! Although her nighttime separation is only temporary as we’ll be back on the bus in a few days. Josh’s bunk on the bus isn’t big enough for the both of them.;)

It was 7:35am when she crawled into bed with me this morning. Jake and Josh had left early to work on some projects and she must have felt the absence of a warm body next to her and immediately left in search of a replacement. I had to smile as she stood next to my bed in her polka dot footy pajamas whispering, “Mom? Where’s Josh?” as she rubbed her eyes and her hair stood on end in classic bed head fashion. She didn’t wait for my answer as she climbed over the top of my body searching for a warm spot next to me. Then she realized her dad wasn’t there to sandwich her in. “Mom, where’s Dad?” she questioned as she burrowed in next to me, followed by a giant stretch and a yawn. Her toes wiggling into my back.

Someday I’m going to miss these moments. Her littleness is changing. I’m still surprised when I notice how big she’s getting. I expect a little toddler and instead she’s a little girl. She’s smart and funny and full of life.

Betsy at Sunset

As one would expect from a little girl raised by three older brothers, she is rough and tumble and can handle her own. She’s a master manipulator and typically finds a way to get what she wants. She’s never been one to nurture baby dolls, she doesn’t see a need for them. But she creates the most fascinating stories with her stuffed animals. They have names like Charlie, Bobby, Orville, and Meow-Meow. She doesn’t want to be a princess when she grows up, she wants to be a cat.

She absolutely adores all types of animals. She can’t get enough of cats and dogs and has no fear of them. Because of terrible allergies I’ve never been around animals. The lack of familiarity makes me nervous around them. But Miss B? I don’t know where she gets it, she communicates with animals on a fundamental level. She has a way of seeking them out wherever we are. When she meets knew people, she will immediately ask if they have a cat, or a dog, or a unicorn, or a dragon. Some day we’re going to have to figure out having a pet for her. We know it’s coming, we better start preparing.

Her current favorite line-up of movies include Jungle Book, Tarzan, The Shaggy Dog, and Santa Buddies (one of those movies with the golden retriever puppies). Those movies are on repeat and she’s fascinated by them. Although while I type this she is watching Mary Poppins.

She’s a girl who doesn’t love dresses or dolls or princesses or jewelry or painted nails or lip gloss. (She’s never let me paint her nails or apply lip gloss!) Actually it’s more of a disdain for all things girly. But if you ask, her favorite color is pink and she loves butterflies and unicorns!

Every day she makes us laugh and brings joy to our lives. She humors me and allows me to dress her up and play tea party occasionally, but her personality always shines through. And when all is said and done, she’s just as happy to run wild through a field with crazy hair and rubber boots and a big stick.

Ours is a life filled with love and adventure and passion and zeal. And it’s starring Miss B.

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February 24, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Kimberly Tippets Lowry - Your pictures are gorgeous as always! It is so fun hearing about Betsy. :)

February 24, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Becky Sossaman Dustin - Wonderful post. You might look into a hypo allergenic little dog that can travel well. We love our Yorkie who doesn’t shed for this very reason. :)

February 24, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Jenna 'Meyers' Deason - I too have that kindred spirit connection with animals. It’s something even those of us who have can’t explain, but it’s definitely a vital part of who we are. And just about every animal can sense those who have it because they come right to us every time. I knew I was allergic to horses as a teen because I had one and knew if I didn’t shower after working with her I’d be itchy, but it was still worth it. As an adult, I discovered I’m also highly allergic to dogs, although I’ve had at least one most of my life. When the allergist asked if I’d get rid of my pets I immediately objected. An allergy pill a day, an ongoing shot treatment later and a few lifestyle/cleaning modifications to my routine, my allergies are in check and I still snuggle with my pups – although they no longer sleep in bed with us (our king size just couldn’t accommodate two adults and two large dogs anymore anyway). My pets are my children. I talk to them like kids, I discipline them like kids and share the same “moments” a human child mommy does. I’m sure you’ll find a solution to make a pet work. Your family always seems to find the possible in the impossible. :)

February 25, 2014 - 7:30 am

Courtney - Love, love, love this post. Your writing is so enjoyable Amy and I always love hearing about Miss B!

March 3, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Amanda Oborn Bush - miss B and Frodo…. best friends forever!

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