newly found best friends

There is nothing like family, however dysfunctional it may be at times. And boy, we can layout a host of dysfunction in the Rowe Family. Regardless, I was graced with two perfect visits this past weekend that left me energized and euphoric…my cousin, Betsy, and my Uncle Tom.

Shortly after Nine died, my uncle said to me, “Well, it looks like you are my new best friend.” I soon moved to the #3 spot on his speed dial. We now chat about random, silly and frivolous things on a daily basis. I suppose this is one of those ‘good things’ that has evolved from her death.

Tom is twelve years younger than my father so I somehow feel as if he and I have grown up together. He is one of my favorite people…always humorous and gentle. And as a father of two girls, he ‘gets’ women. While the purpose of his travel to Indy was to visit his father, we had plenty of time to further our new best friend status.

My time with Betsy and Drew was even more special. As Nine’s eldest daughter, I hadn’t had any private time with her since her mother’s death. We spent hours talking…sometimes crying, sometimes laughing. I have the deepest respect for Betsy. She is an extraordinary woman. She is amazing with children. She has always had a quiet strength. And, she seriously has the warmest, widest smile of anyone I know. I clearly have no understanding the depth of her pain but remains one of my best friends.

You can tell by the pictures below, that there were some other newly found best friends made. Drew will either be permanently scarred by my devilish twins or will never forget sharing a naked bath and watching his naked cousins jumping on the trampoline. The girls couldn’t get enough of “BABY DREW”!

And for all of those out there wondering if the twins EVER have clothes on…they do but they really like their birthday suits too.  I figure while I am potty training why waste the laundry detergent!

7 Responses to “newly found best friends”

  1. Betsy Roeder Says:

    We made the blog!!! I love the whole post! Its funny…I was just telling a girl that I work with today that you are much more like a sister to me than a cousin. Thanks for a wonderful visit. It was great to talk about my mom until the wee hours of the morning. There will be tons more trips to Indy and don’t worry, I think Drew loved all the excitement at the Stoner household despite the dazed and confused look in half the pictures. Love you and all of your crazy kids (Tim too)!

  2. Suzy Says:

    First, I was little taken back by the whole “best friend” part – I thought I finally climbed to being #1 and I would have assumed that I would have received the honorary role of “best friend”. I guess I would rather be considered as a sister anyways!

    The pictures are great and it looks like you had an amazing time together. I can’t wait to be there on the next one….I will be in Indy sooner than you know it!



  3. Stacy Meyer Says:

    Hey Uncle Tom – I better be at least #4 on speed dial…
    As for the 3 naked kids – I’m sure Emerson taught him the art of playing with himself!
    Love it.

  4. Suzy Says:

    Stacy – I agree about Emerson, glad you said it and not me….what a cutie!

    Tom – I better be on that speed dial as well.



  5. Betsy Roeder Says:

    Yeah-when Drew needs an anatomy lesson I will be sure to hook him up with the Stoner girls!!!

  6. Betsy Roeder Says:

    I have been following the wonderful Stoner Six blog and was amazed to find another “Betsy Roeder” out there. As the mother of five, with identical twin girls coming at the end, I truly appreciate all of your family-life stories. It would be fun to hear from the other “Betsy Roeder.” Please feel free to e-mail me!

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