Where There Are No Oxen

by SomeGirl on April 5, 2010 · 17 comments

My friends joke about how we keep a babysitter tucked away in our closet and pull her out whenever we need her. But the truth is, two nights a week a sweet girl named Cali comes to work for my husband and watch the boys so we can go on a date  or do whatever we’re in the mood for. Tonight, my husband is going to the Apple store to check out the new iPad and I’m tucking myself away in the guest room to do some stuff on the computer (research fire engine cakes for my littlest one’s 3rd birthday party this weekend, write this post, look up recipes for my new challenge to eat Vegan one day a week*, etc…). As I sit here thinking of what to write I’m listening to all that’s going on in the next room… My husband is yelling to my oldest one, “Come here! There’s a skink!” My oldest is excitedly replying, “WHERE?? WHERE??” Cali, our sweet babysitter, is squealing with fear. My husband and son are now yelling, “IT’S IN THE HOUSE!” My youngest is giggling and jumping up and down with the skink’s tail in his hand while his brother is holding the body loudly exclaiming  that the skink broke in two! And “Miss Cali” is running and squealing with more fear as my boys chase her (as any good boys would do). ;) And I’m laughing at it all! It makes me think of one of my favorite verses to quote… Proverbs 14:4 “Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty…” In other words, where there are no oxen the stable is clean and quiet.  That seems nice some days, but today I am really enjoying the noise, laughter and mess of an “oxen” filled house.

photo taken by Cali on one of her nights here, for her 365 photo project

*Stay tuned… John, from Once a Week Vegan, has challenged me to eat Vegan one day a week (3 meals) and guest blog about it one day a week. I’ll start this coming Friday… this ought to be interesting! (Did you know I have another blog called Fajita Lovers?! I love meat and cheese!!! VEGAN???? What was I thinking????) ;) Seriously though, I’m looking forward to it! Thanks, John! :)



We are looking forward to it too. I can’t wait to see what the fast food junkie comes up with. I hope you have fun with it!

Some Girl

Thanks, John!

Cali of PassionBird

Indeed, this is all a true story! I want boys of my own someday so I’m going to have to get used to things that slither! Crawling is just fine, but when things wiggle, oh that’s just icky!
Well actually, you do kind of keep me in a closet while I’m here ;) haha. I feel so fortunate to be able to come over here and learn from you, Ms. Fraddle, every week. Oh the book I could write about the adventures I have had in your family’s house. Thanks Michelle, I really love that verse too!

Some Girl

Hahaha…. that’s right, we do keep you in a closet! lol (Cali’s office is in a “converted” closet)

We love you, Cali! ♥


I love this post. It sounds like the audio track from my house where skinks rule and it is really cool if the tail comes off in your hand.

My DH and I have been vegetarian for about 5 years. We are eating more pescovegetarian lately adding some fish in the mix. Recently I did this fruit flush thing, and it is vegan. I felt amazing afterwards. I can’t wait to see how it goes for you…

Some Girl

Life with boys is SO much FUN, isn’t it!?

Btw, I’d love to hear more about the vegan fruit flush… is there a link you’d recommend? :)


What a wonderful post! Thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the moments, rather than being frustrated about getting your worktime interrupted. I try to do that, but lately I’ve needed this reminder. Thank you!

Can’t wait to hear more about your vegan adventure either! Sounds fun.

Some Girl

I really like our mutual encouragement system! :D I’m working on my next 40 days commitment now, thanks to you! ♥

(check out Shell’s blog at http://perkypractice.blogspot.com )

Alicia The Snowflake

Oh I know exactly what you mean! I love my house best when it is full of noise. When my son is away it is deathly quiet. Oh the blessings of children!

Some Girl

Blessings, indeed!

Laura Maly

You know, it’s so true. Some days I long for the peace and solitude of a quiet home…yet, within a very short time, I find myself longing for the munchkin to be home with me wreaking all kinds of havoc. It’s all in the perspective, isn’t it? =)

Some Girl

If we could only learn to be content… wouldn’t that make life so much more enjoyable?!

(Thanks for commenting!)


I don’t have boys in my house, but I have to agree on the noise. Some days it drives me crazy, but most days I consider it a blessing. Hope you enjoyed your time shut away. :-)

Some Girl

Thanks, Amy! And thanks for taking the time to comment… it means a lot to me! ♥ Michelle

Susan Jones

I don’t ever remember reading that verse before Michelle…I love it! Thanks for posting it. Of course, with five “oxen” in our manger, we never have a quiet, dull moment and I love it! I’ll have to add that verse to my favorites list.

Thanks Hippy Chic for being my friend!

Some Girl

Hippy Chic… I like it. What was I before… granola? crunchy? hmmm… man, I can’t remember! lol

Full stables are the best! (the loudest and craziest, but the BEST!) :D

Love you, sweet friend!


Great verse, Michelle!

I hope your little guy has a great birthday this weekend! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

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