Monday, June 8, 2009

You Can Pick Your Friends...

Everyone has heard the old saying about picking your friends, but not their noses... however- evidently around here we can pick our friend's CHILDREN'S noses. Guess you can do that in Kentucky.

We had our wonderful friend Lisa and Kids over for the night a couple days ago. It is such a blessing to get back together with old friends. People we have enjoyed friendships with throughout the years. We were all together in an OCF Bible Study as newlyweds... only 1 child between the 4+ couples. Now we have 21 children between us. A mighty army for the Lord (even though their Dads are Marines...). It was so nice to remember all we have come through together, and to have people who love us, even after years of separation.

So anyway- Lisa and children arrive for the night. We have a delightful dinner, and the children all enjoy chasing chickens in the twilight. We give baths, and get them going to bed, all laid out slumber party style. About 45 minutes into the relative peace and quiet of 14 children giggling and chatting in their sleeping bags, Lisa and I get interrupted by one of her daughters coming downstairs crying because her nose hurts.

Turns out she has a BEAD up her nose. Not a nice, round, nose fitting bead which could be blown out by plugging the other nostril and having her blow really hard. (I know how to do this sort of nostril blockage removal from the time Emma put a corn kernal up her nose...). This was a Y shaped bead with plenty of air space to keep us from being able to blow it out.

So out come the tweezers, and enter Dr. Eric. He does have a medical background since he flies an EMS helicopter you know. (That's a joke... he's just the pilot. But all sorts of people assume he can treat anything.)

It takes about 1/2 hour, but we finally extract the bead from the child's nose. Sigh. She didn't even get to blow it on Eric's foot. I was going to give her a bowl of ice cream if she did that. ;)

Do these things only happen to MY family?!?!


  1. What was the version of this I always loved as a kid? Ah yes...You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't wipe your friends on the couch. Ewwwie eww eww. LOL

    Poor pumpkin...I'm sure she was not thrilled by the tweezer extraction, but I'm glad it all turned out well! :)

  2. Nope. I've had two of mine with beads up their nose when they were younger. Thankfully they were the round kind that came out with a lot of blowing. Although, I did have to employ the tweezers, too. And oddly enough, they were both orange, bright orange.

  3. Eeew! I don't know if I could do it. I'm so glad for husbands and their iron stomachs. That poor little girl...I guess she won't do that again. LOL! Lisa~

  4. I've heard of people putting all sorts of things in their noses. Did you hear of the man who swallowed a pair of scissors? Yikes.