It Takes a Village

The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is holding true for the V-5. It simply takes more than one person to not only teach a child the ways of life, but to care for their physical needs. Consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, if a child is unable to satisfy the lower needs, physiological & safety, then it will be that much more difficult to achieve the more advanced needs of love, belonging and esteem.

HeirarchyOfNeeds

In the last few weeks, we have been blessed by our own village of family and friends who have paid the quints a visit and helped Mom and Dad not only care for the kiddos, but care for themselves, too!  It has been such a blessing to have regular volunteers. Now, the majority of the quints care times have someone here to offer another hand. I must admit I do cherish my one-on-one time with the kiddos.  Sometimes it is nice when we get to have cares with just them and I. Yes, it does get a little crazy at times, but I have found if I turn on oldies and sing and dance with them; they love it! A fave is “Baby,  I’m Yours” by none other than Mama Cass!

Many, many thanks to our family who has made the trek up from Northern IL many times to help and visit.

Uncle JD with Ellie & Kali

Uncle JD with Ellie & Bella

Thank you to our church family who have come over at all hours of the day, including 3am, and at the drop of a hat to help us. Thank you to the Madison Area Mom’s of Multiples for yummy meals and snacks. Thank you to our new friends and co-workers who have also been there for us in the last month.

Kristy, Nana & the Kiddos

Kristy, Nana & the Kiddos

Teresa & Bella

Teresa & Bella

We truly could not do it without you!

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5 thoughts on “It Takes a Village

  1. Cassie, What an honor it was for us to be able to come help with the babies last week!!!  It was so much fun to feed and cuddle your little angels!  You are so gracious to open your home and heart to so many visitors into your home.  -Teresa

  2. I cannot wait to be healthy enough to make the visit to Verona! I only had twins and know I could not have made it thru some of the days and nights without my pre-teenagers! My thoughts and prayers are with you every day! Marcy Capelle (Debbie’s Aunt)

  3. Once again, thank you for the update and all of you are doing a great job. Glad you are taking time to cuddle and enjoy each one, it’s a feeling that won’t get old. They are small for a short time. Blessings to all. Donna

  4. You and Frank have shown more love, kindness, gentleness, organization and care for your beautiful babies through many hurdles … it has taught us all what life is all about! Many joyous moments will be gifted!

  5. You have a beautiful family to make wonderful memories of a life time with. We enjoyed our Saturday morining with the V-5 and Nana. We were just in awe of the 5 wonderful babies in real life instead of pictures to view. You are both truly blessed!

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