Adventures with 6 Kids at the Dentist’s

I received a call from our Family dentist Wednesday afternoon confirming our appointment for the next day.

I didn’t even pretend to hide my shock. I forgot!

The kind receptionist just laughed and said that she was glad she called. I assured her we would be there.


Elisabeth is playing peek-a-boo while Jonathan is putting his big brother’s hat on my head.

Yes. Living in Plan B a second time this week. What were my original plans for Thursday? I don’t know anymore.

I do know that my plan wasn’t driving 5 hours round trip with 6 children for their 4 hour dentist appointment.

This is not my kids’ first dentist appointment. It’s just the first one I forgot about.

Then I got a call from my dad saying the Dentist office just called to confirm his appointment and told him, he was going to see some grandchildren.

A squeal of excitement arose throughout the house as the kids realized Papa had a dentist appointment too.


Jonathan sat in Nana’s chair. He told her she could sit on his lap.

Something good happened with Plan B. My dad told me that he was just as excited as the kids.

Entertaining the kids wasn’t nearly as challenging with Papa and Nana in the waiting room.

You know…That surprise was a gift from God. He knew I was a bit apprehensive about the long drive and the long hours of waiting with my kids.

It’s like He gave me a hug and told me that it’s all going to be okay.

This is how the 3 youngest and I looked by the end of the wait.

This is how the 3 youngest and I looked by the end of the wait.

Have you ever felt that way?On those days, weeks, or even months when nothing seems to go as planned. Have you ever had a surprise that made you feel loved despite all your shortcomings?

As always feel free to share with me in the comments. Or send me an email.

Joshua and Ruth with their nice, clean smiles.

Joshua and Ruth with their nice, clean smiles.

Oh, and as an added plus to my day. My husband installed a new calendar app for me. Now to just start using it. 🙂


About Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher's wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she's not busy counting her blessings she's writing about them right here on her blog, encouraging and strengthening families.

16 Replies to “Adventures with 6 Kids at the Dentist’s”

  1. Lotta Wanner

    This is a great story. I am so glad your parents turned up to be with you. yes I have felt the guided aid many times and I am so grateful each time. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. 🙂

  2. Shelley DuPont

    I can certainly see how easy it would be to overlook an appointment. I can also understand how frustrate you felt knowing you had such a long drive on top of a long wait. God is truly amazing, isn’t he? He knew you needed encouragement and support. Who better than your parents? You’ll love your Calendar app.

  3. Katina Vaselopulos

    Very nice, Anastacia! When your husband is done with your site, send him to me please! 🙂
    Everytime I read a post of yours, I get encouraged in so many ways! Thank you! God bless! He seems to be holding you and your family in the palms of His hands!

    • Anastacia Maness

      Thank you, Katina!
      I’m glad my posts encourage you.
      My sweet husband is a pretty busy guy. I’m not sure when he’ll actually get around to designing my website.
      I’ve given him a pretty big to do list. LOL But I’ll let him know his computer skills are in high demand. 😀

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