The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

It’s not about the money, it’s about the memories.

I keep telling myself that. So today we made a trip to Build A Bear (BAB), an early birthday present for me! Ok, not really, I got my Build A Bear a long time ago, it’s a bald eagle, no easy jokes please. So this time it was for Jake, Kassie and Jo. Jake and Kassie got gift certificates for Christmas, and we thought it would be great to get Jo one if she leaves us.

Jake chose a panda, and army panda named Armie. Kassie chose a dog named Zoe and Jo chose a monkey named Jellybean. Why Jellybean? Well each of the kids has their own special song that I made up for them when they were little. Well it’s more like a jingle than a whole song. Jo’s song goes a little something like this. JoJean the jellybean cutest little girl that I’ve ever seen. JoJean daddies little beauty queen ( or jellybean, they are inter changeable.) Hence the name.


Debating over who got the best accessories for their new child.

Debating over who got the best accessories for their new child.



So, other than Ty, most of  you have never done a BAB, so let me explain it to you. First the parent picks out the skin of their pet, then they pick out a sound. In Jo’s we put a monkey sound and a recording of Tracy and I. NO they are not one in the same. Then they help the lady stuff it to just the right thickness. Before it is sealed, they put a heart in it. In Jo’s each of us put a heart in it, so it is a bit of a mutant. It could never be accused of being heartless. Then it is sealed, painlessly I am told. Althought that 10 gauge needle and inch thick thread would not gear near my wounds. After that the parent has to wash it in the air bath. Next the parent must pick out the clothes, and there are millions of outfits, and they all cost $$. There are also accessories, sun glasses, cell phones, helmets, balls you name it they have it, and it all cost $$. So the gig is they get you in with some cheap fur animal skin, then charge you for every little extra, sounds like the airlines now a days. Next you use their computer to print out a birth certificate for your new born pet. Then you finish up at this real neat place called a cash register where they tally up every little item and you give them all your money, just like the hospital. I guess they want it to be as real as possible.


Jake showing off his new cell phone. They need em younger and younger now-a-days.

Jake showing off his new cell phone. They need em younger and younger now-a-days.



Ultimately, I must admit, I think it was well worth it. I don’t get the whole experience, but the kids absolutely eat it up. Jo’s was very special and we pray that she will always cherish it and she can push the left paw to hear mom and dad’s voice any time. We continue to pray for a miracle, and it will take  a miracle, and we truly, truly, truly, appreciate your support and prayers.


Baby dressing time while we wait for Momma at Nordstrom's. Don't ask how long that was please.

Baby dressing time while we wait for Momma at Nordstrom's. Don't ask how long that was please.


the finished product.

the finished product.

We went ahead and made a little video of the experience since it may be Jo’s last trip to Anchorage with us, it is about 4 1/2 minutes long. 

10 responses

  1. JoAnna Gullion

    Dearest Tracy and Glenn,
    While I watched this video clip- I cried my eyes out. My heart really goes out to you both and Tracy- I wish I were there to hug you. I know this must be very hard on both of you and I will continue to pray that God will bless you and a miracle will happen. You two are really great parents and these children deserve to have you both in their lives.

    May God bless you and keep you.
    With all my love, JoAnna

    January 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    • Well we certainly didn’t mean to make you cry. It is definitely sad to us and to those who know Jo. She has been with us almost 2 1/2 years of her 3 years on earth and we love all of it. We continue to pray for a miracle but brace for the worst. Thanks for the comments and prayers.

      January 15, 2009 at 3:18 am

  2. Mariah Johnson

    I agree with everything JoAnna said – precious video, precious memories with that darling little girl, thank you for sharing it. We will be praying hard and often for your family.


    January 15, 2009 at 2:11 am

    • Thanks Mariah, we appreciate it very much and prayers from the north always help. We have more videos to come, but they take time to make, so keep checking back every once in a while.

      January 15, 2009 at 3:20 am

  3. Ty

    {sarcasm} Good job, you made my wife cry harder than I do.{/sarcasm}

    Very powerful. We love you guys a ton and continue to pray for God’s peace over you. And here’s to a miracle!

    January 15, 2009 at 6:51 am

    • That means something considering it is so hard to make your wife cry.

      January 15, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  4. I just realized that some of you might not know that I, Glenn, am akoptiontrader. So when u see a comment from akoptiontrader, that is me replying. I will address the issue in the blog as well.

    January 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  5. kim

    Hello. I have been reading your blog for a couple months now. I am pretty much a professional blog stalker so im not sure how i found you. But I wanted you (&family) to know I am praying for you. And Jo. I pray a miracle and peace over you and all of those who know and love Jo. God Bless!

    January 17, 2009 at 4:02 am

    • Kim we really appreciate your prayers. I don’t believe you can have too many.Thanks for checking in and thanks for the comment. Glenn

      January 17, 2009 at 4:50 am

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