My Family Jail

You may not believe this-but it’s true!  When I was little, I used to have a jail in my house-a real one!  The prisoners were kept where you would expect them to be– just down the hall from my kitchen.

Except for a 6 hour break on Sunday, my mom or dad had to be at the house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! My mom did everything for the prisoners, including feeding them 3 home cooked meals a day.  At one time she had 13 prisoners and no dishwasher! She also watched her 2, then 3 children, and even took on some other child care in her home. As for me?  Those prisoners were so lucky–I would break out my  easybaker oven on occasions and make them the most amazing cake like creations.

We moved to a new home when I was 6.  Before the move, I just couldn’t understand.  I would ask, “Doesn’t everybody have a jail in their house?”

So now, when all of my dishes are piled up, the living room is trashed, the laundry room floor in covered with clothes-again, I just remember my sweet hardworking mom and am grateful everyone does not have a jail in their home.

My grandparents,  brother, and little me–behind the bars

 Click here to check out my old home!

Grumpy Mom Goal of the Day: Remember, it could always be a little worse.


  1. That's so strange, wasn't your mother scared? I know I would be!

  2. WOW! I would never have thought they even did that. What a strong, brave & hardworking woman your mom was!

    Bernadette – new follower

  3. This may be a day trip for us one day (we're in IC). How funny, that is one crazy story. Thanks for the follow, I'm following back.

  4. I can't believe you had a real jail in your house! But it sure makes for an interesting story, doesn't it?

  5. That is an awesomely cool story!

  6. Cool story! New follower from the hop 🙂

  7. Hi everyone-thanks for following and actually reading! To Belle–my mom said she wasn't scared because she was always extra cautious and careful, but she still made sure to pray for her family's safety every day:)

  8. There was really a jail in your house!? Wow! I still think it's great that you're from Iowa!

  9. you have a lovely blog, i follow you! xxx

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