July 16, 2007

St. Joe Leads the Good Life

When we put our house on the market, many of you recommended picking up a little statue of St. Joseph and burying it somewhere in the yard. This idea appealed to me on many different levels. It also, apparently, appealed to Beth. On Friday, our statue arrived in the mail.

Yet we didn't bury it right away.

Mia developed something of a crush on the pint-sized harbinger of home sales. She was all over him like the Pope on really big hats. Joe accompanied us on many of our weekend activities. If you'd eavesdropped you'd have heard phrases like St. Joseph's dress is too tight! or No running with St. Joseph in your mouth! or St. Joseph doesn't need a bath in the dishwasher. Mia adopted St. Joseph into her family of Little People - along with Pig, Cow, Baaaa (sheep), Emma, Guy, and the twins Paul and More Paul. And despite the fact that St. Joe somehow got a boo-boo and needed swift medical attention and a Care Bears band-aid, he got something of a reprieve this weekend. He lived it up.

I'd expected to send old Joe to work today, to find a nice spot to bury him amongst the red clay that seemed to refuse to allow any grass to grow. But we don't need to. We sold our house!

Posted by Chris at July 16, 2007 7:08 AM

Evidently having St. Joe as a mascot works as well as burying the poor little guy.

Congratulations and wahoo!!

Posted by: ann adams at July 16, 2007 7:48 AM

very cool, congrats!

Posted by: E at July 16, 2007 7:51 AM

So that makes this the best Monday of all time - right? Congratulations!!

Posted by: Emily at July 16, 2007 7:58 AM

Great news for a Monday! Congrats!

Posted by: Danielle at July 16, 2007 8:00 AM

Woo hoo! So very happy for you. Great way to start your week.

Posted by: Maria at July 16, 2007 8:08 AM

Yay yay yay doing the happy dance for you! Congrats!

Now Mia gets to keep the statue? :-)

Posted by: Alissa at July 16, 2007 8:09 AM


Posted by: jodi at July 16, 2007 8:17 AM

Congratulations !!! How exciting!

Posted by: Jenn at July 16, 2007 8:20 AM

Super! That is great news to start a Monday with!

Now, you just have to MOVE.

Posted by: Sharri at July 16, 2007 8:24 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is wonderful news. Now you will only have to worry about one mortgage.

Posted by: Krush at July 16, 2007 8:28 AM

Congratulations! I'm glad things worked out so well for you!

Posted by: Heather at July 16, 2007 8:30 AM

CONGRATS! Feel free to mail St. Joe to me ... we could use a little help over here.
I'm still giggling at Paul and "More Paul." My parents have the Little People Noah's Ark set and Button has started adding her own touch to the story. Noah's wife, for instance, was apparently named June.

Posted by: Amy at July 16, 2007 8:33 AM

Yay! Congrats! Hanging with St. Joe looks like fun, man.

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 16, 2007 8:56 AM


Also, Paul & More Paul? Very funny!

Posted by: erin at July 16, 2007 9:05 AM

Awesome! Now, did I miss it or have y'all found another house yet? (it's early. I'm sleepy. I don't remember)

Posted by: Contrary at July 16, 2007 9:11 AM

Congrats! When is the big move?

Posted by: Traci at July 16, 2007 9:14 AM

I love it when good things happen to good people. Congrats, SeƱor Cactus. I'm very happy for you, and can almost feel the stress-reduction way out here in the mid-west.

Posted by: Brad at July 16, 2007 9:28 AM

Congrats! What a cute little bugger he is...imagine how many yards throughout the country have little statues of that dude buried in them. Kinda creepy...

Posted by: JuJuBee at July 16, 2007 9:34 AM

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Beth!!!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 16, 2007 10:25 AM

Awesome. Congratulations. Remove monkey from back. Kill monkey. Dance on monkey's grave.

As for the "Don't run with St. Joseph in your mouth" thing, for a minute there I thought you'd instituted schadenfreude Monday by taking a swipe at the California rulings involving the Catholic church's sex abuse scandals.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at July 16, 2007 10:51 AM

Hooray! Man, that was fast! Congratulations!

Posted by: Karen at July 16, 2007 11:03 AM

Maybe Mia 'adopting' him works better than burying him? I love the names for the twins - Paul and More Paul. Sweet!

Posted by: Katherine at July 16, 2007 11:07 AM

Whoo hoo!!!! That is awesome news! Now - packing/moving... wheeeee!

Posted by: Sue R at July 16, 2007 11:08 AM


Posted by: heels at July 16, 2007 11:28 AM

Fantastic news! Congratulations!!

Having been raised Catholic, I can't stop giggling about St. Joe's whirlwind weekend.

Here in Texas, we see a lot of large terra cotta religious figures. My husband refers to them as Chia Pet saints. He threatens to buy one, spread alfalfa seeds all over it, and place it on the front lawn, just to see what the homeowner's association says.

Posted by: KathyK at July 16, 2007 11:44 AM

Aside from hanging out with your family and the little people/animals, looks like old Joe and I had very similar weekends.

Congrats on the new house!

Posted by: Stephanie at July 16, 2007 12:08 PM

Congrats! Maybe just having him in the house helped! :)

Posted by: Laura at July 16, 2007 12:09 PM

Excellent news - big congratulations!

Posted by: Beth in StL at July 16, 2007 12:19 PM

All that hardwork that you and Beth put into fixing up the house has paid off! YAY! Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Dee at July 16, 2007 12:23 PM

Maybe Mia adopting St. Joe gave y'all good luck.
Will he be a permanent member of the barnyard family?


Posted by: Kali at July 16, 2007 12:39 PM

Congratulations Chris!!! I hate to sound skeptical but I don't think burying him would have made him too happy anyway so thank goodness mia too such a liking to him ;)

Posted by: August at July 16, 2007 1:00 PM

Wunnerful! May the sale close smoothly.

Posted by: bhd at July 16, 2007 1:03 PM

sounds like st. joe had a better weekend than i did...

congrats on selling the house. that's got to feel amazing!

Posted by: ali at July 16, 2007 1:13 PM


Posted by: denise at July 16, 2007 1:25 PM

See, now I want a saint to play with.

Posted by: GreenCanary at July 16, 2007 2:19 PM

Whoot! Congrats!

Posted by: sue at July 16, 2007 2:27 PM

Oh yay! Congrats! Does Mia get to keep her new friend now?

Posted by: Judy at July 16, 2007 2:30 PM

congrats on selling the house. I hope you have as many a fun time in your new digs as you did in the old!

Posted by: Jeff A at July 16, 2007 3:15 PM

You are my blogging rock star idol and always cracking me up. Super Congrats on the sale of your house. woohoo!!!

Posted by: michele at July 16, 2007 3:17 PM

Woot! It was totally the Care Bear Bandaid that made it happen. Those things are good for whatever ails you. Now you can move and pay only ONE mortgage...

...so you can afford more bandaids.

Posted by: Procrastamom at July 16, 2007 3:42 PM

St. Joe must have really appreciated his whirlwind weekend with Mia! That is fan-flippin'-tastic that you sold your house!!!

My husband and I, on the other hand, have BOUGHT a house! The inspection was today... and we should have the keys on July 31st! Hooray for buying and selling houses!

For once, a Monday that DOESN'T suck. Miracles DO happen. Just ask St. Joe. ;-)

Posted by: ironic1 at July 16, 2007 4:02 PM

Maybe St. Joe had such a kick ass time that he decided to bless you even though you didn't bury him. Congrats!!

Posted by: Tink at July 16, 2007 4:04 PM

That is completely awesome! Way to GO!!!

Posted by: anna at July 16, 2007 4:54 PM

Congratulations on selling your house! I'm sure that's a relief. May I borrow St. Joe for my mother-in-law's house?

He'd have the place all to himself! And I promise to let him raid the fridge at her house(there's a bunch of food we don't know what to do with), hang out with her animal figurines (they probably miss her) and watch all the TV he wants. No cable though.

Posted by: bad penguin at July 16, 2007 5:51 PM

Dude, that is awesome. (The part about the house. The part about St. Joe was just funny!)

Posted by: Isabel at July 16, 2007 6:01 PM

I'm sure Mia's relieved because now she can keep her friend with her above-ground.

Posted by: angela at July 16, 2007 6:28 PM

Hooray! And now you don't have to worry about long nights of screaming tantrums including "sleep with st joe! sleep with st joe!"

Posted by: Amaya at July 16, 2007 6:30 PM

Sometimes you have to bury the Saint, sometimes you have to take him out to dinner and let him hang with the family. It's all relative.

Congrats on the sale.

Posted by: Elaine at July 16, 2007 6:40 PM

Sorry to bother you, but I've never heard about this bury-St-Joseph thing...

Any hint for a non-American? Thank you. :)

Posted by: Alex at July 16, 2007 7:25 PM

lol I love the photos, those are great.

And congratulations on selling your house, that is fantastic news. :)

Posted by: Teenuh at July 16, 2007 7:52 PM

That's one powerful saint!!!

Congrats on selling the house! I'm sure that's a huge burden lifted off your shoulders!

Posted by: coolchick at July 16, 2007 8:55 PM

Yay! Congrats! That must be a big relief!

Posted by: Janice at July 16, 2007 9:24 PM

Hot Damn! Congrats!

And while St. Joe was on vacay - it was totally More Paul's mojo that did it.

Posted by: Pammer at July 16, 2007 9:32 PM

WOW!!! That was really, really fast. Start packing!

Posted by: Jen at July 16, 2007 9:55 PM


Posted by: Colleen at July 16, 2007 9:58 PM

St. Joe is awesome. We "planted" him he sold house 2 days later.

Posted by: Josh at July 16, 2007 9:59 PM

"Hanging with the new crew (does the sheep look nervous to you?)"

I hate it when I don't get something and I am obviously missing something here... what does that line mean?

Posted by: Leilani at July 16, 2007 10:07 PM

St. Joe was obviously very excited to not be buried in the yard. I would rather play with Mia then be buried in the yard and would work whatever ju-ju I had out of thankfulness if I were him. But that's me.

Congratulations! I am doing an office-chair dance in your honor. Ok, not really, but I am on the INSIDE.

Posted by: Librarian Girl at July 16, 2007 10:19 PM

St. Joe was obviously very excited to not be buried in the yard. I would rather play with Mia then be buried in the yard and would work whatever ju-ju I had out of thankfulness if I were him. But that's me.

Congratulations! I am doing an office-chair dance in your honor. Ok, not really, but I am on the INSIDE.

Posted by: Librarian Girl at July 16, 2007 10:20 PM

I read that over at the wife's place! That rocks! Megacongrats! (and I love the pics).

Posted by: aimee/greeblemonkey at July 17, 2007 1:05 AM

Congratulations, Chris!

So where are you and your family moving to? Hope it's not an apartment! Some places the walls are as thin as paper that you can use a pair of sissors to spy on the neighbors! But if you're not moving to China, you should be ok!

Posted by: RC at July 17, 2007 4:04 AM

Congrats! I say nothing more than that. ;)

Posted by: alektra at July 17, 2007 5:23 AM

I have just commented on your wife's blog...now here...congratulations...

Posted by: The Parents at July 17, 2007 8:14 AM

Congrats on selling the home. St. Joe works all the time.

Posted by: William at July 17, 2007 8:15 AM

Hurrah! Congratulations!

Posted by: Vaguely Urban at July 18, 2007 2:18 AM

Hey, congratulations! I've been out of the blog loop in general for a while, so I'm not up-to-date. Are you moving far?

Posted by: Freakazojd at July 18, 2007 12:33 PM

FINALLY! Congrats, guys! One less thing to worry about (although lots more paperwork, I guess...)

Posted by: Leah at July 18, 2007 2:17 PM

Yes, lagging behind again in commenting, but YAYYYYYY!!!!! Passing your test and selling your house and buying Mia's blue hat - YAYYYYYYYYY!!!

Posted by: Heather at July 20, 2007 5:36 PM