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I Can’t Live Without You!

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Have you heard of the Holderness Family? Like a lot of people, I first heard of them when their now famous Christmas Jammie video went viral last year. I’ve been following them for a few months now and always enjoy watching their videos. I recently watched their Protective Life * video “I Can’t Live Without You” where they sing about why they can’t live without each other. Literally. I thought it would be fun to come up with my own list of reasons I couldn’t live without my family. 

*And seriously? Make sure you family is protected for real. Chuck and I made the decision years ago to make sure each other and  children would be well-cared for financially were the worst to happen.


How could I live without this husband of mine? Who else would take us on family vacations where we drive for hours and hours and hours…just to drive some more? Who would leave wet towels on my side of the bed? Without Chuck who would keep 20 years worth of paperwork and receipts…just in case? Not me, that’s for sure. But then again, who would go on emergency cream-for-my-coffee runs? And fill the van with gas, just so I wouldn’t have to?

What a photographer's nightmare looks like

And I could never live without my sweet Avi who keeps me on my toes and sharpens my debate skills? What would I do with all of my spare time if I didn’t have these curls to comb through and condition? What would I do without her hilarious sense of humor?

I can't live without you! Protective Life

I can’t live without these brown eyes and this adorable boy…because who would wake me up in the middle of the night? Who would ask for a snack 38 times…and refuse to eat a single bite? Who would ask me to accompany them to the bathroom every single time they need to empty their bladder or bowels?


It would be a sad and unfulfilling life without Jubilee’s melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon rolls. Without her funny stories about junior  high and without her developing sense of fashion. 

teen girl with Starbucks drink

And believe me when I say, were it not for Kalina, I wouldn’t listen to Taylor Swift. Ever. Like, literally, EVER.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. Family is important. Really important. Even when I don’t get a full night’s sleep for years, when I have children who vomit in my bed or store dead goldfish in their wallet. What can I say, these are my people?

And on the slighty-serious side, protecting our family is important. Be sure and watch the 80’s style I Can’t Live Without You video to see the Holderness families hilarious (but important) take on protecting family. 


Tell me one way you can’t live without your family. Bonus points if you can make me laugh!


  1. thissquirrelsnest

    I apologize for the darkness, but my children are what keeps me alive at times. At times I get suicidal and the primary reason I hold on is I know the pain of being away. I know I could never do that to my children –leave them voluntarily.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I am truly sorry that you struggle with such depression! But thank God you have this kids to keep you alive. I hope you have a great support system.

  2. Jessica

    I can’t live without my husband. Who would grumble about the electric bill while leaving a light on in every room he goes through? Who would complain about not having clean clothes while hoarding them in his hamper because he wants to do his own laundry? Who would save his check stubs and acct statements from high school? Who would go get me ice cream when I pms and have learned to wait patiently while I throw up then pretend it hadn’t happened?
    I can’t live without my daughters. Who would make me crazy by singing all. the. time. Who would hide garbage in her sock drawer? Who would remind me she needs something special that day at school while she’s getting ready to catch the bus? Who will tell me clothing I chose for them makes them look like indentured servants? Who would have been my first child that made me into a mom.
    I can’t live without my boys. Who would laughbat fart jokes and play video games at deafening levels? Who would bring spiders to me to make me scream? Who would have shown me how impossibly wonderful it is to have boys.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Ha! My husband does the same thing. He’ll complain that he doesn’t have any of his wool shirts to wear…then find them all in his work truck. Sounds like you have great family 🙂

  3. LlamaMama

    I can’t live without my son! Who would kick me in the middle of the night? Or headbutt me with his gigantic solid head only to have me comfort him since he starts crying when he sees me in pain? Who would wake me up in the middle of the night with his slightly creepy giggle while he’s sound asleep that makes me think a robber with a twisted sense of humor has invaded the place?

  4. nancy from mass

    I couldn’t live without my son. I thought i was carrying a girl (even had a dream before i was pregnant that i was pregnant, would deliver on 8/26 and would have a girl…i found out i was pregnant, my due date was 8/26 but my beautiful boy was born on 8/31). he makes me laugh, tells me funny stories about high school, his friends all call me Mama. But, he leaves candy wrappers EVERYWHERE, not to mention his underwear. I know if my house is above 64 degrees because he will strip down to them and walk around. I am sooo glad I have a son. He makes me proud.

    My husband, who can be so annoying, but still makes me laugh despite of it. who lets me keep the thermostat low and just puts on a sweatshirt and cover up with a quilt while watching tv. Who will walk around picking up little bits of yarn or string that i seem to drop everywhere while crafting (quilting, knitting, cross stitching or crocheting). He once picked up all he found in one day and presented it to me. ya, I am lucky.

    Hey, as someone with natural curly hair, try just ‘finger brushing/combing’ in the conditioner. If i try and comb or brush my hair, i end up with more snarls (and i look like i just electrocuted myself). It may make the process with Avi a lot easier!

  5. Michelle Jolley

    I can’t live with out my husband. He is the funniest person I have ever met. Even when he says, before he lays down for bed, that he doesn’t need anything but a sheet to sleep with(Because he is crazy hot natured). And then in the middle of the night I wake up and all my covers are gone because he got cold. So I get up and then get me some more blankets and then by morning I have my blankets(the ones I had to get in the middle of the night) on plus the ones that my husband took from me ALLLL on top of me because he got hot. lol!!!!! And he lays there with his sheet (singular!!!!). I seriously think he has menopause or something…lol!!! But he is only 29 so who knows.
    I can’t live with out my son who has autism. I enjoy every moment that I get to homeschool him. I can’t live without the moments where I get to snuggle with him when his ears are bothering him or his allergies are all funky and out of whack. And when he calls me screaming from the bathroom because the toilet has overload from him flushing it umpteenmillion times and have poop, pee, and toilet paper ALLL over the floor and then runs and screams “I’m hungry!!!” when I ask him to bring me something to help clean it up.
    Yes, I love this family of mine. I seriously could not live without them. They are my piece and my solace in a world full of God knows what.


    Michelle Jolley

    P.S. I love the video!! SOOOOO funny, especially when the dad is trying to braid his daughters hair. lol!!!

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