On April 22, 2014 Pamela Roth and her newborn baby Nevaeh passed away shortly after childbirth. She left behind a fiancÈ and two boys from her previous marriage to Tim Roth. Since her death, Tim has become the sole caretaker of their boys; Carson (12) and Tanner (11). The boys are now trying to adjust to a life without their mother. Tim is now a single parent, juggling the responsibilities of having a full-time job and being the full-time parent.
Carson eats a pizza lunchable and watches TV while his dad Tim folds laundry on Nov. 9, 2014. "They've had a tough time adjusting," Tim says about the boys having to move into his apartment from their mother's house.
Carson watches Tim cut coupons in the kitchen on Nov. 9, 2014. Since becoming a single-parent, Tim has had to start watching his budget more closely. "We're here, we got lives to live and we need to be successful," says Tim. "That would be the greatest honor we could do for her (Pam). That's my mission for the boys. You know it's gonna be hard. It's gonna be very hard. It's gonna be difficult but we'll do it. We're gonna do it. We're gonna get through it. We're gonna live successful lives in her honor. "
Carson helps Tim put pizza rolls in the oven on Nov. 9, 2014. Since Carson and Tanner's mom passed away, Tim has tried to teach the boys how to do more things around the apartment like cooking and laundry. "You know, I don't let them get away what i think is too much," says Tim. "I'm not gonna be the parent that lets them do whatever they want, whenever they want just because their mother passed away. I don't think that helps anybody."
Tanner lays with his pillow on the couch on Dec. 7, 2014. The pillow was made by his aunt and has a picture of him and his mother on it. He sleeps with it every night. The morning his mother and sister died, "Tanner woke up all excited, 'Do i have a little sister?'" Tim recalls of the morning his ex-wife and her baby died. "I said, 'Come on, boys. Let's go. We're not gonna go to school today.' So i, uh, brought em home and had to tell them something no parent should every have to tell their kid. And Tanner kept saying, 'Well, won't we be able to see her tomorrow?!? Won't we be able to see her tomorrow?!?' 'No, you wont' be able to bud. She, uh, died and so did the baby.' That has to be about as close to hell as you can get on earth having to tell your kids something like that."
Tim holds the door while his son, Carson, jumps out to head into work on Nov. 9, 2014. Tim owns his own bread delivery route and on some weekends he has to take the boys into work with him. Occasionally Tim's mom or sister will watch them, but sometimes the boys like to go into work with him.
Tanner puts stickers on the bread at Tops Markets. On most weekends Tim has to go into work. Sometimes he takes Carson and Tanner; some days they enjoy helping, some days they don't.
Carson and Tanner (not picture) toss the football from couch to couch in living room under the watch of their father, Tim. "We have to worry about the people downstairs so it's been tough, it's been a tough change especially because they came from their house where they could basically do anything they wanted." They live in a small, three bedroom apartment.
Occasionally Tim falls asleep in the living room as does Carson. Working early hours and trying to keep the boys occupied is difficult for Tim who had been living as a bachelor for the last three years. "They're (the boys) kind of tough right now," confides Tim. "It's a tough age especially with everything they're going through and, uh, they've had a tough time adjusting, so it's been hard getting used to everything. I don't know, it's something they shouldn't have to go through, anybody should have to go through."
Carson wrestles his friend Brayden Woolley (8) in the kitchen on Nov. 9, 2014. Tim watches Brayden occasionally and Braden's mom watches the boys for Tim when he needs it. "To be their guardian, their one and only," says Tim. "I mean i've got a lot of help (so) don't get me wrong. My family has been amazing and Pam's family as well, not just mineÖI don't necessarily like it, but it's necessary and I think it's good for the boys too, to spend time with other people. I think they get sick of their old man."
Tanner (left), Brayden (middle) and Carson (right) compete on the Playstation before the brothers go to work with their dad.
Tanner sleeps on the couch while Tim and Carson watch TV on Nov. 9, 2014. Tim has struggled to provide a stable home for the boys since the loss of their mother. "It's been tough," says Tim "Especially getting on the school bus on Mondays and Thursdays (while Tim is at work) when they have to get on on their own. So that's been kinda tough for them getting on all by themselves. But, they're getting through it."