PLUS an Amber Sullivan Todd
Recently in Kelley Skyway...
Our granddog Archie waited patiently for his Gramps and Grams to arrive... Fweetie guy!
Archie's mama has always sung songs to our family pets. Archie's song is to the chorus of "The Java Jive."
I love Archie
He loves me
I love Archie
He's my best boy-ee
Archie and me
And a-Daddy and me
We're a family
Their house-keychain states "LOVE."
Handsome checked off the Sonny-Do List at Mother's. I snuck this image through the kitchen window while he worked on the exterior of her deck.
a) kitchen and dining room
b) living room and entry
c) upstairs bathroom.
I started at the ceilings and worked my way down to the floors. I hadn't done this deep cleaning for her last year when we were home for medical, so it was long overdue. I made investments. What is sown bountifully is reaped bountifully.
Mother turned 75 and three of her children plus her wonderful church family threw her a birthday surprise party on "Judy Marsden Day."
At Mother's one morning, using a cup of Mother's beautiful Jewel Tea, I tried to launch the practice of drinking coffee black.
All the silk flowers I'll be putting in the flowerboxes of our master bedroom were 50% off at Hobby Lobby. Dana and I got our shadowboxes half-off there, too. (She needed a 5x7-inch for her husband's boutonniere; I needed two 8x10-inches for a project I'm doing with the Matchbox cars my husband played with as a little boy.)
Matchbox cars at the "car wash."
Mother and I got some great buys on shoes; she also bagged a couple great handbags, too. Dana also got a great buy on Archie's dog food and a pair of nail clippers. She's going to teach Archie to let her trim his nails...
Guess you can tell what was only one of the many medical procedures I recently endured. M'am, have you had your mammogram this year?
A Columbus Washboard Co.
washboard for Mrs. Boyte's
new Columbus, Ohio, laundry room.
The thrifted Whirley Pop brand popcorn popper doesn't pop as nicely as my Felknor's does though. Both were thrifty finds.
I think the key differences are that the Felknor's has a better paddle that turns along the bottom of the pot. (See the Whirley Pop's below.) Plus, the Whirley Pop's crank gears are a hard plastic, I think, versus the metal or aluminum of the Felknor's. The lid design's better on the Felknor's, too. The Whirley Pop turned out several great bags of Kettle Corn Friday afternoon though!
I told the Firstborn I'm beating her up because these leather avocado heels are in her size and not mine! Adorable!
These Madden Girls below should go perfectly with my fam' photo dress!
And these babies are my thrifty buy of the
My sister-in-law said,
"Those shoes have your name written all over them!"
In the Boytes' new home, the painting champ taught his son-in-law how to cut-in and roll ceiling and wall paint.
Corey is not only hungry to learn, he cultivates a teachable spirit. He welcomes guidance and correction. He's one of God's few good men who walks in both wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
See the pink ceiling? The individual who created ceiling paint that goes on wet as one color (pink) but dries as a different, desired color (white) was a genius!
In the master bath, Corey primed the ceiling and I rolled and cut-in with ceiling paint. While it dried, I painted the first of three coats of off-white over cobalt blue; Corey finished all the painting in their master bath.
After we left at 5 a.m. below, the Boytes finished their master bedroom and bath. We had worked hard all weekend long; they're fast learners!
Can you tell it's 5 a.m.?!
Coco Chanel left and Audrey Ann were wondering,
Daddy and Mama, why are up so early?
Audrey gets blue when her family's guests get their suitcases back out...
Dagger Nails because his mama is teaching him
to let her trim his nails.
It took her two hours to get three trimmed...
"I've never been so mad about anything
in all of my life!" his mama said.
The next day Daddy helped Mom
by coaxing Archie with chicken!
Handwork on the plane
One of two pillowshams I'm working on
We had worked so hard for several weeks that, by the time we got to Dave's folks' place where we ministered one weekend, I felt an overwhelming exhaustion! One morning I was doing some office work on my laptop (still in my robe) and my eyelids wouldn't stay up. So, down went the laptop lid and back into bed I crawled... and napped there for TWO-AND-A-HALF-HOURS! The only time I do that is when I NEED to do that! I still remember that delicious nap!
In a few days I will share some wonderful pillowcases my precious mother-in-law and one of her great-grandchildren have made, so watch for that update!
We are very thankful today that Amber has taken a turn for the better. Doctors are pleased with her progress, considering her life-threatening condition just yesterday [Friday they thought she was bleeding internally; thankfully she was not!] The intubation tube was taken out and she has been able to drink some water. They will take her off [dialysis] today as her kidneys appear to be working (which is a miracle in itself).
Thank you for all your prayers. The Sullivan and Todd families are so very appreciative of the awesome prayer support.
If you would like to be a blessing to Amber and Jason, we have set up an online benefit to support them through this challenging time.
Watch these emotional sentiments from our beautiful Amber Sullivan Todd, wife of Pastor Jason, mommy of miracle baby Jaselyn Shea.
Thank you for your prayers!