Friday’s Fave Five


Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details, and you can visit Susanne to see the list of others’ favorites or to join in.

1. My son’s wedding! (Details here, pictures here.)

2. Getting my “mother of the groom” dress fixed. It needed to be altered a bit around the top, and I really wanted to somehow widen the straps — even though it had a lace jacket, the 1 1/2″ straps underneath were just too bare for me. I procrastinated partly because I was keeping my eye out for something else. Finally it came down to crunch time, and two different ladies that I asked to help me (either of whom would have whipped it up with ease) weren’t available; the alteration place fixed the top but wouldn’t touch the straps because they said it wouldn’t look right. Finally I found some fabric that didn’t quite match but worked and tried it myself, making 4 1/2 inch wide straps — and, thank God (I mean that literally!!!) it worked. Such a relief!



I wore the jacket the whole time, and you couldn’t really see the straps from the front, but they could be seen from the back, and I just felt more covered with wider straps — especially in the front row with my back to everyone!!

3. The wedding party. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen, photographer and music people, were great kids and pitched in above and beyond the call of duty. I had met some before and enjoyed getting to know the rest.

4. Meeting some dear people in the bride’s family and friends who I hope to keep in touch with.

5. God providing for us in an obvious way when a tire blew on the trailer we were renting on the way home: My son and new daughter-in-law just “happened” by at the time and we got the tire to the Wal-Mart service center just as they were closing.  If either of those things hadn’t happened, we would have been stuck for a lot longer and with more trouble and expense. Plus in the brief time we had to disconnect the trailer and leave it on the side of the road, God let no one crash into it or steal it or its contents. And as an added bonus we got to eat dinner together before getting back on the road.


6. Rug shopping. My husband and I took our son and new daughter-in-law shopping for rugs at one of his customer’s places of business this week where they were having a tent sale. The kids have hardwood floors and got a couple of great area rugs (I didn’t think to get pictures of theirs), and I got a couple of small ones myself:

One for the living room:

New rug

And one for the sewing/craft/guest room that I am going to convert Jason’s room into:

New rug

It’s really hard to find pink in rugs! Most everything I saw had more orangey roses if they had roses, and red seems to be the general popular color now.

It’s also been fun vicariously sharing the kids’ excitement as they set up housekeeping. Brings back memories. 🙂

19 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Well, in the wedding pics you and your dress both look lovely. I know just how you felt. i am a great fan of being securely dressed when I might be the focus of attention! I am glad you had such a wonderful week and I have enjoyed every moment of your sharing.

  2. You have had a splendid week! What could BE more exciting than your son’s WEDDING?! I’m glad you were able to get that dress fixed to your satisfaction! I hate feeling self-conscious about the way I’m dressed – so I know that was a huge relief! Your area rugs are pretty!

  3. Nice job on the sewing! 🙂

    Have fun setting up your new room. I LOVE rearranging and reimagining — though in this case it may have its bittersweet moments.

  4. You did a great job with your dress, Barbara. You were one brave girl to tackle that one your own. You looked lovely in it.

    Your week was amazing with the wedding.

  5. What a great week for your family!

    You did a great job on your dress. I would have done the same thing.

    I loved the wedding pics and look forward to seeing the bride’s wedding dress.

    I love the carpet you picked out for your new craft room! It looks like it’s “you”!

  6. I loved the way you altered you dress, Barbara! And I love the rugs, too! Wonderful FF! Hope you have a good weekend and are able to catch up on some rest!

  7. You did a great job on your dress! I don’t blame you one bit for wanting to alter it.

    Love your rugs and envy you your craft room! 😉 When Andrew leaves, Wes is moving his office into the boys’ room. We’ve considered moving my craft stuff in there too, but I think Wes is afraid my stuff would overtake his office. LOL

  8. Definitely a week to remember Barbara!! I’m glad you were more comfortable at the wedding with the alterations you made. It is so sweet to see our kids take joy in little things in their lives…

  9. No, not yet. They just got most of the stuff out of it today. But I knew we were making that transition some time ago so I’ve been thinking about it. And I had to take advantage of the rug sale while I was there if I wanted one.

  10. Wow! a wedding! I love weddings! You are a beautiful mother of the groom, and your dress is perfect. I love the pic of your baby, I mean Jason (but I like to think he’ll always be your baby 🙂 )getting help getting gunk out of his hair, the musicians, the bride and her maids, the funny get-away car, oh everything!

  11. You did a great job with the dress! I’m clueless when it comes to things like this.

    Thank God all of you are OK and for taking care of you when the tire blew.

    I like the look of the rugs. They’re beautiful!

  12. Oh it must have been a busy week but well worth it. Thanks for sharing it with us and congratulations to your son and you as well.
    You look great and so does the dress.

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