Friday Faves (And Some Stories)

How is it Friday again already?! This week just zoomed right on by. But that’s okay! Have I got some stories for you…

Y’all know we had a yard sale last weekend. Let me tell you – our church’s fellowship hall was PACKED with treasures. We sold a lot of it (and made nearly $3,000 for our O&P!).

We had a pretty scary situation happen, though. One lady started walking through the sale but she quickly turned to leave. As she passed me, she said, “I think I’m going to go… I feel kind of dizzy.” I didn’t think much of it and told her to have a good day.

I went outside shortly after that and was sitting on some furniture when another lady asked me, “Do we need to go check on that lady? She just drove into the ditch!”

I jumped up, and sure enough, the dizzy lady had driven her car straight into the ditch by the church’s driveway! A man ran over to the car and said to call 911 – it looked like the woman was bleeding out of her mouth and was unconscious. I pulled out my iPhone and called right away while Allen ran up to the car, too.

We finally roused the woman, who was totally disoriented and had no recollection of what happened. She kept asking if she could just leave, but… nope!

Paramedics arrived, along with a Trooper who worked with my dad years ago. We told them what happened, they loaded her up into the ambulance, and took her to the hospital.

A few hours later, she walked back into the yard sale with her dad. She cut her lip open on her steering wheel when she drove into the ditch. And she still couldn’t remember what had happened, apart from being a little dizzy.

I’m so thankful she is okay, that her injuries weren’t more serious, and for the first responders who gave her the medical attention she needed!

Also, can you believe this beauty of a chair didn’t sell?!

My birthday was on Sunday! I slept for an extra hour in the morning, we went to church and Red Robin, Allen made kabobs for dinner and a peach cobbler for dessert. It was a splendid day!

Here’s baby Melissa with my mama and two older brothers!

Tuesday night, we had some friends over for dinner and to share about partnership. Let me set the scene for you:

The girls had just woken up from naps and were CRANKY. Ruth needed to change her clothes and Clara was just in a mood. Because they were both crying, Hudson was, too. The dishes hadn’t been done from the day before yet, so our kitchen was a mess. And dinner wasn’t ready yet because of all of the above.

And about five minutes after I prayed, “Lord, please don’t let them come yet!”, our guests arrived. They walked right into the middle of our crazy, chaotic, loud lives.

But we had the best time with them. We talked about the Gospel and why it matters, about Togo and what it’s like, about work and projects and kids and “calling” and culture.

Maybe it’s when we invite people into our real, messy lives that we have the most intentional and real conversations after all.

So here are a few more pictures of our messy lives this week:

Post-dinner / pre-bedtime grocery store trip with these little girls. Note the pajama pants and messy faces on these cuties.

Playing with bubbles and their cardboard box fort in Hudson’s newly painted room.

Delicious snacks from a sweet friend, delivered right to my office!

This 15 pound cutie turned 4 months old. Hudson has grown six inches since he was born, has two teeth (and more are coming soon, we think), rolls over like a champ, and smiles at everyone.

The morning of my birthday, Ruth said, “Mama! I got you a present. There’s a movie in here… it’s Peter Pan!” So of course, we all nestled in that afternoon with some popcorn and watched it.

We sent out our May Newsletter, too!

And that is our week in a nutshell. Phew.

Join us Saturday night, June 1st, at 6:30pm, for s’mores at our house! We’re sharing some more stories about our site visit, some ministry updates, and more. Hope to see you then!!

2 Comments on “Friday Faves (And Some Stories)

  1. Congratulations on the successful yard sale! Praying for Allen as he tackles his classes this semester at WBU. Also we are praying for you to exceed the minimum standard in regard to your fundraising goals.

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