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Sunday, August 25, 2013

You Are My Sunshine

 Jim and Kathleen met when they were in the 10th grade. Jim recently described the first time he saw Kathleen as, "wowee!! kazow!!" Does that mean 'love at first sight?' : )

They just "clicked" from that first moment. They dated through high school and went to the prom together. When they were 17 years old Jim called Kathleen and sang to her over the phone-

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away." 

Kathleen cried, and it became their "forever song".

They married in 1958 in a double ceremony with Kathleen's twin sister and her sweetheart. {Jim and Kathleen on the right}

All these years later, Kathleen still cries when Jim picks up his guitar and sings these words to her!

You've probably figured out by now that Jim and Kathleen are my dad and mom. When mom told me recently that she was looking for a sign with the words to their song, I knew I could make one for them. Don't hold your breath for my tutorial, because I did not make this : ) I hadn't told her I could make it, I was going to do it as a surprise when we got here to California. But when we arrived, she had already purchased this awesome metal one, and it was hanging in their dining room in a spot that wasn't easy to see.

When I was growing up I made my parents crazy when I wanted to rearrange furniture or change the knick-knacks. See, it starts early :)

 So this past week, they were super generous to let me re-style the family room fireplace and mantel with a little fall-ish look. Not an easy task to find "fall-ish" in southern California in August! I used  their new sign, some cool vintage stuff from around the house (and garage, and shed) some of my dad's old fishing rods and hats and even managed to find a few branches out back that had a fall look to them .

My mom has a very large collection of wooden ducks so I had lots of those to choose from for my theme.

I pulled a couple of wooden chairs from another room in front of the fireplace to create a little game area. 


 Anyone recognize this little suitcase I blogged about recently? My daughter and I really didn't squabble much over it. I ended up packing shoes in it : ) 
Here, I put it on top of the stool my brother made in high school to make a little game table.

Before we arrived, this room had been pretty much unused for quite some time. My parents were so gracious to get two new futon sofas for us to sleep on {super comfortable, by the way!}

It was fun to fix things up a little and hopefully be able to leave the space more usable for them. By the way, that pretty antique dresser with their wedding photo in the first picture is also in this room, opposite the fireplace wall.

After some cleaning and rearranging, this is what I started with.

And the cozy, slightly fall-ish after. Just some subtle changes, but a warmer feel. 

Mom and Dad are about to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in a few weeks! Sadly, my dad is fighting a very serious cancer. After my mom losing her mother and twin sister to cancer some years ago, you can imagine the fear of losing my dad, too.

My dad says, "from the first time we saw each other we just clicked, and we're still clickin'-just a little slower." : ) 

We'd love for them to keep clickin' for a long time to come. They have a very strong faith, but your prayers for them would be appreciated so much, my friends! 

Blessings to you-


Sharing this week over at:

Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Inspiration Monday at twelveOeight 
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm  
The Scoop at the Farmhouse Porch 
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style 
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable  
Be Inspired at Common Ground 
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors 


  1. Oh what a precious post. The room looks amazing,and their love story is so special. I will keep them both in my prayers. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love this post it is so sweet, and you did a wonderful job on the sprucing up.

  3. God bless your father on his journey. Beautiful, cozy room.

  4. definitely praying for them both. You are a wonderful daughter to them by honoring their memories and creating a space jus for them. It turned out cozy and inviting. Hope they get to enjoy it for a long time

  5. Has your Mom figured out that "blog thing" finally? :) I'm sure they are enjoying you rearranging things so much. You ALL are in our prayers. Dina

  6. Oh, Jeanette, what a beautiful and enduring love story! Prayers that your dad will win this battle!....and for all of you...

  7. The sign is just perfect. What a beautiful story. I just said a prayer for your dad, and your family.xoxoRosemary

  8. I loved this story! And I absolutely will keep your dad in my prayers.
    You did a wonderful job styling their fireplace Jeanette, what a great use of all those fishing items. :)

  9. Sweet story. I will for sure pray for your dad, mom and for you!

  10. I sang this song to my children when they were small. I will keep your dad in my thoughts. I wish him well. This was a lovely story and brought a tear to my eye.

  11. Oh Jeanette, this is the perfect love story! You did an awesome job on the mantle and of course I love the suitcase. I pray your father will beat this thing! Cancer is such a terrible thing. I too lost a brother to prostate cancer. Love how they just clicked! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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