The New Mr and Mrs Elvis and Other Extraordinary Week Stories

Last Saturday, my son Callum married the very beautiful Casey in our local parish church.

Before Callum and Casey processed out of the church for the first time as husband and wife, Father S said, “Let us congratulate Mr and Mrs Elvis!”

Just for a moment, I felt confused. Why was Father congratulating Andy and me? It was Callum and Casey’s big day, not ours. But of course, Father was talking about the new Mr and Mrs Elvis, (the younger good-looking ones).

I remember the first time someone called me Mrs Elvis. It felt all wrong. I wanted to protest: “Mrs Elvis is my mother-in-law!” It took me a long time to feel comfortable with my new name.

At the wedding reception, during her speech, the maid of honour said Casey was gaining, not only a husband but also a cool name.  I wonder if Casey realises the implications of having such a famous name. Will Elvis Presley follow her throughout her life? Will she get as many comments about her name as I do?


“Sue Elvis.”

“Any relation to Elvis Presley?”

“Sue Elvis? Is that your real name?” (From The Elvis Presley Connection)

Or is Elvis Presley not as famous as he once used to be?

Talking of names, what will Casey call me? I called my mother-in-law ‘Mum’, but will Casey prefer to call me by my first name? She could always follow the example of her new sisters and call me “Mama”. Yes, sometimes my daughters like to call me Mam-aaah, in a perfect Jane Austen kind of way. I think they’ve watched Pride and Prejudice far too many times. But I don’t really mind being addressed by this rather grand title, as long as no one mistakes me for Mrs Bennet.

On Tuesday, my eldest daughter Felicity and her husband Graham returned to their home in Perth. They’d travelled, across Australia, to NSW for a few days to see us and attend The Wedding. Before they set off for the airport, we had one last outing to the park. We ate ice cream and took yet more photos. The wind blew our hair into our eyes and we giggled and I thought how lovely it was to have all my daughters (except for Casey, who is on her honeymoon) at home together.

Of course, I had to have my photo taken with Felicity too. Mental illness and inexperienced mothering threatened to come between us some years ago. But we made it back to each other. We’re mother and daughter once again. (I told this story in a series of posts if you’re interested.)

On Wednesday, we travelled to Sydney for my son Duncan’s graduation ceremony. He now has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) degree. As we sat in the auditorium, waiting for Duncan’s turn to come up on the stage to receive his certificate, we remembered when my husband Andy graduated with the same degree. That was 5 years ago. Yes, he changed careers mid-life. It’s never too late to follow your passion.

Also on Wednesday, I discovered the new edition of my children’s novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek is now available on Amazon. If you haven’t already seen my book, please take a look!

Do you remember how my daughter Charlotte was drawing paper dolls of all the characters in my Angels novel? She finished that project, drawing 8 dolls: Mum and Dad and 6 children. They each have enough clothes so that all the stories in my book can be acted out.

I’ve been thinking about how I can share these paper dolls. I’d like to give a copy of the files to all the kind people who have written (or will write) reviews or blog posts about my book. We could also sell the files for a small cost. (A bit of pocket money for Charlotte.) What do you think? Would anyone like some paper dolls? Please let me know!
So that was our week. It was rather an extraordinary one. 

It’s now Saturday and today we’re not doing anything special at all. But that’s okay. Sometimes it’s good to have a few quiet days. Anyway, life won’t be ordinary for very long. No: my husband Andy is home for the school holidays. We’re making plans. Next week should be very exciting indeed!

In next week’s podcast, I’ll be talking about holidays, the at-home ones as well as the going-away variety. I’ve got some wedding stories to share too. Sophie joined me to chat about wide dresses and narrow church aisles and all kinds of other things. (I hope to post more wedding photos in the accompanying blog post.) I also have lots and lots of history and geography resources to share. 

I’ll be publishing my podcast next Monday so please watch out for it. (You could subscribe to my Stories of an Unschooling Family podcast via iTunes.)

I hope everyone had a good week. Was yours as extraordinary as ours? 

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  1. Reply

    You certainly have had an exciting week! Perhaps next week you are hoping for a quiet one?
    I hope we get to see a photo of the girls in their wedding dresses.
    Looking forward to the next podcast (hopefully I'll get to catch up with the last one too!) – geography and history resources sound very interesting.
    God bless.

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      We've had a few quiet days and now I think we're ready for new adventures! We're hoping to do some enjoyable things during the school holidays while Andy is home.

      I'm just about to post this week's podcast. After reading your comment, I included some photos of the girls wearing their wedding clothes! I hope you find the history and geography resources useful,

      God bless you too!

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    Sue, the wedding sounded wonderful and the happy couple looked well….happy! I knew that was Felicity as soon as I saw the photo. How happy you all look together. Well done, Mam-aah!

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      Oh yes, Callum and Casey do indeed look happy! I was so pleased Felicity could come home from the wedding. We took lots of photos while she was here while we had the chance. I wanted some of all the girls together. Next time I hope to get some photos of all six girls! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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    I know of a little girl on my end who would love the dolls! I have missed your posts but I am so pleased that you had some special family time :-). Thank you for sharing the wedding photos Casey looked beautiful.

    Hope you have a blessed weekend

    San xx

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      Your little girl shall have some paper dolls! I hope you received my email about them. If not, please let me know. It was nice to take a break to concentrate on family, but now I'm enjoying sharing our special times with everyone here. Thank you for looking at my photos and sharing our joy.

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      Thanks Sue but I haven't received any emails did you send it to my yahoo account or our main one?


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      I tried to replying to one of the comments you left on my blog. Obviously hitting 'reply' on comments doesn't work! I don't actually have your email address. Would you mind emailing it to me via the contact button on this page? I'll then send you the link for the paper dolls!

    • Chris
    • September 19, 2015

    So wonderful to have everyone together! My best wishes for the bride and groom, may they have a beautiful life together! … My five girls would love the paper dolls, and I'd be happy to help Charlotte get a little bit of pocket change! So, we're game 🙂

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      Thank you so much for your best wishes. I'm very pleased you stopped by. Five daughters? Oh my, you are very blessed just like me! I wrote a blog post about Charlotte's paper dolls. I hope you like them.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment!

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    Aw these emoticons are driving me nuts as they don't come up on the phone when I'm usually reading and typing!!! I'm not giggling just waving and smiling! In my post horrendous migraine state I completely forgot to congratulate Duncan on his masters in education, he looks to be one very happy chap!

    Let me know when the paper dolls are ready to buy!

    Sending you a big hug dear friend

    San xxxx

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      I like the thought of you giggling! The emoticons always make me smile regardless of which ones you post.

      Thank you for the congratulations for Duncan. He had to work long and hard to receive his degree so it was a wonderful moment when he actually received his certificate.

      I'm so sorry you've had a hard time with you migraines recently. I'm praying for better health for you.

      Love and hugs for you, dear San! xx

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    What a handsome couple! And, so much for one week -a graduation, a family reunion, a book, a wedding – and I love the paper dolls 🙂 It sounds like the holidays are coming just in time.

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      An Almost Unschooling Mom,

      It certainly was a big week! We're looking forward very much to the holidays. We're hoping to have a few adventures while my husband Andy is home. It will be nice to relax and take some time out from the regular things of life. I'll tell Charlotte you like her paper dolls. That'll make her smile!

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    Wow! That's great news. Congratualtions and blessings to the newly wed and contragtulations for Duncan. You sure have no boredom with your family 🙂

  7. Great news and congratulations. He sure looks like a hunka burning love to me!

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