Dobble, dobble, dobble

Like I know you did, the Pelt clan enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  My grandparents, Memaw and Papa, or “Emaw and Papa” as Saralynn calls them, came over in time to watch some of the parade, which was lots of fun!  They came armed with a turkey Saralynn had made at school the week before.  She took it to their house to show it off and left it, but it arrived home just in time for the big day.  As she says, “a turtey says dobble, dobble, dobble”.  So cute!  If I can figure out how to do it, I’ll have to put up a video.  We made napkin rings out of her handprint made to look like turkeys and made Indian hats and necklaces.  We’re still making necklaces.

The day after Thanksgiving was a day for Garrett and I to spend some much needed time with Saralynn.  She’s been a little under the weather, so we didn’t venture out shopping.  We instead went to the Country Store at Callaway Gardens for breakfast and then enjoyed a nice, relaxing day at home.

Today has been a day of mixed emotions.  Our beloved Dawgs got stung by a pack of Yellow Jackets, but the Crimson Tide rolled over some folks that can’t decide if they want to be eagles or tigers.  Overall, a good day.  Now, we set our eyes on a elephant/gator showdown next weekend.  That’s all I’ll say.  I’m not much on the trash talk- at least not until the game is over.

Please say a little prayer for my sweet baby.  She’s been fighting this nasty cough and spiking fever since Wednesday.  All seems well for a good bit of the day, and then all of a sudden, a 102.5 fever spikes.  We’re praying for a good night’s sleep.  Updates to come…

So much to be thankful for!  I’ve become a blog junkie and am enjoying reading all the different angles of joy that are offered by and for the Cottles.  Please continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy!  God is so faithful, in His own time.  Chad and Katie are some of the best friends Garrett and I have ever had, and we are absolutely overjoyed for them!  

It’s off to prepare for Sunday School.  I’m substitute teaching in the college/singles/young adult class.  Reports on that tomorrow, too…

What a weekend!

This was one of those weekends that was a blur, but was one that I’ll remember for a long time!

Saturday morning we went to a birthday party for one of Saralynn’s very special friends, Katie Barnes, aka “KayBar”.  We had a wonderful time playing with friends and watching Katie enjoy her special day. 

Garrett and I then went to a wedding for one of the girls that was in the youth group I served.  Paige married the perfect man for her in the sight of God and many witnesses, and it was a very special moment for me.  During our DiscipleNow weekend, I had the girls write out their “list of attributes they looked for in a husband” and had the guys do the same for the wife they hoped to find.  I’m not sure if this is the list Paige held on to or not, but she and Frank both had “lists” that they wrote out long before they met each other, and it was as if they had written it about each other now.  Her mother was awed, but I reminded her that God knew the minute Paige was conceived who she would marry, so He knew all along that she wrote about Frank, and Frank about her.  It was a very special day!  Paige has always held a very special place in my heart, and I am very blessed to have been a part of her special day.  Thanks, Paige, for the invite, and for allowing me the pleasure of being in your life.

Garrett and I then travelled back to LaGrange for the wedding of some childhood friends of mine.  He was such a sport to accompany me to a wedding and not knowing the bride or the groom.  This wedding was absolutely beautiful, and was 10 years in the making.  Dean and Phil have known each other since preschool, as have many of our classmates.  We all grew up together through ballroom dancing classes, schools, functions, etc., and it took AP biology to finally bring these two together.  They began dating, and 10 years later, were married in one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever seen.  The reception proved to be a precursor to our 10 year class reunion next year, and it was great to see some faces I haven’t seen since graduation night.

It was so nice to get dressed up and have somewhere fancy to go.  Garrett looked very handsome in his suit, and I enjoyed breaking out the nice dress, makeup, and hair rollers again.  I absolutely adore my everyday, somewhat mundane life at home as Mommy, but to glam up a little surely was a welcomed detour from the everyday.  Thanks, Mimi, Pop, and Uncle Bub for babysitting!  Thanks, Dean and Phil, for a great evening!

Then, to top off the weekend, we went to an amazing church service yesterday.  The service began with Chad reading what church members are thankful for this season, and he read mine (mentioned in an earlier post).  Though I had penned the words myself, it still touched me to hear them read.  In the midst of this portion of the service, Chad also mentioned what he himself is thankful for this season, and one of the things is BABY COTTLE #2!  He and Katie have prayed so earnestly for a new addition to their family, and God in His faithfulness, provided an answer to their prayers.  If you haven’t already, check out their blogs for pictures of their cute little butterbean.  🙂  Katie and Chad, it has been a pleasure to pray to the Father on your behalf.  May this baby be blessed and annointed as Charlie is!

God is so faithful, even when we are not.  He provides little and big blessings for us every day, some in the form of makeup and rollers, and others in the form of new life.  Thank You, Jesus, for investing in us, even when we don’t deserve it!

And to think- all this, and it isn’t even Thanksgiving Day yet!!!

a wise piece of information

I ran across a little nugget today that I thought I would share.

On growing older…
It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions. 


Do you have someone a little more advanced in years in your life?  If so, ask them a question-
 any question, really, and wait for their answer.  It’ll brighten your day that you found out something (hopefully) new, and brighten theirs that you took the time to ask and listen for the answer.

I’m thankful for…

Chad asked us at church last Sunday to think about things we’re thankful for.  He asked us to email them to him, as part of this week’s service.  I just emailed my thoughts, and thought I’d share them here.  What are you thankful for this season?

Like everyone else, there’s so much to be thankful for, but, this Thanksgiving season, I’m most thankful for free will.  At first glance, an odd thing to be thankful for, I know.  But, I’m thankful for free will because, yet again, it’s one of God’s ways of showing just how much He loves me.  God gives me the option to choose how I live my life.  He wants all of me, 100% of the time- all my love, my talents, my time, but He allows me to decide how I will share my love, my talents, my time, and loves me even when I fall short of giving that all back to Him.  He isn’t a puppet master that holds me by strings, manipulating my every move.  No, He lovingly sets me on the stage and watches from the audience, willingly loving and applauding my good times, and even loving and applauding the times I don’t do well- in hopes that I’ll turn to Him for help.  His gift of free will also allows me the opportunity to show His kind of love to those around me- those I know well and that know me well, and even those I don’t know and that don’t know me- and, sprinkled in along the way, those that don’t know Him.  In His infinite wisdom, surely He could’ve come up with another plan to get His word out to a hurting and dying world than using imperfect me, but instead, He chooses to tell me “I love you enough to entrust My Story and My Love to you, for you to share it with the world”.  Wow.  If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is!  Thank You, Jesus, for loving me enough to let me choose, for applauding me when I choose well, and for dusting me off and letting me try again when I don’t choose well.  Your gift of free will is one I cherish and am thankful for, this season and always! 

Germs, germs, go away…

Saralynn isn’t the only one struggling with the cooties that come when the weather changes.  Mom is at home with the crud, and poor Garrett is struggling with what I believe to be the flu.  Lysol is our dearest friend these days!

Please say a prayer for precious Katie Cottle.  She re-injured her back and is in lots of pain.  We love you, Katie, and are praying for a quick recovery!

Mommy, my ears hurt

That’s one of those things you don’t want to hear first thing in the morning…

I had been doing so well on keeping the blog updated…

Tuesday morning of this week, as I woke Saralynn up for day care, she sleepily wakes up and says to me throug slanted eyes “Mommy, my ears hurt!”  She digs her knuckles in her ears and, through tear-stained eyes, says it again, for emphasis.  “Mommy, my ears hurt.”  Then, the dreaded three words “Mommy, fix it”.  By now, I’m ready to cry with her.  She’s never said anything specific hurt before, so I knew it was a real, genuine hurt.

I sent everyone else on to work, and called the doctor.  That was the most horrific thing I’ve ever been through in my life.  DISCLAIMER:  If you have a two-year old that complains of hurting ears, DON’T go to the doctor by yourself.  My mom dropped us off while she ran a few errands, and Saralynn knew where she was as soon as we drove into the parking lot.  “No, no, no”… came the muffled whines from the backseat.

Fast forward to the point at which they call our names.  We had been peacefully watching “Charlotte’s Web”, methodically pointing out each animal as it passed across the screen.  “Saralynn Pelt to the back please”.  This phrase shattered our peacefulness.  We get up to walk to the back and I hear “I want to watch TV”.  Yet another phrase I’ve never heard my child utter.  She would’ve asked for anything to get out of seeing the doctor! 

The nurse asks her symptoms and orders bloodwork.  Oh, boy, the fun…  Saralynn begins to scream, as one would expect.  The doctor then comes in and does a strep test.  Again, screaming.  Poor thing works herself up so she makes herself sick.  Then, the exam.  The doctor and the nurse come in.  The nurse holds her feet, and the doctor asks ME to restrain her arms AND hold her head still.  Thus, I get to see my two year old piece of my heart longingly look up at me through tear-filled eyes as if to say “how could you let them do this to me?  And how could you partake in this?”  My eyes began to fill at this point, as Saralynn cries “Mommy!”  Little did she know, I was crying the same thing on the inside, wanting my mommy to help me help my baby.

Diagnosis: a double ear infection.  Again.  Prescription: antibiotic.  Again.  Poor Saralynn.  The “messinine” is not her friend, and neither is the person that gives it to her.  Namely, me.  We’re three days into the medicine with seven more to go, and I’m ready for those seven days to be a memory. 

So, we survived the past three days.  We put countless diapers on countless babies, read stories over and over and over again, watched Elmo and Barney on TV (yes, I cracked.  The mommy that said she’d never willingly expose her children to Barney gave in.  She watches it at school, saw a commercial for it, and asked.  What can I say?  She’s sick.)  And, all the while, as the thoughts of stir-craziness began to creep into my mind, all I can think of is how wonderful it is to have some one-one-one time with my baby, who is growing so fast!

“Mommy, my ears hurt”.  Those words I don’t want to hear again, but that I’m grateful for hearing, because it means I got a few priceless moments with my Saralynn during the middle of the week.  A rare treat I’ll cherish, even if it means a few doses of yucky “messinine”.

Black Friday advertisements…

I have a friend at work that is receiving the advertisements from stores that show the sale items that will be available on Black Friday.  I’ll send out a few here and there, just so we’re all aware in the event that we decide to shop that day…  Here’s the ad from Walgreens.  Enjoy!

Walgreens 7 Hr Sale Black Friday Ad

4-FOOT POTTED TREE (Limit 4)
Sale $9.99 Reg. $19.99

AIPTEK HD 8 MP Camcorder with 2.4″ LCD Screen (Limit 1)
Reg. $119.99
$99.99 Sale Price – $20 MIR = $79.99
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B1G2 Free Foster Grand Reader Glasses (Must be of same price, Limit 3)

FOSTER GRANT READER GLASSES TITANIUM T4 125
Sale $9.33 Reg. $27.99

FOSTER GRANT READER GLASSES SP OXFORD 175
Sale $3.33 Reg. $9.99

FOSTER GRANT READER GLASSES CORE REPORTER 150
Sale $6.66 Reg. $19.99

FOSTER GRANT READER GLASSES HAND MADE 11 150
Sale $9.99 Reg. $29.99

FOSTER GRANT READER GLASSES FASHION DECO 150
Sale $4.99 Reg. $14.99
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HANNAH MONTANA ELECT GUITAR (Limit 1)
Sale $14.99 Reg. $24.99

HANNAH MONTANA HOLIDAY DOLL AST. (Limit 1)
Sale $9.99 Reg. $19.99

HELIFORCE G-FORCE MICRO HELICOPTER (Limit 1)
Sale $9.99 Reg. $19.99

HOME ELEMENTS 20″ ELECTRIC GRIDDLE (Limit 1)
Reg. $29.99
$19.99 – $10 MIR = $9.99

HOME ELEMENTS 17PC BLENDING SYSTEM (Limit 1)
Reg. $29.99
Sale Price $19.99 – $10 MIR = $9.99

KODAK C913 DIGITAL CAMERA (Limit 1)
2.4″ Screen with 3X Optical Zoom Lens & HD Picture Capture
Sale $79.99 Reg. $109.99

NEXTAR GPS NAVIGATION SYSTEM M3-02 (Limit 1)
Touch screen with built in rechargeable battery. 1.6 million points of interest
Sale $89.99 Reg. $159.99

NORELCO CORDLESS RAZOR 7310 (Limit 1)
Sale $29.00 Reg. $57.99

PATRIOT CANDLE 20 OZ – B1G2 FREE 3/7.99 (Limit 6)
Sale $2.33 Reg. $7.99

REMINGTON FOIL CODE SHAVER (Limit 1)
Sale $14.99 Reg. $29.99

REMINGTON TITANIUM PERSONAL GROOMER PG250 (Limit 1)
Sale $9.99 Reg. $19.99

SANDISK MEMORY CARD SD 2GB (Limit ?)
Sale $9.99 Reg. $34.99

SIGNATURE CLASSICS 3.2QT DEEP FRYER (Limit 1)
Reg. $29.99
Sale Price $19.99 – $10 MIR = $9.99

SYLVANIA 2.8″ TOUCH SCREEN 4GB MP3/MP4 PLAYER (Limit 1)
Stores Videos, Music & Pictures. Plays up to 500 songs or 6 hrs. of video
Sale $59.99 Reg. $99.99

VENTURER 10″ LCD DIGITAL TV (Limit 1)
Sale $119.99 Reg. $179.99

WALGREENS SHIATSU ROLLER MASSAGING CUSHION (Limit 1)
Sale $39.99 Reg. $69.99

WIRELESS SPORTS VIDEO GAME SYSTEM (Limit 2)
Sale $19.99 Reg. $49.99

WEBKINZ LILKINZ PETS (Limit 8)
Sale $3.49 Reg. $6.99

YES TO CARROTS, CUCUMBERS OR TOMATOES BODY BUTTER 8.45 OZ (Limit 1)
Sale $1.99 Reg. $12.99

couponing

So, I’ve joined the world of couponing.  My family watched in awe as I spent most of my Sunday afternoon clipping and organinzing.  Whew!  What a job!  But, if it helps my family, then I’m all for it.  Some thrifty heroes at church have inspired me.  Tips, tricks, anyone?

A fun day with Garrett

I didn’t blog on Saturday because Garrett and I were out on the town enjoying a day together!  So much fun! 

Saralynn went to stay with Nana and Paw Paw in Jonesboro from Saturday to Monday, so Garrett and I got some much-needed time just to spend together.  We went Christmas shopping for Saralynn, and just all-around enjoyed our day together.  It was action-packed- we left at 9 am and returned at 9:30 pm, but had a blast!!!

I am very thankful for my husband and the time we do get to spend together.  I love him very much, and sometimes forget how the little things like a smile, or a wink, or grabbing my hand as we ride down the interstate mean so much.  Thanks, Garrett, for a great day!

TGIF!!!

Today was the longest day ever!  Work was chaos!  But, thank goodness I have a job…  More tomorrow after a day off.  🙂

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