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!!!


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