Charlie’s Christmas List

Hey y’all! Just wanted to show you Charlie’s Christmas list. He wrote and illustrated this whole thing all by himself.) The funniest thing to me was that Charlie wanted “sticks” and “dirt” for Christmas. He is such a boy! Hey, in this economy, I think Santa can still do sticks and dirt. I can’t wait for next year. He’ll probably ask for warty frogs and slimy snakes. scan0002


Milk And Cookies With Santa

Tonight, Charlie and I had lots of fun by going to the LaGrange Mall to have milk and cookies with Santa. Charlie had a great time. And it was sort of a big biy milestone for him because, for the first time, he let Santa pick him up (and be happy about it!). Once we got there, we could sit anywhere with an open seat. Then, the nice staff came by and gave each kid a glass of milk and three cookies. I would like to note that the cookies were really good- I had to taste them and make sure they were okay for Charlie to eat. 😉 Then, Santa made a grand appearance and stopped by each table and had his picture made with each child. After that, he read “Twas The Night Before Christmas” to all the children. Without further ado, here’s some pictures of Charlie’s experience at Milk and Cookies With Santa:











Charlie showing off the candy cane full of M and M’s (His favorite candy) that he got.










Charlie and Santa #1










Charlie and Santa#2












Santa reading Twas The Night Before Christmas












Fascinated by Santa



















Santa’s neck was sweaty. That suit must be hot.


Charlie’s Super-Duper Christmas Carol Singing Bonanza

Hey yall! Charlie wanted to send you some special Christmas carols. Enjoy, and have a merry Christmas!


It’s really fun having a 2 1/2 year old at Christmas. It’s really fun having a 2 1/2 year old, period. We’ve been decorating our house for Christmas, and Charlie has done a little decorating of his own. Charlie is a big fan of the movie Cars, and he also love stickers. He combined his love for stickers, Cars, and baby Jesus a couple of nights ago. I was walking by one of Charlie’s manger scenes, and discovered he had decorated it with Cars stickers. My favorite part is that he had placed a big sticker that said EXECELLENT on top top of baby Jesus. I think he was trying to quote Phil. 4:8- “If anything is excellent, think about such things.” Amen Charlie! Jesus is excellent indeed. 🙂














Thanksgiving Pics From The Cabin

Happy Thankgiving everybody! It’s almost time for turkey, but this morning Charlie and I went into the woods around the cabin and took some pictures. I hope you enjoy Charlie’s Thanksgiving morning pictures!





Charlie’s Thanksgiving Recital

Hey everybody! Thanks for all the excitement you’ve shard with us regarding baby Cottle #2. Keep those prayers coming! Charlie has recorded a Thanksgiving recital for you. It includes the alphabet song, the theme song for the Franklin The Turtle cartoon, Humpty Dumpty, and some Thaksgiving wishes. I hope yall have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. Don’t forget to thank THE ONE from whom every perfect gift comes from. 🙂

Baby Cottle #2 On The Way!!!

Katie are I are excited to announce that Baby Cottle #2 is on the way! Katie is now 10 weeks pregnant. The due date for the baby is June 23. The really crazy thing is that before we found out, Charlie seemed to know. He told us that “baby sister” was coming on Friday. That Friday, I told Katie to take a pregnancy test to satisfy Charlie, and low and behold she was pregnant! He keeps telling us it is a baby sister, so I for one believe him! Here is a picture of Katie’s ultrasound from 8 weeks. Keep praying for a healthy pregnancy. Katie’s back has been in a lot of pain, and since she is pregnant there is not much they can do. Thanks for being excited with us and praying with us! Being a dad is the greatest thing ever, and I can’t wait for another precious little one. You can read more about it at Katie’s Blog.