Posted by: Katie Cottle | August 28, 2009

A little “R” and “R”

Rest and Relaxation – I wish!!!   More like Rednecks and RAIN!!!

Chad was working late tonight, so when my friend Michelle called and asked us to go to Burger King I jumped on the chance!!!  We had had a great day with homeschool in the morning, then a lunch date with Amanda and Brody at our house, then a nice rest time for the kiddos  (Bible study, slight exercise, and lots of laundry for me) – it was nice to get out of the house though.

Michelle and her 2 kids got to BK about the same time we did.  We were greeted to the playground by a child wearing only a diaper (loaded at that) and no adults around.  When we finally saw the adults, we decided the child was probably better off without a parent.  The male took off toward the exit to get a diaper for the child (thankfully) and managed to shout out “g.d.a.” on his way!  I about died – who says that on a playground with children around, actually who says that anyways!  Then when he came back with the diaper, he was not speaking very kindly then either.  His female friend was apparently offended and hit him on the face.  We thought we were about to see a fight – how scary.  Charlie was sitting with me and MK on a bench, but Michelle’s kids were on the playground.  She ran and got them off the playground.  Thankfully the couple left, but I can’t help thinking of and praying for those precious children.  They deserve so much more.

When Brett got there with her kiddos and brother in law, Michelle and I were still stunned from all the DRAMA!!  We finally had let the kids back on the playground, when the bottom fell out!  We were too stressed to make the kids get out of the rain — so we just let them play and play!!!  Here are a couple of pictures —

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Sweet Isabelle

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Little Wet Fellas!

I was planning to stop by the “pig” and get some milk on the way home, but I’m afraid Chad is going to have to do that!!!

R and R and R

Maybe the third “r” could stand for RANDOM!!



  1. Katie- I must say that I have NEVER in my life experienced anything like that and pray that I NEVER do again! I, too, am praying for those precious children. As always, it was great to see you and the kids even under the craziest of circumstances. Love you girl

  2. So sorry yall had to have such a lovely evening ruined by some very pitiful people. Looks like you made up for it by playing in the rain. Got this just today and of course I thought about you and Michelle’s adventures!

    Need Washing??
    A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence.. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

    We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

    The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in ‘Mom let’s run through the rain’, she said.
    ‘What?’ Mom asked.

    ‘Let’s run through the rain!’ She repeated

    ‘No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit’, Mom replied.

    This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ‘Mom, let’s run through the rain’,

    ‘We’ll get soaked if we do’, Mom said…

    ‘No, we won’t, Mom.. That’s not what you said this morning’, the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.

    This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?

    ‘Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!’

    The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.
    Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

    ‘Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing’, Mom said.

    Then off they ran.. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

    And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing..

    Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories…So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.


  3. Oh, Mrs. Karen I am crying. So fitting and so perfect. I hope our babies always remember these precious memories…..something tells me they will!!! Love ya

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