Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Countdown Begins

So, tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment at 9:15. Either they will send me straight to the hospital to induce or induce on Thursday. I am in total disbelief that in less that 48 hours (hopefully) Peyton and I will be parents! I have been so flooded with emotions lately. I am excited and overjoyed that our daughter is almost here and can't wait to finally hold her, but, as I like to be transparent on my blog, I must say I am also very scared and anxious. Not just about childbirth (though I'm certainly nervous about that), but also about caring for a baby. I am not naive to the responsibility and commitment that entails. I am so excited, but scared, too! Anyway, please keep me and Peyton and Ann Peyton in your prayers these next few days. And, for any of you "Mommy Bloggers", any "new baby" advice is much appreciated!

Also, many of you probably already read MckMama, but if you haven't read about Stellan, click the button (on the sidebar) and go check out her blog. Her baby is really sick and needs prayer. I simply can't imagine what she must be going through. I think about how much I already love Ann Peyton and I don't even know her yet. My heart just breaks for her.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday's Fave Five


Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Susanne over at
Living to Tell the Story. Here are my faves this Friday:

1. Our new video camera--this looks like the one Peyton picked; I think this is it. Anyway, we have already been having fun interviewing each other about becoming parents. Haha, we are so goofy. Ann Peyton is going to be so embarrassed!


2. These Minute
Maid frozen lemonade/limeades are so tasty!


3. I have really been loving rocking out to some hymns on the old iPod lately. Am I a goober?


4. I love this product! It comes highly recommended by numerous Rite Aid customers. It is very natural looking, no orange streaks!


5. I am obsessed with this thing. I have a wall calender in our kitchen and a pocket (weekly) planner for my purse, but I am so crazy that I have to have a planner that has hourly increments. I LOVE thing thing!

Well, those are my five! What are yours?


We went to the doctor yesterday and we found out that we will, for sure, be meeting our baby girl next week!!! I am going to be induced either Wednesday or Thursday. So please keep me and Peyton and Ann Peyton in your prayers as we get so close!

Peyton is working every day until Wednesday, but then he is off for 9 days straight!!!! I'm so excited. A little secret: I'm sort of relieved he has to work these last few days (I know that sounds bad, but it seems I get SO much more done around the house when he's not here--it could just be that we plan more activities on the days he's off). Anyway, it's good, because I feel like I have about one hundred, million things to do before Wednesday.

On another note, here are some of those pictures that our favorite amateur photographer (Cookie) took. Let me just say, that I'm not really a big fan of "maternity pictures", for myself anyway. I just don't feel like I look my best (imagine that!). I knew I would never have those "sports bra" pictures taken and I really didn't even think I'd want these, but we have have so few snapshots of us while I've been pregnant (wonder why? maybe my always forgetting to bring, or use, the camera--I hope I get a lot better at this SOON!) Anyway, here they are:

(kinda blurry, I know)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nursery Pictures

So here are some pictures of Ann Peyton's (finally finished) nursery. I am so excited that we are finally done. Several people have asked me if it had a "theme". It really doesn't have a theme in the sense of ponies, or princesses, or ballerinas. If it had a theme, I guess it would be "vintage". I can tell some people don't like it, but I love it!! I wanted it to be sweet and classic, but still be sophisticated. And I wanted it to be perfect for a little girl, but not too babyish. I have to say, it is so soothing, it might be my favorite room in our house! Here are the pictures:

Ann Peyton's crib and a rocking chair that used to be at Bump's house.

These Joan Walsh Angland pictures came from a calender my mom had in college. Yes, very vintage!

The wreath I made out of bows from my shower gifts for the hospital door.

The twin bed she will sleep in when she gets older. Also, the bassinet is going to go in our room until she is about six weeks old. Right now it's kind of in the middle of her room. Also, notice the Mac on her dressing table stool, haha, I know.....addiction.

This is hanging over the head of the bed. It is from a book my great grandmother used to read to my mom. So special!

Some Beatrix Potter characters and bunnies

Her armoire (sp?) that Minnie found at a junk, um I mean antique, store. She made all but one of those bonnets for me and Cookie!

Window treatments and dressing table. We think she will like lambs and bunnies.

Peyton was practicing tucking Baby Huggums in!
Do you think we are going to have a prissy baby??

Monday, March 23, 2009

Busy Week

Wow, this has been another crazy week! On Monday, I hung out with my friends from MC. We had a "girls' night" at Mellow Mushroom. We had so much fun talking about guys, babies, work/school, and of course (haha, Amanda) blogs! I miss these girls so much!

On Tuesday, Peyton and I had our teeth cleaned and I got my hair cut. This was a definite necessity before the baby comes. I am having it highlighted like as soon as I can get up and/or trust someone (um, Peyton) enough to leave her for an hour. Your not supposed to have it done when your pregnant, so I have been holding out a long time! I also did a little shopping with my mom. I am trying to finish out our wedding credit before AP arrives, but I don't think it will happen.

Wednesday was pretty laid back. Peyton worked so I went to a nutrition class (which was not all that informative) and to Target. I found some cute stuff to ponder about, but no purchases.

On Thursday we had our weekly OB appointment. And *UPDATE* Dr. McMinn said because of my size and some other issues she was not going to let me go past 39 weeks. So Ann Peyton will be here in less than two weeks! Then we had lunch at Newks with Virginia, one of Peyton's friends from pharmacy school. She is so sweet and makes me laugh so hard. After that my mom and two of her friends stopped by and then it was time for childbirth class. Peyton missed it because he had to wait for (drumroll) the new washer and dryer (which I made him promise to get me when I agreed to cloth diapers). They are so great, but I felt super dorky getting so excited over appliances. Anyway, by the time I got home I was exhausted!

Friday was so much fun because Lindy, Peyton's precious partner, and the rest of the pharmacy staff at Rite Aid gave us a shower at the Rite Aid! It was so much fun and we are so blessed by how sweet his coworkers and his patients are. Lindy has been amazing swapping days and really working around our classes, appointments, ect. Anyway, Friday night was, of course, "beans and rice" with my parents and Cookie was home!

Yesterday, Peyton worked and I tried to accomplish some things around the house. Then we had dinner with our expectant friends Morgan and Haydn, who are also having a girl with a double name! We had the best time and were rolling on the floor laughing the entire time.

Then today we went to early church because I did children's church during the late service. While I was gone, Peyton vacuumed AND MOPPED the entire house! What an amazing husband! Then my mom and Cookie stopped by and Lynn (her sweet friend who has helped us so much with our house) and her daughter, Honey, came for a visit. We went over to my parents this evening, because Mom was cooking a brisket, and Cookie took some pictures of us (because we have hardly any of me pregnant). On the way home we took a trip to the grocery store and then had a relaxing evening!


Coming soon:
-pictures of the nursery
-pregnant pictures
-25 random things about Peyton

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Who does this? That's right, the other night on Jay Leno, Obama joked that he should be in the Special Olympics because of his low bowling score. Again, I ask you who does this? Teenagers with few social graces who don't realize it's not nice to make fun of people with disabilities. Them, and oh yeah, also, THE PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY. I've never been a huge fan, but this leaves me more than slightly PO'ed. Seriously, the media had so much fun making fun of all George W. Bush's goofs (which I, good naturedly, laughed along with), but this takes the cake! So, if you have a black child let him know the times have changed and he can grow up to be the next president, but if you have a special child let him know the times haven't changed that much and he has no hope for bowling well OR getting the respect he deserves from our nation's leader.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dressing Cute for Less

So, I am a little, um, a lot, late on this--it's been a busy week (update on that soon to come)--but I decided to do it anyway. Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is asking fellow bloggers to share tips on "Recession Fashion" aka dressing cute for less. So, I decided I'd put up a few of my favorite recent purchases:

This is a dress I got at TJ Max. As you know, I HATE maternity clothes, but I was running out of things to wear to church that still looked appropriate. So I got this, very loose, dress. It was about $20.

I also bought this shirt on clearance at the TJ. It was missing a button, so my mom had to do a little rearranging, but I only paid $7!

I got this for after the baby is born. It was originally from the Anthro (my fave), but I found it on ebay for less than $20.

Here, I am going to kill two birds with one stone and put up a "tummy pic" (the first one--at 37 weeks, hopefully I'll do better documenting round 2)! This dress (that I wore to the super fun shower Peyton's precious partner, Lindy, gave us) is from....Walmart! Less than $15.

Finally, I got these for $1.47! They are certainly not the cutest I've gotten Ann Peyton, but hey, who could pass that deal up? They came from JC Penny.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A Few Things I am Learning......

..from the Bible that is! I don't know why when I committed to trying to read the Bible and pray daily as part of my goals list I didn't really realize how much difference it would make in my relationship with God. And it's not that I didn't read the Bible before, or that I haven't missed days now; it's just that since probably college, I haven't been very consistent. Anyway, the weird thing is, I am doing this "read the Bible in a year" kind of thing (I'm using a Charles Stanley application Bible) and when I first started I really DREADED the reading from the Old Testament law books (Leviticus, Exodus, ect.). There was just so much genealogy and well, laws. But, strangely enough, two of the really big things the Lord has shown me have been from these OT books. This is what they are:

1. Complaining-Reading about the Israelite

Reading about the Israelites complaining about having nothing but manna to eat really convicted me. God was providing for them, but they got tired of the manna and started whining about it. It made me realize I "grumble" alot too, just like the children of Israel. I have so much to be thankful for--a healthy baby, a sweet husband, wonderful parents and in-laws, a perfect Savior, godly friends, a loving church family--and yet I know I complain way too much about how bad I feel/how tired I am/how unattractive I feel/how much I still have to do/ect. So I am trying to be more positive. Keep me accountable Internets! I know that it is not wrong to ask for your prayers when life gets difficult, but help me not be a grumbler!

2. Fear/Worry- I have said is so many times on this blog. I struggle with anxiety. I mainly worry about bad things happening to the people I love. My Dad calls this "awfulizing and catastrophing" and he's the world's worst worrier (except for me)! Anyway, again I was reading about those Israelite kiddos and there journey to the Promise Land. It was saying how the spies were sent ahead and of course everyone but Caleb and Joshua freaked because the people where like giants! Caleb and Joshua, however, were able to see past the circumstances and focus instead on God's power and protection. I want to be like this! I want to keep my focus on the Lord and not on (real or imagined) circumstances. My Max Lucado devotion book was talking about this recently and two big things we can do to help us cope with worry is to 1) pray and 2) give thanks (Phil. 4:6) and God will do the rest by giving us his peace (Phil 4:7). So, when my sweet friend, Ashley, starts talking about how this woman she knows who was full-term lost her baby because it got it's umbilical cord wrapped around it's foot; I just 1)pray that won't happen and 2)thank God that as far as we know AP is safe and healthy and he will provide strenght for our every need!

3) This really isn't from my Bible study but I thought both of these articles were amazing. This one talks about "pastors who lead by public consensus, i.e. taking a congregation 'where they want to go,' and pastors who lead by personal conviction, i.e. taking a congregation 'where they need to go.'" I am so thankful that we go to a true Bible-beleiving church with pastors who aren't afraid to truly speak the word of God. Sometimes I think I need to work harder at doing this and not worry about offending people. And this one, which is about people who gave up Facebook for Lent. What a great (and hard) idea. I have to admit sometimes I think my facebook/blog obsession is a little much. But I'm sure that will all change in a few short weeks, when I have other, um, priorities.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Honest Abe


Fun (and Productive) Weekend

This weekend was really fun. Friday I had lunch with my sister and Logan at Broadstreet and then came home and did some stuff around the house. Then we ate "beans and rice" with my parents and Ellis joined us. We took a midnight trip to Krispy Kreme (I ate three doughnuts--I know, ugh!). I decided Saturday would be a good cooking day. As I don't really do much cooking, this is not really that big of a deal. However, I did make some brownies, blueberry muffins, and pasta salad for the upcoming week. I meant to boil eggs, but we were out. I also did some organizing and cleaning around the house. Then, Peyton and I went on what was probably our last "pre-baby" date night. First, we stopped by the Anthro (of course) and Peyton used his "spendy money" to purchase one of those charming switch plates for his study and a cute hat for me. I am not really a hat person, but as I've said before he loves the, so my wearing it was really a present for him! It is cute, I'll admit. It reminds me of one Angelina wears in Changeling, and my haircut is sort of like hers, too! I felt very vintage! Then we headed to P.F. Changs. Chinese is not my fave, but it wasn't bad. We enjoyed some lettuce wraps, almond and cashew chicken, and a couple of spring rolls. Then we had a "flourless chocolate dome". It was super rich, but soooo good, and I usually don't like things like that! After dinner, we stopped by Barnes and Noble. Always a fun activity, especially when it's raining! I, of course, looked through a stack of about thirty books before finally making a purchase. I ended up getting a devotional book by Max Lucado. It is really neat because it has morning and evening devotions and has questions. Have I mentioned that I ADORE Max Lucado? Peyton got a book about southern gardening (his latest project= a vegetable garden). It was such a fun night! Today, we went to early church because Peyton had to work. He hates working Sundays! My Mom and Dad and Momma's sweet friend from Batte who has helped us so much with sewing for the house came over and we installed the window treatments in our bedroom and FINISHED the nursery! I can't wait to put up pictures. They will be coming soon! Our house (after almost a year) is finally almost done (of course, Minnie says you are never done decorating, and that's certainly true at her house!) I took a nap in the Nursery on the guest bed (the mattress is really better than ours for my back right now) and it was lovely. I think it may be my favorite room. It is so soothing and peaceful! Mickey (Daddy) said it already smelled like a baby (we have a sweet baby candle in there). That's probably why I'm still up at such a ridiculous hour! When Peyton got home we did a little more work on the house (he worked on the blinds in the kitchen and I did laundry) and we watched the 20/20 I DVRed Friday. Such a great weekend and I'm so excited about hanging out with my old college friends tomorrow!

Friday, March 13, 2009


So, we got a little scare yesterday. Everything is fine, but I was so worried. When I went for my Dr's appointment she said that I was measuring 34 weeks, instead of 36. She said we needed to get an ultrasound done, just to make sure everything was ok (This is where my mind starts running wild). So we wait, they do the ultrasound, and we wait some more. By this time I was like really worried. I kept asking Peyton what COULD be wrong with her. He said he really didn't know. I was told him he was a slacker in pharmacy school and shouldn't be a pharmacist--I was kind of kidding/kind of mad at him for not knowing. So I just got more and more upset. I started thinking about how we were not going to be able to go to childbirth class because I wouldn't be able to face all those parents having healthy babies, knowing something was wrong with ours. I was so scared. Then Dr. McMinn came in and said everything was normal and she was fine. I was so relieved and I asked her "Are you sure?" She said she was sure and that's why they did the ultrasound; she always wanted to be sure. I felt like I could breathe again! Anyway, it really made me realize how much I already love her!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

25 Random Things

So I finally did this "25 Random Things" thing from the facebook. Next I will do Peyton's. Here are mine:

1. I have a double name. When I was in 1st grade I had to drop part of it because it took me too long to write "Sarah Denley Perry" (I was kind of a perfectionist and very careful about my writing). Since there were already about four Sarahs in my class; my Mom decided we should go with Denley. However, I LOVE double names, so when I started college, I picked the Sarah back up. My friends in college called me "Sarah D" just like my sister did when she couldn't say "Denley" at first. When I introduce myself I always say "Sarah Denley--it's a double name" because I really don't like people calling me just Sarah.

2. My mom and my sister both have double names (Sarah Ann and Ann Whitten) and our baby girl is going to have one (Ann Peyton). I hope Ann Peyton is not as OCD as a six year old as I was.

3. I LOVE hymns. I just really prefer them to most contemporary Christian music.

4. I love to organize things. My favorite chores are laundry, unloading the dishwasher and putting up groceries. These activities relax me.

5. I hate to vacuum. This could be because my husband bought a 65 ton vacuum cleaner. I really think it weighed more than me pre-pregnancy. So he vacuums.

6. I love the Old South. Not so much the slavery part of it, but just the romance and elegance of it. Of course it wasn’t so elegant when Scarlett was digging in the dirt trying to feed her family. I like to think I could be that woman--so graceful and sophisticated, appearing so dainty, yet so strong. Of course, I’m not, not even close.

7. I also have a fascination with WWII. I think the reason is two-fold. I was OBSESSED with The Sound of Music as a child and my grandfather constantly told me “Nazi stories” from when he served in the navy. I probably sound like a fascist at this point.

8. In general, I guess I’m really just kind of fascinated by the past. Most of my favorite movies/shows are period pieces, I love classic literature, and my fashion and home decorating style are very retro/vintage inspired (I have gotten more compliments on the things I wear that were my mom’s in college than any other garments I own!)

9. I am getting to be an old woman in that I probably watch the news more than anything else on tv.

10. I hate the words “crusty”, “curdled”, “ointment”, “discharge” and “engorgement”. Those last two are real pregnancy catch phrases. And they make me gag.

11. I have recently developed a mild obsession with blogs. I just find them fascinating. Even people I don’t know. I really need to limit the time I spend/waste doing this. As a result, however, I created my own blog about myself, Peyton, General and Darth, and of course Ann Peyton.

12. I also recently determined 101 goals for 1001 days and am making Peyton do the same.

13. I have major anxiety issues and when I got pregnant, I had to get of anti-anxiety medicine. This was right after my grandmother (who was like my second mom) died and as I was adjusting to married life and the thought of actually being a mother. I know I couldn’t have done this in my own strength; it was totally the work of the Lord.

14. I worry all the time that Peyton is going to meet an early death. I used to console myself by saying God wouldn’t take him until he had given us children, and now that he has I am totally afraid he will take him. I have to go before the Lord about this almost weekly.

15. I am going to live in New York for a year. This is really Peyton’s dream. And now, because of the way things worked out, our children will get to experience it too!

16. I over-analyze everything. I really enjoy analyzing people and I used to want to be a therapist. Peyton told me I would not be able to leave everything at work.

17. In some ways I am very complex. I am VERY opinionated, but I also hate confrontation. It’s weird because I used to tell everyone my opinion on everything, but now sometimes I think I’ve become a people pleaser. And that makes me sad.

18. My sister-in-law and one of my close friends are also both pregnant. I have visions of my kids going to my sister-in-laws and eating really healthy meals and going to my friend’s house and enjoying rigorous in depth Bible study and then coming home and having Coke and Oreos for supper and watching trash TV. Then I remember that more than maybe anything else in my life, I have always felt called to be mother and with God’s (and Peyton’s) help things will be okay.

19. I have a really hard time keeping secrets. I have a hard time keeping my OWN secrets. I sometimes tend to share too much about my life with people who probably don’t even care.

20. I get a headache every time it rains. I love the rain and I hate that I can’t enjoy it more.

21. As I said, I am very organized, but I have issues with time management. I wish I could either be given longer days or make better decisions regarding time. I have read so much about this--everyone seems to feel this way these days. I always think I can accomplish more than I really can and it frustrates me to no end.

22. I have been having pickle cravings since I could eat. I LOVE them.

23. I really appreciate people who are REAL.

24. I am super obsessed with lists/listmaking. I have always made lists, since I could write. I make AT LEAST one to-do list a day and usually some others. I enjoy listing things I’ve learned, things I want to remember, things that are stressing me out, or things that make me happy. I didn’t realize until the period I had just made a list (within this big list). I also like to read other people’s lists. Like I used to love watching Dave Letterman’s Top Ten and I love, love, love VH1 countdowns.

25. I really don’t know why this thing turned out as long as it did. I will be surprised if anyone besides Peyton makes it to completion.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

No More Breakfast...

In response to some of Michael Ford's you tube finds of not so rare hillarious Christian Music Videos on you tube, I decided to post one of my own that surely will not match his, but is none the less funny.

This video got me quite hungry by the way.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Interview Time

Okay, we all know I love surveys, memes, ect. Well here is the latest that is floating around the blogosphere: an interview!
Here are the answers to some interview questions from Ashley:

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Okay, this is so gross but when I was little (maybe 10) I went with my family to this little country restaurant in the tiny town that my grandmother lived in and they served things like alligator and frog legs. I tried it ALL. I do NOT think I could stomach that stuff now. It kinda makes me gag to think about it.

You have to endure a natural disaster (earthquake, hurricane, etc.). Which would you choose and why? I think that I would choose just a run of the mill tornado (that counts right?), just because it seems the least dangerous. Otherwise, I guess a hurricane, but I don't know. That was a tough one.

You are offered the position of President of the United States. Would you take it or not? Why? Um, absolutely not. For one thing, I think it would stress me out so bad that I would have a nervous breakdown. For another thing, I think that it would require me to miss significant events in Ann Peyton's life. Also, (not to be conceded, but) I think that I'm smart, but not THAT smart.

Would you rather be hilariously funny or drop dead gorgeous? Another hard one. Does this question imply that if you're "hilariously funny" you probably look like a sack of trash and if you're "drop dead gorgeous" you have the personality of a rock. Really I'd like to be somewhat funny and average looking--moderation in all things. Is that an option? If not, I guess funny...or gorgeous....oh gosh, I don't know.

You have to sum up your life on a bumper sticker…what would it say?
Well, even though I think that Bible verse bumper stickers are kind of cheesy sometimes, I think it would simply say "Romans 8:28". This verse has been really meaningful to me lately. I sort of did a little post about it here, but I need to blog some more about the ways I've seen the Lord work for good in ALL situations.

If you have any more questions for me, feel free to ask or if you'd like your own interview, just send me your email address and I'll send you some questions!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Minnie Stories

It has really gotten to where I can't take Minnie anywhere with me anymore! No, I am totally kidding but I have to tell two funny stories about how she put her foot in her mouth.

Round One of Awkward Exchanges with Salespeople
First, we were at a little consignment shop looking at baby clothes and my Momma starts talking to the pregnant girl who is working there. They are talking about the name and gender of the baby, ect. (Here's where it gets
Momma: "So, how long have you been married?" (laughs) "She's only been married since June"
Pregnant Sales Girl: "Uhh; I'm not married"
(awkward silence and Momma laughs and changes the subject).

Round Two of Awkward Exchanges with Salespeople
Okay, then we are shopping at a pretty upscale maternity "boutique", and I'm getting dressed after trying on some clothes. So, Momma tells me to let her in the dressing room so she can help me hang up the clothes I wasn't getting. The sales girls says "Oh don't worry about that, I'll do it". They politely argue a little bit and......here's where it gets
Momma: "Really you don't need to do that.....besides, you are expecting, too. (Oops!)
(NOT) Pregnant Sales Girl:
"Well, actually, I'm not pregnant.....(allowing Momma to reclaim a
little dignity), but I am wearing our clothes"
Momma: "Well, now you just shouldn't do that!"
*Which, really, even if they are high-end, why would you wear maternity clothes, if you aren't, or haven't recently been, pregnant? But, ya'll know my feelings on maternity clothes*

So, which is worse being unmarried and pregnant or being married (she mentioned her husband) but looking pregnant? Haha, that's a no-brainer! I'd stay fat forever, if I could keep my sweetie. But, then he might not want to k
eep me, haha only kidding!