Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Petunia Pickle Bottom

Say that 3 times fast. If you don't know who they are, you are probably thinking I just named some kind of condition of some sort. I'm not sure what kind of condition that would be but I would not want to have it.

Petunia Pickle Bottom is a line of diaper bags. I know what you are thinking... Oh. How. Exciting. And now you are moving your little cursor to the top left hand corner to hit that nice little "x". WELL, go ahead Mr. or Mrs. crabby pants but then you would be robbing me of sharing the reason I am thankful today, how I've been blessed and how I would like to BE a blessing in return.

Go ahead and get a beverage of your liking cause this one might take a while. I told you I over explain things.

My little love affair for Petunia Pickle Bottom started a couple months back when I started to look for a diaper bag to use for Mia. I've had a few diaper bags in my day but have never been too pleased with them. Either they were too heavy, hard to clean, or like my last one the supposed backpack straps were pretty much good for nothing and every time I bent over to do something while holding Bella everything in the bag would come pouring out. Annoying. And now I'm boring you. I can feel it. I'll speed this up. After reading and researching and realizing there was a whole world of obsessive Petunia Pickle Bottom women, I found one I love as well and now I know why so many moms love them. I chose one of their "Boxy Glazed Backpacks." According to all the reviews, it's fabulous enough to solve all the worlds problems. I'll have to get back with you on that one since I haven't even got to use it yet. It sleeps between Brandon and I and sits on our mantle during the day until we're ready to use it. I'm kidding, we don't have a mantle...wish we did. Always wanted one to hang our stockings at Christmas...But anyway, I've now become one of those who just loves the bags and knows the patterns and styles and is all "Oh I love your Petunia, is that a boxy glazed in Tea on the Thames?" I know, it's like another language right? I've never, never, never, been the type to get obsessive about bags or collecting them. And I'm still not. I rather decorate my house or buy something for Brandon or the kids instead. I know, I'm SO selfless and wonderful, aren't I? No, but it's honestly true.

So I very randomly entered a contest last month that they (PPB as we followers like to refer to them) were having for the month of October. I know what you're thinking, "What is with Laura and all these contests"...I'm not quite sure, I'm on a roll. Don't judge.

The contest was to submit a picture of a trip you'd gone on and why it was special spending it with your child or children. They worded it much more eloquent than I just did, but that was the gist of it. I entered this picture and this description

"This picture is one of my favorites and will always be very special to me. It was taken on our family vacation in August of '09. It is of my son, my daughter and niece. We almost didn't go on this trip because just a few days before, I had delivered my 23 week old baby girl who did not survive. We had this trip planned for some time and it was always intended to be a time of rest with our family. It was just what was needed after a very long and hard fight for our baby girl. Watching my kids play with each other and with family was just what my heart needed to heal. This picture simply captures the love and bond between family that is stronger than any tragedy or trial we may face in this world. The time we spent together that summer was more strengthening and loving than I could have imagined. I will always cherish this photograph. It signifies not a time of mourning and sadness, but a time of healing"

...And guess what, I WON!! I know, I know, you are so happy for me. You don't have to jump up and down. I won a "Wistful Weekender" that I will use as my overnight bag at the hospital and can also be used as a diaper bag on longer trips. I'm a little too excited. Brandon made me promise not to take a picture of my "collection" and post it on their facebook page. I'll refrain, I promise. Click Here see the bag that I won and will have to make room for in our bed next to the other one.

They contacted me today to let me know I won and I am so excited. Mainly I am BLESSED. So guess what that means, I would like to BE a blessing. Why? Because WE are BLESSED, to BE a BLESSING! So, that being said, I recently transitioned Bella from her crib and nursery to a big girl room. I have a whole set of Pottery Barn crib bedding that is currently sitting in a closet, being unused. I still LOVE it so much. I can remember scouring the internet and stores to pick just the right bedding for my sweet new girl. I took very special care of it. Well, I did the best I could on my end, what Bella did while I wasn't around I can't be blamed for ;) Point is, I thought about trying to sell it and I did try to sell it actually. I had a couple of people interested in it but I just didn't feel right. Then the Lord said to me- give it to someone who needs it and will love it as much as you. I wasn't quite sure how I would do that or find that person, until today. Granted it's not brand new, but it's special to me. I know, how can crib bedding be so special, but it is. It was my precious baby girl's baby bedding, where she laid each night, in the room I rocked her in. It's just special. I don't expect you to love it in the same way I do, I simply want to meet the need of someone else and bless them

It's still in great condition. Includes the bumper, crib skirt, quilt, and toile sheet. It is from the Pottery Barn "Isabelle" line that they no longer carry.

This is by no means a "contest." But if you know someone or are someone who would like to have this, someone who needs it and maybe can't afford to buy a whole new set for themselves, or you just love it and can give it a good home, I would like to hear from you! Please email me and let me know why you think this person would like it, or why you yourself would like it. I do not have to know you- anyone is free to contact me.

I'm excited to be able to give this away. Not for any other reason except that it is significant to me. And I am all about sentiment, heart and significance. It may not be a brand new Petunia Pickle Bottom bag, but in my eyes it has even more value because of everything it meant to me.

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

So today I am thankful because I have been BLESSED to be a BLESSING.

Please contact me as soon as possible with your "submissions."


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