Cheerios: A Mom's Best Friend

Seriously, What did mom's before June 19, 1941 do with a fussy toddler? How did they survive?

I know, I know....several of my friends reading this are saying, "Carrie, less than a month ago you were still skeptical of the Cheerios....something about choking...blah blah blah"....I know...I was skeptical and yes, even afraid of choking on the cheerios....I have repented and changed my ways.

I know, I know....Babywise would be shocked to hear about my new pacifier and would not agree because it would mess up the "sleep/wake patterns" by changing up her meals. But I beg to differ.... 5 cheerios doesn't even count as a full snack, but can make the difference in a fussy baby vs. a happy baby. No, I do not think it's a good idea to use food to solve problems. No, I don't want to instill that bad habit in my sweet girl. But I think it is a matter of mere survival for the next year...seriously.

In case you're interested, I have a few facts about Cheerios:

  • They were created on June 19, 1941 and were/are marketed by General Mills
  • It was the first oat-based, ready-to-eat cold ceral
  • It was first called Cheeri Oats, but had to change because of a trade name dispute
  • in the 50s - 70s, Cheerios advertised with the Cheerios kid who was clumsy and absent-minded until he ate his Cheerios
  • In the 70s, there was a Cheerios box that yodeled...."Just Cheerio-yodel"
  • throughout the 80s and 90s, The Peanuts gang was featured for Cheerios advertising with the slogan "You're on your toes with Cheerios!"
  • In 2009, Shawn Johnson became the first female athlete ever featured on the Cheerios box.
  • Over the years there have been over 14 different flavors and varieties of Cheerios.
So, there you have it....the best Cereal in the world and approved by toddlers and moms everywhere!
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First Blog Video


***Scroll down and pause the music before you play!

This is my first attempt to add a video to the blog. Laura Kate really wanted to be outside with her daddy. The first 15 seconds are uneventful....the videos will get better, I just wanted to try!
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A Few Pics

She loves reading magazines right now.

We decided to try the bow on top of her head....
it lasted about 2 seconds-just long enough for 2 pictures!
You can see how happy she is about it.

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Pleasant Places

The past few days, I've been getting ready for LK's first birthday so I've been reflecting over the past year of her life. I am so thankful the Lord blessed us with her, I don't even have words to say.

Last night, I was going back through old facebook notes, and I came across one I had written when I miscarried. It was a profound reflection on the Lord's absolute, passionate pursuit of His Glory. You see not only did he answer my most heart-felt prayers, He abundantly exceeded ALL of my expectations. We serve a God who LOVES US and proves his redeeming love over and over and over - especially in the hard times.

I want to share what I wrote so you can see exactly what I'm talking about. My only hesitation is that I do NOT want to make anyone sad with sharing this. Please understand my purpose is to reveal the full impact of how the Lord answers prayer! "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance" (Psalm 16:6)

Well, I'm laying on my couch. I laying here waiting and wondering if I still have a baby or if I have already miscarried. It's such a weird feeling. I've been talking to the Lord a lot. It's amazing how durable His peace is. I'm not really scared anymore. I know God is in control. I can actually feel it. I will admit I try not to think about what is actually going on. But when I do, I think about the Lord's plan. I don't understand it, I don't agree with it, I don't like it and I would definitely do things differently. But, regardless, He is good enough to have a plan. It is not in my hands. So, I 'm just laying here waiting.

I think the most astounding thing of all during this tragedy is the amazing depth of love that has grown in my heart. At night, Kyle and I read a Psalm, not every night but frequently. We were on Psalm 16 on Sunday night and I had Kyle read it to me in the hotel room after we got back from the ER. Verse 6 says, "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places". I can't get that verse out of my head. I know it's because it is so true. I have the most incredible husband. I know that my love for him has grown to a new depth. On top of that, I have an incredible family (blood related and church family) who pour out their love for me in prayers and words of encouragement.

Whenever I would break up with a boy my mom would always tell me that the pain I felt just made more room in my heart to love even deeper. I think the same concept applies. I'm so excited about being a mom and I know that when we are blessed with a baby that my love will be even deeper.

Psalm 16
A miktam of David. [a]
1 Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing."

3 As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. [b]

4 The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the LORD always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, [c]
nor will you let your Holy One [d] see decay.

11 You have made [e] known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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More than I could imagine

I tell Kyle all the time that being a mom is so much better than I could have even imagined.

I always thought I would enjoy being a mom. It's something I always looked forward to and wanted for my life. I can honestly say it has exceeded all of my expectations and dreams. Next to being a wife, that sweet girl sleeping in the other room brings me more joy than anything I could dream of.

I don't have words to describe the connection we have. When she laughs, I feels it. When she cries, I feel it.

Tonight, my sweet girl is alseep in the other room, coughing. It's really the first time I can say that she's actually been SICK. In lieu of my above words, I don't think I have to tell you that I feel for her tonight. I am literally sitting here in the other room with tears in my eyes listening to her, knowing that I have done all I can for her and wishing with all my heart I could do more. I can truly say I know what my mom meant when she would tell me when I was sick that she wished she could trade places with me.

Pray for a fast recovery for our sweet girl!
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My scripture verse that I've committed to memory this past half of the month is 1 Timothy 6:6:

"Godliness with contentment is great gain".

I can't tell you how many times a day I have recited that verse to myself. I have several thoughts, ideas and questions that run through my head when I think about the verse...

  • "Godliness" comes first
  • Contentment is really hard to embrace and accept
  • Why is contentment so hard when God blesses us with more than we can fathom?
  • How do you really achieve Godliness....what does that mean?
  • The verse has a calming affect on me
  • I want it...the whole verse: Godliness, contentment, and great gain
I want to get it, to truly get it. I want people to look at my life and see Godliness and Contentment. That is my prayer. Before they see cute clothes, how much weight I've lost, the great things I've done, all the things I've done perfectly, and certainly more than the things I've done imperfectly, I want them to see Godliness and Contentment.
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Beth Moore wrote a moving blog article about Good Friday. It spoke to me for many reasons. Click Here to read it.
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Facebook Quizzes

So, for some reason (that I havn't figured out yet), I was sucked in to taking the Facebook Quizzes....I am that girl.... I've decided to share them with the blogging world.....

I'll start with the most recent, most ridiculous one....seriously inaccurate (the rest are fairly accurate), it should make you laugh though...

Which Barbie Doll are you?

Trailer-Park Barbie
you have split ends, 3 kids, you smoke too much and drink cheap beer. you've never been out of the country, except maybe to canada for the weekend with your high-school girlfriends. you know the words to every bon jovi song. you still play cassett tapes on your old boom-box. you married your high-school boyfriend, whom you divorced after he ran off with "candy" - the stripper from the next town. there's a bright side, still wear a size 2, one of the benefits from smoking too much and other, um, life habits. when drunk, you either fight or [edited for content], and the later has gotten you thrown in jail, so watch out - slow down on the booze and try to lay off the camels while you're pregnant with number 4.
(***For the record, I do NOT have split ends!)

Which Love Language Do You Have?
You are a person of words. This means you are most touched when people tell you 'I love you', or when you read a poem. Even a song can make you emotional. Talking is your emotional tool and you will therefore also use this to connect to other people. Words are a great way of communicating, but when someone else you love doesn't necessarily talk the way you do, it doesn't mean they don't love you. What would be their primary love language? Too many words may have their downside, too. Some people may assume that if you talk a lot, you talk more than you do. You may also have been terribly hurt by what people have said, more than what they did. One last point to mention is that God also communicates in your love language. He uses words, too. He says in the Bible that He loves you, that you are the apple of His eye, and that He wants you to come to Him and talk to Him. He loves you and gave Jesus (God Himself in human form) to bridge the gap caused by the fall of sin through which we cannot fully obey the law He gave us. He made the solution through Jesus, and when accepting Him, you'll accept God Himself, Who loves you, and wants to communicate with you.

Which Mighty Woman of the Bible are you?
You are most like RUTH
You are fiercely loyal to family & friends. You have a heart of compassion, especially for those you feel may be lonely or left out. You are servant-oriented, and very self-sacrificing when you need to be. You also have a teachable spirit that will listen to instruction.

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I know...way too long

I hope you havn't given up on our blogging....we've had a lot going on lately!

We had a very successful trip to Lubbock. We got to see a lot of friends and family and we had several new people join our Ministry Partners Team. We had a great time of prayer last Tuesday night and we got some much needed rest!

While we were there my mom arranged to take some pictures of LK with our good friends James and Brook Price! The first half of the pictures are posted on their site with the rest to come soon.
Check them out here. Click on Wiley in the left-hand column to see them.

Please keep praying for us as we are working very hard with support raising right now. We so badly want to honor the Lord with our jobs and our stewardship of the resources he has blessed us with.
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