10 Random Things

There have been so many things that I’ve wanted to talk about but not enough about that topic to make an actual post. SO, this is what I’ve come up with!!

Whether these things are something I’ve discovered, something I really like, or your know… random

So. Here we go!

10.) Cornstarch – Thanks to my mom I know have replaced my baby powder with cornstarch. My sweet daughter has sensitive skin. And this past week she developed a terrible diaper rash! Called my mama, asked for advice and thats what she recommended. And with in one day the diaper rash was almost completely gone! Now I just need a really good way to store it. Humm…

9.) Baby food homemade –  I have recently been feeding my daughter homemade rice! Instead of buying a box from the store, I made my own. And it’s SO, SO easy!!! Holy cow. There are pro’s and con’s to this. More con’s though in my opinion. I am all about making my own baby food. And I will when it comes to veggies, fruits, ect. Making it at home is the same price as a box of it cost. But you have to buy, whole grain, brown rice. Grind it up, not cooked. (which a food processor doesn’t work. we had to use our coffee grinder.) THEN, you put water in it, microwave it, then feed the baby. Boxed is done. It has vitamins. And sometimes it’s cheaper! So, once my rice is gone. I’m switching.

8.) Rosemary – This seems to be an herb I have off hand on a regular basis. One of my husbands favorite dish is just Chicken, potatoes, ROSEMARY, salt, pepper and oil. No joke. Thats all the recipe calls for. And it is so so yummy. A lot of dishes call for rosemary and you can add it to just about anything for good flavor. And NO my next daughter is not going to be named Rosemary because my first daughter was named Sage. haha…

7.) COOKING –  My new favorite thing in the world. I LOVE to experiment with cooking and finding new recipes. And I think I am addicted to Food Network!! Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri (love him!), the whole nine yards. It’s so inspiring. And I don’t think my husband is to upset about all the cooking either! Now if I could just get someone to clean up after me… that would be awesome!

6.) Working out – What the Heck?!?! Seriously. I am not the one to jump up and say “OMG! I LOVE to work out! Lets go right now!” UGH… I know I need to. And I will get there someday. But right now… well, I’m good.. 🙂

5.) Low-Fat – Say What?! Since my gallbladder has been taken out I can not eat high fat things. But has it completely stopped me? Nooo… UGH. It’s so frustrating. Yes. I regret it later because me and Mr. John become great friends all day. (ewwww)… BUT IT’S SO GOOD! ::sigh:: I will do better…. I have to. I am not about to gain all the weight I have lost since Sage was born.

4.) Sage – Ahhh.. my sweet baby girl. Let me just say. I’m blessed. And guess what?! She’s SO CLOSE to rolling over!!! Thats it. Thats all I wanted to say about her. Short and sweet. Just like her 🙂

3.) Ballroom Dancing –  I started taking lessons when I was 14. And it has been apart of my life ever since. I miss is terribly. I watch it on TV and almost cry I miss it so much. I started teaching when I was 18 and there is great joy in that. But to actually dance it and showcase it, THAT is amazing! I love to dance. And I probably always will. I don’t know what I will do if Sage decide to play volleyball instead of being on the dance team… I would be so confused…

2.) Event Coordinating –  Let me just say, the best job in the world is to do what you love! And I LOVE to Coordinate Events!!!! I worked with a Magazine here in Fort Wayne and thats what did it for me. It made me realize how much I love it. And how fun it is! It’s my dream career. And it’s in the works… it might just take a little longer then I planned.

1.) Family – Wow. Aren’t we all just so blessed? No matter the circumstances. We are Blessed. I have an amazing family. My husband loves me unconditionally. My daughter is healthy. My parents are the best around and I can easily say I admire! My brothers are starting families and they have great girls by their side! And my husband’s family is a bonus! They add to my life and I love everyone one of them! We are so blessed….

See. That was pretty random. In Fact, there were a few more I wanted to add.. but I’ll save that for some other time!

Ciao – Cherith


Brag time

It’s so hard for me to not brag about my husband and his accomplishments. In the last three years of our marriage he has earned almost every trip with his company and we have traveled to more places then I could have ever imagined. This April we went to the Dominican Republic and we took our 3 month old daughter with us. So to say that it was a true vacation would be a stretch.

But, we just got word that he earned the BIG TRIP of the year and we are going on a Baltics Cruise!!!! Now I am not saying all of this to brag about our trips. NO! I am bragging about my Husband, Brett A. Carpenter Jr.

My Husband has been the rock and head of this house. Even though every year at his job seems to get harder, he always presses through and makes it. I KNOW that he is a prayer warrior. Even when things are changing in our house, he always finds time to pray and do devotions. Never do I doubt my husbands relationship with the Lord. With his passion of worship and relationships, I see Jesus in him.

And let me tell you about how incredibly hard this man works!! His drive for perfection could make anyone go crazy!! His passion for what he does makes him who he is and why I believe he is so successful! YES. We have our battles. This year has proven to be one of the hardest. There have been many days where I can see worry and defeat on his face. But then he always pulls himself up and makes it to work another day. His co-workers respect him. His bosses rely on him. He is a man of his word. If I was working, I would want him on my team. 🙂

BJ… You are Amazing!!!! I love you more than words can express. Everyday there is something new that I love about you!! Thank you for putting up with me and everything that has been happening in our house. 🙂 We have been through a lot of changes in the last few months. And I truly believe there are a ton more changes to come. And I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else but you!!!! You are the man of my dreams. You are everything I need in a husband!!! And you are the BEST dad in the world!!!! I love the way Sage looks at you! I love the way she “talks” to you! I know that she will grow to love and admire you just like I do with my daddy! I will never regret the day I said yes to marry you. And I will never look back on that day that I married you!!!!! Thank you for being who you are. Even if you hum all the time and act like a boy ALL THE TIME!!! I know I would miss it… maybe 😉

I LOVE YOU BJ!!! You are my world, my rock, my one and only…. And I am SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!

Congratulations baby!! You deserved this trip!!


Things to Keep

As a new mommy with a one month old, I have learned so much lately. (and to think it’s only the beginning!) And I think the most important things that I have learned are Things to Keep close to me or to remember.

Here is my list of my Top 5 things to keep:

5.) KEEP the house dirty! – It’s so important that in the beginning of a new baby to not worry about what the house looks like. Once you feel good and in a good “routine” THEN maybe venture out to clean. But until then. Stop doing laundry. Stop trying to make dinner. Stop trying to clean and sweep. Trust me. You will live.

4.) KEEP all your hobbies – Just because there is a baby doesn’t mean you have to stop what you love. For example. I LOVE to listen to my music. Especially in the car. Well, just because my little one is in the car with me doesn’t mean I have to keep the volume down to one decimal. She is very use to my loud music. Although, I don’t go crazy loud. I still don’t keep it down. AND I plan on going back to dancing and working out once my body is healed. Heck, I might even pick up a new hobby like the Piano 🙂

3.) KEEP date night – My husband and I LOVE to go on a date. It’s such a great way to spend time with each other. And we finally went out on our first date with NO BABY! She lived. I LIVED. And we had such a great time!!! Keep date night. Whether it’s pawning off the kids to a friends for a quite house and a game of cards or dinner and a movie. Enjoy one another.

2.) KEEP your friends close – I can not tell you how important my girlfriends are to me!!!! (you know who you are 🙂 ) Not only have they given me wonderful advice, but just being there for me because they understand means so much to me. AND I have completely enjoyed their meals 🙂 What a blessing!!! Not having to cook was so great! And to my girlfriends with out babies… you mean a lot to me too because I know you will want to hold Sage and not have anything (or anyone) else that will want your attention! lol

1.) KEEP your marriage secure – Man, I can not tell you how important my husband has been for me in this last month. Before the baby I didn’t rely on him like I should. But now… NOW I NEED HIM!!! He is my security. My rock. My Sanity. I love him more then life. And when are kids are grown and gone it will be just him and I. Therefore, he comes first (after the Lord of course). Because in the end, my kids can not love me like he does and will for the rest of my life.

 Can you believe it?! In one month I learned all of this! I can’t imagine what the next 18 years has in store 🙂

What are some other things that you’ve learned to keep close to you?