Yesterday there was a bit of an accident. A head injury, actually. You see, it’s nice and warm outside here in NC and we were letting the kids enjoy the beautiful weather. I (Melissa) had just said how great it was for them to be outside playing for two reasons: because it’s good for them and because then they’re not destroying the sound quality of the house.
No sooner had those words left my mouth before we heard the scream. You know the one, the scream where you know that baby is hurt. We rushed outside and for a second we wondered where the blue dye on Bailey’s forehead had come from. We quickly realized it wasn’t dye, but an instant, horrible goose-egg.
We were pretty calm about it because Pilot gets head injuries weekly (his head is in the 99th% so ya know, it’s bound to happen) and we figured she had fallen up the stairs. Yep, up the stairs. Because Bailey is good like that. After the Elmo ice-pack had been applied and she was calming down, I got out of her that she had not fallen on the stairs. She had, instead, hit her head on a jagged concrete rock out by the back of the house. That’s when we both gasped and all of the disastrous scenarios that could have happened ran through our heads. We both felt like crying and throwing up simultaneously. As we write this, it still makes us shudder.
It wasn’t until a few hours later when we were recounting the event with her daddy, Mike, that we realized we hadn’t yet praised God for keeping our little one safe. While it was gross, it could have been much, much worse and we thanked God that it wasn’t.
How often do we forget to praise Him in the moment? We forget a lot. We’re working to train ourselves to praise Him immediately, during the good and the bad. Clearly, yesterday we failed, but thankfully our God is a forgiving and patient God. So often we turn toward ourselves or some other worldly thing when we should be turning straight to God in every situation, good or bad. So remember, today and every day, to praise Him. Praise Him when it’s good and praise Him when it’s bad. Praise Him when it’s hard, and when it’s easy. Praise Him when you’re happy, and even more, when you’re sad. Because He is a faithful God and deserving of everything we have and all of our praise.
P.S. These oatmeal cream pies=obsessed. It’s a problem to have them in the house. They are everything you could ever want from Little Debbie and more. Make them. Immediately. Eat them. Immediately. Praise Him for your taste buds. Immediately.
-Heather and Melissa
Oatmeal Cream Pies
1 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
⅛ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups quick oats
2 tsp very hot water
¼ tsp salt
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream
½ cup shortening
⅓ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter, sugars, molasses, vanilla, and eggs.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir to combine; mix in the oats.
- Drop tablespoon sized scoops onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until just starting to brown around the edges. Be careful not to overbake them; they will look moist.
- While the cookies are baking, in a small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Combine the marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix on high until fluffy.
- Add the salt water and mix well.
- Spread the filling onto the flat side of one cookie and top with another. There you have the most delicious sandwich cookie known to man.
Source: The Craving Chronicles