Welcome to CarCar&Co!
CarCar&Co has been a dream of mine for the last few years. I wanted a “home on the internet” (don’t you just love clichés?) …a place to have off-air conversations (tho, everything is pretty much ON AIR for me. I have no filters). But even so, sometimes it’s fun to continue the conversation over a cup of coffee, feet curled up on the sofa with a blanket, wearing your favorite Lulus. (and I kid you not – as I type this – I am on my red sofa, sipping an iced coffee, wearing my Lulus).
I hope the above description sets the tone & feel for my desire for this space. I named it CarCar&Co on purpose. Because I want to have my daughters, girlfriends, (guy friends, too!), friends of friends, extended family, and YOU to join me here, too.
You’ll find this space quartered up. It looks like this:
My faith is not just important to me. It’s EVERYTHING to me. I love Jesus with every fiber of my being! To be sure, I don’t always get it right. I’m probably best described as a “Christ-stumbler” more than a “Christ-follower.” But as Beth Moore said in my bible study homework the other night, “Show me someone who deeply loves the Lord, and I’ll show you someone who has known His rescue.”
This is me. I am someone who has known His rescue. Oh my goodness, do I know His rescue.
I posted this picture & blurb (below) on Instagram several weeks ago. I went back & forth on whether or not it should be my 1st “Faith” post. I thought maybe I should do something a little less heavy, and maybe not-so-honest. But, the reality is …that’s not me. I’m a jump in the deep end kinda girl. So, why not start here? The picture below was truly a full circle, redemptive and significant moment for me. You can read why below the pic.
Probably the most personal thing I’ve ever posted… And yes, I’m going to be *THAT* mom for a moment. I could simply post that I had a “parent payday” because BOTH of my girls (Haley in Tampa & Abbey in Tally) stood and introduced the person of Jesus to their high school friends last night in YoungLife. How crazy that on the SAME night, 4 hours apart, they were sharing the SAME message and how real their faith is to them? But here’s the story behind the story: When I look at these 2 pictures… more than anything, I see God’s GRACE, MERCY & FAITHFULNESS. I’ve never shared this on air before (tho most of my family & friends know this part of my testimony) but mine & Pete’s first family photo was our wedding picture. I was 4 months pregnant when we got married. Haley is our first born. Fast forward 7 years, and Pete & I were about to throw in the towel. This is when we found out we were pregnant with our 2nd child. This is Abbey. Seeing my 2 girls stand and proclaim the name of Jesus is EVIDENCE of the power of redemption!! I write this with tears streaming down my face… Jesus, THANK YOU for not only saving me, but saving my family, too. You pulled me out of the pit, put my feet on solid ground, and a NEW song in my mouth! You are EVERYTHING. #redeemer #restorer 🙏🏼❤️
How beautiful! Thank you for baring/sharing your heart and soul! I love you!
Thank you, Connie! Love you!
❤️ I remember the day you told me you were pregnant with Abbey… (we were scared to tell Ken, lol!) It’s wonderful to see who that baby turned out to BE and to have watched beautiful little Haley grow into the woman she IS! The Lord has done great things for the precious Radeka family! So glad the Coopers are still a part of your lives too ❤️
Thank you, Linda!! Love you so very much!
He truly does turn our mess into a message. Thank you for being transparent, real and so often snortingly funny! Your love of Jesus pours out of you and is why so many people love you so much – even though most of their “relationship” with you might be through the air waves, like me!
This story touched me. Thank you for sharing it. I listen to you every morning.
Thank you, Lane!
I’m a Flordian transplant to Iowa. But my heart is in Tampa Bay. I love you and have been listening to since 2006. I appreciate your honesty and admire your relationship with your daughters. It is amazing you get to have/do this blog with your daughters.
I noted on your Instagram when you posted on November 8th (it was my middle daughter’s birthday). I cried because I’ve been there and loved your heart.
Looking forward to reading over all your new blog. Remember not to overwhelm us 😉 We are busy sisters! 😉 ♡♡♡
Thank you for loving us in Jesus. We love you right back!
Awww, thank you so much, Cary!! I so appreciate your sweet note. And yes, I promise not to overwhelm you! As a matter of fact, Courtney (who put my blog together) made me put some blogs “in the can” so to speak, knowing that I’d be hard to nail down and do one once a week like I’m supposed to! haha! I hope you still listen to us online from time to time!!
This makes me cry. We had a client come in today who is very much where you were when you got pregnant the second time – feeling like now is just NOT the right timing for a baby. But my co-worker shared with her about how God knows exactly what we need and when we need it, and that she will look back someday and see how He had a plan all along. I am praying for THIS future moment for that scared, overwhelmed woman right now – that she would be able to see THIS future moment in the midst of her fears today. Thank you for being so real and sharing your story. You never know how it will encourage others.
Oh Callie, I am praying for her! I’m so thankful God knows exactly who she is. Thank you for spending your life’s work loving on women. YOU are doing the frontlines work!
Carmen, what a beautiful testimony of God’s lovingkindness.. Thank you for sharing your heart and your life with us. <3
Carmen – this is so much fun! I was headed to bed when I saw your post. Now, an hour later, I feel like we just hung out and had great, girlie time together (without coffee, which is totally the only thing that could make it any better!) Love you, love your beautiful girls, and now love, love, love your blog. 💕 Angel
Tears are streaming down my face; my heart is bursting with pride and love.