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Crossroads Magazine

A Daily Corinthian Publication | Spring 2014

EDITORIAL Publisher Reece Terry Editor Mark Boehler Contributors Margaret Bradley Taylor Coombs Sue Elam Kimberly Shelton Zack Steen Sarah Rowland Cathy Wood

ADVERTISING Advertising Director Denise Mitchell Sales Representatives Falon Coln Skylar McCrimon Derinda Nunley

Contents Byrd family deals with infant’s birth defect. Pages 22-25

For the Garretts, it’s all about teamwork. Pages 35-37

Cover story: Carla Beard passes on her cooking tradition. Pages 12, 14

Creative Designer Marissa Ferreira Crossroads Magazine is published by the Daily Corinthian, 1607 Harper Road, Corinth, MS. A complimentary 10,000 issues are distributed in the Crossroads area. The contents of Crossroads Magazine are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without consent of the publisher. Crossroads Magazine shall not be held liable for failure to publish an ad or for typographical or publication errors. Publisher reserves the right to reject any advertsing and to alter advertising copy or graphics deemed unacceptable for publications. For additional copies of Crossroads Magazine, contact the Daily Corinthian at 662-287-6111.

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On the cover Cooking sisters Alaina and Brianna Wilder are the daughters of Royce and Bevin Wilder of Corinth.

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What can our

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Corinth By Taylor Coombs For Crossroads Magazine

“Do you want to build a snowman?” This is a question you normally do not hear around Corinth. This question has been sweeping the world with the new movie Frozen making its debut. Main Street Corinth will be featuring Disney’s Frozen at Films on Fillmore come May 2. This will be a great family friendly, free event for people of all ages. Encourage your children to dress up as their favorite character from Frozen. This will be a great kick off for summer and the Corinth Coca-Cola Classic 10K which will be held Saturday, May 3 as well as the Green Market. This is one weekend you do not want to leave town. There is a spirit around town that surrounds the 10K that you can only feel if you are right in the middle of it – run the race, watch the race or enjoy lunch downtown after the race. After completing one year as the Main Street Corinth Director, I’ve learned more about my community than I ever knew. I am a selfproclaimed “plate-spinner.” I have a dozen or more projects going at once and keeping them up and going is a full time job. If you want to be involved – you’re in the right community. Just ask and you will learn of many new volunteer opportunities. We live in a city that has so much to offer. We often blink and miss what is right under our noses. Main Street Corinth offers many family friendly events throughout the year. The success of Main Street Corinth depends on the participation of the entire community. Mark the following dates down on your calendar and we hope to see you there. “Films on Fillmore” is in the CARE Garden at the Crossroads Museum and Historic Corinth Depot. After Disney’s Frozen on May 2, there will be another movie night on October 25. So get your lawn chairs and blankets and come out. The weekend we have all grown to love is the Slugburger Festival weekend.

This year Main Street Corinth will be hosting the 27th Annual Slugburger Festival on July 10-12. This year’s entertainment will include many local favorites, including Jimbo Mathus and the TriState Coalition, Law of Nature, Prowler, Twenty Mile, The Mink Brothers Band, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funkmonster and the Slug Idol competition. On Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m. we will all gather in the CARE Garden for the 3rd Annual World Slugburger Eating Championship presented by Main Street Corinth and Major League Eating. Last year there was a crowd of 1,500 who watched Matt “Megatoad” Stonie defeat Joey “Jaws” Chestnut by eating 31 slugburgers in 10 minutes. Come on out and see what happens this year. These three nights will also include PBJ Hapee Days Carnival. The smell of barbecue will start to fill the air downtown the first weekend of October. Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctions the cooking portion of our 24th Annual Hog Wild BBQ Festival. There are cooking teams from near and far who come to enjoy a fun weekend of live entertainment and fun in downtown Corinth. The Run with Rotary 5K and Green Market will also be held on Saturday, October 4. There is live entertainment all three nights and PBJ Happee Days Carnival. Celebrate Corinth is another event Main Street Corinth is excited about continuing in the downtown area. This event includes a silent auction with items donated from businesses in Corinth and the surrounding areas. Tickets are available for sale prior to the event at the Main Street Corinth office. A dinner sampling from local restaurants will be set up in the lobby of SOUTHBank and live music as well. It’s usually held on a Thursday night in November. Our last event of the year is the Annual Corinth–Alcorn County Christmas Parade. This event will take place on Saturday, December 6. Main Street Corinth thanks everyone who is involved with the parade. Our community consists of everything from a large number of volunteer groups to many large industries and many of them participate in the parade. If you are not in the parade, we encourage you to find a spot on the parade route to enjoy the bands, floats, cars and take this time to get in the Christmas spirit. Main Street Corinth is an association of businesses, industries and individuals working together to preserve and invigorate Corinth’s historic downtown. If you are interested in getting involved, please call the Main Street Corinth office at 662-287-1550 or email me at tcoombs@ We would love to answer your questions or get you involved. (Taylor Coombs is director of Main Street Corinth.)

Main Street Corinth offers many family friendly events throughout the year. The success of Main Street Corinth depends on the participation of the entire community. Mark the following dates down on your calendar and we hope to see you there.

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Chill out with the

family this spring & summer

By Cathy Wood For Crossroads Magazine


Cathy Wood’s grandson, Nolan Behel, checks out a snake at Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.

hake off the cold-weather blues and celebrate spring with a fun and affordable family vacation – northeast Mississippi is close to several family-friendly destinations that will fit your budget and fill your Facebook page with plenty of memorable photos. Here are some ideas: • Want to start in your own backyard? Check out the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo, 2272 N. Conley Road, Tupelo. There are baby animals in the petting zoo, guided horseback rides, pony rides for younger children, snakes, monkeys and of course a bus or trolley ride to see the buffalo, giraffes, zebras and more roaming the grounds. You can even buy food there and feed the animals – a kidfavorite activity. The Buffalo Park and Zoo is open every day. Visit for details. • When you’re ready for more animals, head to the Memphis Zoo, 200 Prentiss Place, Memphis, in midtown’s Overton Park. There you’ll see 3,500 animals from 500 species in the zoo that’s enchanted families since it opened in 1906. Before you go, visit the zoo’s website at Aimed at helping families enjoy their experience, the website offers easy-to-read informative articles as well as details on the specific animals housed at the zoo. Plan your visit around the posted schedules for feedings and other events. The zoo is open every day. • While you’re in Memphis, take your family out to the baseball game at Auto Zone Park in the heart of downtown. Opened in 2000, this vintage-feel stadium is home to the Minor League Memphis Redbirds, a Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. For ticket information, call 901-721-6000, visit the Redbirds’ Facebook page or search http://www.milb. com/ for the Redbirds’ team website.

• For some quality indoor family time, drive two hours east to Huntsville, Ala. Several museums there offer children – and their parents – a chance to learn and explore. First on the list is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, on I-565, a Smithsonian Affiliate and the visitors’ center for the nearby NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. With its spaceflight simulators, interactive exhibits and such artifacts as the Saturn V moon rocket, a Skylab orbital workshop and the Apollo 16 command module, the center will make every member of your family feel like an astronaut. Add one of the visually stunning IMAX movies and a bus tour of the Marshall campus (both available without museum admission) to your visit. Check the website at http:// for details. Also in Huntsville is Sci-Quest, 1435 Paramount Drive off of University Drive, a hands-on science museum that will entertain your children for hours as they dam a river, build a robot and take a turn at a TV weather desk. Visit for more information. Must-see additions to your list are the EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum, 404 Madison St. S.E., where hands-on exhibits and games teach lessons about early life in north Alabama, and the Huntsville Depot and Museum, 320 Church St. S.W., where children can climb aboard trains, fire engines and other vehicles. Along with the Alabama Constitution Village, 109 Gates Ave., S.E., these museums make history fun. Learn more at And if you’ve got more time, include the outdoor living-history museum with breath-taking views of Burritt on the Mountain,, and the Huntsville Botanical Garden, http://

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Continued from Page 7, which features a butterfly house, treehouses and playground and discovery areas just for kids. • Craving the beach after a winter of freezing temperatures and iceslick roads? This is the perfect time for a relaxing family trip to Mississippi’s Gulf coast if you know how to avoid spring-break crowds – and you can leave them behind by boarding a ferry to Ship Island, consistently rated one of the South’s best beaches. Part of the Gulf Shores National Seashore and about 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi, Ship Island offers stretches of pristine white sand where all you’ll hear are seabirds and surf. You also can tour the historic brick Fort Massachusetts, built in 1868. Visit the website at http://www. for ferry schedules, prices and trips guidelines.

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In the Kitchen


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By Kimberly Shelton


eeding others just comes naturally to Carla Beard. For the past 10 years, the 47-year-old has served as the Food Service Director for First Baptist Church in Corinth. “I feed over 200 people a week on Wednesday nights,” said the director. “I stay really entrenched with it ... just the sheer volume of it and all the event planning. To see the whole fellowship hall enjoying my food is payment enough ... watching families all eating together and sharing a meal I slaved over a hot stove for and took long hours preparing is a reward in of itself.” The former Memphian not only prepares the meals for her church, but makes the lists

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Carla Beard passes on family cooking tradition

and does the shopping as well. “I order in stuff from Cisco and I go to the grocery store every Wednesday morning. We have about 15 volunteers who help out and prepare the salad bar,” said the First Baptist Church member. “I feed them lunch every Wednesday. We put any left overs to good use by donating them to food ministries.” After cooking for such a large number of people, Beard said it is sometimes a challenge to cook for her family of five because she tends to over cook. While the mother of three loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen, she said her real passion is baking. “I like to bake more than I like cooking entrees. I dabble in wedding cakes, muffins,

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Well-known local cook Carla Beard shows Daniel Wilder how to decorate a cake. Beard has a talent for baking and she loves to teach others. Also getting some advice in the kitchen are Daniel’s older sisters, Alaina and Brianna Wilder, all children of Royce and Bevin Wilder of Corinth.

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breads and other baked goods,” said the baker. With a degree in Home Economics from University of Memphis and a focus on interior design, Beard expected to be designing kitchens for a living, not cooking in them. “Who’d have thought I’d be cooking? God just works it out. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and playing around in the kitchen. I just never expected to enjoy it as much as I do now,” said the Memphis graduate. As a child, Beard remembers cooking for her family a great deal. “I remember looking over my mom’s shoulder and watching how she prepared things. She worked two jobs. So, she was always asking me to put something in the oven or cook some vegetables to go with dinner,” said the cook. “Soon, I was buying groceries and making our lists. That’s kind of how I got started. Cooking with my mom then really helped prepare me for the job I have now.” While her mother never dreamed she would turn out to be a domestic sort of person because she was more outdoorsy, she supported her daughter’s ambitions. “One thing that really stands out in my mind is when our local community center was holding a cooking class. I wanted to take it, so mom signed me up for it,” said the culinary student. “We had to make a chocolate cherry cake and when I got finished, it looked like a cake. So, I thought to myself, maybe this is something I can do.” In addition to serving her church, the cook has gone on mission trips where she gained a newfound respect for what others go through to prepare meals for their families and make their ingredients stretch. “I’ve been to Ecuador and Haiti. While visiting those countries, I found myself drawn to the ladies who cooked there. Watching how they cooked with wood and open flames made me appreciate food and commercial kitchens,” said the world traveler. Beard believes cooking should begin early and recognizes the benefits of teaching children to feed themselves. “Cooking teaches them responsibility, builds confidence and encourages time management and organizational skills. It also teaches them the importance of cleaning up their own messes,” said the busy mom. The Briarcrest Christian School student encouraged her children to get their hands dirty and explore new recipes. “When Mallory, Lydia and Matthew were growing up, we had one night a week where each would have a turn to prepare dinner. They would make their lists and tell me what they needed form the grocery store,” said Beard. “It was exciting to watch them branch out from boxed macaroni and PA G E 1 4

Carla Beard taught her own kids how to cook so they could be independent. She shares her cooking advice with sisters Alaina and Brianna Wilder. cheese to making their own pizza crust.” The Corinth resident takes pride in knowing she and her husband, Larry, have reared their children to be self-sufficient adults. “Sending my two girls off to college made me thankful I had reinforced the importance of learning how to cook and take care of themselves,” she said. “I don’t receive phone calls nearly as much as I would have because it’s not as hard for them to be on their own. I’ll call and they’ll tell me they are making enchiladas.” When they come home, Beard said her children all have their favorite meals they want to cook. “It’s so nice for me because it gives me a break. I find it to be very gratifying. Just knowing they will be able to feed themselves, know how to budget and what they need to get,” said Beard. When it comes to cooking with kids, the mother recommends starting out simple, teaching them to prepare foods they enjoy eating and discussing food safety and temperature. “The main thing is showing them they can do it. Once realize they can, it is only natural for them to be successful,” she added.

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Michal-Ann Spencer always stocks up on the sale items when using coupons at local grocery stores.


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or Michal-Ann Spencer, couponing isn’t just about saving money and getting the best deals possible, although those two benefits definitely factor into the equation.

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The 37-year-old wife and mother of two uses her savvy shopping savings to help others in need. “Couponing allows me to minister and love on people in a completely different way. I love to be able to tell my friends whose spouses have lost jobs or some other problems has arisen to just come on over and go through the cabinets.” Last year, Spencer saved an estimated $2,500 in January and February alone. “It’s not just clipping out inserts,” said the couponer. “You can save tons of money. I never pay full price for household items, makeup, clothing or gifts.” Michal-Ann Spencer said her addiction to couponing began about four years ago while she was watching television with her husband. “Brian was watching the show ‘Extreme Couponing’ and seeing how they shop and get the deals. He said, ‘You could do that.’ I said, ‘You know what, I could do that!’ So, I started paying attention to how the game was played. I can blame my addiction on him,” said the stay-at-home mom with a laugh. Though her family enjoys the show, Spencer knows the average shopper is not going to be able to replicate the deals they see the extreme shoppers get.

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Michal-Ann Spencer has saved an estimated $2,500 in January and February by using coupons. Photos compliments of Sue Elam / On Location Photography

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“Extreme couponing is not reality TV. Before they began filming the show, they have talked to management and made a special deal with them to double or triple coupons for the show,” said the smart shopper. When couponing, it is important to be proactive and do research before heading to the store. “The trick to couponing is learning what the sales are, knowing the prices in general and what coupons you have. Razors, deodorants, shaving creams ... you can get for a few cents on a dollar. A common excuse for not wanting to save money is because it is a hassle to shop around for the best price. “You don’t have to go to a bunch of different stores to get the sales prices,” said Spencer. “The sale papers are not the best and only deals. Almost every retailer has a clearance center. I usually start there first.” When it comes to stockpiling, Spencer believes it is important to set priorities. “I stockpiled for a little while, but stopped because it caused me to panic. I just started thinking there was no way we needed or could use all those items and how much other people could benefit from them,” she said. “I keep a years supply of each item for our family and donate the rest.” The homemaker said she enjoys gathering up extra items to donate to Living Free Ministries and the Glendale Baptist Church food bank. She also purchases what she calls “happys” for her 7th grade Sunday school class, pastor, children’s teachers, Christmas presents and wedding gift baskets. “I consider couponing to be almost a hobby,” said the Sunday school teacher. “It’s a great stress reliever and very relaxing to me. I feel like I accomplished something.” Every Wednesday or Thursday, Spencer takes the inserts from the Sunday newspaper and makes her list accordingly. She carries a notebook to keep track of her sales. The home-schooler gets help from her oldest son, Andy, who also loves to coupon. “Andy is really good. He enjoys it and has fun,” said Andy’s mother. “He clips the coupons, runs and finds items,

scans stuff and even loads and unloads.” While Andy frequents the toy isle, he loves saving money on candy and was excited to redeem his latest coupon for Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. “In 2012, around Christmas, I started a new rule,” said the busy mom. “If I buy an item I plan on donating, I never bring it in the house. I take it to where I am going to donate it as soon as I leave the store.” The smart shopper reflected on her favorite couponMichal-Ann Spencer’s ing experience. closets and cabinets “My most are stocked full of rewarding shopitems she purchased ping trip was with coupons. the time I was able to get 120 two-pack toothbrushes for our church youth to take to Haiti,” said the Corinth native. For Spencer, saving money on something she planned to buy anyway just makes “cents.” “I am the best steward of the money God gives me,” said Spencer. “Working in Dr. Shipps office for 13 years, before I adopted my youngest son, Josh, I had the extra money to contribute. Now it takes a little extra work, but it is worth it. I view it as an opportunity to minister and share the Lord.” She wonders why someone would not want to save money and recognizes the extra money she saves by using coupons goes a long way to feed and clothe children and help others who are in need.

Tips for couponing • It is important to know when the sales change and what the store policies are. I recommend printing the policies and reading over them carefully. • Know that sales at local grocery stores are valid from Wednesday to Tuesday at Midnight. • Make sure you know and follow the rules. Don’t try and break them. • If something is out of stock, ask for a raincheck. • Don’t clear the shelf. • Make sure your coupon matches the product you are buying. • Pay attention to expiration dates and read the fine print. • Know that misusing coupons is illegal and unethical. • Pay attention to coupon limits and remember you can always come back later if you require more than the limit allows. • If you have a torn coupon, the retailer can charge extra for having to key in the coupon. • Know that it tells you on the coupon how much money the company gets. • Check the Sunday edition of the Daily Corinthian for valuable coupons and have friends give you their unwanted coupons. • Meat, produce and fresh flowers, you pretty much have to pay for because there are rarely coupons. • Remember that making a change does not mean you can’t buy the good stuff. It just means you have to wait until it’s on sale. • Always make sure your coupons are coming off the total. • Know that in most stores, sales are repeated yearly.

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Miracle Baby Joshua

Family deals with infant’s rare neural tube defect

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ustin and Rebekah Byrd are two blessed 27-year-olds. The young, healthy Corinth couple with three beautiful girls – Isabella, 9, Shiloh, 5, and Hannah, 2 – are laid back and happy with what life has given them. Rebekah is a full-time, stay-athome mom who according to Justin “works harder than he does.” A 2004 Alcorn Central grad, Justin joined the Mississippi National Guard in 2005. He became a fulltime training officer in 2007 and is based out of the Corinth office. He has a sense of humor. She has his heart. In April of last year, Justin and Rebekah got some big news. “We were pregnant and very excited,” said a smiling Rebekah. Justin wanted a boy. Rebekah wanted a healthy baby. “We waited until I was 12 weeks along before telling the girls that they would soon have a little brother or sister,” Rebekah said. “We just wanted to be sure the baby

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was okay before telling them.” Everything was normal for the mother of three. “I was healthy and the baby seemed healthy,” she said. “It seemed like a normal pregnancy.” Their 20-week visit with the doctor did not go as planned. “He told us there was something seriously wrong with our baby,” Justin said. “The sonogram showed a very large sac on the back of the baby’s head.” The doctor diagnosed the baby with Encephalocele – a rare neural tube defect characterized by a sac-like protrusions of the brain and the membranes that cover it through openings in the skull. “He said part of our baby’s brain was actually on the outside of his skull. They said babies with this type of disorder don’t make it to birth,” Rebekah said. “Those that do make it, normally die within a few hours after birth.” The family had a hard time coping with the news. “We all already loved the baby inside me. We never imagined something like this could happen to us. There was a lot of crying … and praying,” Rebekah said. “We called family and discovered neither side of our families has any history of anything like this.” The two would make more than a dozen trips to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis during the pregnancy. While there, they endured hour-long sonograms for doctors to figure out exactly what part of the brain was outside of the baby’s head. After accidentally learning the sex of the baby during one sonogram, the couple soon decided on the perfect name for their new baby boy. “We prayed about what to name our baby boy,” Rebekah said. “The Lord laid the name Joshua on our hearts.” Joshua is a Biblical name meaning the Lord saves. Soon it was time for delivery. Even though Rebekah was never


Dad Justin sees a lot of himself in baby Joshua.

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The Byrd family includes 5-year-old Shiloh, 9-year-old Isabella, mom Rebekah, baby Joshua, dad Justin and 2-year-old Hannah.

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in danger while carrying Joshua, she did have to undergo a caesarean section in order to deliver the baby. “Joshua’s Encephalocele sac was bigger than the size of a football. It was huge and there was no way he could have been delivered naturally,” said Justin. “The sac was paper thin and had no skin covering it, so they had to be extra careful during birth.” Baby Joshua was born at 12:43 p.m. on Dec. 19. He measured 18.25 inches and weighed 7.6 pounds with the sac. In most Encephalocele cases, only brain tissue is in the sac outside the skull. In Joshua’s case, it was his Justin Byrd cerebellum that was outside the skull. Fluid buildup was the cause of the sac’s enormous size. Joshua underwent surgery on Dec. 23 to remove the fluid. After the surgery, the size of the sac decreased to about the size of a baseball. Joshua was also born with goldenhar syndrome, which is a rare congenital defect characterized by in-

complete development of the ear. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day proved to be the worst for the family. “Since the surgery, Joshua had gained 2 pounds of fluid in his body. His kidneys were not operating correctly. We were all worried,” Rebekah said. “Doctors started preparing us for the worst.” Every doctor said Joshua would never make it. Many of the physicians had recommended abortion for the young couple. “Abortion was never even an option for us,” said Rebekah. “His days are not numbered by doctors. His days are numbered by the Lord.” The family never stopped hoping and praying. They spent Christmas at LeBonheur’s FedExFamilyHouse. “Both sides of our family drove to Memphis to spend Christmas with us,” Rebekah said. “Santa Claus even come by to see the girls,” added Justin. The next morning, the family woke up to a Christmas

“Everything started to turn around. He started getting a lot better. He opened his eyes for the first time and was squeezing our hands. It was amazing.”

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Three-month-old baby Joshua continues to defy all odds.


Five-year-old Shiloh steals a kiss from baby brother Joshua while in mom Rebekah’s arms.

miracle. “Everything started to turn around. He started getting a lot better,” said Justin, fighting back tears. “He opened his eyes for the first time and was squeezing our hands. It was amazing.” A few days later, nurses removed the ventilator that had helped Joshua breathe since birth. “He just started breathing on his own,” Rebekah said. The baby doctors said would never make it was living. LaBonheur’s neurosurgeons next wanted to make sure Joshua could take a bottle on his own. Doctors feared some of Joshua’s brain connectors might not function correctly. One connector tells him how to suck, while another tells him how to swallow. “When nurses gave Joshua his first bottle – he took it fine,” said Rebekah. On Jan. 7, Joshua was released from LeBonheur. “Doctors said Joshua would be in the hospital for three months,” Justin said. “But in just three weeks, we were on our way home. It was wonderful.” Joshua still has follow-up visits with a neurosurgeon and ear, nose and throat specialist. At the end of March, the infant turned 3 months old. “We still don’t know if he can hear,” Justin said. “He has failed some of the hearing tests, but one of the sound tests did show brain waves. So there’s a lot of hope there.”

Eyesight is also an issue. “We don’t know how well he can see,” Rebekah added. “When they did the test, they said his eyes were only 40 percent developed. We won’t really know how much he can see until he gets older.” He is more normal then anything, according to his daddy. “He acts like a normal child,” said Justin. “He sleeps, eats, cries and poops like a normal child.” Normal is a word the family rarely hears when talking about Joshua. “The hospital sends a physical therapist nurse by the house each week and she says he has normal movements of his arms and legs,” Rebekah said. “We were told such horrible things in the beginning, so it’s such a relief to hear normal things.” The three will meet with doctors soon to discuss Joshua’s next surgery that would enlarge his skull with hope of pushing his brain back inside the skull. The family moved to Saltillo in August 2013 to be closer to Rebekah’s larger family. “We hated to move away from all of our friends and other family at Tate Baptist Church, but this was the best thing for our entire family,” said Rebekah. Friends are another blessing for the family. The Byrds received hundreds of phone calls, text messages and Facebook messages during and after Joshua’s birth. “Our friends have been so good to us,” she said. “I’ve had some friends who have even brought us some home cooked meals.” It was hard on Justin accepting help. “I’m an independent kind a guy,” he said. “We had to set our pride aside and learn how to accept the blessing. We have always been the one to give and never the one who received stuff. It’s been a big adjustment.” “Prayer gave me hope when I needed it most,” Rebekah said. “Looking at Joshua now, it’s truly a miracle he is with us. He still has a long road to go, but we trust the Lord already knows what his journey will be.”

“Prayer gave me hope when I needed it most. Looking at Joshua now, it’s truly a miracle he is with us. He still has a long road to go, but we trust the Lord already knows what his journey will be.” Rebekah Byrd

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Community Cookbook Diabetic Cornbread 1 C. of Cream of Wheat ¼ C. flour ½ tsp soda pinch of salt 1 C. Buttermilk 1 egg 3 Tbsp olive oil Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Salmon Croquettes 1 Tbsp margarine 1 Tbsp flour 1/8 tsp salt 1 C. milk 1 lb can Salmon 1 egg slightly beaten 2 Tbsp lemon juice flour

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Community Cookbook Hearty Potato Soup 6 potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes (2 ½ lb) 1 tsp salt 2 med onions diced ½ tsp pepper 2 carrots thinly sliced 2 celery ribs thinly sliced 2 – 14 ½ oz cans low-sodium fat-free chicken broth 1 tsp basil ¼ c self-rising flour 1 ½ c fat-free half and half Combine first 8 ingredients in a 4 ½ qt slow cooker. Cook, covered at high 3 hours or until vegetables are tender. Mix flour and half and half. Stir into soup. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Yields 8 ½ cups.

This recipe, and those on Page 32, from the kitchen of Betty Forman

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Cheese Crispies 2 sticks oleo, softened 1 pkg Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated 2 C. plain flour 1 tsp salt ½ tsp Accent 1 tsp red pepper 2 C Rice Crispies Let margarine and cheese come to room temperature. Blend together. Blend in remaining ingredients. Roll into balls and then press with fork. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Couple juggles time with family, business, hobby of running By Sarah Rowland For Crossroads Magazine


t’s through the ordinary that the extraordinary will be noticed. That seems to be the case with Brett and Jennifer Garrett. Athough the couple, celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary this July, does not claim to be extra special. “That’s about it,” said Brett after quickly explaining the dynamics of their family, “Everything else just seems like boring, everyday life.” Brett and Jennifer met the day after Jennifer graduated high school and Brett was in his early twenties. They dated, started college, married, finished college and moved back to

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Corinth, to start their family of two sons, Jon Worth, 6, and Jack, 2, both of whom will be celebrating birthdays in April. However, there’s always more to the story. The most important aspect of Brett and Jennifer’s story is their teamwork. Jennifer is a medical doctor in ophthalmology and the couple own Garrett Eye Clinic where Jennifer practices eye care and Brett works as the business manager. Jennifer said if someone had told her years ago they would be working together she wouldn’t have believed it. Their personalities are completely opposite, but both Brett and Jennifer admitted their different personalities bring a balance to their business and marriage. While Brett is outgoing and Jennifer is more introverted, he pulls her forward while she pulls him back. Jennifer said they each took a personality test during their pre-marital

counseling and the only thing they agreed on was they wanted to have children. “I thought,” said Jennifer laughing, “‘This is bad. We’ve been dating for four years and we just now get counseling and maybe we’re not supposed to get married.” They did and 17 years later are going strong. When asked what they appreciated about each other when they first met, Brett said obviously there is an initial physical attraction, like “you think she’s pretty” and so you want to date that person, but he went on to say more about when he first met Jennifer. “You meet somebody sometimes and you really feel they’re genuine, you know, like through and through. You feel like you can see right through them and you like everything you see. Instead of trying to look through and going, ‘Wow, you look

Jennifer H. Garrett, MD

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like a very mean and violent person. I don’t want to go out with you,’” he said laughing. Jennifer said when they first met Brett had a great smile. “When he looked at me, he made me feel special. I don’t think I had ever met anyone who made me feel special. He appreciated me for who I was. He’s the one who lifts me up and gives me a boost,” she said. Jennifer said today she appreciates Brett’s role at the clinic as a business leader. “Being the guy beside a woman who’s a doctor is a hard place to be because it puts your ego into question,” but, she said, she knows he supports her. Brett explained that Jennifer, as a medical doctor, works on call for five hospitals in the area. He said she may get a call at midnight and not get back home until 10 a.m. the next morning, but kids will still need to get up and be fed and taken to school. Jennifer said they seek to work together as a team to do all they need to do for their family, friends and business. “People say all the time they can’t believe we do all that we do,” said Jennifer, “but it’s just our life and we do what we need to do.” As business owners, Brett said they try to be involved in and support the community. Jennifer said Brett is the one who is great about going out and meeting new people and he encourages her to overcome her natural shyness and do the same. Brett said the clinic’s purpose isn’t to make a bunch of money, but to effectively handle the patient load and to make people happy. “The thing about Jennifer,” said Brett, “is she’s just regular people. It’s like she tries not to wear the white coat unless she just has to. She tries to make people feel as happy as can be.” Jennifer explained that for her, being a doctor is simply “the job God has given her to do.” “It’s not about being a doctor or operating on eyeballs or whatever. It’s about the relationships I’ve formed working in a small town. Really what God wants you to do is have an attitude of servitude toward people so I just really try to connect with [my patients] so that on

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Jennifer Garrett completed the New York City Marathon last year, an accomplishment she says is one of the more exciting things she has done in her life.

“People say all the time they can’t believe we do all that we do, but it’s just our life and we do what we need to do.”’ Dr. Jennifer Garrett Owner, Garrett Eye Clinic

some level we understand each other. I’m just like they are and they’re like me and we’re all just people doing our jobs,” she said. Jennifer explained that an important part of her life is her faith and religion. “I’ve learned to not put my faith in my husband or my family, though I’m really close to my family, but to just put my faith in God and to trust Him first and let Him control everything,”

she explained. She said she sought to trust God and glorify Him when she ran the New York Marathon last year. Both Brett and Jennifer are runners. Brett said he has completed one marathon and Jennifer has completed two marathons. They have both completed several half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. Jennifer got into running because she wanted to run the local Coca-

Cola Classic 10K. Brett said he began running the same year. From there Jennifer was convinced by friends to train for a marathon, running a halfmarathon as part of the training. At the time she didn’t believe she could do it. “I thought, ‘Are you joking? I just barely ran six miles. I can’t run 13 miles.’” Jennifer planned to run the New York Marathon two years ago, but when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast, she said she cancelled her plans, saying she didn’t think it would be in “good spirit to run a silly race” while most of the area was in distress. Then as she was preparing for last year’s race, the Boston Marathon bombing occurred, causing her training partner to drop out of the New York Marathon, but Jennifer decided to race. She said about running the New York Marathon last year was “probably one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done.” When asked what she believes is the most important aspects for a successful marriage, Jennifer said teamwork and communicating appreciation to your spouse. “When you feel underappreciated,” said Jennifer, “More than likely the other person feels as equally underappreciated.” She advised people to watch their tone, do not seek the last word and show appreciation and love for what the other person does, which builds the relationship and trust. (Sarah Rowland is a freelance writer who lives in Selmer, Tenn.)

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Black Walnut Cake 2 C. Sugar ½ C. Oil 5 Egg Yolks 5 Egg Whites ( stiffly beaten) 2 C. flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 C. Buttermilk 1 sm can Coconut 1 C. black Walnuts 1 tsp Vanilla 1 stick margarine at room temperature

set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, oil and margarine together. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well. Add flour alternately with buttermilk to sugar mixture, add vanilla. Stir in black walnuts and coconut. In a separate bowl, beat eff whites until stiff, then fold egg whites into cake batter. Pour into two cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool. Frost cake.

Frosting: 1 ½ pkgs cream cheese ¾ stick margarine at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla 1 ½ boxes powdered sugar 1 C. black walnuts In mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and margarine. Add powdered sugar and vanilla mixing well. Stir in black walnuts. Frost Cake.

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Fostering healthy eating habits in children

If kids had their way, pizza, chicken fingers and french fries would make up a significant portion of their diets. But parents know they must make kids’ culinary choices for them so youngsters get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy. Parents also tend to know how difficult it can be to convince kids to embrace healthy eating. Healthy eating habits can help kids live healthier lives and perform better in the classroom while setting them up for a lifetime of making the right choices at mealtime. Though encouraging kids to eat healthy may not always be easy, the following are a few tips for parents hoping to foster healthy eating habits in their children. * Stick to a schedule. Parents should establish a regular eating schedule,

for both meals and snacks, so kids learn the importance of not skipping meals. Kids who learn to eat at regular intervals are more likely to continue doing so as they grow older. When kids stick to a meal schedule, they are less likely to overeat and they’re likely to have more energy throughout the day, which should help them stay attentive at school and be more engaged in their extracurricular activities. * Involve kids when choosing the menu. Kids might be more excited about eating healthy when you involve them in choosing the menu. Invite them along on trips to the grocery store and allow them to choose one of their favorite foods for the meal in exchange for eating the healthy fare you have chosen. Parents may end up eating a lot of side dishes of macaroni and cheese, but their youngsters will also

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end up eating their vegetables. * Plan healthy desserts. Dessert is often considered an unhealthy indulgence, but there’s plenty of nutritious desserts that are so delicious kids likely will not realize they’re eating healthy. A dessert of fresh fruit and a small serving of yogurt can provide the same post-meal refreshment as ice cream or cake, but it does so with much fewer calories and a lot more nutrients and vitamins. What’s more, kids will come to look at dessert as a chance to eat fresh fruits instead of an opportunity to load up on ice cream or other, less healthy alternatives. * Serve healthy portions. Sometimes it’s not just what is on the plate but how much is on the plate that can be healthy or unhealthy. When doling out portions for the family, create healthy portions so kids are not encouraged to overeat. Kids who grow up eating healthy portions are more likely to continue doing so into adulthood. Overeating is one of the culprits behind being overweight and obese, so kids who learn to control their portions are much less likely to overeat and gain excess weight. * Don’t reward kids with food. Some parents try to reward youngsters with food, allowing kids to indulge in unhealthy fare in acknowledgement of a good report card or something else kids should be proud of. But using food as a reward is an unhealthy eating habit that can lead to problems down the road as kids become adults responsible for their own eating habits. * Set a positive example. Kids are more likely to eat healthy when mom and dad are healthy eaters. If your first choice at snack time is to reach for a bag of potato chips, then don’t be surprised when your kids opt for chips over healthier fare like a piece of fruit. “Do as I say, not as I do” is a tough sell to youngsters when it comes to their eating habits, so parents should set a positive example for their kids by ensuring their own diets are healthy.

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Did you know? For Crossroads Magazine A review published in a 2010 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics found that children benefited from weight training. In the review, researchers from the Institute of Training Science and Sports Informatics in Cologne, Germany, analyzed studies that focused on children and weightlifting. The review looked at studies going as far back as 60 years, finding that children and adolescents who lifted weights grew stronger. Those who participated in strength training twice per week gained more strength than those who participated just once per week. These findings contradict a longstanding belief that children do not actually get stronger. Though parents have long worried that strength training will stunt their children’s growth, researchers now feel that properly supervised training will not lead to growth-plate injuries and will perhaps even reduce their risk of injury as opposed to increasing that risk.

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