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WELCOME!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and visit our family blog.
This blog was originally created to post updates on our newborn daughter, which was 4 years ago. God has started using this blog as a ministry and outreach plus a way to record the journey that God is allowing our family to live.
To Our Lord, may He get the Glory and Honor!

Blessings from Shandee

Update: We have been led to further sharing our online journey with posts from the entire family. What started out as a simple blogging journey from a Mother & Wife's perspective has blossomed into a family journey. We now welcome you to The Childress Family Blog.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Update

Praise Report! After posting my prayer request plus some time at my daughter's feet praying for her, God graciously started breaking her fever throughout the night. Thankfully, her fever is now a low grade one. I was so concerned since it was near 105 that I did not know what to do except seek the Lord. I had already done all the home remedies plus the Motrin/Tyelenol comb. and nothing was working. I thank each one of you that though of us and prayed. She is up and about today plus eating a little!

We are staying in this evening just relaxing. We need to figure out what we are doing for the fourth, maybe we'll decide.

Blessings,
Shandee

Thursday, June 26, 2008

prayer request

Please pray for healing for my Hannah. We were up alnight lastnight. I didn't realize it till this morning, but her ears were hurting. She is running a high fever all day and I"m working very hard to get it down. She is crying out in her sleep this evening. Rick is with her. She has ear infections and fever. Please pray this fever will go down.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FROZEN correction

I just needed to make an edification on the post below about Frozen Food comment. Frozen fruits and vegetables are very nutritious and healthy. The reason I was upset was because I found out the food that is sometimes served in school cafeterias is frozen after being prepared. Such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and other items. I assumed these things were always prepared fresh, but due to time, now cafeteria staff are told to serve many items that are previously frozen. I would never have dreamt they would have served a thawed peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I just thought that was odd.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What a Week/Never Mind, this ending up being about Claire

Dear Friends,

What a week we have came home with. Claire started school Monday for the Kindergarten Readiness Program. She will decide if she likes the school well enough to attend OR if she will be home-schooled. We were not sure whether to let her go to the program, but we did. She actually missed all last week since we were on vacation. What we did with Madison was we let her attend the program, then through prayer and a family discussion, we all decided homeschool would have been the best for Madison. Now, little Claire is school-age so we opted to let her try the program. We want them to know absolutely that homeschooling is what they want in their heart and not to be doubtful. It has been confirmed over and over each time we try this program. The girls LOVE it. It is so fun, there are crafts and just a pure 2 weeks of fun and things to educate the class with ABC's and motor skills. Today, I KNEW as I left my daugher looking at me and her sisters where her heart was. It was not in that hall-way in line with other kids. It was not with a teacher that can never love her like I do. That's not possible. Claire is one of 100's of students this teacher will know. Claire is one of 4 daughters that I have. I was talking in the hallway to someone after I had told Claire goodbye for the morning. She was standing on the end, she was the last one. She looked at me and with Sophie on my hip and Hannah's hand in mine, Claire was away from me, she was in the teacher's authority. I felt very seperated from her. I couldn't even go back to my own child and hug her and just talk to her because I would disrupt the class. I felt miserable. And so I left my daughter as she watched me walk down the hall with her sisters to be away from us. Why? Why? I do not know why. Because she could know what "it was like" so she could go to school like what the world tells me is normal. She bowed her head and prayed into her elbow and lunch time alone. There was no one there to hold hands and say the blessing. Oh, my heart has ached since I left her this morning because I saw sadness in her heart as she watched us leave. It has been confirmed. Claire has enjoyed the activities, but Claire's heart has not been there at that school. Her heart is with her Momma and siblings, at home. Here, she will do her training, she will study the word, sing worship songs to start her school morning while holding her sister's hands...she will pray anytime she wants out loud or in her heart, she will learn about bible characters, she will eat my cooking that is fresh and wholesome not frozen or preserved while learning to cook it herself and pass it down to generations. She will learn to be a woman of virtue;to cook, sew, garden, and to love others unconditionally as Jesus did instead of worrying about what to wear and trying to be the prettiest girl in the class. She can also learn her ABC's, math facts, the planets, and learn to read and write here in her own classroom. If we can't teach it, then we'll find someone who can and she will learn all she needs to know.

Claire will remain at home because that is where her heart is. She really didn't even desire to do this program, we felt we needed to push her to do it so she could decide. She had already decided. I will never push any of my children to this again. Soon enough, soon enough will they be gone into the world and for now I will just savor my time with them, it will only be a short time. I figure we only have about 6-7 years before our oldest will nearly be grown and I will not regret the sacrifices we have made for me to stay home and "just be a mom" and teacher. Even the hard days, it is worth it.

Dedicated to my precious DaughtersProverbs 31:9-31

9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 [c] A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.

16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.

19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.

26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:

29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Our Anniversary Trip


Rick, can I have just ONE MORE day with you?!

Home!

WE'RE HOME!

We arrived home lastnight around 8 p.m. After travelling for 15 hours, it was great to be home. We are still unpacking and settling back in. Whew, what a trip. We cannot imagine doing that again. We drove straight home instead of stopping half-way to get home and to save some money. It is so expensive to stop for a hotel room plus gas so we decided to just travel on home. I'm glad we did. For what our girls had to go through, they did excellent travelling. The good ole VA welcome center did not even have restrooms, instead, visitors are welcomed with port-a-potties. That was a bad way to welcome someone to VA, I thought. Then, I just remembered the old times and the people in the bible. A port-a-potty would probably have been a luxury. I am sad to say, the overall trip, was not as remarkable as we'd hoped. The 3 youngest girls were afraid of the water, and it was too hot for them to enjoy the sand during the day. Discipline was a major problem due to unforseen circumstances that Rick and I did not expect. Everyone was off schedule in a different home with conflict. BUT, we did make the best of it...we swam in the private pool at the house, we had no walk to the beach, it was directly in front of the rental home, we were able to see family that we had not seen in a while, we made a trip to the NC aquarium and thanks to a dear cousin, Rick and I finally did catch one quiet walk on the beach. Thank you, Susie! Also, the night before we left, it had cooled down and we collected sea shells for the first time. It was almost dark and the girls enjoyed the cooler temperature. Not sure when or what beach we'll venture to in the future, but it will be well planned and just our little family. That pretty much sums it up.

Blessings,
Shandee

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Frisco, NC

I just came in from dipping in ocean waves and tasting salt water.

To my surprise, we are able to log online via wireless network. Modern technology...

We arrived in Frisco, NC Saturday evening. The drive actually was more peaceful than I imagined. The overnight stop helped a lot. I just get so nervous travelling with the children. Madison is the only one who enjoys playing in the water. Hannah is a bit more tolerable to it. Claire and Sophie would rather build sand castles, but do not like the sand. Luckily, we have a pool here at the house so everyone is enjoying it.

Not much time left on the island here. It is more pleasant than when we first arrived. The temperature was extremely hot the first two days. We took a ferry ride that took our vehicles over to Ocracoke Island yesterday. We didn't get to explore much. We have mostly been swimming, playing in the water, and just hanging out at the house. I"ll be trying to upload pictures in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

I haven't been able to spend much time with Rick and that makes me sad. I am hoping that I can talk with him tonight. It's been really hard with the girls being out of their natural environments. I can't really expand on that, so I will simply lift that to the Lord.

If you are reading, my prayer requests would be:
safety travelling home(I miss the mountains and we're ready to be home!) and PEACE for my family.

Thank you friends.

love,Shandee

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Celebration continues


Anniversary Celebration

It's been so long since I just took time to post. This past month has been such a blur. We had so much going on, we celebrated Claire's 5th birthday, prepared for the Anniversary Celebration, and went on our first ever Rick&Shandee trip. It was so refreshing to spend quiet moments with my husband. We rested all day one day. During that time, we were able to have a meal together and clean-up was a quick 5 minute clean-up dinner. During the day, we spent time listening to a cd testimony, reading scripture, and praying and sharing His word, seeking the Lord for His plan for our marriage and children. Later, we were able to play a game of Connect 4, which I had never played, played pool, and soaked in the hot-tub. I felt like I was living a dream-come-true! It was wonderful. The quiet times were fabulous and the time alone with Rick was a blessing. We would never appreciated it like we did if we did not have children. I have seen a tremendous leadership emerge since the "wedding" and our trip. Rick, you are doing a great job! He was the one talking at our ceremony and leading. How sweet it was and how sweet it is to see the husband lead if the wife learns to submit. How we are growing in the Lord every day in our own self, as parents, and as our husband-wife role.

The girls are still seeking the Lord for a baby brother. Rick and myself would truly love to have a new little Childress baby around the house. My favorite part is rocking the new sweetie on my porch in the rocking chair. So, we wait upon the Lord. We are so enjoying not having to pack much when we go out. We are perfectly content to enjoy the girls we have for now. The Lord has a plan... Sophie was nearly finished with her potty-training when we left for our trip and while we were gone, she seemed to take a back-seat. She is doing better now. I was hoping she would be trained by now and so we continue training.

We are preparing for a 9 hour trip to the beach this week! Whew, Rick and I are nervous about the drive with the younger ones. I think Claire and Madison will be okay, but a 2&3 year old, we'll see... Any suggestions to make travelling easier? We will split the trip up by driving a little while one day and getting up early the next morning duirng the early hours so they can rest most of the drive....Just pray for us. I think once we see white sand and ocean waves, it will be smooth sailing. Our house is supposed to be right there on the ocean front. Hoping to take lots of special pictures!

When we return, it will be heavy-duting training and discipline for the Childress Family. The whining has got to go, Sophie has to get in her own bed alnight, the sibling fussing must go. I will be leading the training mission. Any suggestions for a Godly training manual for children?

I must sign off and get ready for tomorrow! NO schoo, yippee!! OUr last day was Saturday and we ended with a traditional picnic to Flag Rock in Norton Va! cut and copy to see flag rock: http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrID=13597

Blessings,
Shandee