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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

10 week entry

I was told to blog this because I will one day forget....

This pregnancy is different. In the beginning, I was so hungry, that has tapered off a bit. Unfortunately at my 3 1/2 month mark, I have gained 6 pounds already. The nausea will not let up. It is bad in the morning, but very light if I get to sleep late which rarely happens. My secret has been Premium Saltine Crackers. They ease the nausea a little. I purchased some preggie drops from motherhood maternity and hid them in a special place so my little people will not get into them. It's not just candy, it's supposed to have natural properties to ease. I tried one so far and it has not worked. Who feels like eating a cracker before you get out of bed and before your eyes are open? I do not, but have done so a few times to help boost myself to get up on these school mornings.

Last night, my belly grew and I feel as if I am now showing. Madison and Rick could tell today that I certainly do have the pregnant belly look. I was so tired yesterday, maybe my little one decided to grow lots and that caused the overnight pooch.

It is very sweet to be expecting again. My belly gets lots of kisses and today Sophie put her ear close and said she could hear the baby. Rick asked what the baby said, her reply: "soapie."

Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE HANNAH TODAY. She has not stopped smiling.

Monday, October 20, 2008

to my husband

Thank you Rick:

*for being sweet enough to wash my iron skillets because you feel like you are serving me because you know what they mean to me even though it tears up your hands and makes them crack
*for sharing the same sweet idea of giving new life to our family, and for allowing my body to experience morning sickness and getting out maternity clothes again when I did not know if that would ever be possible again
*for making sure crackers are in the house
*for helping get our children in bed
*for allowing me time to email after the children are in bed since you know it is nearly impossible for me to make a phone call
*for being patient
*for running your hands through my hair
*for sacrificing your career and choosing to bring Us home to the mountains of Southwest VA instead of Washington State while you work at Microsoft headquarters,make lots of money, and travel on planes, and hardly see us. The world says go for it, but God tells you something different and I love it!
*for getting children up and dressed, ready to start their school day
*for making every phone call and running every errand that you can so I do not have to do it with the children
*for loving me when I make big mistakes, ex. pittsburgh to pound trip at 1-3 a.m. then turning around to drive it again
*by letting God put it on your heart to usher at church, you know how I feel about that
*for being beside me in everything
*for being honest when I ask you if you can tell my clothes are fitting differently(good and bad)
*by making sure I still have time to go to a haircut by myself
*for learning to build and repair things that you have never attempted
*because you don't give up

Can I name everything? Surely not, but these are just a few and I so graciously thank you for giving of yourself and being my best friend!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pappy's Baptism Pictures

Luke 15:7
I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent

Pappy's Baptism Pictures

Pappy holding Sophie before his baptism.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

These Days...

I was going to post saying it was nearly 4 a.m. but it is around 4:30 a.m. I've been up about an hour with Sophie trying to get her to rest. If she wakes up and comes to our bed, I have been trying to get up with her and get her back in her own bed. We have been trying for a while now to get her to go back to her own bed. Some nights are easier than others. I really wished I would have had her trained before I was pregnant and listened to my husband but I just did not know if God would bless us with another baby and I wanted to enjoy the tiny little feet and snuggles with her every moment in case she was the last. Here I am now pregnant and getting up with her through the night. The problem is when I wake up, I feel rested because I am so tired when I go to sleep. On the other hand, I am nauseas and cannot get a day started at 4 or 5 a.m. It's been really hard for me to get going early because I am so sick and now through the day I am more tired. I do not ever remember being so tired or nauseas with my other pregnancies. Anyways, I sit in hopes of Sophie drifting back to sleep while I rest nearby here on the couch.

It's been a really hard few weeks for us. The girls developed colds and I was treating them with homepathic remedies trying not to go to the doctor for several different reasons. I believe the cold night air of soccer really chilled them and made them sick because it was several nights into dark. After 2 weeks, they worsened and for my girls that usually means breathing treatments because of the asthma. We were up almost alnight one night and the next morning we went to the dr. By this time, Rick had caught it and his breathing was bad, too. They were all treated for bronchitis. This past week Rick was still suffering with his breathing and had to go to the ER Sat. He was treated with a new antibiotic and stronger breathing meds. to help with his asthma. I was concerned that it may have pneumonia and I thought he was feeling better after the new med. but he said yesterday evening he is feeling bad still. Just pray my family can be well. Praise God, He has kept me well from this or we'd all be in trouble. When Mom is down, it's bad news for everyone, isn't it.

On a brighter note, when I can make time and feel better with my nausea, I have a sweet sonogram picture to post. I read by 12 weeks, I should not be having the nausea, so I am looking forward to that.

Sophie is back up and now on the couch with me so I must go. She has awakened her sisters also.

If I d not post, just know I am busy with home and kids.


Thursday, October 2, 2008