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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year from the Childress Family

Christmas Day

Childress Girls 
Left to Right:  Sophia,Claire, Hannah & Madison
Little Sis: Not pictured here, growing in mommy's womb

Family Waiting to Hear the News...another Girl!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sonogram Update

Thank you for the notes, phone messages,and emails! We are filled with much joy and blessedness as we announce we are expecting another GIRL!!! Yes, another DAUGHTER! The Lord must have some great plans for these girls! Enjoy the sonogram pictures, we were amazed watching the most active Childress girl yet, she is so funny, already! At 20weeks of pregnancy, there is such movement and LIFE! At this point, she is breech like big sister Claire was. Claire and Sophia were active, but nothing like this little one! What excitement she will add to this family. As always, her name will be announced at birth.

Sonogram Pictures Description:

1. Footprints of tiny feet
2. Baby- curled up and face looking toward us
3. Flipping-Our daughter had her feet and legs straight up in the air twisting her body upwards trying to do flips and somersaults. She was also standing on her head straight up in the air.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Our family gets to see our baby on tv tomorrow, we are so excited!  I can't wait to have those sweet little pictures and notice every movement and growth of our baby.   Madison says she is "nervous" to find out if the baby is a boy or girl.  I can't believe at only 5 1/2 months I am already longing to hold, snuggle, and cuddle this little life.  This time I have to share with sisters, though. 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Baby is growing!

Look how our baby is growing.  Sophie keeps asking, "baby, come out now?"   In two days we will find out boy or girl!

I have been busy taking my daughters to asthma specialists trying to get their asthma under control and help them avoid getting so sick when they do catch something.  Praying we can get it under control.

I am just finishing up Christmas letters tonight. Please forgive me.  I am really trying, believe me. We have loved getting mail and cards from everyone.

Goodnight and God Bless,

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

From the Heart...being real

Mostly I post activities and interests we have going on, but today I just want to post straight from the heart... our family has been sick for 15 days now. Pregnancy, breathing treatments, sick myself plus back pain in this pregnancy from a tailbone fracture in the Spring, these days are hard. I just want us to be well enough to get Christmas stuff from storage and prepare our home for the Holidays. I just want to feel well, rested, and peaceful that my children are feeling well. It's just been a rough little while for us. We are scheduled for the next 3 weeks with church obligations each Sunday. I wonder if the Enemy is just trying to pull us down so we cannot witness. I did have to cancel our preschool teaching for this Sunday and will reschedule when they need us.

I know many people look at us and think first of all and judge. Judge because we have 4 children and not 1 or 2. Judge because they are so close in age. Judge because we homeschool. Judge because I do not leave my home and go to work like so many moms in today's culture. And to top it off, I"m pregnant again and going to have c-section #5... I just want the record to show that this is our life. We love it. Even in the hard times, we choose this. We choose to give LIFE to children because they are blessings, not hindrances. Our life is full. Busy and sometimes trying. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

This week, I laid in the hospital bed sick, having difficulty breathing and wondering about the health of my unborn children. Praying to God to send me a compassionate doctor, someone that understands and will not judge. Someone that could help me feel better. During that time, thoughts started to invade me about whether we should have not chose to give life to this baby as the doctor suggested we not have anymore after the last delivery. Especially since I had 4 sick children and a sick husband at home. I lay in a hospital bed, helpless and sick. I do not feel more like a failure than at that moments when I am sick and unable to care for my family. I wonder if the world is "right" and I am "wrong," then I wonder for a moment. Then, I remember the sweet faces of my children and truly believe in my heart that God has called me to this. That the world is wrong and His ways for me are better than what the world shows me.

Because I believed, I had my first baby without any medical help-just a good old-fashioned prayer, after being diagnosed with infertility.

Because I believed, I was healed of two bad cells in my body, and did not undergo surgery and a waiting time of 3 years to try to conceive.

Because I believed, God filled my womb with three children in those 3 years after that healing!

Because I believe, my sweet Rick and myself have entrusted my health and life to give life to a new baby. Having nausea&sickness, a surprising back pain, and now bronchitis, I still trust God that this new life is a blessing.

I realize these circumstances are not that big in the jist of it all, but to me, they have been obstacles.

This is my journey in faith.

Hockey Skating

Hannah just ran to me and asked, "Mommy, can we go hockey skating? The kitchen floor is hockey school!"

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Need some prayers

Dear Friends,

Our family could use some prayers. After two weeks, we are still struggling at our home. Rick&myself have been sick now for nearly a week ourselves. I'm having trouble breathing. We've all had dr appts. and still struggling and low grade fevers. Please pray for healing for our home. Baby is fine.