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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

We are on Sonlight's Blog!

HEY, check us out, we appeared on Sonlight's Blog for our post on Homeschooling&Sonlight!
How cool it is that?! Someone else appreciated the blessing of our schooling! My girls are going to think this is so cool and won't believe it! I can't wait to show them tomorrow, they'll be blown away! Their Dad was all smiles.

OH, I was so excited that I forgot to tell you how to find our article:
Click on the link above entitled Sonlight's Blog.
From Sonlight's Blog, scroll down to the right side and you will see Other Posts of Note- we are the link directly under it, from My Daily Walk.
Dear Friends,

It seems since last May that our family has faced so many trials continuously. Some are well-known and others have not been mentioned, but the Lord knows. Now, our stove broke today and my 21 month old who is recovering from the flu is laying in bed with a rash covering her body. She got hot in church yesterday and that may have flared her eczema-I just don't know. Plus, our other daughter's blood sugar levels are higher than we've ever seen.

BUT, after getting the email about the family facing loss(that I posted about below this one)
I truly, deeply, and honestly just am happy we are all alive and that itself is everything! So, when these trials seem like they won't stop, I am going to focus on the fact that we are all here-together.

Thanks for stopping in to visit. Goodnight.

Love, Shandee

Prayer Request

Today, I received a prayer request that has been forwarded on to us. Although we do not personally know the family that is experiencing pain, our hearts go out to them. This really hit me today because as you know, we are recovering from the flu ourselves plus other trials in our life. Below is an excerpt from the prayer request. If you feel the Lord is leading you to help in any way, please email me privately and I can gladly get you the contact information. Most importantly, pray for them. Blessings, Shandee

"the second oldest (14 years old), passed away suddenly this morning apparently as a result of complications from the flu. Please pray for the Lord to comfort the family and fill their hearts with His perfect peace as they mourn the life of this precious daughter and sister. We spoke with their oldest daughter, tonight, and they are just in shock as the reality of Molly's death sinks in, and as they are trying to recover from the flu. Molly was a special young lady who LOVED the outdoors. Everyone who knew her loved her childish innocence and zeal for life. Her family is comforted tonight by the fact that they know that Molly had accepted the Lord and is in heaven with Him now.

Jimmy, who is a hard working father, just found out Thursday that he will be laid off from his job tomorrow. With the added expenses now of paying for funeral costs, finances are an issue as well, so please pray for provision."

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Another Reason I love Homeschooling and Sonlight!

Wow, isn't this just precious?! Everyday I get to see the heart of my children and get a glimpse into their world. Also, the fact that she is thinking about her sister is absolutely a blessing. If she was away in public school, she would have no idea what her baby's days are like nor even probably realize that her birthday is coming up. What a blessing to have them home!

Something that I love about Sonlight is that this curriculum seems to capture this idea in many of the Language Arts Assignments. In this particular assignment, my 2nd grader was required to write a journal entry. I encouraged the art since I knew that she loves to draw. Also, this is a great assignment that she can do without me and this seat work time allows me an opportunity for one on one time with another student.

Great Family Movie

I am very happy to recommend a touching and Christ-centered Documentary. I think your family will enjoy seeing the local family, The Moore's in their first Family Film. It was so touching and precious to our family. One of our favorite parts was the Outtakes Section. Visit there website by clicking here. Blessings and Enjoy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kmart Great Coupon Event-this week

Starting tomorrow, Kmart will offer
Super Double Manufacturer's Coupon Event up to $2 with your Shop Your Way Rewards member card and purchase of $25 or more in grocery and drugstore merchandise.

Limit 5 coupons per customer per day.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Where have I been?

Goodness, it has been so long since I blogged regularly.

So, where have I been?
Here, taking care of everyone and everything and praying my husband's immune system will fight the flu away! Tyelenol, Motrin, garbage cans, pans, towels, and a trusty ear thermometer have been my sidekicks this week. Thermometer tucked away in my robe and the echo of beeps is all too familiar to me. OH, and Delsym cough liquid plus breathing treatments have been needed this week of the flu. I can't believe that tomorrow will make 10 days since the flu made it's ugly face in our family and we have lost nearly 1/2 month to this illness.

I have been to the bare minimum trudging through the days. Sickness set in on me heavy lastnight, out of nowhere. My temp. rose and my nose drained, sneezing, and total discomfort set in. I was still feeling really bad this morning so I have taken it easy today. Easy is still not easy, but it's easier than it used to be. My girls can get cups for themselves now and mostly drinks, a plus is they can help younger ones with that. While I took a shower, they worked on chores and was joyfully running things around the house. It's definitely a team effort and I absolutely LOVE our team :-)

(A note of Thanks: I have a special thank-you for the sweet, sweet offer of the girl's grandma who selflessly offered to come here today knowing she would risk catching the flu. Bless you, Bar ;-) Also, a note to the Watson Family for blessing our socks off yesterday. We had farm fresh eggs for breakfast this morning with muffins. Thank YOU! OH, and Sophie asked where was the coyote?!! I don't know if she thought you made coyote for dinner. How funny!)

Sometimes I wonder...Hannah's battle with juvenile diabetes

What caused Hannah's pancreas to be attacked?

Sometimes, I wonder: did I not pray enough over her when she was in the womb? Did I not rebuke genetic curses? Did I not make sure she had the correct nutrition in her diet? What did I do wrong to cause this? How could I have not sheltered my baby from being attacked by a virus that could have attacked her pancreas? Why did I let this happen? The truth is, I could have done nothing but pray and trust God. That's my answer today. Blaming myself is useless, it doesn't help anything and I can't go back. Even if I could, what could I have done to prevent this awful disease? I just don't know if there was anything else besides prayer. Please pray against her body destroying the insulin producing cells. Something happened that told her body to start attacking her pancreas's insulin producing cells, I rebuke that lie her body is telling the pancreas. Praying for a miracle and she is believing for it, and I think depending on it.

"Type 1 diabetes was formerly known as juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Type 1 diabetes matures quickly and symptoms are very visible.

This type of diabetes occurs when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic cells. These cells are the insulin producing cells. This type of diabetes affects mostly children and young adults. Risk factors for type1 diabetes include autoimmune, genetics, and environmental factors. " from:battlediabetes.com

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Forgive my absence these days, I am weary and resting in the arms of Jesus...

It's been raining here for a long, long time and this rainstorm of life seems to never stop but I do know that sooner it later will because God's Word promises me that (Psalm 30:5)...JOY COMES IN THE MORNING! Hallelujah!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sick baby with the flu

Even though she has the flu and had a terrible night with coughing, sneezing, and feeling bad...

...she still loves shoes, even if they are her sisters and at least 3 sizes too big...

...she still is a fancy little gal. Wonder where she gets it from?

She has awakened 3 times 4 times while I tried blogging this short entry. Her cough is bad and she feels miserable. Continue to pray that this sweet little gal will heal.

Still Battling

We are still battling the flu.

Some are feeling better and some are without fever. Praise the Lord, Hannah is doing much better after I spoke with her Endo. Sat. night.

The last child tyo get it is not doing well today. Naomi, the only one who got the flu shot, came down with it full blown. She had a very restless night with coughing, sneezing, and runny nose. Her cough sounds barkish, which concerns me. She now has fever, her face is red, red eyes, and sneezing. I will be calling her dr. this morning and pray they can direct me over the phone and pray they do not ask us to come in. Rick is down to 0 days left. Hannah's hospital visit took over a week and he does not get sick days. He is ill himself but went onto work. I am doing better and did not go to the doctor.

Not much time to blog...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Family

Thanks for checking on us...

we are in the fight of flu

Hannah is far worse today; her temp. spiked highter, blood sugar readings are higher, she has ketones, and required extra insulin. A child with diabetes sick with the flu is higher risk. Her specialist sounded most kind tonight when I spoke with him. We need ketones to be gone or at least lower-no higher and blood sugar levels to regulate to pre-illness numbers.

Dad is chilling and achey now. I am concerned as well about the baby because her temp. was 99 and she is not herself tonight, but I do pray that since she had the flu shot that she will be fine.

Here's all our flu symptoms: cough, achey, chilling, low grade to high fevers, tired, sleepy, weak, irritable

Some have: headaches, nausea, belly cramps, stuffy nose, asthma related problems due to the viral attack in the lungs, flushed cheeks, paleness on face

One Twochildren had: vomitting, fever to 104

Friday, February 18, 2011

today's notes

the other girls except na are on their way to the pediatrician with their daddy. we could not decide on her, she is showing symptoms but no high fever and she did have the flu shot. she has been resting so we are hoping she will be okay without a visit.

all of us girls are down and daddy is still going strong. i pray that he doesn't get hit with it.

our oldest sweetheart was feeling very miserable, i felt so sorry for her and that i couldn't go, but i truly am thankful i did not have to take them all and make myself go when i was feeling bad, too. i am so thankful that rick said he was coming home to help!

sophie is snuggled to me, it is quiet. only pbs is on and naomi just rustled from her nap with rosy red cheeks.

i'm not sure what the dr. will say about the other girls. i have prayed for them and it aches me to not be with them, but sophie nor myself were truly well enough to get out.

thanks for praying and checking on us.

When the flu began in our home...

This is what I sent to Rick YESTERDAY when her fever started at 104

soph layed all morning on the couch. usually, she and na pal around so today naomi needed another partner. we took shifts with siblings working with naomi while i schooled the others. sophie layed on the couch watching t.v. her fever went down to 100-101 after tyelenol, but it is about time for it to wear off. she was hungry at lunch and ate some soup and threw it up shortly after. i had to clean the kitchen floor in several areas and the garbage can is sitting outside to be washed. after that, sophie seemed to perk up a bit and ate more and has held it down. she is resting now. we have not been to pick up the phenagryn yet. letting her rest. naomi misses her friendship badly today and seems troubled. the rest of the girls are literally waiting on sophia, hand and food with toys, food, drinks, and anything.


Illness-Influenza Type A

Our family has been hit with a rapid, quick onset of flu that was confirmed by Urgent Care lastnight. We were exposed at Hannah's specialist Monday. Due to illness, there will be a delay in all responses and contacts. Please remember us in prayer during this time. Thank you and Blessings.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How to talk on the phone when you have lots of young children!

It is incredibly hard and nearly difficult for me to get on the phone and stay on the phone with many young children in the house. Why is it that the children are always needing something, especially when Mommy is on the phone?

I try not to make many calls because I simply do not have spare time to be on the phone. For this reason, I have a rule with the girls: when I am on the phone, do not come to Mommy for anything unless you are: 1. An Emergency-never mind, everything became an emergency
1. Having trouble breathing or 2.Someone is bleeding. Go see a sister for help until I get off the phone. If I am on the phone, there is a good reason, so you must practice patience.

Mothering takes most of my energy and time at this season in my life. Multi-tasking is essential for daily survival. This speaker phone makes my life much easier some days.

I have a neat idea to share with you. About 8 months ago, I discovered a speaker phone! I also accidentally discovered that when I am on a speaker phone making phone calls for dr. appts. and store inquiries, that my children love to eavesdrop and they love to hear the background music... so, here we are in real action :-)

Hormel Chili with Beans 2 cans for 50cents!

Walmart Super Center in Norton VA has the Hormel Chili with Beans on sale this week for $1.00

Print this coupon

for $1.00 off and get 2 cans for 50cents!

My deal of the week ;-)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Dessert

Guess what we're making?

The strawberries, of course!

What the Bible Says about Love in Marriage

Ephesians 5:24-26 (New International Version, ©2010)

24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word,

Genesis 2:23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

How's Hannah?

I know many of you often check to see how Hannah is doing and also our family. I will update on Hannah's health for this post.

1. How is she doing?
She is okay. She prays every night to be cured from shots, needles, blood, bruises and other things that have changed her life.

2. How are her blood sugar levels?
Okay, some readings may be slightly better, but some may be high. In short, we still do not have a good handle on what her doctor wants normal for her. Her range is 80-180.

3. Does she need sugar-free food?
No. We have learned that sugar-free foods still are high in carbs. The sugar has been replaced by a substitute to make it taste better after removing the sugar, such as sugar alcohol. When reading the label, the carb content is still basically the same so sugar-free does not matter on food. Who would have guessed? However; we do choose sugar-free drinks because that has 0 carbs.

4. Does it bother the other girls to have changed eating habits?
No, not really. I had already tried to instill healthy eating habits and nutritional food choices in their diet. We were somewhat concious of our food, but never counted carbs. Even my 4 year old knew how to read a label to look for carbs! It's amazing how they absorb and bounce into routine.

5. Does Hannah feel better?
Yes, at times. Her father and I see more of what she acted like about 2 years ago. In th past few years, she became an irritable and grumpy child. We thought it was a behavior issue, we did not know that it was due to high blood sugar or low blood sugar and all the side effects of diabetes that a child endures. We are much more understanding and better able to discipline her according. Her stomach is still hurting on and off so we have been referred to a specialist in Kingsport now and will have this appointment this week. She has been very nervous about this and is begging for no blood work. Please pray for a good appointment and a loving doctor.

6. How are Mom&Dad?
I would be lying if I said we were just dandy. Truly, we are okay, learning to fight harder and harder with every day that God gives us. We are enjoying our children like never before and thankful for every day that God blesses us with. We share joys and struggles just as any parent. My favorite thing that Rick&I share is when we are so proud of one or something that is so funny and we just look at each other with a big smile and enjoy the moment.

Thank you for continuing to love us and pray for us. The fact that you are here reading this, blesses us because we know you care. Sometimes, the simplest email or note can go a long way just like all the cards, notes, emails, and turtle pictures that were passed our way in the Fall.

Today was a good day, we were all able to venture outside and hike in the woods above our house. Being together has found a new meaning in our family's heart and home this year.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Claire's Announcement: Claire's Goat-Oreo

I have a Goat Oreo and she has a little spot on her head, and she is cute I LOVE HER.Claire Childress.

(Special thanks to my thoughtful hubby capturing these photos of Claire meeting her goat for the first time and for Pappy making it all happen.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

I got this recipe from an email newsletter and thought it would be a nice treat for Valentine's Day. Quick and Easy. Everyone will love them, unless someone does not care for chocolate.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

MAKES: 24 strawberries PREP TIME: 5 minutes

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 6 oz.)
1/4 cup Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread
24 strawberries

In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate at HIGH 1-1/2 minutes or until chocolate is melted; add Shedd's Spread Country Crock® Spread and stir until smooth. Use to dip strawberries. Let stand on waxed-paper-lined baking sheets until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Your Love Language

Did you know that you have a love language? At the moment that our being was conceived and the Lord started His mending together of us in our mother's womb, the Lord gave us unique personality traits. I have recently discovered that among these traits is a love language. I've briefly blogged about it previously and also posted a love language quiz.

It's funny because I always thought that when I did acts of service for my husband, he was appreciative; but, it wasn't like *Wow, she did that for me* nor did it seem to speak to his heart...I discovered that is not his love language, it's MINE!! I was not giving him love in the way he needed it. I did some research on his love language and studied what matters to him and have been trying to put that into my actions of love for him.

Recently, I bought my hubby

the book, The Five Love Languages so he can better understand my love language. I ordered it online and suprisingly had it shipped to his office instead of home. It was a much better surprise and treat when he was not expecting it.

Understanding your mate's love language is significant because it helps in your relationship once you better understand that. You will begin to speak to your spouse's heart in a new way that will make him or her feel loved in the way that they need it. Although I have not completely read the book, I have looked through it and there's some pretty helpful and good stuff. I highly recommend it. Study your spouse's love language and put it into action.

This would also make a great Valentine gift for your spouse.

Disclaimer: I am not being paid or compensated in any way to blog or advertise this book.

Praying and following

I've been following a story of a homeschool Mommy who suddenly had what appears to have been a stroke. Since the day we got the prayer request, I've been checking on her and asking God for a miracle. Today, her daughter wrote a precious entry and it reminded me that all the tiny things we do for our children and all the time we spend with them really does count! (Also, speaking of a daughter writing an article, my Claire has some news to post about and she planned to do that this week so be sure to check back in.)

An exercpt from The Simple Wife Blog:

I miss her a ton, and she is always on my mind. (I even find myself not always being able to consentrate in school) Oops... All day I wonder if she is ok, I worry all the time. And I wish I could be ther asking for here to give me the I LOVE YOU sign...

Praying that this family will get their Mommy&wife back very soon!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Great Link

I was searching for Valentine Ideas and ran across this article. If you have many young children or a new baby-this is a great read for you. Talking about no sleep, no time to think...but, God did not make the men in this way.

Just the other night, I was so happy to finally get to look into my husband's big brown eyes. I had waited all day to get the feeling of him snuggling me yet I found myself at a loss to stay awake and I asked him, "Why do I get tired and exhausted at the end of the day?" His reply, "Because God made you the weaker vessel." Perfect answer and true.

If you are in a season struggling to manage it all-especially time with your husband, I think you'll enjoy this read. It is entitled: Romantic Words for your Valentine.

Goodnight, Love, Shandee

Sunflower Oil on YOUR SKIN?

We had a regular check-up visit with our dermatologist today. She is an awesome doctor who is awesome with children. We've been seeing her since my third daughter was 6 months old so it's kind of like she is part of our family ;-) She shared some great info. today that she learned from a conference she attended for teaching and she told me she took many eczema classes. She referred me to sunflower oil! Sunflower oil-it's natural!! YEAH! It just so happens that I had just ordered sunflower oil from our food co-op group. I'm excited to see if it benefits us. I"ll let you know.

Also, I was referred to the case study of Peter Lio. I am very impressed by the findings in his article.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

After the last post

For some reason, after the last post about Hannah and the illness, I started to feel ill myself. Darkness and anxiety hit me. I didn't realize it till the last trip, but I had much anxiety about the dr. visit. It makes all this seem real, not just that we're pretending. It's been a hard day on Hannah and myself today just mentally coping with this. I actually just left her room after laying with her. When she first came home, I would go in her room throughout the night and morning just to make sure she was breathing. Sad, but true. Rick just told me that she had jokingly asked him to sleep beside her tonight. I think she is feeling scared. We have good times and hard times. Today we're struggling.

Hospital Visit...almost time again in a few weeks

I never dreamt in all my days that a small clinic housed in this hospital would become a routine part of our lives. I'm sure we'll get to know the ins and outs of it each visit. Our first visit, we did not have a clue where to go and only after 2 visits, we know a secret entrance to the clinic area.

Between you and me, I"m waiting on God to step in and rip this right out of our schedule and heal Hannah's pancreas and let her live diabetes free so we never have to make this trip again.

Blood Sugar Reporting

It breaks my heart every time that I have to send these in to my daughter's specialist. It has now been four months since her diagnosis of juvenile diabetes. I still feel numb to it. As I was recording the numbers and preparing them to send to the doctor's office tonight, Hannah came to me and said, something about her dying. That makes me so sad. Something a child should not even have in their mind. It could be worse and I"m thankful it's not. It's still hard and it's still painful. Her prayers many nights are that she will stop bleeding and feel no more pain after her shots 4 times a day plus all the numerous finger pokes. Of course, we all pray every night and day that she will be healed of this disease. I cannot imagine her having to live her life this way for always. I feel such bondage to the needles, all the doctor appointments, the food, the diet, and the weight of it all. I cannot imagine that as a child she has the weight of this on her.
This Fall, her pancreas was still believed to be working.
Praying for her pancreas to work in perfect harmony to balance glucose, insulin, and blood sugar levels. Go pancreas, go-do your work, don't give up!

Top 10 things not to say to a mom

Top 10 things not to say to a mom

Provided from: HomeKeeping Heart.

This is definitely worth reading!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Recommeded Family Film

Just thought I would pass along a great family movie with a good, pure, and inspiring message.
In the movie we rented, there is also a feature called Bubble Troublethat my girls just enjoy. The same family produced and created both of these movies. My girls really think the character "Gator" is funny and I believe he is their favorite part of each movie. He is an adventurous and interesting fellow that makes the kids laugh while still being obedient to his parents. I think your family will enoy these features as well.

A thought just came to my mind: Heartstrings would be perfect for Valentine's Day

Great Wedding Gift Idea

I received the Valentine's email from Dayspring and went to their link. I thought this would also make a great wedding gift idea if you have someone on the list to buy for. Looks very cute.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Homeschooling How-to

I have great news. I have figured it out!!!

Yahhhhh! I have figured out how to run life and homeschool, too...

Sort of. Not really, though. It has taken me 5 1/2 years of homeschooling to learn that:

1. There are always going to be disruptions. ex: diaper changes, doorbell ringing, a child raising her hand for help or calling, "Mo-ma, mo-ma" while assisting other students. Nursing and pottytraining fall into this group.

2. A birthday party to plan. Families with many children: does it not ALWAYS seem like you are celebrating and planning the joy of a life in your family?

3. Illness...........ugh. Forbid, that Mom gets sick-we are all in for it!

4. Life. Ex.: pregnancy, new baby born, child in hospital

5. Unplanned Visitors. You see, because we are homeschooling-we are home. This means a FUN place for anyone to stop by at any hours because this is where it's all happening and let's face it, our home is fun ;-) Overnight guests fall into this category, too. We are blessed that we can offer this to all who enter our doorways, a peaceful(some people may not think a lot of noise from a lot of people is peaceful, enjoyable retreat from the world.

6. Lack of Sleep. It seems if you are in a season of many young children or new baby; the truth is, you are sleep deprived. It's hard to hit the floor quick and early when you have barely closed your eyes.

7. Doctor Appointments. For us, simple well-visits and dental check-ups keep us going besides the specialist appointments that I take my children to.

8. Catching up. There is always a catch up day that has snuck up on you because you've just been going and schooling so much that the mountain of clothes that kids are tucking away in places you never dreamt of gets found by Mom. OR, you've just been going so much whether vaction, dr. visits, or visiting family&friends, or even school. You get so behind on the house that you have to take a day just to catch up on your home so you can breathe.

9. Ministry- It could be a person God has put on your doorstep or phone for prayer. Perhaps a meal delivery to bless someone. Making and mailing cards or any other outreach that your family does.

10. Burn-out. The kids will have burn-out just like any other schooling and secretly, I will too.

11. Preschoolers. I am not going to get as near as much completed in school as I would dream with an adventurous preschooler running around in the classroom. So much excitement.

12. Holidays. Did I mention we have Holidays to shop for and plan for?

13. Learning. Everything we do, we are learning and if we don't know, we look it up and make it part of our school day.

In conclusion, I would like to state that I have figured out that I will always have other things in my life and in my families life that is going on to distract me and that our schooling will not be like public school and I can no longer compare my lifestyle to it.

This is the funnest, most thrilling, demanding, and time-consuming job that I can imagine! What a joy to school my own children and be there with them for every blessed moment of it. I couldn't imagine missing one second of it for anything!

DISCLAIMER: loneliness, boredom, self-pity-there's no time for it

p.s. if you have read this and in case you have already figured this out: you are so cool, bless you for the job you are doing in training your children!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Family Deals-Superbowl Specials

Our family does not participate in the Super Bowl, but I found some sweet deals that families can take advantage of tomorrow.

Pizza Hut has several deals.

Our local Pizza King has 3 large 1 top pizzas for $21.00


"Elmer" did individual portraits for guests. I think he was tired by the end of the evening.

"Elmer" Came to visit at the Party!

Sophia was so happy!

Oh, the wonderful, beautiful things we do for our children.
It was a fun party.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Marriage Resource Recommendation

While running errands for my daugther's birthday, I heard a portion of Chuck Swindoll's message on marriage. It was great. I would highly recommend this great resource, you can listen to it free. I heard a portion from the February 2nd's message and can't wait to listen to the previous message.

These messages sounded great for anyone single waiting on God's spouse, couples struggling in their marriage, or even newlyweds. It was a great encouragement to me! Life has been beating up on me pretty badly these days so it was a blessing for me to hear. Hope it blesses you, too!

Below is the link, it's free, enjoy!

You'll need to find the Jan.31st-Feb. 2nd Broadcast.


Thursday, February 3, 2011


Do you ever feel like that you are never going to get all these piles taken care of?
Everywhere I look are piles, lists, and everyone and everything needing my time and attention. How do we focus on one thing at a time?

I have a very heavy load pile tonight after celebrating my daughter's birthday. The celebration will continue the next few days with a party, company, and going away overnight. A birthday, birthday party, guests, and an overnight trip all in three days and guess who was unprepared?
Me...lesson learned.
I am officially going to start finalizing plans for birthdays months in advance now if possible. You see, I have the planning part down. I am a great planner and organizer. I have ideas galore and fun games kids love, but carrying them out without anxiety is the next step. In today's lesson, I have learned I cannot let my girls sway back and forth with decisions and depend on them to finalize. It's not going to happen. They are kids and they will go back and forth as long as I allow it causing myself and them much grief. SO, they will give us finalized answers ahead of time on decisions and then we will have a plan and know what we are doing.

Because no matter what, this Childress show must go on and Rick& I are working behind the scenes day and night to give them the sweetest childhood memories we can possibly give.

P.S. To Mommies on the lookout for Elmo, I hear he IS going to be in town this weekend ;-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Birthday Celebration

It seems with a large family that we are always gearing up for a birthday celebration!
This week, we're celebrating with Elmo! Elmo shares the same birthday as my daughter; same day, different year. She has had an Elmo party every year since she was born.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Dream Car!!

Note: I am often asked, "so what do you drive to put all these kids in?")

Once I was a very selfish young lady centered on the world's ways. I did not walk or live with Christ being my all. I was not repentent in my heart to give my heart to Jesus. I did believe that He indeed died on the cross and was risen for all our sins, but I had denied to live in His ways until the night before my marriage to Rick-committing myself to the Lord and to Rick. 
From that moment on, God began to do a marvelous work in me. Changing me, forming me and shaping me into a brand new creation. What a joy it has been to let Him do His will in my life and shape me. The Bible tells us we will be a new creation once we allow Him to be Lord of our Life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version)

 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

As I drew closer to God, He began to change my heart on children. And then everything changed. My heart was toward my husband, home, and children. YES, children!  I always loved children, but God began to give me a desire to be a Mother. It was powerful and so my journey began. Battling infertility and a year and half of barrenness, many csections-each with more difficult circumstances, and finally choosing to say "yes" to LIFE even if it meant giving my own by going against doctor's instructions. Each day is precious to me, to just live and be a Mommy. I am so so blessed and thankful to be alive to savor each day with my precious gifts.

As our family has grown, my heart has grown along with my husband's. We have learned and are still growing as our Father molds us and forms us to fit His plan. As our children are getting older, we are growing physically and spiritually! This year we have outgrown; our kitchen, our table, and our van!  Impossible it may seem, but true. If someone had told me this is where I would be and how I would be living as a mother of many, I would have rolled my eyes. Thank you God for removing that veil!

So, tonight, I will give you an insight into my heart. Since the day I found out that I was pregnant with Naomi, I have been dreaming of a vehicle that will fit our family. Before coming to God, I would have been insulted and angered at what I am about to show you....my dream car ;-) I am pleased to present to you, our dream car.



My husband actually prefers this one:

Since we're dreaming, here's my actual dream one:
NAH!! Never mind, I will not spend the money on an expensive car; the new creation in Christ which is my conviction says that is wasteful and I could joyfully give that money to be put to much better use for the Church and Kingdom of God instead of in a vehicle!

And so, the Lord keeps changing my heart because the old creation of Shandee would have wanted a 2 seater convertible, but the NEW wants a "souped up" big seater passenger van and very eager to fill it up! I am giggling inside just thinking that God really must laugh at us because this is not what I would have ever thought would be me. What an incredibly full life He has given me!