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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Repost from my blog Worth Sharing Again

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

Our Day

Dear Lady waiting in line behind me at Target,

Did you know that today your impatience showed selfishness as an example to my 5 young, impressionable daughters? As we were in line, you were showing body motions of agitation as the clerk scanned our many items and you watched every item and each child. My children were precious examples of a servant's heart as each one that was able placed my items neatly for the cashier to scan and placed bags neatly in my cart as I gave coupons, without even being asked, I mention. My sweet 4 year old was sitting very still in the shopping cart while her big sisters were being helpers and their youngest baby was sleeping against their mother snuggled in her swing. Then, you frowned when the cashier had to take 4 separate gift cards plus me using another form of payment to finish paying for the balance. My girls were sweet, patient, courteous, and helpful. Yet, you were impatient, selfish, and rude to our family. After we were finished and my oldest daughter had a separate purchase of one item, I felt like you wanted to push our cart along with us -right out of the aisle. My sweet 9 year old put her item on the register, counted her money and when she paid her cents and counted her 14 cents in pennies, I saw the look of discontentment on your face. You see, my husband reminded me, today was a memory for my children of being at Target shopping with their Mom and Sisters. It was a rare day for us to be out of the house. To you, it was just a stop that you may quickly forget about your day. Did you know that I noticed that you had a young infant blessing in his car seat sleeping with you? My dear, as we left the parking lot, I thanked God for that little man because He will teach you so much and one day you may find yourself in line while he counts his pennies that he so earnestly worked to earn and shame if an impatient adult is in line displaying annoyance at him. I pray he will teach you many things, I am certain he will. Bless you dear young mother, pennies and shopping trips will change your life! It sure has mine!

Also, we were noticed on the way to our van...

Dear Mother of One Teenage Daughter,

How kind of you to notice that I am blessed with 5 beautiful princesses straight from the King Himself that sits at the Throne! I am disappointed of your comment and gesture as we lovingly strolled in our long line and shopping cart in the beaming sunshine. It was truly a gorgeous spring day. Your comment and gesture was like a storm cloud on our sunshine. You snapped, "You sure do have your hands full" as you rolled your eyes sarcastically. I am saddened that you would think negatively of my choice to give life, to give this world some LIGHT in the darkness, my choice to let the Lord have his plan for my womb, for children I had to trust and ask Him for. My hands sure were full, my sweet infant was cradled peacefully against me sleeping and my hands were encircled with love and a bond that will affect generations to come! How exciting to know that my work will change generations! From me, there are 5 Godly women who will teach and love the word to their family and stories of my work in their life will be precious memories. I felt sad for you, dear lady, as I saw your teenage daughter was walking distantly away from you, with a troubled spirit. I felt sorry for you that your "hands were not full."

Sadly, this is one day of our life. All this happened within 30 minutes. This is a very common experience when we go out. How could anyone look at a child and think they are a curse or trouble??!! Dear Lord, please, please change the hearts of our culture...

Tornado Devastation

My heart is saddened about the loss of life, homes, and the disruption in the life of families that this terrible tornado outbreak has caused. Visit here to read more about a father of 13 who gave his own life to save his family during the tornado. The images from this tornado are unreal.

Please pray for the families and also the ones that are going to help with this situation. We have a local family that is actually doing that right now! Also, if you feel led to help out,  I would be happy to get you some contact information. I have been given some contacts that I can link to. Please use our email tab button at the bottom.

Blessings in His name,

You can visit the local family's blog that I mentioned above for further information that will be shared and a contact link.  Click here to visit their blog.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Garden Tips and Events at The Southwest VA Museum

Remember when I posted about the events at the museum on gardening? Our family is very excited about all the tips we will be learning on gardening all kinds of going green, natural ways of living with food and water!

The girls and I are also eager to participate in the rain barrel workshop. After reading about it on this link, I am so thankful that we'll have Daddy's strong hands and muscle to help assemble this project!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Birthday

We celebrated my birthday this week, it was the most peaceful day that we've had in a very long time. Cake was made by our favorite cake maker, Mrs. Becky Vanhook. The girls told their Dad all the colors and design that they wanted.

Vanilla cake with raspberry filling! Thanks to Rick for making that happen!

Sadly, I don't have any other pictures that were taken but the cake. My family was so precious and loving, I was so loved on this day.


A few weeks ago, several of the girls had haircuts.  They are as gorgeous on the inside as outside!
Thanks, Mrs. Jennifer for making their visit so special!

p.s. Again, who would have said no to this little face, NOT US!!!!!!!

Storms in our area

Due to the severe weather from yesterday evening and last night, I do not have a new post waiting for you.  As far as I know, a tornado did not hit in our town.
Please stop back in and visit again soon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Juvenile Diabetes (Childhood Diabetes): 7 months after her diagnosis

Wow, it doesn't seem like it could have been 7 months ago that our daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. I still can't believe it. Even after the needles and insulin, it doesn't seem real. Will it ever seem real? I pray that this disease will leave her. She is brave and amazing.
She does her entire blood sugar checks and has been doing so with an adult overseeing her probably since December. I can't even remember the last time I did her needle stick myself. It makes it easier on all of us since she is eager to do that herself. She is just amazing! She does complain of the burning and hurting at times after we give her insulin injections, which makes me sad.

Below is a list of common questions and comments that we get these days:

1." I know she can't have sugar."
This is the most common comment we often hear.That is not true. She can have anything she wants to eat!!! Yippeee! We just have to count CARBS, not sugar. Carb gram counts and proper nutrition is the goal.  And, actually, if her level is low, she MUST get sugar so the above comment could not be farther than the truth.

2.  Did she get this from eating too much sugar or drinking too much pop?
Absolutely NOT! Juvenile Diabetes also known as Type 1 is not caused by anything that any child did to get this disease. For some reason, it just happened, which breaks my heart as a mother. It could be genetics or it could have been a virus that attacked her. I don't know if we will ever know the answer. But, it still hurts me dearly.

3. How many shots does she get per day?
Total of 4 on the normal routine as long as she is not sick, and then we get into trouble in many ways. She has to have at least 4 pokes in her fingers every day.

4. Have they talked to you about a pump?
No, it has not been mentioned by her Specialist in Knoxville. Actually, Hannah's levels are not considered that bad compared to many children. I thank God that I am home to monitor and take care of her properly. We had not even thought about it until we've been asked this question by several people.

5. How's Hannah doing?
Today, okay. At this hour, she seems fine. An hour later, or day later, even minute from minute, her blood sugar levels affect how her entire body feels and functions. Isn't that amazing?!  Somedays, she feels wonderful and is happier than we've seen her in such a long time. Other times, she is grumpy and irritable, much like she had become within at least the last year or so. We noticed a change in her personality and interaction with older siblings, which we thought was behavioral. Now, we know that this irritability is a definite sign of Juvenile Diabetes.

Hannah's sisters are super-supportive, loving, and understanding during all that Hannah has to endure. They love her so much and are understanding how to cope and nurture her at her times of highs and lows. We're a team and we stick together!  

Unfortunately, she is still having pain issues with her stomach that have not been resolved. She will see a GI specialist this week for follow-up. Pray for compassion from the doctor and a shield of protection from picking up illness-this is the same dr's office that so kindly exposed us to the flu virus that spread to our entire family.

Hannah is doing awesome in school and much more advanced than her previous sisters were in Kindergarten. Today, she was trying to understand multiplication!  She also is really enjoying her piano lessons and becoming proud and confident. She has an awesome teacher, thanks Mrs. Bowman :-)

Hannah does not like any attention toward herself and would prefer that I not tell you any of this and not talk about her at all. However, I know that you care about her and that you check often to see how she is doing. Thank you for praying for her and loving our family. Blessings to yours.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Diapers: CVS Explorers vs. Pampers(any Brand)

A few weeks ago, I needed a few diapers to fill in until my Pampers arrived from my AmazonMom shipment.
I was shopping at CVS and found a coupon that was for $3.00 off CVS brand diapers that had printed from the coupon machine weeks back. I had almost tossed it into the garbage, but thought perhaps I should keep it and I sure am glad that I did!

I discovered a really neat deal.  I purchased a pack of CVS brand Explorer diapers for around $3.74. I figured that I could make due with them for just one day since the price was really great.

My daughter has VERY sensitive skin and I am thoroughly impressed that her skin did not break out nor were there any leaks! In fact, I was very impressed that these diapers actually covered her body and fully around the entire diaper area than my usual Pampers brand. Pampers brand has started making their diapers so thin now.

 Another bonus is that a dog is printed on the outside and our sweetheart just loves the dog. She cried after she asked for a new gog diaper and I had to tell her we had ran out.
Will we switch? Perhaps, if the price continues to be right, I will certainly consider it.

Sidenote: CVS is not sponsoring this post. It is a great find that I am thrilled to tell you about.

Still hanging on

Hey Friends,

Just wanted you to know we are still hanging on. Some are still not well. I have three laying right now. I pray that this is not another round of the stomach virus hitting us!!!!!!  Will update as I can.

Update: 10 p.m.
All the girls seem to be really tired from the last 4 day's activities. Hopefully, a good night's rest will do the trick. Thanks for checking in on us.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Celebration of Jesus!

He has RISEN!!!!

Tonight, we had a spccial family celebration and I'd love to share it with you sometime!

I'm Here!

Just wanted to give a quick hello and stop in to let you know that I am here.  Lots going on for Easter; plus, I've had 5 sick children all week long. Daughter #1 caught the virus, too. I was disappointed, but she perked up enough to go to church today and play outside. It was great to see her smiling and playing again!! I was extremely proud when she was teaching a class of 28 children a new song at church today. Little girls were gathered around her, watching and admiring her gift of playing the guitar. It was great to see! In a way it was. In a way it wasn't. She's so big now, she's so grown up. She's passed me up in feet and hand size and now we can wear the same size clothes. It makes me sad because I miss my baby girl. Trust me and savor your babies, I know I can't get that time back with her. I miss her cuddles and jibberish words and innocence of a young child. But, this is God's plan for her to grow into a young woman so it's gotta be the best, right?  I choose to enjoy the time God gives us everyday and savor it all. I miss you baby Ma-Ma and I love the friend you now are to me. Thanks for being here.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Recipe for (Natural Ingredients) Pedicure-Repost

From my previous post on April 5th

(Jennifer, this is for you ;-)

While couponing online tonight, I ran across this great simple, low-cost, natural recipe for a home-made pedicure. I haven't tried it yet, but will let you know the results when I do! I can't wait to try this out and serve someone with a relaxing foot-soak.

And, I know you are just needing this recipe, so it is my joy to save you money and give you another great low-cost recipe ;-)

"Blend 2 tablespoons of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. If desired, add a few drops of lavender oil. After a nice soak, make a scrub using 3 parts ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda and 1 part water. If more exfoliation is needed, add 1 part brown sugar to the scrub. Follow with an application of a rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Feet will feel smooth and clean."

Recipe compliments of: savingssecrets.com

Thursday, April 21, 2011


In case I didn't tell you, my 2nd born woke up sick today. She has been up and down and played very well outside because she was very happy that grandparents were visiting.

Praying and rebuking sickness against my family!  We have a fun next 4 days together and I pray we can all be well!



These deals are just too great to pass up telling you about!!

Print these coupons to get FREE items at CVS this week!  Also note, that I know that our local SuperCenter usually has a good supply on the Floss for this coupon with a price of 93cents ea.


The floss and mouthwash pictured above are on sale at CVS this week for $1.00 ea. and sale ends Saturday.


This Week

I had high plans for this week and a great way to get things done.

None of it has happened.

I had hoped to minister to some families that could have used  a meal this week. The truth is, I created a rule for myself on that a long time ago. The rule was simply, if I am having trouble making a meal for my own family, it truly is not the day to prepare one for another family. The Lord reminds me that there will be season later in my life for this ministry; although, my heart wishes to serve weekly in this.

None of us have Easter outfits. I had hoped for matching ones. Doesn't look like that will happen.

Hours of lost sleep(more than usual) and the toll of the week have hit Rick&myself today.

By the way, I have a new theory why my husband and I are having such challenges these past twelve months... Could the Lord be using this to prepare us for when we become grandparents years down the road in order for us to help our children?   Hmmmm, that makes sense, doesn't it.

Instead, life has brought me to my utmost calling this week.
Everything has been let go and the focus has become on my children.
All of the other things will get done or maybe they won't.  Some may get let go. Taking care of my sick children and being a helpmeet to my husband has been about the only successful thing I've accomplished all week. But, wait a minute!!!  I just realized something, that is really what matters to God and that's the most important thing anyways!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Meet the Jeub Family

I wanted to share a link to a family website that I quickly scanned through. I think you'll find it as much encouragement and a blessing as your family serves the Lord. Enjoy.

A Better Way?

I am sure we have a virus... Daughter #3 is now sick...

11:43 Daughter#4 woke up throwing up, cleaned her up, 5 mins later she threw up again...

Daughter #3 began throwing up...

After 1 a.m. my husband finally finished cleaning up from the last episode...

Today, I am continuing morning clean-up.

Thankfully, I have a 10 year old and 8 year old that have been taking kitchen duty. They are a HUGE help to me today!!!

I am calling all large families with several young children who get sick at the same time, is there a better way to manage all this laundry and cleaning? I could use some good pointers right about now. Click on my email or comment link...thanks in advance ;-)

p.s. I do have a praise report...Hannah was able to eat a little this morning which helped her insulin levels stay within a good range and avoid dehydration. I praise God for that!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Remarkable Comments

I have heard some comments these past few days regarding our family size and illness, I thought I would share them with you. Illness has nothing to do with our family size and I would like to set the record straight that we have allowed God to control our family size and it is our family and we are so blessed!

Comment #1 "You are a large family, when one gets sick, they all get sick. It's just that way with this many all so close to the same age."

Comment #2 "Are your children well?"
My reply, "No, some are not," as I frown and reluctantly reply.
"With that many, you are lucky if they are all well. My mom used to tell us that one of us was sick all the time."

I will keep my comments to myself and pray that our family is a witness, ministry and blessing to each life we meet and may our family be known as His hands and feet as the Bible tells us to be. No further explanation needed.

About Us

If you are checking in on us, here's the details...

Baby Toddler Girl Childress is feeling better from yesterday, no more episodes of throwing up. However, Sister #4 woke up last night with throwing up, feeling bad, ears hurting. Doctor's office again today. Not a long wait like yesterday, thank the Lord! One ear has fluid, but no harsh redness or infection. She is still feeling nauseous on and off. Sister #3 is feeling nauseous tonight, she is much higher risk than the others with this. If she can't eat, she cannot get insulin and her blood sugars may drop too low-which would equal great danger.

Is it viral?
Was it caused by the wind Saturday?
Is it both?
We don't know.
I'm thinking both.

Thanks for listening, praying, and loving our family. I'm praying this can all end ASAP so we can enjoy Easter.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Welcoming Monday...a new week

It wouldn't be my blog if I didn't have a story to tell, now would it?!

What a day...

Last night, Rick and I prepared for this week with schedule planning and I had high hopes for a magnificiently successful school week. I had high goals to get this school year finished and prepare for end of year testing.

Life surprised me, and we were awakened to the sound of our toddler daughter throwing up all over herself, the bed, and her Momma. This has required much laundry washing, sanitizing, and attention. Through the morning, she was able to communicate to me that her ears were hurting and she later did not hold down her breakfast. I knew that if her ears were infected and she was this sick, then there was a high chance for eardrum rupture so we trotted off to the doctor's office in Norton.
5 kids
1 minivan
5 schoolbags
bucket for throw up
1 bag with diapers, wipes, bags, extra clothes
1 bag with coupons books and wallet
1 stroller seating 2 kids
1 towel
1 Mom
2 hours at the doctor's office to see 1 child
2 doctors came in to see us

I'm so glad to be home.

Meanwhile, added another sick child complaining of stomach pain...did we get a virus somehow and this is what caused this illness? Who knows, I am not trying to figure it out anymore.

We have to leave again in a few minutes to go to the pharmacy for some medicine for Naomi's eczema, asthma, and alcohol pads.
There has been a recent recall on some Alcohol prep pads. CVS in Norton&Big Stone is out and Food City did not have any on the shelf over the weekend.

Really, what we have planned for our days, nights, and weeks do not matter. Life has a way of changing everything in a mere second.

I'm just so thankful we're all together.

So long for now.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Moving Kittens

It was odd because last Saturday, Whiskers kept sneaking in the house when the screen door was cracked open. She went under the girls' beds.

Later, during lunch, I heard a kitten crying out. Whiskers had it in her mouth. Was she trying to eat her kitten? Surely not, hopefully not!!!!!
Rick was using the weed-trimmer and we screamed out to him, "RICK! RICK!! RICK!!!!!"
Finally, he came to the door.
Whiskers put her kitten back in her house, but still cried to come in our house. We do not have pets in the house so that was no option for us. Hmmm...I figured it out last week. She was wanting to move her kittens inside OUR house!!
No, Whiskers!

She did move her kittens to the back of their house onto the green cushion.

I asked my husband to find a box and we needed to put it somewhere that she could move the kittens. I had read that momma cats move the kittens in about 1 week.

I believe it was last Tuesday morning, I checked on the kittens and they were safe and snug.
We went up to school and later breaked for lunch.
I looked in their house and no kittens. No Whiskers, no kittens!
I immediately went to the box that Rick fixed for them. We put a blanket over it on these cold spring nights and I open it during the morning.
(Sidenote: YES, I did need one more thing to do...not really)

And, I found the kittens safe inside! Yeah!!!!
Oh so cute and snuggly! We discovered that they opened their eyes on Thursday!

March Women's Retreat

During this annual retreat, there is always a surprise guest that shares their testimony. This year, I was asked to give my testimony. I had woke up sick that very morning and called Mrs. Judy and asked her to pray for me. I felt well enough to go, but I did arrive late. I was sad to have missed the morning's teaching. The day was one of fellowship and meals prepared and served by the Camp Bethel staff.

Note of thanks to my friend Kathy for taking the pictures of me speaking!

It ended with a time of communion and foot washing. It was a blessing to spend that time with God, and it was a blessing to also get back home to my family that night.

EASY Baked Ziti Recipe

I spent about $4 for this dish of baked ziti! It fed our family plus some leftovers to pack for Dad's lunch. I had a coupon for free Mueller's pasta, which made this a great deal.


1/2 box ziti
1 jar Marinara sauce
1 package Mozzerella Cheese
parsley flakes(fresh or dried will work the same)

Boil ziti as package describes.
Lightly cover bottom of baking dish with marinara sauce.
Layer sauce with ziti and follow with cheese sprinkled on top(about 1/2 the package)
Repeat layers of sauce and ziti.
Finish with a layer of sauce covering the pasta.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Top with sprinkles of parsley.
Bake in preheated oven of 400 for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I suggest serving with warm bread and a vegetable such as salad.

Note: This makes an excellent dish for a freezer meal. To freeze, do not bake after you finish layers. Simply wrap the dish and freeze. Use same oven temperature, cook for about 20-25 minutes.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coupon Link for Vinegar

Here's a link to the vinegar coupon that you can use for your All Purpose Household Cleaner.

(Note: Heinz is not sponsoring this.)

As promised... Natural Household Cleaner Recipe

I cannot say I have tried this yet, but I picked up the ingredients from my food co-op order yesterday and I am hoping to try it this week. I may need to tweak it because a new recipe always is an experiment around here. My girls are super excited about this!

We can use it to clean any surface in the house.

Oops, maybe not windows, computer or tv screens. But, you know what I mean ;-)

I will be sure to post pictures and the recipe again when we try, but if in case you have been curious, I will have you wait no longer. It is my pleasure to present to you the following recipe:

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 32oz Spray Bottle
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Distilled White Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 tsp Liquid Castile Soap
  • 20 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 20 drops Favorite Essential Oil Scent


  • grapefruit
  • eucalyptus
  • orange
  • lavender
  • peppermint
  • lemongrass
Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle in the order they are listed. Replace the top and shake to mix. Enjoy cleaning with your own creation, knowing the ingredients are clean & pure!

Recipe compliments of SomethingBetterNaturalFoods

Today's Cancellation

Did anyone else work extremely hard to get out to the door to make it to Bullitt Park for the Egg Hunt only to find that it was cancelled?

...That was us...We found a note on the entrance...Rescheduled to next week, same park, same time

Bullitt Park
11 a.m.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Slow blogging days, Busy Activity Days

Hi Friends,

Sorry we're out of the loop on blogging these past few days. We're busy with activities out of the home. I have lots of good things to share soon, such as; kitten updates, pictures of the March ladies retreat, recipes, and a new recipe for natural home-made cleaner. I"m really excited for us to try a new home-made household cleaner recipe and I can't wait to share about that!

Thanks for stopping by, gotta run.
Visit again soon.

Blessings, Shandee

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Offline Today

We're doing some Easter activities for school so we'll be offline today and will return later.

Come back for some fun stories.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Free Photo Collage at Walmart Picture Studios


Who could resist this sweet face?!!

This time 2 years ago, I was waiting to see her precious face.

And, then God gave us the sweetest gift, she flashed us the most beautiful smile. I wasn't sure she could possibly be smiling on the day she was born, but when she flashed the gorgeous smile and adorably cute dimple to her Daddy, I knew for sure...

Photos captured by Mom, at home

Cell Phone Use & Radiation

Article below is an excerpt from this online page.

Cell phone radiation and the health risk associated with cell phone use is real. Limit your exposure by reducing the dangerous radiation emitted from your cell phone. click here to learn more

What can I use to protect myself from cell phone radiation

How cell phone radiation and electromagnetic radiation works

Cell Phone Radiation

The controversy over cell phones and whether the electromagnetic radiation they use poses a health risk is becoming clearer. To those of you who decided to follow the precautionary principle, you are right to do so until science can come to a more definitive answer about the various claims.

To those of you who decided to ignore the growing alarm over the years - consider protecting your infant children by restricting cell phone use near them.

The latest step in the debate was revealed in testimony this week by researchers before a US Senate subcommittee on labour, health, and human services. They spoke about the need for updated safety standards for cell phones. These scientists, who are involved in studies on the effects of cell phone radiation on humans, are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to provide more protection for consumers by updating US safety standards for cell phones.

The fact that this testimony is being made in a country where the cell phone and telecommunications sectors have spent millions of dollars in lobbying politicians to ignore the issue and where government institutions have a tendency to side with industry is significant.

Other countries, such as the UK and Finland, have issued cautionary warnings about the use of cell phones. The warnings generally note that the scientific evidence so far is inconclusive and that until more studies are completed it is best to remain on the side of caution.

Finland, for example, has issued two advisories on the matter. The UK has issued a similar advisory asking parents to limit their children's use of cell phones. The EU, in the form of the European Commission, is currently considering more stringent manufacturing rules for the bloc.

It is worth noting that the World Health Organization has stated that cancer is unlikely to be caused by cellular phones. WHO plans to issue recommendations about the health risks of mobile phones next month, so watch this space.

The inconclusiveness of the evidence for or against mostly rests with the lack of long-term studies. Cell phones have not been around long enough to determine whether low-level exposure over, say 20 years, could affect human health. But as time goes on, the picture is becoming clearer, or is it?

More recent studies have suggested that those who have been heavy cell phone users over a period of 10 years or more have an increased risk of developing brain tumors on the same side of their heads where they normally hold their phones.

The US has remained steadfastly firm against issuing any advisories, instead countering the sometimes hysterical warnings by avowing that current scientific evidence does not reveal any danger, including to younger children and teenagers.

Of course, most of us need to use our cell phones. It is a key business tool. But as consumers we should start checking the SAR ratings of cell phones before buying them. SAR stands for 'Specific Absorption Rate', which is a measure of the level of the heat generated by the radiation emitted by cell phones.

The current US standard, followed by most of the world, is a SAR exposure rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram.

For now, all you can do is make sure your cell phone scores as low as possible below this standard. You can get down to below 0.4 SAR on some phones.

The US Federal Communications Commission publishes the SAR ratings for all approved phones sold in the USA so that is one place to start checking (www.fcc.gov/cgb/sar).

Another site to check is the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation), a non-profit research and advocacy group, which has an online consumer guide with the SAR ratings for about 1,000 cell phones.

Look at the current state of the evidence and make an informed choice. That is all we can do for now as responsible parents. For yourself, consider going hands free as much as possible.

Article from www.cellphoneradiationprotection.com

Math Advice

What do we use for Math?

After my first-born daughter entered first grade, she was in tears every day; thus, I was in tears with her. At that time the cirriculum we were using was dull and lifeless to her. I started to pray and ask God to show us what to do. Afterall, the cirriculum we were using was actually designed for a classroom, not homeschool families... The Lord was gracious and through a friend, we discovered Math-U-See and we love it. This program comes with an instructional DVD for each lesson and we love it! Mr. Demme is a great teacher with a fun sense of humor.
If you're looking for a change, consider, Math-U-See. It has been a blessing to us!

Also, click here for a Scope and Sequence to compare to your current cirriculum.

This is NOT a sponsored post, just passing on some ideas that worked for our family ;-)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

10 Things I Want My Friends to Know...a take on Juvenile Diabetes-It is DIFFERENT than Type 2!

Today's Worship and Bible

If you want to follow along with us, we're starting worship and bible time!

The children have requested these songs:

Beautiful One


Amazing Grace(My Chains are Gone)

We're continuing our study in the life of Jesus. Today, we'll be reading Mark,Chapter 4.

Have a blessed day!

p.s. By God's definition-not public school or the worlds: If this is all we accomplished in school today, this is the most important of all. However, I know there will be lots of other learning, but this is the real reason I choose to keep my kids home. God is first in everything!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Luxuries we take for granted...and sacrifices we make to not go into debt!

Last summer, our van started having problems...engine lights, brake lights, stopping in middle of the road, not starting, and the AC not working. We decided in order to have a working vehicle that we had to repair the major problems and it seemed that the problems did not stop happening thus robbing our emergency fund.

Then, there was the AC that did not work. We decided that we could not afford having the AC repaired. The girls and I managed to get through the summer without an AC. The only places we really go are mostly necessary such as: church,doctor visits, store trips, music lessons, and occasional school events so I assured my husband that the girls and I would be okay to stick it out. On some of the days that we did go and the vehicle was operable, it was very hot. I can remember the sun's beams hitting through the windows and the sweat on my sweet 14 month old's face when we returned home from these trips. In the mini-van, the only windows that open are the two front ones and side ones open about 3 inches in the back. That is not a lot of air for a full vehicle! OH, and the passenger side one does not work; it stopped working as well...

I am telling you it was never more tempting go into debt for a larger& roomier vehicle than last summer! Having one income comes with challenges sometimes. When I hear, "I have to work" from several mothers(which I understand some are single or special circumstances), I immediately start thinking of what I personally and as a family what we sacrifice for me to stay home. To those who make the comments, if you only knew that by your standards it would appear that I have to work also. But, making due only lasts temporarily and God is always faithful to provide when we are willing to follow His plan for us to be at home to nurture our children and have a peaceful retreat for our husband when he arrives home. What can you sacrifice in order to be at home? If you consider it, you'll be surprised what you can truly do without. It is such a JOY to be home and I will safely do whatever it takes to be here. Considering poverty in third world countries, having an air-conditioned vehicle is purely a luxury!

Now back to us...

We toughed it out and made it through and thankfully, the heater worked this past winter when we needed to go out. Now, it's hot weather again. Today, my husband called the local garage and had them to come pick up our van to repair the AC. The girls and I drove to the store this afternoon and couldn't believe it. It felt really odd to have such cold air. And I realized that having air conditioning is a luxury!

p.s. And our home AC is out again this Spring...the heatpump has gone out every spring for 6 years in a row...and, we will be getting this fixed ASAP!

Local Garden Workshop

This was sent out to our homeschool group today and I thought it was worth posting on my blog. It sounds like some FREE-really great garden info. Thanks, Bona, for passing this information along!

A Celebration of Spring
The Friends of the Museum will sponsor their annual “A
Celebration of Spring” event at

the Southwest Virginia Museum on *April 30 from 9 AM – 2 PM*. Celebrate
spring with a day of

events sure to appeal to your green thumb. Local growers and plant
enthusiasts are invited to

enjoy the day’s events that include:

9 AM – 2 PM: Friends of the Museum annual plant sale. Plants
range from $1 to $5.

9 – 10 AM: Herb Gardening with Jean Brown (free)

10 – 11:30 AM: Rain Barrel workshop. Participants make a rain
barrel to take home.

(Supplies included in $15.00 fee).
This program is offered by The Upper

Tennessee River Roundtable.
Participants must *pre-register by April 15.*

Noon: “Herbal” Luncheon. A light lunch featuring items made
with herbs. Cost is $6 and

Participants must *pre-reserve by April 15.*

1-2 PM Developing Your Green Thumb. A chance to learn some
time-tested growing tips

From experienced growers. (free)

Please contact the museum at 276-523-1322 for more information.

Sharon Ewing, Park Manager
Southwest Virginia Museum
Historical State Park
P.O. Box 742
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
(276) 523-1322
fax: (276) 523-6616
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Friday's Knoxville Visit Part 1

Leaving after 7 a.m.

Almost there...

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with Mrs. Kristen. She was sad to see us without sissies...

Part 2

I am disappointed that this has become part of our life, but thankful that we have medicine to treat her and keep her well. We are still continuing to believe for a miracle and God's healing while trusting the Lord has his hand on us in this journey.

Part 3-Knoxville Clinic Visit

Hannah was given this pink bag on our first visit to East TN Children's Hospital at the Clinic for her Endocrinologist appointment. Little things like this make childhood-illness seem a lot less depressing. Here we go, to Clinic where bloodwork was sure to be taken, but a prize WAS rewarded this
time ;-) A good Momma always makes SURE her babies are well-taken care of! Speak up, "you are your child's only advocate"-that is a quote from the brave Mommy of Westin Dietz, Mrs. Julie Dietz.


We had to wait over 1.5 hours to see our doctor on this day. We were there a total of over 3 hours this time. Mostly waiting. Childlife is great, Mrs. Kristen is very compassionate and gives the children LOTS of fun stuff to keep them busy!