Welcome



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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Vacations

Last year, we embarked on a summer vacation in Pigeon Forge. The grandparents had given us money that they had been saving in a jar and we used it to pay towards family tickets to Dollywood. Needless to say, our vacation did not turn out as we had dreamt. I hear this often happens to families during vacation.

This was only the beginning of the battle that we have faced the last 12 months.

Upon our arrival to Dollywood, we began to see a change in our daughter. She started to become ill and drained. (Now, we know what was wrong after her diagnosis of Juvenile Diabetes.)


After a long, hot day at Dollywood, we went to check in our cabin, Black Bear Lodge, at Fireside Chalets in Pigeon Forge, TN. The children were so excited because we chose to pay for a cabin that was right beside the pool and play area. Upon check-in, we were told that the pool was closed and to make it better for us, they offered to move us to a different cabin and allow us to pay the difference OR an offer to give us around what I believe was $50 back for the inconvenience. What were we going to do? It's not like we could just turn around in our maxxed out seating mini van and drive back home 2.5 hours. Fireside Chalets did not call us before we left home in order to work this out prior to our arrival. After we arrived at the cabin, we understood that the pool had actually been shut down by the local health department. This is what we saw on FireSide's webpage and below is what we found upon arrival. I believe that we only reserved two nights, thankfully! Friends, I am learning that in life, we truly need to be compassionate to others and we received 0 compassion from anyone or any office.







At least we still had the hot tub, at the cabin, right?
Well, the hot tub was filled with wasps and bees nests behind it. Also, there was a strange smell with the water. We absolutely mentioned this at checkout and wrote it on our discharge papers. I possibly even put a call in about the nests and nothing was resolved on that either.




Later, that night, our infant daughter who had swallowed some hot tub water that night, woke up throwing up...the hot tub didn't work out so well either(the hot tub is not pictured here.)















Then, there was the playground and it was okay, but there were nails strewn about the area from missing boards. So thankful we are watchful parents and did not let them run over there without us. A definite ER visit would have been needed due to rusty nails! Notice the missing boards on the outside chair.

This place was weird, it was like a nice area, but no upkeep and no utmost care for guests from FireSide Chalets. The disappointment with our lodging made a trip with sick children seem worse.






Nevertheless, we were together and we were blessed to gather for a Family Picture the morning we left and ventured off to the doctor's office once we returned home-to our local Urgent Care Center that very night. Wasted money and stress for a Summer Vacation was our end result on the month of June, year 2010.

We are learning to make the best of anything that God allows to happen, that is what He wants anyways. And, we will praise HIM through every walk we take.

P.S. Did I tell you that we, yes our family, caused the rides at the Dollywood park to SHUT DOWN because one of the children needed to go potty?  LONG Story, but make sure that you take your kids to go potty before you get in a LONG line at Dollywood in the Summertime!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Goodbye School, Hello SUMMER!


Tomorrow will be our first day out of the classroom, it will be sad, but we have plenty of summer projects to work on!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

End of Year Testing



It's test time for the Childress Family Homeschoolers!
We choose this weekend because Daddy is home for administering.

It's time to see what my girls have learned.

We have two testers this year. One has shared with me that the word bakery was misspelled on her test and she told me that she knew the correct spelling because of our local grocery store! Also, my oldest student was telling me she had a definition word and she knew what it was because of a lunch conversation with me one day. It emphasizes to me that it's not just the education in the textbooks or curriculum that we choose(although those are very important.) It proves to me that what God has pressed on my heart since I became a Mommy, the most important thing that I can give my children is my love, time, and attention! My daughter knew how to spell the word bakery because of the shopping trips that she attends with me, how precious!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sharing Precious Family Moments

On the night of Easter, we had a very special family evening. We gathered in a circle seated within the guest chairs that were already out from the day's previous celebration with family.
We gathered to hear Daddy read the scripture, share Communion, and to serve our children by washing their feet just as Jesus& The Disciples did. It was a very memorable time in our family and the children have asked to continue this tradition throughout the years. I think it might just become a Childress Family Tradition.

(Yes, my child is wearing Christmas pjs at Easter...I know, I know...)




After we were finished washing the children's feet and praying with them, they asked to wash their Daddy's feet.

We won the Canning Party Pack to share with guests!!!



Remember when I posted that we had applied to be a host?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The pink bag belongs to us...

It's so sad to me that my child knows these medical supplies so well and depends upon them for her very existence and it breaks me in my spirit, sometimes. It hurts me to know that she depends on a glucometer, syringes, needles, and test strips more than she can depend on her favorite toy or blankie.
It hurts me to the depth of my being to know that there is nothing I could have done to prevent it or make it go away.

Then I remember, this is why HE died on the cross; for our sins and our healings! 

I remind myself that it could be much, much worse. I am so thankful that my little girl is in there in that bed and that she has been playing in the yard and riding her bicycle because I remember how painful it was on our whole family when she was away at the hospital.

And, so, I know to pray and trust in HIM!

Dishwasher Detergent Recipe(Again)

We'll be making our dishwasher detergent today and thought I would post this again. It's SO great!
We'll be restocking our own supply and sharing some in a ministry outreach that we're doing this afternoon. 




FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011


EASY dishwasher detergent

Do to many requests, I am posting the home-made dishwasher detergent. Thanks to Jennifer@homekeepingheart for the recipe. This has been a great budget friendly and great product. It smells wonderful and cleans very nicely. At Walmart, I spent approximately $11 for all three of the ingredients pictured here. This will last for months because we only use about 1 tablespoon per wash. It's so easy that my 4 year old can make it as we showed in the previous months post.
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{The empty wipes container is what I used to store my detergent as Jennifer suggested. To fill this container, I used 3 cups of Borax, 3 cups of Cascade Complete, and 2 cups Baking Soda. I did slightly alter the amount of ingredients with a decrease in the baking soda.}



Ingredients:
Borax Laundry Deterrgent
Baking Soda
Cascade Complete Powder Detergent

Mix: 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Cascade, and 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Double or triple for larger batches.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today's Shopping Trip

I needed to purchase some low-cost items today. I came up with some of the deal scenarios and some of them were inspired by Southern Savers. Thanks for the links!

 Here's what we purchased:

(Food City) *2 Lean Pockets for $2.18 total, coupon
                    *Tombstone Pizza, FREE coupon by mail after game purchase
                    
                    *Fresh Express Salad .79, coupon




(Walmart) *Cottonelle Wipes, FREE  no longer free offer, but $1.00 off coupon
                   *2 Kraft Dressing, $1.26 for 2 bottles total, Paired coupons with Target dressing coupon +
                      2 Kraft Dressing Coupons from Coupons.com last week
                    *Always Liners, FREE, plus about .05 overage, coupon from P&G booklet
                   *Expo Markers, .44, coupon from Coupons.com last week
                

        

            (CVS) *Crystal Light Drink Mix, FREE, scan your ExtraCare Card for Coupon
            *Purex, SALE $1.98, $1.00 off coupon from various mailer free sample
             CVS is also giving a FREE greenbag tag coupon from the machine this week, they are currently
               out of stock in Big Stone, though



 TOTAL OUT OF POCKET: $5.67 +tax

I may keep two or three of these items for our family, but we will be using the rest for ministry outreaches. My two oldest daughters were so cute at Food City today watching the price scanner deduct our savings. They literally stood there watching the totals go down while we backed up line because of our coupons.









(Forgive me for the picture quality.)

$1 Wendy's Berry Almond Chicken Salad

Print yours off now.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Our Day, Our Wedding Anniversary

{This photo was captured by our family photographer, Neka Wilson. She snapped this photo this past Fall during a moment that we were taking a break from family photos. It was a very busy, stress-filled day and for a brief moment, my beloved and I were able to sit during a break. Little did I know that she captured such a real moment, it's one of my all-time fav's!   Thanks, Neka :) }


It's our day... 13 years ago just like today, a rainy morning followed by bright sunshine... we made a promise to God and each other...



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sharing Courageous

I've been following this for a long time now and the opening day is growing nearer. I think it will be life-changing for some families!

Sharing Courageous

Yearly School Lesson from the Desk of the Teacher

Home school should not be viewed or compared to public school. We are not the same and never will be.  Illness happens, delays happen, unexpected things happen, and there are seasons of new babies, training, and days that will just not go as planned for one reason or another.


School needs to fit into our life  instead of trying to fit  life into school. School is no longer our first priority.

God used my daughter's illness to teach me that homeschooling is truly a different approach in education and I am blessed by that beyond measure.


Shandee Childress



slow coupon day

I would suggest that you not buy a local paper today for coupons. It seems to be not such a good coupon morning online or in the local paper. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

School, Yard Work, and More

Whew, busy time of the year!

Are you feeling that way, too?

Yesterday, we realized that in order to finish school by June 1st, we were going to have to do school today since we missed 1/2 the day for Field Day yesterday. Half our day was school and then the girls and I have moved on to cleaning off the porch while Daddy finishes the big task of yard work that he started early this morning while the thick fog was lifting in the mountains.

We're working at home today and making plans for the week. We are scheduled for the big test that we prepare for all year long, the big test that counts for this year's studies and is sent into our local School Board for review and approval for the next year's permission to home school.  Our family uses the Iowa Test and we order it from Bob Jones University/BJU Press. We've been very pleased with the experience we have had so far.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5th grade final book

 My 5th grader is reading this biographical book about Helen Keller. This book is from another Sonlight Core Program.  She is finding it a bit disturbing because of what happened to her as an infant. My daughter had such a genuine, loving heart for children and it just breaks her heart that Helen acquired an illness that made her blind and deaf.  

I also found a link that has a lesson plan for this book.

2nd grade final book

Here's our final book for 2nd grade from Sonlight's core. My 2nd grader thinks it's very easy, she's an excellent reader and enjoys reading.


I did some research on my own and found a neat link for a lesson plan for Greg's Microscope. Click here to go there.

$1 off McD's Lemonade

Click here for your coupon from McDonald's.

Bandaged

Not sure how blogging will go these next few days, I burnt my finger on a hot iron skillet tonight. Ouch!
I have it all bandaged up with a cool, soothing washcloth...it's already blistering.

Consistency





As I am going about my day, I am reminded of consistency and thought I would share.


If I had one piece of advice to offer any wife or mother-even dad or husband, my advice is to be consistent. You would not believe how YOUR role with consistency affects the flow of your home.


When I am consistent with:



  • Studying the word-I feel closer to God and He never fails to give me a word just when I need it
  • Making a way to spend time with my husband-We are in peace and could fight against anything. When we do not have time together, we can withstand nothing. 
  • Managing House Chores-our home is neat and tidy. Who does not enjoy a comfy, tidy home?
  • Maintaining the Schedule-there are no questions, our family has a great routine and we work in harmony because everyone knows what to do and when to do it
  • Grocery Shopping-we spend less money eating out, I have less stress about what I'm going to prepare, and my family looks forward to what meal we are having on each planned night.
  • Discipline-my children know what to expect for their actions of misbehavior and the consequence for it.
  • My time-when I manage my time wisely, I am more productive, less stressed and enjoy my family more without the distractions of chaos.
  • Being aware of our Family's Budget- I am pleasing my husband by not overspending and lessening the burden of the stress of  money matters.
  • Keeping my word- Others can depend on what I say and know that my word is my word. I love what the Bible clearly says: 

    Matthew 5:37 (New International Version)

    37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one"Yes be yes" in the Bible: Matthew 5:37 
    Jesus tells us to let our yes be yes and our no be no. He wants us to tell the truth directly and succinctly, avoiding lying or half-truths when letting our yes be yes would suffice.
     


Dear Moms,

You have no idea what an impact you have on your family and those around you. Do not grow weary. The battle is the Lord's and He will equip you for all circumstances and will make you strong in your weakness. As Nancy Campbell says, YOU are a nation changer! Don't underestimate your divine calling in life as a mother!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Update on my daughter

For those of you checking in on my sweet daughter that was up the night before last...

She is showing much progress with her change of meds. from the doctor's visit yesterday. I think one of the medicines is making her stomach hurt, but other than that, I can tell a big difference. She is still not 100% herself, but she is showing good progress. Thank you for checking on us and loving us.


This photo was taken last week before she came ill. I took this with our pc cam last week during quiet time. Her favorite thing is still to snuggle right next to Momma and sneaks in to sleep in our bed every minute she can. Most mornings these days, I awake crunched up between 2 children and my husband. I don't think I'll ever know how it feels to sleep alnight again!! What a full life!

Couponing

I am no longer using my two coupon folders, I am throwing them out.





Not really, just not using them anymore.

If you know me very well, you know that I am not wasteful and will find a use for anything to save money and avoid throwing it away.  That's what this post is about, saving money ;-)

I"ll tell you more later.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Food City Photo Contest...we did not win

Go here to compare the winning photos.

Today

Just a brief update on our family. We did go to the specialist today and we were able to still have the birthday celebration. Our daughter's asthma and allergy meds. have been changed. Will update more at a later time. Very long day and night.  Thanks for checking in.

Again

Update: 3:45 a.m. She seems to have settled down a lot. Praise the Lord, I think we can make it till the girls and I can get to the Specialist tomorrow-which is an hour drive, but we receive great service and they know all of my children. Thankfully, only my fourth-born daughter will need to be seen.


I dread posting this, I dread telling you. I want us to be well so bad that if I don't speak about it or tell you about it, then everything is fine. I can kind of pretend like it's not here.. But I cannot hide it anymore. Again, sickness...

I have been up starting about 1 a.m. shortly after I went to bed. The first child was just needing to nurse and the other child shortly drifted in to my room from the couch..

Is someone sick again?

Well, yes, but it's different.

A few weeks ago, one of my girls have a severe allergy attack and possibly a cold on top then her asthma flared up. She began coughing and coughing even after breathing treatments and cough medicine. No high fever, but I could tell she was feeling not all the way well. She continued for a few days and then got to the point of not being able to stop a deep cough in her chest. Her sister is the same way now.

I'm up doing a breathing treatment with her. She's had one of these every 4 hours for about 4 days now.




I didn't want to post this. I know you are tired of reading this. I don't want to burden anyone with yet another illness so I've not posted about it. I think people are tired of hearing about it. I think people are tired of me asking for prayer requests. I want the children to be well. I want to live normal. I want to sleep and I want our family to enjoy life. Don't get me wrong, I know this is not severe but, it's scary when you have to keep giving your children breathing treatment after breathing treatment.

I hesitated to post this picture because it looks so sad to me, so pitiful. And, I may take it down after I post it, so if I do, you will not find a photo below.



I am worried about my daughter. She has no extra weight to lose. I am fearful of pneumonia and if she does not settle down within the next hour, I have no choice but to wake her dad up and we will have to go to the ER. I had already spoken to her dr.(asthma specialist) today after Sunday School and we will be seeing her today as long as I can keep my daughter's breathing okay until morning comes.

Why do we keep battling with illness? Is there something wrong? I don't know. I will update as I am able. I believe there will be a chest xray ordered today and I pray that the others will not be worn by this trip to Kingsport and whatever the day holds. We are supposed to be celebrating a birthday Monday evening.

Thanks yet again for prayers.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Winner...

This is the winner that you picked for us to submit to the Food City Photo Contest.
I'll be sure to let you know if we won. We've not heard anything back yet!

The 5 Love Languages

We just found out in our Sunday School Class today that we going to have a study on The 5 Love Languages and I am so thrilled about it! It will be a wonderful study.
Below is a repost that I had posted earlier this year on this book. Truly, it has transformed my marriage and how I interact with my husband.


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.

Recommended Movie Rentals by Mail


In search of finding family-friendly, faith building movies, I found Christian Cinemas. Our family has really enjoyed this service. If you are looking for an alternative for entertainment instead cable, or store movie rentals, I would suggest Christian Cinemas. I would like to add that I do research each movie for rating and content because we have often found just because it says Christian, it does not mean that it is a movie that we would like to see. After I research the movie, I bring the  information to my husband and trust his discernment on whether we can watch it or not. This same service is actually where we found the movie, HeartStrings and Bubble Trouble that I had recommended in another post. Click here to read about it again.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, just me passing on a good idea.

Lego Cake from Mommy and Daddy

3 Decorator's Tips
2 Decorating Bags
Wax Paper and Sandwich bags to make home-made bags
3 Couplers
1 Cake Mix
6 pounds of Confectioner's Sugar
1 Tub of Icing
1 Lego Mini-figure
and
2 Hours of Decorating...

at 12:45 a.m.

We are FINISHED with Round 1 of the Practice Lego Cake for our 2nd Daughter's BDay.

Now, we'll do it again tomorrow today for the party PLUS one more for the other birthday child!

Stay Tuned ;-)







We have church tomorrow plus a birthday and I'll have a little monster coming through any minute to nurse and snuggle against her momma for the rest of the night.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Why Do Bad Things Happen?


This is an article written by one of the families that was devastated and left homeless after the tornado in Alabama. It was a great, beautiful encouragement to me. It will be to you as well!

Lowe's Sample SALE, BOGO

Buy a Paint Sample and Get one FREE, FREE Shipping also online!


Click Here to get yours!

The Purple Glove

You know that you have been at the doctor's office TOO much when your child is carrying around latex exam gloves as toys!
You'll love this story!
Yesterday at gym class, one of the other children came to me and asked if my daughter could buy a bag of Cheetos and share with
everyone. I explained to her that my daughter did not have any money to get into the vending machine. Nonetheless, I saw
a bouquet of children lined up walking towards me and my daughter was wearing this purple latex exam glove. She approaced me
along with the bouqet of children along with a Mommy friend of mine. They explained to me that all the children were at the vending machine and
Sophie was going to buy the one tiny bag of Cheetos for all the kids. And, then a moment later, I discovered that she did indeed
have 2 quarters tucked away inside this glove. Later in the afternoon; back at home, as we were cleaning up from lunch, I noticed that
my daughter had cut out the fingertips of the glove and she willingly posed for this picture for me to post on my blog. OH, the adventures!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New update on CVS Explorer Diapers

Hi Friends,

I wanted to update you on how the CVS Explorer Diapers are working out for us. Remember my post in comparing them to Pampers Brand for my baby with sensitive skin on this post?

Well, we have found that these diapers are irritating her sensitive skin after wearing them a few weeks straight. We could alternate them if we wanted, but I think I'll just stick to Pampers. Remember, Amazon Mom along with Amazon Subscribe&Save is the way to go! I had posted about that before also.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Homeschooling How-to

Greetings Fellow Homeschoolers!

I wanted to share with you a tidbit that I have learned over the years in homeschooling. I cannot believe that I have been a home-educator for almost 6 years now! Wow, that is so hard to believe.

I wanted to take a moment to encourage and remind each family about Bible time with God. I cannot stress to you how important this is. I often tell my students children that if we do nothing else today except for time with God, then that is okay, because this is the most important thing and the thing that matters the most. For our family, this was the main reason that we decided to homeschool, because God has been taken out of the public school. (I know there are teachers that do pray and somehow manage to get some prayer snuck in, and I so bless you!!)

During our bible time and prayer, I learn so much about the hearts of my children. I encourage you to take the time for this and to begin your school day at home with God. Don't skip it, you will be so blessed by this time you spend with your children. During these times, I have come to understand and see a glimpse of my children's hearts. Today, after some confided in me about fears, I was able to pray about that with them. What a blessing, honor, and privilege!

So, how do you include Bible Time?

We start with music on cd, cassette, or the blessing of my oldest daughter leading us with guitar.
Many companies sell Bible Cirriculum. Other suggestions are; online printables, Character cards with scripture, and often we simply read scripture straight from the Bible and have discussion followed by prayer.

Severe Weather Advisory

Significant Weather Advisory for Wise, VA

Issued by The National Weather Service
Knoxville/Tri-Cities, TN

Tue, May 10, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

Local Radar Map
Updated May 10, 2011, 9:35pm EDT

Weather in Motion® | Enlarge Map
Get WeatherReady
Watches & Warnings Explained
If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is Issued
Protect Your Home from Hail Damage
Lightning Myths
Storm Watch (video)
... SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CITY OF NORTON... WISE AND RUSSELL COUNTIES UNTIL 945 PM EDT...

AT 916 PM EDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM GRUNDY TO 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF WHITESBURG... AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 50 MPH. THESE STORMS WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF WISE AND RUSSELL COUNTIES BETWEEN 930 PM AND 945 PM.

THESE STORMS HAVE A HISTORY OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EASTERN KENTUCKY. HEAVY RAIN AND FREQUENT DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE ALSO EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS.

IF THREATENING WEATHER APPROACHES YOUR AREA... TAKE SHELTER IN A STURDY

Eczema Product for Babies and Young Children

Here are a few of my favorite products to help alleviate the discomfort of eczema with my babies and young children.


My favorite soap is Suave Lavendar Head-to-toe Wash. This is the gentlest soap I have discovered and I use it for shampoo and soap on my infant and toddlers. It makes them smell so fresh.



Another product that works great, which our dermatologist gave me is: Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy. I use this product as maintenance for my children's skin. It is thick, but not greasy. It also has a light fragrance that I love to smell on my sweet baby!

This is not a sponsored post, just some knowledge from a full-time Mommy.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Little Earley :-)


Thanks for such a sweet Mother's Day present and birthday present for your family!

Mother's Day






Two years ago, Mother's Day created a new meaning in my heart.

I was greeted on that particular Mother's Day first thing with a shot of methergyn due to the hemmorhage I had experienced.

I was already a blessed mother of many daughters and then the Lord gave me a new friend to love.

Doctors had cautioned me at that time about giving birth again and also suggested that I not have another pregnancy.

It is amazing to me that my battle to give LIFE could have taken my own LIFE.
But, in my spirit and in my husband's spirit, we knew that God had already ordained the days of this little life that had not even began forming yet. Thus, we were obedient to what God was telling us, trusting Him...
trusting Him for my life.
trusting Him for my baby's life.
trusting Him that I would not leave my husband wifeless
and trusting Him that I would not leave my other children without a mother.
Trusting.
Faith-true faith. Willing to be obedient to HIS calling even if it meant giving my own life.



(I had to be humbled to letting my sweet husband push me with the baby and carrier to the hospital unexpectedly after I returned to my doctor a few days after going home due to continuing health issues.)






I haven't recorded my journey with my 5th pregnancy, but I need to at some point. I can tell you that the csection itself was wonderful and God gave me the easiest csection of any. I did encounter problems during recovery and some health issues are still remaining today. God was so gracious and blessed us with my life and our new baby's life. He was so faithful.


From that Mother's Day on, Mother's Day came with a new meaning. What a blessing it is to be alive and to be a Mother. Knowing that I am fulfilling His calling on my life and what a blessing to be confident of it.


Happy Mother's Day to each of you.


p.s. If you are not a mother yet, God has not forgotten you. Hold fast and steady, God is always faithful to provide our every need at His time.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pet Photo Contest! Pick YOUR favorite Photo and vote on the side!

Vote on the side link for your favorite pet photo that you think we should submit to the Food City Pet Photo contest! We will be entering it in the next few days!

#1


OR #2






OR #3





OR # 4

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Open a jar of summer anytime of the year!

Open a jar of summer anytime of the year!


My daughters and I would LOVE to win this prize pack to learn how to can and make our own home-made jellies and veggies!

It looks interesting and the prize to host such a party looks worthwhile!

Kmart Pharmacy Customer Service

Last week, we encountered a problem with Kmart Pharmacy in the Tri-Cities. I spoke with the pharmacy team to try to resolve the matter and they were not helpful so upon the store manager's advice, I decided to contact the district or regional office. From there, I was able to leave a message for this lady to contact me. To my surprise, she did contact me! That very afternoon in fact. I want to say that she was so helpful and compassionate toward our family when not one other person was willing to help us figure out how we would be able to make use of our coupons for the rx transfers. I just want to thank Ms. Janis Taylor for providing exceptional customer service and for working to make things right in order for us to use our coupons!!!




Also, I found out some interesting info. 1. Kmart Pharmacy is actually independent than the KMart store that they are located within and the Kmart STORE manager cannot help in anyway when dealing with the pharmacy. I thought that was a helpful tidbit of info. 2. If an associate is unwilling to help you, contact the manager.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Free Sample for Moms at U By Kotex

Look what I got in mail today, I had forgotten that I had requested it.


I love passing on the deals, just click here and you will be on your way to sign up for your free sample, too!

Asthma, Allergies, Eczema, and Ilnesses



Much of this is daily medicine to take care of their asthma and allergies when they are well.
When they are sick, it makes it even harder. Our medicine supply is demanding to treat my children with their illness. (The medication to treat juvenile diabetes is not pictured.)



Becoming a mom was really hard for me once I realized that children get sick. I wasn't aware of this and I wasn't aware of anything about asthma. As a child, I did not have insurance and was always a very healthy child with not much more than colds and an allergic reaction to poison oak. My journey through motherhood has taught me so much in taking care of children during illness.

I have really been impressed of doing research on how to treat these autoimmune disorders, but finding the time to do it is the problem.

I can't wait to get back to blogging, there's so much to share so be sure to keep checking!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Illness

I sit here as my husband administers a breathing treatment with one of the girls as they drift to sleep.
I can't believe it, I can't believe it. Less than 7 days ago, our children were fighting the end of the stomach virus. Last week, my other daughter was attacked by allergies and asthma resulting in major breathing issues and to what I believe possibly pneumonia. Tonight, my oldest daughter sat at the table crying. She came in after guitar lessons and melted. Her nose is stuffy and she feels achey. Why oh why do they keep getting sick? The Allergy& Asthma specialist assured me today that there is nothing we are doing wrong. She said it has been a hard year for kids all around. I don't understand. And, I know you are tired of hearing it. We are tired of living it. But, I know God is allowing it for some reason.

In the meantime, we sure would have loved to be preparing to see Elmo in the morning...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Update

Hi Friends,

Giving you a quick update for those of you checking back in on our daughter.


She is okay, possible slight improvement tonight. Perhaps it has taken her antibiotic and steroid a few days to kick in...not sure, but we will be seeing her Allergy&Asthma Specialist this week.

And, Elmo, it's looking like there will be no Elmo...the tickets expire in July. We are hoping to call VEE Entertainment and  hope they will be compassionate towards our family and offer us tickets with a longer date. If not, I guess we won the tickets for nothing because the other shows till Fall are several hours away. I'm mostly sad for Naomi, this was part of her birthday celebration.

Will update as I can.

Blessings, Shandee

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prayer for sick daughter

Dear Friends,

I can't believe I am yet again needing prayer for a sick child of mine. Just after recovering from the stomach virus last week that ran through all 5 children, there is yet another illness. Last week, my 2nd born daughter's allergies became very bad and she was in much discomfort with runny nose, itchy, burning eyes, and stuffy nose which has led to coughing. Her coughing has become uncontrollable today and I am very concerned for her. She has started on an antibiotic and has been on a steroid to help with breathing since Friday and we are seeing basically no progress. I am praying that she will have a big turn-around tonight and asking God to touch her. If, she is still the same in the morning, I will be taking her to see her doctor; hopefully, her asthma and allergy specialist. The last time that Claire was this sick was in December and was treated for pneumonia and was nearly admitted. I am very concerned about her to the point of not knowing of her treatment because she is already doing breathing treatments every 4 hours along with a long list of asthma & allergy medications. I am really  praying for a much needed healing tonight, I cannot dare imagine if she was admitted into the hospital...

We were supposed to be leaving to see Elmo Live! this week because we had won tickets and it is looking like that is not going to happen :(

Thank you yet again for prayer.

Shandee for our family