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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Filled Two Weeks!

The Childress Family schedule has been maxxed out these past two weeks.



We've been participating in Vacation Bible School and Mountain Music School, along with the local library program. It has been fun, but very busy. I'm glad our family will return to normal by midweek this week!

Mountain Music School Ends Today

Check out Mountain Music School video from WCYB-TV 5!
There is no interview with any Childress daughter this year, but you can see them both in different clips. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Free Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin

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Thanks, Hip to Save!

Toddler Automobile Accident



We need to pray for the loss of life with this family. This child was killed by being ran over-and by accident, to the best of my knowledge.
I have really been taking this very serious since three of our children were almost ran over in a parking lot last summer as we were exiting the doctor's office. We can never be too safe!



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our first, big garden tomato



We've watched this tomato grow from a tiny, yellow bloom!

Courageous Dads-Update on Courageous Movie

Courageous Dads


I truly believe that this movie is going to speak to the heart of father's and I'm really excited to see it.
September 30th is not that far away!



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another great reason to consider Homeschooling!



As we know, the new school year is quickly approaching.  I thought you would enjoy reading this repost. 


Blessings, Shandee



MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011


Fruit of Labor

One of the reasons I choose to homeschool is to teach them God's ways because I know they cannot get that in public school unless they have a Christian teacher willing to step out and speak the word. Is there law against that? I don't know, but I do know I can tell them all the bible stories that I want here at home.

I love teaching my children about a good heart and how good fruit comes from a good heart.

When we went to Knoxville, I saw a note that one of my daughters made for the cleaning lady in our hotel room. I selfishly wanted to take it, but the Lord impressed to me that the person finding this note needed it. Thanks to my sweet daughter for ministering. Love you, sweet young lady of a good heart and gift of art and words!


Friday, July 22, 2011

WHO: Five More Regions in Southern Somalia on Brink of Famine

WHO: Five More Regions in Southern Somalia on Brink of Famine





Dear Friends,

We need to pray for these people and children. I can't believe that drought and famine is happening as I type this. It reminds me of stories from the Bible.
As things look worse for the economy here in the US plus the way some people are choosing their lifestyles to live, I can't help but wonder what God is thinking and if we will live to see the return of Jesus in our generation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Grilled Hamburger Steak Recipe








 This is a simple grilling recipe that can go straight from the freezer to the grill.  When ground beef goes on sale, we usually buy extra and freeze it.

Ingredients:
*Ground beef patted into hamburger steaks
Green Peppers
Scallions(Green Onions)
Favorite grilling or marinade sauce
(whatever you have on hand is fine-we
used KC Masterpiece today)
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Onions
Fresh Parsley(Optional)
Mushrooms


Preheat grill.
Line grill with Heavy Duty Foil.
Spray Non-Stick cooking spray on the grill.
Place steaks on the grill and let cook for about 6 mins.
Sparingly pour marinade or sauce over patties.
Turn when the top side starts to brown.

Cook for about another 6 minutes or until the underside starts to brown.  Our grill heats up super-fast and has mega flames so I have to be really cautious. After both sides are browned, add onions, green peppers, and mushrooms. Continue to cook the vegetables with the hamburger steak until steak is cooked thoroughly and vegetables are softened. Once done, remove from the grill and serve.

I prepared my food earlier today so I do not smell like a gas grill when going to Vacation Bible School.
A really neat way to maintain the food temperature is an iron skillet. Place your steaks and vegetables in an iron skillet and cover with foil. Put it in the oven at the lowest temp. This will keep your food warm until ready to serve. Make sure to check on it occasionally to make sure it's not cooking or burning-the idea is only to maintain the heat and avoid food spoilage. I would suggest warming it in the oven like this for no longer than 2 hours because you don't want it to dry out.


Add some vegetables and bread for a tasty, home-grilled, Steakhouse style meal!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

From the Archives...a trip to the post office in December!

Thought we could all think about some cooler temperatures since it is so hot and humid!


Read about our trip to the post office.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

You know you are a Sonlight Homeschooler When...

Your 4 and 5 year old daughters are fussing over who is going to read which chapter book first and neither one of them can even read chapter books!!!   The Summer Reading program is really encouraging reading, too!

Busy Time

Hi Friends,

We are having a super crazy, busy time so I may just post some from the archives for a next bit.
The girls are LoViNg  Vacation Bible School!  Guess who is doing the story time tomorrow ;-)
Yes, Mr. & Mrs. Childress. I'm praying for God's annointing and that our words will remain in their hearts forever and lives will be changed because they came to VBS and learned about God!
I am so thankful that God has provided us a rental vehicle for at least the next few days so we can go to VBS as a family and go to our scheduled lessons and appointments. God is spoiling us with automatic doors, they're awesome to have with many young children in car seats!!!  Want to know more about it? Ask me under the comment section.

With Love,
Shandee

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Best Days of Being a Mom Plus Tips for Moms with Preschoolers

As I mentioned before, Vacation Bible School is happening this week at our church. The children are loving it!  Tonight, I became engaged in a conversation with an expectant Momma. During our conversation, time flashed back in my mind to the time when the Lord had given me many young children, three children ages 4 and under while expecting another precious gift from the Lord.

I was searching for a picture of this post and I came across this one that was taken only about 24 months ago. I actually used to look at this one and feel really embarassed because my hair was not styled and I did not have one trace of makeup nor was I presentable for the day.


Yet, after looking at this photo, it is precious. During the time when we have new babies, I often feel pressured to rush back into regular routine and push myself to give 100% plus more. This photo represents one of the best days of being a mom.  Looking at this, I can feel the tiny little body in my hands that our God so delicately and wonderfully created in my womb for His plan and purpose. I can feel the soft, tiny, traces of hair that the Lord gives my newborns. I can smell the intoxicating freshness that only a baby gives.  I am reminded that in the midst of all the busyness and chores, that I need to stop and enjoy because it only lasts for a little while because these newborns little grow before our very eyes!

Yes, growing so quickly!

This brings me to my next point-Preschoolers!

(Can I just tell you quickly a funny story. During preschool class Sunday, the children were chit-chatting  A LOT and I told them we had to be quiet so I could tell the bible story. One of those talkative little fellows, replied, "We need to be as quiet as goats."  What a blessing it was to be with those little ones Sunday.)

So, these newborns grow up on us and turn into wild, little adventurous toddlers. Oh what a fun age!  Toddlers LOVE to prowl into everything, and especially the things you do not want them prowling into. I"m sure the Lord feels the same about us sometimes. But, anyways, I was reminding a mom tonight that these days go by so very fast. I have some advice for Moms with babies and preschoolers-this is specifically for moms whose children are not school age yet- please, please,  ENJOY these cuties because once they are school-age, your life will change. No longer will you enjoy the simplicity of diaper changes and naps, but you will be engaged in traveling to places that you never imagined and doing things that you never thought you would do. Education becomes focus and you can never return back to a time where no children were in school.

The only thing that I can really say is that is a much simpler time before school and all you have to worry about is taking care of them. I know you are thinking, You cannot be serious!  Is she serious? What is simple about this? I don't think so.
Enjoy the crying and even sleepless nights. (Please don't get mad and leave now ;-)
 I know you know I am really overstepping my boundaries on that one. Seriously; since the year 1999, there have only been three years that  I have not been pregnant.  Do the math, that is only 3 out of 11 and I praise the Lord for it!  Oops, I messed up on the math, that should be 3 out of 13 years!
So, see I really can say that about crying and sleepless nights because I have lived it and trust me, I am still on sleepless nights. OH, and read my past entries from the blog archives in 2007 and you'll find it documented ;-) I have come to be thankful for those nights because it means that the Lord has blessed our home with life and the abundance of joy that these children fill our home with. I have started to see it this way; it is a joy when I have to wake at night to take care of my children because it means I get a little more snuggle time with them before they grow up.

One more note, after the toddlers do get school age-it is a new beginning of fun. You get to do so much more with them like breakfast dates and music lessons. That's fun too, but I sure would love to snuggle that baby just one more time ;-)

Bless your families and bless you mothers as you become the woman that God has called you to be.  And, you will be called "a good and faithful servant."

Saturday, July 16, 2011

VBS Begins Tomorrow

Our church's first day of Vacation Bible School begins tomorrow night and I know it's going to be a fun week. My girls are very excited!

*For Veronica:  If you read this, please email me privately at mchrswalkinginfaith@gmail.com and I will give you details.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Couponing

"Oh, you do the coupon thing, I see you got your pen and papers..."

"Where do you get your coupons?"

"I need to get into couponing."

"Have you see that coupon show?"

"I can't afford to spend money on food, I need to use coupons too."

People love sharing random comments with me ;-)
This is a good thing I suppose so hey, I try my best to turn it into a chance to minister.
Okay, I'm getting sidetracked.

You see, when I finally take time to blog, there is so much going on in my mind about my days that my mind seems to run and I get lost sometimes.
 Now is one of those times.

Back to the comments. I have recently been asked all of the previous questions and my simple reply is that I have always used coupons! I am passionate about the Lord's calling on my life to be at home for my family! I am passionate to use my God-given helpmeet skills to fit my husband's allowed budget.  Household&grocery shopping is one way I can help with that budget. I have been a deal seeker always. I have used coupons since I was married, 13 years ago.

As a little girl, I would save my money and not spend a penny on shopping trips. I would try to find a way to get the best deal and to get the most of what little money I did save.  My grandparents would often give me a dollar here and there and I can still, to this day, remember the scratchy feel of my pappaw's gray beard stubble when I would kiss his cheek and say, "thank you."



Today, the girls and I completed the majority of shopping for the next two weeks. It was a long, tiring task, but we made it through. You must be thinking, how long did it take, what was so hard about it?  Well, managing all the children and keeping them all out of shopper's way is a task in itself and managing a tired toddler is work. Actually, the shopping part wasn't that bad or tiring. It was fun as I taught my younger ones to count backwards as we crossed our aisles. I often teach them how to purchase produce and how to read labels with pricing and how to get the best deal for the dollar or cents ;-)  I also teach them how to use their spending money to get what they want compared to what they can afford. It all works out very nicely and somewhat of an enjoyable experience...until...the checkout lane with the cashier who is SUPER PICKY about the coupons!


OH my, today, we had to stand an extended time in line because of coupons. I had some coupons for free items. I gave the cashier the items for free coupons separately. In one particular instance, I gave her one manufacturer coupon plus a store coupon and she replied, "you can't use both, you can't stack coupons."  I have never been told that before so I later looked it up at Walmart's coupon policy and do not see anything of such so I will be calling the Corporate Office to find out so I'll know next time on that. After all the items were rang up, she scanned coupons but could not get my Store Coupons to work. We waited at least  1 hour 10mins while she went to go find out. By this time, it was past lunch time and I had a tired, cranky toddler and four hungry, but patient children. Finally, the cashier came back and said she had to void the items off for the Store Coupons and re-ring them minus the coupon. She printed off a receipt to make sure I had gotten every item that the coupons were for and then proceeded to re-ring the items.  Example, I bought Sharpie markers for $1.47 and my store coupon was for $1 off so she rang them up with a price-override for .47 cents. Does that make any sense to you? That was very weird, but that is how she did all the items I had for Store Coupons. The worst part is everything was already bagged or I would have said forget it!!!   Truly, we were in line an extra 30 minutes because of her pickiness and by the way, my items were all there and legit. Sometimes, you will get a picky cashier who goes way overboard and I wonder if she is really trying to do her job correctly or is she being way too picky?  Walmart really needs to come up with a better way to handle their coupon policy. Even the cashiers don't know what they are doing with these coupons!

Sidenote and a lesson learned: If you are using Store Coupons or Pricematching at our local Walmart Supercenter, for your time and your ability to enjoy the rest of your day, please put those items in a separate transaction. I certainly will do that next time.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Details on our accident

As promised...

A brief account of what happened.

It was a warm and muggy morning. It was going to be one, if not the best library events from the Summer Reading Program and we were excited to see the show. I had one quick thing to do before going to the library. Located behind our post office is a one way street that just happens to have one of those little blue mailbox drops that is very convenient to drop mail in and go.

Now, you know what I"m talking about...

I dropped a note to my mother in the mailbox. I proceded on the one way street and about 15-30 seconds
later, a white car was near our passenger side hitting our van. I immediately steered my wheel to the left to get out of the way, but it was too late. So, one could say that our vehicles collided. Thankfully and I am praising the Lord that no one was hurt. I immediately told the other driver that the Lord was gracious to us because I had 5 young children in the van.

My oldest daughter had her video camera with us and she let me borrow it. I thought I was taking pictures, but it was actually video. After watching the video lastnight, I became very thankful that my daughter was not hurt. The impact happened on her side, but only above her door.

Some of the children are struggling with what has happened with our accident and I am finding myself struggling and also finding it difficult to settle down at night. Although we were physically safe, it is still emotionally difficult at times.  I am so very thankful, as I was reminded at my cousin's funeral the other night that we were so blessed to leave without any injuries and I thank God for keeping my girls safe.

We're still unsure what is going to happen with our vehicle, but God has been so gracious to provide a rental vehicle(which may have to be exhchanged for different one) and many offers for us to use a vehicle. I truly expected to be without one for sometime, but the Lord has provided much more than I could have ever expected. I am amazed at the offers from family and friends who have faithfully offered to let us borrow a vehicle. YOU amaze me and I know it is all from God. To those that have offered, just the offer itself means as much to us as if we'd actually borrowed. Thank you for being His hands and feet!!

Details later today

Later today, I am planning to  post details about the accident. It has been a very busy phone time since this has happened and we were gone all day yesterday for dr appts. that we had previously scheduled.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bad Start to our Week

Dear Friends,

The girls and I were in a car accident yesterday on our way to the library program. We are all fine and the other driver involved had no injury either. Unfortunately, our van is not drivable. This has terribly inconvenienced our family because with a large family, a family cannot just fit into any car...

Also, my cousin was killed in a car accident the day before. His immediate family could use prayer at this time, especially, my uncle.

I'll be slow at blogging, but will fill you in.

Thanks for visiting.

Blessings,
Shandee

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our Walk with Juvenile Diabetes

It was odd.

The other night or was it this night?

It all runs straight together in our busy world of taking care of children.

It really doesn't matter which night it was, see I wasted time and space trying to figure out which night.

To the point now, I made a comment to Rick about Hannah's care. It doesn't seem so gloomy and helpless these days. A kind nurse(which is becoming my favorite phone nurse at ETN Children's Hospital) told me one of the harshest things a few months ago. I was struggling with Hannah's diagnosis and the emotional and physical care involved with a young child with juvenile diabetes. The nurse said to me, "I know this is hard BUT the blood sugar checks and insulin shots will become part of your routine just like brushing your teeth."  Those words still echo in my mind today. I know she was being helpful and truly a kind thing to say to reassure me that we would survive this and we would just work it right into our routine.
NO WAY!
My heart did not accept it, but I did not forget the words because those words became  true.  .     .  
  .      .            .
Can I just skip this cause I really don't want to think about it and if I don't think about it and we get busy with our day, then it kind of disappears.    Sometimes, I get tired of thinking about it. I will finish since I started, but the point and reality is that the carb counts, blood sugar checks, and insulin shots are all part of our routine NOW. Unfortunately. I do not and will not accept it though. The thing that gets me worse than anything is that the illness of juvenile diabetes is out of our control. We nor our daughter did anything to cause this and that is difficult to understand. Keep praying for a miracle cause she is depending on it and faithfully asking for it. Thank you.

To change the subject...I do have some exciting news about her needles. Can't believe I am saying something exciting about needles, but I am. Our doctor's office gave us some samples of needles per my request at our April visit.  This is what she has been using

but, she seems to like this one better. This is the same as the sample that our Endocrinologist gave us. 
My daughter says that this one hurts less and we are willing to do what we can to help ease the burden of this illness on her young life. She still has some stinging and burning but seems rather excited about this new needle. It's unfortnate that a child has to go through such a thing, but I am thankful that we have options. The NovoJr pen has been such a blessing to our daughter, too. It's cute for kids and easy to twist for the dosage. When we got the sample of JrPen, it was a great thing!  

And now, I've got to get blood sugar reports sent in.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Target Printable Coupons

Target has some printable coupons online for Bic&Papermate. Hold onto these once you print them. This will make some free items for Back to School Sales and our local Walmart is already stocking!  I can't believe it is time.


Valuable Moms

Today was a busy morning, as usual. It seems getting the day started in the morning is not an easy task. We have chores and we have schedules, it's still a big job to get the morning going in the Childress Home. I snuck in the shower before 8 a.m.(nevertheless, all were up and a toddler was hitting my door the entire time asking for Mommmy ;-) I knew the morning was  going to be a busy one. We had breakfast, morning jobs, all getting dressed, some canning to do plus a little missionary to send on her way by 11 a.m.

My sweet daughter was up and ready with her lemon yellow skirt and hair neatly groomed. Her auburn hair with those beautiful curls was sweetly laying on her head. She was ready to go and be a missionary this morning in our own neighborhood, along with some other young ladies from our church. With a cool citrus soda drink in her hand, and her black mandolin bag hanging on her shoulder, she stepped out of my van and into another. She left with the girls from our church and off they went to minister to a group of elderly. My daughter will smile, sing, and play the melody of "Amazing Grace" plus any other chords that the Lord puts on her heart. She will rise up and be confident in who she is and what she believes. There will be no doubt in her mind and she sings for the Lord. Her heart and mind are pure and desiring to serve her creator. All at the young age of 10. I am so proud of our little ruby girl!

(Please note who taught Lemuel-the fact that it was recorded in the Bible proves the signifigance of his mother's presence and teaching. It is necessary.)

Proverbs 31
King James Version (KJV)
Proverbs 31

1The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

2What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

3Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

5Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

7Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

8Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

9Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.



I am missing my daughter-and so are all of her sisters! It's not the same without her sweet, strong-willed spirit. Her glow around the house is certainly missed.
The Lord gently whispered to me, "This is what you have trained her for."
 It hit me. He was right!
 I have invested my days and nights training her in the Lord's way to honor and serve Him with all that she does.

Moms, I want to encourage you today that all you are investing in your children, really does matter! You may not see the fruit today or see it tomorrow, but you will see it in God's time because He is working in your training! It is so powerful to think that because of one woman who stays at home teaching and training  children, that-YOU-can impact so many lives through your one child! That is exactly why the bible says they are little arrows. Don't grow weary in your jobs, Moms-God is preparing as you plant seeds every day! I am beginning to see the fruit of my training.

Blessings on your families.

~Shandee

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Granola Bars

I made some granola bars the other day and the girls actually did not help with this project. They have been feeling like a balloon with no air from two late nights celebrating July 4th. I adapted my recipe from this one and I used organic gluten-free oatmeal along with dark chocolate chips and honey peanut butter. I also added a scoop of flax seed. Read about the benefits of flax seed, my dear friend Maria taught me about adding flax seed into recipes.

Here is what our bars looked like. I wrapped each one individually and placed them in a basket. Hint: If there is loose granola remaining in your baking pan, save the loose granola in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Use the tasty granola pieces to top your favorite cool, creamy yogurt. It adds a hint of crunchy texture plus a bit of sweetness.


Thanks for sharing your recipe, How Sweet it is, I was able to use this as a starter and adapt my recipe for my family's preferences.

Fresh from the garden

These are the first tomatoes of the year.
We picked these organic goodies from our garden yesterday. What a delight to reap the harvest of all the weeding we've done not to mention the plowing that my husband did to make it all possible. The plan is to can pickles in the morning if time permits and younger children are having a good day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Look Back at the Summer Reading Program 2008

From my archives...

CVS Spring Spending Extra Bucks are Here

Don't forget to scan your card at the coupon machine. My girls LOVE to scan things there, maybe a little too much... ;-)

Encouraging Post

This link  is a post of encouragement for those moms that are working outside the home and desperately desire to transition to coming home. It will bless you.  Thanks to Leah for sharing your heart and what God did for you!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Burnout?

Good Morning!

Thanks for stopping in to check on us today. We are joyed that you want to share the walk of our days, I hope it is a great encouragement today as I write. It is early morning and I am going to shortly prepare for my day. I have been away doing things that we usually have to put off during the school year so I've not been blogging much.

Anyways, last night I started to feel really weary from life. I felt overworked and tired. Do you ever feel that way? When you feel that way, it seems like there is no reward or rest in sight. I think we all feel that way once in our lives or perhaps more if you have more than average responsibilities. I used to feel very guilty about this.

Here's what I ask myself: IF I am a wife and a joyful mother of many children(young children at that) and I love being home to care for everyone, and I choose this lifestyle, why should I feel something called burnout? Well, it is interesting that I should ponder such a question. It is even more interesting that during school,(I told you that God uses homeschooling to teach me as much as the children!) God gave me the answer and freed me from the guilt. The answer is all about Jesus.

HuH? Jesus was not a mother. Jesus did not have children. I am not Jesus, so why would the answer to MY burnout be about Jesus? I will share the scripture in just a moment.

Back to me ;-) It's not often, but sometimes I feel like I just need a moment of silence. I know someone is reading this and perhaps found our blog because you were looking for encouragement for your family. Moms, I want to speak to you here. Once your baby begins the amazing life in your womb, you are a changed woman in every way! Once the baby arrives, your days become hugely different. Simple things such as going to the bathrrom, getting bathed and preparing meals become difficult-that is why my daughters and I love to bless new Mommies with a meal. Okay, once your family begins to grow and you have several little ones, there are still changes. You go from not knowing how to manage getting bathed and preparing food to trying to manage children on top of it. Doctor appointments, hair cuts, grocery store visits, chores, and the most important-time with your Husband. And, then for Homeschooling Moms, you add school into the mix. Perhaps, this is why God has clearly shown me that a career is out of the question. (If you are interesting in reading about what the Bible says about wives&mothers in the workplace,
check out Titus 2-it's pretty good stuff ;-)

This is from a Homeschooling Mom's view here. Okay, so day after day...same thing. Trying to balance and manage all of these things. Sleepless nights and long days and for many of us, Daddy is at work for long hours, so we are left alone to try to get it all done. And trust me, going to the grocery store for a big shopping trip with lots of kids is a BIG job, that deserves a big reward right there. If you are not getting these things done and NOT seeing your husband that is equal to what I refer to as Burnout.


Back to Jesus. I am so excited to share with you that even JESUS felt tired and burnout!!! I couldn't believe it. Even HE grew tired and needed a quiet moment of rest; therefore, if Jesus needed a quiet time from his ministry how could I, You- not need a quiet time when we feel burnout? At least once in your life,you will feel burnout and sure it is normal, there is no need to feel guilt anymore. You just can't stay feeling that way, you have to pick up and move along. That is what Jesus did, too. You will need to find a way to get a moment of rest one way or another.

As I promised, what the Bible says about what I refer to as burnout:

From Scripture: Mark 7:17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used.(NIV version)

Mark 7:24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. (King James Version)

Friends, we all grow weary.

I have some great resources that we have used and are currently using. If you would like for us to share those resources for husbands and wives, please comment at the bottom icon if you would like for me to add another post with that info. These are resources that help with your managing and balancing of family. The way I tell people is that myself nor my hubby have lived this lifestyle nor seen it lived in our lifetime so it is a learning process of managing a large family and the obligations that come along with that. It truly is a blessing.

Blessings on your Sunday. Tiny feet are hitting the floor and arms needing Mommy as I type.

With Love, Shandee