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, August 30, 2011

Monkey's Surgery

Do you remember when Whiskers had kittens in April?

Those kittens have grown up and now she has new babies. And, we are looking for some good loving homes for the new kitties in about 5-6 weeks. We can't keep 7 cats!

Which brings me to another point... after much debate and conversation, we sadly decided to let the female kitty get spayed. She is now almost 5 months old so we decided it was time. It was sad, but we felt it was necessary to avoid an overflow of cats at our house.

So, we sent Monkey yesterday for the surgery. It was sad and she was pitiful when I put her in the carrier and drove her to the van to go to the Bristol Clinic. I felt like I was abandoning her, but I knew in my heart that I was not. Hannah prayed that "Monkey would know that the Lord was with her."  I never thought we'd get so attached to these cats. But, here we are: cat owners.  Above is the tag I attached on Monkey's carrier. She was so happy to be home today and is doing very well. I am so thankful, we missed her so much!

Monday, August 29, 2011

How do you teach so many grades at once?

I discovered the answer last year...

I'm ENFORCING it this year!

Keep each child busy with something-it's that simple, but not really.

I've discovered a great tool with helping me manage my family, home, and school. If you have one child, this book is helpful, but if you have more than one child-I would strongly recommend this book, Managers of Their Homes from Titus 2 Ministries.
It's worth every dollar you will pay and it has been a huge blessing to me.

School Room Pictures...After Cleaning

Welcome Back to School!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ways to use your FREE candy from your CVS shopping.

(Be sure to scan your CVS card to see if you get a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE candy coupon this week. I received another one of these coupons from the machine today.)

Ways to use your candy stash...

  • Save it and use it for upcoming Fall parties.
  • Give it to your kiddos for rewards-psychologists may suggest not to do this, but it works in our house! Examples would include: potty training, good behavior, sleeping in bed alnight, completing a chore, using good manners, or any other way you want to reward your child.

  • Treats. Surprise your hubby or child with a treat and note in the lunch that you packed for them.

  • Bring it to share at a party you are hosting or invited to.

  • Family Game Night-snacks are a must and one regular starburst equals about 4 grams of carbs.

  • Give it away. Yes, I am serious. The next time your friend invites you over, give their family a bag of candy along with a thank-you note. 

  • Holidays. Did I mention that Christmas is only 16 weeks away? <that makes me a little nervous.>

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Great CVS Candy Deals

  Sharing the great deal that I got this week...
CVS had a coupon printing from the coupon machine for BUY ONE GET ONE FREE on Skittles, Lifesavers, or Starburst PLUS I used a $1.00 off manufacturer coupon for the candy. I also had a coupon for the razors...
TOTAL SPENT:  $3.96  
plus $3.00 extra bucks returned to me  (from a rain check) 
So, the above purchase costed me 
around 96 cents. :-)

I don't get these great of deals, often, but it's great when I run across such a deal!

I'll be posting some great info. on how to use the FREE candy that you may have gotten this week.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Our Sonlight Box Day Blooper

Update: Our fun story is featured on Sonlight's blog-what an honor!

If you are a homeschooling family OR if you have a toddler, you will appreciate the blooper that we caught on camera. We were opening our new books for the School Year.  Enjoy...

We were having the usual box day excitement...children anticipating the moment that the tape peels from the top of the Sonlight box.

Our books were layering the floor. Sisters were oohing and ahhing over new text books and readers.
A big sister was giving insight to her younger sister from one of her past workbooks.

Notice in the background, my toddler decided to sneak in on the scene.
Notice the pink pants lurking in the background-that would be her!
Meanwhile, the older siblings and I were having a grand time snapping pictures.

She was lurking quietly.   Until we heard a crash...

Followed by an "Uh-Oh!!"

And then, just as quiet and simple as one could be, she sat and picked up the mess she had created.

OH, and then I remembered- this is what it's like to homeschool with a toddler around! We continued on, as usual, cleaning up messes, and snapping pictures :-)

P.S. To Grandma Bar-knew you'd love this story!

Food City Egg Sale

Here's a really great sale at our local Food City that ends Saturday.

18 count of Eggland's Best Eggs for only $1.99-white carton only!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Changing Season

It's really weird.

What? You may ask yourself, "what is she talking about now?"

Well, I'm feeling a little odd lately.

Things in our home seem a little out of sorts.

School starting. And only one preschooler.

Painting our room.

Selling curriculum.

Selling our bedroom set.
We are removing clothing from all of our drawers. This bedroom set has been with us the entire length of our marriage.
Tonight, I found maternity clothing hidden in a drawer that I had not put away and that made me really sad to see it. I  longed for the days of feeling my sweet baby grow in the womb.

Preparing for a visit to East TN Children's Hospital soon.

New kitties to find homes for.

Yard Sale.

I can't explain it, but it feels like God is moving us to a different season in our lives as we make these changes. I feel like we're moving or something. It is really odd to feel this way.  I'll let you know if God is in deed moving us in a new season in our life... Maybe it's because I literally see my children growing up. I just don't know.

Blessings, Shandee

Abeka First Grade Curriculum for SALE

Contact: Rick or Shandee Childress email: mchrswalkinginfaith@gmail.com OR Comment Photo under PHOTOS link on left side Below is the entire list: Complete Teacher's Set for Abeka First Grade Subjects. Selling Price: $210 total New student workbooks can be purchased from Abeka to complete your student set. I would like to note that I spoke with Abeka to make sure all items are compatible from this set. There was one change, the Handwriting book has been "tweaked" a little, but everything else will be the same for the student workbooks and teacher sets. The rep. told me that the formation of the letters have been slightly changed from this 2006 version we are selling. Language Arts: Basic Phonics Charts in Binder with Sheet Protectors Letters and Sounds 1-Teachers Test Key Writing and Seatwork 1(Teacher Manual) Abeka Retail: 67.95 Phonics and Reading 1 (Teacher Manual) Stepping Stones Reader Abeka Retail: $10.75 Tiptoes Reader Reader Abeka Retail:$10.75 Strong and True Reader Abeka Retail:$10.75 Kind and Brave Reader Abeka Retail: $10.75 Secrets and Surprises Reader Abeka Retail:$10.75 Fun with Pets Reader Abeka Retail:$10.75 Primary Bible Reader Abeka Retail: $11.75 The Bridge Book Reader Abeka Retail:$10.75 Handbook for Reading Abeka Retail: $10.75 Aesop's Fables for Young Readers Abeka Retail:$11.75 Science: Student Book: Discovering God's World Grade 1 Abeka Retail: $11.75 Health: Health and Safety Manners Reader 1 Abeka Retail:$11.75 Math: Arithmetic 1 Teacher Key Tests and Speed Drill Arithmetic 1 Curriculum/Lessons Plans Abeka Retail: $83.40 Arithmetic Charts&Games 1-In binder and sheet protectors Arithmetic Drill Set Cards in Binder History: My America and My World 1 Abeka Retail: $11.75 (Total Retail: $296.10 Does not include Abeka Tax or Shipping) OUR SELLING PRICE: $210.00 Total -no tax Extras(from Various Publishers): Bible Curriculum Sampler-Heartshaper for Middle Elementary Disney Addition&Subtraction Learning Flash Cards(1 card missing) Fisher-Price Subtraction Flash Cards(3 missing) Easy Wipe-off Subtraction Big Bugs Book Animal Bingo Lotto(to be used with Math Games)

Monday, August 22, 2011

And Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me..."

Our sweet daughter at the age of 2, praising the Lord from her sweet Spirit. It was amazing to watch her, I am so glad we were able to capture it on video.

And now, at the sweet age of 10,  for the first time as a "worship leader, " she lead our Children's Church on stage with the song, "Amazing Love."

1 Timothy 4:12

New International Version (NIV)
12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Guest Post as Promised...Distractions

There are a multitude of distractions in every-day life. Distractions pull our attention away from things that we should be doing with our time. People can often look back at their lives and see seasons where they regret the time they wasted with something. Something that, when they look back on it, seems inconsequential or silly. Something that kept from learning something or experiencing something that would be vital for them to know somewhere down their journey in this life. 

Is there something distracting you?

I was one of these distracted folks. There were plenty of things during my life that kept me distracted from the path that had been laid for me. Today, I believe by God's Grace that I'm still on the path that He laid for me, although at a tremendous disadvantage. I like lots of people, would change lots of things if I only I could 'go back if I knew what I know now'. That statement has always been kind of funny to me because time doesn't work that way. It's a one-way street. You can only change the direction you go forward. No turning back. No controlling the speed. As I get older I can feel time moving faster. That makes this point even more important. Look at your life. Today. Look at your life and examine everything. Is there something distracting you? Is there something keeping you from being the man/woman or father/mother He's created you to be? 

- Rick Childress, husband of one, father of five

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bedroom Set for Sale

After years of holding onto this bedroom set, we have decided to sell it for downsizing and simplifying  our master bedroom.

This is a charming 4 piece bedroom set consisting of night stand, armoire, dresser, and dresser mirror from a non-smoking home.  Accessories and lighting not included.

This set was originally purchased new at Heleig Meyers in Norton, VA.
There are some scratches on the outside.
Asking: $175, but willing to negotiate.
If you live locally and are interested, please comment or email for a return response.

Our Week

We have had a busy week fitting in dental appointments, doctor appointments, back to school/I prefer to call it Fall- shopping, preparing for our upcoming visit to ETN Children's Hospital, and music lessons& instrument shopping.

OH, WAIT!   I didn't mention that we are preparing our classroom for Back-to-School!

The girls and I have been working hard to prepare our school room for the 2011-2012 school year!

It's nearly midnight and I still have much to do, but I've got to quit for now. I can't make myself stay up any longer. And, who knows which younger daughter will creep into my room and at which hour, I will find out before we know it.

So, anyways, would you like to see some BEFORE photos of our schoolroom?

I knew you would ;-)

The majority of cleaning here is done, but the hallway leading to our schoolroom is a different story. This year, I have decided to give away some preschool things that I have because I have an abundance of supplies and only one preschooler. I am sad that I do not have many preschoolers now, but also remembering to enjoy this season of elementary aged children along with our sweet toddler.

Just keeping it real, for ya ;-)

Notice our Sonlight box, Sonlight has the best boxes ever-so sturdy!

I"ll be sharing the AFTER photos in about a week so check back then.

Best wishes to all the homeschoolers doing the same thing we are-preparing for your school year!

So, what are you doing this week?

Leave a comment and let us know!  Our girls love hearing from you.

Low Week with Juvenile Diabetes

We're at a low this week.

Sending numbers.

Making arrangements to visit the hospital again-3 hours away from home.

Disruption of life.

Tired of taking blood sugars.

Tired of Shots.

Tired of Insulin. Another increase came today.




That's our battle.

In our day, by 1:30 p.m. there are at least two blood sugar checks and 3 shots-that is a normal day. Then there are more to follow until bedtime.

However, God is good and merciful.

She depends on Him for her healing and prays that "No other child will have to go through this."

And, our family chooses to believe that God is in control.

Hannah is blessed with a large family that keeps her mind from self-pity. She doesn't have time to dwell on the shots because there are any number of people or activities waiting on her.

Such as piano...which she is really enjoying. I see such a confidence in her now.

Also, there are compassionate people to bless our family along the road.

We're in for a very special treat this visit to Knoxville. We are going to meet a new friend who is generously giving us time with the turtles-Hannah's favorite animal. She couldn't be happier. What a blessing in the midst of illness. I can't believe it, but I am so excited because our whole family is included, even all of the children!  It's Hannah's dream come-true.  We're looking forward to an adventure.

Thank you for praying, loving us, and sharing this journey with our family.

Shandee for The Childress Family

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Preschool Advice

With school starting, I thought this may be helpful to someone.

Read my previous blog entry on Preschool ideas.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Swiffer Duster Sample

Request your free sample by using this link.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Courageous - In Theaters September 30

This is going to be life-changing for so many men!! We are so excited!

Courageous - In Theaters September 30

Courageous - In Theaters September 30


Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest Post!

Be sure to check in this week for a special blog entry by a guest! I'm looking forward to what God wants to share!

What Shandee Recommends for Expecting Mommies

I know so many expectant Mommies right now! I"ve been trying to think how I will bless each one and how my daughters and I can minister to these families, which brought me to these ideas that I thought I would share.

Before baby arrives, these are things that I recommend for each expectant Mom!

  1. Go on a minimum of 2 dates with your hubby!! It is worth every penny that you pay your babysitter, save up for it. Once baby arrives, your time together will probably be very limited. Bringing a new baby home is joyous yet tiring.
  2. Make freezer meals about 1 month before your due date before you are feeling exhausted and your back aches.
  3. Complete a baby registry. People are going to buy you gifts so why not let it be gifts you want and need...the right size and color? This will eliminate you having to make returns plus make it easier on the person buying the gift. Also, many stores offer discounts and freebies to the parents just for registering.  It's really a fun thing that your family will enjoy. Remember our blog entry about our last baby registry :-)
  4. With hubbies permission, I would encourage you to buy at least one new maternity shirt or outfit if you can afford it. This is such a special time in your life and you deserve a new piece of maternity clothing to pamper yourself, now I did not give you permission to buy a new wardrobe here :-) 
  5. Pedicure.  I would encourage this around the 7th or 8th month when you are still feeling well enough to full enjoy it. Or perhaps, you might want to go during your 9th month when your feet are most swollen and tired. A pedicure is such a treat if you've been on your feet all day taking care of little ones. I just happen to know a sweet, patient, awesome lady who is in the business to give pedicures. Yes, you, Jennifer T.
  6. Stock up on diapers, all sizes. Trust me, you'll use them!
  7. Organize things in your home. Now is the time to get a few projects organized so you will not be distracted once baby arrives. You should be able to focus on your sweet newborn and family once you come home.
  8. Lists. This is very helpful to others. If you have other children, a list of doctors and emergency contacts will be helpful to anyone helping take care of the children at home. Also, your daily schedule would help the sitter keep things going and keep your children in a routine while you are away.
  9. Purchase a body pillow to ease the strain on your back and belly.
  10. When your due date nears, take your child or children out for one special outing with Mommy. They will treasure this in their hearts forever. My 10 year old daughter still remembers the special time when she was only 2 when we went to see Pooh at the movie theater. It is a treasure in my memory, as well. Thanks to my Mommy friend- Vicki&Susan, for that idea!

Most importantly, enjoy this gift of Life that the Lord has graciously placed in your womb. He has called you to do an important job and He sees every work that you put into training this little one and He will bless you for it. Enjoy.

~Much Love, Shandee

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thoughts on Juvenile Diabetes-Parent Views

I was doing some research tonight and came across this information that I thought was worth sharing. This came from Children with Diabetes' website.  It seems that when time nears for the next Specialist visit, that I start to feel sick inside. We are praying for her pancreas to continue working and whatever switch that flipped to tell her body to attack itself, will miraculously switch back to normal mode. Thank you for your support for our family.
Blessings, Shandee for The Childress Family

"Having diabetes is hard enough without your parents always worrying about you, right? Well, here's some thoughts on what they're thinking and feeling that might help you understand why they act the way they do. Everything here is from real parents of children with diabetes.

My Child Has Diabetes

When you were diagnosed with diabetes, your parents were probably really scared. They probably didn't know much about diabetes, but they sure knew that you'd been sick for a while. When they learned it was diabetes, they might have been very upset. They weren't mad at you. They were mad at the diabetes.
Since they love you so much, they were worried about diabetes hurting you. Some people who have had diabetes for a long time develop more problems with their body because of diabetes. These are called complications. Doctors know a lot more today than they did even a few years ago about preventing complications. So if you work hard at maintaining good control, you can help make it less likely that you'll get complications when you grow up.

Blood Tests and Shots

Blood tests and shots aren't much fun, but they are very important. Your parents know that you must have your blood tests and shots at certain times everyday, and at other times too.
Sometimes kids are too busy playing to remember to do their testing or take their insulin. This can upset your parents because they know how important it is to test and take insulin when you're supposed to, so you can keep your blood sugar in control to prevent complications when you grow up. You see, your parents think about you growing up a lot, even if you're too busy with friends and school. So if they're always reminding you to do your tests and take your insulin, it's because they want you to grow up as healthy as possible."

Garden Memories 2011

Not too bad for our 2nd garden. Now, we wait for the pumpkins to grow and sunflower planting ahead.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A New Family Gadget

Here's the purchase that I have been wanting to share with you.

Attention: All Families!

You are going to love owning a timer.

I could manage with one child.

I could get by with two children.

But, once my third child arrived-getting by was no longer an option.

Truly, our way of living changed in many ways.

As our family grows, I realized that everything started to take more time. Then, I started watching the clock more closely.

Why does our family need a timer?

Here's some reasons why we need one:

  • New, nursing Mommas who are getting established with nursing, sometimes need to time when baby nurses
  • To help you get out the door on time for appointments
  • To avoid wasting time instead of doing kitchen chores
  • Taking Turns-Oh this timer is such a great remedy for taking turns. Mom doesn't have to keep track of whose turn is next, the timer takes care of that all by itself. Mom just needs to enforce the turns.
  • School-Set the timer after class starts and then children are more likely to work harder when they can see that break time is nearing
  • Break Time-when break is over, the timer beeps, mom doesn't have to say a word and children know it's time to get back to work
  • Bedtime-Set the timer after dinner so children will know how much time is left-again, parents do not have to say a word, the beep is the "bad guy" saying it's bedtime
Where can you get a timer?

I bought ours from Walmart, pricing starts around $3.00

Disclaimer: This is not a paid or sponsored post by any company.

If You Need to know How to make a Pitch Change

If you are wondering who this is this is Madison. ( Shandee's Oldest Daughter ) I love to fiddle around on our computer, using any thing I can make noises, and music or any thing Movie or Instrument related. One of my favorites is learning how to pitch pipe things. If you are wondering ''what is pitch piping?'' then I'll tell you. Pitch Piping is when you record a sound on your computer, or have a movie project started and have a CD or song you can put it in the sound box area and go on Audio FX on the Editing area and on that list there is a pitch pipe click on Pitch Changer you can change any sound into something new!

I would put a sample on, but it won't let me at this time. Also, If you were wondering what I use it is MacBook on iMovie HD. Thanks!

Madison :D

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Day that the Rule Hit Me!

Something bad happened a few weeks ago.

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I was told that I could no longer do something that I and others had been doing for at least 5 years. And, that I was breaking a rule!!
How could it possibly be that I was breaking a rule that I never knew existed?!!
It wasn't posted.
It wasn't spoken by anyone.
It wasn't enforced, by anyone.
For 5 years.
Where did this rule come from?
And, how did I possibly miss it?

You see, I am the creator of rules. The stickler for rules. 
I am the rule- queen.  
How could I have been breaking a rule that I did not know was a rule?!

In hurt and prayer, I've struggled.
And then the rule hit ME!

Psalm 107:9
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

God reminded me that this is exactly how it is with my children. If they do not know that there are rule(s) then how can they obey me?

From this situation, God has shown me, even further parenting skills.
  1. As a mom and trainer of my children, I must make the rules known to my precious little ones.
  2. I need to be slow, kind, gentle, and loving in my words. Do it in love.
  3. I need to be very consistent enforcing those rules.
  4. Every day, I must take time to remind my children of the rules that I expect them to obey.
  5. If the rules are not followed, there is a consequence for their actions.
  6. I must be consistent-I already knew that!
Guess what we are going to work on today?  Making a list of rules, posting them, and going over them.
Starting today. This has been on our hearts for a while now, we have some difficulties in some areas.
 I"ll let you know how it works out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"I'm a big brother today"

Hannah is holding one of the kittens that was born on April 3rd. Four months later, Fast Freddie, Furball is a big brother!

Exciting Day

God has placed lots of life on our porch today!

First, Madison realized that Whiskers was in her house and to me, that signaled LABOR!  Sure enough, by  5:15, we have four brand new, kittens.

While pacing back and forth from the porch, we discovered this fellow on our banister.

After researching, we discovered that this is a brown tiger swallowtail caterpillar!  We are going to see this fellow transform into a butterfly!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Uses for Vinegar

These are some great uses for vinegar. I am so glad that Vocalpoint published this list! There are some great ideas for cleaning and gardening, read on...

You may already know a few handy tricks for vinegar around the house aside from making a delicious salad dressing. But did you know it also has loads of practical application for your garden? Distilled white vinegar is inexpensive and works best for these ideas!

Kill weeds. Fill a spray bottle with a cup of undiluted vinegar and spray it at the weeds growing through the cracks on your patio or driveway. It’ll kill the current offenders and keep new weeds from sprouting up. You may need to spray a few times over a few days.

Clean feeders. If you have hummingbird or general bird feeders, birdbaths, or other items you use with animals, start cleaning it with vinegar, not soap. Soap can leave a residue of chemicals that is harmful for animals to consume once they start eating whatever food or water you leave in the container. Instead, scrub with a stiff-bristled brush and a solution of half vinegar, half water. Rinse thoroughly before using again.

Clean patio furniture. Use a solution of half vinegar and half water to clean and sanitize any grimy patio furniture without harmful chemicals. Spray it all down when you’re done and let dry in the sun.

Remove mold. Have any terra cotta pots that have grown a bit of mold? What about plastic plant containers? Scrub the empty containers down with vinegar and a bit of bleach to get rid of mold and its residue, then rinse and let dry before using again.

Wash your veggies. When you bring veggies in from your garden or home from the grocery store, rinse them in a solution of 2 tsp vinegar to 1 quart of water. It’ll get off any excess dirt and neutralize any bacteria!

Keep the critters away. If you have cats or rabbits who enjoy nibbling on plants on your garden or in the house, mist the leaves with a solution of half water, half vinegar. They’ll stay away!

Feed the plants. Plants like gardenias, azaleas, and hydrangeas love vinegar because the acid releases iron in the soil for them to absorb. Water them with 1 tbsp vinegar to every half quart of water. You can also add vinegar to a vase of cut flowers to preserve them! Mix a half quart of water with 1 tbsp vinegar and a half teaspoon of sugar, mixing until dissolved, then add your freshly cut flowers.

Solve the ant problem. Pour full-strength vinegar in and around anthills to get rid of them. If they are gathering in a certain spot in your garden, pour a few tablespoons of vinegar around that spot.

Call the Company!

"Call the company" is a favorite line around here.

If we occasionally get a product that fails or has a flaw, I will certainly call the company to ask if they offer a replacement of some sort.  Sometimes they do and sometimes they do not.

In today's case, they DID!

One day during the girls' mommy time, we opened an art set for the first time. When we opened it, the  the battery spring literally fell off so it was not operable by batteries. Without batteries, the art did not prove useful in the way it was designed. I did call the company; afterall, it was the first time we opened it from the box!

To our delight, a package from China arrived today with a supplemental craft kid in addition to the replacement!  And trust me, the box looked like it had definitely been travelling from China!

Wow, what a delight. Thanks, Creative Kids, for giving us such a nice surprise. These kits will add hours of fun and memories for my children as they share a creative one-on-one time with their Mommy in the upcoming weeks!

 It's kind of a joke because when things fail even on our part, the girls will say, "Mommy, you need to call the Company!" And, no, I do not call in those situations because of our failure.

Monday, August 8, 2011


By the time we were blessed with our third child(3 children under the age of 4), we figured out that multi-tasking was no longer a choice, but a necessary part of daily life in order to function. Actually, most of the things that our family  accomplishes, has birthed from what my husband calls "survival mode."  Having many young children has forced us to find a way to make any thing possible, even when we did not know how we would make it happen.

I had previously shared about a helpful tool-the speaker phone.  Do you remember that post?

I thought you would enjoy seeing me use it in action while multi-tasking.
Here I am:

  • styling my hair and applying makeup
  • speaking with an advisor from Scholastic
  • ordering items for our homeshooling
  • leading children in getting ready for the day and completing morning chores
  • unknowingly teaching my children phone skills

Did the advisor know that she was on speaker phone?  Well, no, probably not, but that's okay because I accomplished many things at one time and our communication line was clear! Plus, I had children sneaking in for a picture with Mommy ;-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tax Free Weekend

From:  Virginia.gov

August Sales Tax Holiday: School Supplies and Clothing

When: First full weekend of August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) each year. The 2011 holiday will take place on August 5-7, 2011.
What's Exempt: During this three-day period, purchases of qualifying school supplies selling for $20 or less per item, and purchases of qualifying clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Department of Taxation.

Friday, August 5, 2011

More VBS video

And this is the melody that our 2 year old echoes, "I have a maker." 


Pandamania VBS Song

This is where "He is awesome" came from, the song that we hear  in my 2 year old's sweet voice.


We are now finished with VBS and Mountain Music School, in case you missed my post.
If you missed the post on the news video, you can view it by this link.
(You can see our girls in different places and our stroller is in the background during the interview with Mrs. Boatright-Wells. Also, if you look to the left at the start of the video, you can see a Momma rocking her baby and a Daddy snuggling his daughter. Wonder who that could be ;-)

We ended one session and then went straight into the other, it was the most hectic two weeks we have probably ever encountered as a family. It was the first time that we were able to attend an entire session of VBS as a family. Our youngest daughter LOVED it and was captivated by the Panda. Amazingly, she now goes around the house singing about "my maker" and "He is awesome."  Yes, from a 2 year old!  I am witnessing to you that if children are worked with, they are amazing little cuties that can learn and teach us things that we never dreamt. I feel so unworthy, but God saw it fit for me to have these children so I am living the best days of my life!!

Now, we are back to normal days at home and I am so thankful.

OH, did I mention that Whiskers is expecting NEW KITTENS anyday now?!!  Again ;-)
And, we are looking for a few good homes that would love to have a cute kitten in several weeks.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Checking In

There's so much to say, so much to share, so many stories to tell, but I am busy managing my home so I've not had much time for blogging. I can't wait to tell you about a $3 item I purchased for our family so be sure to check back. I"m hoping to get back real soon!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Order in the Home-from Above Rubies

Below is a great read that actually  touches on what I had posted on yesterday about taking care of our homes. This is a great piece of knowledge that Nancy Campbell is sharing, I would encourage you to read the full article.
Excerpt from: Above Rubies  By: Nancy Campbell

“According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, jus so you shall make it (Exodus 25:9, 40; Hebrews 8:5).
God has given to women the privilege and responsibility of being the manager of their home. We have as an important a task as the manager of any business. Just as a business can’t run well without order, nor can a home. I don’t know about you, but I can’t run my home efficiently without some order. Here are a few of my thoughts."

Monday, August 1, 2011

What the Bible Says about the Woman's Role

After sending this in a note today, I thought that someone else might be blessed if I shared it on my blog. I am so blessed and encouraged with strength every time I read this scripture. It is clear on our role as wife and mother.

(pictured: fresh basil from our garden)

Titus 2

 1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
 2That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
 3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
 6Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
 7In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
 8Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
 9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
 10Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
 11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
 13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
 14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
 15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.