I am wife to, literally, the nicest man I know. Those of you who know him will vouch for that! I can’t express (or maybe I’ll try sometime) how thankful I am for him. What I know is that I would be the most uptight, controlling, taking-myself-way-to-seriously woman around if it weren’t for my relationship with this gorgeous man. Praise you Lord for matches made in Heaven!

I am also a stay-home mother of 4 kidos. I have 3 girls and 1 boy, that, at this slice in time, are 7 years (or 7 and ¾ as she would say), 6 years (my brave boy), 3 years, and 19 months (my husband thinks giving age in months is hysterical, but from a mother’s perspective, you know there is a huge difference in a 1-year-old being 12 months and being 23 months!).

For better understanding of the dynamics of my home, I like to explain my children’s ages as such: we have two sets of kids that are 20 months apart with a 3 year gap in the middle. We did not plan that SO precisely, but for a woman who loves, needs, and craves structure, I am thankful to have two sets of children with equal age differences; it really comes in handy in understanding the dynamics between my sweet babies #3 and #4. And yes, there is a three-year gap in between #2 and #3: we knew we wanted four kids, but this Momma needed a little breather, and a break from changing diapers, that only lasted 3 months, but I relished those 3 months.

I am a gal that loves schedules, predictability, and prescribing order to my world.  I have many words to get out of my head daily.  Caution yourself before you call me on the phone!!  I love relationships and tending to them.  I am a problem solver by nature and sometimes to my demise.  I am a loud laugher and I usually cry when I laugh which makes people stare.  I am pretty geeky when it comes to learning new things, taking notes, analyzing literature and movies, and sharing all the tips and tidbits I have stored up in my brain.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Wright
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 13:08:16

    I love all of these things about you, Shawndra.


  2. Amber
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 20:36:27

    Very well said sis! I am excite to read about you and all your great tips you have! I’ve always said you should write a book on parenting…this is a good step towards that! Glad you made it out of the dark ages (coming from your sister that doesnt have a blog at all)!


  3. Jan Pendergraft
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 19:57:49

    Being a mother and now a Grandma (NaNa), I just want to say that there is so much that each of us can learn from each other AND from the children.

    It is very hard at times- being mom – but it is correct that we really remember the good sweet times. The best thing you can do as a mom is talk to other moms who seem to have well behaved children. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. None of us is or ever will be a perfect mom. ( I certainly wasn’t) It’s always OK to say “Boy I blew that situation!” and then ask for some advice.

    I have learned so much from other moms over the years. I once had a friend who said of moms, “We do the best we can do with what we have at the time.” She raised 4 very beautiful kids into wonderful adults. “What you have at the time” can be more helpful if you seek help from other good moms.

    If you are taking the time to read and comment on this parenting blog – you are to be commended! That says you care about your kids and what kind of mom you are. Many people never read ANYTHING about how to help their children. So I hope you moms will all share and help each other.


    • shawnmelanie
      Sep 13, 2010 @ 20:18:47

      How cute is this! This comment from Jan is my Momma! Can you see any similarites and where I get my interest in parenting? I promise I didn’t pay her to say all this :). I will mention her often, but she is most certainly the inspiration for much of my parenting. She also has a degree in Child Development and teaches parenting classes all the time – that really helps too!!

      Love you Momsie!


  4. Nancy
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 23:07:36

    So thrilled to read your blog because I know your words come truly from your heart and are blessed by the Lord.


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