(happy news)












These pictures were all taken last week.  The rainbows appeared last Thursday or Friday, I can’t remember exactly. 

I haven’t been able to blog much this week because I have not been my normal self.  There are several reasons for this:

1.  Rich has been away on a 3 day business trip.  I’m not myself when he’s out of town.  He will be back tonight.

2.  I’m PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m not my normal self when I am pregnant (who is?).  I am so very happy but I am also in that weepy and exhausted stage.  I’m not exactly crying over everything, but my emotions are pretty wild at the moment.  Rich told the kids Monday night at the dinner table and they are all so happy.  My four boys all want another brother, and Grace insists it WILL be a girl.  My due date is Feb. 12, my own birthday~The children and I are all trying to come up with the perfect names (needs 5 letters and be from the Bible) but Rich would rather make conversation about what 8-passenger vehicle we should buy.  Is that funny, or what?

3.  On Monday, during my first prenatal appointment, my doctor “found something” she wanted further testing on.  I’m not myself when I think there might something wrong with me!  I have been a nervous wreck waiting for that appointment.  Yes, I have faith that God has me in his hands and that He knows what is best for me, but that still didn’t keep me from walking around like a zombie, praying constantly and crying now and then. . .. . ..now, for the good news. . . .my test was yesterday and it came back clear and fine.  God was merciful to me, I did not have to wait for the results, I was told right in the office that all is well.  My sister was with me, and she was the rock I needed to get through the whole experience.  After my appointment we went downtown for ice cream sundaes and at them outside at the picnic tables, laughing and talking like only sisters can do.   

To the very few people that I told about all this~ THANK YOU~ for lifting me up in prayer.  My joy in the Lord is full and overwhelming at the moment.  The other day I was weak from worry, today I am weak with relief.  Sinking down on my knees in weakness has been a comfort to me~as I prayed to my Father above.  I have felt with certainty His pity and mercy these past few days. 


“I will praise thee O Lord my God, with all my heart:  and I will glorify thy name forevermore.  For great is thy mercy toward me.”

Psalm 86:12,13a


0 thoughts on “(happy news)

  1. YAY!!! jump up and down , so happy for you all!!   I walked down the hall earlier this morning and David told me the news…clapping his hands and laughing…..my big boy is happy for you too.  You are a wonderful mother!  You and Rich are a blessing….bringing up a sweet godly family.  I love that idealic 1st picture of the kids at the pond, and all the mommy and child ones.  You must live in “Rainbow Valley” you have such beautiful full rainbows.  I will pray for you and your sweet little one…..I have my own hormones to remind me….ahhh, I will put this change of life sadness to good use and pray for you   Hope you can take some summer time naps and rests while in these first sleepy months! blessings, blessings, Jenny

  2. I am absolutely THRILLED for you!!!!!!!Happy that the tests went well and that you were given positive news.So, are you like my son and daughter-in-law…who wait till the day of birth to find out the sex of the baby? Just curious.I’m with Grace…another daughter would be nice.But either way, God never says OOPS! Amen?A big ol’ bear hug to you, my friend..Dawn xo

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am always glad when someone else has more kids. I’m really excited when they are ones that I can have fun with then give back when they are spoiled!!
    God Bless You!!

  4. I just knew you were going to announce another sweet baby when I read your title!!!!!!  How exciting.  I hope Grace gets her hearts desire.  Praying for you to have a great and healthy pregnancy.

  5. I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!! I just LOVE hearing when people share that they are expecting another blessing! I can not wait until the Lord blesses us again! How wonderful!!!!!!!! Keep us updated on your pregnancy. Do you get sick with yours at all???

  6. I wondered a few weeks ago when you said something about not feeling well, or having a blah day or something….if you were pregnant!  That’s such AWESOME news – CONGRATS!!!  Suz

  7. I am so excited for you! I also wondered when I saw the title of your blog.  For some reason I thought that you were done having kids because when I started reading your blog you had said something about feeling more alive when you were having children like it was past tense. I hope Grace gets her wish for a little girl. You two are so outnumbered around there! I have no idea why but I have been getting baby fever. I didn’t feel like this before my 2 kids so I’m confused as to why when I already have 2 kids I’m wanting more and my son is only 14 months! We’d like to wait until he’s 2 to get pregnant, but only the Lord knows.

  8. Oh Man!!! Joanna has six letters!!! Just kidding! 
    Six children is such a better number than five, it feels more complete. Caleb is at the perfect age, to have another baby in the house!
    When I saw the news on your blog I told a friemd of mine and she said “Six wow!” and I said “There is no one else who could be a better mother to six children.”  I am here on the sidelines as your biggest cheer leader Shanda Banda!
    So pleased that you are healthy and that you body and now emotions can get excited about this new life!!!
    You already know the name I am going for…I think I am going to PRAY for that name and then God will be on my side! 🙂
    Love, JO

  9. I rejoice with you!!!!  Children are a gift from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is His reward!  Psalm 127 ~ I’m so glad to hear about your good report ~  yes indeed, all is well!  I will be praying for you ~

  10. I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!  In my head, after reading the title…I said “bet she’s pregnant”…and sho’nuff!  Congratulations! You and your husband are terrific together and as parents, blessed be the child who enters your family.  You’ll be in my prayers as you progress.

  11. Congratulations Shanda! It’s so good to see things going well for you! I will definitely be praying for you (and the rest of the family) during this pregnancy.

  12. Wow, how fun!  Ya’ll seem like the perfect family for six children. . .what a blessing for everyone.  When I found out I was expecting Hank, the older three boys all chimed in about how the new baby would just HAVE to be another boy. . . I said, “What if God has a little girl for us??” and they looked at me like I was crazy.  I reminded them that I’m a girl and would like a little girl, but again, that “deer in the headlights” look came over their faces.  And of course we had our fourth son, the light and laughter of our home, and we couldn’t be happier!  God always knows exactly who we need in our families. . .I love that.

  13. ah, Shanda!!! that’s SO WONDERFUL… i’m happy for you. and praising God with you that the test results were fine~May the Lord continue to envelope you with His peace – give you strength beyond your own – and fill your heart with HOPE for the incredible purpose He has for this new LIFE… and even now in these early days may He bond your heart to this little one and give you such a sense of closeness and love for him (or HER, right Grace??) :)just read this this morning::”You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. WONDERFUL ARE YOUR WORKS, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substances; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. Ps. 139: 13- 16congratulations to you ALL on this wonderful addition~ love to you Shanda!

  14. And at the very bottom of the list, from another mother of six, who LOVES being the mother of six and the grandmother of nine (so far). Praise GOD! I have big welled up tears of love and joy. What wonderful pictures. I continue to pray daily for you all. M in SC with lots of hugs and love.

  15. Congratulations!!! How exciting! What a blessing!! I will pray for you as you go through these first months of being a bit more sleepy! That is hard I know just with my 3! I can’t imagine with 5! Hurray for 6 kids! I am from a family of 6 and I loved growing up with a crowd of siblings! What a precious treasure they will have in each other!! Once again, beautiful pictures!

  16. Congratulations!! Praise God for such a beautiful blessing. I will pray that your pregnancy goes well and you remain strong.
    I am a mother of seven children and my baby will be one year old next week. I remember so clearly the overwhelming fatigue
    you experience during the first trimester. Rest as much as you can! God bless you and your family.

  17. Congrats! I will be praying for you and the new little one. Due on your birthday how exciting!!!! I am so glad tests came back good. I love the pic of you caring Caleb. Aren’t our boys getting big? About to celebrate their 3rd birthday. You are a great mommy, Shan. I want to encourage you cause you encourage me so much. Have a great weekend!

  18. Congratulations — I thought a while back that you seemed sad at not having more children, so this fulfills that wish for you.  I’m happy, too, that all the tests came back ok — and what a birthday present to yourself!

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