about me


My children think I like to clean because I do it all the time.  It’s true I love my home and taking care of it, but nothing is more important than investing in the lives of my seven children.  We read together, eat, talk, laugh, go for walks, have adventures, and sometimes…they even help me clean.


I am married to Rich and together we are traveling along in love, raising our family and growing closer to each other every day.

I am a born again Christian and have loved Jesus since I was a child.  My family attends church on a regular basis and my husband and I are both involved in local Bible studies.  I love God’s word and singing the old hymns and newer praise songs, too.  I think that getting to know other believers is one of the best parts of blogging.


I blog because I want to record memories for my family.  My husband and children read here and my brother David is one of my biggest fans.  Thanks, Dave.

I love my friends and hope to be friends with you, too.  My name is Shanda and I am pleased and humbled to welcome each of you to my blog.


things I like:

motherhood; reading; photography; music; Bible study; my favorite season is Autumn; handmade things; cooking and baking; blogging; USA travel; Country Living UK magazine; playing piano; Eloise Wilkin illustrations; children’s books; sending and receiving mail, old things; chickens; kittens; hanging laundry out to dry; the smell of wood and dirt; wildflowers; mushrooms; nature; birds; seeing married couples holding hands; snuggling on the couch watching tv with the children; making friends, sharing, love, sweet fellowship, warmth and kindness, all the beautiful things of living.

I named this blog “Good to be Home” because I enjoy all things domestic and believe that the home life is extremely important and can typify our Heavenly home.  As a child of God, my heart longs for that home in Heaven, someday.  “Oh that will be glory for me.”

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11 thoughts on “about me

  1. I loved Reading about David’s Birthday, i laughed when you said “barefoot” of course…

    My dad never ever let me have a day off from school for my birthday, I am envious of Dave, Happy Birthday to you…


  2. Hello there! Not sure if you’ll remember me, but we used be friends on Xanga years ago (Our_Family_Thymes). I always enjoyed reading your blog. You came to my mind recently and I thought I’d see if you are still blogging. And here you are! Just wanted to say hi and wish you and your family a BLESSED New Year. 🙂

    • Hello! It’s good to hear from you, and it’s good to be remembered. Thank you for your comment, and a very Happy and Blessed New Year to you, as well! 🙂

  3. In an era where the media says to leave your home to find happiness, it’s a beautiful thing you’ve done in naming your blog as you did.
    I grew up with 5 other siblings and we had a great time. Big families are wonderful – you’re blessed. I have two great teens. I didn’t marry ’til I was 30 and had my first at 35. My son – now 13 wants tons of kids. He loves children!
    Nice meeting you – you seem like an awesome mom 🙂

  4. Hi there brave mom with many kiddies 😉
    I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award – I posted today 6/15
    AnnMarie 🙂
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  5. Hi Shanda!! It’s been way too long. I love your blog so much! Please let’s connect again soon! Xoxo

  6. Found myself on this blog late at night when I couldn’t sleep. Somehow searching Henry Drummond’s words from The Greatest Thing in the World (“do not grudge the hand that is moulding…”) got me here. My life is so different than yours, yet I have a sense of, a piece (peace?) of, that same gratitude. Clearly, there is abundance in your heart and life. Blessings to you and your family.

    • Jesse, your comment meant so much to me that I almost didn’t know what to reply. But I want to thank you for taking the time to write and for the blessings you gave to us. I am truly humbled and grateful. Love, Shanda

  7. Shanda, It’s been a long time since Xanga days, but I’m delighted to find you again through Lea Ann Garfias. Still not a huge commenter, but I look forward to perusing and seeing all the growth in your family!


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