Volume 3

~ News From "Your Birthing Family" ~

Issue 3






Our Charis Family

Christi Jones
Caleb, Travis, Christi, and Bryce Jones
Caleb, Travis, Christi, and Bryce Jones


My name is Christi Jones and I want to take a moment to introduce myself. I was married in 2002 to my wonderful husband, Travis. In that same year I graduated nursing school and moved from Richmond, VA to Athens, GA.

My husband attended supply school and I searched for someone to hire me. I ended up working at a Christian book store since there were no hospitals willing to hire a new grad of only 6 months. The Lord blessed us with just enough money to pay the bills and we quickly learned how to budget.

The Navy then moved us back to VA, only this time it was Virginia Beach, which was close to family. Travis then left for his first deployment and I worked as a RN at DePaul in the Telemetry Unit. Nope, still nothing to do with babies or birth.

I enjoyed working as a nurse but ended up leaving the hospital in another couple years. My reason was primarily due to the inability to do what I loved most, which was to serve, care for and comfort my patients. The patient load ratio was too high and the paperwork took too long to even think about making it a priority to establish a rapport with my patients. That reality was too hard to swallow.

A couple of months after Travis returned from deployment we found out I was pregnant, a little surprised but excited. I attended a childbirth series and loved it. I had a friend who had delivered 6 of her own naturally, to be my coach in the delivery room. It was an ok experience but not what I had expected. I had a terrible time breastfeeding and was recovering from a partial fourth degree tear, thanks to an episiotomy. Those two factors lead to some PPD. That being said, I soon found myself wanting to share with all of my pregnant friends what I wished I would or wouldn’t have done in labor.

I was then asked to be a labor coach for a friend of mine and loved every minute of it. I questioned however, what the Lord was showing me, since I was pregnant at the time with baby number two?

It wasn’t until after the third labor coaching experience that I finally saw what God was truly calling me to do.

My friend Aimee and I were both being stirred by the Lord to check out what being a doula looked like. We prayerfully accepted that calling and embarked on the Charis education bandwagon.

I have loved the learning process so far and can’t wait to complete the certification. I am attempting on completing the requirements, or at least the modules, by the time baby number three is born. We are expecting our third son in early June. One of the things that I am so excited about in the doula profession is connecting with families, by ministering and building a relationship with them. Servant-hood seems to be the resounding theme in the professions that God has directed me in, first as a nurse, then as a mommy, and now as a doula. I hope you are all as blessed in your Charis educational endeavor as I have been thus far.

In Him,
Christi Jones

Christi Jones nuzzling newborn Timothy Bryce
Christi holding her youngest son, Timothy Bryce Jones
He weighed 9 Pounds and 21 inches long

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Charis Cuisine

Mediterranean Pasta

Lydia serving dinner
Lydia Thompson

12-16 oz. penne
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 14 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of artichokes, quartered
1/2 cup of black olives, sliced
1/2 cup of feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, grated

Cook the pasta until al dente. Place cooked pasta in a greased 9x13 baking dish and cover with 1/2 the feta and 1/2 the parmesan cheese. Saute the onion until tender. Add the tomatoes, artichokes, and olives. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Pour over the pasta. Cover with remaining cheeses. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. I add a good "shake, shake" of Italian seasonings to the sauce while it's simmering. Probably, about 1 heaping teaspoon.

Hope it is enjoyed!
Rachel Thompson

Caleb, Benjamin, Miriam and Beth Thompson
Caleb, Benjamin, Miriam and Beth Thompson

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Kids Korner

Gourmet Chefs
Joy Schuchmann
Gourmet Chef Joy Schuchmann

In our home, each child “owns a restaurant” and we eat at a different “restaurant” each night. Joy’s is called “Pickle Paradise”, Joel’s is “Joel’s Café”, and Rose’s changes names each week, depending on the cuisine she has chosen to serve. Tonight it is “Rose’s Mediterranean Restaurant”. They each choose one meal each week from healthy recipes I have on file, make a list of ingredients they need, and prepare the meal on the night that we are scheduled to eat at their restaurant. (All the other nights we eat at “Kristin’s Kitchen” or “Daddy’s Diner”) This has greatly broadened their food horizons! Let’s face it; they are more likely to enjoy something they prepare themselves, even if it is something unusual. To encourage our children in their culinary endeavors, Todd and I have raved and raved over their restaurants and called them “gourmet chefs” on countless occasions.

Well, last week during our homeschooling one morning, I realized that we had become so engrossed in the historical novel I have been reading to the kids that we had read right through what is usually snack break time. I announced that they should take a short snack break so we could get back to work quickly. More than five minutes had passed since they entered the kitchen to get a quick snack and no one was eating yet! Feeling the need to hurry them up, I reminded them that this was to be a QUICK snack. Rose was mixing something in a bowl, Joel was wrapping something in a sprouted grain tortilla, and Joy, who was standing there with a pile of vegetables, a cutting board, and knife said, “Mommy, you should know that there is no such thing as a ‘quick snack’ in a house full of gourmet chefs!”

At that point, I had to laugh and count my blessings that my “gourmet chefs” were taking the time to prepare a healthy snack… even if it wasn’t quick!

Kristin Schuchmann

'Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And gather them from the ends of the earth,
 Among  them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and The one who labors with child,  together,
 A great throng shall return there...And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the LORD.'
 Jeremiah 31:8, 14
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March  2008