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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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A few days into the new year I received a phone call and a new church calling . . . Stake Young Women's Secretary. It was a complete surprise to me. I've been serving as our Ward Young Women's secretary for the past year, but never before in a stake calling. I am excited. And optimistic and hopeful about the learning, experiences, and connections I will gather through this assignment. Mormon lingo explanation: A ward is the congregation that we meet with each Sunday, a group of roughly 350-500 people determined by geographical boundaries. A number of wards (in our... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at find joy in the journey
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Family history is something that I just love and for the longest time I have wanted to print & display a large family pedigree chart in my home. I want those names to be visible and familiar to my kids. From their grandparents to their great-grandparents and more! Now, on Family Search you can sign up for an account and create a pretty nice family tree fan chart for free. My mom did it once and hung it in her home. And for a long time it was my plan to do the same thing. I hesitated a little, though,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at find joy in the journey
Rechelle! You are the random winner of the Beth Allen Art Calendar! Yay - Congratulations! Please email me with your shipping address so I can send it to you. Thanks! shannonfindsjoy@gmail.com
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Oh do I have a treat for you today! A few years ago I discovered Beth Allen Art. Since then I've purchased two of her prints for my home and several more for friends and I just love her style! Her instagram feed always puts a smile on my face as it features her life as a stay at home mom / artist and the day to day moments of raising 7 children after a recent cross country move from Arizona to New England. You guys, her children are beautiful! And did I mention she has 1 year old boy-girl... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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Oh Kathleen! I’m sure she would have loved to meet you too! Thank you for being a friend to her, even if it was just online!
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Julie-Ann - I keep my camera on the Av mode (aperture priority). I have a Canon 6D and it allows the ISO in many of these shots to go as high at 2500. A camera with a high ISO really helps in low-light situations!
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Back to our cabin Christmas . . . . time slows down a bit at the cabin and we get a lot more focused time together. Making cookies, playing card games, hot tubbing, watching movies, and relaxing. We got a new game -- Five Crowns -- and we all loved it! This is called doing the cabin right! On Christmas Eve we went to church And later that night we opened our Christmas pajamas. Buffalo plaid for everyone! (yes, we're jumping on that trend. Thank you Old Navy for cheap pj's!) We did all of our traditional Christmas Eve activities... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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For a long time Scott and I have talked about having an "away" Christmas once the kids got a little bit older. Ever since Payton was a baby we have spent all of our Christmas' at home. Last year we spent New Years at the cabin and we had SUCH a great time. It was cozy, relaxing, and full of all kinds of warm fuzzy family togetherness. Right then and there we decided that Christmas 2017 was going to happen at the cabin! So we hopped on to the Cabin google calendar and reserved the dates. We have been looking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at find joy in the journey
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I didn't do a whole lot of blogging in 2017 (I'm planning to change that in 2018!) so I thought I would do a quick monthly recap of our year. One photo highlight and a short list of what kept us busy. J A N U A R Y Scott whisked me away to celebrate our 18th anniversary at the Wynn! So fancy! Also . . . . NYE at the cabin with my parents // our ward split which resulted in some big changes & adjustments at church // trip late in the month to see my parents F... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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This past week we spent our Christmas at the cabin. More on that later. Our visits to the cabin in the winter are usually comprised of a lot of relaxing, tv time, snuggling under blankets by the fire, and occasional jaunts outside to the snow. But, this year there was no snow anywhere to be found! And the weather was so warm -- highs of 55-60+ degrees everyday. While the kids would have been more than happy and content to spent the entire week indoors, I coaxed them out of the house for a small hike at Big Trees State... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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My mom has always been the kind of person who likes to try a lot of different things. And holidays were no exception -- she played and created and experimented with the decorations, menu, etc. But two things I could always count on were Ginger Snap cookies and homemade caramels. I remember when she would crank out cookie sheets full of the delicious caramels. And then it was my job to cut them into rectangles, cut the wax paper into little rectangles, and wrap each one individually. I have many memories of sitting on the couch, watching tv, with a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at find joy in the journey
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Matthew 6:21 I've always loved this scripture because it teaches me that when I focus on things that really matter, and put them at the forefront of my life, I can find happiness. Not just happiness, but also fulfillment and contentment and a full heart. happened across a blog post by my mom today. She was wonderful at noticing and finding happiness in the little things of life. She writes, "I have tried to take the time to appreciate what is beautiful in my life . . .... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Today's prompt to Light the World is to follow the Savior's teaching of "Honour thy father and mother" - Matthew 15:4 I can't tell you how much this video tugs at my heart. The wheelchair. The hospital-type bed. Pulling back the covers and tucking in his mother. It hits very close to home. It makes me cry. But it also makes me feel confident in knowing that I honored my mother. Caring for her every physical need during those last two weeks. Those moments, the touch, the closeness, and the opportunity to serve her in that way will always be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Mom, if I called you today I would tell you. . . . . . . that Conner had a really cool choir performance at the Flamingo last night. They got to open for Legends in Concert. It's the same theater where Donny & Marie do their show. I remember when you and dad went to that show and how much you loved it. Scott and I had seats at a table with 2 other couples that spoke French! . . . Anna is nearly as tall as I am! Can you believe it?! She has grown at least an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at find joy in the journey
Kassie - oh my heart! Thank you for thinking of us during that time. And I'm just so touched that you would continue to pray for me. Honestly, that is the best gift. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. If I was on my phone I'd be inputting a bunch of heart emoji's, but I'm on my computer so this will have to suffice
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Every fall and spring we spend a weekend watching General Conference. It is a big deal in our house as we drop everything for 2 days and listen to the talks & counsel from our church leaders. This fall, when General Conference began it had been just 2 days since mom's passing. In honesty, I was not in the mood to sit down for 4 hours and watch General Conference. My mind was all over the place, we were planning the funeral, and I had a talk that needed to be written. Photo & text created by my Uncle Martel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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(I shared this in my Instagram stories back in September. Now I'm recording it here so it can have a life longer than 24 hours) Very soon after mom's diagnosis last fall she received a package in the mail. It was full of cheerful things and included a note of encouragement. The note was signed . . . "The Merry Fairy." Basically, anonymous. But someone with a very sweet and giving heart. The package came from the same town where mom was receiving her radiation treatments. At first we thought that perhaps mom's name was on a list at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at find joy in the journey
"Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end." -Preface, LDS Hymnal During mom's last week, music was ever present. In the beginning, her room was so quiet so we began playing music through the Amazon Alexa device in their bedroom. We played Josh Groban. A favorite of hers. And then we played a lot of Paul Cardall. His piano music is just amazing and soothing. While Paul played on repeat, two of his pieces stood out to me. Abide with Me, Tis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at find joy in the journey
Aw, thanks Nicole! It was a pretty nice compliment -- it just caught me by surprise considering the setting!
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Hi Kathleen! Ahh, I love that you were "friends" with my mom. I have many similar friends -- we know each other online but I'm sure we would hit it off if geography wasn't in the way.:) Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. It means so much. And yes, I plan to keep posting!
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2017 on lumberjacks and daffodils at find joy in the journey
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Thank you Lynda! You're a sweetheart!
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I'm glad we could do this too. :) I think lumberjack plaid is on trend this season!
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I have learned, experienced, and felt for a long, long time that nobody has it all together. To me, it's not news that what we're putting out there (social media, at church, etc.) is most often our highlight reel! But to assume that someone has it all together, they don't need Visiting Teachers (been there), or they don't need a meal when hard times hit . . . or worse yet, to actually express that to someone can be quite isolating. I'm sorry you have felt that way, or had those things projected on you. You DO do a great job of keeping it all together. But it's okay to be vulnerable too. I'm learning that myself -- that vulnerability actually opens us up to stronger connections. That doesn't mean displaying our problems front & center for all to see. You can still be positive & organized & on time! :) But to have the courage to show up, open up, share, connect, let go, have hard conversations, and put yourself out there when you don't know how it will be received. I recommend reading "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown // And remember, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phillipians 4:13
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2017 on Not Quite Superwoman at It's all good . . .
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In the course of planning mom's funeral we met several times with the funeral director, Mark. He knew our family well because, for one thing, it's a small community. Everybody knows everybody, especially when you have lived there for 55+ years like my dad. In addition to that, Mark handled the funeral arrangements for my grandfather (my dad's dad) 35 years ago. As well as my grandmother's funeral (my dad's mom) 18 years ago. I accompanied my dad to the funeral planning meetings and with my detail-oriented personality I had plenty of specific questions to ask. And plenty of preferences... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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The last weekend of October we decided to take the family up to the cabin. The kids had a 3-day weekend (Happy Nevada Day!) which I mistakenly thought was a 4-day weekend, so they ended up missing 1 day of school. My high school and middle schoolers DO NOT like to miss school. It is such a pain in the rear to get caught up on missing work so it stresses them out to a near panic-level (cough, Anna) to miss a day of school. We had a few purposes to accomplish this cabin weekend O N E . .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at find joy in the journey