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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Yay, glad this can help or at least inspire you in what direction you want to take!
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I have discovered that there are two things that contribute greatly to my daily happiness and sense of well-being: 1. a clean house 2. not being the only one who cleans the house Over the years I have tried to implement 27 different chore systems. (rough estimate) There have been stickers, popsicle sticks, rewards & incentives (Chuck E. Cheese), bingo charts, and so many more. At each phase and stage of life something different was needed to match the kids' abilities. Changes were needed often to keep their attention. Change is good and necessary. I don't look back on any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Back in January 2015 I joined LuLaRoe and became a fashion consultant. This is something that was completely outside of my character - hello? eternal stay at home mom right here who had never worked outside the home and never gave a moment's thought to direct sales. But it felt right, and awesome, and I loved the clothes and I was super excited about it! The company was small (less than 1000 consultants at the time), the culture of positivity was inviting, and did I mention that I loved the clothes? A whole new wardrobe at wholesale cost . .... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at find joy in the journey
Thanks Nicole - it is hard. I don't know if I am always unwavering -- but I do take the time to think, pray, sort it out and always end up coming back to faith & trust.
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I'm glad (although I shouldn't be surprised) that others connect with that description of her. Always so selfless. And thank you for your prayers and messages to check in. I appreciate your concern and love.
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Kathleen you are so sweet. Thank you for you kind comments.
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She is an amazing lady for sure.
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Thanks Kristy! :)
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Oh Eliana, thank you for your comment and I'm so glad that this post was something you connected to. Cancer stinks. I'm sorry you had to go through it as well with your mom. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts!
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Thanks Pam. Watching my dad attend to my mom so sweetly and knowing all that he bears on his shoulders . . . he is an amazing man and I'm lucky to have him as a dad!
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Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your family member. It is SUCH a hard thing to watch! All these years you hear about cancer, and you hear about chemo . . . but until you have someone close in your life who is actually going through it, you have no idea ALL the havoc it wreaks on the body and the emotional struggle that comes with it. . . . . Hearing you say that you keep us in your prayers daily - that touches my heart more than you know. Thank you so so much.
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Thank you Tamara. I'm just glad I have these opportunities to be with her and help. :)
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Thank you Lisa!
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This morning I popped a peach & raspberry galette into the oven at my parents' home. While it was cooking a social worker from mom's home health team arrived. He sat down and asked her an array of questions to make sure her physical, mental, and emotional needs are being provided for. A one time assessment. Before beginning a series of yes or no questions, he asked if she would be comfortable answering the questions with her daughter (me) present. She was, so I stayed and listened. He asked her to base her answers off of how she has felt... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Lizbeth - I'm SO glad to hear you had a great party! It sounds absolutely perfect! Keep the tradition going!
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Well we definitely took the RISE & SHINE theme to heart when alarms started going off at 4:45am this morning! Things went off without a hitch as we easily slid back into our school morning routine. The boys were up, showered, lunches made & ready to go when we all sat down in the living room to read scriptures as a family at 5:30am. At 5:45am they were out the door on their way to early morning seminary! Payton was excited to start high school and to be with his big brother again. So glad they have each other. An... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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School starts tomorrow! It was a short summer. Between finally being free of year-round school on July 20th and then our district moving the first day of school up by TWO WEEKS . . . summer was gone in a blink of an eye. I had these grand plans of throwing a Back to School Feast just like Nie Nie does. I could picture it all . . . . we'd have a great meal, the table would be set beautifully and I would unveil a meaningful theme for the family to focus on throughout the school year. As it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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On the last day of school I was at the elementary school assisting with set-up for the 5th grade party. The party included a DJ and a big candy buffet/bar. Basically, sugar + loud music. What else could you possibly need to make every 11 year old's dream come true on the last day of school? I got to chatting with one of the other moms, one that I had never met or even seen at the school before. Our paths had just never crossed. We talked about the typical stuff - how many kids do you have, how old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Today closes a chapter in our life. Elementary school. And a little piece of my heart is breaking. Our last child just finished her last day of elementary school. And you can bet I'm a little verklempt about it. I tell everyone that I am not the mom who cries on the first day of school. But the last? That's a different story. And the last day of school at the end of an era? Don't get me started. For real. I'm barely holding it together folks! The same thing happened when we ended the preschool chapter. We had an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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This is one of those weeks when I'm feeling super sentimental and wondering where the heck time has gone. Anna is finishing up 5th grade (we are in year round school) and today they held a promotion ceremony at the school. The program was held at 12:30pm so we sent her off to school all dressed & ready to go. Doesn't she look lovely? And a little too grown up? I'm not sure what this model pose is all about! On Monday we tried to quickly pull together an outfit -- grabbed a skirt from my LuLaRoe stash, found a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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On the last night of Girls Camp I laid all snug in my sleeping bag. I was so glad to be asleep -- the girls in the camp next to us had finally settled down after partying well until midnight. Thankfully, the deer which had kept me up the previous night decided to take the night off from wandering in our camp. But at 1:30am I suddenly awoke. And had to go to the bathroom. Shoot! I tried to will myself to go back to sleep but I just could not shake the urge and so I carefully unzipped my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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Girls Camp happened this week. It was Anna's first year. And she ROCKED it. She had the best attitude about everything. She was excited about all of the activities and chants and skits and hikes. I know people will say that is pretty typical for first year campers. But she went above & beyond and did some pretty amazing/brave things for an 11.5 year old girl. She was the youngest girl at camp this year! The cut-off for camp is September 30th, and her 12th birthday is on September 29th When there was work to do -- a service project... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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We just returned from our Andersen family reunion. We do this every 3 years. My parents have planned and executed the last 2 reunions and at the conclusion of our event in 2014 they asked me to plan the next one. After much planning & preparation we were able to spend a memorable 3 days near Zion National Park. This reunion has been in the works for the past year. It has been on my mind as I've made lists, mental notes, browsed everything reunion-related on Pinterest, and decided on a theme. The fall came and it was time to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at find joy in the journey
You are my hero!
I want to call jinx! I posted a photo on instagram today with that exact quote about JOY at the exact time that you shared this blog post! We love you so much and want to help, lift, cheer, and serve in any way we can. Although you may think that you can't do a lot right now (physically), I've seen you in action and you ARE using your talents and doing so much for others. You don't recognize it all because it's simply who you are!
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