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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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!
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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
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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
Oh my goodness, this seems like so long ago, but she sure left a lasting impression. I was her visiting teacher back in 2003. What a sweet lady.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2017 on learning from Ada at find joy in the journey
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Thank you Theresa -- don't feel nosy at all. Thank you for your comment & prayers - I appreciated it so much. :)
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Oh my gosh, I can only imagine the feelings something like this would bring up. Thank you for your continual kindness and thoughts. This is rough stuff and you too are doing your share to bless and inspire people around you -- thank YOU!
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Your welcome -- hugs!
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Your welcome! So glad this helped! And my kids are now 12, 14, and 17 -- not so little anymore!
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Here are the words that I shared at my mother's funeral earlier this month. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer in the fall of 2016. Although it was a terminal diagnosis we were filled with hope & faith and prayed mightily that her time could be prolonged. The doctors expressed that that was their primary goal in her treatment, and possible. Several months before mom passed I began to have a strong feeling & desire that I should speak at her funeral . . . whenever that might be. There were things I wanted to say that I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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I'm not sure how to start writing about mom's funeral. Both the happening and the looking back all feels so surreal. In the time since then, saying or thinking the words "mom's funeral" brings a pain to my heart. As if those words bring to my face the reality that it happened. That being said, it was a hard but beautiful day. We woke up early that Monday morning and went to the chapel for a private family viewing. Mom looked so good. So good. She looked like herself. While it hurt, dad was so pleased to see her. Myself,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at find joy in the journey
A holy time for sure. I love that so many people "knew" my mom (but didn't really know her). It helps this grief & sharing feel meaningful because so many have connected with or watched her in some way or another.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2017 on broken hearts at find joy in the journey
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Thanks Rochelle - it was good to share. Therapeutic.
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Thank you Rechelle . . . age & experience does give us so much perspective and appreciation. I know that this experience will mold me to look at life in new ways.
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I appreciate that -- you were right where you needed to be. Just like Scott was where he needed to be with our kids at home. :) I am proud of our family - we have a long legacy of faith and now we get to be the ones to continue it!
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Thanks Emily -- it's interesting when you are living it out. Some of these moments were worse in my head when I imagined them, than when they actually happened. And others were just as awful (or worse) in real life. But I do have a strong testimony of being supported by the prayers of others. It definitely carried me through some of these tough times so I did not crumble & break.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2017 on broken hearts at find joy in the journey
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Thank you Lisa! Yes, the gospel brings a great perspective but grief & sorrow are necessary. I always think of President Hinckley at his wife's funeral and the grief that was evident in his face.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2017 on broken hearts at find joy in the journey
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I type with a broken heart and heavy hands . . . to share that 2 weeks ago, my mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer. This is what I posted on her Instagram & Facebook accounts that day: On the morning of Thursday, September 28th, Teresa passed away after a year long, hard battle with cancer. She was peaceful and comfortable and in the presence of her husband and daughter. The previous night she was surrounded by all 5 of her children as we shared our love with our dear precious mother. It has been an incredibly hard week... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at find joy in the journey
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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