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shannon b
Interests: scrapbooking, blogging, family, the occasional sewing project, learning to take better pictures
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Thanks Katie! I hear ya loud and clear about being out of the blogging loop! I haven't sat down and read blogs in the longest time. Instagram seems to be filling in the gaps for now. :) But it's not the same thing. It has been a fun journey, pushing me and helping me grow all along the way. And prayer has definitely been a part of it. I'm just thankful for what a great experience this convention was - I needed it!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2015 on LuLaRoe // Dare to Dream at find joy in the journey
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In January I embarked on a new little adventure. At that time I mentioned briefly in this space that I joined LuLaRoe as a fashion consultant, but I haven't talked about it much since then. Life has been busy! Basically it's a clothing company that makes wonderful modest, on trend, affordable, comfortable clothes for women and girls -- skirts, dresses, tops, and leggings. I have a huge inventory of those clothes in my house now (thank goodness for a spare bedroom!) and I bring it to ladies' homes where we have fun parties trying on the clothes and shopping. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Last summer my boys had the rare and special opportunity to attend Scout Camp in Idaho with their dad and their grandpa. Both Scott and Dennis were (and still are) Scoutmasters and Scott thought it would be such a great experience to join Dennis' troop and attend Camp Bradley which is the same scout camp that Scott attended as a boy. Wow! One of the things I have loved most about my boys' experiences through Boy Scouts is seeing the memories and bonds that are built through the campouts and activities. Especially when those activities are done with a brother,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at find joy in the journey
So cool! I love the idea of barn hung doors into the master bath. Would love to do something like that in ours. In fact, I was just looking at laundry organization solutions yesterday (our tiny laundry needs help) and barn doors popped up on my pinterest search. You are definitely on trend!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2015 on Antique doors- Poppy Hill at whatever
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We had a wonderful day at church. Glad to be back in our congregation after a couple weeks on the road. The topics and messages touched me today and I just left with an overall feeling of wanting to do better, and strive to follow my Savior and be more like him. To cease from judging others. (this talk) To more readily forgive and let past grievances (or annoyances) slide away. (this video) To do more good. (this song) To take to heart the Savior's words "Come, follow me." The children sang Come, Follow Me in Primary and their voices... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Made our way to the cabin and I am so happy to be here. Ready to enjoy the quiet, the beautiful scenery, the absence of cell service, and exploring the woods. We bought a homemade blackberry pie from a cute apple store on the highway and ate it after dinner with vanilla ice cream. We took a short walk after dinner and I have to point out several things about this photo: 1 - these beautiful sweet peas grow wild on the side of the road! 2 - Anna is nervous about the ONE bee that she THINKS she saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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The boys were home from scout camp less than 48 hours when I packed the kids up and headed out on our summer roadtrip! It's going to be a busy summer - going here and there and not leaving too many normal/ lazy weeks at home. I'm guessing that this is a product of our kids growing up and I am planning on our summers looking like this from here on out. But first the road trip. It has felt like a busy couple weeks leading up the road trip. Much of my life feels like I'm flying by the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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Scott just returned yesterday from 7 days at scout camp with Payton & Conner and 13 more boys in his troop. He is the Scoutmaster. (And sometimes we think he must be the eternal Scoutmaster as he's been doing Scout Camp for over 10 years!) They pulled in yesterday afternoon and I can't tell you just how GOOD they looked. Sun tan, relaxed, bearded (just Scott), and manly. I don't know what it is but the boys appeared to have grown leaps in the past week - more tough, rugged, confident. I loved seeing that. And I loved seeing them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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On Mother's Day the kids (and Scott) gave me a gift and it was wrapped in solid light blue paper over which the kids had written 35 things they like best about my 35 years of "momming." I carefully unwrapped the gift to preserve the paper, but I'm sure at some point it will be too hard to store so I want to record their sweet notes on in this place to keep them safe for remembering. (Their initials by each note indicates which kid wrote it. Conner wrote 14, Payton 12, and Anna 9 notes - one for each... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at find joy in the journey
You guys are always the adventurers/explorers! I'm so glad dad speaks spanish and can get you guys around there so safely.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2015 on Cancun Mexico- On the Street at whatever
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Payton turned 12 in February which meant he was now old enough to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. There are a few other milestones, privileges, experiences that come along with turning 12 in our church and he got to experience two big ones this week. NUMBER ONE. On Wednesday the youth of our ward went on a temple trip to the nearby Las Vegas temple to perform baptisms for the dead. Info here. At Family Home Evening a few days before we discussed what it would be like and answered all of Payton's questions. We explained what a blessing it is... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at find joy in the journey
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For years people have been telling me how much Anna and I look alike. And I agree! She is my mini me! There have even been instances when speaking to school staff for the first time they do a double take and say, you must be Anna's mom. I thought it would be fun to do a little photo side-by-side comparison. I've been meaning to do this for the longest time. So I took a few minutes and sorted through the scanned pictures that were already on my computer and I had Anna assist me in deciding which photos went... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at find joy in the journey
This is such a sweet post! I'm sure that Sam and Heidi were soooo dang appreciative of you taking the time to watch their littles so they could get away. Those are busy years with busy little bodies! I feel like our years are getting busier, but not so much of the little busy bodies to get in the way. :) Enjoy your trip to Mexico!!!!
Toggle Commented May 3, 2015 on What I learned- at whatever
You know, we just use Krusteaz pancake mix! But my husband doesn't follow the directions on the bag -- he kinda eye balls the water added, and he mixes the batter A LOT until it is super smooth even though the bag says to mix a little and the batter will be slightly lumpy, and he is very careful about the griddle preparation and butter use and the amount of time the pancakes sit on the griddle before flipping . . . It's all in the technique and he's got it down to a science. His pancakes are pretty amazing. I'm so glad Sydnee loved the dress! Having seen pictures of her I just knew that the Julia dress would be perfect for her figure. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on making pancakes at find joy in the journey
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Pancake training began for Conner today. Scott was going to make pancakes and Conner asked if he could learn. With hesitation he conceded the spatula to the boy with plenty of wise cracks at every move. We are not one of those families that is all love & rainbows & positivity, and "great job you deserve a medal!" with every mediocre attempt. You gotta have a sense of humor and the ability to let the criticism roll off your back & laugh at your failures. Because that's what the rest of us are doing. Luckily our kids do well in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at find joy in the journey
Gosh I don't know. When I made these we lived in Oregon, which has light humidity. But I would think that mixing starch into glue is probably a good idea. Try it!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on yarn bowls at find joy in the journey
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Oh my goodness I LOVE your idea, Michelle! What a great way to celebrate. And I love the idea to spread it out over 50 days. Have so much fun with this!
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on 33 RAKs for 33 years at find joy in the journey
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You have a beautiful home! The floor plan on the main floor is almost identical to our house in Oregon. :) And I loved that space too. I'm so glad things moved so quickly for you guys and you don't have the worry of selling your home anymore. Now onto the next adventure of where to go! :) I'm sure something great will come up for Kevin and will be an answer to all of your prayers and your family will end up exactly where you are supposed to be. Good luck packing!
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2015 on Home Sweet Home - Sold at It's all good . . .
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Do you ever have those moments -- happy moments, calm, where everything feels right in the world -- and while experiencing them you become acutely aware of the very goodness of that moment. And in an effort to keep that moment you heighten your senses, taking it all in . . . sounds, sight, smells, warmth, taste, heart . . . creating a snapshot for yourself, freezing that moment in time. We spent a few days at my parent's family cabin during spring break and I had quite a few of those moments. Something about those few days at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at find joy in the journey
I think everyone has a bit a trial in their life - we just don't openly share those trials - and for that reason it's important to be careful when judging others' motives, efforts, actions, etc. So much can be going on behind the scenes that you don't know about and maybe they are just trying their best to put on a happy face for the day. Thanks for your concern and I hope you guys are doing ok too!
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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Thanks Kim. It is so easy to have good intentions & plans & goals and then it is so HARD to make them happen - especially when you are tired. I have to keep reminding myself that this time, this life, these moments -- they don't happen again and I need to give it my best.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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Thanks so much Lisa! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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"It will all work out" - Yes, I know it will. Just gotta keep enduring, and enduring WELL (as the VT message states this month). ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on be of good cheer at find joy in the journey
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That is SO funny! :) Yep, they are all pretty much the same.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on payton's best week ever at find joy in the journey
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We stayed at the La Quinta Inn right outside the park. It was great!
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