Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Next Week

We actually leave on Friday to start off a marathon vacation that is actually 4 different trips for me, 3 for Tim and 2 for the kids. First we are headed to Seattle to celebrate my Grammies 95th birthday party and all the Shannon clan will be there. Shannon is my maiden name if you didn't know that.

This is a picture of my late Grandfather Shannon and
my Grammie on their honeymoon in August 1938.

We are in Seattle for few days and on our way up there we are stopping here, to pick up our new tent because our old one broke. But since we bought it at Costco we just took it back, but unfortunately they were out of tents so we couldn't get another one from!!We are home for one day to pack for our 2 day camping trip with my parents to here.

Then Tim & I drive to my parents house while my parents drive back with the kids and leave the van with all the camping gear. We pick up Tim's car with our separate suit cases in them with clothes that don't smell like camp fire and head off to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary at the place we got married. They now have a resort hotel and are excited go back where we exchanged our vows and made promises. On the inside of our wedding bands we have inscribed "A promise is to keep" and it has been so much fun to keep.

10 years
4 pregnancies
3 babies
1 dog & 2 goldfish
4 jobs
4 moves
7 cars
endless laughs, a few tears, and always much much love!!

I'm still deciding on a girls weekend away to the high desert. But I would leave the day we pick up the kids and would be leaving Tim to completely unpack the van & camping gear and do all the laundry. Can he do it, he says he can but not sure I should go, what do you all think?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Exciting News!

Lincoln asked Jesus into his heart last Thursday July 22nd!!

I had a bad dream the night before and in this dream the devil was after our hearts. Throwing arrows at us, they hurt but didn't kill us and then Reagan was burned to a crisp right before my eyes and then she arose out of the ashes and told the devil that he couldn't kill her or take her because her heart belonged to Jesus and that God was her protector.

This actually sounds more like a nightmare than a dream I agree. But it also had me thinking and all day I was praying about this dream and what it meant because I felt that it had deeper meaning in my life. I finally came to the conclusion that the devil is always after us but since my heart belongs to Him, I am saved, but the devil can still hurt us.

It got me thinking about Lincoln and his heart. That the devil is after his heart and that maybe it was time again to ask Lincoln if he wanted to ask Jesus in his heart. I have asked him many times before if he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart and every time he would avoid or just say not today Mom. I would respect him and not ask again for a while and when I did was given the same answers. So, last Thursday night I simply asked Lincoln if he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart and he cheerfully said, "Yes, I do!" I was thrilled and called Tim and Reagan into Lincoln's room and we all held hands as Tim helped Lincoln ask Jesus into his heart. It is a special memory that I'm sure we will all remember and that Lincoln has already shared with others around him. He is a different boy already.

That brings me to the second bit of wonderful news, Lincoln has finally pooped on the toilet!! I totally believe that he was able to do this because he did ask Jesus into his heart. Lincoln instantly Praised the Lord after the big event and this little boy is just not so little anymore. Thank you Jesus for the big things and for the little things because its in the little things that sometimes are really the big things!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Baby's profile pic at 19 weeks

We also found out that I have an anterior placenta. I had this with Lincoln and everything turned out alright. It just means the Dr. has to be careful when doing the c-section because it could cause more bleeding and the placenta could grow into the old scar which is bad.

But baby looks great, growing right on schedule. When we were almost done with the scan I asked the tech if she had checked to see the gender of the baby and she said yes. We were watching the whole time and didn't even catch on and this is our 3rd baby and we thought we "knew" what we were looking for but guess not. I should say Tim is convinced we are having a girl because he didn't see any boy parts but I'm not so convinced. We will just have to wait for December and be surprised!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Is an awesome and amazing friend. We have been there for each other through many big events in our families lives and I am so grateful to call her my friend. Our oldest kids are in the same grade at the same school and are growing up together. You can read some cute stories about those two right here, here and here.

Vanessa always throws the best parties and is the most gracious host. So, I am excited to announce that she has started her own blog.....Yippee!!!

Its called Southern In My Heart and I visit it everyday for her creative decorating, savvy style and awesome bargain hunting ideas. This woman knows how to get and find great deals!! I think this is my favorite post or maybe this one.

So, please head on over and say hi to my friend Vanessa!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Homemade marrionberry pie dedicated to baby Ella!

Homemade marrionberry pie!

This is the easiest pie I have ever made and Oh My, does it taste good!!

This pie is dedicated to baby Ella.
I am making our very good friends Brooke & Jesse a meal for their family.
And this pie is their dessert, doesn't it look yummy!!
Almost as yummy as Ella!

Marionberry Pie Recipe

  • Baked 9 inch Pie Shell

  • 5 cups frozen Marionberries, divided

  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Crush 2 ½ cups of Marionberries with a fork or pastry blender; stir in cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. (Return remaining berries to freezer.) Cook berry cornstarch mixture over medium –high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is clear and is thick enough to hold a plastic spoon straight up in the center, 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat and cool mixture completely in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. Remove remaining berries from freezer and gently fold into cooked, cooled, berries. Turn into crust. Refrigerate until well chilled. Serve with Marionberry ice cream.

Recipe from Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission Home Page

Monday, July 19, 2010

Neighbor update

Remember my neighbor?

Well her daughter moved out just before spring break and Reagan & Lincoln lost a beloved neighbor friend. They loved Patience!

Well, back to the neighbor. She called me a couple of months ago and told me she is sick. I knew at Christmas that she had lung surgery but that it wasn't cancer. Well, the doctor misdiagnosed her and not only did she have lung cancer but she also has brain & liver cancer.

I saw her on Monday and gave her a big hug and told her that I was praying for her. Its amazing how we could go from not liking each other to her coming over just to ask for prayer. I brought them a meal a few weeks ago and I know it was appreciated, it just amazing to me how God has changed my heart. When people ask me about them I am no longer bitter or upset. They are my neighbors and like I said before,

"I would not have chosen them as neighbors but God has and I know He has a much greater plan for us."

Saturday, July 17, 2010


We picked 9 1/2 lb of them. Time for a marionberry mikshake!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

"The Things God Left Undone"

My Mom found this in the back on her church bulletin dated summer of 1975 or '76.

"The wisdom of God is shown in that He left the world unfinished that we might have the interest and delight in taking the raw material and putting the world together.

He left the oil in the trapped rock, the aluminum in the clay, the paper in the pulp, the electricity in the clouds.

He left the forests unfelled, the mountains unsurveyed, the canals, undug, and the tunnels unbored.

He left the fields unplowed and unplanted, the business policies undeveloped, and the children not raised.

He left the music unwritten, the poetry undreamed, the dramas unplayed, and the sermons undelivered.

He left inventions unapplied, the dams and cities unbuilt.

He left mind and character unperfected, that we might really be the children of God---created in His own image, with inherent powers to take the raw materials and put the old world together."

Isn't it wonderful that we can use our abilities in the completion of the work that God left undone?

--Author Unknown

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lincoln's sound effects

We have a new computer and Lincoln had two markers in his pocket and well, it just goes to show us that "they" can take away play guns from little boys, but little boys will always find a way.

random cool picture

This picture was taken at Reagan's Kindergarten graduation. I was testing the camera and the lighting before the kids entered the room.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

God just gave me a kiss!!

Our precious baby is due on December 17th, 2010. Exactly one year to the day we miscarried our Christmas miracle. God is so good and he loves us so much!!! Thank you Jesus!!!

Oh and by the way, heart rate is 160.

Big blood test on Friday, to test for downs & spina bifida.....totally not worried, just want to make sure we are in a hospital that can tend to our baby if need be.

Big anatomy ultrasound Friday July 23rd at 10:30am. Dr. reassured me that his office doesn't find out the sex so that there will be no accidental slips....we want to be surprised or at least I do ;-)

I love being God's daughter!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tired update **P.S. at end***

We had an awesome 4th of July weekend. Saturday night Reagan and I had a sleep over at my parents house and the boys stayed home and did "boy" things. I heard they played swords, watched star wars and ate pancakes for dinner. The girls made an American flag cake and played with a new toy.

Apparently when my Mom became a State Senator 15 years ago she bought herself a toy for her achievement. She is no longer a Senator and she never once was able to play with her sad :(

What is it you ask? She bought herself a very nice
serger sewing machine that came with a nice case. I had no idea that she even owned this wonderful invention, so when I told her I was trying to save up for one, she nonchalantly said, "I have one." I about dropped out of my chair. I took it down to the local vacuum slash sewing machine shop and they were able to thread it for free! The man told me that the machine is in excellent condition considering how old it is and that she bought it used. (me giggling inside from excitement)

So, when we had our girls sleep over we thought we would make all sorts of little creations but instead realized that I needed to take a class so that I could learn how and then teach my Mom how to use it. She just mainly wants to hem or alter some skirts. I did make Reagan a little nightgown for her dolly, a very crude nightgown but Reagan loves it, so I shouldn't be to hard on myself.

So, why am I tired? Well, we stayed up late on the 3rd and the 4
th and all this week Reagan is at day camp. She has to be at the church at 8am to ride the bus and well we are all still pretty tired. Reagan has so far canoed, swam, creek walked and ate lunch in a bus that doesn't work anymore. Her camp counselors name is Otter and on Friday we all get to go to the camp for family night. Can't wait!!

Happy week everyone!!

****p.s..............I miss Reagan terribly!!!*****

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Recipe for Strawberry Shortcake


1 cup flour-sifted

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Cream butter and sugar together, then add remaining ingredients.
  • Blend 1/2 minute on low speed, then beat 3 minutes on high speed.
  • Lightly grease and flour the inside of 4 small round pans, then fill 1/2 full.
  • Bake in oven preheated to 375 degrees F until golden brown (about 20 minutes), cakes are done when center springs back when lightly pressed.
  • Remove from oven. Cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on a cake rack.
  • When cool and ready to serve, fill the recessed part with Strawberries, add whipped cream, top with Strawberries and serve.
Tim my adoring husband and the ultimate picky eater absolutely LOVES them!! Super, super yummy and a perfect 4th of July dessert.

(Sorry for the horrible picture, my camera battery died and my cell phone doesn't always take the best picture's.)