Miss my mama

My life changed forever at 8:55pm (CST) on Tuesday January 19th.  My mom breathed her last breath as my head was on her shoulder and her hand was in mine.  I never imagined that I would have to go through this at this young age.  Your parents are supposed to live into their 80’s and 90’s, not the young age of 59.   Continue reading

Shannonigans Gear!

It’s order time folks!

Please share this on your facebook, twitter, instagram and other social media so more people can see it and get Shannonigans gear! Shirts will not be printed and sent until the deadline date of May 17th, so be patient. I set the date out a little bit (Sunday May 17th…38 days to order) to give everyone a few paydays in there. Now buy and share it with your friends and family!


This is what the shirts will look like.  PLEASE share this with your friends and family as well.  The more shirts that are sold means a bigger donation to the CF Foundation!  I really need this to be a good fundraiser as well as getting Shannonigans and CF awareness out there.  Thank you for your support!

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Until next time…

1 year ago today

One year ago today the earth lost a wise woman.  Death is a part of life but it doesn’t mean it is easy to endure.  My grandma was an amazing lady.  I miss her every day.  I miss our late night talks.  I miss staying up late when staying at her house and watching all the trash TV together on DVR.  I know my husband misses those late night talks as well.  I know my bonus kids miss her cooking.

It doesn’t seem possible that a whole year has passed.  We all made it through this last year when we didn’t know how we would without her.  There were many times that something would happen that would make me think of her, more than usual that is.  Her email got hacked and sends out spam with subject lines like “Hi ya” or “How’s it going”.  We can’t get into her email to fix it.  Therefore grandma “sends emails from Heaven” every once in awhile just to make sure we don’t forget about her, like that would ever be possible.  When I get one it puts a smile on my face thinking that she would find it pretty dang funny that “she is sending emails even after she died.”  Anything to keep us guessing and smiling.

When I call my grandparents house my grandma’s voice is still on the answering machine.  I called the house a little time after she passed away and my grandpa wasn’t there so the answering machine came on.  My heart jumped out of my chest when I heard her voice.  I was not expecting that.  It’s not like I haven’t heard the outgoing message a hundred time before but to hear her voice when I wasn’t expecting it was weird.  I have called a few times when I knew my grandpa wasn’t home just so I could hear her voice as have others.  Grandpa says he gets lots of hang ups on the answering machine and he assumes that is because someone is calling to hear her voice.  Whenever I finally get ahold of him, he is one busy man, he’ll say, “so you got to talk to your grandma since I wasn’t home.”  Yep I sure did grandpa.  hahaha

Oh grandma, what I wouldn’t give to see you, hug you and talk to you again.  One day I will see you again but until then I will stay here kicking butt and taking names like you excepted me to.  I may get weary but don’t you worry I will not give up!  I love you so much and miss you like crazy!

Until next time….

Holiday Season

The holidays are always so busy with family and going here and there. Throw in a few divorces and you multiply the number of stops. Look at my bonus kids for instance. They have 2 sides with their parents, that’s a given. When you add in my side you have my parents who are divorced therefore you have both sides and their respective spouses also. That makes for one heck of a Christmas for the kids. So needless to say it is one BIG happy family, well happy most of the time…haha.
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Bonus Mom

What is a Bonus Mom you ask? Well that would be me! We came up with Bonus mom instead of step mom. Most all the step moms in the books, movies and TV are evil and mean. I, however, am not evil and mean so we had to come up with something. It basically boils down to me being a bonus in the kids lives. We do use “step mom or step son/daughter” when we introduce each other since it is standard practice for everyone else…haha.

I am so blessed to have them in my life. I am thankful for their existence. No matter how I got them in my life I am happy to call them my bonus kids.
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Thanksgiving time!

It seems that Thanksgiving has become a shopping holiday and not a time to be with family and to be thankful.  Unless you are thankful for sales at crazy hours which I am not.  I am not a black Friday shopper nor am I much of a shopper anyway.

What does Thanksgiving mean to me?  Thanksgiving means family time with lots of yummy food.  You don’t have to have some big organized function for it to be family time.  Simply having family over for a meal and/or hanging out is enough.

This year we are unable to be with family due to the move to Tennessee.  We were invited to one of our son’s friends houses for a Thanksgiving meal.  I love how people invite you into their home and their family traditions when you don’t have family close.  I know we have done the same for people.  I am always happy to have people join us at our table.  Our house/our family has an open door policy when it comes to people needing somewhere to go for the holidays.
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Our family’s rock

This is a year of many “firsts” for our family.  My grandma (mom’s mom) passed away in April of this year.  This has meant that we had our first Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and now comes the holiday season.  This is going to be an adjustment for all of us.  Our family tradition has always been that we go to grandma and grandpa’s Christmas morning.  We eat lunch, open gifts and hang out and watch football and/or good ol Christmas movies that play over and over on TV.  It is all about family time.  Over the last few years Grandma couldn’t handle making the big meal for all of us so we divided things up and made the meal.  She hated that she got worn out when making the meal but we made sure that the meal still went on.
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