Shanan is from Oklahoma. She has lived in Fort Worth, Texas since 2011. She has been married to her husband Gary for 27 years. Together the couple suffered 20 years of tearful infertility. They had lost hope of having children until they received a call offering them three toddlers ages one, two, and three years old. Now, Shanan spends her days caring for three beautiful souls she believes are a gift from God. She is also a former youth minister, award winning photographer, and ORU graduate. She loves writing children’s books, writing on her four Facebook pages, and travel.
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Reason Why You Should Take Your Children to Work with You

If you have a job, what do your children know about what you do all day? Have you ever considered taking them to work for a day, or maybe allowing them to visit you once in a while at work? 

Sports, Dance, and Cheer Are Big Business :: Tips to Afford Your Children’s Hobbies

As you can imagine, having three children in travel sports and a traveling choir can get pricey. However, I have found ways to help pay for our children's hobbies that keep us from going broke. 
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10 Things You Should Do Before Your Kids Go Back to School

As much as I hate to think about it, it's that time of year when summer break is winding down and the beginning of a new school year is upon us. If you are like me, you might not feel ready interrupt your summer fun with buying school supplies at the end of July, but there are other things you may need to do to prepare for the coming year.
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Raising a Girl to Be A Woman, Wife, and Mother

We women tend to beat ourselves up for not doing enough even on our most successful day. I don't want my daughter to spend her days in self doubt. I also want to develop a relationship with her that is honest. I want her to be able to come to me with her struggles and her dreams. It's my job and my delight to be able to help her work through the difficulties while also helping her create victories.
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The Importance of Men in the Lives of Children

Without good men who step up and choose to love not just their own children, but also the children of others, our society would quickly crumble.
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Love My Local: Lake Country

On our first visit, I fell in love with the rolling hills, winding streets, uniquely built beautiful homes, and, of course, the views of the lake, all nestled into the forest of old oaks that cover the yards. Since we moved here, I have found much more to love in Lake Country.

Why Some of Us Secretly Hate Mother’s Day

But if you know anyone who has suffered the loss of their mother, or a child, or infertility, be gentle and be compassionate. If they don't want to attend church or Sunday brunch, bring Sunday brunch to them. Remember, some of us can't help the tragedies that have befallen us. We have to cope with deep wounds through no fault of our own, therefore, a hug and an understanding heart is always appreciated.