Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Just remember, in the winter...far beneath the bitter snow...lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring, becomes the rose...

Hey y'all. I wanted to check in here, for those of you that read this that hadn't heard yet. Yesterday I lost my husband, my best friend of 18 years, and the father of my children. This was sudden and unexpected, and we are all heartbroken over this loss.

We met when we were 12 years old, in the 8th grade. Our choir director matched us up to sing a duet at the upcoming talent show, and we have been inseparable ever since. We didn't date until the summer of 2001, and as soon as we started, I knew we were going to get married. This April would have been our 8th anniversary. I will miss sharing my life with him, sharing my every day with him, laughing with him, and I sure will miss his cooking. I can cook from a box. *trying to grin*

Here are the most recent pictures of him...the first one was in September at the Alamo:


This one was at the music program at school. I adore this picture.


Please pray for all of us, but especially my boys in these coming days and months. They adored their daddy, and there's a big empty spot in all of us right now. I don't really know what to say, other than thank you to the entire Splitcoast and stamping community for the amazing outpouring of love that has been gushing over us all day. We are so lucky to be covered in prayer by so many, and we appreciate it more than words can say.

I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I will try to post as I can. Hugs to all of you.

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Nadine said...

Shannan my heartfelt condolences goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Big hugs to you and the boys.

Lynn said...

May the love and prayers of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time of tragic loss. May your treasured memories keep your beloved husband near you always.

Sending my heartfelt sympathy.

Tara said...

Wow! I can't even think of the 'right' words... you don't know me but I read your blog often. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss - you and your boys will be in my prayers. Heartfelt condolences from Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Maren said...

You & your boys are still in my thoughts and prayers, Shannan. One day at a time...surrounded by love.

dini said...

More love here to you...I have been thinking of you nonstop. Big hugs...so sorry for your loss.

Heather P. said...

There are no words that can even begin to express how much my heart breaks for you and your boys! :( I am *so* very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers. Much love, Shannan! {{{Hugs!}}}

Sharon Holden said...

Shannan, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your boys at this difficult time xoxo.

Maureen said...

Shannan, my heart goes out to you, your boys and all your family...I cannot imagine your great loss. My mom passed away 6 weeks ago, so I have a small idea and I know that everyone's prayers and thoughts did help...please know that you are surrounded by love, even from those of us that live far away and only know you from your lovely art. Sending you hugs and peace, God bless you all at the most difficult time....Maureen

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Shannan........my heart breaks for both you and your boys!!! Please know that many, many prayers and hugs are coming your way!!! Lean on your family and friends and know that you are not alone!!

Sarah Gough said...

Shannan, I've been so upset for you all day, I can't possibly imagine what you are going through right now. I know the amazingly special bond that comes from spending your life with someone you grew up with - the depth of that love is indescribable to those who haven't had the joy of experiencing it.

You've always been a ray of sunshine when sharing your work and your generosity of spirit and time shines. Yours was the very first stamping blog I ever saw - that visit started me on an amazing journey. Know that so many out there, who you've never met, from places near and far, are thinking of you, and sending you love. Take care of yourself sweetie, big hugs from NZ.

Renée said...

I cannot imagine what you are going through and what you will go through, Shannan. My heart hurts for you. I pray that God will sustain you, your children, and your family. May He be your ever present comfort and strength.

Renée

kim.mom said...

Just wanted to say my prayers are with you and I wish you much strength. So terribly sorry for your loss.

Mary said...

I am so very,very sorry about your and your children's loss. I will be saying lots of prayers for all of you.

Mary

Shemaine Smith said...

Shannan I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your boys and I am praying for God to help you during this time and fill you with the strength you need to get thru this sorrowful time. Wish I lived close so I could be of more support but you have a large community of women who care and are praying for you.

Carolina said...

Warmest of hugs I send to you and your adorable boys Shannan. Words can't express how very sorry I am for your loss. Know that you are loved and you and your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Noora said...

Shannan, I dont know what to say, there are no words do justice to what u are going through, you and your family are in my thoughts today..may God give you the strength during these difficult times....

Michele L. said...

Shannan,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am wishing you much strength during this time for you and your children. You will be in my prayers.

Hazel said...

I'm so sad to have read this news on Lord have mercy this morning - praying for you and your children that God's love will surround and uphold you x

Jen Tapler said...

Oh, Shannan! I don't know what to say other than I'm thinking of you and sending you and your boys lots of love. Hang in there.

Wendy Van de Bogart said...

Hugs and thoughts with you and your boys....hold on tight.

LindaH said...

I am saddened beyond words and my thoughts are with you and the boys over these next days and months.

Sue Ann said...

Dearest Shannon

I am so very sorry for your loss. I do not know the words to write that will comfort you but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. The days ahead will be difficult and I wish for you to find peace and comfort knowing there are so many people who want to support you during this time. I hope for your boys to find the strength to get through these moments. I am so sad for your loss and for your boys loss. If you need anything please email me!!!!

sahallinger@verizon.net

God Bless you and your family during this time!!!

Sue Ann

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Heidi said...

Shannan I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'll keep you and your boys in my thoughts and prayers.

Serendipity said...

Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am to hear of your husbands' passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this truly difficult time. Keep your boys close to you, for they probably don't even know what they are feeling and how to verbalize it. Stay strong!

Tammy Hershberger said...

You and your boys are constantly in my thoughts and prayers, Shannan! You've already shown so much courage, and are to be admired for your strength. Your boys will need that so much! May God keep his loving arms wrapped tightly around you all!

Anonymous said...

Shannan- I so very very sorry for your husband's passing. You and your boys are in my heart and in my prayers. May God hold you tightly during this very difficult time.

Blessings to you

Deborah

Chris said...

I'm so very sad that you lost your husband and best friend so suddenly and that the boys lost their father and probably, best friend as well. Praying that you will find peace and strength during the days ahead.

melissac said...

Shannan -- You and your boys are in my prayers each moment. I cannot imagine your feelings at this moment in time. May our Lord watch over, comfort and give you each peace. HUGS!!!

Kerry J. said...

You've been on my mind constantly since I heard your news. My heart breaks for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jess Willison said...

Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Michele B. said...

{{{{Shannan}}}} I thought I'd leave you some big hugs here too. My heart just breaks for you and your boys.

Deb Buckminster said...

Shannan, may GOD's love and presence be very near to you, that you may know the comfort that only HE can give.

Lifting you and your family in prayer ~

Giffysk8s said...

Oh, Shannan~I pray that Jesus wraps His ams around you and the boys, making His presence known to you in real and tangible ways. If only I could hug you in person. If you and your boys need a "get away" at any point, please come visit me in Boston. I have plenty of room and would love to lavish His love and mine upon you.

Anonymous said...

Oh Shannan! May God's perpetual light shine upon you and your boys and keep you all safe. Stay strong. I am continuing to pray for you all. My heart is aching for you. I am just so sorry for your loss. -Monique Van Keuren

Dawn Easton said...

Shannan, I'm sorry for your loss and can only imagine what you and the boys are going through right now. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending big big hugs your way.
Dawn

Lisa Chapman said...

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your sons are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could do more.

Deb said...

Shannan, I am praying for God's comfort for you and your boys, that you'll feel His embrace during this time when it seems like there can be no comfort, and the thought of peace is beyond understanding. So many of us from far away are praying for you, but I am also praying that you have some friends within arms' reach who can be there, ready and willing to do whatever you need right now when time is all at once standing still and speeding forward. {{hugs}} and ongoing prayers.

Patter Cross said...

Shannan, I left a message on SCS yesterday but wanted to come here to tell you again that I am praying for you and the boys. I pray the Lord will wrap His loving arms around each of you, and that you will feel His tremendous love, peace, and comfort during this unimaginable time! In Him,

Stephanie Kraft said...

Oh my goodness, Shannan.. I am SO sorry for your loss.. my heart just breaks for you and your boys. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim said...

Oh Shannan...I am so very sorry for your loss. Please be assured that I'll be praying for you, that God might grant you a measure of peace and watch over your boys.

Julie said...

Oh Shannan I'm just heartbroken for you! I hope in the next few days and weeks you are able to have some peace through all of this. You will be in my thoughts.

Dawn said...

Shannan, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers.

Diane said...

Shannan, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your boys are in my prayers.

Diane, Stampin' Flybaby

i {heart} papers said...

{hugs} to you and your boys. Hold them a little closer, a little tighter...you will get through this, together. I hope for peace and understanding for you all.

Lisa said...

Shannan, You and your boys are in our thoughts and prayers. I pray that you will find comfort in the days to come. May hope and love surround you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Tiffaney in VA said...

Shannan, I'm so sorry that your DH & BFF was taken from you too soon. My deepest sympathies go out to you & your boys.

Leslie said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your boys. I'm SO sorry for your loss.

michib2006 said...

Shannan, I've never met you in person, but I love coming to your blog for inspiration. I am so saddened to hear of your loss and my heart goes out to you and your boys. I can't imagine how devasting this is for all of you. I will keep you in my prayers.

Kim said...

Oh Shannan, I haven't been on SCS in quite a while and was shocked to read your post today. My heart breaks for you. Josh was so handsome and your boys are living proof of the love you shared. I will be praying for you all and please post when you can if there is anything we can do to help or any specific prayers you need. Love, Kim

Jennie said...

Shannan, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and best friend. I am praying for you and your boys.....

Janelle said...

Oh, Shannan. My heart breaks for you and your boys. Prayers are with you all in the days to come.

Jenn Balcer said...

Shannan, you and yours are on my heart and in my prayers. If there's anything you need, we're all here for you.

Samantha said...

I am, like many, am an avid reader of your blog. I am heartbroken for you and your boys and the loss you are suffering. You are in my thoughts. My condolences to your entire family...

Misti said...

Shannan, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers!!!

Robin McK said...

Shannan -
So sorry to hear of your loss. That is such a huge, life-altering event, and I wish you and your boys the ability to recover. Remember all of the good times you had!

IamDerby said...

Shannan I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your children will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Michele (Derbylea from the PTI board)

Melissa said...

I am so, so sorry about your husband's passing! I will pray that God will give you and your boys strength in this awful time. Please know that many people are thinking of you!! (melissaj17 from PTI)

StitchenTigger said...

Shannon - you, your sons and all your family will be in my thoughts as you deal with this terrible loss.

Rose Ann said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Shannon. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary I said...

Shannan, you and your boys are in my prayers. (Mary K from PTI)

Newstampinaddict said...

Shannan, you and your boys are covered in prayer. I am so sorry for your loss.

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

Here for you! Praying and thinking of you all day.

Tina Covington said...

Shannon - I am so very sorry for your loss. I haven't talked to you since I closed my store. (Imprints) But I have kept up with your blog every day! My prayers and thoughts are with you. Love ya - Tina

Peggy S from Ohio said...

So truly sorry for your loss. Your many wonderful memories will become more golden each passing day, and bring comfort to you and the boys. i'll be keeping you in my prayers.

Carrie said...

I am so deeply sorry for you loss! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

thinker said...

Shannan, you don't know me but I have enjoyed your creative work. In this time of deep loss and heart-wrenching sorrow, I pray that God would hold you & your boys close - that each of you would know His presence in a new & tangible way as He wraps His arms of love around you...

Cindy said...

Shannan, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your boys will be in my thoughts and prayers.
~~~hugs to you~~

Angy said...

Shannon, may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord shine his countenance upon you and give you peace. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, best friend, lover and father of your children. I pray that you will have the comfort and peace that you need in the days to follow. I also pray that you will be able to help your children as they grieve for their father. God bless you.

Mary said...

I am so sorry for your loss Shannan. May our dear Lord wrap his loving arms around you and your boys during this time of sorrow and pain and may you feel His love for you. I pray that He give your strength during the days to come. I will continue to keep you and your sweet boys in my daily prayers.

Tiff said...

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Julie said...

Oh Shannan....hugs to you, I am so very very sorry for your loss!

JenMarie said...

OH Shannan... hugs and prayers.

BethieJ said...

Shannan you are your dear sweet boys are in my thoughts and prayers.. I am so sorry for your lose....
((hugs and prayers))

Tracy said...

Shannan, my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and best friend. I will pray that God will guide you and your sons through this terrible time. God Bless you and your family.

~ hugs ~

Christi said...

I don't even know what to say. I have so many fond memories and he will be so truly missed. I have been praying for you and the boys ever moment that I think of you. You guys have been on my heart since I first heard and will continue to be. I am here for you if you need me for anything. I want to come and see you and give you a huge hug but I also know that you need space so when/if you need me I am right here. I love you guys. {{HUGS}}

Wanda Cullen said...

Please know that we are praying for you and your family during this tragic time...the whole time I was creating a card for you this morning, I had you in my prayers! Shannon, may the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

Leslie Rodriguez said...

Shannan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. I pray that God gives you strength and courage during such a difficult time. May God bless you and your family.

Davis Family said...

Shannan,
My family and friends are all praying for you and the boys and Josh's parents, and whoever else is grieving his loss.
I can cook, and I'm ready to help if you need anything.
Blessings and hugs,
Emily

Janna said...

Shannan,

I wish I had the right words to express how truly sorry I am for you and your family. Just know I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Love,
janna

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my word, my heart breaks for you and your boys. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Giffysk8s said...

Shannan, people are asking where to send cards. If you feel comfortable with that, please PM me your address and I will PM to those who ask.

giffysk8s@mac.com

Jennifer Woodward said...

Shannon, no words can express how deeply sorry I am for you and your boys. You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my heartfelt sympathy.

Kelly Pitzlin said...

Shannan,
I am so sorry to hear this news. I can't even imagine. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. You can cook from a box "wink". If you need anything at all please reach out to your friends and family, they are the ones that will get you through this difficult time.

Kelly

okienurse said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. May God's love bring you peace.

Dawn B. said...

When this post came up in my google reader I just read it in shock.. I am so sorry for you loss Shannan.. I cannot even imagine. I am praying for you and your boys.. May God's love shine down upon you today and through this difficult time..

Deb C said...

Shannan, my heart is breaking for you and your boys. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May the peace of the Holy Spirit surround you.

Jennifer Roach said...

I am truly sorry for your loss Shannan. Thinking of you in this difficult time

Sara Mac said...

Shannan my heart is breaking for you and your boys. I am so sorry about your loss. Just know that you are being lifted up in prayer by many of us.

Melissa Cash said...

Shannan, You and your boys are being held tight in my heart. I will keep you in my daily thoughts and prayers. There is an old hymn called "His eye is on the Sparrow", today I will play that in your husbands memory. {{{hugs}}}

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

My heart is just breaking for you and your boys Shannan. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs my friend...love you!!

Beth said...

Thinking of you during this difficult time Shannon! God Bless you and your little ones!

Danielle Lounds said...

Hi Shannan! I'm so sorry for you and your boys loss! I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts. Hugs.

faith said...

Praying for you and your family, that God will be with you through this difficult time and give you comfort and peace.

Susan said...

Shannan, my heart breaks for you and your boys. You and your family are in my prayers. {{{hugs}}}

Melissa said...

Oh, Shannan - you and your boys are in my prayers. I am so very sad and sorry for your loss. (((HUGS)))

Christina Fischer said...

Shannan, you and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you all tightly in his arms!

Novell said...

Shannan, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Come back to us when you can...we will be here. We are all so very, very sorry for your loss.

Lisa M. (aka. Lisabee) said...

Shannan, I was so saddened to hear of this incredibly painful loss. I will be adding you and your boys to my prayers. May God grant you peace in the days ahead.

Angella D. Crockett said...

Shannan, I am so so sorry for your loss! I will continue to pray for your, your boys, and all family and friends! May the Lord comfort you and wash peace and understanding over you!

melissa.flieg said...

Shannon, So sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I will keep you and the boys in my prayers.

simone said...

Shannon..
Thinking about you and your family ..
Gentle thoughts during these difficult days ahead...

Deanna said...

Shannon, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and your boys since I heard yesterday. Life is so very short. I am glad that you had the time you did with him.
I pray for God's peace and rest will be on you and your family in this dificult time.

Meredith said...

Many prayers and comforting thoughts to you and your boys! I am SO sorry of your loss. May you take great comfort in the wonderful memories you have and remember our loved ones are never far away

cardcrazy said...

Shannan, I am so sad to hear ofyour loss. You and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers.
((((hugs))))
Peggy

Sankari W. said...

Shannan - I can't imagine what you are going through - how your boys are coping with this loss - but I am praying and sending you love and light from across the miles. Your children are so lucky to have you....

jpmayo said...

Shannan, you are such an amazing, strong woman, I am just in awe of your strength! I'll keep praying and thinking of y'all and I don't know what I can physically do but if there is anything you need I'll help or do whatever I can...

Sherry Cheever said...

OMG *THUD*

Shannan I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your boys in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Shannan,

Our love and prayers are with you and your boys. Be strong especially for your boys and everything happens for a reason. God Bless!!

Fida

Lorien Clark said...

Oh Shannan! I can't even imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. (((((HUGS)))))

Randee E said...

I'm soo, soo, soo shocked and saddened to read your post. My heart goes out to you and your boys!! There are no words that I could say that could take away the loss and sorrow you must be feeling right now. I can't imagine losing my best friend that I spend everday and night with. You are an amazingly strong and compassionate woman . . .I'm wishing you the strength and compassion to see you through these dark days with your boys. My HEART and ALL my prayers are going out to you.

Harriet Skelly said...

Shannon I will be keeping you and your boys in my heart and prayers. I am so sad and sorry for your loss. Hugs, Harriet

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you and your boys.
God speed Shannon.
The whole SCS is praying for you.
Cindy aka YLM

Allison said...

He seems lovely (and handsome). I am so sorry for your loss...it seems like we all "know" each other in this community so it feels like you could be just down the street from me. I hope it helps to know that there are so many people who have you in their thoughts right now.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Shannan. Praying for God's perfect peace and comfort as you learn to live this new life. {{{hugs}}}

Michelle Goodrich (SCS)

the whimsical butterfly said...

We are all lifting you up in tremendous prayer, sweet Shannan. I can't fathom the depth of your emotion, the loss you and the boys are enduring but we all care very deeply for you in this little SCS community and are all here to continue praying and caring for you until the sunshine returns. Love and hugs from your friend and fellow MTSC member... xoxo Jessica

Cammy said...

Many sincere condolences and prayers for you and your family, Shannan. I hope all of the kind words here and on SCS help ease a bit of the pain for you right now.

Heidi Blankenship said...

I am so sorry for your loss...My deepest sympathies to you and your boys and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Brandi said...

Oh Shannon... I am sending you hugs and love and many prayers for you and your family...

Kathie Bailey said...

Shannan, words are somehow so lacking at a time like this. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I am thinking about you and praying for comfort for you and the boys.

Hugs, Kathie

ashjoy said...

My deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

Anita said...

Shannan- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. {Hugs}

Nancy said...

My deepest symmpathies at the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you....

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

I am so sorry to read the news. You are in my heart and prayers.

Sincerely,
Nancy Grant

Giovana said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your boys in my prayers.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

My heart is so heavy for you right now. I am so sorry for your loss, I wish there was anything I could say or do that would take away some of your pain. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys now and for the upcoming months.

Deb Neerman said...

Omigsh, I can't believe what I just read! I am so sorry for your heart-breaking loss. I simply can't imagine. Please know that you and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish I was there to personally hug all of you ...

Ted said...

Shannan, I'm so saddened to hear this. We don't know each other but please know that you and your sons are in my prayers and may you get some comfort knowing that there will come a day when you all will be reunited to share your laughter and happiness for eternity. I'll look forward to meeting you and your husband then. May God watch over you and be your source of comfort during this difficult time.

peggysue said...

I am so sorry to hear this, I don't know what to say. Wish I could give you a big hug. I will be praying for you and your boys.

Kay said...

Shannon, I really don't even know what to say. I cannot pretend to imagine the pain you are suffering now. I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you, and my heart aches for you.

Andrea said...

my heart is broken for you and your family. Love, prayers and hugs to help you through these troubled times. If there is anything any of us can do please don't hesitate to let us know

Tobi Crawford said...

my heart cries for you.

Melissa said...

Words don't seem like enough during times like these, but rest assured that you are being lifted up in prayer....

Many Blessings,
M.

Broni said...

Shannan, I'm in total shock and feeling such overwhelming grief for you. Please know that you, your sons, and your entire family are in my prayers.

Sharon said...

Shannan, My deepest sympathy to you and your boys. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn King said...

i have no "right" words....just keeping you and the boys in my heart and prayers. (((shannan))))

Marisa said...

I read about your loss on another blog and had to come here to leave you a comment. My heart broke for you when I heard the news. Having two kids of my own just a few years older than yours brings the reality of your situation to full fruition. I pray you will know God's peace that passes all understanding and that he will guard your heart and mind. I pray you have friend around you that can be His hands and feet as well as ours during this difficult time. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys (((hugs)))!!!

Lisa said...

Shannan.... I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your little boys.

Kristin Kottwitz said...

You don't know me, but I found your blog a while ago through Christi Thorsen. I read your blog often. I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You and your family are in my prayers.

Michelle said...

I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your boys are in our thoughts and prayers.

jen del muro said...

Shannan, You and your boys have been on my mind. I hope that you may find peace and comfort in the happy memories that you shared. Hugs-Jen

Shelly said...

I'm SO sorry to hear of your loss. I had to read your post 3 times before it sunk in. I can't imagine the strength it took for you to write that post. Please know that you and your boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugging you in my prayers, Shelly

Angela (jellybean74) said...

My heart absolutely broke for you when I read your news. You are truly an amazing woman who has inspired me in so many ways. I can't imagine the pain you are going through right now but just know that we are all praying for you at this difficult time and will continue to do so as time goes on.

Treasure those precious memories you have with Josh and your boys and know that his memory will always live on in your boys and in your heart.

HUGS!!!!

Sue said...

Dear Shannan: I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express feelings at this particular time. I pray for God to give you and your sons strength and hope in the days ahead. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. May God bring you peace. HUGS

Julia Aston said...

I am so sorry for your and your boys terrible loss Shannon. I will keep you all in my prayers and I'm sure God is wrapping you in his arms to comfort you while you adjust to this new life without him (although he will always be with you - especially in the faces of your boys I'm sure).

Tina said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Tethered2Home said...

Please know that you & your boys are lifted in prayer during this time of grieving, Shannan.
Amy.

daisykl said...

Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss. You don't know me, but I know you through reading your blog everyday and loving your work. May you and your boys be embraced with love and friends during this very difficult time.
Marilyn

Cathleen said...

Shannon, I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.

Stamp and Smile said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers Shannon!!!! I was at a loss of words when I popped in for a visit! My heart just dropped and can only say... STAY STRONG!!! May God guide you and give you strength to you and your boys with this difficult time... BIG HUGS form Minnesota!! :)

Donna said...

Oh, my dear...big hugs to you. My heart is aching for you and will be thinking of you/praying for you & your boys this is so sad for them. I lost my dad at age 9 and still hurt about being robbed of all that I missed out on. I'm sure they were so close as were the 2 of you having been together for so long. I wish 8 could drive up there right now and cry with you.

Anonymous said...

Shannon, there are no words to express my sorrow for you and your children. I will most definitely pray for his soul and your family. May God comfort you during this terribly dark time in the lives of you and your children. May God walk you through these valleys of darkness only to bring you to a Spring filled with love again. Anne Ryan

mudmaven said...

I am so sorry for your loss Shannan. Hugs and prayers headed your way as you and your boys work you way through this. ~chris

Lorri said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. Please know I will pray for you. It is hard to even know what to say. God bless you as you mourn the loss. I'm so sorry, Shannon.

Kim said...

Sending love and prayers for you and your family. May God wrap his arms around you in your time of sorrow.

FibreJunky said...

Shannan, I've been thinking of you since I heard yesterday and I still don't have the words to say what is in my heart.
I've got a candle lit.
Hugs...
Carole

Kell Richardson said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, Shannan. Please know that you and your boys will be in my thoughts and I hope you can find some peace in the coming days.

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

Shannan, I'm so sorry for your devastating loss. I can't imagine what you're going thru. My DH and I have also known each other since the 8th grade. Take care of yourself and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Shantaie said...

I wish for peace, and gentle happiness for you and your boys. How very blessed you are to have been so happy and have such great love in your life.My thoughts and prayers go out to you as you move forward with your life.

Our Little Inspirations said...

My heart goes out to you during these difficult times. Heartfelt sympathy and warm prayers are heading your way. Hopefully the lord will keep watch over you and your family and keep you all in his tender care.

Kelly said...

Dear Shannon,
I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your boys. May your many memories help bring comfort at this sad time.
Your friend, Kelly

Joan Ervin said...

My heart goes out to you and your boys, Shannan...I am sooo sorry about the loss of your DH. May you find comfort in the love surrounding you and may God wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace....hugs, Joan

imastampin said...

Shannon, I am so so sorry for your loss. You and your family will definitely be in my prayers! May God bring you peace and comfort!

Hugs,
Karen
imastampin on SCS

Kerri said...

Just want to let you know that I will be praying for you and your boys. I am so, so sorry.

(((Hugs)))

Silke Ledlow said...

Shannan - I'm so saddened to read this!!! Please know that you all are in my prayers!!! May God bring you comfort and peace!!! Hugs ~S~

Sherrie said...

Shannan...my heart is so sad for you and your boys....words just don't work in this circumstance...Love, Prayer and Hugs to you and yours

Diane said...

I am sending you are big, warm hug to surround you in support and love. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I know your boys are beyond sad. I feel a huge amount of sadness for them. . .
Please know that we all wish we could make it feel better...but only time will do that. All I can offer now is telling you that I care. I hope that it helps a little tiny bit to know that another stamper is very sad for you and your boys. Big hugs and love to all of you...diane mcvey, nebraska

Beth said...

Oh, Shannan. I am so sorry to learn this. I don't have words good enough, but I am praying deeply and sincerely for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. xx

Ida P. Krause said...

Shannan just wanted to let you know how sorry I am for the sudden loss of your husband. Times like this are so hard but may you be surrounded by peace and comfort from the Father above and your family and friends. God Bless

Crafty Creations said...

Sending you hugs and prayers at this difficult and trying time. I will be sure to keep you and your boys in my thoughts. I am truly sorry about the loss of your husband and your boys dad. xxoo
Maria

Danni said...

My heart just aches for you and your boys. Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Hugest hugs!

Kathy H said...

:( So sad... so young... praying for you and yours...

Krystie Lee said...

Hi Shannan,

You and your boys haven't left my thoughts since I heard the terrible news. I can't express how sorry I am and how much I wish I could help in any way. Sending you lots of hugs.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Shannan, my heart and prayers are with you and your family. Please know that there are many of us sending strength and courage to you and your boys. much love and helping hugs to you, God bless you and your family.
Chriss

Crystal said...

Shannon, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Will be praying for you steadily that the Lord will grant you and boys great comfort in the days ahead.

Nancy said...

May God hold you and keep you in his care as only he can do! I will pray for your you and your lovely children!!

TexasGrammy said...

Oh sweet Shannan ....
I am so very saddened to hear of your unspeakable loss. My heart and my sincere prayers are with you.

{{{{hugs}}}}
Bev

dini said...

Still praying you through these numbing first days...I am so glad you are able to stand and 'feel' the embrace of people who love you all over the world, real and 'pretend' friends...wow, look at them all! Just wait till the cards start coming!

You will keep [her] in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because [she] trusts in you. Is. 26:3

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. I have never read your blog before. I do know what you are going through. My husband of 10 years died unexpectedly 10 months ago, leaving my 9 year old son and I. It's a tough road to travel and I wish you the strength, love, and support that your friends and family can give you right now. Hugs...
Sandy S.

Janine said...

Shannan, I only know you through Verve, release parties and the occasional visit to your wonderfully named blog. I read your sad news with total disbelief and cannot imagine what you are going through. Take care, hold your boys close and let those that want to help be God's hands in the days ahead. Big cyber hugs Janine

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

Shannan, I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your boys are in my thoughts.

smallcity said...

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts are for you and your boys and family.

Carolyn

Crafty Engineering said...

Nothing I post here will make it all better, but I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your children to make sense of this loss and find teh strength to go on with your lives. Hang in there!

Stampin' Pam said...

I am so very sorry about this tragedy. What a horrific loss. Nothing I can say will ease your pain but just know that you are in my heart, in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God bring comfort to your family in the upcoming days, weeks, months and years.
Sincerely,
Pam

Christi Snow said...

Shannan, my heart is simply breaking for you. I am praying for you and the boys...

stampmonkey said...

You don't know me, but I am so often inspired by your work. I just read about your heartbreaking news and can't even begin to imagine what you and your boys are going through. I just wanted to let you know that I, too, will be lifting you and your sons up in prayer, praying for God's comfort and peace to surround you.

Terri said...

I am so sorry to hear this. What a horrible thing to have happened. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dana said...

Oh Shannan, you must be heartbroken. I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. "Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever."

Melissa S. said...

Shannan, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my love to you and your boys. You are a strong woman and your boys will need that in the comeing months You will need it most of all. So if you ever think things are getting really tough remember what a great wonderful person you are. Hugs from Melissa

airbornewife said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and best friend. May God watch over you and give you strength at this time and in the future.

blessings, Pam

Nancy L. said...

Shannan, I am so sorry for your loss! You and your boys are in our prayers!

mom3 said...

My precious sister. Heartfelt love and concern over you and your beautiful boys. When we cannot utter a prayer, our Savior goes to the Father on our behalf. He alone hears the groaning of your heart. Your photos are precious. A treasure as the years pass by.

In His Love,
Robyn

Nettie said...

Shannan,know you and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers May you and the boys be comforted by all the wonderful memories during this extremely difficult time. Having lost my beloved hubby unexpectedly I know first hand it will not be an easy journey. May god give you the strength and guide you throughout the coming months.

Sending big hugs to you and the boys.

Nettie

Jane Matsumoto said...

Shannan, my heart aches for you and your children. I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts. Sending hugs across the miles. xx Jane (whoopsie daisy)

Diana said...

Shannon, my heart goes out to you and your boys. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Diana

It's Me, Nikki (NCSUnikki) said...

Shannon, I don't have the right words to express how heartbroken I am for you and your boys, but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take one day at a time. Love,
Nikki

Kristin Bueter said...

Shannan~

May God bless you and your boys while you try to find peace during this difficult time. You and your family are in my prayers ♥

Kristin Bueter

Mtgchic said...

Shannon, as you can see, your happy, smiling face is a treasured one at SCS and in the stamping world. I hope you can feel the love from all over the world and that it gives you at least a small comfort.

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