Let Them Step Up

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🎉Yesterday Gavin turned 12🎉

Watching our kids grow is beautiful...and hard. I love watching them step more into who God made them to be but to do so I am seeing that I need to start stepping to the side.

For example, Gav got this pitchback for his birthday and started setting it up himself. I wanted so badly to step in to help him yet, in spite of my strong desire to go close, I knew it was best for him for me to say, “You got this. Reach out if you need a hand.”

So I said that and stepped aside. Although my outside was calm and confident, internally I was aching to lend him a hand and be doing the project with him.

Yet he patiently persevered and put it together himself, step by step. He had to undo and redo things a couple of times, but rather than stepping in to fix it for him, I watched him from afar work it out in his own. At one point he did reach out for a hand when an extra one was needed and I was grateful that he asked, and that I was able to lend a hand.

I won’t pretend I do this perfectly all the time but my hope is that I give our children space to rise up, and mess up, and rise up again so they can nourish life skills they will need as future adults.

I share this because I know I am not the only parent who struggles stepping aside to help our kids grow. If you can relate, I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May we recognize that sometimes helping our children means stepping to the side. Doing so won’t always feel right in the moment, but may we trust it’s the right thing in the long term. May we walk beside them as they grow and do what is ours to do to help them grow into their best self, which sometimes means not doing anything at all but being a supportive fan from the sidelines.

With love and hope,
Shawn

Treasure What You Have While It's Here

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Today was a gift as my parents are back in town visiting and we were able to celebrate my Dad’s birthday with him🎉🙏💝

The little moments together, like this one, are ones I took for granted when they lived close by. Now that they live in NC, I am recognizing that every bit of time I get with my parents, and being able to celebrate birthdays beside them, is truly a gift🎁

I share this with you today in case you too have taken a relationship, and/or time with a loved one for granted. I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

Whether we are near or far, may we treasure the gift of time we have together. May we be present for the moments we get and celebrate one another, on birthdays - or on any day for that matter!

As always, it’s easier said than done. Yet the saying is true, “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” May we realize what we have while we have it. And even when we don’t get the quantity of time we desire, may we make up for it in the quality of our time together💗

With gratitude and hope,
Shawn

God's Path

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Walking along the trail this morning with Georgia I saw the fence lining this portion of the trail. It reminded me to stay on my path in life because recently I have felt like I am detouring a bit from where I am supposed to be.

It’s easy for me to look around and see what this person is doing and what that person is doing and have thoughts that stray me off course.

I share this with you today in case you are able to relate to seeing other people’s paths and taking a detour from the path you are meant to be on, personally and/or professionally.

I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May we recognize God gives us each a path to follow. On that path is where we will thrive in life and become the best version of ourselves.

May we look to other’s paths and offer them well wishes but let’s not take on their path as our own. It is important to give thanks for the path we have been given and continue to follow it.

May we recognize we were each given certain gifts from God we are meant to use. By staying along our path we can fine tune those gifts instead of detouring and mistaking other people’s gifts as our own. 

May we come beside one another along the way and offer our gifts to each other. By doing so may we sharpen and refine each other into better versions of ourselves so we may use of gifts well.

Today let’s give thanks for the path we’ve been given. May we not look to the left or right wishing to be on someone else’s path. Instead may we walk the path before us, with solid, faithful steps. May we invite others beside us to help us grow into the best version of ourselves. And may we give what we have to offer to help others grow into the best version of themselves along their path as well.

With love and hope,
Shawn

Some Gave All...

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To those who gave their all while serving and protecting our country, we will never forget what you and your family sacrificed🙏

With gratitude, love and respect,

Shawn

(Flag made by veterans at @flagsofvalor)

Abundance of love

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Yesterday was filled with simple moments. From meals around the table together, yard work, a drive to pick up plants, a couple hours at the ball field, these moments may not seem like much but to me, they are everything. 

This spring season has been busy. Maybe you can relate. Yesterday we were intentional and directional as we went slow. We had present moments beside one another. We even had margin to stop along our drive to take this picture.

The more I live, the more I see that life is found in these simple moments beside our loved ones. We are not always together so I am trying to capture the moments with who I get to be beside.

I feel alive in these moments, knowing that who I am with and pouring love their way is truly all that matters.

There are so many other responsibilities and commitments that can pull me away from being present in these precious moments and living in this simple truth. 

I share this with you today in case you needed the reminder as I did to go slow, be present and enjoy the simple moments beside your loved ones.

I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May we go slow enough to be able to say no where we need to do we may say yes to who and what matters most. May we be with who we are with and enjoy these fleeting moments beside one another. May we schedule in time around the table with our loved ones to pour our time and energy into who matters most in our lives.

From the outside looking in it may not seem like much. Yet from the inside out, we will be living in abundance, an abundance of love.

With love and hope,
Shawn

This Life Is A Gift

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In all the shuffling this spring season, may we take a moment to...

Pause. 

Breathe. 

Pray.

And embrace this truth. Life is a gift. May we never take this life, and this day we have been given, for granted. 💕🙏💕

With love and hope,
Shawn

Do Our Part

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Everyday when I read the news I am weighed down by the heaviness of the hurt in our world. It is easy for me to take on the emotions and feel deeply for those hurting. Yet when I do this, I allow the struggles to keep me down from doing what is mine to do to live out love in that day. 

I share this with you because I am not alone in feeling this way.

Today I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May we see the struggles that are out there and have hearts for those hurting. May we give the heaviness to God and do our best to show up for the day. May we each give what we have to offer in our own unique way to shine a light of love into the hearts of others.

May we do what is ours to do to be a part of the change we need to see; because change is needed. 

And like a rock thrown into the water that creates small waves, what we say or do may not seem like much, yet it may be the start of sending waves of love out into the world that are needed for change to happen.

As Mother Theresa said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.” 

Let’s do great things together friends💕🙏☀️

With love and hope,
Shawn

Brave Like Gabe Run 2019

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On this cold and rainy day we had every reason to stay inside our cozy home. Yet one of my ACC friends is back in the hospital. And today she is hosting a 5k to raise money for rare cancer research. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to make it to her own event. I know her heart is there but her body is resting and hopefully healing. Although we weren’t able to make it to MN to run in her honor at the 5K, Stephen and I chose to hit the trails to run for Gabriele today. 

As Gabe fights this infection and her third round with ACC, she has continued to inspire and shine her light of love raising awareness and funds for ACC. The least we can do is come beside her in prayer and support her along her walk with cancer and the purpose she is finding in it.

I invite you to join us today to...

Pause. Breathe. and Pray

for Gabe, and all who are fighting their battles. May we choose to get out of our comfort zone to show up for others when we have the opportunity to do things for them and/or in their honor.

I also invite you to support Gabriele Grunewald by contributing to her Brave Like Gabe organization in her honor today. May the light your love shine bright towards her on this grey day.

With love and hope,
Shawn

To shine a light of love Gabe's way today, please consider donating to Brave Like Gabe. To do so visit https://bravelikegabe.org/donate 💕🙏💝

Fear or Wisdom?

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A couple of weeks ago my neighbor reached out giving me a heads up that there were four bears at the bottom of my driveway. I was on my way out to give a talk which I was grateful for because typically I would have been walking home from my walk with Georgia at that time (divine appointment😊).

Yet since that day I haven’t been walking as regularly with Georgia. 

Is my hesitation fear, or is it wisdom?

Isn’t that line blurry sometimes between fear and wisdom?

This week I have been back out there walking with Georgia yet I have my airhorn with me just in case🐻

I share this with you today in case you too have paused from moving forward with something you know you need to do.

I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May we ask ourselves, is it fear or wisdom holding us back? If it’s wisdom leading us, may we keep following it. Yet if it’s fear, which is what has been leading me, may we recognize that. Then may we seek what is ours to do (ie for me - carry an airhorn) so we keep moving forward with what we need to do and not allow fear to lead us. 

With love and hope,
Shawn

Look Beyond the Surface

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Last night I was resting and lit this candle. I lit it for our ACC, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, community. Every year our community comes together to light candles the same evening wherever we are around the world. We light these candles to remember those we’ve lost, honor those still fighting and give gratitude for those who are well.

As I laid there looking at this candle, I was a reflecting on the unity of our ACC community. We are able to look beyond the surface of our differences and connect in this common thread we share.  

I share this with you today because this truth applies not to just our ACC community but to all of us.

I invite you to join me to...

Pause. Breathe. Pray.

May it not take having cancer to look beyond the surface of our differences to find the common thread that links us with one another. I wholeheartedly believe we each have a common thread with one another that would connect us in some way. May we choose to look for the common thread we share with others. When we do this, it would help give pause and hopefully stop the divisiveness we see and hear, and instead begin to unify us with others, as it does for our ACC community.

With love and hope,
Shawn