Tag...and Stuff

I've been tagged by Stef, and I'm supposed to share seven things that you all may not know about me.  Hmmm....

1.  In college, I changed my major five times.  Yes, five.  A very expensive bout of indecisiveness.

2.  I am obsessed with my calendar.  I look forward to buying one every year, but it has to be the right one.  It has to be written in in the right way and bothers me a lot when Justin writes something in it in enormous handwriting.  It used to be color coded and very cute, but I don't have time for that anymore.  One of my friends in college used to ask me to "do" her calendar.  Yes, it's a problem.

3. When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher.  However, when I started working at a pharmacy, I decided I wanted to be a pharmacist.  That's what I started college thinking.  As I got into it, I quickly found out the school part of it was not fun.  I still wanted to be a teacher (among many other things), but had to "fail" at trying to be a pharmacist first because everyone was so proud.  I didn't have the guts to tell anyone that I really didn't want to continue.  I DIDN'T not make it on purpose, but sure didn't try my best either.  So I became a teacher and just married the pharmacist instead! :)

4.   I can watch the Food Network all day long (and I did some days while I was pregnant and home alone).  I love to watch cooking shows, but still have a very difficult time coming up with something to fix for dinner.

5.  I am a cheese addict. 

6.  Nine days before my 24th birthday, my best friend Jenny was killed in a car accident.  I miss her every single day.  We had been best friends since 3rd grade, and we fought like sisters.  If we ever have a daughter she'll be named Jenny.

7.  When we were in 7th grade, Jenny, her sister Vicki and I took a drive around their yard in their great-grandmother's  big green car.  Somehow, Jenny backed the car into the pool fence and it got stuck.  We had to call a guy across the street  to come pull the car out so we didn't get in trouble.  The only reason we got caught was because I wrote a note to her about it and her mom found it!  Otherwise, no one would have ever known (until now at least)!  I wasn't allowed over at their house without parents for a while! Ha!  Lesson learned: don't write things down!  (Sorry Mom...)

So....Tag, you're it:

We're heading down to Charleston this afternoon when Justin gets off of work in hopes that we have time to do something fun when we get there.  We have to be at the hospital by 6:15, so there won't be too much fun happening with that early morning coming!  We have a HUGE LOAD of BraveHEART Baskets to deliver, and a donation check from the pageant to drop off, so that's pretty exciting!

Please say extra prayers for Derrick in the morning that his cath goes smoothly and he doesn't have any issues.  I was reading over the letter that the cath doctor sent about the procedure...isn't it crazy that they can go into your heart and not open you up?!  I mean, I knew that, but sometimes when you just stop and really think about things, they're just amazing, aren't they?

We'll update Wednesday once we know something.  

D's a little nervous...

but so thankful for your prayers!!


  1. Shannon, Please know that I am praying for Derrick. I know how scarey it is to hand over a little one for such an invasive procedure. Remember, God is in Control! Ivan had his second surgery this past February. He is doing very well. Keep us informed. Derrick is a doll baby and I know Santa will be good to all of you. I love reading your posts. Merry Christmas!

    Heart Hugs and Love,
    Gale Bagwell (Grandma to Ivan Taylor, HLHS)

  2. I hope everything goes well and you all have a safe trip down to Charleston. I'll be praying for D and the outcome to be a good one, at least in the sense of being able to spend Christmas at home.

  3. Hi Shannon, I've been following Derrick for several months now. Not sure how I started, just know it was through his CarePage, my daughter has one too. Her name is Emily and she's 23 months old. She was born with CDH (congenital diaphragmatic hernia). Because of this she's had severe Pulmonary Hypertension which is getting MUCH better. Why am I telling you this? Well, you're going into the Cath Lab, and we've been there three times already with a fourth visit coming in spring or summer of next year. I know it's less evasive than surgery, but each time it scares me that they are entering my baby's heart. Most likely during the next cath her ASD will be closed, a little scary, but her cardiologist is confident that all will be ok. And since the alternative is open heart surgery, I'll pick the Cath Lab to get the job done!
    I know that Derrick's situation is very different and will have another heart surgery, VERY SCARY, but I just wanted to let you know of another person cheering for your georgous little man. He is so darn adorable, I just love reading your updates and checking out the new pics!
    D is super strong and will do great! Have some fun this afternoon..you all deserve it!

  4. Shannon,
    I laughed and laughed reading your seven things about you. Your story about the car reminds me of my friend Crystal and I driving around one of their old cars in their pasture. We almost went through the fence into a corn field and eventually lost the muffler after going airborne too many times. It is CRAZY to think that any parent would let their kids do that now!! LOL!!!

    I hope you know that I am praying for all of you and saying extra prayers for D's cath to go well!!


    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan

  5. Derrick will be in my prayers. He's such a sweetie.
    By the way: Traci and I drove her daddy's old car in the pasture. That was our "driving lessons". We played Charlie's Angels while driving! It was such a fun time. I'd do it again.



  7. Shannon,
    I will be praying for you all tomorrow - that the Lord will comfort you and your husband, that He will guide the hands of all who touch Derrick, and he will receive a good report.
    Christmas blessings,

  8. We will be praying for all of you throughout the day tomorrow - for God's comfort for mom and dad and for God's perfect watch over Derrick to have an easy day tomorrow and hurry back home to celebrate his first Christmas!
    We will be watching for your update~

    Kati, Rocky, Evan & Brycen Dunn