Happy Birthday, Mom! We LOVE you SO much!
Hi Mom/Shawni we are hijacking your blog to tell you some the things we love about you from your family.

1. Mom cares about people around her: No matter if she barely knows a person or if it is a family member, she truly cares and thinks about others all the time (Max)
2. Shawni is a hard worker: She is up at 6am and is non stop until 11pm getting her “to do” list done and serendipitously changing course when someone is in need. Takes after her hard working mom, thanks mom Eyre. (Hubby)
3. Mom has a beautiful smile: She makes everyone happier who she is around because of her smile and kindness that comes with it. (Grace)
4. Mom is my best friend: I can talk to her about anything and especially when I need help. Always willing to drop what she is doing to talk. (Elle)
5. Shawni is a fantastic communicator: She is able to truly speak with others but mostly a great listener. Great attribute as a wife, mom, and friend. Also can communicate through writing beautifully. (Hubby)
6. Shawni has a tenacious personality: Under that truly kind personality and sweet temperament she knows how to get what she wants. Whether it’s getting answers from doctors or taking five kids and a husband on a plane for 15 hours, she will go to Australia. (Hubby)
7. Mom is a great cook: She makes great meals for us everyday and puts a lot of work into it. I want to be like her. (Claire)
8. Shawni is a well rounded person: She is one of the most well-rounded people I know and I am lucky to be married to her. She keeps herself physically fit, mentally stimulated, pursues spirituality, loves the beauty of the earth, and serves others. (hubby)
9. Mom is a fighter: Thanks mom for helping me (Lucy)
10. Shawni is grateful for the blessings in her life: Almost every night before we go to bed Shawni comments on something or someone she is thankful for. She looks at the good in others and is a very much a glass half full person. I still have not heard a negative comment come out of her mouth about someone else. (hubby)
11. Shawni is wicked sexy. (yep said it, hubby)

Happy Birthday Mom/Shawni we are thankful for all you do for us and so many others


  1. What a sweet thing for your family to do for you. Happy Birthday Shawni! I've commented once before and have enjoyed reading your blog the last couple of years. Your photography and writing are just beautiful.

  2. Happy Birthday! I just found your blog and I am in love with you and your whole sweet family. Thanks for being so honest and sharing bits of your life with all of us! You are such an encouragement.

  3. hAPPY bIRTHDAY sHAWNI!!!! You are obviously so well loved and an awesome person! thanks for your inspiring day and have a wonderful birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday to you Shawni!!! May today be a very happy day. Thanks so much for your words and wit…shared so generously. I just love reading your blog. Have a very Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday Shawni!!!
    Since today I was one of your hidden readers all the way over the Atlantic Ocean in Germany, but this wonderful post from your family inspires me to post my very first comment here!
    I adore you, your family and all the things you share with your readers in your blog!
    And… what could be a better present than this wonderful post from your family! You inspire me and I hope for having such a wonderful family in the future,too!
    Have the happiest day today and THANKS for sharing your wonderful life!

  6. Can I add one?
    Shawni makes everyone who reads her blog, no matter how far away, a better mother…her love and time and attention she pays to her family and real life stories of parenting shine through each entry and inspire us all!
    Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy, blessed birthday and year to come!

    Thanks for sharing your life with all of us, and for being an inspiration to those you don't even know.

  8. Happy Birthday Shawni!
    You are so sweet and like I've said before….an inspiration. This past year we've "copied" so many ideas from your mothering ideas and I am so grateful that you share so much.

    Hope you had a great day you wicked sexy thing!!!!

  9. Shawni, I'm always late on the birthday bandwagon too, but happy belated birthday! When we lived in the same state I was always impressed that I never heard you say anything bad about anyone-I'm still trying to follow your example! Love you girl!

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