Thursday, November 18, 2010

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Installation at Global Missions Conference, Chattanooga, TN, November 4-7, 2010.

Installation view with Attic Window Block Quilts (twin size), 2010, encaustic on panel... and me

Goodnight House: A blessing, 2010, installation & performance. Talk with your hands much Shannon?

Installation view

A barrel and a heap and I’m talking in my sleep, 2010, fabric, photo transfer, acrylic, stitching

Once there were four children, 2010, book pages, wax, wire

Once there were four children (Detail)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Memorial Stone Monday: Times 2

Since I'm doing two memorial stones today I figured I should do two people that kind of go together. Having two sisters it's hard to tell you about one without talking about the other or to talk about one before the other.

As kids whenever it was time for our family to move again my parents would remind my sisters and I that "You'll lose friends, you'll make new friends, but you're sisters will always be there." I think the goal of this was to help us get along better. Don't know that it really served that purpose, but we have stayed close. Today I can call them not only my sisters but also my friends and (hence this blog) part of my support team.

The choice to support me has been a decision that their whole families have participated in. If you remember the first MSM (Memorial Stone Monday), my older sister's kids have participated in raising support for me. I find the Halloween costumes Kierstyn did with her kids to be supporting me too.

My younger sister and her family have also been quick to join my support team. A week an a half ago in the days leading up to and just after Global Missions Conference I got to stay with Megan. She has more than once let me stay with her family while I've been in the area for support raising, conferences, and meetings at MTW.

Both of my sisters and their families are among my biggest supporters. Their financial support has come at a cost to their whole families, and they've done it willingly out of love for me. That is invaluable to me.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


While driving through Cick-fil-A after visiting the aquarium Jeremiah I had this meaningful conversation.

I'll post about GMC and my Atlanta visit soon. Look for a double-dose of Memorial Stone Monday next week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tardy Tuesday

Again, I managed to not post Memorial Stone Monday on Monday...

Meet the Harrods, Greg, Angie and their boys, Aidan, Donovan and Keegan. The Harrods have contributed to my journey in several ways. They have been faithful prayer partners with me form the very beginning. Several years ago Greg's work took him and Angie and baby Aidan to Australia. We've been able to share stories of being in Oz, funny cross-cultural mishaps, and TimTams. It's nice to hear an authentic "No worries" or "Good on ya" every now and then (even though I know it's mostly just to humor me). Greg and Angie have been and continue to be a huge encouragement and blessing to me, not only through their prayer and financial support, but through friendship they have given me over the years, especially this past year.

Aidan, Donavon, and Keegan have contributed to my support as well through their prayers and the Sunday School offering at Evangel. I can always count on them for a hug or high-five followed quickly by a "when are you leaving?" and "when are you coming back?" I've had the blessing of watching the Harrod boys on occasion for several years now. It has been amazing to watch them grow "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men".

So, as a bit of an excuse for why I'm late and a prayer request. I've been preparing for Global Missions Conference (the PCA and MTW's anual shin-dig) in Chattanooga, TN. I've been invited to show some of my artwork at this years conference. Which of course means I have been a crazy person the last few weeks and extra crazy the past few days. Yesterday I left Wichita for Atlanta, I'll be spending a few days here with my sister then heading to Chattanooga on Thursday. Then back to Atlanta on Tuesday and home Thursday.