The last 10 years of my life

As quickly as i can, I will try and sum up the last 10 years of my life. But like i said in my 1st blog, I have never written to an audience for all the world to see, so I guess I will just go with the flow. 🙂 I don’t have much time to spend on the internet during the day, so most of the time when i do get online it’ll be at night when I have some free time. Anyway, I was born and raised in southern Maryland. I have lived here all my life. I am 30 mins from Washington DC and an hour away from Baltimore. I like it here and its a pretty nice place to raise my family.

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My husband and I met when we were in high school. I was a freshmen and he was a senior. We started dating in 2003 and we weren’t your typical high school couple. We loved to be together and even at such a young age, i knew there was something special about him. We fell in love and the rest is history.

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Fast forward three years later, I found out i was pregnant when i was a senior, thankfully we both had amazing supportive families. Although i was pro choice, abortion was NOT an option for us. I have always wanted to be a mother, it just happened to be way sooner then i had planned for. I held my head up high, decided to finish high school no matter what and I planned on being the best damn teen mother i could be. I had our oldest child, our daughter Bailey, just 2 weeks after i graduated high school. I was 17 years old.  I am sure I’ll blog about how hard it was being a young mother and all the stereotypes and stresses that came along with it in a future blog.

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So, my Beautiful 1st born was amazing to say the least. She was our whole world. Life was good. We got married when she was 9 months old and soon we found out we were expecting another beautiful baby girl. We named her Makenna and she was born 12 days before Christmas. I had just turned 19 three months before. So, i was a 19 year old wife and mother of a newborn and a 18 month old.

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Phew!! Those were the days. They were hard as hell, but i miss them so much. Life was good, my marriage was good, it had its ups and downs but for the most part we were all very happy. Fast forward 5 years and our son, Julian, was born.

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 Honestly after our 2 girls i didn’t think we would have any more children, but i am so glad we did, as he definitely completed our family. My son was born almost exactly a year after my brother, who was 25 years old, died suddenly in a tragic accident, which i will go into detail about later in a future blog. Anyway, everyone in my family thought it was some kind of “sign” from my brother, because my sister and I both brought baby boys into the family the year following his death. My nephew is 7 weeks older than my son, and they were the first grand baby boys out of 4 grand baby girls.

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My family would tell my sister and I, that the boys being born almost a year after my brothers death was such a blessing. That everything happens for a reason and that its a sign from God that your brother is okay and that he’s looking down on you… and blah blah blah. I would smile and nod, even though in my head I was thinking to my self that that’s all just a bunch of straight up bullshit. You see, my family knows i am an atheist, but they still insist on talking about it and including me in all of their religious nonsense. Don’t get me wrong, i adore and love my family very much. They are amazing people, and thankfully they are not extremely religious, but none of them have ever sat down to ask me why i became a atheist in the first place. It’s an interesting story,  I guess. So please stay tuned, as my next blog will talk about when why and how i became an atheist. Cheers!

Oh and one more thing, I figured since i posted throw back pictures in this blog, that at they end i would post a recent picture of my family.

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This picture was taken a few days ago on Easter 2014, which yes, we do celebrate. Not because of Jesus, but because of family and fun. I mean, who doesn’t love candy, bunnies, and hiding colorful eggs? We don’t and never have needed Jesus to make Easter fun or memorable. I guess I’ll explain a little more about how we celebrate Christian holidays in my next blog too. 🙂

Where do I start?

Hello everyone! So, where do i start? I suppose i should tell you a little about my self. I have never started a blog before, but i love to read and write. I find myself writing up comments on lots of posts online and never hitting the submit button, so i decided this would be a great way for me to vent and state my opinions on certain issues. My name is Shannon. I’m 25, I have been married for 7 years and I have been with my husband since I was 14 years old. We have had 3 beautiful amazing children over the years. I had my first daughter on 6/29/06, my second daughter on 12/13/07, and my 3rd child, my son, was born on 9/11/12. I am a stay at home mom for now, which is a ton of work, but i wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wanted to start this blog, simply because I am tired of the horrible image and hate towards people like me. When someone meets me for the first time, they usually like me. Until they find out that I am an atheist. Then everything changes, drastically. I have had death threats many times, in fact there is a huge percentage of people that would like to see me and others like me, dead. I’ve been called a horrible person, untrustworthy, immoral. People look at me as if I am a pedophile or a murderer and its wrong and very untrue. I am not a bad person. I am just like everyone else, and hopefully the more i blog, the more people will come to accept and love us. All I want in this world is love and peace for everyone, so please stay tuned, this is just my intro and I do have plenty to write about. 🙂