Wednesday, June 29, 2011


On my 15th birthday, September 14th, 1971, Stewart went to a novelty store in Oil City, Pennsylvania and purchased  my most memorable childhood birthday present.  He had it gift wrapped by the store and I was so happy that he had thought of me.  After all,  he was my big brother and this was the first occasion that he had picked out a gift especially for me.  It wasn't a present that mom had purchased and written Stewart's name on with her disguised handwriting skill.  This was a gift that was pure fun with no practicality involved.  

The gift was  intriguing because I had never seen anything like it.  It was a money grabber piggy bank toy. (see picture below)  
When you would put a coin in the slot, the box would tremble and then a hand would sneak out and quickly snatch up the penny.  I only used pennies because I only made 50 cents an hour babysitting.   This was a great novelty gift for my teenage mind.
I saw Stew just a few weeks ago.  He was lying in his hospital bed and we were having a light conversation about old memories.  Stew was trying to be brave.  His one liners were sparse but he managed to fight the pain and enjoy a few moments with his visiting sister.  I reminded him of his great gift to me on my 15th birthday.  He had no recollection of that money grabber piggy bank toy that remains so vivid in my mind.  

The gift summons up those good old childhood memories of days long passed. The days when we played hide and seek on Columbia Street, delivering newspapers, the family dogs, the neighborhood friends, driving in the car and screaming for ice cream,eating too much candy and pop at the corner store and then paying for it when we saw Dr. Cusik, swimming each summer, street hockey, ice hockey,  firecrackers in pop bottles, the reindeer at Wentworth Park, Louisbourg and the crashing waves and the list will continue on whenever I think of Stewart and his 15th birthday present to me..  
Thank you my brother for being a part of my life.  Until we meet again.
Love Shauna
This song is in memory of you Stew.

Stew and Shauna (1958)

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Sugar and spice and everything nice.  That's what little girls are made of.  Mae and  Ayla 2011

Ahhh Weddings

The past few months I have had the opportunity to be a part of two precious unions.  The first was my son Brian to Taylor Parker.  They married in the Salt Lake LDS temple.  They were so beautiful and Tom and I welcome Taylor to our growing family.  She is sweet, kind and intelligent.
The second was my niece Malia to Brandon McArthur.  They married in the Seattle LDS temple.  They looked so happy and I was glad to be a part of the celebration.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sue, Mae and Olivia at the piano

Sue and Olivia were showing Mae the ropes on the piano.  She loves music.

Nurses Pinning ceremony at BYU-I

 Brian and Taylor
 Lauren and Taylor
 Taylor's mom
 The two nurses
Congratulations to Taylor on graduating from nursing.  That is quite and accomplishment at 20 years of age!
She will make a great nurse and we were glad to be a  part of the happy occasion.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Happy New Recruit

Matt the Military Man

Matt was sworn in today to the U.S. Army.  Congratulations Matt.  We are proud of you and wish you the best in your future dental schooling and career.