Mad for…Shannon

Your eyes saw me unformed; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. (Psalm 139: 16)

Wise, courageous, and dignified, my friend Shannon Wenninger is the mother to two grown children, Lily and Emma. She’s also the wife of a pretty solid guy named Lee as well as a Northwestern grad. She’s a big smarty-pants and a cherished friend.

Shannon’s got an amazing story. Her life is a very full and sometimes even chaotic one. Juggling her job responsibilities, her Fishers-based business, motherhood and marriage cannot be an easy task. However, she’s faithful, wicked smart, and the owner of a delicious, self-deprecating sense of humor… and with those tricks in her bag, she marches on! There’s much to admire about Shannon, but as we make our way through the month of May, I’d be remiss if I didn’t let her know that it’s her fierce and unconditional love of her daughters that shines brightest for me. It’s a love so beautiful that in her sharing about the qualities and characteristics of each of her children that makes them truly shine in her heart and mind, I hear the kind of grace and joyfulness that only a woman filled with Christ can contain.

She’s talented, positive, and the owner of a remarkable work ethic. Her emotional intelligence is off the charts and her success isn’t about luck at all. Shannon’s just flat out a badass. If you’re fortunate enough to have her in your life, consider yourself the lucky one. I know I do. She’s an affirming, authentic woman and a genuine friend I utterly treasure.

I like the little scripture quote above because the implication there is that the Lord is in charge of our lives, from the very beginning to the utter end. I’m grateful to Shannon who’s witness of perseverance and goodness have taught me that when we trust our story to the One who wrote it, then wherever we might be right now, the Author who is Love itself will provide the happy ending.

Thank you, Shannon, for sharing with me a little piece of your beautiful heart. I love you, my friend.

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. –St. Thomas Aquinas.

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