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71 Toes/Eyre Family
August 16, 2014
7:24 pm
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Mrs. Lady
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March 8, 2014

MAKERS AND ARTISANS AND ELVES said

Is that the school her brother started? Shawni writes about their brother's school on the blog sometimes. idontknow

Her brother's school is just the school he works for. And…What's up w him? Oldest of the siblings, no partner, no family? In other worlds, that would not be a big deal, but in their world, that's one of those things that make you go hmmmmm.

August 16, 2014
8:56 pm
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Her post about how the boy came back is up! Yes it's insane and full of adjectives. And it makes the boy sound like a character out of a romantic comedy, which means he sounds like a stalker.

And I don't know about the oldest brother. I thought one of the younger brothers was still single too. I don't care for the brother and sister in law who claim to live off the grid but then hit up the local food bank for leftovers. Must be nice!

August 16, 2014
10:44 pm
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Mrs. Lady
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Meows: 537
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March 8, 2014

Grooooss. Is she 16 years old?
"I want love that is difficult and challenging and requires miracles and sacrifices and so so so much faith." Really? idontknow

August 17, 2014
5:48 am
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ChocolateChip Muffin
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January 26, 2014

Her post about the boy coming back into her life is pretty strange… at least she got him to speak to her parents (that musthave been an interesting outing!) and the family is all in on it (but how wouldn't they! Finally there baby daughter who is way too old in terms of Mormon age of marriage is finally getting married).

I wondered too about their brother that does not have a wife or family. Like you said, in a non-mormon setting that is just one normal way to live your life but here… I bet this is hard for him!

August 21, 2014
8:46 am
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ChocolateChip Muffin
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January 26, 2014

Wow, the China thing makes me kind of jealous eek

I would love to do something like that in the future but I don't ever think I would have the fundssangry

Moving on with my boring life…

August 21, 2014
9:59 am
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kitten heels
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March 5, 2013

I always wondered if this blog would make it on here. Ive been reading it since the beginning (i think I found them from Apartment Therapy when they featured her kids' rooms or something). I am not religious at all, nor do I even have kids. I just like this family. they seem so damn nice! 

 

I do wonder at the wealth though. Holy moly they have a lot of nice things and the wealth to do on trips and stuff. But it seems they are pretty careful with teaching their children the value of money and I like that. I think they all buy their own clothing.

August 21, 2014
10:24 am
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I went to high school with Shawni. Her blog comes across as gracious and friendly, but she wasn't that way in high school. We had a lot of the same friends, but she was on the upper tier of the Mormon society and always seemed to look down her nose at people who weren't as blessed and righteous as she was (me). I know most of us change a lot in the years following hs, so I'm hoping she really is as gracious and friendly as she portrays, but I sense condescension and self congratulation in most of her posts. 

August 21, 2014
11:32 am
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deloresumbrige said
I went to high school with Shawni. Her blog comes across as gracious and friendly, but she wasn't that way in high school. We had a lot of the same friends, but she was on the upper tier of the Mormon society and always seemed to look down her nose at people who weren't as blessed and righteous as she was (me). I know most of us change a lot in the years following hs, so I'm hoping she really is as gracious and friendly as she portrays, but I sense condescension and self congratulation in most of her posts. 

Hmm that's really interesting. She did mention she was pretty shy in highschool, and sometimes "shy" can come off "snobby" unintentionally. Then again the rest of her family can be pretty  smug SO it really doesn't surprise me. 

 

Also about this China thing, it seems really cool but I don't know how much an experience it will be because they don't know the language and they're going to international schools which will be a bit different from Arizona schools but will still be a lot of upper class white kids. I feel kind of bad for her older kids too, especially Max with his sports stuff. This could potentially really effect his future college plans and may eliminate him from being scouted. And Lucy too. They seem like a very intentional family though so I"m sure they will make it work. But I still think it is pretty nuts in a bad way (and I love travel and would jump at the chance to live in China…but I feel bad for the kids)

 

And what is this about her brother in Hawaii hitting up food banks?! That is VILE. Link to a post? 

 

And yes "the boy" and the way he wooed back Charity sounds super creepy and manipulative. I would slapped a restraining order on him, not gone back to it. 

August 21, 2014
12:55 pm
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The McKinney Mommy Mafia Does Not Approve
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May 27, 2014

Shawni has always been a SOMI for me, BUT…

 

I can't believe that she's taking the two oldest kids away from their high school in their Junior and Senior years.  Those are the two most important years of their education for college. M has all those letters of intent from "minor" schools because of his Junior year performance.  What about E and tennis?  Maybe none of this matters because of their missions, I don't know. And Lucy and her therapies?  It just seems like HER dream that she's trying to FORCE on her kids.  I understand if it was something that Dave had to do for work, but it's not. It's something they feel like they should do and even though she talks about doing it for the kids, it's not.  It's for her.  And I think that a mom with 5 kids totally should do something for herself.  Like get a pedicure.  But not move to CHINA.  

 

I mean, Charity's wedding, whatever.  With that many brothers and sisters somebody is going to miss it.

 

This move just seems selfish.  Even if it's just until December. Their kids have already seen so much of the world.  Why tear them away from all of their stuff now?

August 21, 2014
1:00 pm
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RamboJambo
Hamcat
Meows: 199
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October 11, 2011

I have to agree. I enjoy the blog, but the last post just gave me the sads from what she shared about her children's reactions, especially the two oldest. And didn't Max already go to China this summer and seemed pretty miserable nearly the entire time?

August 21, 2014
1:24 pm
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JerseySnore
Baroness of Ham
Meows: 206
Snarking Since:
March 9, 2012

I think Shawni's finally lost it. My heart hurts for those kids.

August 21, 2014
1:30 pm
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nothankyou
Hamcat
Meows: 149
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August 12, 2014

I have read the blog for a year or two and have always thought that the family was nice enough but not quite as aware of the wealth issue, especially the posts when she was building the house. But anyways, I agree with PP that this is more her dream and she's forcing it on the kids. The younger ones can deal with it, although I am concerned about Lucy and her therapy, but they need to maybe allow the oldest to stay home, like others have said, Junior and Senior year of HS are a HUGE deal for college admissions, sports recruiting, etc. It also made me sad with her saying it wasn't a big deal that Elle was missing dances and dating in the long run, I get when she is older it might not matter, but it is still a HS experience, it's unfortunate they are taking that from her because of some living abroad dream her mom has from childhood.

August 21, 2014
3:25 pm
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MAKERS AND ARTISANS AND ELVES
Count de Meowmy
Meows: 709
Snarking Since:
April 5, 2014

The timing for China definitely seems really really weird. Living abroad is such a great experience, especially with kids, but I can't believe they're doing it NOW

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm feeling heartbroken for the kids in this scenario. In most other cases I would be all for it, but this just seems chaotic and sad and poorly planned. 

 

It's funny too because they have traveled quite a bit, and they could travel anytime in the future if they wanted to, anywhere in the world. This is obviously a huge dream come true for Shawni, but I bet her and Dave will go on a mission when they're older (retired), so couldn't that be her moment? And they are just finishing building a house. Whoa. 

 

re: Charity's post about the boy. Yikes. They have no other option than to to make it work, despite the crazy red flags. I wish them all the best, but things are moving really fast, and Charity's (and the boy's, too) desperation kind of shines through (sorry). She heard a Coldplay song and felt that this was the right person for her? I don't know. I wouldn't want to be in a relationship, let alone marry someone, that requires miracles and pushing and pulling and having faith and so on. Relationships are complicated and there are a lot of emotions involved, as well as many ups and downs, but her post made me go uh. Good luck. 

 

(ETA because somewhat relevant. Me and my "boy" (ugh) have been together for almost 4 years. After the first year, we broke up for a very short period of time. It was heartbreaking and horrible, but things worked out. The first few months after getting back together were so emotional and lovey-dovey that I could've married him on the spot. It was the second honeymoon phase, even though we were only separated for a really short time. I'm so glad we are taking our time to experience the realities of being with someone and living with someone. It's all good, but I'm so so so happy we didn't get married. It would've been an irrational decision even though I think we'll end up married someday. I think this is exactly what Charity and they boy are going through: a rush to "fix" everything and get married, and be happy forever, and just live in a crazy love bubble that will burst and/or change its form – like it does in any relationship. It's sad that they are in a hurry because that's what their religion promotes. I'm so grateful me and my man are taking our time.)





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