My name is Shanna and I’m a 30-something married mom. I grew up in a small town in Southern Oregon called Grants Pass where I graduated from North Valley High School in 2001. I was raised by my dad who did an amazing job, if I do say so myself 🙂 I moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) where I worked my way through college as an Assistant Store Manager of Safeway grocery stores. I graduated from the UofO with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2005.
I have an older brother, Damion that shares a father with me. He is married to Larissa and they had my beautiful nieces, Savannah and Inara.
I also have 3 sisters and a brother and we all share a mother. The birth order is Tanya, myself, Jerome, Lea, and Lindsey. Jerome passed away on 4/7/04 when he was 17 years old in a car accident on the beach in Westport, WA. It was a life changing event for me. The only good thing that came out of this devastating loss was the extremely close relationship my sisters and I have now. I love them all so much and they mean sooo much to me.
I met my husband, John, in July of 2005 at the Junction City Safeway. He was a pharmacist intern so technically I was his boss (tsk, tsk). I transferred a couple weeks after we started dating and he finally proposed to me on 8/9/08 and we were married at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on 8/1/09 with our reception on the top floor of The Hilton. It was a perfect day 🙂
We have an adorable dog, Daisy Duck, that is the best dog ever. And also my two cats, Sampsonite and Sahara.
We wanted a baby pretty much right away and started trying shortly after the wedding. I had experienced a loss when I was a freshman in college with a previous boyfriend, so a part of me was scared it would happen again, or that I wasn’t even able to have children. We were successful in March of 2010 but our hearts were broken when we lost the baby at 9w6d. The loss somehow affected my ovulation and we had trouble conceiving after that. After the 7 hardest months of our lives, we conceived our beautiful daughter, Kellen Ann (with a little help from my friend, Clomid) in December of 2010 and she was born September 6, 2011.
Our second daughter, Raelee Maurine was born on July 2, 2013! She was a wonderful surprise for us–we only tried one cycle and didn’t use any fertility medications to conceive her. Rae is my middle name. Lee is Jerome’s middle name. It’s also Tanya’s middle name and part of Lea’s first name (LeeAnn). And Maurine is Lindsey’s middle name. We are giving Kellen the amazing gift of a sister, so honoring my sisters is perfect. Sisters are amazing 🙂 They will have so much fun together!
I think we got really really lucky with getting pregnant with Raelee. After having 3 more losses (4w0d, 7w3d, and 5w) while trying for baby number 3 the entire year of 2015 , we have decided that we are done trying to have more children. I do not like trying to conceive and then being pregnant is so stressful for me. And of course losses are devastating. No matter how many I’ve had or how far along I am, they always are heartbreaking. We are so incredibly blessed with our 2 beautiful and healthy daughters. In time we will be completely okay with the fact that our family is complete. But me being a little sad that we aren’t having another child doesn’t mean I don’t completely appreciate and love our girls. I just always envisioned my life with 3 babies, and it will take a little time. I will always miss my 5 babies in heaven and wonder who they would have been.
We love anything Oregon Duck related but especially Football. We tailgate every year in our own spot and have 4 season tickets. We also traveled to the Rose Bowl in 2010 and the National Championship game in Arizona in 2011. It is safe to say that Oregon Duck Football is a hobby of ours and we look forward to it all year long.
I also enjoy photography. I took some classes in high school and that has now helped me find my passion! I’m now the proud owner of a LLC, Shanna Chess Photography 🙂 I photograph primarily newborns and maternity and love it! I have a small modest studio for now and am part time, but hope that by the time the kiddos are in school full time, I will be full time as well in a bigger studio space 🙂
Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂