Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

If You Love Someone, Let Them Go

meandmysistersI’ve always heard that if you love someone you should let them go. Personally, I struggle with letting go. As much as I know that change is a powerful, necessary force in life, I still resist it, fight it, and dread it. As much as I’ve been dreading today, I never realized how much it would hurt to let go of my baby sister.

 Although Molly has been a jet setter from day one, she always seemed to be within reach. We rarely saw her when she lived nearby, but she was there when it mattered and we knew that she was within reach. When she moved as far as Hawaii, she was still within the country. Today, she boarded a plane for Germany. As far as I want to reach out my hand, she’s just too far away to take it now. Continue reading

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Blog, Reflecting | , , , , | 3 Comments

A Family’s Journey of Life and Death Tests, Strengthens Faith

mess_logoPublished December 2004 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

 Every night, Jamie Detmer clutches a teddy bear as she sleeps. A recorder inside the bear allows her to hear the heartbeat of her baby who died suddenly this summer.

The crib is packed away in the basement and the baby clothes are no longer hanging in the closet – yet the teddy bear remains. Continue reading

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , | Leave a comment

Adoption Brings a Dozen Bundles of Joy

mess_logoPublished November 2006 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

 The telephone rings, and the front door slams as a teenager enters from school. An 8-year old runs through the kitchen with a superhero costume, complete with a cape. Mom opens her planner to discuss this week’s upcoming schedule. A cell phone rings, and dad asks one of the 12 children to remove a bookbag from the table. It may sound like chaos, but Ken and Mary Besse said it’s more like “organized chaos.”

Though recent movies like “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “Yours, Mine, and Ours” portray fictional families acting out everyday chaos with 12 or more children, the action within this Millstadt, Ill. family’s household is very real. Continue reading

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , | Leave a comment