This Where the Nonsense Turns to Makesense

..A large family working to perfect our sweet skills: Loving others, making an impact, parenting on purpose, living simply, and embracing sarcasm.

About Me

Tap, tap- Is this thing on? I realize most of you know me, and you are only here for the sarcasm, so I will get right to it. I was born a poor black boy... Nope. That's Steve Martin, not me. I have a dream!! Dang it- Where did I put those notes.

I am the wife to The Fireman, and we live with our five kiddos in a little house in Northern Nevada. I teach and minister to a neighborhood up the road by working as their 5th grade teacher and helping to pastor a church in the same neighborhood. We try to lead by example, keep the big picture always in view, and challenge our kids to look beyond themselves to others who are truly struggling.

I am elbow deep in writing a book. Keep up with all of that and more here on the blog; don't miss a thing- check me out on Instagram and Facebook. The links are somewhere around here.

On Tuesdays, we eat tacos. You're all invited.

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I'll chat with you, write for you, or talk to your people.

Nonsense at its Finest

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void. " Kathleen Kelly


No(dot dot)el said...

Love this. Love you. Love your new look over here. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

shontell said...

:) That's just a WHOLE lotta love! I will TAKE it.

Kari Janacek said...

Hi Shontell, its Kari Larsen-Janacek. I tried sending you a text over the weekend but I must have the wrong phone number. Just wanted to let you know my brother Randy passed away over the weekend. So sad! It's been so sad for Anna, Brian and I. And even more so for my parents....they are heart broken. We put together a video for him on youtube. Just type in Randall Scott Larsen and it will pull up. Like I said, just wanted to let you know... (I know you're not on facebook). Please keep us in your prayers! My email is

Lindsie said...

Hi friend,
Miss you. How the heck do I contact you? Email me.
Do not have you cel #...don't ask, I don't know why.
Luv ya,

Kellie Hoke said...

Shontell, man I wish we lived in the same neighborhood! I have loved reading your posts. It was fun catching up with you at our reunion. You are still one of the coolest girls around and it's nice to see you are passing on the "good stuff" to your kids. I wish my kids could grow up next to yours!

shontell said...

Kellie! Thank you for saying this :D I had so much fun reconnecting at the reunion. Keep posting! I love seeing your family. Happy anniversary a little late!