Maria is a fun loving, truth seeking, humble, wise, and beautiful person. She is a soup maker extraordinaire, and is wonderful for passing along all the knowledge Momma Jo gave to her (trust me you want it)! Maria is a wealth of knowledge of all things girlie- my makeup artist for my wedding, my go to to ask if a dress is ladylike, and the person I know will be there for all of the awkward questions on this adventure to being a true lady. She balances this wonderful girlie side with a love for nature- hiking, exploring and fishing are all things she is known to do (which just makes her even cooler!). Finally, Maria is also the most incredible model of hospitality. She truly strives to be warm and inviting to everyone she encounters, and will always offer to share with you whatever she has. While all of this is really wonderful, the best thing about Maria is her incredible faith. She teaches me every day the meaning of the words love, trust and sacrifice, by truly exemplifying them in her life: in the way she interacts with others, and in the way that she carries herself.
Well. when I met Shannon Kaschak she was a studded belt loving, black t-shirt wearing young lady. I say “young lady” because underneath all that black eyeliner was the makings of an incredible woman. Today she stands as an amazing college graduate, grad-school student, homemaker, artist and most especially- wife to her husband Sean. Her friendship has been nothing but a pilgrimage to the Gate of Heavenly Rest because her generosity, magnanimity, hospitality, honesty , spunk and straight up love constantly point me toward the glory of God. In fact, her love for God simply makes me want to love God more, and that is what true friendship is made of. Oh, and she has the hands-down best every catch phrases! I am absolutely honored to be a part of this adventure with her!