Hi there!  I’m Shawnee Penkacik,  a Jesus loving mom to my eleven children, an author, a crafter,  and a blogger.  I started my blogging journey back when I homeschooled my five boys. I loved talking about our daily homeschool adventures as a way of chronicling our journey for them when they got older.

My family is larger than most people as I am a mom to nine boys and two girls.  My children range in ages of 20 years of age all the way down to 3 1/2 years of age.  I often hear the questions of,  “Are they all yours?” “Don’t you know what causes that?” and “are you Catholic or Mormon?”

Over the years being a special needs mom has taught me many things.  I have learned to trust the Lord with all that I have, that God is faithful in all things, and I can do all things through Christ who will give her the strength. I know that he will give me whatever I need for the journey each and every day.

I have a passion for encouraging others and sharing with them the truth found in the Word of God.


Recently I launched the new Sunshiny Thoughts Podcast which can be found on Itunes. Each broadcast has an encouraging guest, inspiring stories, and great truths from the Word of God. The show runs about an hour and has a take away from every broadcast. It is a reminder to moms not to give up, God loves them, and they are called to do great things.

I know God has great plans for everyone around me and live to share that truth with everyone I know.

Be Blessed and know that the Joy of the Lord is your Strength!!