Friday Family Spotlight: Meet The Sheppard Family

I am so excited to introduce you to our very FIRST family featured on our Friday Family Spotlight! What makes the Sheppard Family unique? Read on to learn more about them!

Who are the members of your family?
My husband is Kris. He is a graphic designer for a high-end grocery chain in southern CA and dreams of becoming a full-time magician. He currently works 2 nights a week at local restaurants performing table side magic. I’m Megan and I am blessed enough to be a stay-at-home mommy. In addition to the usual tasks of trying to keep the house presentable and the residents fed, I am also trying to earn some extra money by sewing folk costumes for a heritage group we belong to. We have two children. Three-year-old Ginny (Genevieve) is very spirited and keeps me hopping. She just started ballet and Awanas (a church club), but isn’t sure she likes either of them because Mommy isn’t sitting right next to her the whole time. Seven-month-old Kit (Kristoffer) also goes by “Mr. Happy Pants.” The most frequent comments we get about him are “He’s so cute!” and “He’s such a happy guy!” Kit always has a smile on his face and is a seriously easy baby – nice after Ginny’s difficult babyhood! Also living in the house are my parents (it’s their house) and my younger-but-still-an-adult brother. Oh, and 7 cats. Can’t forget the cats. It’s crowded, but we’re making it work.


How did you meet your significant other?
Kris and I met in January 2005 when he joined the Christian rock band I’d been playing with for 5 years. We were both immediately attracted to each other and after a serious discussion one night after a show, decided we were both on the same page regarding what we were looking for in a relationship and began dating. He was my first long-term boyfriend, and my first kiss. 🙂 We were engaged in February 2006 and married that August.

What is your favorite baby carrier and why?
My Ergo! I bought it while I was pregnant with my daughter and am still using it heavily with my son. I love how quickly I can put it on, how easy it is to adjust while wearing baby, and how easy it is to get him out of it. I also love how long I can use it. I’ve been using it since birth with my son and still occasionally throw my 3 year old in it. I will admit, I haven’t figured out nursing in it, but that hasn’t been much of a problem with my champion nurser. My Ergo is starting to look faded and worn, so I suspect a new one will be “needed” with the next baby.

Describe your cloth diaper stash:
It’s a varied stash. With my daughter, I exclusively used BumGenius 3.0s for her first year, then switched to Flips exclusively. I think I have like 8 different brands with my son! And we hardly use the Flips at all. I prefer pockets or all in ones right now; they seem to be the easiest to use with him. About half my stash is Cotton Babies products. My favorites change regularly. Tuttos were my favorites 3 months ago and right now they are my least favorites. My current most used diapers are my ones&twos (I have 2) and my Fuzzibunz size small (just 1). He’s almost outgrown the small though, and doesn’t really fit well in the medium, so I’m sure that favorite will be changing again soon. I’ve had a lot of fun expanding my stash, and I’ve learned a lot too. For example, deal sites diapers should be avoided! (Unless of course they are well-known brands). I’ve tried 5 different brands off of deal sites, and only 2 have been any good.

What goals do you have for your family in the next year or two?
We’re finally going to become home-owners! The last two years have been spent with my little family living in one room in my parents’ house while we tried to pay off our debts and save for a house. We have one debt to go right now and then will be able to start saving our down payment. As it stands right now, we should be able to start hunting for a house in May. I can’t wait! It’ll be soooooo nice to have space of our own to spread out in. I suppose that’s really our only goal for right now. It’ll be quite an adjustment, since we lived in a tiny apartment previously and got rid of most our belongings when we moved in with my parents. We’ll be moving into a house with only a refrigerator, a few bookcases, a rocking chair and a cedar chest as far as furniture goes.

What has been your toughest challenge as a mom so far?
Parenting my spirited daughter and the societal pressure that goes with it. Other people can be very judgmental about your parenting methods, and especially with a spirited child, you find yourself doing things that go against the norm. We’ve struggled with bedtime, speech, and separation anxiety. I held my daughter through all her naps when she was small because it was the only way to get her to sleep more than 5 minutes, and life was easier with a well-rested child. Once when we had her on a harness at Disneyland, I had another mom in a line staring me down every time we passed each other. I can only assume she didn’t approve of our leash, and had never had a child who would suddenly bolt from your side in a crowded place. Parenting seems to be the one thing everyone feels they can do better than you.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to freeze time. Imagine how much I could accomplish (or not!) if I had nobody demanding food or attention!

Thanks a bunch Megan for sharing about your family! I love, LOVE that your hubby is a magician…how fun!! 🙂

If you would like your family to be featured in a future Friday Family Spotlight send an email to with the subject line “Friday Family Spotlight Inquiry” and include an interesting fact about your family in the email. If your family is selected to be featured, you will receive a $10 gift card from Mom’s Milk Boutique!

Happy Friday all!


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