Our Story – Mom and ShyAnn
ShyAnn’s Hope Founder (Mom) LaNette: “In 1978 when I was seventeen, with a small baby Shauna, following many physical assaults from my husband (Shauna’s Dad whom I would later divorce) we were taken to a domestic violence shelter by the police. Like most girls my age, I should have been going to proms and filling out college applications. I was merely living out my own childhood of domestic violence, family patterns, with poor self-esteem and a searching hunger for love. Although, I was a fractured teen, Shauna’s precious life would be a pivotal turning point in this passage as I tried to protect my baby and become the mother I always wanted to have. In 1982, I was single again and pregnant with ShyAnn, by another man whom I married the same day, the same hour I scheduled myself for an abortion, at the influence of my pro-choice co-worker. Due to the chaos of alcohol and verbal abuse, I left, and he divorced me.
Knowing that I grew-up in a home enveloped with constant fear, abuse, and devalued treatment, I did not want my daughters to be raised in the same type of environment. I had a deep desire to love and protect my girls but could not give them what I myself did not possess. I loved them with a fractured heart, full of affliction, and trauma with no self-worth engulfed with a searching hunger for something I was unable to comprehend. This confusing search took away from the nurturing and developmental needs my little girls required. Keeping in mind, I was not their only parent, they had fathers who were incapable of providing love and protection for them, just as my Father was unable to extend love and protection for me. Regardless, through tenacity to find answers, to do better and be better, I never gave-up trying to give Shauna and ShyAnn what they deserved. In 1985 I went back to school. And in 1987 I married a good and loving man, who would love all three of us unconditionally, and to date we have been married 32-years. Following our marriage, the Lord began to work on my transformation through His guiding hand. In 1996, ShyAnn, her second-dad Ron, and myself found salvation and truth, breaking away from deceptive religious influences, and started a music ministry together.
ShyAnn, “God’s Girl” was a beautiful joy to her family. She loved animals and was gifted with an infectious smile and an energetic, humorous personality. She excelled at school in her younger and teen years; she was VP of her junior class; she sang; loved music, danced and enjoyed, theater, rodeo, and clogging. However, while in college during her mid-twenties, ShyAnn began to decline because of what we believe, she experienced during her crucial developmental years. Although she possessed unwavering faith, its appeared that ShyAnn did not understand what was causing her struggles, and kept this battle hidden from her family. Further, as a baby Christian, she did not have a strong biblical foundation and wisdom while trying to accomplish her dreams in a challenging, young adult generation. When she was on her own, chasing her dreams of a fulfilling career in music and living 2000 miles away from family in Florida, she began to suffer detrimental results. According to her writings and behavior, around 2007 something began to change with ShyAnn. It seems she could not find the life of love and acceptance she hungered for in the secular, sometimes brutal world in the music industry. Although she was raised to love everyone, sadly she did not know how to guard her heart. Rejection in love, relationships, and her dreams drove her to self-medicate her pain and anxiety with alcohol. On December 6, 2015 shortly after moving in with her mom and second dad in Colorado, the Lord saw how tired and worn out she was and took her home. We praise God that in her short life, she touched hundreds of lives by her heart for others, and her unwavering faith during the darkest days. ShyAnn never stopped fighting affliction in faith and prayer. In the wake of our daughter’s death, the Lord revealed a beautiful miracle, and I will share more details during training and speaking presentations. I believe that ShyAnn is now on a heavenly journey, working to help others through her mom’s altered broken heart with the birth of “ShyAnn’s Hope”.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praise worthy-think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.