Our story keeps evolving as our children keep growing, and as God keeps working in our lives. We always welcome the opportunity to share our story, since it reminds us of what all God has done. Life's daily trials and decisions are so much easier when God's will is sought first. He promises to meet our every need and to give us peace in the midst of turmoil. He never promised it would be easy or without pain, but He promises to be with us and provide comfort. And He is faithful!
Kelley Mayeda set the example for us in trusting God. Her testimony, given at a Women's Breakfast at Hope Chapel in 1991, gave Patty the confidence to support our pregnancy rather than abort some of our children as the doctors had advised. When our children were born, she organized an army of volunteers to help care for our family when we could not care for ourselves. We are eternally grateful to her. Kelley tells our story in the July/August 1996 issue of ADVANCE, A Dream Full-Filled. Kelley works along side her husband, Howard, who pastors the Bethany Christian Fellowship in San Pedro, CA. They have three wonderful boys; Jacob, McCauley and Lucas.
When our children were less than two months old, Beverly Pomerantz knocked on our door. She told us about a wonderful new TV show on the Family Channel (sold two years later by Pat Robertson to the FOX Family Channel), called the Home & Family Show. It would feature Cristina Ferrare and focus on wholesome family issues (in contrast to the Jerry Springer-esq talk shows of that day.) We loved the opportunity to share our testimony and be part of a show promoting wholesome family values.
The Home & Family Show followed our lives almost weekly for the first year. They even covered our baby dedication at Hope Chapel. On the show's first anniversary, their "Home Improvement Experts", the Carey Brothers, announced they would show what it's like to live through the major remodel of a home... the Shiers' home! What an awesome gift! The extra 600 square feet added on by the show (to our original 1100sq. ft.) provided the room for Scot to move his financial planning practice from Santa Monica to "down the hall." After hiring a full-time assistant in 2001, Scot started looking for a bigger place and room for the kids to play.
In 2003 Scot convinced Patty to pack up and move the tribe to Mission Viejo in Orange County, California. Change is always hard (especially on Moms), but we love our new home. The kids attend Grace Classical Academy and love their Biblical approach to teaching. We've made Mission Hills Community Church our home church, but also enjoy many of the events at Rick Warren's Saddleback Community Church. We invite you to join us!