Main Page Gallery Audio/Video Candles Condolences Memories Life Story Edit Page Grief Support
Mommy's pageDaddy's pageBrother's pageOur Family AngelsAngel Friendsin memory Austin's pageAaron's pagePoems Austin's 1st B-dayAustin's giftsWalk to Remember 2009Special Holiday's pa...
Family TreeMemorial Book
286659 Create Memorial
Bookmark and Share


The death of a baby is like a stone being cast into the stillness of a quiet pool; the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people.De Frain

Austin watches over us each day! June 27, 2014, Austin's daddy was in an accident where the vehicle flipped, he hit his head because the roof caved, gas was leaking and there was a ravine he could have gone into, he had to kick the windshield out to escape. Tim had a vision of Austin that day and he told his daddy that it was not his time, that he had to go back and take care of mommy and his bubby.

Thank you Austin baby for watching over us and keeping us safe!

I am 7! 


"The mention of my child's name may bring tears to my eyes, but it never fails to bring music to my ears. If you are really my friend, let me hear the beautiful music of his name. It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul."

This memorial website was created to remember "Our Baby Bean" Austin Duane Shanks who passed thru this world July 26, 2008. You will live forever in our lives and hearts.

Although you were not here for long you made an impact on hearts that will last forever!

On Christmas Eve 2007 it was confirmed that Austin Duane Shanks was on his way. We were so excited and so was Timmy, his big brother. Although Timmy was 15 at the time he so wanted a little brother. The hardest thing was the waiting. Then @ 36 weeks we were devastated to find that Austin had no heart beat. It was the worst day of our lives.

Wyatt was born three years later and never had a chance to even see Austin but for pictures. He knows he has another brother but doesn't grasp the concept. He is starting to understand that mommy and daddy are sad at times and he gets sad but still does not understand.

As we continue on in our lives, Austin is still here with us and always will be. He is a missing piece of our family but one that will always be remembered and included. Until we are together again we carry him in our hearts everyday and will never forget that even though he did not stay long, he has made a lasting impressions on everyone's heart. One day we will have forever and we will shower him with the love we hold for him. 

I am a little and big brother


                                                                                             Here is our family picture!

"Dear Lord, I would have loved to have held my baby on my lap and tell him about you, but since I didn't get the chance, would you please hold him on your lap and tell him about me?"


Thank you for visiting our Angel Austin who is loved and missed by many. We would like to thank you for being one more added to that list.
Tim & Charity Shanks

Please light a candle so Austin & Aaron so they may always find their way home!!

Please add your angel to "Angel friends" page. We would be honored to have your angel there.

    A great picture created by Troy's mom, THANK YOU!!



Our families will never be whole again. There is a missing piece, but we will go on and we will never forget that they are a part of us. Each card we send or sign will include them, either by name or by simply signing our family name, this includes our Angels. We will speak of them when we speak of any of our other children.  Just because they are not physically here does not mean they are not a part of this family. We just wish that others would realize that in 10, 20 or even 30 years there will still be a part of us missing. If they would talk to other parents who have lost a child they might finally see that when you lose a child you never forget, you never get over it and you never become normal again. You have a new normal that consists of learning to live with the loss. We as parents of Angels will never be normal again, we have a new normal where we have a child we visit in a cemetery, birthday’s we make cupcakes for but have to eat ourselves, there is nothing normal about that, but it is our normal. I wish no other parent would have to learn to live this type of normal, but unfortunately they will.


If you have not lost a child you cannot truly know what we are going thru, however you can have compassion for those who have lost a child. You must also be prepared to accept that they will never again be the same and that their normal is now different than your. The best thing you can do is be a loving, caring individual who recognizes that a way of life has been altered and that this family is now functioning in a new way that is best for them. Until you have walked a mile in our shoes (and believe me, I hope you never do) you cannot understand or even begin to understand what it feels like to lose and bury your child.         



THE BROKEN CHAIN...................
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone,
 For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories; your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
 But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
-- Unknown
        <center><embed src



Tiny Angels

Tiny Angels rest your wings
sit with me for awhile.
How I long to hold your hand,
And see your tender smile.
Tiny Angel, look at me,
I want this image clear....
That I will forget your precious face
Is my biggest fear.
Tiny Angel can you tell me,
Why you have gone away?
You weren't here for very long....
Why is it, you couldn't stay?
Tiny Angel shook his head,
"These things I do not know....
But I do know that you love me,
And that I love you so".

Author Unknown







Aaron Shanks was lost early in pregnancy November 22, 1991 so we chose a unisex name. I think about Aaron and who he/she would be today. I love my Aaron even though we were not together long. Please light a candle for Aaron.

Quick Gallery
three months pregnant Austin's first pic Our baby bean Austin's a boy! His head & foot 7 months pregnant 3D sono 2/dys before he was lost 3D sono 2/dys before he was lost Austin Duane Shanks Sweet Angel Our precious baby boy Sweet baby boy So Tiny Missed by all who love you Mommy & Daddy holding me