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Joyfulchallenge · 1W ago

Missing: JOY

Inevitably, this time of year seems to bring me down.  I forget year to year until it hits.  This time, it appeared on my birthday and has seemed to linger most of the week.  Joy is missing....
Joyfulchallenge · 2W ago

One Word 2018

The past several years I've chosen a #oneword to focus on for the year instead of a resolution.  With resolutions, at least for me, they tend to fall away after the first month.  One word ha...
Joyfulchallenge · 3W ago

Retrospect 17'

As the year comes to a close, it is a tradition on this blog to take a look back before beginning anew. Instead of starting in January and working down, I thought I'd start where we are and ...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Fa La La La...Ha Ha Ha

I'm a momma big on traditions, always have been.  Traditions are our connection to family; they give us a sense of belonging.  But nobody prepares you for when those traditions change. With ...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Speak Kindness

A tongue has no bones but it has the power to break a heart.I've been appalled lately at how cruel people can be.  Maybe it is ignorance, perhaps they are just rude; but truly, I think most ...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Day-dreaming Date

For many reasons, my hubby is a keeper.He's supportive and selfless, funny and kind, loves me unconditionally and is my best friend.  But he got major brownie points yesterday when he accomp...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Snowmen & Snickers

We're only seven days into December but it feels as if the month is nearly over!  I'm pressing in the brakes as much as possible and trying to pause in the season, to enjoy each moment.  But...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

There's an Elf in the House

If you've been around here long, you know that my baby is nearly grown.  Now a senior, he'll be 18 at the first of the year and soon out of the nest.  This momma bird is not quite ready to l...
Joyfulchallenge · 2M ago

Thanksgiving JOY

Christmas seems to start earlier every year.  While stores are focused on sales and quick to replace pumpkins with pine trees, people also appear to be yearning for the season a little soone...
Joyfulchallenge · 2M ago

Little Lies…Big Trouble

Many years ago I took a few classes on writing for children.  It has always been a dream of mine to write a book and this was a way to practice the art.  Going through old files I found a fe...