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Joyfulchallenge · 1W ago

Birthday Stones

Nobody gives you a guidebook in grief for how to handle holidays, anniversaries or birthdays.One of the biggest fears, as parents of loss, is that our child will be forgotten. Celebratory m...
Joyfulchallenge · 3W ago

Tourist Trap

My news feed is swimming with tropical destination photos of families frolicking and posing on the beach.  Or hiking through the mountains and jumping into lakes.  And everyone I know seems ...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Dad's Day Delimmas

After the month Tim's had, I wanted him to have a good Father's Day.  Not knowing how he'd feel though made planning difficult.  And, being that we couldn't do his favorite outing - fishing,...
Joyfulchallenge · 1M ago

Mind over Matter

One of our summer traditions every Friday is that Noah and I will go out for lunch on a culinary adventure.  We've been doing this for the past couple years and it's something we look forwar...
Joyfulchallenge · 2M ago

Braking for Butterflies

Self-care has been the topic of conversation in the homes I visited this week.  As Mother's Day approaches, I felt it was timely to remind these new and young mommas to put themselves first ...
Joyfulchallenge · 2M ago

Fancy Dance

My baby attended his junior prom this past weekend.  It's hard to believe he is old enough for such a thing.  I'm still getting used to the fact he can drive.  Goodness, how quickly kids gro...
Joyfulchallenge · 2M ago

Panoramic View

Phones are so advanced now they can take a panoramic picture that moves 360-degrees, to let you view any direction from a single position.I've been around long enough to move from Polaroids ...
Joyfulchallenge · 3M ago

Protect your Balloons

My mother has battled depression for many years.  For any one who faces this demon, my heart goes out to you for your bravery in battling each day. I say it is a battle because I've watched ...
Joyfulchallenge · 3M ago

Choices

According to multiple sources online, the average adult makes over 35,000 choices a day.  That number seems unreal to me. Thinking through my typical day...Will I get up immediately or hit s...
Joyfulchallenge · 3M ago

Where's your Focus?

My husband's simple prayer at dinner one night this week nearly brought me to my knees.We were both struggling with back pain, though for different reasons.  I've been blessed to not really ...