family life, romance

I married a Boy Scout

Hey, JOY Journal friends! Bringing back some of my favorite romance-related posts from 2018 in honor of Valentine's Day. 🙂 “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin, American founding father One recent afternoon, I not-so-innocently remarked that our crock pot lid was not long for this world. My husband slowed, glanced… Continue reading I married a Boy Scout

family life

The cost of dreams

"Don't look at yourself in the same old way -- take another picture. Shoot the stars off in your own backyard -- don't look any further." Carly Simon, The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of When I came down to the kitchen one recent morning, my husband had an unusual set up surrounding the dishwasher.… Continue reading The cost of dreams

family life

If you want to see your phone again…

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn't even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.” Erma Bombeck, American humorist "I love you all," I said to my mom and the daughters, reaching my hands out toward them over… Continue reading If you want to see your phone again…

family life

How to stay warm

"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” Markus Zusak, Australian writer, The Book Thief It is freezing here. Literally. Snow is falling outside the window seat where I am working. Tiny flakes, but it's dense enough one can tell it means business without consulting The Weather Channel. Yet more… Continue reading How to stay warm