“For Yonder Breaks A New and Glorious Morn”

These words from the Christmas carol O Holy Night, seemed appropriate for this post.

The first snowstorm of the winter whipped through here last night turning my yard into a winter wonderland in less than 12 hours. I went to bed about 9:30 last night and at 5 a.m. I awoke to about 5 inches of snow.

These photos were taken at 6:02 a.m. this morning with my phone using no flash. The first one I was lying on the floor and for the second one I was standing.

Oh and underneath the snow is ice. It rained all day yesterday before turning to snow last evening. Side roads have not been plowed since I went to bed. I slept though the night which means they have not been plowed since. My street is a busy one and is one of the first to get plowed. Since my street is a mess, that tells me the road crews are having trouble getting and keeping the main roads clear.

The fun is just beginning as the Lake Effect Snow Monster will arrive today. My area is suppose to get and additional 6+ inches of snow.

Days like these remind me how blessed I am to work from home.

Have a joy-filled day and remember every morn is new and glorious!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: Advent Week 1 – HOPE

This first week of Advent is about HOPE.

I love Ann Voskamp’s definition – “A defiant reliance on God keeping His word.”

In this crazy, chaotic time in our nation, we need to rely on God’s faithfulness more than ever. Because that is what He promises, to be faithful. We just need to trust Him, to defiantly rely on Him.

This is one of my favorite verses. May you find hope in this verse no matter what you face this week and this Christmas season.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

What I am Thankful for In 2020

This morning I decided instead of Weekend Wisdom I needed to write a partial list of what I am grateful for this year and share it with you because…..

Yes, there is always something to be thankful for even in the most dire times.

My partial list,

  • Discovering a way to afford Nexxus Shampoo (best at helping the my very dry brittle hair)
  • Fudge covered Oreos. (already was in love with the white chocolate fudge ones)
  • Our election and the appeals processing working the way the founding fathers intended
  • The Bible, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution
  • The word Stand.
  • The END of the laziness in my personal life
  • Finding a way to deal with handling 2 chats at the same time.
  • My new dishwasher (courtesy of stimulus check)
  • Labor Day storm sewer back up
  • The men who cleaned out my basement after storm sewer back up
  • Getting together with Joe’s family for a birthday party
  • My Scottish ancestors
  • Sharing gyros and baklava from a local restaurant with family
  • FREEDOM
  • 2020

That is just a small list of persons, places, events or things I am grateful for so far this year. Yes, 2020 is on the list. Why? Simply because we do not know what 2021 holds in store for us. So be thankful for and appreciate this year.

Advent starts tomorrow and I decided once again to use Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas as my devotional. I did not regularly use anything last year and I don’t remember the year before because I work in retail. So it’s been a year or two since I used this book. Maybe something new will jump out at me. I doubt it. The book is so marked up form the years I did use it but there is always hope.

Have a joy-filled weekend!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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