A Joyful Surprise

While checking my stats on Saturday, I noticed a new country – Grenada. I checked my prior list of places JoyReturns has not reached and it was not on it. Apparently there are places on WordPress’ world map that are so small they are not easily visible.

I decided to double check and wrote down a list of every country where WordPress said my blog was read. SURPRISE – 165 is the total of countries JoyReturns has reached. That is because readers from 4 new countries visited this blog.

They are:

I want to welcome all new countries and readers new and not so new from existing countries to my little corner of the internet.

But mostly I want to thank and praise God for spreading this blog around the world. It was His whisper in my right year just as I was waking up one morning saying “widows website” that got me into researching and taking a class on blogging. I did not want to do it but God kept nagging me. Now here we are less than 1 month from the 10th anniversary of JoyReturns and God is still proving His faithfulness because I was obedient and listened to His whisper.

May this blog be a blessing to all readers whatever your country of residence.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

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