Contact  michele.kearns@joyreturns.com or complete the contact form below.  


JoyReturns is where you will find Christ-centered spiritual support and encouragement as you walk through your grief journey. My purpose in sharing my widowhood adventures is to help your joy return and encourage you to seize opportunities that will move you forward in life.

However, I will not shy away from discussing tough issues.

If you are not grieving, I hope by reading my stories you will learn “how a modern woman takes the punch and goes on.”

My Blogging Adventure 

In 2010 I heard the words “widow’s website” in my  ear as I was waking up one morning. I looked up at the ceiling and told God “Are you nuts? Joe did not teach me anything about websites before he passed! (Joe was a computer geek)

So I did what any good Christian would do and blew God off. However, He kept nagging  at me. Finally I did some research on widow’s websites and did not like what I found. After getting some advice, I wrote my first post which went live 1/13/2011.

Types of Adventures

You will find stories of my adventures through joy, grief, career (including unemployment), faith and life in general. You will also find posts by my late daughter Rommie (8/5/2002 – 7/31/2015), a golden retriever, who occasionally hacked my computer and wrote her own stories.           

So grab a second cup of coffee, tea, or other favorite beverage, and Start Here on your joyous adventure through my blog.

Check out the Joyful Resources page for helpful books and websites.


Michele Kearns

Awards / Nominations

Received the HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award for nurturing hope and spreading joy throughout at least 115 countries. 

 Nominated for Kent State University’s 2014 Distinguished Citizen Alumni Award

Education  B.A. Rhetoric and Communications (public speaking).

Other Passions 

  • Books: The Bible, Gone With The Wind, One Lavender Ribbon, One Thousand Gifts, and Healing After Loss – Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief are just some examples.
  • Music: Jazz, Rock, Disco, Opera, Classical and Big Band were the musical styles I listened to growing up and still enjoy. Oh, and then there is Elvis, because quality singing and entertaining never goes out of style.
  • Movies: Gone With The WindSerenity, Sound of Music and The King’s Speech.
  • Photography: I love taking pictures of nature. OgleOhio is my photography blog.
  • Golden Retrievers: Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.)


“…having searched the internet from end to end, yours is now the only site I visit every day.  Other sites are so depressing with detailed accounts of loss (too much information), bitterness, whining, sarcasm, dark humor, woe is me. I can’t take it and it is not helpful….Your posts are uplifting and make me feel I have a friend by my side on this journey.”



  1. Hi Michele, Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed your blog and so I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award, if you’re inclined to accept. You can go to http://marltontrainer.com/2015/10/30/sunshine-blogger-award/ for the details. 🙂

  2. Hi Michele. I have nominated you for the wonderful team readership award:

  3. Fantastic! What an inspiration and pleasure to have stumbled across your blog. God bless you and your ministry. Multiplied peace and favor.

  4. dianeroark says:

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  5. weatheranchormama says:

    Hey Michele! I’m visiting from Sits! Your about page reminds me of an itemized receipt. It’s very detailed. I love the different colors and the spacing. It’s refreshing to see something a little different.

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wanted an About page that was different but still something people would want to read. I understand the importance of this page which is why I am somewhat insecure about it.

      • weatheranchormama says:

        You totally don’t need to be. It’s great. I need to tweak mine a bit too.

  6. Thank you for following my blog! I’m very new to this- your blog is amazing! Just wanted to thank you for your support. I hope fellow Christians will support me on my blog too! God bless Em x

    • You are welcome. Thank you for following mine. It takes time but followers will come. Write what is in your heart and publish on a consistent basis. I started out 5 days a week and then went to 7. The weekends I put uplifting scripture, quotes, or poems.

      Let me know if I can help you in any way. God bless you on this new and exciting journey.

  7. delacybrown says:

    Hey, just to let you know, I’ve nominated your brilliant and moving blog for the HUG Award. Here’s all the info http://normsonline.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-daily-norm-proud-winner-of-three-new-blogging-awards/
    Also the guidelines for the HUG award are here:
    Look forward to reading more from you soon!


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