Author Archives: Michele Kearns

Michele Makes and Become a Sticky Mess

I have not made fudge in years but decided to make it for an upcoming potluck. Since it is just me, it is rare for me to cook or bake anything special except for family reunions and Christmas.

For family reunions, it is taco salad dip and for Christmas cherry cheesecake tarts. No more chocolate chip cookies, lasagna, or anything else that takes a lot of time. I just throw chicken or ingredients to make the Rotel cheese dip in the crockpot and that is the extent of my cooking.

So last night was quite the adventure. Stirring the syrup in with the chocolate chips and marshmallow creme was very tiring. Once I got done, I had to step outside in the snow to cool down because boy did I work up a sweat.

I  make a double batch, and it calls for a 9×13 pan, which I discovered none exist in my kitchen anymore. Where my 2 pans went I do not know. So I got out my 8×8 pans and filled 5 of them with the fudge.

Below are pictures of the different stages of making Mamie Eisenhower’s Million Dollar Fudge.   I skipped the nuts because this is a public event and I do not know who has nut allergies.

Now off to do laundry and clean up as I am one sticky mess…and so is my kitchen     😀

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christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 50

It’s week 50 and we are in the home stretch of this series.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:19 

God does supply all our needs. He recently supplied me with a roof over my head thanks to the bank and I working out an arrangement regarding my mortgage. Now, hopefully,   He keeps that need fulfilled by keeping me employed at my current job. It would be nice if He also supplied a second income.

These pictures were taken 18 months ago. God supplied the birds need for food by having people give them bread. (not sure this is the best diet for them.)

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He also supplied the Canadian goose’s need for food with an ample supply of fish in the park’s pond.

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So too, will He supply all our needs here in this world and in heaven through Christ Jesus.

 

christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

Rommie and Jewels Reunited 12/6/17

Rommie was reunited with her BFF and neighbor Jewels yesterday afternoon.

I remember the evening they first met, Rommie had Jewels’ leg in her mouth and Jewels’ was just lying there wagging her tail because she enjoyed it so much.

Whenever Jewels would get out of the house, she always came over here and I would call the neighbor’s and let them know she came over for a visit.

It seems just like yesterday that I looked through their fence and saw the neighbor’s had gotten a beagle puppy. That started Joe and I looking for dogs….and the rest is history.

Thank you, God, for Jewels.

Thank you, Jewels for the joy, love, and laughter you brought to all our lives. You are loved and missed.

To my wonderful neighbors, may God comfort you in your grief.

Love,

Michele

 

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Rommie & Jewels

 

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Rommie – 8/5/2002 – 7/31/2015                                                        Jewels – 8/8/2002 – 12/6/2017

 

 

 

 

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

Rejoicing Even Though There Are No Figs

Today’s post is very special. My niece (Joe’s family) posted on Facebook about how verses 17 and 18 were speaking to her that morning.  The same night I got a text stating her husband had passed away. I was stunned, but it made sense as to why she was relating to those verses.

So in honor of my niece and her late husband, here are the famous last 3 verses of  Habakkuk’s Prayer.

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Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,

    nor fruit be on the vines,

the produce of the olive fail

    and the fields yield no food,

the flock be cut off from the fold

    and there be no herd in the stalls,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;

    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

 

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God, the Lord, is my strength;

    he makes my feet like the deer’s;

    he makes me tread on my high places.

 

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The second deer was in my backyard early one morning shortly after Rommie passed away. He/she was gaining up enough speed to jump over the fence to get back to the woods.

 

christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 49

It’s week 49 and the end of this series is in sight.

This weeks verse reminds us that if we will seek the Lord, He will deliver us. He hears our every cry, prayer and praise. He delivers us from our tribulations in His time.

I seek Him in His Word, in nature, in my co-workers, and in friends and family.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me,

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and delivered me from all my fears. 

Psalm 34:4

He delivered me from all my fears by going to the cross…and the good news is He also delivered you from your fears when He went to the cross.

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christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough

My Advent Devotional For 2017

Once again I started reading Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift; Unwrapping The Full Love Story Of Christmas. This makes year number 3 or 4 and each year different words speak to me and this year is no exception.

Here are the words and phrases the spoke to my heart today as I read the introduction and the Day 1 devotion:

  • Slow and still

 

  • staying awake and not missing. 

 

  • Advent, it is made of the moments. 

The last sentence really spoke to my heart today. This is not my favorite time of the year and Joe not being here is only a teeny, tiny bit of it. The pain of December is caused by the career struggles of the past few years, of teetering on the edge of financial ruin and homelessness, of not knowing what to do to fix my career as everything I try fails.

So this December, I am forcing myself to be slow, still, stay awake so I do miss the moments of Advent. I will share my moments over on OgleOhio (my photography blog). A lot of the moments will be taken in my house or around the yard as that is where I need to be most in tune with God – right here in my house.

Because just like charity, noticing God starts at home.

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christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

 

Celebrating December With A Blizzard!

I went to JoyReturns today and – it was snowing.  I jumped for joy! Every year Snow Mizer makes it snow on my blog. (It’s really the folks at WordPress.) It brings me joy to see the snow every year.

It will last a month, until then it will snow 24 /  7 here on JoyReturns. For those of you who also live in Northeast Ohio, can you imagine how much snow we would have if it snowed 24/7 between now and New Years?

This Month

Besides the blizzard, here is what you will find on JoyReturns this month:

  • The wrap up of 52 Bible Verses for a Joy-Filled Year on Sunday 12/24.
  • My goal for 2018.
  • A look back at 2017 and my word of the year – Bold.
  • The return of Weekend Wisdom on Saturday 12/23. I started this series over 7 years ago after deciding I needed to publish every day but was afraid I would run out of ideas. The weekends will be poems, quotes, and/or scripture to inspire and encourage you.
  • A few other miscellaneous posts.

So stop by in-between trips to the mall or as a break from online shopping. I will serve you a virtual cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or warm milk to help soothe your nerves during this chaotic time.

Special Appearance by Snow Miser and Heat Miser

video courtesy of Michael Hammer

 

christmas signatureBio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.

 

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