Your Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween!

I know not everyone celebrates Halloween so today’s post has something for everyone.

Today was Rommie’s favorite holiday. We got her on Columbus Day and then 2 1/2 weeks later she learned about Halloween and became a fan of all the people who came to see her every year. She did not care whether they were rich, poor, young, old, middle-aged, white, brown, yellow or green. She showed the same love to everyone…and everyone showed the same love back to her.

Howl-o-ween 2013

No Treats For The Kiddo’s 

I will not be passing out treats to kids as I am working until 7 p.m. and Trick or Treat is from 6 – 8 p.m. After work, I will probably join the neighbors and their 2 teenage boys who LOVE to scare the teenage girls. It is so funny to see the girls go running down the street screaming, sometimes with one of the boys chasing them. The little kids are left alone but teenage girls are fair game.

Treat For You 

You, on the other hand, are getting a treat – Timothy Keller’s speech at Q Ideas. He is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and the author of the books Hidden Christmas, The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ and The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms among many others.

Please don’t skip watching this video. You will know if you are truly saved after listening to Tim’s speech.

Halloween Fans

For those of you who celebrate Halloween, here is a treat from 1964.

Enjoy your day, whether or not you celebrate Halloween.


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.



{ Day 27 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – CRAFT!

Welcome to Terrific Tuesday!

Today’s trick is


You dreamed and prayed about those dreams yesterday. Now it is time to craft your new life. This may or may not involve actual crafts ( scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing etc…) Craft your new life one day at a time. Don’t wait till you are through grief to start your new life.

It takes bravery to craft a new life and start working on it. But you are brave, you are brave because you tackled the grief monster head on. You work day in and day out to keep moving through the muck on your grief journey. You do this to honor the memory of your husband.


It is for the brave and for the crafty. It is for those women who realize they were given an opportunity to find a new purpose in life, to use the purpose to make the world a little bit better than they found it. An opportunity that would not have existed if you were still married.

Your timeline did not end.

Now bravely go craft a new life, but before you do watch this video from Annie F. Downs. I watched it early Sunday morning and boy did it speak to me.

I look forward to hearing what you are doing with your new opportunity.


Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life With Everything You Have  Annie F. Downs

The Good Life  Kaitlyn Bouchillon (Where I found Annie’s speech on Sunday morning).

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at OgleOhio.com, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity.