Joyful Life

“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


Faithful Finish Lines – Michele’s Journey – Week 2 – Fruity

This post was going to be published this Thursday but I bumped it up as there is something else I want to post since Thursday will be 1 week before Thanksgiving.

Week 2 of my journey included two huge achievements.

Achievement #1

Monday’s are the busiest day in the call center where I recently finished a season position. Last Monday they needed extra help so they called me back for the day. The problem is I would reach for a Pepsi every afternoon to make it through the day. Could I make it through even one day without Pepsi? The answer is yes. My only drink that day was cucumber water.

Achievement #2

The second achievement was accomplished by God. The muscle that I pulled behind the left knee got better. I am now walking without a limp 90% of the time. Thank you God!


Sara challenged us to add more fruits and vegetables last week. I increase veggies during the week and even had a salad for lunch after Wednesday Bible Study. Fruits did not get increased until the weekend when I had 2 plates of fruit at the holiday grief support seminar I helped with last Saturday. Of course, I had to sample the cherry cheesecake tarts I made but cherries are a fruit.     😉


As a participant in this program I need to set a fitness goal.  The goal I have set is to walk an obstacle course. The course I’ve chosen is – the mall. It is a 2 story mall with lots of nooks and crannies that are located off the main concourse. The fact that my walk is taking place during the holiday season makes is what makes this an obstacle course.  Although I plan on being there when they open when there are fewer shoppers.

The tentative date is 12/19 but that is subject to change depending upon weather and driving conditions. I live in one of the few areas that gets lake effect snow.  

When the lake effect snow machine rev’s up, watch out!

I will take a selfie of me walking the mall as proof I achieve my goal. While the goal may seem a little on the wimpy side, it is what I feel is best for me as I work to strengthen my knee muscle. Being a widow, there is no backup living here in the house should I further injure myself.

Week 3

So stay tuned next week for my continuing adventures on this Faithful Fitness Lines journey. The post will be online next Tuesday since Thursday will be Thanksgiving.

*Disclaimer: I was given free access to the Faithful Finish Lines program with the promise in blogging about my experience. I am not receiving payment of any other form and the opinions are mine alone.


Spring & Faith

I was scrolling through spring quotes on trying to find some spring wisdom to share with you.

Well, I found some good ones and then I found the ultimate one.


First the good ones:

  • No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  ~ Hal Borland
  • Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.  ~ Chinese Proverb
  • If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  ~ Nadine Stair
  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~ Anne Bradstreet


Now for the ultimate quote not just about spring but also about faith.

You can’t see Canada across Lake Erie, but you know it’s there.  It’s the same with spring.  You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland.  ~ Paul Fleischman

Yes, when lake effect snow hits, you have to have faith spring will come.  (Lake Effect Snow: Frigid artic air blows across a warm Lake Erie.  Result: Kids usually have no school and cities spend lots of money on street salt and overtime for snowplow drivers.)

My Wish

May you always have faith that spring will follow winter, whether brought on by Mother Nature or a personal crisis. 


He replied “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20 (NIV)