Weekend Wisdom

Mother’s Day 2021 – A Tribute to Mothers

God make the world so beautiful;

He made the sunset too,

And to make it look more youthful

He made the rain and dew.

And then He made the lovely trees,

To shade us from the sun,

He made the flowers, birds and bees,

But life had just begun.

The lovely world looked lonely

In spite of all it’s charms

So He made a little mother

With a baby in her arms.

He gave her strength to shield it,

He gave her mother-love,

A mother is God’s greatest gift

To earth from up above.

Author Unknown(From a scrapbook of poems my maternal grandmother collected)

Unfortunately not all mother’s have having a day filled with sunshine, roses and lollipops. Some are in mental pain from not being able to be with their children due to the virus, long distance or other issues. Some mother’s are in physical pain due to recovering from broken bones, surgery, or chronic illnesses. And finally, some mothers are in pain due to the grief of their spouse no longer being here to help raise the children.

So to all the mother’s who are in pain for whatever reason, I will pray these verses over you today.

Lord, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

Psalm 30:2

So do not fear, for

I am

with you,

do not be dismayed, for

I am

your God.

I will

strengthen you


help you.

I will

uphold you,

with my

righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

(Author’s note: Peonies were given to my from my mother after Joe and I moved into our house.)

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 a virtual logistics contact center representative. 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 music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.


Tour de Parks: Frozen Out Again

Peonies From Michele’s Garden


Well, the 3rd round of Tour de Parks got frozen out just like the second round. This past weekend was bitter cold and my sinus’ would not hold up during a walk around a park. Hopefully, we are done with the bitter cold after this week and I can start walking again this weekend.

New Here? 

I know there are a couple new readers to this blog, so let me explain Tour de Parks.  It is my goal to walk one Northeast Ohio park per weekend as part of the Faithful Finish Lines fitness program. This round started March 1st and ends April 25th. I am also taking pictures of the parks so you can share in my adventure. Faithful Finish Lines is a wonderful program I wish existed when Joe passed as I needed something or someone to motivate me to move more. My weekends were spent sitting on the couch conserving energy for the next work week.

Exercise boosts mood which is what widows need, even if the boost lasts only a few minutes or hours. When you are grieving, you embrace and cherish the moments you feel marvelous – even if you are huffing and puffing. You feel a sense of accomplishment which takes a piece out of the grief monster. He wants you beaten down, feeling sorry for yourself and loudly proclaiming “Woe is me!”

Now that the weather is starting to get nice, ask a widow to go walking, or biking, or hiking, or whatever exercise she feels up to doing. If she says no, be gently persistent.

If you are a widow, find an exercise buddy or join Faithful Finish Lines. It is a wonderful group of faithful, faith-filled women I am blessed to have in my life.

Oh, and speaking of boosting moods – I hope you are enjoying these peonies from my garden.