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This makes me so happy to watch you and hear your voice. It kind of makes me feel like I'm sitting there with you. I'm going to do a video one day, too, if I ever get my act together workwise. I want to show you and everyone else my scripture memory index cards. I printed them, too, but in a little different format. I love them!!

Have a great day and welcome back, friend!



it's so good to see you back! and thanks for the verse and encouraging words.. it struck me in a good place and has helped to inspire me where i needed it today! and don't worry about the list - at least there were a few things crossed off! :)


Nice to see (& hear) you! I think you should do videos more often! :)
I posted my Memory Monday:


Hey. Started watching this but haven't finished yet. I just wanted to say that you don't need makeup. Period. :) I have so missed you. We have GOT to catch up. Maybe this summer, lol. And, I'm really trying to figure out a way to sabbotage my PC so that I can get a Mac! Shhhh...don't tell Russell.
Love u. Okay, back to your video and I'm sure more commenting in a minute.


Oh, it's so neat to see you...just like a normal REAL friend ('cept you're a bloggy real friend) makeup...cup of coffee...comfy...goodtimes! Glad you are back...hope that paper's done and ready for the editing pen! Smiles and prayers!


Go Joanne...get your paper done! Go Joanne...You can do it. Go Joanne...

Okay...I am lame at cheering, but the thought was there.

yay you for getting some new jeans that fit well. THat's always a challenge.


You've been missed.


Okay. Finally watched the entire thing. Loved it. Missed you. You crack me up. :)

I have my memory verses written on an index card spiral that has different colored index cards. I'm all about color. Helps me find things. Except that EVERYTHING is in colors. So NOTHING stands out now. lol.
Hugs. Blessings. Let's catch up soon.

Tammy S.

Hope your paper writing went well today. You saying that reminded me of the time in college when I had a 20 page paper due...and I thought I had a good majority of it done...and then I procrastinated until the night before...only to find out I didn't have as much done as I thought...I had about 6 pages done when I thought I had about 12 done..I'm not sure what I was thinking...but anyway, after typing all night it got done. Needless to say, I made sure that never happened again:)

And thanks for the jeans tip, I'm always on the lookout for good ones! Glad you had a good break!


I just love your YouTube's cool to hear someone's real voice. I was thinking "Hey, maybe I should do that!". But then I imagined myself making a video and couldn't stand the thought of my chins being the center of attention! lol! You look so pretty...even with no makeup! Go girl!

I really enjoy your blog...and your outlook...


I love your video messages! It's so fun to get to know you this way. I hope that the day went well and your paper came together like you hoped it would. I can't imagine going back to school with all that you do as wife, mom and daughter. I can't even seem to finish a book and I'm now on week 3 of trying to memorize my first memory verse. You are inspiring!

Holly B.

Thanks so much for sharing your verse--I needed to hear that today! Glad you're back! I'm praying for you to be able to finish that paper.


Thanks for keeping it real! Loved your video. Hope you made lots of progress on your paper!

Cindy Beall

So now, after watching you on video, I sort of feel like I know you and have met you. At least 1/2 way :)

I did a video yesterday with my friend, Natalie, so if you want to go the other 1/2 way and watch me, we could be FULL friends :)

Now, go get that paper done!


Thank you for the great video, Joanne! And good for you on your Memory Mondays! My church has a church-wide Fighter Verse Scripture Memory program, so we work on a passage every week for the year. Lately, we've been working our way through Psalm 34, so this week we're working on verses 9-11:

"Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD."

Thank you again, Joanne!

God's blessings to you and your family!

Kim Feth

Yeah! Go Joanne! Up past 10 and working on a paper. You can do all things through Him who strengthens you. Hmm ... maybe I should have chosen that as my scripture memory.

Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Melissa @ Breath of Life

Love, love, LOVE this verse! So great to see you :-)

Lora @ By the Lamp Light

Welcome back!


Wooohooo! Index cards! You rock!!!!
I'm so proud of that's how we roll, girlfriend. Hope that paper is done now (whew!) and you are finding a little time to play too! Gracious me...snow?!?! Yikes!!! What gives out there in Denver? We are rockin' in the high 60's now...sending some sunshine, big hugs (to you and the sweet fam!), and super prayers of endurance, strength, a fresh revelation of God's faithfulness towards you and a full portion of the Holy Spirit in your day! :) (yeah...still doing living beyond yourself, can ya tell?)
Love ya girl!


Love the video. And I can't believe you are still having snow, and we have moved into summer time. I'd trade you any day. I will definitely check out the jeans - I am always trying to find something long, and that fits my narrow waist, and bigger (yuck) hips! Nearly impossible to find! I signed up for school - and am so scared/excited. I wish I were able to take classes like you do, but will have to begin at the basics and build up - something in the nursing field. Can't believe I will be having homework again!


Joanne -- I love it when you share a video message !!!
I think you should have a TV show of your own (no kidding !) you're a great-great speaker + there's a lot of positive energy coming thru (and it helps me practise my American ! LOL)
oh and I need to get a pair of those jeans, I need looooong legs and I'm looking for a waist that is not too low (and we're going to California this summer, so maybe...)
Hope you're all well AND happy :)

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