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I'm sorry Joanne......I love you....


Perseverance. Hate that word! :)

Melissa @ Breath of Life

Ditto to CherryTreeLane.


I hear ya loud & clear!


Don't a month or so you will have a whole new adventure with your girls...homeschooling! Just like being a mom it is a very rewarding yet hard job to be teacher too. I guess it is good to look forward but yet live in what God has for today too. Praying for your adjustment. Hear my two year old ripping something in the next a go!

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

You're a sweet, intentional, savoring, loving, joyful, life-giving friend. May God infuse you to overflow this day and each day to follow, dear Joanne!

PS Do you know I have your letter to me from January on my fridge by the coffeepot? Your words bless me every day.

Marla Taviano

There's something to be said for comfort and routine too though. (like I'm one to talk!)

I forgot to tell you that I mailed you some postcards from the Grand Canyon. They're addressed and stamped (to all the grandparents!). Could you pop them in your mailbox for me?? Then they'll have an AZ postmark. :)

I'm sooo sorry you keep getting mail that's not really fun. I'll send you something soon--just for YOU!

Kim Feth

So true.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC


Joanne, I loved your post today. I got married on July 4th, when yall moved. Just yesterday, I was thinking, wow, the newness of being newly married takes about 3 weeks and then it just feels like your regular normal life. Your post was comforting:) Choosing to enjoy and savor every moment:) Thank you, Lord, for new mercies!


I clearly remember that when we moved back into our house, after 8 months of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina - of being so excited. And we all were. And I recall that after about a month, I felt a sadness. The "settling" was over, the excitement was toned down, and there was nothing left to "do". It felt like life back to normal again.
I must say, now, I am so thankful for normalness!!


Hi Joanne. It is kind of weird to read your posts on your temporary spot, renting a house, moving. All the things I was thinking about 2 yrs. ago. Beaumont is our temporary spot. I tell myself and least once a week that one day it will be clear why this stop was necessary. It sounds like you already have that piece of the puzzle. Well, we are packing again to return to FL. I am praying that this will be our forever, or for a long time spot, so we can feel settled. I am ready for the newness to wear off. I am till enjoying your adventures! Thanks so much!

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