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I'm going in search of a card RIGHT NOW to write that verse down. I have a 3yo and a baby, and it's hard. I think I'm going to put the card on the windowsill over my kitchen sink, so I will see it several times a day.


I just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your blog. Also, I just ordered your book "Happily Ever After." I've been married for almost 4 months, and it's not at all what I expected. I was reading Marla Taviano's book and she quoted your book. I thought, hey, I've been reading her blog! (Guess I should have looked at the sidebars a little more closely - it shouldn't have taken me that long to know you wrote books too). :-) Just wanted to let you know you've been a blessing to read, and I can't wait to read your book.

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

There's nothing like a do-over...a fresh page...a new day. Love you, friend. And I miss you, too.


Much love & prayers for you!


Joanne, this reminds me of a prayer I often pray on my bad days, "By your grace, may Hannah grow and thrive in spite of my today." And by asking for forgiveness like you did, you've made a huge impression on her. Love ya. Hang in there, and I CAN'T WAIT to see you guys this Saturday. I've miss ya!

Marla Taviano

Feeling your pain. Thanks for being so transparent. Love you, friend!


i've had those days...more than i'd like to admit or even number. i agree with adele; i've uttered, mumbled, cried the same prayer: "Lord, by Your grace, may K or L or E {fill in the blank} grow to love You and be drawn to spite of me."

asking forgiveness for my ugliness toward K or L or E {fill in the blank} requires me to first humble myself before the Lord...i don't have the strength to ask forgiveness on my own...and i know He uses the moment for His glory. {less of me...MORE of Him}


Coping this verse to post on my fridge right now! Praying for you friend!


amazing how coky we get and Satan is right there to make us feel defeated. But your heart was there, hearing the wrong words come out and you allowed Gods grace to humble you. How good is that. God is good. children can be such an example of Gods forgivness and grace!


been there last week, even a little today! my little ones are seeing forgiveness and granting it before they can understand it. thanks for the honesty and a powerful verse!


I think that "cloud" blew your way from being here yesterday. It was ugly here (see facebook post) and I readily sunk to Tory's 7 yr old level....I really hate that I can do that!!! Both kids had me in tears and then I cried again trying to explain it to Auston. What a mess. Just couldn't shake it all off like normal. Dog gone hormones blended with moody/demanding child = childish behaving mommy. The healing is so cathartic once forgiveness has been extended. You are not alone in the exploding mouth followed by a double portion of guilt. Hugs to drama queen. God is still good. ;)


Aaghhh! You've put into words what I feel far too often. I cringe when I see how ugly I can be in my heart and with my words. I have a friend who constantly encourages me to apologize to my kids when I've acted poorly and it is so humbling. I love that verse, Joanne. I'm also going to display it where I'll see it often. And I'm going to memorize it too - which is a big thing for me to say!

I'm glad we're all in this together.

(Oh and this - "Just a good hair day and a really bad attitude." - is so funny and so true!)

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