joy

Posts with the ‘joy’ tag

Valentine Singles: Blooms of Joy in a Doubles World

It’s that time of year. Perfect looking couples in ads, shows, and movies. Stories of love and pictures of happily-ever-afters. But what if you are a never-married single… or divorced… or widowed… or maybe you feel alone in a relationship… The upcoming holiday of flowers, chocolates, and diamonds can seem overwhelming and blues-inducing. For so […]

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All I Want For Christmas

For at least two years my favorite Christmas song was “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” I remember sitting on my grandfather’s lap watching the multi-colored lights and tinsel on our Christmas tree and singing the song while waiting for my big girl two front teeth to finally grow in. You […]

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5 Steps to Wonder This Christmas

One Grey November Day “Oh, look, I found this beautiful flower just for you.” Small steps halted as she bent down to cradle the brown leaf resting on the sidewalk and extend her gift to me. “This is the most beautiful flower, isn’t it?” “It is, indeed. Thank you for your sweet gift.” Her 5-year-old […]

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Comfort and Joy in a Season of Grief

The holiday season is in full swing and waves of pain and grief engulf the joy of many this time of year. Life adventure brings jubilant events as well as times in the valley of despair. There can be an expectation (often self-imposed) of a Norman Rockwell, “ideal” holiday. Social media doesn’t help – we […]

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4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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Mother’s Day Mission: Include Others in Your Infertility

My dear sisters in infertility: This is such a difficult season and time of year, isn’t it? The emotional days leading up to Mother’s Day… Pain Dread Anticipation (not the joyful kind) Avoidance Guardedness…from family, friends, community, church members I KNOW this pain. (https://drjulieshannon.com/ten-years-life/) I experienced many years of active infertility and three miscarriages – […]

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Shining a Light on the What Ifs of Life

The Christmas season is a wonderful time to celebrate the life and hope of our faith. Joyous music fills our ears, bright lights adorn trees and houses, and the scent of fresh pine greets our noses. This time of year can also turn our focus to the negative what ifs of life, especially when we […]

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Ten Years to Life

Ten Years Ago… June 2016 marked ten years of a journey I didn’t want. You see, June 2006 brought several endings in my life that imprisoned me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually for a very long time. The Past One morning in June 2006 while sitting in a fertility clinic waiting for a final procedures, I […]

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