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Writing and Thinking

I wrote this post in my head two nights ago when I couldn’t sleep. I have a ton of empathy for sufferers of insomnia.  That feeling of laying in bed, trying to doze off, and there’s just no sleep coming … Continue reading

09. February 2016 by tjsjohanna
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A head full of thoughts

You know how Hermione in the Harry Potter books always has her hand up in class?  I used to be a little like that when I was younger.  I’m pretty sure my high school English teacher found me very irritating … Continue reading

12. November 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Smiles and Tears

Last weekend I drove out to Utah for the wedding of my niece.  It doesn’t really matter that I’ve made this trip so many times in the past, or that even in the past year I’ve made it a half … Continue reading

20. September 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Lesson learned, or person I’m becoming

When I was younger and had what I considered to be a trial, I would often find myself thinking, “I guess the Lord is trying to teach me a lesson.”  Then, when I had another challenge that seemed to be … Continue reading

06. September 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Life is Good

To wear a ring or not … I never supposed it would be such a topic of discussion and thought.  Before Tom died I was firmly on the side of remarriage.  I think life can be long and lonely and … Continue reading

27. August 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Taking a little break …

Eleven years ago Tom and I were anxiously waiting to hear about a brother and sister that needed a new home.  We were hoping ours would be the best fit for them.  In July we got the happy news that our … Continue reading

19. June 2015 by tjsjohanna
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BYU Women’s Conference 2015

Talk about dislocation – try meeting up with college roommates, camping out in a dorm room, and attending classes at the university you attended two decades ago (and then some).  There’s nothing like it for making you think you’ve somehow … Continue reading

05. May 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Waves of grief …

We are at six and a half months and I find myself in another wave of grief.  It’s a dichotomy, grieving, at least for me.  On the one hand, I want to cope as well as I can with my … Continue reading

17. March 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Charity

Awhile back someone posted on Facebook that they really disliked getting birthday greetings because they felt that some of their “friends” only did it because Facebook reminded them and thus it was fake.  And all around me I see people … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Things I Didn’t “Get” Before

One thing I didn’t really understand before Tom died is how praying for someone else matters.  I did it, but mostly on faith because it didn’t really make sense.  I believe we don’t pray to change God’s mind – we … Continue reading

09. February 2015 by tjsjohanna
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