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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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Guided Scripture Study

When I didn’t know how to cope with my new reality, I went to the internet looking for some kind of scripture study guide on the topic of grief and loss.  But aside from things like “10 scriptures on grief” … Continue reading

05. February 2015 by tjsjohanna
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Talk ‘N Turkey

I couldn’t resist the title!  So, two completely unrelated things going on in my life.  Yesterday I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting (my congregation’s worship service).  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have a … Continue reading

14. January 2015 by tjsjohanna
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