Category Archives for Family

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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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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Just when life is getting you down …

I was recently invited to be a seminary teacher this coming school year (seminary is a 5 day a week, early morning class for the youth of my church where they study a book of scripture over the course of … Continue reading

22. June 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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Parenting Stinks Sometimes

We always talk about not comparing ourselves to others, but the truth is, it is difficult not to.  And there are all these handy articles and checklists on how to do just about anything the “right way” (never mind that … Continue reading

03. March 2015 by tjsjohanna
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The Other Side

Back when Tom had his surgery I wrote a little about his diabetes and how it hadn’t seemed like a big deal for most of our marriage. Tonight I started thinking about that. A few years ago Tom had a … Continue reading

31. January 2015 by tjsjohanna
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An Amazing Miracle

There’s a lot of lists out there about what to do and what not to do when someone dies – how to talk to someone who has lost a loved one, how to help, what is most appreciated.  I have … Continue reading

26. January 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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A Year of Magical Thinking

One of the books recommended to me after Tom died was The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.  There were many things that resonated with me as she shared her experiences during the year after her husband died.  One thing … Continue reading

27. December 2014 by tjsjohanna
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Ready for Christmas

It always seems there isn’t enough December for all the things I want to do during the Christmas season!  It took me three weeks to put up all the Christmas decorations.  I would work for ten or fifteen minutes and … Continue reading

23. December 2014 by tjsjohanna
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