Author Archives: Shannon Joy

About Shannon Joy

I am a single mama with two incredible munchkins. I confuse most people and the deeper you delve into the rabbit hole, the more lost you will become. I play a lot, work a lot, learn a lot, volunteer a lot and tend to do a lot... I love my life. The past few years have been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Thankfully, I have made the choice to see challenges as opportunities and it makes me so much stronger than I ever thought possible. I love to write and paint and feel that being creative is my God-given talent. I am so excited to share my life and experiences with you. Although I am a diamond in the rough, I known that I am being chiseled and hewn by experiences and grace and perseverance. I love comments and feedback, so please send a little love when you can. I will always try to respond personally and in a timely fashion.

I’m Sorry Self

Big, fat, crocodile tears now. Her voice shook as she gripped my hand a little tighter. “I didn’t think it would matter mom. It’s mine.”

My heart broke a little as I started to explain. “Baby, you have to respect yourself and your property. You have to know how to take care of things. You are just as important as anyone else and you have to treat yourself with as much, if not more, respect than you treat others. You matter. You are valuable. And so are the things you care about. But you have to set that standard and know that first. Do you understand that?” Continue reading

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I had an article published for a non-profit recently.

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Leaving Home

I’m sorry, but I must leave you now. We’ve been through so much together, seen so much. I’ve come to know you intimately as you’ve repeatedly come into my life coupled with the words “I love you”. Hurt has become … Continue reading

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The Ocean at Dawn

The Ocean at dawn. The autumn leaves on a winding road. A majestic sunset. The end of an incredible book. Moments that take our breath away and bring tears to our eyes. The yearning for it to last forever and … Continue reading

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Still finding my ten.

Today’s gratitude moments were harder to come by… Moments fraught with “how is this going to work?” and “am I making the right choice?” seemed far more common today. Today was hard and messy. Today felt like failing more than … Continue reading

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Ten minutes

One. Her diving into my bed head first, “Good morning mom!” Two. “I don’t trust myself to crack the eggs. Can you just show me again?” Three. Puppet shows with new friends just because. Four. Him laughing, gut deep, unable … Continue reading

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This is my church.

The smell of fresh-washed earth fills my nostrils, soft breezes caressing my cheek, chilly air electric with the anticipation of a new season. The gray sky kisses the dark limbs of the tree branches where golden leaves are falling and … Continue reading

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I imagine it’s me

I open the door, hoping that all the things I’ve heard are lies. The creak is muffled by the sounds of sobbing. Some softly crying, some wailing, some frozen in fear, immobile and unable to understand what it happening. “Mami! … Continue reading

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Ten children were born, innocent and free. Nine children remain, tainted and maimed. Eight had the same mother, so strong and so fragile. Seven saw their Father try to kill their brother. Six were female, fighting to survive. Five lived at home … Continue reading

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