Shared joy is twice the joy, shared pain is half the pain. This Swedish proverb is a beautiful expression of the magic that happens when we take the time to share our stories.
My hope is that through the stories shared here, we can find some common ground and a way to connect. I hope you will find humor, inspiration and encouragement in these pages.
Since we’ve just met, let me tell you a little bit about me.
Here are the essentials.
- I live in Orange County, California
- My grandkids call me ‘Boona’!
- I’m not afraid of gray hair (but I’m a little scared of wrinkles!)
- Steve and I have been married for almost 35 years and nobody’s more surprised by that than we are!
- I have a love/hate relationship with carbs.
- In my real life, I sell vintage clothing on Etsy, in my shop Jenny and Pearl.
- Friends and family keep me sane(ish).
- I’m a mentor and encourager.
- Coffee is my fuel.
- I struggle with potty mouth.
- I love to dance and don’t care who’s watching
- My life goals, at the age of 13, were to become Chaka Khan, a Soul Train dancer or a race car driver.
- I am mama to three kids who have, in spite of us and not because of us, turned out to be beautiful humans.
- Sarcasm is my love language.
- I snort-laugh
- My Netflix picks lean to the moody and Scandinavian.
- I’m crazy in love with Jesus.
Those are the essentials. Now, we’re fast friends!
For the past year or so, I’ve been writing my personal story, recounting the years I spent in pain and depression. More than once, I’ve been tempted to stop when grief over those lost years and the impact it had on my family rolled over me but every time I share my story of pain and joy, faith and healing, but the I hear the response “Me too! I’m in pain! I struggle with my faith! I long to find hope and joy!”
This space is dedicated to you, my friend and to all the walking and crawling wounded.
I’m determined to make my pain count and pray that through my stories you find hope. Here’s to double the joy and half the pain!
This is the Scripture that’s currently rocking my world.
Learn to do good.
Rescue the oppressed.
Defend the orphan.
Plead for the widow.