Joy is a native of Baton Rouge and lives here with her husband, Ross, and their two boys. She has been happily married for nine years and enjoys spending as much time as she can with her husband. Though she is from Baton Rouge, she has spent time in Texas, Missouri, and New York. She graduated from Baylor in 2003 with a major in History and minor in English. After college she volunteered in New York City for a year with Good Shepherd Services and worked in a short term group home for teenage girls. Upon returning to Baton Rouge in 2004, she met her husband and decided to hang around for a little while. Joy has been teaching high school history and/or English for ten years. She has a passion for the written word and currently teaches AP Literature and Senior English at Parkview Baptist. She also helps friends with writing projects on the side. In 2011, Ross and Joy welcomed Warrick Glen into their family. He keeps the family entertained with his energy, questions, and personality. Then in 2013, they brought Xavier Elijah into their lives. He is a round bundle of chubby love. When not teaching she spends her time refereeing her sons as they wrestle and play. Joy and her husband are avid sports fans who compete against each other in fantasy football during football season. They serve and worship at the Baton Rouge Dreamcenter in North Baton Rouge, a satellite campus of Healing Place Church. In her spare time she loves books, movies, Food Network, HGTV, and dance competition shows.

Kitchen Therapy {Recipe Included}

A long work day concludes. My sons are running around, coloring, and watching a cartoon. I am chopping vegetables in the kitchen. My knife knocks the cutting board rhythmically. Onions, celery, tomatoes, carrots, and...

How a Cartoon Helped Me Talk About Death

Who thinks an animated movie will help them discuss the most difficult topic in humanity? I didn't. And yet, that's exactly what happened! I struggled with the word “death” for a while when I talked...

Open The Door!

Warrick fell in a heap at the foot of the door.  His tears flowed and he grimaced. “What’s wrong? Why are you crying?” I asked him, kneeling beside him. “I’m missing all the fun,” he responded...

Why Every Mom You Know Loves Joanna Gaines

Well, let’s be honest, it’s more like, why every WOMAN you know loves Joanna Gaines. I’m pretty sure we all agree that she and Chip have made HGTV ten times more popular among women ......

Confession…I Have a Crush on the Library

Confession:  I have a crush on the library. Yes, the library, our library, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.  I think about it when I’m away from it.  I plan ways I can go...