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Joy

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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}

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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...

A Dream for Diversity

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This is a hard post to write.  I want to show my passion for diversity, but I don’t want to be preachy.  I want to be real and honest, but I don’t want to...

Christmas is Coming…I Will Not Panic.

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I used to love the holidays.  Thanksgiving and Christmas were my annual highlights.  I relished the decorations, the music, the food, and the overall jolly spirit.  That laid-back attitude of enjoyment has subsided in...

Why Moms Should Make Time to Be Creative

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Recently a wise friend told me that I had to be brave.  We were having a conversation about feeling pulled in multiple directions, and she said that “Brave” was my word.  She then asked...

My Hopes For Who They Will Become

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I spend roughly eight hours a day with teenagers.  Most days of the year. For ten years.  As a high school teacher I have watched many young people grow and mature.  The majority have...

10 Things Every Football Lovin’ Mom Understands

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Some misguided souls assume that women do not like football.  While that may be true for some women of course, many of us live for the blessed season.  Dare I say especially in the...

Food Fight

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  It’s a Thursday afternoon. I fight the Baton Rouge traffic and travel down to Trader Joe’s.  I gather up my two blonde boys and march jubilantly into my good food haven.  Happily we meander...

The Real Room Moms of Early Learning

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I sat hand in hand with my husband at our first Early Learning Open House, and I surveyed the room. I cast furtive glances at the mothers and couples in the room, making mental...