It’s been a long, long purple time!

Life’s been pretty busy for this purple gal the last several years.  I’ve been in and out of hospitals having five (yes, that’s FIVE) surgeries.  I’m now a retired homeschooler having had both my kidlings graduated and I’ve been working on several different sites, Facebook groups and pages, and even an Amazon business.  I don’t post much here, but you can find me all over the net and all of those places are, of course, PURPLE!

The last several years brought some interesting opportunities and challenges into my life and, as I usually do, I dealt with them as any Sit Down Comedian would. I made fun with it, joked about it, and wrote about it…all here on JoJoisms.com. You got to read the good, the bad, and the utterly ridiculous.  I pray you have been both encouraged and entertained.

2017 was an amazing year filled with new beginnings, many of which I pray become a trend in the coming years.  For one thing, I’ve grown accustomed to eating regularly and it will be nice to know we won’t run out of month at the end of our money.  Or is that the other way around?

I’ve been a busy little beaver this past year, and not just recovering from an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records under Most Surgeries in a Given Time Period.  And I have some new news that’s newsworthy.

2017 brought forth upon the internet some new websites conceived in humor and dedicated to the proposition that all issues are not created equal, but they ARE all more fun when they are told through the arthritic fingers of this Blog Corespondent.  So…each issue will have its own unique address on the internet super highway as follows:

1. Should you require information about how to be a more effective communicator for the mission God gave your voice, Art of Eloquence will remain open for business, though the blog will remain fairly quiet unless there is some earth shattering communication news to report.  Otherwise I will let sleeping blogs lie.

2. Grape Stuff, LLC is now our parent company through which all amazing things will be made known.  I suggest you run your fingers on over and sign up for our mailing list which will only find its way into your email box when we have something amazing to report.  This will include any special offers for various things that support families.  Go forth and check it out. You’ll be glad you did because we have a free gift for you just for signing up.

3. Grape Stuff has launched a brand new product line on Amazon: mugs that have my JoJoisms on them!  We call them MugXpressions and as you can see, they have their own website.  If you’re a coffee lover, tea drinker, or you just love the sass with which my JoJoisms deliver Life’s Truths…as I think of ’em!, you’ll want to head on over and read all about The Adventures of Mug Man and Java JoThat’s the monthly blog post about my dh and I as we go forth and multiply mug fun!  Join us won’t you?

4. Finally, if you are a family in trial, and you want to continue to read my weekly articles about living better during struggles, head on over to our newest site, Life Beyond Surviving and sign up for our mailing list where I will continue to deliver these articles you’ve come to know here at JoJoisms.com.

So JoJoisms.com will be going back to its roots as I talked about when I launched this blog back in August of 2013 in this debut post.  I will leave this JoJoisms site up and continue to post new JoJoisms, Visual JoJoisms, and other memes that help bring humor to life’s issues.   So, if you love my humor and just want to be entertained a bit each month, come back and visit me here for the latest installments of my JoJoisms as my body ages and my brain tilts precariously just this side of madness to bring you endless giggles to get you through whatever life throws in YOUR face.

Of course, if you’re a die hard purple fan, you can still find me daily over on the For the Love of Purple fan page!

Day 21 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 21 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

Well, here we are at the last day of Project GRAPEful and 21 days of grapeful thankfulness.  I am thankful for the opportunity to share my struggles and blessings with you and I pray that you have been reflecting on your own blessings the past few weeks.  I pray you have seen the blessings in your life despite any struggles you have had to endure.  I pray you have been able to see God’s love for you in spite of the difficulties. I pray that you have been able to embrace the blessings that even came as a direct result of the pain and suffering you may have endured this year.  And lastly I pray that you were uplifted and that 2016 will bring many more blessings to you and your family. 

So today, I’m thankful for all of the stories YOU have shared with me and my readers here on Project GRAPEful and for all those YOU have uplifted!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 20 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 20 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

This has been a difficult two years, not only because stuff has happened, but because it has happened far away from my sister.  We have always been close, but the past several years have been a blessing for me as we have faced many difficult times and been there for each other through them all.  I have the best sister and…

So today, I’m thankful for my incredible sister, Laura!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 19 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 19 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

I know it’s hard to believe that someone soooooo young (don’t laugh too hard there cowboy!) could have a married daughter who is 25!  BUT, I do!  We do.  My dh and I do.  And she said “I do” this past June.  Not only is she a treasure, but we welcomed in to our family a wonderful son-in-law that month!  We are blessed that he is part of her life and ours as well. 

So today, I’m thankful for my daughter and her new husband and the fact that they both live close enough to us to be within driving distance for a weekend visit!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 18 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 18 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

In thinking about the beautiful scenery of the Indy area, I find I am grapeful for the proximity to civilization.  In NW Indiana, there were precious few places, events, teen fun events near us. Everything was in Chicago which was a far piece for us to drive, especially in the snow or thunderstorms.

Down here in Indy, there is just about anything you’d like!  Our church is the furthest thing we drive to and even it is only 25 minutes away.  There, my son has found a wonderful teen Bible group populated by many other Christian homeschoolers.

So today, I’m thankful for my son’s friends and activities he’s been able to connect with here in Indy!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 17 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 17 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

When we were living up in NW Indiana, the weather scared me.  It was rather severe.  We had thunderstorms, lightning strikes, tornadoes, several FEET of snow, potholes the size of Cleveland you had to play ring around the potholes. 

We now live in the Indianapolis area where the weather is much more mild and the weekly tornado warning sirens are the most threatening weather we’ve had so far!

So today, I’m thankful for the mild weather patterns that also brought us fall colors, falling leaves and four seasons I don’t have to hide from!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 16 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Day 16 Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

Some final thoughts about my article on The Blessings of Pain:

Has sanity returned to JoJo? While I’d never choose pain and I do whatever I can to alleviate it, I do count these among my blessings.  If you have to have pain, at least there is something good that comes of it.  “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:3-5

My debate class learned a lot that week. I’m proud of them for reaching into their hearts to see the blessings past the pain they saw in the world, in their families or inside themselves.  How can YOU see the blessings in your own pain?  Please share your comments/feedback here as a blog comment.  And please share this blog post with others who you think will benefit by seeing the blessings in their pain.

So today, I’m thankful for my debate class that sparked the idea for me to review the blessings of pain and struggle and for this Project GRAPEful idea that had me revisit what I wrote at a time when I’m struggling with even more issues. 

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 15 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 15 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

Here is the final part of my article on The Blessings of Pain:

8. Pain makes you stronger.

Though it doesn’t feel like it at the time, in retrospect, you do feel a sense of strength having gone through something so difficult.  Whether it’s physical or emotional pain and as difficult as it is to admit, we do feel as if we’ve overcome after we are over the worst of a particular struggle de jur. After the pain of childbirth, I don’t much worry about the pain I feel when I bang my knee.  As compared with the pain of worrying about my dd’s heart condition when she was young and seeing her jaw bone through her chin when she hit the ice while skating, I wasn’t as easily frazzled when she tore a ligament in Karate.  After having been through the pain of seeing her empty room when she left for college or when she spent a semester half way around the world in Russia, the sadness when she left to go to grad school in Texas didn’t seem as devastating to me.

My sister’s kids where always having high fevers and were forever getting sick.  I remember talking to her about my fear when my dd’s fevers would spike and she was able to reassure me based upon her experience.

People ask me about the stress of having to replace all of my electronic devices after a lightening strike took out 18 of them back in June.  I remember thinking, yeah. It’s a bit annoying having to buy and install or schedule repairs on all these items.  This was a mild annoyance, but we had the money to replace them all.  Having to figure out where to find the money to replace a $15 item was much more stressful!

Those of us suffering from chronic illness are pain warriors!  We’ve been through it all and back again and, though we’d never knowingly ask for it, we are stronger for having had to deal with it in our lives.  It’s been much easier to handle little setbacks the last several years than it was in the beginning of my journey with chronic illness. I used to immediately jump on the “freaked out” wagon.  Now it takes a lot more for me to get freaked out. To paraphrase a popular meme on Facebook, my track record for getting through difficult times is unblemished.  I’ve done it each and every time and God has been there every step of the way with me.  It’s not too much of a leap to assume He’ll be there again and I’ll come through.

So today, I’m thankful for the strength I have gained from the struggles I have already lived through! 

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 14 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Day 14 of Grape Stuff’s Project GRAPEful…

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

One of the final installments of my article, The Blessings of Pain for your thankfulness and GRAPEful reading pleasure:

7. Pain makes you appreciative.

Those who have suffered a great deal appreciate the little things.  You get great joy from a simple flower, a pain free moment, a few extra dollars, a bit of free time, a rest, a beautiful day showing God’s beauty in the midst of your suffering.  Appreciation gives you hope and hope brings even more blessings.  Being appreciative of the little things means you are grateful for even small advances in treatment, tiny steps forward in financial matters, and most importantly grateful to God and other people for their help in getting through the tough times. You know the depths of sorrow and it stands in stark contrast to some of the wonders of the world and the amazing people you meet. Managing to be grateful helps you find joy even in the midst of pain.

So today, I’m thankful for the little things each day that keep me joyful and inspire me!  I’ll talk more about specific things that inspire me lately in subsequent GRAPEful posts!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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Day 13 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful

Grape News LogoSharing Grape Stuff’s Day 13 Project GRAPEful

Project GRAPEful continues…Recap:

We aim to bless our readers who, for the most part, have had a very difficult year in 2015.  For the next 21 days until Thanksgiving day, we will be sharing inspiring stories and things we are “GRAPEful” for.  We pray these tidbits bless you and that you and your family will find peace and strength each day.  (Aside from being able to enter to win prizes which you can read more about by clicking the link above.) 

Today’s installment of GRAPEfulness is brought to you by another tidbit of my article, The Blessings of Pain:

6. Similar pain enables you to be empathetic.

That sympathy goes above and beyond when they HAVE experienced exactly the same pain or problem.  Empathy is an even more powerful support than is sympathy.  To have someone who has been through the exact struggle you have been through, share with you, help you and say they understand is even more of a blessing.

So far you say, all these blessings are bestowed upon others.  But I tell you it is a blessing to be a blessing to others.  To give blessings blesses you in return. But if you need a blessing that is truly your own, look at these:

So today, I’m thankful for being able to see and understand the pain others are going through and to be able to help. Conversely, I’m grateful for those who were able to understand me as I needed someone else’s empathetic ear!

What are your struggles and what are you thankful for today?  Please share as a comment down below this post. And please share this post with your Facebook family and other social media friends to inspire them to come and share their own as well.  We’ll be praying for each person listed below.

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Here’s what will be awarded for the contest so far:

1. The most inspirational story

2. The person who shared our blog posts the most

3. The most insightful thing gained from doing this project

Prizes will include:

GGB Main Pix

 

Grape Grill Buddy BBQ Grill Mats

 

 

Adult'sStudies3001

 

Art of Eloquence Prize Packages

 

 

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