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Joyce Doenges
Mother of two wonderful adults and passionate observer of life.
Interests: stamping, scrapbooking, quilting, altered journals
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Tuesday’s story seems to focus on the evening and spending quality time with these two. The Jason and Jessica show had our server in tears of laughter. “I have never had as much fun waiting on any table.” We laughed, giggled and celebrated our very special family. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Scrappy Hearts
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Monday mornings are so very difficult. My alarm is set for 6:45 but this bright Monday morning I finally got out of bed at 7:24. Not bad for a night person. A new regimen in the evening with my medication and I am hoping that there will be some relief in the next couple of days. Before I know it I am late out the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Scrappy Hearts
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Really excited to take part in Week in the Life yet again. Welcome to my week and my life. I am a Sunday starter, if I were to try and begin on Monday, I would feel that it wasn’t quite right. I take my Sundays as a way to regroup and manage my week. I generally do not go into the quilt shop on Sundays.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Scrappy Hearts
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Thirty years ago this beauty joined our family and I will be forever grateful that I get to call her my daughter and my friend. Jessica you are one of my favorite travel companions, one of my closest friends and one of the nicest people I know. I am so proud of the woman you have become. I am so happy that we were able... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Scrappy Hearts
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Seriously, isn’t he just the cutest? Jason, I am so very proud of you. You have become a very kind and principled young man. Today I celebrate you. Not only who you are now, but who you will become on your journey. I am just a bit sorry that we were not able to spend this day together although I know we will catch up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Bunkey turned 60 just a week ago. As I sit here this evening I am amazed at her resilience. No one I know would handle all that she has handled in quite the way she has handled it. This latest round of chemo is taking its toll on my dear friend. She works hard to manage the syptoms without taking any steps back. Each day... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Saturday, April 1st, we celebrated our first anniversary at the shop. What a great day we had! So many wonderful customers, who are now friends, joined us for a great day! Looking back, I cannot believe that we have come as far as we have. Seriously, we now have very little room to move in the shop. Last year we were busy looking for creative... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Home, that’s where you will find me on any given Sunday. But this Sunday, a couple of weeks ago, Mark and I ventured into Fishtown to visit with Jess. Actually we traveled over to Northern Liberties for brunch at Heritage, one of the places where Jess is currently working. We had a wonderful time catching up with Jess before her adventure to New Orleans for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Connect is the word that I have chosen to guide me through the current year. On this perfectly wonderful spring like day just a week ago, Mark and I ventured outside to forge a connection with nature. It was a short walk, just out to Three Pond and back, but it was just what we needed. Since we have opened the shop we have become... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Giddy, there is no other word to describe the way we felt when the smart board was installed. Seriously, it has been a long time coming. Now I have to learn to make use of it! Fortunately I have a student teacher this semester and I believe he will help me through the learning curve. The biggest challenge we had this week was arranging the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Sometimes I feel like my life is just circling in around me. When I begin to feel overwhelmed by body just shuts down and I spend a great deal of time being unproductive. After being sick for a fair amount of our winter break Mark and I decided we needed to get a better handle on some things. One of those things being food shopping... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Taking down Christmas makes just as much of a mess as putting up Christmas. I am not really good at either and I absolutely hate the mess. Having said that, I can do a very good job of ignoring the mess if I have to! Yesterday I did just that. After starting my Sunday chores of laundry and changing the sheets, I delved right into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Posting for my December Daily even though I am clearly done with December! Why, because I sometimes use this space, here on my blog, to keep track of those stories that best describe my life at any given moment. That was so very true of my life in December. I had no time to decorate at home, but in the shop I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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There are times when I attempt to accomplish more than I am capable of. It happens. I feel it usually around September or October and then BAM! My body comes to a screeching hault. I experienced just that knock down, drag out, winner take all kind of moment just about a year ago. Being me, I ignored it and believed that I could work through... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Scrappy Hearts
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Trying to make some sense of the fabrics I bought to make holiday gifts. In hindsight, I could have saved myself some time just by putting the fabric right in a box. Today I know, there will be no sewing for this holiday. I had every good intention, but I have given into fatigue by napping nearly every day. No regrets, no preconceived notion of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Mark’s writing group had their Christmas Party at a local restaurant that we had not yet visited. I am usually hesitant to commit to an event on a school evening but this was just what we needed. The food was delicious and we spent the best part of the evening getting to know some really awesome people. I was so happy we decided to hang... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Jessica’s first Christmas, 1987, and Jason’s third Christmas. Every year as I prepare to decorate the house, I am bombarded by memories of earlier Christmas’ spent with my children. I hold onto momentos as I hold onto memories that warm my heart. Of course, Jason and Jessica are now fully grown and they would probably not remember much from this day. But I remember much!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Christmas music, one of my most favorite things about the season. Earlier this month we took my mom to see Manheim Steamroller for her birthday, of course I enjoyed it also! I have a cd container filled completely with Christmas cd’s. Just before Thanksgiving, my cd player broke. Mark volunteered to put all of my Christmas music on our home server so that I can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Balance. A Monday, back in school, reminds me that the best thing I can offer myself this holiday season is balance. My weekdays take me from school to the shop and then home. I realize that the house will get decorated and we will be ready for Christmas all in good time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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There are no rewards for constantly being “too” busy. Every year my husband sends off this advent calendar to anyone and everyone he thinks might enjoy its simple message of joy during the holiday season. I have always feigned busy-ness and asked him not to include me. This year he ignored me. In my inbox I received my first ever copy of the Jacqie Lawson... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Making room for joy and saying yes whenever possible brought us to the Academy of Music for the Mannheim Steamroller concert. We started the evening with dinner locally and then drove into Philly for the concert. It was such a great evening. So glad I pushed myself to make this evening happen. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Santa Claus arrived in Mt. Holly this evening just in time to light the Christmas Tree! The evening was truly magical. At the shop we had our first Friday of the month UFO night so the classroom was full. I was looking forward to spending some quality time with our UFO group. I even planned on sewing! In the end my obligation to the evening... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Each December 1st we receive a very special gift from Mark’s sister Karen and her husband Chuck. It is one of my very favorite parts of early December. I am being flexible in my expectations for the holiday this year. For the first time in many years, I have not started to decorate for the holidays and I am okay with that! Now that I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Grateful for these two. I cannot count my blessings without counting these two among my greatest. They have given me so much in terms of experiences, laughter, kindness, love and support. For me, the best thing about these two is the way they love and support each other. Thankful for them everyday! Love them to pieces! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts
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Tonight I am grateful for the opportunity to get a haircut with my hubby and then home for an early evening. Leftovers for dinner and into jammies early. It truly feels like a dream come true! I will catch up with my posts for my earlier days but tonight - it’s time for bed! Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Scrappy Hearts