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Julie McDonnell
somewhere down the road...
Creative, Jesus-loving Mama of 3 humans, 1 dorkie dog, devoted wife of Prince Charming, warrior against leukemia, bone marrow recipient appreciating details and grace of a good life.
Interests: photography, scrapbooking, growing my faith, children, chocolate!, giggling and life.
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So I wasn't really present on social media yesterday and I'm okay with that. It was a day where I just enjoyed being 'present' and absorbing the funny stories that make up the chapters of our life, but I kept... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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“Do you trust me?” [He said.] “What did you say?” [she replied.] “Do you trust me?” [He asked again.] The above lines from the Disney classic, Aladdin were on constant repeat in my head regularly many times on the BMT... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Here’s the thing… Maybe I am more intentional in my relationships. Maybe I do have a unique [and quite different] perspective at 45 years old than most ‘moms’ do. Maybe I do go about my activities differently [and definitely slower].... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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To everyone fighting, have fought already, or are supporting someone with breast cancer -- many of whom are my family or friends -- I'll start off by saying that I commend you and your loved ones along with your doctors.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Yes, I write and I like it. Yes, I take pictures of everything and everyone and I like it. Yes, I scrapbook and this is the perfect pairing of two things I enjoy doing and it makes me a historian... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Throwback Thursday is everywhere on social media. I participate in it also and recently decided it would be great to pair the photos with the memories and scrapbook/document them as part of our family's story. I went on a bit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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(image credits: mommynotions.com) Time. Finite and Infinite. We never know which we seek. Infinite time leads to procrastination or the piling on of more projects that we never seem to tackle. Finite time gives us deadlines yet we then long... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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God is Great, God is Good... They were the opening words to the dinner grace I said nightly as a girl at home with my parents and brothers. As I went on to have my own family, we mixed up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Participating again in the Five Minute Friday exercise, which I love. I encourage you to click on the link and write yourself. Sign up for the e-mail reminders and share your stories. It's just good for the soul. This week's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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So this is the first time I am attempting this and I hope I do it 'right'! I am a writer...I have been for as long as I can remember, writing stories and poems and in journals and school papers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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My new favorite quote can also be viewed as a statement of my recent health storm. You know, the one where leukemia invaded my body so rampantly that it took a bone marrow transplant to rid it and restore health... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
I'm participating in an online Bible Study through Proverbs 31 ministries. We're diving into the book: I am pretty excited about this! The description of the book from the Proverbs 31 site reads as follows: Labels you have internalized and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Throwback Thursday is a fun once-a-week event held on social media. It’s been ‘trending’ for awhile now. Finding an old photo, sharing it for your online friends to enjoy, and maybe sharing a sentence or two about the memory. I... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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So this may be a weird question and blog entry, but here goes: Have you ever thought about what music you would like to played at your funeral or how you hope you would be remembered? I have...and not just... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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In 2007, as we were planning a "BIG" Disney trip, I decided I didn't want to buy autograph books, though I knew our kids would be way into meeting the characters. After all, they were 2, 5 and 8 years... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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My BMT doctor finally gave us the green light on the dog situation and we wasted no time! On Thursday, the doctors said I was far enough in my recovery that we could get a puppy. Thursday evening, Scott began... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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As a small child, prayer was easy. It was a simple prayer recited at bedtime or the Lord's Prayer I had learned from my parents and Sunday School and then there were the responsive prayers at church, where the Pastor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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YOU SEE…a clock. I SPY…time that ticks away, sometimes too fast and sometimes too slow; but more importantly, time that slips past us in which we don’t cultivate and grow our relationships with people and life and develop more of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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It is GOOD FRIDAY. One of the most amazing days in a Christian’s faith. Oh Glorious Day! One wouldn’t necessarily equate the word “good” with a day of betrayal, beatings and the crucifixion of an individual. And GLORIOUS? What is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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While I know everyone does not have the ‘luxury’ of recovering from a serious & life-threatening/altering illness, I also recognize that my ability to soak it all in may be limited (in a good way) as I will one day... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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…and he made a triumphant entry into Jerusalem with crowds of people and palms were laid down in his path as the people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Fried chicken! For the love of awesome! Fried chicken is probably the easiest dish for me to make that everyone in the house will eat! Seriously, we have a house of picky eaters (just the two boys, really) so it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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today is: one year post-BMT transplant for Leukemia diagnosis in December. today i am: FEELING a little less anxiety over my health. HOLDING onto faith and prayers that God still has work for me to complete in this earthly home.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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Go, Me! So this is me when I started working on 2010's Project Life book...a couple months post-transplant, late, late Spring. My mother-in-law picked up a new Project Life kit for me from HSN and a few other creative goodies... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!
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My Mom and maternal Grandmother taught me to cook and bake (among other homemaker skills). A lot of the cooking skills that have been handed down are just that ... handed down. They don't necessarily come from cookbooks, rather jotted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Life. Crazy, Chaotic, Ours!