For the Everyday Ordinary...

"Normal Day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all in the world, for your return." ~ Mary Jean Iron



I’m so glad you are here!

I’m Donna and this is my blog.

Joyfully Donna is a personal memoir where I write about home, family, art and crafting, lifestyle, cooking, gardening and the joyful things that a part of my ordinary everyday.  I have been blogging since 2006.

I’m an (almost) 50 year old wife, mama, and nana who seeks every day to celebrate ordinary things and live my life joyfully.  Home is my most favorite place to be and I’ve been Home-making for 33 years.  My husband and I have made our home in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 17 years now. We have four grown children ~ 2 local and 2 in the Pacific Northeast ~ 3 precious grandchildren and various animal companions.

I believe that joy is all around us if we will be open to it.  I also believe that joy is a choice we make.  Some times are harder than others, but it IS a choice and anyone can choose to be joyful.  During those hard times, it is good to have other joyful souls around ~ we are here to lift one another up and to celebrate one another’s successes and joys.

I have a love of family stories as well as writing for my grandchildren – I believe that anyone who wants to can write and celebrate their families, traditions, daily lives and their imaginations.  There are so many ways to do this that anyone can find something that works for them and allows them to share the stories they have to tell!

I also have a love of needlefelting and miniature things.  I discovered needlefelting when I first began blogging in 2006.  Another blogger from that time shared her needlefelted creations on her blog.  I was fascinated and purchased some supplies for myself.  Once I began I was hooked and fell madly in love with wool roving!  I love to use my little creations to illustrate the stories I write.
I believe the lives we live and the stories we tell ~ and share ~ are a legacy we leave for future generations.

I love to blog!  Blogging has opened up opportunities that I otherwise would never have had for me to meet and collaborate with others online ~ writing, making and sharing art, connecting and sharing experiences over the years.  Being an introverted soul, it has opened my world in ways I never dreamed it would.  I have learned so much and made many new friends.  I am a huge lover of this modern digital technology!

I currently contribute to Diva Mystic Magazine and I’m a member of AWE at Women's Memoirs and CBI.

For fun I love to hoop dance to really great music on spotify (my public playlist is found under Donna Patrice Johnson) ~ my favorite hoops are my Hoopnotica travel hoop and minis and my 36 inch LED polypro hoop.  My next hoop will be one of the super fun Photon Hoops!  I use the Jaybird bluetooth headphones while hooping.

You can also find me at these places (and I hope you will):


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  1. Hi Donna!
    I love the new format of your blog, and I DO hope to visit it often. I've been wondering what you've been up to, and now I know what's been keeping you so busy. You look so beautiful in this picture, snowflakes and all :) Tracy Rae


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