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



Thanks for stopping by ~ 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, faith, art and crafting, lifestyle, cooking, gardening, preserving, herbs and the joyful things that a part of my ordinary everyday.  I have been blogging off and on since 2006.

I’m a 53 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 37 years.  My husband and I have made our home in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 21 years now. We have four grown children ~ 2 local and 2 in the Pacific Northeast ~ and 3 precious grandchildren as well as various animal companions (which sadly, do not include chickens...yet...).

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.  There are times when finding joy is harder than at others (and this can be very humbling), 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 in our successes and joys and support one another in our sorrows and difficulties.  Also, my faith in Jesus and prayers to Mary keep me strong and remind me that I am NOT in control of much of anything in this life.

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!  One thing I love to do is photo-bomb my home with visual stories of the precious souls that have shared our life these past 37 years.

I also have a love of needlefelting and miniature things.  I discovered needlefelting when I first began blogging in 2006.  A 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 also love to play in mixed media - painting, creating 3D art, art journaling (collecting art supplies is one of my many weaknesses). 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!  The blogging world had definitely changed since I first came on the scene and (to my belief) many things have been lost since the advent of the "new" way of blogging and to be honest, I miss those old days of blogging.  We shared much, visited each other's blogs and conversations and connection took place on the blogs.  It was fun.  And sweet. There was a generosity of spirit that seems to be missing in today's world.  But maybe I am just getting old. =)

I love education! We were blessed to be able to homeschool our youngest two children from 1998-2011 when the youngest graduated.  It was a true joy to be a part of their education and it truly brought our entire family closer together!

I completed my own studies of Holistic Health and Herbalism at American College for Healthcare Sciences (began on my 51st birthday in September 2015!) and graduated in October 2017.  Herbs and how they are used to support health and healing plays a huge part in my life - be it herbs, flower essences, essential oils or food.  It was exciting and eye-opening to be going to college at the age of 51.  I highly recommend it! 

I love hoop dancing!  For fun and exercise I love to hoop dance to really great music on spotify ~ my favorite hoops are my Hoopnotica travel hoop, my 36 inch LED polypro hoop and a lovely dragonfly hoop I purchased from HoopMamas on Etsy.  My next hoop will be one of the super fun Photon Hoops  (but it may be a while...)!

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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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