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Bobbie Jo

I'll lift all of you up in prayer. Moving is stressfull and with kids double that but just take it one step at the time.

Cheryl

I have a 14 year old daughter and can relate. They are just trying to grow up and we as moms just want to hold on a little longer. Good luck with the move and with Audra. I am sure after everything settles down, life will become calm again.

Marla Taviano

Prayed for you and Audrey-girl just now. That God would scatter some sweet moments throughout your day. Love you!

Melissa @ Breath of Life

Oh, the joys of parenting a 10-year old girl. I'm so right there with you. I'm thankful the Lord has given me some much-needed patience & perspective in that area just in this past week.

Dawn W

Joanne, I'm praying for all of you as you move into this new chapter of life. 10 is tough - not quite a little girl and yet not a teen. Plus, she's probably starting to have some of those lovely female hormones floating around on top of the stress of moving.

Can hardly wait to see pictures of your new home! Blessings!!!

PS - You're note yesterday about 106? At first I thought you were posting a grade and I was so proud of you! Then I realized your were talking about the temp and I felt so sorry for you! Ha!

Mindy

I've not commented before but I too have a daughter named Audrey. We have been having a lot of struggles this past year. She's 13. I know what it's like to problems between mom and daughter. We have good days and bad. But we are getting through. We moved to the country last year and she is a people person. So she misses seeing people...we lived in small towns before. Just a combination of everything with growing up and throw on top of that being adopted. Will be thinking of you all.

Holly @ Crownlaiddown

Praying for you, dear friend!

I actually have been thinking about you and your journey and praying for you the past two days and had no idea you were in Phoenix.

Peggy

The best advice I can share is to keep her close...do things with her...all things if, but if that sounds like too much, than most things...lol. It works...she will become your bestest friend and she yours.

I am enjoying going on this journey with you...do share your new digs!

Peggy

fuzzytop

Hi Joanne - 106...a balmy spring day in Phoenix! But it's a dry heat, right? When people used to tell me that, I always wanted to reply "...well, so is a welding torch!"

Hope you like your new digs and neighborhood! I'll be praying for you.

Adrienne

Kim Feth

And how about I tell myself that as well!
Amen!
Kim Feth
Apex, NC

Becky Jo

Where are you in Phx. I grew up in Tempe/Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert so I can maybe give ya some fun tips... I know it's hot, but just stay indoors and you will be fine. Get your swimmin in now!

As for you and your girl, I will be prayin. I know that is hard. As a youth leader for years I have seen many a mom go through it, but it will all wash out in the end. It WILL be ok.

Have a BLAST on this adventure!!!

Stephanie

See, I told you it wouldn't be as bad as it sounds. :) May can be very nice. Perhaps sometimes a little on the toasty side, but nice.

I am walking the same mother/daughter road with you. It is not a sprint, but a marathon. It feels like we've just barely started--and I am already winded. (Just like real life!) But so nice to know that there are others running along beside us isn't it? And a Heavenly Father passing out water bottles and power bars in all the right places. Although I think that moving is a bit like getting a rock in one's shoe...

Tammy S.

I remember being that age and all the grief I caused my mom sometimes. I would love to go back in time and do it all over! But even in those hard times I loved her and appreciated her. I didn't always let her know that though! So I'll be praying for you and Audrey. I think you are an amazing mom...and I'm sure she does too!

Can't wait to see pictures...hope you're having a great time:)

KristinF

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Audrey loves you and you are a GREAT mom. That fact does not make it any less exhausting physically and emotionally. Praying for you and Audrey.
See you soon. I will have a few cakes in hand :) enjoy your time with your family.
Hugs!
Kristin

Holly B.

Asking God to fill you and Audrey with love and understanding for each other (and grace, lots of grace)! Praying too for you to have wisdom as you parent. Hugs!

Holly B.

Read this today:

"Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."
Colossians 3:13-14, The Message

Hope it encourages you!

Dell Ledermann

How did you cool off when you arrived? This happened a long time ago, but I can still imagine how difficult it must have been for you to go through that. I hope their prayers were answered! :D

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