Beauty for Ashes

Was living happily ever after with the love of my life until disaster struck in the form of kidney cancer. Michael went home to be with the Lord in 2010. Since then I've been incredibly blessed with the birth of our beautiful daughter, Michaela...

Joannah is a winner of Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families - 2012

How does blogging help you deal with challenges?

Since I first started blogging in 2005, blogging has been a great way to share experiences and feelings with my readers. As I've dealt with the challenges of an attempted adoption from China, life as a newlywed, infertility, a cancer diagnosis and fight, widowhood, grief, a difficult pregnancy, and now life as an only parent, blogging has given me a platform to express my fears and my victories.

What's a book or song that has inspired you?

After Michael passed, a blogger friend recommended that I read Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. That book was life changing for me. Although I was already a Christian, losing my husband, and then reading Randy's book, gave me an "eternal perspective". Randy writes about Heaven based on what the Bible has to say about it. I take great comfort in knowing that Michael is in the presence of the Lord, and that he is a greater part of my future than he is of my past. Thank you, Jesus!

After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?

After a hard day, I bring my concerns to the Lord in prayer, crank up the praise and worship music, and refocus my attention on my beautiful baby girl. When I consider how blessed I am to be sharing my life with Michaela, and when I acknowledge how big my God is, my problems are put in perspective.