It’s been a while….

Just wanted to write a post as life has been kind of crazy lately and I simply haven’t had time but I’ve missed it. I am writing in my notebook a lot though. Perhaps some day I’ll organize those thoughts. My husband, Glenn, has had three knee surgeries in the past two and a half weeks. The first one to repair a torn acl and the other two to help stop the infection he got from the first surgery. He’s still in hospital now on IV antibiotics but is on the mend and in excellent care. We just need to get the infection under control and get him home!  We all miss him. 

To be honest, we’ve had a lot going on personally and professionally and the last few months have been extremely challenging. I hit a pretty big low this past week and was having a hard time seeing the forest for the trees, as my dear friend, Dana, says. I’m tired and it’s hard to cope when you’re exhausted. Things are turning around and I am so lucky to have my Mom and Dad here visiting to help, listen and support me and my family. They had no idea how timely their visit would be when they booked it last fall. ❤️❤️ I sent them off to Beijing this morning for a quick trip to see the Great Wall. It’s their second trip to China and they need to see it. 😁 

So I’m working on really owning “only joy, only love”. It’s easier to type it than implement it some days. Life is always sweeter when I approach it with this mindset.

Here are a couple of thoughts that I’ve read or heard this past week that have resonated with me. Thought I’d share. 

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.”          – Maya Angelou

“The best things in life are on the other side of your maximum fear.”     – Will Smith

My sweet father read me a quote last night that I just loved. 

“Even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea.”                       – Algernon Charles Swinburne.     This one makes me feel calm. ❤️❤️

I hope to write more soon. We have an exciting week ahead. 

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,



P.S. The girls enjoy playing “surgery” when they visit Glenn. I have to say that they have amazing bedside manner. 😂😂 


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I am a Canadian from Newfoundland and Labrador who has done a lot of moving around and has some pretty amazing experiences. I currently live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada with the love of my life and partner in crime and our two beautiful and incredibly special daughters. (Totally biased but I'm cool with that). I started this blog because I wanted a space to share the people, places and things that bring me joy and give me a good laugh. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! Only joy, only love. Michelle xo

16 thoughts on “It’s been a while….”

  1. Oh my goodness- I had no idea Glenn was still in the hospital! Hope he is back on his feet soon! Sending lots of thoughts, love & prayers for you all! In Beijing with my mama this week, but happy to help if you need anything once I return. 🌻


  2. Hope Glen’s recovery is quick & he is back on his feet in know time. Thinking of you all. Hugs from us all xox p.s I like ready your blog.


  3. Sista, this inspiring articulation of beautiful positivity – in its classic SMantle style – just made my day.

    So glad to hear your parents are visiting & that their trip coincided with Glenn’s need for some extra love / care / attention. Knew ‘Vitamin G’ had knee repaired, but had no idea bout the setbacks – reaching out to him now.

    Lotsa luv, xoxo

    Brutha D


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