Christmas in Newfoundland begins

Hi friends,

I hope the beginning of the holiday season is full of a ton of fun for you and your family. We are still loving living in St. John’s. We absolutely LOVE being so close to our family and friends and living in this beautiful city. The slower pace has been a welcome change, as well. It feels so good to be home. Especially now that we are kicking off the Christmas season! The girls are so excited to be home. Julia has been praying for snow for at least two weeks and last night, her prayers were answered. 😁😁


We spent the weekend hauling out our Christmas decorations from storage and started decorating the house. I love the glow of Christmas lights.


Last night we went to Stella’s Circle for their Light Up Hope event. This organization does amazing things for the community. Check out their website to read about the many ways you can get involved and support this organization – Their message of HOPE is an inspiring one for the holiday season and year round. The cider, hot chocolate, candy canes, Christmas carols and treats from the Hungry Heart were a hit with my family. ❤️❤️


I am heading to Shanghai on Sunday to sort through everything we have in storage at a friend’s house and basically have a garage sale. Only I would travel half way around the world to have a garage sale. 😂😂 But seriously……Shanghai friends, I have a lot of good stuff to get rid of. I’ll be in touch on wechat. I can’t wait to see my SH peeps and have some Taiwanese noodle soup. Yummy! ❤️❤️

Wherever in the world you are, I hope you are enjoying beautiful time with your tribe. This is such an optimistic time of year and the world could use more of that.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,



About onlyjoyonlylove

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
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