Author Archives: janelleevans

About janelleevans

I'm a sleep deprived mother of three. I create young adult novels from the voices in my head.

Boys should not be your focus

Like most young ladies, my daughter struggles to believe any young man will ever like her enough to want to be in a relationship with her. She doesn’t think she’s pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, athletic enough–pick a category–it’s … Continue reading

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The HOCO experience…

I sent my youngest son off to his first Homecoming Dance. It’s a semi-formal affair around here, so I sent him in a shirt and tie. He wasn’t exactly excited about going, but his big sister made the request that … Continue reading

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What makes a bully

Every person, at one time or another, has been the bully. Think about it. If I were to ask, “Have you ever felt bullied?” I guarantee every single person I asked would say yes. How is it possible for all … Continue reading

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There are limitations to what we can do

I’ve always said the best way to understand something is to experience it. It took the life-altering experience of having children to finally get a sense of what I put my mother through while growing up. To become a better … Continue reading

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The foreign exchange effect

This week we received a new foreign exchange student. This is our second time doing the program for the entire school year. When I started this program a couple of years ago I thought we were doing it for the … Continue reading

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Adjusting my expectations

I keep telling myself that life never goes as planned, and yet I still struggle not to be disappointed when it does just that. My daughter, now a senior, has decided not to swim this year. She’s always been such … Continue reading

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The best example of what a real alpha male should be

During a long overdue family vacation last week, my daughter and I were walking up a steep hill back to our vehicle. We had been boating all day and would be returning the next, so we left my sister’s boat … Continue reading

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Where is your focus?

‘The world in which we live can be dark and very cruel at times, but joy can still be found. It’s not always easy to see. Let’s face it, everything wrong in this world sticks out like a soar thumb, … Continue reading

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Second Chances

Over the years I’ve learned the importance of giving people second chances. Not every second chance has ended up in friendship but more often than not my first impression of that person has been altered. So I’m constantly counseling my … Continue reading

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The truth most teenagers don’t realize

Over the years I’ve been to many youth campouts. These campouts have happened in different states–sometimes with only girls and sometimes with mix company–but without fail there is always at least one defiant youth who doesn’t want to follow the … Continue reading

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