Author Archives: janelleevans

About janelleevans

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

Thanksgiving through the eyes of a foreigner

I know I’ve mentioned this before but having a foreign exchange student is something every family would benefit from. Even if you do just a short stay rather than an entire school year. This Thanksgiving our latest foreign exchange student’s … Continue reading

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Your Type: Things I wish I would have known when I was fifteen.

I spent time with young adults over the weekend so I find my thoughts still swirling around dating. You’re gonna have to bear with me. Before I married my husband, I always dated the same type of guy: outgoing, with … Continue reading

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The Karma of counting

My daughter and I have had this ongoing argument over how she approaches playing the piano. She refuses to count the measures as she’s learning, so she often plays incorrect rhythms until her teacher has to correct her. Believe me … Continue reading

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Bowling pains

Bowling was the first date I ever went on with my husband over twenty years ago. I soundly beat him that day and did every time we bowled together for years. Sadly for me, over time that dynamic changed. I … Continue reading

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Fathers: a necessary ingredient

I recently heard a young woman say men are only needed for one thing, but the rest of it would be better if women did it themselves. If you haven’t guessed yet, she was talking about having and raising children. … Continue reading

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Upcoming new story from me…

I spend so much time fixing others people’s writing I seldom have any time left to write for myself. Part of me really likes seeing the work of others polished to it’s finest so I don’t hate the direction my … Continue reading

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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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