About Joyful Girl

Welcome to Joyful Girl! I’m Libby Bouma, formally Libby Lennon, and am excited you are here.

In 2011 I decided I wanted to share my life with others through my blog and hopefully bring some laughter and joy to others.

A few fun things to know about me:

On May 14, 2011, I married my best friend and the love of my life, Jake Bouma. We met on May 8th, 2010, Jake proposed to me six months later and six months after that we were married. Talk about a whirlwind romance, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. You know what they say about love at first sight…

A short nine months into our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma. This blog started with me sharing about me and my life, but has quickly moved to sharing more about my life and being a caretaker to someone who is living with cancer.

Some other fun facts about me:

  • I have two furry children, my cats, Dietrich and Klaus whom I absolutely adore and spoil rotten.
  • I have a strong passion for cooking and baking and love trying new recipes.
  • I am addicted to reading food blogs.
  • I am Lutheran, love God and seek guidance in prayer.
  • I am an avid reader and enjoy getting lost in books.
  • I love games. Backgammon, Scrabble, Cribbage, Phase 10, Clue, Scattergories, just to name a few.
  • I am a gym workout rat and love to be fit.

I am a true Iowan, born and raised in Sioux City.  I attended the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 2003. I then moved to Denver, CO where I spent the next five years. After reconnecting with some high school friends in 2008, I moved back to Iowa, and found my new home in Des Moines.

I have a background in social work, having spent five years in residential treatment in Iowa and Colorado and most recently employed as a social worker for the state of Colorado and Iowa. I currently work as a Family Team Facilitator, helping families come together with their DHS caseworkers and attorneys to create a family plan. I also work part-time at my church as the Coordinator of Children and Family Ministry.

I recently started attending Drake University in their Masters of Science in Teaching program in Des Moines. I have dreamed of becoming a teacher for the past four years and excited to finally be back in school.

I do not consider myself to be an expert on anything and certainly make mistakes.  I love living my life and enjoying all the little joys it brings.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime.  libbybouma@gmail.com

12 thoughts on “About Joyful Girl

  1. When I came across your blog the first thing that impressed me was your tagline of blogging about life’s joys. So often blogs focus on the negative (mine too at times) but it is good to see that your focus is on what is important in life – living it joyfully. Well done.

    • Thank you so much Tom for those kind words. I agree, it is difficult to find joy in things when we live in this crazy world, but sometimes that is what keeps me sane!

  2. I agree with Tom anytime I read your blog it is uplifting always so so postive..Keep up the good news and good work.!..For me Christmas really starts Christmas eve………and when I like to celebrate with good food and family ……………and just rememebering the reason for the season.

    I too prefer a real tree, but have a fake one.. am going to my parents this year they have a real tree….lots of food and famly !

  3. When I read this I thought it was awesome! You are a wonderful person and im truly blessed to call you my cousin. Hope you and jake had a wonderful holiday and happy new year. I love you libby

    Love andrea

  4. I came across your blog by accident but at a time I needed to see something joyful! I am 25 and my husband is 24. We have 2 kids under 2 (23 months and 3 months) and have been married 7 months. However we have been dating for almost five years! Almost 4 months go my husband was diagnosed with classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Any advice or ideas on how to make this journey through chemo and radiation any easier or less stressful please share! Thanks!

    • Hi Meghan, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! I am so sorry to hear about your husband. What is his name? That is a lot to take on with two little ones in tow. I would love to continue talking to you and helping you with any suggestions or just being someone to talk to. Please email me anytime at libbybouma@gmail.com. I think the biggest things that helped me was knowing that a. it is curable cancer. b. knowing it is okay to take time for myself. I am not sure if you are able to or not, but I did a lot of freezer meals where I would make extra of a meal and freeze half of it, or do a few casserole dishes at a time. We thankfully had an amazing support system with our church, family and friends and could not have done it without them. If you haven’t already, you and your husband shouldcheck out Jakebouma.com where my husband has blogged about his journey. Many prayers out to you and your family. Please contact me anytime.

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