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How Mom Next Door Joanna Waller Relaxes & Recharges

this Keller mom’s suggestions for getting outside—and finding peace within

Mom-of-two Joanna Waller shares her advice for other special needs and cystic fibrosis parents, top picks for family time and where she gets her retail therapy.


For “me time”

“The kitchen is definitely my happy place. I love to bake cakes. I also enjoy biking. I guess you could say I bike so I can still bake. It’s my biking-baking balance that keeps me sane.”

Book of choice

“I adore a good cookbook and read them like novels! My current favorite is Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains. Tieghan [Gerard, the author] has not steered me wrong yet, and her cookbook is absolutely dreamy.”

Words she lives by

“My favorite Bible verse is Romans 15:13. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s taped to my mirror, and the few times that I do get down about Layla’s diagnosis, I refer back to that verse.”

How her family bonds

“We all love to be outside. Discovering new places to hike around together is one of our favorite things to do. Some of our favorites include Grapevine Lake, Trophy Club Park and the Fort Worth Water Gardens.” 

Retail therapy for all

As a testament to their love of the outdoors, the kids’ favorite store is REI in Southlake. For me, Amazon Prime and Target are amazing. I also really like shopping on Etsy.”

Advice for new CF parents

“Stop, breathe and find a positive voice—anyone in your life who can stay positive with you. And pray really, really hard.”

 Photo courtesy of Joanna Waller.