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Monthly Archives: December 2013

There comes a time when truth hits the road. How do you love like Jesus every day after Christmas? Fill yourself with joy – for someone else. Be present. Recognize the miracle each human being is. Offer a helping hand. Be happy for others. Capture the moment. Be there, no matter what. Know that a miracle…

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  • Brett MartinDecember 29, 2013 - 4:44 am

    Love this post- and congrats on your sweet new baby ReplyCancel

  • Cyndy JohnsonDecember 26, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Amy, you couldn’t have improved upon this entry!! Thank you for all your inspiring messages! ReplyCancel

On Saturday afternoon, I found my 8-year-old playing with my iPhone. I got a little irritated when I discovered she was fooling around with the alarms. She’d set one to ON, so I turned it OFF. I scrolled through the alarms and when I thought they were all turned off, I took the phone and…

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  • Vicki ThunstromDecember 19, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    Amy, I am keeping your sister and Stewart in my prayers. There are so many parallels between her story and mine and this is one of them. I can testify that our God is Bigger than all of our problems, addictions, choices, all of it. He is our Redeemer and He is always with us.

    Your writing is so beautiful and your heart for your sister just melts mine. I wish I had a sister like you!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Lynn GroenwoldDecember 18, 2013 - 11:54 pm

    As always Amy, you are a prolific and authentic writer. Your blog definitely has the hand of the Lord resting on your pen! Looking forward to more…ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerDecember 18, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Bawling!!!ReplyCancel

In the quiet of a Saturday morning, before the rest of the family was downstairs, I opened my email. Compassion International was at the top of the inbox. The message had just arrived. I might as well have struck gold. They were looking for volunteers to help obtain child sponsorships at the Michael W. Smith…

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It was a productive day, but truth be told, it was too much. I sent the baby to daycare so I could get work done for the private practice. Work was piling up – reports, insurance billing, patient billing, finances, a license to renew, paper and envelopes to buy, and data forms to print. I got…

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  • Tom BaunsgardDecember 11, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    Hi Amy, Now you have got me reading other peoples blogs too… I googled “blessings of a messy house” and came up with another blog. http://www.blogher.com/blessing-messy-house You do have such a busy schedule…. but think, someday you won’t and Before you know it you will be looking forward to those day of noise and activities enjoying your grandkids and the messes and blessings they bring! The quiet comes after they have gone home 🙂 I pray you have a better day today full of blessings! Say hello to that young whippersnapper husband too! 40 id the new 25! 64 is the now 50! that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it! TomReplyCancel

I’m the one that manages Christmas cards in our house. My standard operating procedure for 15 years has been as follows: 1. Open the card. 2. Look at the pictures. 3. Read the card and/or letter. 4. Show the kids. 5. Put the card in back in today’s mail pile on the counter, or if…

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  • Monica Anderson PalmerDecember 6, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    I’m tearing up over here at how tenderly you value life. Our lives are surrounded by relationship-whether it be a clerk at a gas station, a employee at a drive-thru window or a card received at Christmas I am gloriously amazed at how each face that is seen by you is infinitely valued….your heart is not only seen by me, but by our Lord. Please offer yourself some grace in your journey to love like Jesus-I think you love others beautifully! ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany FemlingDecember 6, 2013 - 8:43 pm

    Thanks for including us, once again, in this blog. Means so much! I showed Raegan the picture, and she smiled. Asking how that pink bow got in her hair. : ) We’re probably not going to have a Christmas card this year, but we’ll hopefully get something put together, once the baby arrives? ReplyCancel

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