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Monthly Archives: March 2015

I stood alone, staring at a display of brightly-painted clay women in that Dominican Republic market. Who knew I’d find myself here? Now. For such a time as this. Moments earlier, I’d been giddy over a painted canvas I’d purchased from the upper level of hidden gems nobody seemed to have found. But joy eventually subsided,…

It’s 11:49 p.m. March 27th. Four days of March 2015 remain. I published nine blog posts in March prior to this one. I drafted five additional blog posts in March. All unpublished, including a 1,600 word post from this afternoon. She told me my blog was brave. She knows these intimate details of my life. She…

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  • LindaMarch 28, 2015 - 4:12 pm

    Amy,
    I can honestly “see” exactly where you are in what you’re writing—and I can so identify with every word! I’m also at “this” place in my spiritual life that I don’t even know how to adequately convey “all” of who I am, or think I am at the moment. When you’re in the midst of others’ life turmoils, demands, needs, wants….you don’t always feel so grounded in what it is that makes you, “you.”

    (Almost) glad I came on your site today to find out how I feel in this same place as you.

    LindaReplyCancel

    • AmyMarch 28, 2015 - 10:30 pm

      Dear Linda, So glad you stopped by. I hesitated a bit before publishing these words, but I found them all worth it when I saw your message. It is good to know we’re not alone. Even the most minimal words can touch someone. Tonight I’m resting in peace knowing this very short post resonated with a reader – YOU. Your words resonate with me as well. Thank you for sharing, and God bless your (our) journey. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • DoreenMarch 28, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    You have stated this blog is your ‘heart’, therefor, it(blog) is infused with the ‘essence’ of who you are and that sweetness permeates all. I truly appreciate snippets/glimpses you have invited us to share with you and Tom and I continue in prayer for you and your family……………hugs……….ReplyCancel

    • AmyMarch 28, 2015 - 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Doreen. Your words are sweet, and we are so grateful for your prayers.ReplyCancel

Well, friends! I thought I was on sabbatical from eye cancer posts until late May, but no surprise, the story continues to unfold. Two nights ago, my husband had his first visit with the optometrist since his surgeries and radiation for choroidal melanoma. The primary purpose of the appointment was a thorough post-op vision exam, but…

My brother and I hit a deer on the way to our parents’ house a few weeks ago. Our car has been in the shop for repairs for nine days. It might be in the shop for another three. As a result, I’ve driven my husband to work seven days in a row. And I’ve picked…

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  • Kaye ScovilMarch 23, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    It’s like you reached into my heart and pulled out all these emotions I have been storing there. My kids are leaving the nest…one will graduate from college this year, one is a college sophomore, and my baby is a sophomore in high school…my “job” is being phased out. I have been blessed to stay home, and am proud of the life I have created alongside my husband, but the voice inside that says “I am not enough”, still speaks to me. Thank you for sharing this….it has touched my heart today.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Krause SitarzMarch 23, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    I also struggle from time to time. Thankfully, to balance out the struggle, I’m often reminded that I have the best job in the world…for me. I might not help with the bottom line financially, but I’ve helped raise some great kids and been allowed to donate my time and energy to others. It doesn’t always chase away the struggle but at the end of the day, I’m doing what I love and do best.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Wendt O'DonnellMarch 23, 2015 - 8:19 pm

    I get it. But mostly I’m ok being who I am these days. It helps living in a small town!ReplyCancel

  • Beth DelvailleMarch 23, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    Oh, yes, I can relate! I need to continually remind myself to look straight ahead to where God wants ME to go, instead of side to side looking at everyone else. Thanks for the post!ReplyCancel

    • AmyMarch 23, 2015 - 9:29 pm

      So glad you could relate, Beth. I’ve found that looking side to side is a good word picture in this regard. I really need to stay focused on where God has called me, how He made me, where He wants me to be focusing my energy at any given time. It’s easy to get sidetracked and totally off the path if we look here, there and everywhere at what everyone else is doing.ReplyCancel

For six or seven years, I’ve been significantly burdened by all the STUFF we own. Everywhere I look, there’s clutter, STUFF we don’t need or use. I have no problem stating the brutally honest truth about all that STUFF. I can’t stand it. It’s exhausting to manage and suffocating to my soul. I don’t need anymore…

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  • Tracy Sather NelsonMarch 27, 2015 - 12:49 am

    Wow Amy! I seriously felt like you were speaking about me also!!! So true!ReplyCancel

  • Susan BaunsgardMarch 21, 2015 - 3:33 am

    Glad to see you are donating what you don’t need. I used to do this type “cleaning” every year after Christmas. I used this time to reorganize the boys bedrooms including getting rid of seldom used clothing and or toys.ReplyCancel

  • Missy ShemickMarch 20, 2015 - 6:14 am

    Thank you Amy. It’s not easy but I can see the wisdom of your words of only keeping things my daughter may appreciate someday. It feels wrong to donate, throw away, or sell these things…but I’m sure my parents would rather I free my soul from this clutter….ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardMarch 20, 2015 - 6:10 am

    It’s simple… Less is more.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingMarch 20, 2015 - 1:57 am

    I’ve waded through STUFF for so many years that I’ve just had it with STUFF!! Through the years I’ve tried to clean out and get rid of STUFF every year. We’ve moved several times…in and out of extra apartments, in and out of houses, in and out of storage units and I’ve had garage sales every year to get rid of the STUFF. Now that we’re in a much smaller place, we are way down on STUFF, but I still see plenty of STUFF that can go that’s in our garage. UH!! Amy….. Keep on plugging away at getting rid of the STUFF! It feels good!! Like the magnet on my fridge says, THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE AREN’T THINGS or “stuff”!! SO true!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Missy ShemickMarch 20, 2015 - 12:21 am

    I have alot of my parents things…hard to part with…but still clutter nonetheless. Any help with this?ReplyCancel

  • Silvana XhelilajMarch 20, 2015 - 12:15 am

    Could not agree more Amy!
    It’s a problem more than you think in our society. I went through this process last year and could not feel any better!
    Not that the stuff does not keep coming with all the birthdays but i try hard not to let it in. Gave it most of it away for free, and yes i did think of selling it..
    It feels so liberating to be free of the junk and focus on the things that you would really need in life, like spending time with the kids, focusing on your family and your relationships. That you will take with you forever. .ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Heska KingMarch 19, 2015 - 10:14 pm

    You’re talking my language, girlfriend. I’ve been working on this forever. Clutter morphs. The thing I love most about traveling is the simplicity of a room away from home. I’ll know I’ve solved the problem when I’m glad to get home. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cathie 'Hardy' PearsonMarch 19, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Fantastic post, Amy! So much honesty & truth!!ReplyCancel

  • Missy Larson UdstrandMarch 19, 2015 - 8:10 pm

    Love your post, so trueReplyCancel

  • Colleen Chastek LeaverMarch 19, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    Best post ever :-))!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie SpencerMarch 19, 2015 - 4:15 pm

    I think this is my first comment here! I put you in my reader a few months ago 🙂

    I just wanted to say yes to the need for sapce: both physically and spiritually. We need it, and we don’t have nearly enough of it.

    I think this is actually what the desert experiences are in the Scriptures- God gives us space between what was and what will be, space to remember who we are, think about what we will become, and let go of all the trappings that hold us back from both those journeys.

    Good luck. Wading through stuff is hard. Much harder than it seems.ReplyCancel

    • AmyMarch 31, 2015 - 10:59 pm

      Totally agree with you on the desert space, Stephanie. That’s exactly where I’m coming out of. LOVE your words…”God gives us space between what was and what will be, space to remember who we are, think about what we will become, and let go of all the trappings that hold us back from both those journeys.” So good. Thank you for sharing that great wisdom and truth.ReplyCancel

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