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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Our timelines rarely coincide with God’s. We want life to go faster. Or slower. We wish this would happen. Or that. We want to press forward. Quicker. We wish we could go back in time. And do it again. We dream of better days, longer days, days fuller, days lighter. We dream, scheme and believe BIG,…

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  • Rachel ArntsonDecember 14, 2015 - 12:33 am

    What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing. It makes me anxious to go back again someday. We will see.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole BobdaSeptember 18, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Amy, I’m so so excited for you!! Thank you for sharing this, especially about God’a timing vs our timing. I LOVE Africa, but have never been to Kenya. So excited for you to have this experience. I believe it will be AMAZING!! Really looking forward to seeing your pictures and reading about your trip. God is with you!ReplyCancel

  • Christy DavisSeptember 16, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    sooooooooo excited for you! God’s going to blow your socks off and I am so encouraged by your YES! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kris NeffSeptember 16, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    Beautiful story from an amazing lady! 100% support you in every way! You filled my eyes with tears at your humble nature and such a spirit of loving all humanity. God only chooses the best for his work Amy, he knows what he is doing. Trust and Obey.


    • AmySeptember 16, 2015 - 6:12 pm

      Thank you, Kris. Your words are humbling and honoring to my heart, my mind and my soul. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read, and to leave words of encouragement. God bless.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Once a month, Tiffany documents a single day in her life. The purpose of these posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. I’m also hoping the posts will help readers recognize that we…

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  • Peggy Lynn GroenwoldSeptember 16, 2015 - 1:06 am

    Great post, Tiff!ReplyCancel

  • Linda WenzelSeptember 15, 2015 - 11:33 pm

    Dang new phone kindergarten and Reagans 1st day. I still remember yours!ReplyCancel

  • Linda WenzelSeptember 15, 2015 - 11:30 pm

    Wonderful post aboutReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonSeptember 15, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    Thank you sharing. One never knows how that first day will go.ReplyCancel

Dear Maisie, Today when I was getting you a fork for your mandarin oranges, you kindly reminded me you’re not a baby anymore. “I don’t need a little fork. I’m big. Babies need little forks.” You slid that baby fork with rounded, metal prongs and a pink, plastic handle across the counter quick. I gave…

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  • Carol FemlingSeptember 14, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    You’ll always be our baby, Maisie!! I’m so glad your mamas daddy decided to have one more baby because we got YOU!!
    Wonderful, sweet, loving YOU!! I love it when you shout out my ne “Grandma” and come running to me!! That is so special and I Love You the same!!! Mark was our baby and I always said that he was “the frosting on the cake”. You are the beautiful frosting on the cake!! Love you sweet one!! XOXO ❤️ReplyCancel

Dear Elsa, You started middle school this week. 5th grade to be exact. I’m not sure where the years went, but here we are. You’re 10 1/2 and minutes away from completing your first week of 5th grade. I have some things I’d like to discuss with you before you get any bigger, before you…

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  • Kate Morgan PerrySeptember 14, 2015 - 8:44 pm


Dear Cooper, As August 3rd changed to August 4th, I woke from a deep sleep. I wake often in the middle of the night. Perhaps I have some sort of undiagnosed sleep disorder. Or perhaps I have an unusually busy mind that just won’t shut off, even in the deepest of sleep. Most often when I…

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  • Tom BaunsgardSeptember 11, 2015 - 7:02 pm

    Amy, Also remember that kids don’t come with instruction manuals. As for parenting. We automatically sign up for that when we are blessed with procreation or in my case fall in love with someone who already had children. Blessings abound!ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardSeptember 11, 2015 - 5:40 am

    Great guiding words Amy! Cooper is Blessed to have these words and you and Seth as guides thru the tenuous year of developing into a man. All kids grow up… some do it better than others. I measure success like a rocket launch… A successful Launch is of the utmost importance! Cooper will do well!ReplyCancel

  • Amie ReynoldsSeptember 11, 2015 - 4:41 am

    I ❤️ this Amy and can relate on SO many levels! I am watching this transformation take place right before my eyes and it is both terrifying and rewarding at the same time. There is a whole range of emotions that I am experiencing with this next phase of parenting that I was not at all prepared for. With a little faith, some perspective and a lot of patience we WILL get through it though, right? We totally got this!ReplyCancel