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Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 was new, crazy, challenging, a bit here, there and everywhere. In January and February, I was empty, then filled. My husband was sick, then sick some more. In March and April, I was incredibly inspired, then incredibly humbled. In May, I started fresh again. In June, I was hopeful, then spirit crushed. In July, I said no…

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In loving memory of Olivia and Steve. In honor of their families. Music’s pulled me through the two weeks between Africa and Christmas. It’s fitting that the only post I visioned for Christmas is inspired by song. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant’s rendition of “Almost There” caught me off guard this week. I’d almost forgotten I’d heard it and loved it…

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  • Gayle GilbertsonDecember 28, 2015 - 4:58 am

    Thanks Amy! You write beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • Judy SandbergDecember 26, 2015 - 10:51 pm

    Thank you, Amy.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…

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  • Doreen AugerDecember 24, 2015 - 2:58 am

    Well “spoken”! Sending wishes of Christmas Blessings to you and your family!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopDecember 23, 2015 - 7:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing from your heart Tiffany. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.ReplyCancel

  • David Carol CaveDecember 23, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Merry Christmas Tiffany…..beautiful blog!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela HanlonDecember 23, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    Tiffany, this is so beautiful and well-written. I know, from working with your mom, how proud she is of you and how much she enjoys spending quality time with you. The pictures of your little girl are so cute, and make me think if what you looked like when you were that little. You and your family are in my prayers. I hope you have good, good days during the holidays, and can truly enjoy your family! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Marie NewfieldDecember 23, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    So beautifully written. The first two paragraphs just drew me in. You have a talent for writing! My sister and I also used to listen to the Amy Grant Christmas CD and she also plays it on the piano still. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardDecember 23, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Nice Post Tiffany! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

“…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  –Psalm 139:16 I’ve already published 10 posts about my trip to Africa. Technically, the series is complete. But my heart knows you haven’t heard the whole story. I’ve been holding a lot inside, handling memories tenderly, delicately and dear….

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  • Tricia Wells OlsonDecember 19, 2015 - 2:45 pm

    No words, amy! Just eyes filled with tears as I read your words, your heart and Gods love for Africa! This is by far my favorite post from you…feeling like I’m there with you and I love each one of these special gifts from God that you have touched, that God has loved from the beginning…even though I have not met even one of them! Thank you, Amy, for being Gods hands, His feet, His heart!!! And most of all…THANK YOU GOD!!!ReplyCancel

At this point, I can’t remember how many times we’ve been to Mayo Clinic since Seth’s initial diagnosis of choroidal melanoma (eye cancer) 11 1/2 months ago. Let’s just say we’ve been to Mayo a lot in 2015, so much so it’s almost like a second home. During our most recent visit in August, we received the good…

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  • Tom BaunsgardDecember 16, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    Great News and a really nice post Amy! Blessings Abound! This good news is a wonderful Christmas Gift!ReplyCancel

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