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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Last summer, just 10 days from our 17th wedding anniversary, we had our biggest fight ever. It started at Dairy Queen of all places, and continued in our driveway. Yes, that epic confrontation ended with the words nobody dreams they’ll utter when they’re standing pure and perfect on their wedding day. “After all this time, I don’t think you…

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  • Carol FemlingJune 28, 2016 - 1:04 am

    Here’s to many more years together!! Happy 18th Anniversary!!! Love you both so much!! Wishing you everything GOOD!!! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerJune 27, 2016 - 6:53 pm

    Awesome! Needed this. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJune 27, 2016 - 6:45 pm

    I’ve been married to your dad for almost 43 years and I’ll admit I’ve found out more about him in the last 10 years than I’d care to know. Even after almost 48 years with him, I’m questioning things I never questioned before. All couples go through things you mentioned, but some things God puts before us in life are VERY difficult. Marriage is quite a complicated journey and you really have to work at it and pray A LOT!!! Just get to know Seth NOW and continue to have a beautiful marriage!! Love you both so much!!! Mom ❤️ReplyCancel

I brought my girls and a friend to the beach yesterday, and happened to plop myself in front of a group of three moms and their kids. Clearly, they knew each other and had the afternoon planned well in advance. Based on the conversation I overheard and behavior I observed (one of the moms took 20 minutes…

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  • Tara DornJune 22, 2016 - 9:09 pm

    Amen! Perfectly written, Amy! I never thought I would be a stay-at-home-mom, but due to life’s circumstances (and God’s plan), here I am, about to start year 9! I am a rare bird too, in that weird place where my kids are all in school full time, and I am still not bringing in a paycheck – so am I still called a stay-at-home-mom? During the summer, yes, but during the school year? Volunteer maybe? I am very thankful for the secret societies that I have and I love that you called them that! I was recently at an event for a friend and went through the whole range of guilt, shame, not good enough, jealousy, and even a bit of anger when the others there said, “oh you’re JUST a stay-at-home-mom”. I felt that I had to defend myself and go into all of the situations that have caused me to sstill be home – my mom’s battle with cancer and most recently, my dad’s brain injury and how I will be becoming my own Dad’s guardian soon. I know that it is my own self-consciousness and I shouldn’t care about being valued by society, but I do have to continuously remind myself that God values me and that is really all that matters! You hit the nail on the head with this entry, Amy, keep on writing!!!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Tiffany has shared a monthly guest post on my blog since February 2015. The purpose of her regular posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. Last month, Tiffany honored our mom’s unique journey through…

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  • Carol FemlingJune 18, 2016 - 1:11 am

    Great tribute to your dad, Tiff!! Yes, you three kids were blessed to have a dad that spent so much quality time with all of you!! Love you! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Angie HanlonJune 17, 2016 - 10:11 pm

    This is so heartfelt, with so many great details. Bless you and your dad this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopJune 17, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    YOU are both blessed! What a wonderful tribute. We are believing for that transplant to take place soon and for a positive recovery.ReplyCancel

  • Dianne Kay DahlJune 17, 2016 - 5:20 pm

    Tiffany, what a beautiful tribute you have written! We are all praying that you have many more years to make happy memories!ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanJune 17, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    Tiff, As I read your blog about you and your Dad I have tears running down my face…knowing you so well and feeling like a part of the wonderful Femling family I understand exactly how you feel ! I believe your Dad has such a positive attitude on life that he will receive a transplant quickly and recover to take those long walks with you and talk and talk like he has always done.It’s in the good Lord’s hands now and he will take care of your Dad ! Keep your faith strong, be positive and watch for the incredible miracle ! As our Jewish friends say , ” To Life, To Life, Lukieum..” As I say, “To Life To Life Bruce”…We are all praying and pulling for him in SC…see you when he gets the call !ReplyCancel

Three or four years ago, I started threatening my husband that I was going to cut my hair off super short and dye it blonde. I casually threatened and joked because I knew I wasn’t brave or bold enough to cut it all off. I casually threatened and joked because I knew my husband strongly prefers…

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  • Christine De LeonJune 20, 2016 - 10:21 am

    I appreciate the symbolism. Fear keeps us tied up and weighed down in what “seems” comfortable and practical, but it’s stagnant. It’s risky to make a change. But changes bring new perspectives and new growth and new life to make a healthier you…with healthier hair added in! Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie ArnoldJune 19, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    I’m glad I read this. I’m in the process of debating a major haircut as well. I think you made a great choice. You look so much younger. It looks great on you.ReplyCancel

  • LisaJune 19, 2016 - 3:21 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog from FB but wanted to comment and say how much I really LOVE your new haircut. It looks SO good on you! Also I love the perspective you bring about how it encouraged you to make other small changes or risks in your life. It is freeing when we have that knowledge about ourselves.ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanJune 10, 2016 - 2:22 am

    I love your hair !! It is so flattering … And this blog is one of my favorite blogs…take a risk !!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy OlsonJune 9, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    You look Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jaimie West BowmanJune 9, 2016 - 3:26 pm

    This is awesome Amy!! I love how you looked deeper to see what that urge was about. It looks great on you 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy JacobsonJune 9, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    Love, love, love it! I recently took 9 inches off and it feels awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Katherine BoyleJune 9, 2016 - 2:39 pm

    love it !ReplyCancel

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