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Recently, I received an email from a photography client who loved the photos I took of her family, but…ummm…herself? Not so much. She went on to describe WHY she didn’t like herself in the photos and what specific action she needed to take to remediate that problem next time they take family photos. The funny thing is, I…

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  • JanaDecember 2, 2016 - 9:13 pm

    This is so good, Amy – and so true! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

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

We decorate our trees with ornaments old and new. Store bought. Homemade. They remind us of good days, and days that weren’t so good at all. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas streams in the background. Memories swirl in the invisible. We’re joyful, for sure. But below the surface, there’s a longing, a yearning for more. More than this. Christmas anyway. …

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  • Tara DornDecember 27, 2014 - 4:43 am

    Finally was able to read this tonight. It resonates with me in so many ways, as your words often do. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Amy, surrounded by those you love. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. It’s the song I’ve heard most this season. It’s the song that’s resonating most with me this year. Last Christmas, Apple launched an ad that featured the Harris family and a “misunderstood” teenaged boy on his iPhone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the most brilliant, heart-warming and moving…

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  • Tiffany FemlingDecember 12, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    I think I entered and hope I win! ; ) great idea and great packages!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tara DornDecember 12, 2014 - 1:39 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter, Amy! I have reasons for entering each of the drawings. The God Made Light book is beautiful! The Love Dare for Parents would be especially good to read and do, as would The Love Dare. I can use all the help I can get with my almost 11 year old girl…this preteen stuff is hard! The last package is great, too! I love reading The Notebook and Breathing Room and Longing for More also speak to me. Such wonderful choices to giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki ThunstromDecember 11, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    We don’t watch much tv so I hadn’t seen this ad before! Now I’m at my desk with tears in my eyes! I’d love to read several of these books. My son is approaching tween (he’ll be 11 next month) and it is so hard to believe! Any help is so beneficial!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerDecember 11, 2014 - 3:46 am

    This is such a fantastic idea Amy….I’m entering because the whole “parenting teens” has got a hold on me! As always….touched by your words and holiness!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna PetersDecember 10, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Hi Amy! What a beautiful idea! I love the idea of seeking more, and less! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • AmyDecember 10, 2014 - 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Shawna! I’m right there with you. Merry Christmas to you, too!ReplyCancel

The mood in the car on the way back from Thanksgiving wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic as it was on the way there. We were stuffed. We were spent. And we were a little stressed. Add three days of holiday eating, one sleepless night and doctor calls due to a toddler’s overstuffed belly and ruptured eardrum, one Black…

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  • Tom BaunsgardDecember 1, 2014 - 11:49 pm

    Great observations Amy,
    Frosty, Rudolf and and even the Grinch take us all back to our childhood memories of simpler times not filled with the angst of the everyday struggles. Were you ever in a bad mood when building a snow man?… You don’t see too many with frowns 🙂 I personally get verclempt when we watch “The Polar Express” At age 65 I still hear the Sleigh Bell! All part of the magic and joy of Christmas.
    Glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday and that you made the trip north to Duluth and back to Cities safely. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

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