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There are some stories I’m simply not willing to water down or skip over details for the sake of a reader-friendly 500-1,000 word blog post. This is one of those stories. This, in honor of our brothers and sisters in Haiti, especially Antonio. I watched the sun rise over Haiti. It was Tuesday, October 16,…

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  • Jennifer CampFebruary 11, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    Amy, I am so thankful you republished this post. I devoured every word. And my heart is aching and my mind is reeling and I wonder what God is trying to show me through your beautiful example, your giving, love-poured out heart. So, for right now, I can only say I am so grateful for how you show, through your words here, what is looks like to say ‘yes’ and trust the love and blessings He has given you are, without hesitation, to give away. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 13, 2014 - 2:23 pm

      Jennifer, thank you. You have no idea how much of a blessing it was to wake to your comment in my inbox yesterday morning. This post is near and dear to my heart, so it’s a true honor to have anyone read it in full and understand the heart I have attached to it. I can’t find the quote now, but what’s the saying? Once you’ve seen need, you can no longer act as if it doesn’t exist? Ya. That’s what happened to me that day. I saw the need. I experienced it for myself. No longer am I ignorant, so I must act, do something, anything. Love what you saw in this story…it’s the giving away of the love and blessings He’s given us, without hesitation. As always, I am blessed by your heart.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany FemlingFebruary 10, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Reading your blog … event just looking at the pictures sometimes. Then, reading bits and pieces at a time … usually makes me cry. Happy to see happy! ReplyCancel

She knew she was going to pack that pink bag long before she did. Onesies, flannel baby blankets, and long sundresses filled it quickly. At the bottom, she placed a necklace and earrings she bought on an island years ago. They were beautiful, but never felt right on her, so they sat brand new in…

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Today, it is an honor and pleasure to introduce you to my brothers and sisters in Haiti. Fellow human beings. Moms. Dads. Brothers. Sisters. Grandmas. Grandpas. Aunties. Uncles. Children. All of us, all of them, children of God. I am honored, their lives are honored by anyone who takes time to read this whole story….

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  • […] overdue follow-up post from our day in Haiti while on a Royal Caribbean cruise in October 2012. Click here to read my original post about our day in […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Our one day in Haiti, the day that changed me forever. (Read full post here.) […]ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardOctober 26, 2012 - 9:55 pm

    Amazing how simple it is to do the right things when you put them into the proper perspective, God’s Perspective. Thanks for sharing this very moving reality Amy, and the wonderful experience you allowed your children to partake of.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonOctober 26, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    What a touching story. I’m sure I will feel much like this in my trip to Africa in January. Thank you for reminding me of many things.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany FemlingOctober 26, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Amy! Yet again, I was moved to tears. Nice job being the generous and loving you!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonOctober 27, 2012 - 10:45 am

    To Tanzania to a girl’s school there. Then on a couple of safari’s and to Zanzibar on the way home.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie GossardOctober 27, 2012 - 1:01 am

    Where in Africa are you going?ReplyCancel

It is my honor to introduce you to Bethchaida, the sweet girl our family recently began sponsoring through Compassion International. Although I have never met this precious child and only know her by one photograph and a few paragraphs in the child sponsorship packet we received just days ago, I can say with confidence that God…

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  • Chrystal valenceAugust 28, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Amy, I am honored to know you let alone be related to you! Thanks for sharing yout heart. May people gain compassion through you!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 28, 2012 - 9:14 pm

      Thanks, Chrystal! I’m glad you found the link to my blog and am grateful for your kind words. I only wish that we lived closer so I could come and see you and/or Ben speak, see those little ones, and hang out! Missing you all a lot…ReplyCancel

  • Nicole NewfieldAugust 23, 2012 - 11:15 pm

    Wonderful and inspiring. Great info on how to sponsor a child. Beautiful pictures and words!ReplyCancel

  • The NesterAugust 21, 2012 - 9:41 am

    Bethchaida is absolutely precious. Thank you so much for sharing your journey, Amy.

    Love to you.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 25, 2012 - 11:14 pm

      Thank you all for taking time to read and for your sweet encouragement. AmyReplyCancel

  • LoriettaAugust 20, 2012 - 10:40 am

    I feel that it is amazing that you are able to *bare your soul* as many are not able to that. I for one, could never voluntarily do what you do. Many things in my life, I keep private, especially to family members. Weird huh! It’s probably why I hardly chat on the phone – and when I do, I keep it to the bare minimum. God Bless you Amy–someday perhaps I will be moved to change but not today.

    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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