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Category Archives: Haiti

My Story and Why I’m Saying Goodbye to My Blog of 4 1/2 Years

The story began on Christmas 1985 when I was just nine years old. I received my first camera as a gift that year. It was film, of course. One of those old-fashioned rectangular Kodak cameras, I’m quite sure. $10? $15? $20 max? Who knows how much that camera cost. I might not have known it…

My 40th Birthday. Dreams Surrendered. Gifts Received.

I held two long-standing dreams for my 40th birthday. Run a marathon Take a mission trip to Haiti with my husband Run a Marathon I was going to run Grandma’s Marathon in June 2016 or Twin Cities Marathon in October 2016. The dream to run a marathon for my 40th was serious and alive for a…


I bought her from a street vendor in Haiti. Poverty stricken men begged for our business. They didn’t have to beg me a second for her. I saw her. I wanted her from the minute I laid eyes on her. I bought her for $12. Didn’t barter a cent. She’s worth far more. If she were to break, I…

Proof of God’s Pure Awesomeness

Friends, I’m so excited to share some awesome news with you today! Let’s just say I’ve had a hard time keeping it to myself. I can barely contain the joy, so let’s get right to it! When I went on the sponsor trip to Haiti with Compassion International last February, I met a 2-year-old boy named Charles. I wrote a…

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  • Stephanie GreenDecember 5, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Being a fellow traveler on last months Haiti trip with Tony, I remember meeting Charles, as well. What a happy little boy! What a blessing that you two will be to each other.As for Tony finding you- I am not surprised 🙂 God works mightily through him – he was a blessing to us all!ReplyCancel

    • AmyDecember 6, 2014 - 6:10 am

      So glad you found and read the post, Stephanie, and that you met little Charles, too! What a blessing that you had in that trip to Haiti. As for me, I’d go back any day.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Wendt O'DonnellDecember 5, 2014 - 3:15 am

    Way cool!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah HinojosaDecember 4, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Wow!! God is amazing!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri SiebertDecember 4, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    This story gives me goodbumps and brings brings tears to my eyes, only God could make this happen 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Antonio MaciasDecember 3, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    I’m brought to tears and humbled by this experience. I desire to be used even more by him. I am filled with so much joy. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopDecember 3, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Only God! amen!ReplyCancel

  • Donna McMorrowDecember 3, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    What a wonderful way that God has revealed Himself. Thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless you and Charles.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Heska KingDecember 3, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Oh my word. I’ve got chill bumps!ReplyCancel

    • AmyDecember 3, 2014 - 7:19 pm

      I hear ya, Sandra! This is good stuff. 🙂ReplyCancel

I Had to Fly Away to Find Myself

It sounds dramatic. But it’s true. I had to fly away to find myself. Nearly nine months ago, I found myself alone in a hotel room in Miami, Florida. I’d spent several hours on a flight from Minneapolis, so when I arrived at the hotel, all I wanted to do was get out for a walk…