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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Meet Shawna

It is my honor to introduce you to Shawna whose actions served as inspiration for this blog! I first met Shawna at a Home & Garden show early March 2011. I was strolling through the exhibits with my family and we happened upon Shawna’s booth which featured handmade flower clips. The beauty of the flowers…

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  • BobAugust 2, 2012 - 6:22 pm

    While in a classroom setting, students and I do share space, ideas, time, and concerns. Middle school students do see and feel when others care.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 5, 2012 - 10:02 pm

      Bob, it’s good to hear these things are being cultivated in the next generation.ReplyCancel

  • Shawna PesinaJuly 30, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    I am so very touched by your beautiful words Amy…I am crying now, after reading your first post. :*) How amazing it is to have God put amazing people in our paths at just the time you need them…I am so grateful for your generosity Amy…I still remember the day I met you and your sweet little girl, my heart flew out of my chest when I was able to make her smile. It is my joy in life to make others happy and share the gifts God has given me to do so. God bless you sweet lady, and thank you for giving me the gift you have given me with your words.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2012 - 2:50 am

      Shawna, I’m so glad you were touched by the post. You certainly made a huge impression on me, so I am glad I was able to bless you with my telling of the story. This blog is forever in your honor…your kind actions, joyful presence, and demonstration of excellence were more than noteworthy in my mind. Thank you for sharing your gifts.ReplyCancel

Meet Anne

It is my joy to introduce you to Anne! If I were to name someone the Godmother of my blog, it would be Anne. She embodies everything I want this blog to be about. I have been taking Anne’s cardio kickboxing class at Lifetime Fitness for six years. Being a group fitness junkie, I have tried almost…

Meet Dan

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dan! The details of this interaction with Dan have very little to do with the fact that he is my pastor. In fact, this story tells of an extraordinary encounter with a fellow human being who pushed beyond the status quo. I arrived at church late that…

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  • TiffanyAugust 4, 2012 - 11:53 am

    I feel that it’s very important to be honest when someone asks how we are doing. Being honest makes the honest good times that much better. Someone responded to my answer of, “good,” with … that’s better than some can say right now. Much appreciation to those who take the time to hear an honest answer. We need to slow down once in awhile and truly listen.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 5, 2012 - 10:03 pm

      You’re right Tiffany. 🙂ReplyCancel

Meet Tiffany and Raegan

It is my honor to introduce you to two living miracles, my sister Tiffany and my niece Raegan. Tiffany and Raegan are thriving against all odds. My sister has given permission to share this story, and my parents have given their blessing as well. If you start reading this post, I suggest reading to the…

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  • […] 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 […]ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Lynn GroenwoldJune 9, 2015 - 3:11 pm

    What a powerful message this is for other mentally ill people! God certainly has placed the gift of Raegan into the arms of your families. We are constantly praying for all involved in Tiffany’s life. God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany FemlingJune 9, 2015 - 3:25 am

    If you have not read? Sharing this story for Raegan’s 5th birthday today. Thanks for reading!ReplyCancel

  • […] my sister’s first baby, I weighed 151 […]ReplyCancel

  • MomtoJADEJanuary 5, 2015 - 8:37 am

    Absolutely amazing! Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 5, 2015 - 10:39 am

      Thank you very much, MomtoJADE. It’s an honor to have you stop by and read this post.ReplyCancel

  • […] I had to stop, catch my breath, let the tears stream quietly. For nine years ago, dear sister was lost and in trouble on these streets of Venice Beach. We got on a plane and spent days here, hoping and praying, walking and running, following and chasing, desperately trying to entice sister back home and save her from destruction. But our efforts failed, and it was six years of trauma and drama before there were any signs of hope. […]ReplyCancel

  • SamAugust 15, 2012 - 9:49 pm

    Wonderfully written, Amy. Reading this sent me on a journey of memories I wish I didn’t have, but they are real and need to be honored. The memories also bring personal feelings of guilt, sadness, anger and helplessness. Those six years changed many people, and I feel we all learned life lessons in the process. We are so fortunate to have Tiff in our lives, in a positive and healthy way. Much love…ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 25, 2012 - 11:17 pm

      Sam, I know what you mean. When I have gone back and looked through my writings from those years, it has been painful. It brings me to a place I don’t want to think about, a place I want to forget, feelings I want to discard. But, I have also found great healing in writing this post, of going through the motions, recalling each event, seeing the miracles that took place. Knowing we have Tiffany AND Raegan in our lives and that things could be much, much worse after all we went through. Knowing there is purpose for each and every one of our lives. May God bless you for being in Tiffany’s life, too.ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 6, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    MOST OF ALL… I thank my sister for all of her thoughts, prayers and help! and to you…ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 4, 2012 - 12:09 pm

    A big thanks to my sister, Amy, for keeping track of our journey. And to everyone else for all of their thoughts and prayers. The ups and downs still happen, though they are better controlled. I look forward to what the future holds for Raegan and I. I hope by reading my story… you were helped in some way… or you came to a better understanding of what it’s like to live with addiction and mental illness. I’d like to continue to help other people with my story. May god lift all of us up… when we are down.ReplyCancel

  • Sara F.August 1, 2012 - 2:02 am

    Beautifully written, love.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 1, 2012 - 2:18 am

      Thank you Sara. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jessica MilkesJuly 30, 2012 - 6:28 pm

    Amy thank you for sharing this story!! I’m so happy that you have given me the privilege to know your family & to take your photographs (and Tiffany’s). It’s so special to me to see people through my lens. I remember Tiffanys maternity session like it was yesterday and knowing no one was sure if baby Regan would live… That was a very very special shoot for me-probably one of the most memorable. I’m enjoying your blog. You have a great gift!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2012 - 2:58 am

      Thanks Jessica! I so appreciate you taking time to check out my blog! I, too, will never forget that maternity photo session you did with my sister, and am so grateful you have captured so many moments of our lives through your beautiful photography. I think one day I will have to feature you!!ReplyCancel

  • TriciaJuly 30, 2012 - 4:52 pm

    Tears!!! They just won’t stop coming! I so remember the start of this journey for your family and praying many times thru many tears. I have always believed in Gods amazing miracles, but what a gift to be a witness of one:):):)!!! I am so proud of the woman you have become, Tiffany! And so proud to call you a friend, amy!!! Thanks for sharing tiff and Raegen’s story…God’s miracle!!!! What a blessing!!!! Love you all!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2012 - 2:55 am

      Tricia, thank you for being with us for so much of this journey, and for ALL of the prayers you sent up on behalf of my sister and our family. I remember thinking that we had so many prayer requests I almost became embarrassed or worried that we were becoming an annoyance! There was just so much going on…one thing after the next. It should be no surprise that God was able to carry us through and performed these amazing miracles in my sister’s life. Thank you friend. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MonicaJuly 30, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    God is GOOD! Your story inspires! You are a living-walking-breathing miracle! Thank you for sharing and allowing your journey to be shared. It’s going to touch lives, change people, awaken the complacent! May the Lord’s face shine upon you every day & give you deep peace!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2012 - 2:51 am

      Thank you Monica for encouragement for my sister. It is my prayer as well that the Lord’s face will shine upon my sister every day and give her peace.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian WagnerJuly 30, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Thank you so much Tiffany and Amy for your courage to share this story. Truly inspiring and a true testimony to God’s goodness.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2012 - 2:44 am

      Thank you so much Jillian for reading. I couldn’t have said it better; my sister’s story is “a true testimony to God’s goodness.” AmyReplyCancel