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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Meet Seth

It is with love that I introduce you to my college sweetheart and husband of 14 years, Seth. In a room full of people, Seth tells me I am the most beautiful. He tells me I look beautiful even when I don’t feel beautiful. He says to our kids “Don’t you have the most beautiful…

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  • DebbieAugust 30, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Amy – This is the first time I read your blog… wow…wow…wow.. Your have a gift and I’m so glad you are using to to enrich my life. Thank you!!
    BTW – I always wanted to attend a Women of Faith conference but never got to it. After reading your blog, I asked a friend if she would like to join & so myself and 3 girlfriends will be attending the ‘Women of faith’ conference on Oct 19 & 20. Thank you..ReplyCancel

  • GretchenAugust 28, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Ah, Amy…the gift of your words to us. I smiled at your description of Seth. I ached for your missed hug with Ann. I smiled at the recognized need for time to be alone. I wish we lived closer.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 28, 2012 - 9:12 pm

      Thanks for visiting Gretchen! Totally agree on the wishing we lived closer…I would recommend a weekly coffee outing! 🙂 I’m planning to touch base via email with some questions I have for you, probably within the next week or two.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleAugust 27, 2012 - 9:47 pm

    Just wonderful! So glad for the renewing experience you had this weekend! Your words paint vivid pictures….ReplyCancel

  • Jessica MilkesAugust 27, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    Tear ran down my eyes as I read the way Seth loves you… Keep writing and I’ll keep reading. Love, your neighbor and friend

    • AmyAugust 27, 2012 - 3:14 pm

      Thank you Jessica. Your comment made my day. Not that I want you to cry, but as far as I’m concerned, if a book/blog/song/movie makes me cry then I consider it to be great. I am honored to know the post touched you in that way. I hope you have a great week and that you feel loved beyond belief. 🙂 AmyReplyCancel

  • SethAugust 27, 2012 - 10:35 am

    What a fun surprise to see this post, babe! You ARE the most beautiful woman in the room. You ARE the best mama to our three awesome kids. And you DESERVED every second of your weekend! I love you always!ReplyCancel

Meet Bethchaida

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

Meet Mick

It is my privilege to introduce you to Mick! My encounter with Mick was truly extraordinary in that he managed to capture my attention like no other store employee has been able. In fact, Mick exhibits qualities so exemplary that if we all lived as he does, the world would be a much better place….

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  • SandieAugust 16, 2012 - 9:24 pm

    Mick is one third of the Danger Committee. The other two being his former juggling partner and a new person. Mick used to be part of the Dew Drop Jugglers and has performed at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for many years. He is very good with the yo-yo as it used to be part of his act with Dew Drop. It was interesting to find out that he has day job.

    You need to go to the Ren Fest and watch the Danger Committee at work.

    I enjoyed your blog.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 21, 2012 - 9:57 pm

      Hi Sandie! We do have plans to attend the Renaissance Festival sometime in September. Can’t wait to see The Danger Committee perform! Thanks for reading the post. AmyReplyCancel

  • NikkiAugust 15, 2012 - 9:52 am

    WOW! I have seen him…and now I know what I was missing. His spirit! Wonderful post. thank you for sharing. and I hope your son picks the yo-yo up again another day…. 😉ReplyCancel

  • JoanAugust 13, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    Wow, my friends daughter is Mick’s wife! Cool article, nice job!!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 13, 2012 - 9:28 pm

      Hi Joan, thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyAugust 11, 2012 - 5:40 pm

    I remember he seemed to be a cool guy! I was almost tempted to ask if he was single.ReplyCancel

  • KatAugust 8, 2012 - 6:40 pm

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece about my brother-in-law. He is all those wonderful things and more. He is such a fantastic person with a great perspective on life.ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 8, 2012 - 9:58 pm

      Hi Kat! YOU MADE MY DAY! Thank you for reading and taking the time to let me know you found the post. I’m glad it reflects who you know Mick to be. It was such an honor to meet him, and I am hoping to catch one of his shows sometime. May God bless you, Mick & your family. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • brendaAugust 8, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    I want to go buy a yo yo from Mick!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieAugust 8, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    I’ve lived in MN for 5 years now and have seen The Danger Committee (formerly known as The Dew Drop Jugglers) each year at the Renaissance Festival and have had the privilege of seeing them at the Brave New Workshop as well. The group is fantastic…well worth the time and money to see them!! And, Mick (also known as Bald Guy) is a wonderful performer and all-around good guy. You made a great find at that store. It’s wonderful that you recognized it and shared it so eloquently. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 8, 2012 - 1:50 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m so glad we decided to go back to the Mall of America that second day, otherwise I would have never known any of this about Mick and The Danger Committee. Now I will put be putting the Renaissance Festival on my short list. What is “Brave New Workshop?”ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 8, 2012 - 11:29 am

    If your family gets the chance, go check out The Danger Committee at the Renn Fest. You and your kids will not be disappointed!!! They are a phenomenal performance group filled with excitement and comedy. I have 3 boys aged 5-11 and took them every year to the performance. We ALWAYS walked away fulfilled!!!!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

      Hi Sarah! When I took a quick peek at their schedule, I noticed they were performing at the Renaissance Festival! I might just have to see if we can squeeze in a visit. I know my son would love them!ReplyCancel