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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Meet Me At This Moment

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Meet Me At This Moment for Five Minute Friday post! I spend the last two hours of Thursday chatting it up with a group of authentic and inspiring Five Minute Friday bloggers on Twitter (#FiveMinuteFriday #fmfparty). One minute past midnight EST Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker gives us a…

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  • deniseSeptember 28, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    In God’s eyes you are His beautiful daughter, and that is all that matters.ReplyCancel

    • AmySeptember 28, 2012 - 7:49 pm

      Denise, that is simple and beautiful truth. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya PietzSeptember 28, 2012 - 5:31 pm

    Thank you for so eloquently giving words to my own personal struggle and feelings. And for your beautiful reminder of God’s love and acceptance of us. We are ENOUGH…and accepted and loved and beautiful just as we are with all of our fears, failures and FAT! God has given you a gift…thank you for sharing that gift with us and not being afraid of being authentic!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerSeptember 28, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    I can’t even count on one hand or in one instant how much time I consume hating the “fat” but then I had my last child 6 yrs ago and weighed an all time low after her birth (go figure). I think what I actually hate is that the “fat” makes me think I know what others see and think of me, including the Lord. I let it dictate how I approach others and share experiences. sad, really. the real question in my heart is what am I doing to do about it and why haven’t I taken better care of this vessel God gave me! Thank you so much for being real! Real is beautiful on you inside & OUT 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 28, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Ah….. Such adorable angels you have there and YES, you are beautiful and our bodies do change as we have babies and get older but it’s OK to feel like you do. Your true beauty shines from within. Have a wonderful weekend with those angels!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell GroneSeptember 28, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Ah….. So adorable angels you have there and YES, you are beautiful and our bodies do change as we have babies and get older but it’s OK to feel like you do. Your true beauty shines from within. Have a wonderful weekend with those angels!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie Brown (@stefanieybrown)September 28, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    I’ve dealt with weight issues long before I had my little man 9 years ago. I began believing I was my weight. I didn’t know HIM therefore didn’t know who I was to HIM and in HIM. Only a few years ago I began believing who He said I was ~ fearfully and wonderfully made, made in His image.
    I love your heart and your transparency. Beautiful post…ReplyCancel

    • AmySeptember 28, 2012 - 4:33 pm

      Stefanie, thank you for visiting. I’m blessed to have met you through the #CompassionBloggers and #fmfparty networks, and am looking forward to getting to know you even more in the days ahead. Although I have never had any serious weight issues, I have definitely waxed and waned in regards to my body image, which in my mind can be just as destructive to the soul. As I look at the areas of my body I hate worst – my stomach, my butt, my upper thighs, my arms – I need to remember those exact words “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” That is so awesome you have come to a place of peace and can share that with other women.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Downing PitmanSeptember 28, 2012 - 11:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your ‘getting ready in the morning’ blues. It is comforting to know there are others on the journey. The babies are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonSeptember 28, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Monica, very wise thoughts. My eyes were opened last Monday when I saw footage from the Emmys. I had just gone through this whole ordeal and was feeling my fattest and then saw Julie Bowen in her dress, so skinny & svelte. I realized my ideal is this…super skinny & in fact an unrealistic version of beauty. This is not what God intended us to use our time obsessing about, so I hope and pray for all women that we are able to come to a place of peace about our bodies. ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonSeptember 28, 2012 - 9:13 pm

    Thanks Kathleen for your kind and wise words, and for coming to read. I’m delighted to be connected with you through the #fmfparty community. What a wonderful and supportive group of women. ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonSeptember 28, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Yes Emily, it is definitely good to know we are not alone on this journey. Blessings to you!
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  • Amy PedersonSeptember 28, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    Thank you Tanya, that made my day. It is good to know we are not alone.ReplyCancel

Meet Alejandra

September is Blog Month at Compassion International. As a Compassion Blogger, my goal is to share my heart for children in poverty and encourage others to change lives through child sponsorship. This is the last week of Blog Month. As of this afternoon, 715 children still needed sponsors if we are to meet Compassion’s goal of 3,108 children…

Meet Cynthia

It’s a joy to introduce you to sweet Cynthia who unknowingly forever altered my view of “sugar and spice and everything nice!” It was just four days from the start of the new school year for the kids. My husband planned a special trip to an amusement park with my son, so I planned a…

Meet Me At This Moment

September is Blog Month at Compassion International. As a Compassion Blogger, my goal is to share my heart for children in poverty and encourage others to change lives through child sponsorship. This is week number three of Blog Month. As of Monday, 1,515 children in poverty had been sponsored this month! 1,593 sponsorships are left to meet Compassion’s…

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  • Monica Anderson PalmerSeptember 25, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    This is one lesson I need to desperately learn, the letting kids “be” and live present, accepting myself and my family for who they are! Thank you for sharing this! I’m continually amazing & inspired by your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Marie NewfieldSeptember 24, 2012 - 1:49 am

    I have described having three and four children as feeling like there is so much to do there is no way you will ever get it done, but you will get some done. Deciphering what is important that day is a constant, but yes what a privilege and blessing to be able to take time to help others! And yes, that’s what work is like too! Like the 5 minute Friday!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Collins TilsonSeptember 22, 2012 - 10:18 pm

    Amy, it seems as if you are living in my mind lately. So much is just so much when so many have so little. I’ve also been reading 7 by Jen Hatmaker. I have a strong desire to narrow in order to focus more. Glad I’m able to get here again.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle ~ Blogging from the BooniesSeptember 22, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    I hopped over from Twitter. Really like this post. Compassion brings perspective into our lives, doesn’t it?

    I have never tried the Five Minute Friday prompt, but maybe I will one of these weeks!ReplyCancel

  • deniseSeptember 22, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Appreciate your heart.ReplyCancel

  • JennSeptember 21, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    Hi Amy, I am checking in from Lisa-Jo’s. (I was a little late in posting this evening!) I love your post for so many reasons; I am also a Compassion sponsor & blogger, and I can totally relate to all that you said. I feel the weight of a too-wide life at times. It is humbling to think of all the things we allow to stress us out, when so many are at peace with so little. Thanks for sharing; I will certainly be back for more!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonSeptember 29, 2012 - 1:09 am

    EXACTLY….narrow in order to focus more. Thanks for reading Amy. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonSeptember 29, 2012 - 1:08 am

    I love your choice of words, Nicole! “There is no way you will ever get it done, but you will get some done.” Exactly what I need to engrain in my brain! ReplyCancel

Meet Christopher

It is a privilege to introduce you to Christopher, who is in my opinion, the best swimming instructor I’ve met! My children recently completed another round of swimming lessons at Foss Swim School. Having grown up in a household with two master public school teachers, owning a private practice as a speech-language pathologist, and defaulting…

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