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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meet My Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

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

Meet Jessica

It is my pleasure to introduce you to my friend and our family photographer, Jessica! Be prepared, this post is loaded with family photographs and full of love and admiration for Jessica. I LOVE photographs. I’ve been behind the camera since I received my first as a gift in fifth grade. Taking pictures is the…

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  • […] guest post was NOT in order for this special mama! I teamed with my favorite photographer Jessica (previously featured in this post) who generously offered the family a complimentary family photo session, and asked Tamara’s […]ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Marie NewfieldOctober 18, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Such wonderful photos, each one! They are treasures!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingOctober 15, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    I love all of the pictures that Jessica took here in your Blog! Brings back memories. 🙂 I also love the new photo of you, Amy! Once again, Jessica did an awesome job! I can hardly wait to see your new Christmas family photo.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingOctober 15, 2012 - 1:36 pm

    I LOVE the new picture Jessica took of you by yourself, Amy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TiffanyOctober 10, 2012 - 7:06 pm

    I was brought to tears looking back at the photographs that Jessica has taken. I guess that is what we are all looking for… true emotion. Thanks to Jessica for capturing such truth!ReplyCancel

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 hour 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 single word prompt and we all…

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  • WendyOctober 6, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    Love that these girls made you feel welcome by loving on your baby. I see that same thing in my small group girls. Their desire to love on little ones. So sweet. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny GaffordOctober 6, 2012 - 1:57 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my “welcome” post!
    I loved reading yours too. It’s hard to connect with the younger generations but there are little moments like the one you described above where we can. Thanks for sharing that story.ReplyCancel

  • PattieOctober 5, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Awesome post! My girls are the middle- and high-school dancers. I am still amazed I birthed them, as uncoordinated as I tend to be!ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 5, 2012 - 1:33 pm

      Pattie, I wish I was as coordinated and as skilled as these dancers too! I just love watching them dance and think they’re fabulous. Enjoy those dancers of yours. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NikkiOctober 5, 2012 - 10:34 am

    There is hope, isn’t there…no lost causes.
    What a wonderful moment!

    thank you for allowing those girls to reveal themselves. what joy!

    and always a joy to chat with you at #FMFParty 🙂ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 5, 2012 - 1:30 pm

      Thanks Nikki! I love your perspective…”no lost causes.” That’s right. I always feel blessed when I take a moment to really see those around me. So grateful to be connected to you. I’m planning on popping over to a bunch of the #fmfparty posts later tonight. Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

  • susanOctober 5, 2012 - 10:00 am

    How precious. I love the image of those young ladies pausing to love on your baby. What a beautiful thing that was!ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 5, 2012 - 1:27 pm

      Thanks Susan for reading. I was bummed I didn’t have a photo to go with this post, but I’m grateful the text alone provided you enough to be able to create a beautiful and precious image in your mind. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny GaffordOctober 8, 2012 - 1:58 pm

    Yes, I am on Twitter. @ginnygafford is my name.ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonOctober 8, 2012 - 3:01 am

    Thanks Ginny! Are you on Twitter? If not, we should get connected there as well! I’ll have to check out your blog again and see if you have Twitter link. Thanks for stopping by, and YES, I’m glad I had the opportunity to connect with the younger generation. It’s a rarity given our lifestyles are so different. Maybe I’ll catch you again next Friday?! ReplyCancel

Meet Elsa & Hannah

It is my pleasure to introduce you to my daughter Elsa and her friend Hannah, two girls that represent the next generation of moms! I have had this post on my heart for months, so I am happy to be able to finally share it with you today. Months ago, Elsa had her friend Hannah…

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  • Lisa V.January 7, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Amen, Amy! Thanks for sharing your heart…your thoughts are so encouraging to me. Thank you! Love…LVReplyCancel

  • Jennifer 'Wiltfang' GoodOctober 8, 2012 - 3:31 am

    Funny that I read this tonight. I was just pondering if I’m doing a “good enough” job as I put the kids to bed this evening. I was running through a list of “should do’s” and inadequacies I feel in my head. Thank you for reminding me that I’m probably doing a fine job, even if they did eat only popcorn for dinner tonight 🙂ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 26, 2012 - 11:18 am

      Jen – I am just seeing this comment now. I am SO, SO grateful that you read the post on a day where it fit perfectly in your life as a mom. My hopes as a new blogger have been fulfilled by a comment like this….to give someone hope, to encourage, to let them know we are not alone on the journey. And the kids are just fine even though popcorn is all it was that night, right? 🙂 Thanks for reading. AmyReplyCancel

  • Nicole Marie NewfieldOctober 3, 2012 - 2:47 am

    Yes, so well said! I will be telling moms I work with about this post!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonOctober 2, 2012 - 2:55 am

    Oh how I LOVE what you write. There’s so much kindness, acceptance, warmth, and grace in what you say. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonOctober 3, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Thanks for reading Jennifer. I’m glad you connected with the post. I agree that the parenting books need a little dose of reality so we don’t feel so inadequate and/or ill-prepared for motherhood. There also needs to be continued dialogue among moms so we stop judging one another for this and that. ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Sussman KreamerOctober 3, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    That’s perfect. Wish all those parenting book authors would read this!ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonOctober 2, 2012 - 3:50 am

    Thank you Rachel.ReplyCancel