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Monthly Archives: January 2013

To the Powers That Be: This Mama’s Perspective

To the Powers that Be: As we sat around the Christmas tree that evening, grandma asked if we would each share something we were grateful for in 2012 and something we were looking forward to in 2013. When it came time for my son to share his gratitude for the past and hope for the…

Meet Barb

Today, I am so excited to introduce you to my childhood friend’s mom, Barb, who has stolen my heart with her homemade pickles since I was a little child! Again and again and again. I could eat those pickles all day long, every day, all year round. Those pickles, there when I was a child. On…

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  • Ruth LofgrenFebruary 3, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    Amy – I was moved by your article “Meet Barb.” I am especially pleased to find out how many people love those pickles which started with Margaret Mages, my mother, back in the 1940s, if not before. Your mother Carol said she had heard about them when she taught in Morton where my mother lived.

    Also, kudos to Barb who has always been the Kool-
    Aid Mom on the block and now Kool-Aid Grandmother!

    Very poetic writing – who were your English teachers?

    Ruth L.ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 3:55 pm

      Hi Ruth: Thanks for stopping by! When you mentioned the original recipe came from your mother, I recalled my mom telling me that years ago! How fascinating the connections that go way back with those pickles! Blessings to you and/or your mom for sharing the recipe; I have enjoyed those delicious pickles for my entire life and hope I can learn to can someday to make my own pickles. Will you and Barb be sharing the recipe with Jamie & Ann so the tradition can continue if they choose? Also, thank you for your kind compliment about my writing. I certainly had GREAT English teachers! 🙂 AmyReplyCancel

  • KarinJanuary 26, 2013 - 10:01 pm

    Oh this is so sweet, Amy! What a beautiful *thank you*. You reminded me of my mom’s pickles… she has early dementia and doesn’t cook much anymore. Such good childhood memories you just brought back. Thank you and bless you today. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ann SchwartzJanuary 26, 2013 - 11:47 am

    Where is her blogReplyCancel

  • Ann SchwartzJanuary 26, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Wonderful writingReplyCancel

  • Deb Hathaway HunterJanuary 26, 2013 - 1:35 am

    My sister-in-law send me homemade pickles every year for Christmas… it just would NOT be the holidays without them. It is nice to read there are more pickle lovers out there! Thanks for sharing a part of you.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly LeeJanuary 26, 2013 - 1:12 am

    Hi Amy,
    What a beautiful tribute to Barb…and your love of her pickles…such love an so many fond memories…P.S. Thanks for tweeting the Shaun Groves post…a gift from God.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara MatalamakiJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:42 pm

    Oh, Amy, Bill and I both have tears in our eyes, and I am crying on my iPad. What a sweet thing to do…Loved the pickle praise…you are treasure!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:20 pm

    Love your blog today, Amy! Love Barb’s pickles myself! I just texted Barb and told her to read this. I know she will be pleased. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • FionaJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:02 pm

    Love that you use your words to honour and exhort! What a gift!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:16 pm

      Thank you very much Fiona.ReplyCancel

  • deniseJanuary 25, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    Such a sweet tribute.ReplyCancel

  • memoirsofalgeishaJanuary 25, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Hi Amy! I’m so glad to have found your blog through FMF. What wonderful memories those pickles evoke! Want to send me a jar 😉ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 25, 2013 - 10:15 pm

      Aly, I am honored that you stopped by all the way from Guatemala! I just checked out your blog and am really interested in the work you are doing. May you be tremendously blessed as you live out your life in faith being a voice for those in need.ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:06 am

    Hi Dolly, I noticed you retweeted my tweet about Shaun’s post. His post was SO great. I’m glad it was a gift for you as it was for me. Reading and sharing the best of the best blog posts is by far my favorite thing to do on Twitter, so I’m glad you found that one. Happy weekend and thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:00 am

    Thanks for stopping by Deb! Yes, I’m a huge pickle lover in general, but ADORE Barb’s pickles in particular. They are seriously delicious. I think I could eat a whole jar at once, but would probably end up sick. She definitely has a gift. ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJanuary 26, 2013 - 3:58 am

    Thank you for letting Barb know, and glad you liked the post! I had a feeling you would. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJanuary 26, 2013 - 3:56 am

    BARB! Glad you were able to read the post. I was going to write you a thank you note, but thought this would be a more fitting tribute since I adore your pickles so much! 🙂 I REALLY enjoyed that jar…I ate it all by myself. Seth and the kids didn’t get any!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJanuary 26, 2013 - 3:52 am

    Tell me about it Molly! It’s only been a week, and I’m already ready for another jar. I’m just glad to know I haven’t had my last!ReplyCancel

  • Molly AdamsJanuary 26, 2013 - 12:09 am

    That’s so sweet :). Makes me hungry for pickles!ReplyCancel

Meet Me At This Moment: Cherished

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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  • Alia Boston HagenbachJanuary 18, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    I love this! We have the honor of sponsoring children through Compassion in Africa and it’s been a bigger blessing to us in some ways. My heart leaps at their letters, their drawings, their pictures as they grow. Praying you get to Haiti and pour out all of that love!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth WalkerJanuary 18, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Here from Lisa-Jo’s. Thanks for sharing your heart for Compassion children. I, too, hope to one day take a sponsor trip to visit our sponosered child in the Dominican Republic. What a blessing they are to us, even as we help provide for them. Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • Holly @ The Belle MereJanuary 18, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    How great is that! I love your compassion and cherishing heart. Keep on being you.ReplyCancel

  • Becky DayeJanuary 18, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    Had the privilege of travelling to the DR this past November and working with several different Compassion sites. Such a joy to meet so many precious children whose lives are so blessed by sponsorship. What a worthy goal and desire that God has laid on your heart, Amy! Praying for you as you pursue His will!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 18, 2013 - 2:50 pm

      Hi Becky! I’m thinking you might be able to answer a question I have about the sponsor trips. Are you able to visit a number of different child development centers? Do you meet your child and their family at the child development center or at their home, or both? Our sponsored child told us it takes her about 38 minutes to get to the child development center. Would love to hear more details about your experience!ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonJanuary 18, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth! I watched a father and son speak about their Compassion sponsor trip and they said they wouldn’t trade it for the world. Hope you are able to make that trip one day too! 🙂ReplyCancel

Meet Shannon: Love’s Memory

Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Shannon O’Donnell, a writer I recently connected with online! This week, Shannon launches her book Love’s Memory: The Scotts of Mountain Ridge Book One, which she describes as “a story of one woman’s journey to wholeness.” I’ve had the pleasure of reading Shannon’s book this week….

Meet Me At This Moment: Dive

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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  • StephaniJanuary 12, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    This post inspired me! As I read, I began to think about my photography and writing and well how I pretty much like to do everything perfectly or not at all (which leads to a lot of not at all moments). This makes me want to just do it as they say and find the pretty in the imperfection. Thanks, this is just what I needed as I groan about not enough time to do the things I want to do. It’s really that I don’t have enough time to do them all perfectly. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly LeeJanuary 11, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Good for you, Amy, for diving into God’s unique plan for you…Cheering for you..We were on the same wavelength this week for FMF…Thanks for sharing the video 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LeahJanuary 11, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Yes the muck. mud, and ugliness. So distasteful, yet easier to just make do with it; shrug it off as “that’s just life”.
    I think deep down we all care a lot more about what others think than we care to admit. Only the brave and “foolish” plow ahead anyway. Thanks for the words.

    • AmyJanuary 11, 2013 - 12:05 pm

      Leah, interesting perspective that it’s much easier to make do or shrug it off. You are so right in that. I’ve come to the point where I’m tired of responding the same way, living the same way and am ready for a new path. Thanks much and blessings! AmyReplyCancel

  • Becky RoodeJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:23 am

    P.S. GREAT music choice – I LOVE Mumford and Sons! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Becky RoodeJanuary 11, 2013 - 11:20 am

    This was such a great post!
    It is so very easy to get stuck in the every day muck and mire. Praise God that He is leading you to a place where you no longer believe the lies the enemy of our souls tells.
    Dive in, girlfriend! God has so much planned for you! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 11, 2013 - 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much Becky for the encouragement! And yes…I love Mumford and Sons too! I just told my husband this week I’d love to see them perform live.ReplyCancel