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Monthly Archives: February 2013

What Mama Did

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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  • Denise KormanMarch 6, 2013 - 3:30 am

    Tiff, this is a work of art! Love You!ReplyCancel

  • Karrilee AggettFebruary 23, 2013 - 1:38 am

    Oh Amy… this does this Scrapbookers heart good to read! How precious and what a gift to have those memories in books that you can page through and reminisce! I love this!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingFebruary 22, 2013 - 8:09 pm

    Thank you, Amy! This mama (your mama) is so happy that the photo albums you have of your childhood are cherished. It often was a lot of work, but well worth it. The reason I did this for all three of you kids, is because I had very few photos of myself as a child or family photos. When I grew up, pictures were just thrown in a box and when my mom (your grandma) passed away, I was the one that separated all of the photos and sent them off to my brothers, etc. I had decided that when I had children, I would keep all the memories in photo books for each of my children. It has been fun for all of you to look back at the special times we had, and for that I am a very happy mama! 🙂 Someday your kids will really appreciate your work too! You will be a happy mama too when your children say they appreciate them. Thank you SO much for brightening my day! You are a good mama! Love you much! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Becky McLaughlin JohnsonFebruary 22, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    A beautiful post and I love “…and she did what mama did. She filled pages with a lifetime of love.” That’s what mamas do…love!ReplyCancel

  • Becky DayeFebruary 22, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    Love this picture of your Mama capturing moments! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya SalomonsFebruary 22, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Amy? These words are so beautiful… I love how you captured so many memories with the rhythm and dance of time… never skipping a beat – beautiful… simply beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Minnella MarrettaMarch 6, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    I keep saying I am going to make 3 albums but maybe I’ll do photo boxes. LOLReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonMarch 1, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Thanks Karrilee! Sorry for my very late response to your so sweet comment. Glad this post was an encouragement to you, and hoping we won’t be alone again tonight at #fmfparty!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Susan SavolainenFebruary 23, 2013 - 12:36 am

    We always want to make it better for our kids. Great story!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonFebruary 22, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Thank you Becky. You’re so right. 🙂 I have a feeling there’s a lot of love going on in the “What Mama Did” posts today! Can’t wait to check them all out. Have a great weekend.ReplyCancel

Meet Haylee

This girl, this woman in the making? Her name is Haylee. Half my years, I could have a daughter her age if I’d been a teen mom. But this young woman? She inspires me more than most twice my age. We met three years ago. I didn’t expect to meet such a girl, but we…

Love Without An Exit Clause

Today I am honored to share with you a guest post written by a friend from my childhood, Jason Erickson. Jason’s dad sustained a significant traumatic brain injury two years ago. Since the injury, I have been following Jason’s posts on CaringBridge, and have been continually moved by their family’s faithfulness and love for one…

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  • Diane Minnella MarrettaFebruary 15, 2013 - 4:28 am

    What a beautiful story, Amy, i am a friend of ur moms from MB and hadtears reading it -God BlessReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:59 am

    Jason…Your words and thoughts are beyond beautiful! I had tears in my eyes the whole time I read the story that I already knew. I know your mom and dad and they are AMAZING! I always saw the love your mom had for your dad. I also LOVED the twinkle I saw in your dad’s eye and the smile he always had on his face when he was with your mom. I’ve heard that your mom hasn’t missed a day being with your dad since his accident. What a gift she has been to your dad and….what a gift you and Jill and your families are to your parents. We just love your parents and so does the Lord! God bless all of you! Our prayers are always with you! Our love and big hugs to all of you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pam PetersonFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:23 am

    Thank you, Jason, for sharing with us, yet again. The blessings of your Mom & Dad continue through you and your family…what a gift.ReplyCancel

  • Brianne BalogaFebruary 13, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Thank you Kara Erickson and Jason Erickson for sharing your lives with us all. Thank you for helping me to keep my focus on God on loved ones first and foremost. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

  • Barb WilliamsonFebruary 13, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter met your parents when she was nursing in the transitional care unit, and she has been amazed and awed by your mom and dad and the love they share. I think she admires your mom almost more than anyone she knows. Your pride in your parents shines through in your story, and your willingness to share is a reflection of the strong love you were raised with. I have, and will continue to pray for your dad..ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 15, 2013 - 8:48 am

      Dear Barb: It’s so great to hear your daughter’s perspective as a nurse, and how the Erickson’s have touched her life. I’m a speech-language pathologist, and know the lasting impact patients and families can have on health care professionals. I’m sure The Erickson’s are honored to know that your daughter admires them so much, and that they have been able to be an example to her in the midst of such adversity in their own lives. Blessings to you and your daughter. AmyReplyCancel

  • Sharon JohnsonFebruary 13, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Jason, this is wonderful! You have shared something so special with all of us! I know your mom and dad are so proud of you! God bless you all. Thank you for reminding all of us what love is truly about!ReplyCancel

  • Pam PetersonFebruary 13, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    Thank you, Jason, for sharing with us, yet again. The blessings of your Mom & Dad continue through you and your family…what a gift.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya PietzFebruary 13, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    What a beautiful honor and tribute to your parents, Jason Erickson! God has blessed you richly and given you an amazing platform to share His grace, love, peace, strenghly and joy. Like Amy Pederson and so many others, I am blessed to read your CaringBridge posts and so often find myself blessed with just what I need to hear in the words you share. Thank you for that!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Hamdorf OrsburnFebruary 13, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    Thanks Amy for posting this! Jason you are truly amazing and God bless you and your family! You brought me to tears but also helped me to remember the day I made a promise to Chad before God and through thick and thin wouldn’t change a thing! Love you <3.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi PedersenFebruary 14, 2013 - 3:39 am

    Jason’s writings are always so inspirational … God bless their family!ReplyCancel

  • Jill KatzenbergerFebruary 13, 2013 - 11:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing Brianne!ReplyCancel

Why Bare Your Soul?

For the most part, they were crazy kids. They met that first week of school in August. He says they were “trolling for guys,” she says they were exploring the campus and happened to pass by. It wasn’t until April that they started dating. She was 18, he was 21. The girl he dated was much different…

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  • […] years of to love and to cherish means a kiss every morning before work, no matter what. It’s dancing in the hallway when make-up runs and nipples sting from a blocked duct and a toddler dancing to the iPhone in our bed at 7 a.m. It’s committing to change for the […]ReplyCancel

  • Diane Minnella MarrettaFebruary 16, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Beautiful, I almost feel like that was my husband n I because we married when I was 18 and he was 20, 2 years later our first son was born. We are still together 41 yrs later and yes, everyone has there ups n downs.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly@SoulstopsFebruary 9, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    What a beautiful journey you and your beloved have shared as you have bared your souls to each other…Congrats! What a wonderful tribute to both of you, your marriage, and God…thanks, Amy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tonya SalomonsFebruary 9, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    Oh I love this… And I love your movement from young love to steadfast love! What a beautiful story!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Deutsch-ThorntonFebruary 9, 2013 - 12:52 am

    I love love love this Amy! Brought tears to my eyes!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingFebruary 8, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Just beautiful, my beautiful daughter! You have a way with words. And yes, Monica, Seth seeks out Amy every morning to give her a kiss goodbye and every evening to give her a kiss hello. I know he would marry you again! Love you both, my sweet valentines. ::) MomReplyCancel

  • Cathie 'Hardy' PearsonFebruary 8, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Wow, is right…..another beautiful & touching blog Amy!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerFebruary 8, 2013 - 8:51 pm

    a treasure I stumbled upon is a husband seeking out his wife to kiss her goodbye each morning (or at east on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 🙂 I think he’d marry you again a million times over!ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardFebruary 8, 2013 - 8:31 pm

    Wow! Simply Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie GriffinFebruary 8, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    How true that we have to be BARE to our spouses, and how hard that can be! My husband and I are still learning, just two years into marriage. Thank you for sharing your experience.ReplyCancel

  • AmberFebruary 8, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    This, so precious, so true: “Those crazy kids knew not what they would bear, but were brave enough to bare. Are brave enough to bare.” I like how you wove bear/bare together, for they often do go hand-in-hand. Thank you for the beautiful share!ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 4:05 pm

      Thanks Amber! In my desire to stay within the 5 minute timeline, I realized I wrote “bear” instead of “bare” one time. Glad I caught it! Anyway, I like the words paired together as well, and thank you so much for your kind words!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany FemlingFebruary 8, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    You always make my eyes water, when I read your blog! You are very blessed! XO!!!ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 4:02 pm

      Thank you Tiffany!!!! And blessings to you, sister. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julie SunneFebruary 8, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Beautiful, Amy! You are both blessed to find such love in one another.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah L. W. RoszelFebruary 8, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Sounds like you’ve hit on a “secret” to marital success. We were made for fellowship, bare and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I can confirm that with five children and 28 years being bare is still getting better!ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 4:01 pm

      Dear Deborah: Wow, 5 kids and 28 years!! Thank you for stopping by and reading and best wishes to you and your family! I sure pray we’ve hit on a “secret” to marital success that will help us last through the years. I’m bound and determined to keep true to our commitment.ReplyCancel

  • Debi @ FunkiPlanet.comFebruary 8, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Very sweet. Thank you for sharing. Nice tie-dye by the way!ReplyCancel

  • Amy PedersonFebruary 9, 2013 - 2:09 am

    Thank you Stacey! 🙂ReplyCancel

Meet Shawn

His name is Shawn. Big heart, full of joy, filling tanks one by one. The thermometer in the car read -12 degrees. My tank was near empty, approximately 30 miles displayed on my dashboard, and I never know how fully I should trust that man made gauge anyway. Groceries filled the car, and baby too, and…

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  • Tom BaunsgardFebruary 8, 2013 - 5:18 am

    That was great… Thanks for sharing Shawn with us all!ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

      Thanks Tom, I bet you would just love this guy!!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly LeeFebruary 8, 2013 - 5:05 am

    What a great way to highlight Shawn’s help to you…I felt the brr cold as I read your post…and I bet you made his day, Amy…lovely 🙂ReplyCancel

    • AmyFebruary 8, 2013 - 3:58 pm

      Oh thank you so much Dolly. 🙂 It was ridiculously cold that day, but Shawn brought a ray of light that made the cold nearly disappear!ReplyCancel