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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Having and Holding for 15 Years

We were college sweethearts, among the first of our friends to get married. I was just 5 days from 22. He was 24. They say youth is a predictor of divorce, of marriages doomed to fail, but I say the success of marriage has nothing to do with youth and everything to do with faith….

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  • Jessica Gundrum SchachelmayerJune 28, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Awesome Amy! Congrats to you on your special day!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Revak MilkesJune 28, 2013 - 12:56 am

    Amy that was beautiful! You inspire me and I love that we nearly share an anniversary :). ReplyCancel

  • Mary CarlsonJune 27, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    To have a successful marriage, you have to live your vows. For 15 years you have done just that. You “get it”. You don’t give up or throw in the towel when things get difficult…you work through it TOGETHER. And when things to well, you enjoy and celebrate TOGETHER. What a wonderful example you are to your children, family and friends. I wish you many happy anniversaries, not just today, but in the years to come as well. (PS – my aunt & uncle Ollie and Gil Johnson just had their 66th anniversary on June 14th – you’ve a ways to go!).ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJune 27, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    Well said, my beautiful daughter. You and Seth always make marriage look so easy, but I know that you work very hard at everything “together”, in love. Thank you to both of you for always being there for our immediate family through all the years of ups and downs that we’ve endured. Seth..you have great patience for us, your in-laws! Thank you! Amy.. you have great love for us! Thank you! You two are a match made in heaven. HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY, Amy and Seth! Love you both SO MUCH! Mom 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nicole NewfieldJune 27, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    This is wonderfully said! Happy 15th Anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Seth PedersonJune 27, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Wow. This is the best anniversary gift ever! I love you too, my beautiful wife, for this 15 years and the next forever.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerJune 27, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    by far the sweetest thing I’ve read lately! I love your heart!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJune 27, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Well said, my beautiful daughter. You and Seth always make marriage look so easy, but I know that you work at everything “together” in love. Thank you to both of you for always being there for our immediate family though all the ups and downs we’ve endured. Seth–you have great patience for us, your in-laws!! Thank you! You two are a perfect match. I wish you many more years of wedded bliss. HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY, Amy and Seth!!! Love you both SO MUCH!!! Mom 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lantz AdamsJune 27, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Perfect. Happiest of Anniversaries to you.ReplyCancel

  • Shawna Van Roekel PetersJune 27, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Beautiful, Amy. Incredible post. ReplyCancel

  • Sydney LarsonJune 27, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    That was beautiful and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Cathie 'Hardy' PearsonJune 27, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Beautiful, Amy! Happy Anniversary to you & Seth!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy AdamsJune 27, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Perfect. Happiest of anniversaries to you.ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Thank you Jessica! I love that we share such similar anniversaries & birthdays…it’s pretty cool! Still thinking a joint 40th birthday party might be in order this winter! 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    Thank you very much, mom. I don’t know about making marriage look so easy, but I do believe we try to invest in it as much as we can. And you’re welcome for the being there. You never know where life will lead, and that is one certainty we know very well. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Gayle Paul- McCrackenJune 28, 2013 - 5:07 am

    Happy Anniversary Amy and Seth! Very inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 12:49 am

    Uh, ya! Ollie and Gil have a good 51 years on us! Most people don’t get married young enough nor live long enough to reach an anniversary that great! How wonderful for them…66 years together in marriage, such a unique milestone these days!ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Thanks Monica, I so appreciate your sweet and sincere response.ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 12:40 am

    Thanks Shawna. 🙂 ReplyCancel

  • Amy B. PedersonJune 28, 2013 - 12:39 am

    Thanks so much Cathie! ReplyCancel

  • Karen Willey FrieseJune 27, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to the 2 of you!!!ReplyCancel

Sweet Charlotte: Celebrating An Angel Baby’s 1st Birthday

In Loving Memory of Charlotte 6/21/12 – 4/27/13 Today, a mama’s 1st birthday wish for her angel baby Charlotte is that we “will continue to follow and share her story.” Charlotte’s mama wants more than anything for us to “Spread the word about Spinal Muscular Atrophy so that other families will be spared the pain…

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  • VickiJune 24, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Amy, your heart is so loving and beautiful. Thank you for sharing Charlotte’s story and bringing awareness to SMA.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJune 26, 2013 - 9:44 am

      Thank you, Vicki. It’s an honor to share stories of these precious babies and bring awareness to SMA. Hoping and praying, for the sake of children and families, that a cure for SMA is discovered sooner rather than later!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleJune 22, 2013 - 7:01 am

    No words. Thank you so much for sharing Charlotte’s story. Knowing she and Ben are smiling down.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJune 22, 2013 - 10:35 pm

      Nicole, I’m so glad you found the post, and thank you for sharing it with your friends, too. I am certain Charlotte’s Facebook page came through my feed because of you, and for that I am grateful. I love that you share the SMA stories. I have been beyond blessed by Charlotte’s story, and know thousands of others have as well. I can’t imagine the comfort it must bring you knowing sweet Ben & Charlotte are together, SMA-free, in heaven today. May this knowledge continue to bring you peace, day after day, until once again, you are reunited. 🙂 Hope you are having a wonderful summer with your 3 girls, Nicole.ReplyCancel

Living Blindly Is No Longer An Option

I was folding laundry, a medium load with lime green polka dotted pajamas, Hawaiian print sundresses, and neon pink shorts. My 8-year-old popped in wondering what she could do to pass time. “I don’t know what to do,” she said. Suggesting creativity was in order, I asked her to think outside the box. Moments later,…

How To Be A Father

As a mother of a tween boy, I often wonder what my son needs to know if he becomes a father one day. It’s simple, really. No need to overanalyze. Show up. Step up to the plate. And be there. So Fathers? Let’s do this. Because mothers need you. Children need you. The health of…

Turning Wishes Into Dreams Come True

  It’s been in her a while now, this yearning to break free. She’s spent a lifetime doing just what she should. But should brings with it a heavy weight of expectations, and when you live under a burden as heavy as that, eventually you have to get out from under. Because expectations filled with should…