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Monthly Archives: September 2013

31 Days of Letters to the Unthanked

In October, I’ll be participating in one of the largest blog link-ups that exists, 31 Days hosted by The Nester. This year, in 31 Day’s 5th year, over 1,500 bloggers are participating! The challenge is to choose a topic and write about it for 31 days straight. All of the bloggers who participate link-up their series on The…

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  • […] creating Facebook and Twitter covers for the blog, and last but not least, she’ll design my #31Days graphic for […]ReplyCancel

  • Barbara MatalamakiNovember 2, 2013 - 10:59 am


  • Karena Lenore KregerOctober 5, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    What a fantastic series idea! I might have to steal this sometime to spur the habit of intentional thankfulness in me. (In fact, this would make an excellent link up some day once your series is done.) Question, did you let the people know you were writing about them? Did you send them letters or just post it here?ReplyCancel

  • Karrilee AggettOctober 1, 2013 - 3:05 am

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to see your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa ZahnOctober 1, 2013 - 12:34 am

    I love your topic, Amy! Found you via your Twitter follow and am happy to be here. I will follow along! I’m writing #31Days of Radical Self Care at my site http://lisazahn.com/31-days-of-radical-self-care-an-overview/.ReplyCancel

  • Haylee SchroederSeptember 30, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    Awesome! I look forward to it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerSeptember 30, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    super excited-can’t wait!ReplyCancel

When Hope’s The Only Thing You Need

September is Blog Month at Compassion International, and this year’s goal is 3,160 children sponsored by September 30, 2013. As of September 17th, 1,747 children had been sponsored during blog month. Way to go! We’re well on our way to meeting the goal! As a Compassion Blogger, my goal is to share my heart for children in…

When You Really Need To Step Right Out

September is Blog Month at Compassion International, and this year’s goal is 3,160 children sponsored by September 30, 2013! As a Compassion Blogger, my goal is to share my heart for children in poverty and encourage others to change lives through child sponsorship. If you’ve ever felt called to sponsor a child, I strongly encourage you to…

For Moms Who’ve Labored Right Out

I’ve held one belief close for years. {{Moms, lean in, this is for you.}} We’re far too isolated in America. Few have heard me mention my ideal alternative as if I’m joking, but truth is, I’m not joking at all. On my worst of days, my most stressful days as an American mom, this is…

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  • Carol FemlingSeptember 13, 2013 - 2:59 am

    BE KIND. ” Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The truth–for sure!! So glad you realize all I’ve tried to teach you! Yes, kindness for another mom or for any person is something that matters, as we never know what battle is being fought behind the scenes of everyday life. I smiled to myself and even laughed outloud at times as I read this, because I’ve felt the exact same way as you many times through the years. I always thought I’d like being a mom in the “Little House on the Prairie” times. I also would’ve loved growing up or raising my family with an abundance of extended family. I am blessed to have a daughter like you !! Love your blogs–thank you! Love you! 🙂 MomReplyCancel

  • Stacey Deutsch-ThorntonSeptember 6, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    A time when there was no competition. When no one cared who had the best, the most, or how much it cost. When people helped just to help. Without expecting something in return…if you find it, I’ll live there with you 🙂 Amy Bartos Pedersen, you took the words out of my mouth!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen LeaverSeptember 6, 2013 - 6:47 am

    Love this Amy, so very true!! You are an inspiration to so many, thank you for being you and sharing :))ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bartos PedersenSeptember 6, 2013 - 12:11 am

    WOW! Simply amazing. I sometimes feel the same way you do. God has given you such an amazing talent. You are so true and genuine. I feel truly blessed to know you.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Revak MilkesSeptember 5, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    Amy, this post comes at a much needed time for me!! I thank you for posting it & for letting me drift off in your words for a moment while my wild three run a muck in my house… Now, to go clean up their mess 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerSeptember 5, 2013 - 7:54 pm

    This is beautiful! Thank you Amy for being willing to open your heart and share this….you are right, It’s about community, it’s about grace, it’s about knowing beyond a doubt that this quote is true….
    “Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardSeptember 5, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    From the male perspective… Mom’s and Grandmas aren’t thanked enough for all you do! As a male, I thank you Moms and Grandmas for all you do! We males are so blessed to have you in our lives!ReplyCancel