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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Dear Colleen: A Letter to The One Who Cracked My Code {Day 31}

Dear Colleen, I meant to send you this thank you months ago, but never did. Guess it’s better late than never, right? Our relationship was natural from the start. You made me comfortable in my own skin, and I had a great sense of who you were. We understood each other without much effort. We…

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  • VickiNovember 1, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    I love this post and can so relate!

    I haven’t had “real” friendship for a long time. I had given up on trusting women. Then about a year and a half ago God opened the door for me and I walked through and it has been such a blessing.

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 4, 2013 - 9:44 pm

      Vicki, I remember you sharing about a new friend when we were chatting at the (in)RL table last spring. Is that the friend you’re referring to? What a blessing you’ve received in her. So glad you found each other!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen SchroederOctober 31, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Wow Amy! I am so honored! Your expression of our friendship is spot on. I feel the same way about you–no surprise since we are so similar! I miss our lunch conversations and am totally due for another one. Lets plan one soon!ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 4, 2013 - 9:32 pm

      Colleen, so glad you found time to read the post despite your crazy week! Yes, I’m feeling WAY overdue for another lunch conversation. Maybe we can plan one between now and Christmas?! I’ll be in touch. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerOctober 31, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    That’s awesome! Such sweet gifts theLord gives us!ReplyCancel

Dear Sarah: A Letter to the One Who Tends Little Spaces, Hidden Places {Day 30}

Today’s letter is dear to my heart. It’s to Sarah, a woman who has special needs. Sarah works at a local gym I’ve been a member of for years. She’s employed by eQuality, a “community based program that assists adults with developmental disabilities with finding and maintaining competitive and contracted employment.” eQuality’s goal is to…

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  • Cindy L MeesterOctober 30, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    I know Sarah and her parents. I worked with them all through Sarah’s elementary years. I loved every minute even the “stubborn” ones. What a great tribute to Sarah. ReplyCancel

  • VickiOctober 30, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Amy, thank you for sharing this letter and Sarah’s story.

    It is precious and a lesson to us all. <3ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 30, 2013 - 7:48 pm

      Thank you Vicki. This post and story has been dear to my heart for a long time. Glad you had time to read it! 🙂ReplyCancel

Dear Nikki: A Letter to the Online Friend I Met (in) Real Life {Day 29}

Dear Nikki, I’ll admit. I felt like a bit of a nerd. I got all ready, drove 45 minutes one way, picked up some cupcakes I special ordered for the event, and drove to the parking lot where I sat and gathered myself in the car for a few minutes before I was supposed to…

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  • VickiNovember 1, 2013 - 9:59 pm

    I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe God put us all at that table together. That day changed me. It freed me and has opened a door to an amazing community that I would never have believed could exist.

    Thank you for writing this Amy! YOU are a blessing and your heart shines!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferNovember 1, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    “When we tweet and read blog posts, it’s my belief that we’re seeing straight into souls. Real life facades and masks are stripped away in the Twitter and blogging communities I’m a part of.” Yes! Love this so much, Amy. You have the most beautiful heart.ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 4, 2013 - 9:41 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer. That means a lot. So grateful for who you are. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • anna {girlwithblog.com}October 29, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    I LOVE THIS. I love that you speak to my own heart about community, and that you’ve found what I’ve found in social media – it cuts thru the small talk, as we’ve shared our tiny moments that build up our real lives. Thank you for sharing this – it made my day.ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 30, 2013 - 7:47 pm

      Anna, I’m a little late to respond to your comment, but I’m so glad this post made your day. We didn’t get to connect much in person that day (you had your hands more than full!), but I’m confident we’d get along really well. Since we’re all fairly close, we’ll have to meet up again someday. I think I’ve told you this before, but I’ll always remember that cute vlog your hubby did about you and the community you’ve developed through blogging/Twitter. Perhaps it was about a year ago before Allume? Anyway, it was so sweet to hear from a man’s perspective. I could tell he was really sold on what this community has done for you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • NikkiOctober 29, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Girl, my boy would like to know what’s wrong with me as I sit here a blubbery mess! 😉 YOU, friend, are the real deal. You’re someone I’d want by my side and know you’d be there for me. I’m so lucky to have met you inRL and am completely blessed to hold you close in my heart.

    {I chalk up you sitting next to me at that large even as a God moment. truly. Everyone at that table was there for me I’m certain}

    YES! We do need to get together again soon;) Let’s make it happen, kids or no kids! I’ll tweet ya;)

    Love you, Amy. And am loving what I’m learning about you through this series!ReplyCancel

    • AmyOctober 29, 2013 - 9:26 pm

      Thank you, Nikki. You are the sweetest. From the second I met you in real life, I knew you were exactly the person I thought you were online. It was such an encouragement, and I’m grateful I decided to go that day because of that. Glad I made your day a little brighter. 🙂 Hope you are doing well, and I’ll DM you on Twitter with the days/location that would work best for me!ReplyCancel

Dear Jennifer: A Letter to the One Who Made Beauty {Day 28}

Dear Jennifer, I can’t thank you enough for the gorgeous picture frames you made for me almost two years ago! I admit, I love beautiful things. I tend to be perfectionistic. And I’m convinced I’m a southern girl at heart who’s living in one of the most northern states you could find, Minnesota. Take my…

Dear Stepsister: A Letter to the One Who Stepped Out of Character {Day 27}

Dear Stepsister, We made a reservation for four at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 1900 Park Fare. We’d been there the year prior for the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and it was wonderful, so we came back, this time for Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner. We were very excited to dine and meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, Cinderella’s Evil…