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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Identity, Authenticity and a 20th High School Class Reunion

My 20th high school class reunion is quickly approaching. The countdown is most definitely on. There’s not much you can do to prepare for a class reunion, but I’ve prepared for the day as best as I can. I sent in my $45/couple fee, RSVP’d on the Facebook event page, and engaged classmates in conversation about who’s bringing a spouse to…

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  • Tara N.July 31, 2014 - 8:48 am

    Love it!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 31, 2014 - 12:11 pm

      Thanks Tara! Hope to see you there. 🙂ReplyCancel

Where God Leads When We Listen: In Memory of Teresa Marie Hennen Moksnes

I was in my car. The music was loud, but slow, spiritual and soulful. Just the way I like it. The sunset stayed right alongside me as I drove. It was gorgeous, breathtaking in fact. I couldn’t help but think that God was gracing me with a taste of heaven in those moments. All I wanted to do was pull over…

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  • Jeremy MoksnesAugust 24, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    She is my auntReplyCancel

  • Tracy HennenAugust 23, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    Teresa is my sister, thank you for posting this!!ReplyCancel

  • devinAugust 23, 2014 - 2:35 am

    That was my momReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 25, 2014 - 2:04 pm

      Dear Devin, I am so glad you found the post. Your mom was loved and I just know she loved you very much. I hope and pray you are well and that God blesses your life.ReplyCancel

  • kellyAugust 23, 2014 - 1:11 am

    This is my sister Teresa and if you knew her you would know how amazing she was. She was the best sister anyone could ask for. She taught me everything and was always there for me not matter when I needed her. She is so love and missed by her family, kids and husband! It doesn’t suprise me that you were lead to her because she always had such a bright spirit. I love and miss her every day!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 25, 2014 - 2:10 pm

      Kelly, it is an honor to know that you found the post I wrote about your sister. Thank you for sharing more about Teresa and how amazing she was. I can only imagine how much she is missed. I will continue to keep your entire family in my thoughts and prayers. Peace to you as you continually honor your sister’s life and grieve her absence, all from a sister’s heart of love.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki ThunstromAugust 7, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Wow Amy, this is lovely………..God is so good!ReplyCancel

  • Eileen Jacobson Isackson HagenbrockJuly 25, 2014 - 5:37 am
  • Jennifer JohnsonJuly 25, 2014 - 5:12 am

    How breathtakingly beautiful Amy. I’m stunned. Thank you for sharing this todayReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardJuly 25, 2014 - 4:47 am

    God lead the way for you to visit Teresa’s grave… not just a coincidence… ReplyCancel

How To Know You’re Done Having Kids

To mamas known and mamas unknown. This post is for you. I’ve wanted to write this for a while, for mamas undecided, for mamas who aren’t quite sure whether they’re done having kids or not. So mamas? Let’s chat about this question that’s pressing on your heart… How will I know when I’m done having kids? But…

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  • Jessica Revak MilkesJuly 23, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Amy this is just perfect!! You and I are on the same page :). I’m always proud to call you my friend & I’m always amazed at what is in that beautiful mind of yours. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!! ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Chastek LeaverJuly 23, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    I loved this Amy!! Great Post. It took me back to the days when I had those very same questions rolling through my head and many of the answers to those questions I found here in your post.. The very same questions I asked myself and the same answers that lead me to my decision that our family was complete with 3 boys. EVEN though I longed to have a girl, in my heart of hearts, I knew 3 was my number :))ReplyCancel

  • LeAnn SatherJuly 23, 2014 - 9:34 am

    I clearly remember the day you came to me at a business event and asked the question of me about having more babies. Our two oldest are the same age and then I had two more before your baby was born. I feel honored that you felt compelled to ask me about how we ever made the decision to have one more. I told you that if it was so heavy on your heart that you would never regret having one more beautiful life, but you may grow older and wonder and regret not having one more and then it would be too late. We even struggled for a couple of years about adding number 5. We are both now confident that 4 is the number that God intended us to raise. Prayer is definitely the best way to seek clarity. Beautiful post Amy.ReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 24, 2014 - 1:07 pm

      Thanks, LeAnn. I clearly remember that day as well. You are similar to me in many ways. I trust and value your opinion and admire who you are. So you were definitely one person I knew I wanted to ask. I’m confident I would’ve regretted NOT having one more…it was weighing too heavy on my heart. Now, I have full confidence that our decision to have a 3rd was right for us. (even though I never, ever planned to have three). Grateful for your words and support.ReplyCancel

When It’s Mid-Summer and Your Kids Are Bored

We had one cold, windy and dreary day on Monday. According to the weather forecasters, it was the coldest day we’ve seen in Minnesota on July 14th since 1884. We were all cold. And quite honestly, we didn’t have much to do. Yep, the good ‘ol mid-summer phrase “I’m bored” came out for the first time that…

Identifying Your Identity

Four months ago, I met with wise counsel in a coffee shop. She sat with me for three or four hours. I hadn’t had anyone spend that much focused one-on-one time with me, be so patient and gentle, listen so intently, or ask such thoughtful, deep questions of me for a long time. I needed…