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Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Hard Way as the Reward

Today, it’s an honor and delight to feature a guest post from Jennifer Camp. Jennifer and I met online and engage with one another online. But Jennifer’s more than a 1×1 avatar to me. She’s near and dear to my heart, a woman I call soul sister without hesitation, someone I can’t wait to meet in real life….

Second Annual Reader Survey

I respect you, my readers, immensely. I honor every minute and hour you’ve dedicated to reading this blog, and know this is a busy time of year. So today, we’re headed straight to the heart of the matter. If you could take a few moments to complete the Second Annual Divine in the Daily Reader Survey, I would be oh so…

Serenading His Way to Big Dreams

It was a work day for me. I’d made a quick stop at the mall to grab some mittens for my daughter and pay a bill at Sears, and was on my way out. Just seconds after I’d rejected the hair straightener dude who tried to sell me a hot iron as I passed, I walked briskly…

Why We Identify so Strongly with Elsa (A Frozen Giveaway!)

I’ve been intrigued by the psychology of Disney’s Frozen since I saw it in the movie theater twice in one day. But beyond the psychology, there’s something else that will always tie our family’s heart to Frozen. Our nine-year-old daughter’s name is Elsa. After Frozen released, we downloaded the entire Frozen album from iTunes. Elsa and my husband proceeded…

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  • NoreenNovember 20, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    We just adore this movieReplyCancel

  • Kim KNovember 19, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Your blog post hit the nail on the head. I see too much of myself in Anna but Elsa’s story moved something inside me. I saw the movie in the theater seven times and cried during every performance of Let It Go. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 19, 2014 - 9:43 pm

      Wow, Kim. Seven times in the theater! That’s amazing! Frozen must have really resonated with you deeply. I hear you on the crying during Let it Go. I was that way for “Do You Want To Build a Snowman,” too.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingNovember 18, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Great post, Amy!! LOVE the movie, Frozen!! It’s one of the BEST Disney movies made and the lessons in it are great! I know it will be a classic! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Valerie HubelNovember 18, 2014 - 3:25 am

    I also have not seen the movie yet…but two of my girls have (and enjoyed it of course). I have heard other people commenting how good it is as far as the life lessons that are in it. Fun post today!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki ThunstromNovember 17, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    So, it’s possible that I am the only person on the earth that hasn’t seen this movie! My son has seen it and he really liked it! I know I’ll see it eventually! When I do I’ll come back here and let you know!ReplyCancel

When Your Family Photo Shoot Isn’t Christmas Card Perfect

The plan was perfect. We scheduled our annual family photo shoot with the photographer we’ve used since 2009. Hubs ordered a sweater, I got a necklace and boots, and we put some outfits together for the kids. Everything was ready to go. That is, until a toss-and-turn night found me sleeping on a chair in our bedroom….

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  • Melonie RobranNovember 14, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    I copy what Anne said! Bless you for helping us all realize we are far from perfect (whatever that is!) and that there is always good if we can calm down and see it! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anne KosteNovember 14, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Oh My Word…hilarious!! I can’t wait to see your card…you need to post it here if you can. I bet it’s absolutely adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardNovember 13, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    Amy, Great photos all! Playing with the camera and learning all the bells and whistles is difficult enough with out the dynamics of a photo shoot with the family. In those instances I tend to select the more automatic settings and then pic the best photos and adjust contrast, lighting and color saturation with software. Four years out and I’m still learning to use my camera. Looking forward to seeing the finished product on your Christmas Card 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tanya PietzNovember 13, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    This is great – and I am so so happy I am not the only one who has these photo shoot issues! Thank you for being real and authentic in sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerNovember 13, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    that’s awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Revak MilkesNovember 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Awesome Amy!!! Being a photographer is hard work!!! You keep at it :). I can already see your talent shining through. No matter how awkward a photo I always see a beautiful family behind the lens. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • RaquelNovember 13, 2014 - 8:31 am

    awesome Amy! Next is photoshop and you will be set 🙂 I found that a remote works great to get everyone in the pics 🙂ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 13, 2014 - 9:13 am

      Okay, Raquel. Tell me more about this remote! Obviously, a tripod would work to get the whole family, but after buying the camera, I didn’t want to fork out more money for a good tripod. So we’re holding on that for now. But I’d love to hear more about the remote.ReplyCancel