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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Summer Bucket List: Mall of America!

Okay, everyone. This might be the only time you see a Vikings picture on my blog. And you must forgive me, because the Mall of America outing I’m about to describe wasn’t on our original Summer Bucket List. So I feel like I’ve cheated a bit. But once you hear the story, I think you’ll understand WHY I’m including it…

Summer Bucket List: Swimming & Sandcastles

It was already 4:00 p.m. when they asked if we could go to the beach. I was hesitant, as it had been a long day already. But we had nothing to fill those witching hours before dinner and dad’s arrival back home, and it was a warm, beautiful day. The kids reminded me “the beach” was on…

How I Rock My Style

This is a guest post written by my younger sister, Tiffany, who has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Once a month, Tiffany documents a single day in her life. The purpose of these posts is to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with mental illness. I’m also hoping the posts will help readers recognize that we…

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  • Jill Brummett TuckerAugust 21, 2015 - 3:21 am

    So inspiring! And brave of you, Tiffany! I would buy something from your clothing store.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel ArntsonAugust 20, 2015 - 4:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your dreams, frustrations, set-backs, and triumphs. Every time you write a blog post, you are helping others and, i would guess, helping yourself. Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerAugust 20, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    Tiffany Femling-this post is awesome! Remember this….Jesus created you perfectly! I know He loves when you battle hard for truth and although I can only imagine how that this isn’t easy-HE IS THERE, praying for you, rooting for you! I hope and pray one day you seek your dreams and you keep fighting like Rudy! Thank you for sharing your life and heart here! I admire your courage & strength!ReplyCancel

  • RyanAugust 20, 2015 - 10:34 am

    I think you should pursue your dream of ooening a store. Brainerd would be a great place to do it. As a dad of three girls there is nothing for clothing stores for girls mid-teen to young adult that is fun and trendy. You also seem to have a support system already in place to help you with the kids and with the day to day struggles of opening a small business. With social media to help get your name out in the area and online tools to help with a starter campaign you could make it work. To get a fun store in the area for my girls to shop I would definitely pledge.ReplyCancel

  • Tara NicholsAugust 20, 2015 - 9:52 am

    Tiffany, you fight a battle few people know of. It is extremely frustrating, constantly second guessing oneself. I hope you are at peace, knowing you have all the strength and power within you, even though finding it is another dilemma. Be brave and don’t forget that these days, these struggles, these joys, are all part of the adventure.ReplyCancel

Second Guessing Beautiful

I’ll never forget that car ride to Wisconsin Dells one year ago. The day the word beauty caused a quiet, but felt disagreement between me and my husband. You see, I’d invited him into a conversation about the development of my new blog vision, mission and core values. I wanted to talk with someone about those core values, a set…

Waiting on Shrinking

I felt the weight of the day rush over me as we drove into the Damon parking lot for our 5th trip to Mayo Clinic in eight months. It’s surprisingly easy to become accustomed to illness, to disease, to the crazy and hard things of life, but then there are moments that wake you to the reality at…

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  • Peggy Lynn GroenwoldAugust 17, 2015 - 12:52 pm

    This is the best news… Thanking the Lord for his guidance through the physician’s eyes. Continued prayers for your families! Praises…ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanAugust 16, 2015 - 8:45 pm

    I will continue sending you positive thoughts and many prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Denise KormanAugust 16, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    Amy,,I can hardly express how happy I am that Seth’s tumor has shrunk. I’ve always learned that God tests us throughout life why I can’t answer . I have been tested many times. But I guess we go on with prayer . And keeping positive thoughts. What you’ve gone through as a mother .wife and daughter it’s beyond my comprehension .but it’s your strength and faith in God I believe keep you going. I love meeting you and children and will hope to do that again sometime. I admire you for who you are and for what you do for so many. DeniseReplyCancel

  • LindaAugust 16, 2015 - 8:39 am

    That’s news worth taking! God sees what He knows & we need to speak what we know too! Of Him, others, and what is to come! Praising the Lord & continuing to pray for you all & Seth’s continued healing!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 16, 2015 - 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Linda, for your support, good reminders and prayers. Thankful for your presence and thoughtfulness.ReplyCancel

  • Tom BaunsgardAugust 15, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    This is awesome wonderful news and many prayers answered. Take a deep breath and enjoy the good news and the rest of your day! Blessings Abound!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi BishopAugust 15, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    God is good! Prayers for continued shrinking of the tumor.ReplyCancel

  • RaquelAugust 15, 2015 - 10:05 am

    I teared up when I got to the shrinking number part! God is so good!!!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 16, 2015 - 1:16 pm

      Awesome, Raquel!! Yes, He is SO good.ReplyCancel