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Monthly Archives: November 2015

One More Day and We’ll Be On Our Way

Hello, friends! Happy Thanksgiving! It’s hard to believe, but only one more day and we’ll be on our way to Kenya, Africa, for our mission trip. Our team consists of 10. Randy. Another Randy. Nate. Anna. Matt. Maggie. Paul. Jamie. Lacey. And me, Amy. It’s fascinating, really. God called each one of us, uniquely, to go on this trip to…

Africa. When STAY RIGHT BY ME is All God Asks.

I never, ever planned to go to Africa in the fall of 2015. In 2023 for our 25th wedding anniversary? Yes. In 2041 for an awesome opportunity to write and photograph on behalf of a nonprofit doing outstanding work with the least of these? Yes. Awesome. I’ll be more than ready for that. But 2015? Never….

Just Wake Up and Be Happy!

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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  • Nicole Marie NewfieldNovember 20, 2015 - 11:27 pm

    I always enjoy reading your posts- thank you:). The intro part you wrote about silent tears struck me as like an intro to a novel.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingNovember 14, 2015 - 3:39 am

    I love this post, Tiff!! Great job writing it!! Love you so much!! ❤️ MomReplyCancel

  • Martha Jane WormsNovember 13, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    Beautifully written Tiff.ReplyCancel

  • Kris NeffNovember 13, 2015 - 8:30 pm

    Very important message for everyone! I appreciate your sharing and stay Happy!ReplyCancel

  • Bruce FemlingNovember 13, 2015 - 6:45 pm

    I think a lot of parents have these same doubts and fears. We all have to build ourselves up so we can optimistically face the day!ReplyCancel

On Becoming an Author and “You’re More Ready for This Than You Know”

The journey became official on July 4, 1988. I was 12 years old, going into 7th grade. I cracked open my hot pink diary with an ice cream cone on top and began writing. It was an innocent act, for sure. But to me, it’s proof of my purpose. I’m convinced. Or perhaps God’s convinced me quietly,…

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  • Keith RobinsonNovember 6, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    Right with you friend! The Lord has called and equipped you, given you words and a calling, and now the resolve and critical path too. You have lots of people in your corner! Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara MatalamakiNovember 6, 2015 - 10:51 am

    You have such a talent for words…Keep following your dream….all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Monica Anderson PalmerNovember 6, 2015 - 3:09 am

    I would echo your mama and dear friend Colleen! The shot has rang…the race is on-GET to RUNNING! I’m so excited for you that my hearts racing! You truly don’t have any idea how brave you are! Brave to lay it all out there and be vulnerable this way. Let us be your biggest cheering section!

    Hebrews 12:1
    [ Jesus, the Example ] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen SchroederNovember 5, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Go Amy!! If God is calling you to it, it’s your responsibility to obey and leave all the consequences to Him (as Charles Stanley always says.) You’ve got this!ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingNovember 5, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Go for it, Amy!!! As you know, I have some regrets about some things I wanted to do in life. I let the years pass me by and now I definitely have too many responsibilities to accomplish them at my age. So GO FOR IT!! Love all of your writings! You must have inherited the gene for writing from your grandpa Cecil and your dad.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer CampNovember 5, 2015 - 2:51 pm

    Way to go, Amy. I love that you just put it out there, so we can cheer you on! Love this fun and awesome adventure!ReplyCancel

    • AmyNovember 12, 2015 - 9:50 pm

      Thank you, sweet Jennifer. You are such a loving encouragement to me. My heart is at great peace knowing we’re on this journey together. You are a sweet, sweet sister.ReplyCancel

Disney Pin Trading Secrets for Families

Look at any photograph of our family from our past four Disney vacations, and you’ll notice some or all of us wearing lanyards of Disney Trading Pins around our necks. The proof’s in the picture. In the photograph above, three out of five of us are wearing lanyards! At this point, you might be asking “Why should…