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Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Advantages of Square Dancing with Strangers

Last summer, I received an email invite to go square dancing at Art House North, a community in Saint Paul launched and led by my favorite singer/songwriter, Sara Groves. I didn’t go, but wished I did. All reports suggested it was a grand time! So this summer when I got the notice that Art House North was doing…

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  • Jaimie West BowmanJuly 26, 2016 - 6:29 pm

    So fun! I’m dying to know – was Sara there too??ReplyCancel

  • Emily LofgrenJuly 23, 2016 - 10:19 am

    That sounds so fun! What a delightful experience!ReplyCancel

    • AmyAugust 3, 2016 - 2:33 pm

      It was great fun and just what I needed! Thanks, Emily.ReplyCancel

It’s Okay to be Mad at God

I woke in my parents’ guest room to Monday morning thunderstorms. Rain and thunder gave way to the weather channel app. Needless to say, the day’s forecast did NOT look good. Heavy rain until 1:00 p.m. A 20-40% chance of rain between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Then downhill from there. The forecast gave way to a Facebook post that went…

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  • GentriJuly 18, 2016 - 10:11 pm

    Amy,
    Hi Love,
    As I sit reading this, I realize this was posted on Thursday, July 14. I also, am angry with God. Very angry! This hit me hard as July14, 2016 is 20 years since I lost my twin brother to a car accident. You, being my college roommate, knows this. You can darn well bet, when I get to heaven, I will be first in line, hands on my hips, tapping my front toe, asking the ‘Big Guy’ my many questions. I was a bit ‘set back’ when I read that you were so upset over thunderstorms, rain, tee times & muffins. Why? Because you still have your dad. You still have your mom. Your sister. And your brother. Am I bitter? Yes. Am I angry? Yes. Does my husband and girls deserve ‘family of the year’ award for putting up with me? Definitely. Why? Because on May 2, this year, I also lost my momma, for forever. Cancer.
    Amy, be Thankful that you still have your family because I would give anything…thunderstorms, rain, golf or muffins to be able to hug both mine one more last time. I continue to pray for your daddy and Seth.
    XXOO
    GentriReplyCancel

    • AmyJuly 22, 2016 - 7:29 am

      Dear Gentri: First of all, I want to say that I am so sorry for the loss of your brother, and now your sweet mama. Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to understand WHY God allows things to happen. I, too, will have some very important questions for Him. 11 days have passed since the day I got most “ANGRY” at God. I want to be clear. I was NOT mad about thunderstorms, rain, tee times and muffins. The rain and thunderstorms were a TRIGGER to everything that’s been building up, for everything that’s happened in my family these past 14 years. No, I haven’t LOST anyone to death, but there has been a LOT of pain and a lot of grieving and a LOT of never-ending trials. I’m weary. I’m exhausted. I’m spent. I’d like to have some simple days where there’s not another medical or other type of crisis. And I’d like that for my family as well. The enemy has been on the prowl, and I guess that’s what I’m mad about. Maybe I wasn’t angry at God. Maybe I was mad at the ENEMY. Because he’s tried and tried and tried again to kill, steal, destroy and dig his heels in our family. But I’m here to proclaim it won’t work! Thank you for your prayers, and I pray for peace as you go through yet another time great grieving for your mama. I’m so sorry, Gentri.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndy JohnsonJuly 14, 2016 - 7:03 pm

    We all reach a breaking point! I’m glad you allowed yourself to have your moment, think about it, and move on.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingJuly 14, 2016 - 3:23 pm

    Yes, I’ve NEVER seen you angrier than last Monday morning! GOOD news for you! We found out yesterday that the golf course was waiting to make the potato salad and coleslaw until that morning, so…. NO waste of food for the cancelled tournament last Monday!! They froze the beef and all will be fine!! YAY!!!! Another bit of GOOD news for you…. There are 94 people signed up for the golf tournament this Monday, the 18th. No one has dropped out—GOOD news again for you!!!! Today we go to the U of MN for your dad’s last checkup before he is officially placed on the lung transplant list this coming Monday, July 18th. It will be a GOOD day when he finally gets his transplant!! I’ve had my years of crying and heartache. Either I’m numb now or something, as I think I took last Monday’s weather as something we could NOT control and I was ok with that. You see, God is GOOD..Amy!!! Stop worrying and know that our God is in control, no matter what!! Love you and maybe we’ll see you today!?? XOXO ❤️ PS: Maisie really enjoyed being able to eat her muffins before you too off!! Thank you for allowing her that small pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Lynn GroenwoldJuly 14, 2016 - 3:05 pm

    Interesting! Yes, we all feel anger like you did, at times. Satan is getting his way and casting doubt that anything can be good. My prayers are to defeat this warfare he is perpetrating in this situation! Hopefully next Monday will have great weather for the tournament! You will rise above this with God’s help!ReplyCancel

Her Pain. Your Pain. Hide No More.

Beauty. Gnashing. Gnawing. Love. Truth. Justice. Know. Know justice. No justice. The story is mine, He declares. The story is mine. She’s yearning to break free. Yearning to break loose. Justice is on her side. Justice. Weep no more, I declare. Weep no more. For the day is coming. I will prevail. Fear not, dear ones. Fear not….

My 40th Birthday. Dreams Surrendered. Gifts Received.

I held two long-standing dreams for my 40th birthday. Run a marathon Take a mission trip to Haiti with my husband Run a Marathon I was going to run Grandma’s Marathon in June 2016 or Twin Cities Marathon in October 2016. The dream to run a marathon for my 40th was serious and alive for a…

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