#65: On My Magazine Addiction

#65: On My Magazine Addiction

Hello, my name is Amy and I’m a magazine-aholic.  I blame it on my mother.  Growing up my mother kept the house fully stocked with Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Women’s Day.  I loved to pore over those magazines, dreaming of how I would one day decorate my own house and […]

#60: On Poetic Inspiration

#60: On Poetic Inspiration

I was recently inspired by three poems. I have included them below so you can perhaps be inspired as well. The first poem is one of my favorites that I turn to this time of year, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by William Wordsworth. It speaks to me because of my undying love of […]

#46: Hidden Potential

#46: Hidden Potential

When I was in 8th grade, there was a girl in my class named Laura who was a competitive gymnast. I don’t remember anyone taking gymnastics lessons back then, like they do now from an alarmingly young age. Laura’s abilities were a source of endless discussion and fascination for girls like me who had trouble […]

#43: Ready, Aim, Fire!

#43: Ready, Aim, Fire!

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” – Zig Ziglar I have never considered myself a particularly goal-oriented person. The phlegmatic side of me wants to take life as it comes, stopping along the way to smell the roses and have a Pajama Day every now and then. If truth be told, […]

#39: You Get What You Pay For

#39: You Get What You Pay For

He seemed to be everything I had been looking for! He carried the hearty recommendation of a good friend! He was available at a moment’s notice! He was responsive to my every whim! He was (ahem) well-equipped! I am talking, of course, about my handyman. Before putting your house on the market, you have to […]

#37: White Paint, Red Clay

#37: White Paint, Red Clay

Last time, I told you about the birth of my heart for cross-cultural missions.  If you missed it, you can catch up here. That first trip to Russia in 1997 opened a new world to me and ignited something in me that has never died down. I suddenly saw far beyond the boundaries of my […]

#36: Accents and Anvils

#36: Accents and Anvils

It was April 1997, and I was attending a Tuesday night singles’ Bible study called 7:22 that was led by Louie Giglio. Louie is nothing if not motivational, and God was opening a new chapter in my life – one in which I was becoming aware of Him, His work in me and around the […]

#35: The Problem With New Year’s Eve

#35: The Problem With New Year’s Eve

If you think about it, Thanksgiving is a beautiful holiday. Who doesn’t enjoy gathering around a table with family and friends and listing things for which you are thankful? Turkey, dressing, and the all important cranberry sauce (canned but whole berry, I accept no substitutes). Special Starbucks drinks (Pumpkin Spice Latté in the house!). And let’s […]

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

I’m always impressed with people who have baking traditions at the holidays. People who craft once-a-year layer cakes with complicated frosting, cheerfully decorate sugar cookies, and let’s not forget the homemade fudge. My grandmother was the baker in our family, but I’m afraid I’m missing her baking gene. Maybe it’s just lack of practice. Making […]

#24: Letter to a Much Younger Me

#24: Letter to a Much Younger Me

Dear Younger Me, Don’t freak out. You don’t really know me, but I know you. Oh, boy, do I know you. I’m your future self, some thirty-odd years down the road. And believe it or not, I still run into remnants of you from time to time. Still see you staring back at me in […]

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