I’ve been contemplating starting a blog for about 8 years. I originally rejected the idea, because I didn’t think I had anything unique to add. My “voice” wasn’t all that special- there are better cooks, better party planners, more prolific world travelers, and more well-read Christians. Then, I got up the nerve to write… and one post stayed there, for a year! I got busy and never finished what I started. Now, my circumstances have changed, and I do think I have a unique voice, and I want to make the time to write down life, unscripted!
My name is Amy, I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m pleased to meet you! I live in the greater Atlanta area, and I’m originally from the beautiful, coastal city of Savannah. I still call Savannah “home” when I’m speaking to friends, although I haven’t lived there in 15 years. I have one sister, very loving and supportive parents, and some of the same dear friends I’ve known since early childhood. In what feels like another life, pre-children, I loved watching old movies from the golden age of Hollywood, reading Austen, and meeting friends for high tea. I was always an “old soul.”
I met my better half (he really is) the second semester of senior year of college at The University of Georgia. That’s a fun story for another day. We married in 2004, and prophetically, had “for better or for worse” engraved on our wedding bands. I thought the “for worse” would be when we were old and gray, but we have had our share of struggles much earlier on! James and I were incredibly blessed with six four boys, and two girls. James is a physician, who loves his job and his coworkers. I am a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher.
Our faith is the bedrock of our family. We are practicing Anglicans- which is like high Episcopal. I have Catholic leanings and my faith is a continuing journey- definitely not static! I love digging deeper into church history, theology, and living the liturgical year. Our church, All Saints’ Anglican Church, uses the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, which I love. If you don’t see any of us in church, we are deathly ill. Sunday morning means worship and then fellowship!
In August 2016, my life changed dramatically. I sustained an injury during a low risk surgery, and was left with permanent neuropathy. I’ll leave out some of the gory details, and focus more on the emotional impact and spiritual journey that this has taken me on. I live with chronic pain, but I am hoping to recover more and more- using multiple modalities. There is physical recovery, and there is the mind-body connection with pain. This experience has opened my eyes to an entire world of suffering that other people live with, that now I am a small part of. I am more empathetic, less judgemental (even when I didn’t realize I was), and my faith has been tested and ultimately deepened.
I will write some about family life (humor is a natural part of that!), faith, holidays, food, musings, and life with chronic pain. I don’t do it for sympathy, but hopefully, as a way to encourage anyone else out there looking to find a kindred spirit in the trenches! The Blessed Virgin Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord” [Luke 1:46-47]. Ultimately, that is my goal in life. We are all one in the body of Christ, and I hope to reach anyone who wants to hear a friendly voice of encouragement by sharing my stories! Inevitably, there will be some falling, and picking myself back up again.
I choose to see the glass as half full!