And the winners are……

Hi everyone! You may remember that a week ago today, I posted about the blog being 1 year old and I was doing a giveaway to celebrate. Well, today is the day we did the drawing! Just so you know, for everyone who was already signed up for my weekly email newsletter, I automatically put your name in once and for those who signed up and/or commented that you wanted to be in the drawing I put your names in as well. Those who signed up for the newsletter got an extra entry.

This afternoon, my kids and I held the drawing. I wrote all the names on paper and folded them up and put them into a basket. I let my kids draw the names out for each prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Afternoons with Amy is 1 Year Old today! (And a giveaway!!)

 

I can’t believe it has been one year today since I started this blog and published my first post! The time has gone by so fast! I hope that I have accomplished what I intended for this blog to be. For me to be able to share with you a little about my journey and also to encourage you and give you support along the way.

I have truly enjoyed sharing myself with all of you this past year. I have published 197 posts, including 30 different recipes, several craft how-to’s, my new series called Dollars & Sense on saving money, book lists & reviews, along with tons of great ideas for families, kids, homeschooling and education.

In order to celebrate the one year birthday of Afternoons with Amy, I am proudly hosting my first giveaway! I have been planning this for awhile and am very excited about it!

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We now have teenagers in our house! How did that happen so fast?

Hi everyone! Last weekend we celebrated two birthdays in our house! On Sunday, we celebrated Flash’s 11th birthday and on Monday we celebrated Popstar’s 13th birthday. I seriously cannot believe I am the mother of a teenager and a tweenager now! The time has gone by so fast. I am so grateful that God gave me these two wonderful kids. They truly are my heart and my joy and they are growing into amazing people…my 11 year old just isn’t supposed to be taller than me yet!

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A few changes on the Blog…

Hi everyone! I just wanted to mention that you may notice that we’ve changed our Blog around some! We decided to change the theme, we just thought it was time for something new! I hope you like it, I know that we do.

Also, I have been moving around some of the drop down files across the top. Everything is still there but it may have been just moved around a little. I was just trying to simplify things some. It seems like the beginning of a new year is the best time to clean out and freshen up! We’ve been doing a ton of projects around the house lately and it feels great to get things organized and changed up a little.

I hope that everyone’s new year is off to a great start!

Blessings,

Amy

 

 

Back to School Blessings

All the public schools started back this past week here in the Rock Hill, SC area. We had already started back in July, so we are now 6 weeks into our school year. Regardless of that, I always enjoy the “Back to School Blessing” Sunday at our church. They actually held it last Sunday before the kids all started school. It is such a special time for moms and dads. Our old pastor a few times actually had the parents pray over their own children, but this time they called them down in groups by age. They also prayed over the teachers and school workers, including homeschool parents as well. It really means a lot to me that our homeschool is prayed over and that our children are prayed over for the new school year, even though we school at home. Our children are still facing trials and situations although they may be different than those who go away from home for school.

 

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Reasons why I LOVE my Husband to the Moon and Back

On August 6, 1994 around 9pm I met someone who forever changed my life. After that moment, I was no longer “just Amy”. I became part of something so much more amazing than I could ever have imagined. I became half of “Amy & Jason”. This may sound cliché, but from the moment we looked into each others eyes, it was like our souls connected and we’ve been one ever since.

This picture was taken the summer we met, Summer of 1994. I had just graduated from High School. I was 18 years old and he was 17. 

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