Amy Clipston Interview & Giveaway

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Hey everybody! I’m excited about this blog. It’s my first guest blog with a giveaway! Woo Hoo!

I had the privilege of interviewing my award winning friend, Amy Clipston. Amy says that she’s been writing as long as she can remember. Married with two sons, we thought this was a great time to ask Amy some questions about Mother’s and Mother’s Day.

At the end of this interview, make sure you sign up for Amy’s give away! She has a great prize package for the winner!

Advanced Copy of An Amish Summer,  Copy of Beloved Hope Chest, Pens, Bookmarks, Lancaster County Sign, and Amish Doll Dress with Apron and Prayer Covering)

Amy, can you tell us what was your most memorable Mother’s Day gift or action?

When Joe and I were living in our first house and before we were parents of human children, we had two cats named Les and Gracie whom we loved dearly. My first Mother’s Day after we adopted the kitties, Joe gave me a gold charm necklace with two cats on it and he said, “Happy Mother’s Day.” It meant so much to me! That was my first Mother’s Day.

Amy, please share a special “proud mom” moment that you had with each of your boys. I’m thinking of the Scripture that “Mary kept all these things in her heart” and thought there might be something that even Matt and Zac don’t know about. 

This year each of my boys has moved me to tears because of their loving and giving hearts. I’m not going to use any names in order to protect their privacy.

One of my sons stood up to a bully by defending another boy who was being harassed. When the bully called the victim horrible names, my son walked up to the bully and gave him a piece of his mind. The bully was stunned silent and left the victim alone. I can’t express how proud I am that my child didn’t stand by and allow a bully to hurt another child.

My other son was a blessing to his friend when he needed help. His friend was depressed shared while they were talking online that he was thinking about hurting himself. My son texted the other boy’s mother and told her he was worried about him. When this issue came up again when my son was with his friend, he listened to his friend talk and even cried with him while offering him comfort. I had tears in my eyes when my son shared this with me.

I’m really proud of my sons for helping others in their time of need. I believe my sons will continue to be a blessing to others.

When you first learned you were going to be a mom what thoughts entered your mind?

I was thrilled, and I hoped and prayed my baby would be healthy. I prayed this prayer fervently when I was pregnant with Matthew because I’d experienced a miscarriage two years before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my miracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday.

As a mother, what is your prayer for your boys?

My prayer is that they stay healthy and they find a profession they love. I also pray that if they chose to marry, they find someone who is nice and who will treat them with love and respect. I tell them repeatedly that love should never make them feel bad about themselves. I pray with all of my heart that they will be happy.

Can you share one of your parenting goof ups? 

Oh, there are so many, but some I would never put on display in a blog! Ha ha!  The one I will share happened the weekend before Zac started Kindergarten. Joe and I took him to the beach at the Outer Banks, and we spent the day on Oregon Inlet. It was overcast, and I stupidly didn’t think we needed sunblock. I didn’t know until later that Zac burned terribly on his shoulders, and he went to school the following day in pain. To make matters worse, he developed blisters. I cried! It was terrible. I felt so horrible for allowing him to get hurt that way. (Please don’t send me hate mail. I learned my lesson!)

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Amy a little bit. Thanks for being with us Amy. Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

 

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