Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of Amy

Each week we run an interview as part of our “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” series. The interviewees share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!

Today’s interview is with Amy of  Amy Loves It:

source: Amy Loves It

1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?

I am fortunate that my parents are not only still living, but are still married. That is practically a miracle these days, and I am so grateful for their example of how to stick together through the ups and downs. I truly think this made a difference in my growing up, because some of my peers didn’t have the home life with which I was blessed.

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up; we didn’t go a lot of places, but I never knew my parents’ struggle. They never put any of those burdens on my brother or me; we were able to be kids. I strive to be that way with my children, that no matter the issue, they still need to be able to be kids.

I grew up involved in church, and came to know Jesus as my Savior at age 11. This particular path, I would veer off of for some months, but I found my way back. I’m not perfect, and I never want to be.

I went to college and got my degree in Special Education, specializing in Mild and Moderate Disabilities. As you can see, I am nowhere near doing anything with that degree. I met my husband my freshman year of college, and we got married the summer before my junior year. My plans were to continue my education, and get my masters in Speech Pathology. Children would come afterwards. Notice the emphasis on “my” in the sentence before. God works in funny ways sometimes, and my oldest daughter was born the May after I graduated. I would not be continuing my education, as I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom.

A few years and one-and-a-half kids later (my third baby was still cooking), I stumbled upon the world of coupons and blogs. In August 2008, I started my first blog and joined Twitter. Wow, has a lot happened since then!

I still have my own blog, and I am also the Project Administrator for two other sites. I have also met some amazing people, a few of whom are now dear friends {holla, skype peeps!}.

2. Were you always so obsessive?

Yes. In school, if my math homework had too many eraser smudges, I would rewrite it. Today, I rearrange things constantly (my husband swears I move furniture once a month, but that’s a stretch!). I like things, “just so.” I’m not usually impulsive, and I can go back and forth between two options for days, obsessing over which is the better decision!

3. How would you describe yourself today?

Daughter of the King, wife, Momma of 3 girls, blogger, coffee addict, homeschooler; kinda crunchy; nerdy; opinionated; non-conformist; homebody; list-maker.

4. What do you most love about your life?

My girls. My husband. My friends. Jesus. Coffee. Technology… not necessarily in that order.

5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?

Hmmm… I’m not a very surprising person. I loathe heights but love flying. I can kill a snake, no problem; but if I even SEE a spider I freak out. I am married to a youth pastor, but all my life I swore I would never ever be a pastor’s wife. (For the record, he wasn’t a pastor when I married him).  I am also quite sarcastic. People seem to be quite shocked when they learn that.

source: Amy Loves It

6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

In 5 years I see myself still homeschooling my girls and completely debt-free. Being in the ministry, you know your job situation could change at any time, so our location is something I couldn’t begin to guess. Our church is wonderful, so I hope we are still serving there in 5 years. Also, I hope to have adopted at least one (maybe two!) children. If Shane has his way, we will have a 4 year old in 5 years. Ha!

In 10 years? My oldest will be 17, my middle will be 15, and my baby will be 13. I can’t even begin to process that life!

7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

I want my children to know it is okay to be different. I want them to know that they can do all things through Christ. To the students in our youth group, I hope they know I love them for who they are, not what they do.

Amy is a daughter of the King, wife to a youth pastor, Momma of 3 girls, blogger, a coffee addict, and a kinda crunchy homeschooler. You can find her {sometimes} writing at Amy Loves It, {occasionally} on Facebook, and {anytime} on Twitter.