It’s been a tough week for bloggers in my world. We have a tight knit blogging group in North Iowa and on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the midst of a snow storm, one of our bloggers died in a terrible weather-related car accident after attending our monthly Social Media Breakfast.

Amy was a young, beautiful, talented woman who welcomed me into the world of blogging. I’m still pretty new to so many aspects of this world and she, in my opinion, was a genius with this stuff. I attended a previous meeting where she presented a number of apps and techniques that I was certain would improve my blog by leaps and bounds. I told her afterward that I needed to master those concepts but it was too much for me to comprehend the first time through. She breezily told me she’d share the powerpoint with me but of course, that didn’t happen before her tragic death.

Another time, at a birthday lunch for one of the bloggers, she shared with me that school had been difficult for her. I was surprised, to say the least, because this young lady was so knowledgeable and poised that I would have thought everything came easily to her. Her sharing that piece of personal information increased my admiration for her.

The visitation last night, March 1, was amazing. There must have been at least 800 people waiting two hours or more to offer their condolences to Amy’s family. What a tribute in this fast paced impatient world we currently inhabit. Today, the church was filled to capacity and the service was, without a doubt, the most moving I’ve witnessed. Amy’s cousin eulogized her with love, grace, and humor and the minister read a letter from Amy’s fiancee, Spenser, that expressed the depth of love every woman longs to hear from her beloved.

I was not a close friend and I haven’t known Amy for a long time but I am forever changed by knowing her and for that, I am grateful. That is Amy’s gift.




North Iowa Bloggers Selfie with Amy

North Iowa Bloggers Selfie with Amy





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16 thoughts on “#AmysGift

  1. I can’t tell you how much I love this post. Amy would help any of us and as I said in my post “she had mad skills”. She really did. I love our group and I love that we can support each other. And you are definitely a REAL blogger. Hugs.

  2. Beautiful…..

  3. Thank you, Joy, for coming into my life.

  4. Wow. I love this! And I love our group! I’m so glad that you werected able to come!

  5. Thank you, Alicia, for reading and commenting. We’re a fortunate group to have each other, indeed.

  6. Deb

    I loved reading your thoughts about Amy. You really have a way of reaching people with your gift of writing. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anonymous

    We are sorry for such a tragic loss and our sympathies to her family. Your tribute was so well written and I’m sure she is smiling down upon you for your kind words. Rest in peace, Amy.

  8. Such a tragedy and shocking thing to happen, life really can change in the blink of an eye. Your tribute to Amy was beautiful.

    • Yes, the blink of an eye, indeed. It tells us to say and do what’s important now while you still can. Thank you, Joy.

  9. Anonymous

    You wrote her into the hearts of people who did not even know her Laura, thank you for your big heart and for taking the time to open our lives to the beauty of a lovely person and remind us of how fragile our lives are.

  10. This is beautiful! I think we are all better people just for having Amy in our lives 🙂

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