(in)courage!

Hello friends!!!!! Well Todd and I head out bright and early (note…bright. and EARLY) for Des Moines and I am still trying to figure out a way to meet all of my blog friends there. I have your emails in a folder and if I can pull anything together I will send out a message!!!! In the meantime, please pray for me. You would think that it would get easier but I am seriously sick to my stomach with nerves. Trying to remind myself to breathe!!!

I also neglected to blog about this post I did for (in)courage and I want to send you over there in case you didn’t read it. It’s so funny how you write something because it’s working in your world and then you feel like other people got something out of it. Sometimes I think, “Well that’s silly. They are going to think I am so lame for even posting this…” and usually those are the ones that get the most feedback. I love that. We are all trying to figure it out, aren’t we?!?! This one has really affected my interactions and daily life…I hope it speaks to you as well.

And I have a new post up today (You will NEVER guess what it’s about. Because I am not at all consistent in my search to simplify…) and the comments are super helpful. One of the things mentioned as a resource is this book, which has become one of my new favorites. Honestly, there are a billion books that look just like this in the bookstore and I probably would have just thought it was another pretty book, but it is so much more. You will LOVE it, and you will love Tsh’s take on simplifying life. She is an amazing lady and is doing incredible things for the kingdom of God. I can’t recommend it highly enough! I noticed how many people referenced it over there so I wanted to share it with you here. So. So. Good. I have a stack of notes from reading it…thank you, Tsh. Your gifting and your heart are both out of this world.

OK, friends! I have another post rattling around in my head from an experience I had yesterday. It involves homeschooling, my friend Heather, and some of the best people-watching moments this side of the Mississippi. I will try to get to that soon….and yes, I have pictures. Well, not of all of it. That’s a good thing.

Love to everyone! See you soon :)

Go on and do one better!!!!!!!

Ang


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  • http://profiles.google.com/lottarockranch Kim S

    I read your post on (in)courage earlier this morning.

    It hit hard. I had experienced a terrible morning where I was anything but a kind, loving mother….primarily because I was feeling SO overwhelmed by things that I brought upon myself. (Aren’t those the worst kind of “things”?)

    In fact, after reading, I felt compelled to share my feelings on my blog as well. Although it isn’t as if I have a huge readership, I don’t want those that do occasionally stop by to think that my life is perfect. It is anything but.

    WE are anything but.

    I appreciate your genuineness.

  • Anonymous

    Is it sad that I am giddily (word?) looking forward to pictures of people-watching?

  • http://julesmpg.blogspot.com Julesmpg

    As always praying for you.

  • http://bethanylbishop.blogspot.com Bethanybishop

    This post made me smile! I love the way you are just you on this blog. Thanks for sharing and being real. It’s encouraging. :)

  • JenniferD

    Leaving bright and early for Des Moines too! Can’t wait to see you there! :)
    ~ Jennifer D.

  • http://www.steeletheday.com Candy

    Welcome to Iowa! I’m just sick that I don’t get to see you in person, but pray you have a safe trip. I’m sure our 90 degree weather will make you feel right at home ;)

  • Sharon

    You. CAN. Do. It. I know that when you take the stage again tomorrow and on Saturday you will be just as great as you were in Columbus when I was able to see you! I’ll never forget it. Praying you through.

    Love Sharon :) :)

  • Anne Summers

     Hi Angie. I’m new to commenting here, but I’ve been following your blog for the last several months. I’m so encouraged by your story! As a current Des Moines resident, I want to welcome you to Iowa. I’m sad I’ll be missing the conference, but I hope you enjoy yourself!

  • Lynn Worley

    We are always safe when we’re in the Lord’s Hands! Praying especially as you head for Des Moines!!!!!!!!
    Psalms 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
    Prayer Bears
    My email address

  • http://www.megmassey.com Meg

    Love the new design Angie.  It looks great!

  • Kaye

    Will be praying for safe travels and for you to have a fantastic weekend.  You CAN do it, yes you CAN:)  For HE is with you every step of the way…and will never leave you or forsake you.
    Loving the book about organization, now if only I will put it to good use, which is SO needed!
    And loved your ‘do one better’ post.  Thanks for the encouragement!
    Blessings today and every day,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22

  • Kelli

    Angie, I just love your sweet, honest heart. Sometimes I feel like you’re inside my head. Thanks for sharing your gift of words with us. I hope you have safe travels and I am excited to read your homeschooling post. I am looking at doing that next year with my kids and I’m a nervous wreck about it. I am currently soaking up every bit of information I can find about homeschooling. Have fun in Des Moines! :)

  • Heididh33

     You were so cute tonight! I feel like I should pack some mini-hair spray in my purse for you for tomorrow though. ;) I’m not sure I had your right email address because I never heard about a meet up and I’m sad I have to leave early tomorrow (it’s my niece’s first dance recital) and will miss your signing but I’m SO excited to see more of you on stage tomorrow!! 

  • Angelabrit1999

    Just heard your story at WOF!! Thank you for sharing your faith and courage through your storm with us!! It was so beautiful and just what I needed to hear!! Love and showers of blessings to you and your family!
    Angela K

  • andrea

    Thanks for sharing at wof today!
    We’ll be praying for your family and your ministry!

  • Resa

    Angie — you were so precious today.  I love your authenticity, your vulnerability that makes me feel so normal.  I love how the moments you were most calm were the times you were talking about Jesus and Peter.  Don’t you just love how in the midst of internal chaos, Jesus is your center, the place where you can re-collect your self?  (I’m not saying you weren’t “collected” on stage — I just loved how solid you were when the focus of your message turned straight to Jesus.  Your ability to share your sweet Audrey and your and Todd’s example of a loving, precious marriage were gifts to us all today.  Thank you.  I hope to see you at another WOF! 

    P.S.  I have twin daughters who will turn 4 this summer.  They’re SO fun, aren’t they?!  :)  

  • Heart n Soul

     Wow, so much going on, how very exciting. Looking forward to reading the post that is rattling around in your head :)

    • Heart n Soul

      Heart n Soul @ http://heartsoulexchange.blogspot.com/ (sorry but Disqus doesn’t link me back hence link :)

  • http://www.emilyburgerdesigns.com Emily

    Just listened to you at WOF today in Des Moines :) . You are one brave woman. Thank you so much for having courage and sharing your story! You did great!!!  

  • Jess

     Hi Angie, I just wanted to pop in and say hi after getting to see you at Women of Faith this weekend.  I got to speak with you briefly at your signing, and meet Selah on my way out too.  Your Audrey and my Eliana are enjoying God’s presence together as I type.  Thank you so much, again, for sharing your story of clinging to God through unspeakable pain, and sharing your beautiful Audrey with a live audience just as you have shared her with us on your blog.   Her story is beautiful, and so many were impacted today for Christ because of her life, and your courage to give your fear to God and step out of the boat.  I was so blessed to be there today, and if we don’t meet again this side of heaven, I look forward to the day we are both there, reunited with our daughters who grab our hands and can’t wait to show their mommy around heaven!  Also, I love your do one better post and will definitely be implementing that idea!  God bless you and your family!!

  • Shelenemarie

     Hi Angie, I saw you at WoF in Des Moines and fell in love with you!  :)  You were absolutely one of the most refreshing parts of the whole weekend.  With your honesty, vulnerability, openness, and just “real” personality, you just drew us all in with every word you shared.  I had heard of you and your blog from one of my friends, and I’m glad to connect with you in this way.  I will be checking in here frequently and adding it to my reading list.  :)  Thank you for being you and sharing your heart with us at WoF in Des Moines!  Love to you!

  • Essingtonjen

    Angie – got to hear you speak at WoF this past weekend. You were great! What a blessing you are to so many people – you have no idea how many hearts you are touching :) You may not think you have a knack for this speaking in public thing, but you really do. Just wanted to thank you for your large contribution to an amazing weekend!
    Jennifer Essington
    essingtonjen@gmail.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/dana.dennis Dana Dennis

    you rocked it in Des Moines, girl.  Seriously.  it was my 5th or 6th WoF and had a bunch of pals who’d never been… everyone loved your time on the platform and we were charmed by you on Friday – baby/troll hairs… you are HI-larious.

    On a personal note, we only had to wait a total of 6 wks from finding out things “weren’t right” to saying goodbye to our 3rd child, and only son.  that was long enough for us, I cannot imagine the length of time you all carried Audrey - I referred to it as the time during which the Father was polishing me – the rough sanding hurt, and each time I could feel the change to a finer grit, things would seem easier until there were more moments when a particularly painful spot was revisited, still I knew I was burnished and glowing – with pain and with the assurance of knowing there is nothing He gives that I cannot endure if I allow Him to hold me up, rather than fighting as if I were alone. 

    Thanks for sharing your story. 

  • sweetb

    Angie-
     
    Just wanted to stop by and tell you that you did and AMAZING job at WOF in Des Moines.  Thank you to both you and Todd for sharing Audrey with us on such a personal level.  You are absolutely  adorable and even though you were nervous, you did great.  I applaud your bravery and courage.
     
    You have touch so many hearts and have given hope and courage to moms everywhere who have suffered infant loss.  Thank you

  • LB

    Angie:
    Saw you at WOF in Des Moines.  You were awesome!!  I have some of your same fears……puking from nerves, lack of feeling in the legs with extreme nerves……and God is BIG ENOUGH to get us through those moments :-)   Could have listened to you and Selah for hours.  Awesome message….thanks for letting God use you to stir others to bigger, better faith in our Savior!!

  • Lisa Young

    Hi Angie, I was at Women of Faith and had a great weekend.  I have been having a lot of medical problems that keeps me off of the truck.  My  boyfriend drives a truck and I’m unable to go with him cause I’m in so much pain.  Still trying to figure out what’s going on.  Frustrating.  I have been having problems with how does someone pray?  I prayed this weekend to have God come into my heart and I felt him in there this weekend.  My mom is on the kidney transplant list and her kidneys are working only 10% and sleeping 20 hours a day, she’s inArizona right now, and called last night saying that today (Sunday) was one of the  best days she’s had for a long time. 
    This was my first Women of Faith and I so want to come back NOW.  lol  I had so much fun with my sister and law and I will definitely go back next year.  Love you all.

  • Axosargent

    Wonderful job in Des Moines! Thanks for sharing your story!

     

  • Anonymous

    I wanted to write to thank you and the ladies from the WOF organization. You all were so wonderful in sharing your stories in Des Moines and gave me so much to ponder and think about. I have never been sure of my relationship with God and needed some inspiration. I so admire people who are so strong and sure in their faith. I just don’t know where to look or how to begin. I grew up in the church and still go as an adult, but am just not Sure he’s there or how to know. Such a frustrating feeling. I thank you for introducing us to Audrey. She’s so beautiful and obviously touched so many people in such a short time. I have been an OB nurse for 6-7 years and appreciate that you are willing to share your story with so many other women and their families. It is so hard to cope and to get through something like that with a family that is intact and strong in their faith and love for one another. You will and have helped many people! Thanks again.

  • Mustang2671

    I wanted to let you know you did a great job at the WOF Des Moines. You are a great speaker that will just keep getting better and better.  I am halfway through I Will Carry You and it is an amazing book. I will definately share it with everyone who will listen to me. I have been though a loss of a child myself. I carried my Nathan up to 34 weeks with no idea of God’s plan. We delivered by emergency section and he was born alive but he only lived a few hours. We have no idea what was wrong, but He knew. We believe that He felt whatever was wrong was something beyond what we could handle at that time. We feel blessed to have had Nathan for as long as we did, but we have so many questions. Sometimes it is hard to get past the questions and just trust in Him. Your book is very therapudic(sp?) for me. It will be 8 years July 31. Please keep doing what you are doing and know that you are reaching more people than you realize and helping them in so many ways. You are an amazing addition to WOF. I look forward to seeing you again.

    Shannon

  • Megan W.

     Angie, I attended my first WOF in Des Moines this past weekend and LOVED it.  I cried all of my makeup off, then laughed my head off over and over again.  You did such an amazing job.  I am so thankful that you shared Audrey’s story and video with us.  I am in the middle of reading your book and have sobbed through most of it.  Keep doing what you are doing because you have amazing talent and have touched my heart!

  • Lori Kilpatrick

    Thank you so much for standing up there, fig-leaf-free.  It showed.   Oh, what I would do to have the kind of faith it takes to climb out of this boat I’m in…  :)

    I do have a quick question, you mentioned Kudios?  can you tell me how you spell that?  I called my cousin, who is a language guru, and he went into a very specific language lesson I can’t even pretend to understand, let alone share. 

    What I did get;  he said Kyrios (keer-ee-ous) is Greek? or Latin? for Lord, and the other one :) is Kyrie (key-ree) so, since I’m sure (we NEED a twinkling-eye or ’teasing’ font!!!) you have nothing better to do than read through and respond to these comments…

    Whenever.  :)

    Have you read “Heaven is for Real”?  I LOVE that part about the miscarriage.  I am so glad for you and your husband to be able to have had all that time with Audrey.  I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but to make your entire pregnancy so meaningfull… inspiring to say the least. :)
    :)   I never learned how to end a talk, either.  :) :) :)   I guess I’ll just go.

  • Marcia

    Angie,
    Hearing you in Des Moines at WOF was such a blessing.. You are simply amazing.. Baby troll hairs and deranged gophers.. You are so real and the love of God radiates through you. I was so blessed to meet Audrey and want to thank you for sharing her with us. The video was amazing and hearing Selah sing I will carry you.. was just so amazing.. Seeing you and Todd interacting was priceless. Knowing  that you have gone through a tough time and have been able to walk through that time and come out on the other side with a message of God’s love, grace and mercy is awesome. 
    Thank you for being so real, personable and sharing your story and God’s love with us. I laughed with you and cried with you and you touched me in a way I cannot explain, but know God truly is using your life.. Thank you for being open to His leading and enjoy the Porch.. Hope to see you again soon..  

  • Nicole

    Angie,
    I have to say hearing you in DM was an amazing experience and all that you have shared has been an inspiration to me. For the last week I have had I will Carry you in my head day and night and has made me realize leaving it all in God’s hands is all you can do, and then great things truly do happen. I have had 2 miscarriages in the last year and just the thought that I have carried the babies as long as I was able to was all I could do. The rest is up to Him. We are continuing to try for another healthy baby and I am at ease and know it is in God’s hands. Thanks again, you are truly inspirational.  

  • Jmschroeder

    Angie,
    I was at my first ever WOF in DES Moines. You were SO amazing! My favorite part by FAR. I’m about half way through your book and have listened to the song on my new Selah CD about a million times. Your story has touched my heart and so many others as well. Thank you for doing what you do (despite the adorable nerves)! I know that God has blessed me in so many ways, the greatest being that just three months ago, I was ‘born again’ and have had the love of Jesus flooding into my heart ever since. It’s something that can’t really be explained until you feel it. It was like the light bulb came on for me and I see everything in life in such a different way… ‘was blind but now I see’. your faith and trust in the Lord was so obvious in both you and Todd. I so want that with me and my husband and my children as well. I pray that he will give me the guidance to make that happen. thanks again for all that you do. And selah is awesome awesome awesome. Pass that along to your hubby:) and if Amy ever leaves the group I want her place! I’m a singer also:) just haven’t made it any farther than my shower and car in good ole small town Iowa:)
    Take care Angie.
    Love In Christ,
    JEANA

  • Wilkinson LucindaL

     you were amazing, beautiful, real, and absolutely inspiring…
    PS thank you for just being y0u and for being so real. your faith is unreal. i am loving your book. it has made me laugh out loud and cry. Love, one of the twins towards the end of your book signing line :)

  • Jlee

    Angie I have to say that you are an amazing women. I was at WOF in Des Moines and you were my favorite. I have been telling everyone since how great you are. Your story was so touching. Thank you for staring. God Bless.