If you are reading this wondering, “hmmm, that’s odd haven’t heard from Amy in a while, what’s she doing in my in-box?” Rejoice with me! The Messy Middle  has finally been released from Trend Micro (a virus protector/evil rabbit hole to fall into) purgatory! The insanity that started mid-August in which I became in internet leper may almost be over.  More about the experience another day. But today, today I want to tell you about Jeremy.

I met Jeremy Statton sometime in August. He’d written a post about adopting two kids from China, one from the north and one from the south. My comment was along the lines of “so you’ve got a noodle eater and a rice eater!” From there, he asked a bit about my story and it lead to an interview.

Jeremy encourages people to Live Better Stories, an idea I’m definitely all for (hula-hooping anyone? milking fake cows?). I’m over at his place today talking about a variety of things, one of which is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Please pop over, I felt a holy stirring as I was answering his questions. I hope you sense it too.

In which Jeremy interviews Amy … see you at Living Better Stories.


P.S. If you’re here from Jeremy’s site, warmly welcome as we say in China. Feel free to poke around and if you’re interested in subscribing, just use the button to the right. Thanks for dropping by! Amy

Categories: China, Cross cultural, Faith



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  1. Carol May 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I discovered your blog this week, from a facebook share of last year’s mother’s day post. That was good, but as a 39-year-old single woman contemplating returning to live and work in Nepal (a place where I have felt “fit her so well, she was truly and fully herself” as you expressed so well of China), it is your posts on living and serving in another country that have been so helpful for me. And as I wonder if God is leading me toward that return, it was helpful to read this post – both to appropriately ‘count the cost’ in the decision ahead (the leaving of nieces and nephews was already counted), but also to be reminded that it is worth it to follow the leading of the places He is directing us to.

    I wish you every blessing in this transition you are in now, that you will be held in the arms of the God who goes ahead, and with you, in this journey.

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      Amy May 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Carol, Nepal! I’m thankful that the interview was helpful. Going the first time wasn’t too hard, but as you saw, stage of life does (duh) change things. Welcome to this side of the world! I don’t know if you found my post in January about stepping into my own River Jordan :) … the journey continues. Blessings, Amy

      • Carol May 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        I did indeed see your River Jordon post, and thus my last sentence wishing you blessings in your transition and continued journey.

        Did you find the fit between you and China changed when you returned, or was it primarily the things you were leaving behind in the US that made it harder?


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