our family

I WALKED IN TO A NEW CHURCH AND THERE HE WAS.  PLAYING GUITAR AND SINGING. I LOOKED AT MY FRIEND AND SAID 'I'D COME BACK JUST TO MEET HIM.' AND I DID. AND IN OUR FIRST CONVERSATION HE TOLD ME THREE TIMES THAT HE WAS SINGLE. IT WAS FANTASTIC. THEN HE WAS A LITTLE SHADY WHEN I TOLD HIM I WAS 28. HE SAID 'OH I'M ABOUT THE SAME AGE, JUST A COUPLE YEARS YOUNGER. OVER SIX!!!!!! OVER SIX YEARS YOUNGER!!!!  (WHICH HE FINALLY TOLD ME AFTER WEEKS OF DATING... BUT, LIKE HE SAYS, IT ALL WORKED OUT) AFTER THREE MONTHS OF BEING TOGETHER EVERY DAY, EXCPET ONE WEEK WHEN HE WAS ON A MISSIONS TRIP IN MEXICO, HE PROPOSED. AND OH. MY. WORD. WHAT AN AMAZING PROPOSAL IT WAS!  SO MUCH SO THAT I FORGOT TO SAY YES! WE STARTED PLANNING OUR WEDDING. THEN QUICKLY DECIDED THAT WE WERE GOING TO DO AWAY WITH ALL OF OUR BIG IDEAS. SO AFTER THREE MONTHS - TO THE DAY - OF THE PROPOSAL, WE HAD AN IMMEDIATE FAMLIY ONLY WEDDING (WITH A FEW CLOSE FRIENDS) AND THEN WENT OUT FOR PIZZA AFTER. WE DID HAVE A DESSERT ONLY RECEPTION AFTER PIZZA THAT WE INVITED ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO. OUR WEDDING DAY WAS SOOOO COLD. WE STILL DID OUR PICTURES OUTSIDE IN THE FREEZING COLD. AND NEVER REGRETTED IT! WHEN WE LEFT THE RECEPTION IT WAS SLEETING/HAILING. IT WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY FUN EXIT! I REMEMBER LAUGHING AS WE GOT IN THE CAR TO LEAVE! AND IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING NINE YEARS... AND COUNTING.  
P.S. WE STARTED AMP WITH THE GIFTS OF MONEY PEOPLE GAVE US FOR OUR WEDDING! WHO KNEW WE'D END UP COMING THIS FAR!

amy, meet ross, ross, meet amy

our story of how we met, our three months of dating, three month engagement, then a wedding.

- family - 

- romans 5:3-5 - 

- fred - 

I WANTED SOMETHING TO REPRESENT MY FAMILY. THE THREE BIRDS ARE THE THREE OF US (SORRY ZEKE) I WANTED THE BRANCHES THEY ARE ON TO BE IMPERFECT AND BROKEN LOOKING TO REFLECT THAT WE ARE IMPERFECT, AND A LITTLE BROKEN. BUT WE ARE STILL TOGETHER AND THAT IS WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT.

WE REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE, PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE. AND HOPE DOES NOT PUT US TO SHAME, BECAUSE GOD’S LOVE HAS BEEN POURED OUT INTO OUR HEARTS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US. IN 38 YEARS I HAVE BEEN IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS, HAVE BEEN DIVORCED, STRUGGLED FOR YEARS WITH INFERTILITY, HAD A HOUSE THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT THROUGH A TORNADO, LOST OUR CHILDREN WE WERE GOING TO BE ADOPTING FROM RUSSIA WHEN AMERICAN ADOPTIONS WERE BANNED. BUT THROUGH IT ALL THE ONE THING THAT WAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN WAS GOD’S LOVE FOR ME. IT’S AMAZING WHAT I THOUGHT WERE THE WORST THINGS AT THE TIME - I WOULD GO THROUGH ALL OF THEM AGAIN IN A HEART BEAT. THE BEST THINGS CAME BECAUSE OF THESE TRIALS. AND I AM THE PERSON I AM BECAUSE OF THEM.

I WAS LIVING THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM HOME, DOING MY OWN SELFISH THINGS. I DECIDED TO GET MY VERY FIRST TATTOO WITH SOME FRIENDS. I WAS GOING TO GET SOMETHING THAT REPRESENTED WHERE I WAS LIVING. I WAS STRUGGLING WITH MY OWN IDENTITY AT THE TIME. WHEN IT WAS MY TURN TO TELL THEM MY CHOICE FOR A TATTOO I DECIDED I WANTED TO GET ‘FRED’… WHAT MY DAD CALLED ME SINCE I WAS YOUNG. I GOT MY TATTOO AND MOVED BACK HOME WHERE I BELONGED. 

some of my favorite things

about us

I LIKE BEING COLD SO I CAN WEAR PJS AND DRINK HOT DRINKS. BIT OF A WILD CHILD. FILLED WITH EMOTION AND EMPATHY. LOVE BEING A WIFE AND A MOM. LOVE TO GET IN TO TROUBLE WITH HARVEY. DON'T MESS WITH THE ONES I LOVE, CAUSE YIKES. I EAT DOUGHNUTS WITH HARVEY A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK. WILL PLOW THROUGH A WHOLE BATCH OF COOKIES IN 24-48 HOURS. TEXTBOOK OVER-SHARER. GENEROUS, A 'TAD' INDEPENDENT, AND A 'TAD' STRONG WILLED. AND I LOVE LOVE LOVE PEOPLE!!

CRAZY CONSISTENT. ROSS IS HARD WORKING, DEDICATED AND LOYAL. HE IS AN AMAZING HUSBAND AND FATHER. HE WAS BORN AN 80 YEAR OLD MAN. HES MATURE AND WISE. LOVES PEOPLE, BUT ALSO LOVES KEEPING TO HIMSELF. GETS ENERGIZED BY WORKING OUTSIDE ON OUR HOUSE. ALL ABOUT PROJECTS.  WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE A DOG THAN OUR CAT. LOVES GRILLING AND SITTING OUTSIDE BY THE LAKE. WILL WORK ALL DAY AT HIS JOB, COME HOME EVERY EVENING READY TO WILLINGLY AND JOYFULLY BE A DOTING, SERVING, PLAYFUL FATHER AND HUSBAND. (AND MAY I ADD HE LOOKS AMAZING)

THIS GUY. HUGE HUGE HEART FOR PEOPLE. FIERCELY PROTECTIVE. HILARIOUS. EMPATHETIC. BOUNDARY PUSHER. ATHLETE PRETTY SURE HE SHOULD BE A MODEL. LOVES TO HELP OUT AROUND THE HOUSE. LOVES TO PLAY JOKES ON PEOPLE. LOVES TO SING AND PLAY GUITAR WITH HIS DADDY. WE HAVE TO BRIBE HIM WITH FRUIT IN ORDER TO GET HIM TO EAT MEAT AND CARBS. (THOUGH HE WOULD EAT DOUGHNUTS EVERY DAY IF WE'D LET HIM) HILARIOUSLY MANIPULATIVE AND CLEVER. LOVES TO SWIM. PLAYS 'MR BEN' AND 'SMOKES' THE BASEBALL WHEN HE HITS IT. INCREDIBLY SWEET AND LOVING. SO SO SO SMART AND EMOTIONALLY AWARE.  

HE'S A DOG TRAPPED INSIDE THE BODY OF A CAT...
HE ATTACKS OUR LEGS AND FEET AS WE ARE WALKING. HE WILL LET HARVEY DO ANYTHING TO HIM, BUT NO ONE ELSE. A CUDDLER BY HIS OWN WILL. LOVES TO PLAY FETCH. HATES THE SUN, ALWAYS LAYS IN THE SHADE. LIKES TO ATTACK HAIR. DUMPS HIS WATER OUT OF HIS BOWL EVERY DAY IF IT'S NOT FRESH. GETS IN THE SHOWER WHILE IT IS RUNNING. A MAMA'S BOY. 

AMY

ROSS

HARVEY

ZEKE

my obsession at weddings - the details!

I love all things vintage. I'm a gifter. I love designing + creating - clothes, carpentry, our house. I love any excuse to get really dressed up, but if I'm at home you will always find me in my pajamas. I have -
been married to an amazing man for almost 10 years |
 a seriously loving, hilarious, handsome 4 year old |
a cuddly yet insane cat. 
the wrinkles are real.

i'm amy

HELLO FUTURE
AMP BRIDES + GROOMS!

my obsession at weddings -
the details!