Inspired Blogger: Amy Patton
I love this on line community. Through blogging, I have met some beautiful souls. I can’t remember where I met Amy, but I do remember being intrigued by the photo of her with the Tiger! If you are curious, you can read more about that here. Amy is real, down to earth, encouraging, and has a beautiful smile! I know you will love her and her blog as much as I do.
Without further adieu, meet Amy Patton!
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Amy! I am a Southern girl living in a winter wonderland near Chicago. I’ve been married to the man I adore for 22 years. We have three terrific and almost fully grown kids who I love to talk about. I’ve had the privilege of being a stay at home mom all of these years, and now God has blessed me with the opportunity to be a stay at home writer. Words are my music. People are my heart. God is my reason.
How long have you been blogging and how/why did you start?
I began blogging in 2006. We had recently moved from Indianapolis to the Chicago area. I missed my family and friends terribly. My youngest played travel baseball. Tanya, one of the baseball moms who knew I was struggling, told me I should blog to keep in touch with everyone. So, on Halloween while the kids were trick-or-treating I logged into Blogger and created my first blog, Patton Place. I didn’t do a great job of keeping up. I posted a grand total of 7 times in 2 years!
In August of 2008, my family was barely hanging on. Our daughter was struggling emotionally in ways we couldn’t comprehend. I needed an outlet to process what I was going through. More than anything I needed people to pray. So, I decided to start a new blog on Typepad called A Spirited Vein. I cannot begin to tell you what a lifeline that blog was. My audience was small but somehow opening the door to the most difficult parts of our lives to others invited healing and grace that I don’t think we would have found any other way.
After a year of blogging faithfully about Keighty, I decided to expand my content to all things Patton. During that time I went through my own emotional crisis- which I did not blog about. As I began to work through things I decided to change the name of my blog to something that better represented my life. Thus, Marching Through Life was born the day before my 40th birthday (January 28, 2011). MTL has been such a blessing. It has grown as I have grown. Last year I made the leap from Typepad to WordPress. This fall I added the tagline “Walking in Freedom” to my title because God showed me that while we are all just marching through life, His aim for us is so much greater. He longs for our daily march to occur step by step in the freedom He so graciously offers.
What is the purpose of your blog?
The purpose of my blog mirrors my life’s mission statement. It is centered on my heart’s greatest personal need and my highest hope for others:
To help others discover freedom and to unleash them to walk in that freedom every day.
What do you most enjoy about blogging?
More than anything, I love being able to share my heart with others. My second favorite thing about blogging is all the technical stuff. I love coding and design work. I am amazed at the beauty one can create with a few lines of html.
What are you passionate about?
There are so many ways I could answer this, but I suppose it all boils down to two things: people and church. I love people, and I love the church. If I could somehow intersect people with the church (not religion, but the living breathing spirit filled Church) I believe our world would be transformed.
Who or what inspires you?
Beauty and Stories. Oh, and beautiful stories. 🙂
Tell us something random about yourself.
I wanted to be Annie when I grew up- not the little orphan part but the Broadway singer part.
Will you share with us one of your favorite posts and what you love about it?
Several come to mind, but there is one post that I love above all others. It is an old one, dating all the way back to November 2008. It is a story of how God showed up in a most miraculous way: When Is A Rainbow Just A Rainbow. It reminds me of how much our Father loves us and how He is constantly and creatively at work in our everyday, ordinary lives.
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Amy, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to get to know you better!
Friends, will you head over to Amy’s Blog to say hello?