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Inspired Blogger: Amy Patton

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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!

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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?


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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Rosann
    February 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Amy! It’s nice to meet you. I love your mission statement and your picture. Beautiful tiger!! 🙂
    Rosann recently posted..7 Secrets to Stay Married to Your Spouse Well Into the Golden Years

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    Ashley
    February 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I just LOVE every bit of reading this and getting to know new people! She is amazing!
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      Amy E Patton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Ashley, Thank you so much for the kind words. It is an honor to know someone as generous and kind as Barbie. I am learning very quickly her readers are just like her. Amy
      Amy E Patton recently posted..A Birthday Prayer for Clifford Bruffey

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    Jenn @Home is Where...
    February 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Amy, I loved meeting you through this post. Your mission statement and love for people really inspired me tonight.
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      Amy E Patton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Jenn, Thank you. I am glad I was able to encourage you. As a home school mom, I am certain you inspire many people through the words you share on your blog and in your life. Amy
      Amy E Patton recently posted..I surrender

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    Beth
    February 4, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Hello Amy! So nice to meet you. I love how Barbie shares her friends with us! And guess what? I live near Chicago too! (Northwest suburbs) 🙂 Looking forward to coming over to your place to get to know you a little better.
    Blessings,
    Beth
    Beth recently posted..How God Reveals His Love for Us Through Our Stories {Circles of Faith}

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      Amy E Patton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hi Beth! Thanks so much for the kind words. Since you are in the NW burbs of Chicago, I guess you are experiencing another cold and snowy day. I grew up in GA. They have experienced some challenging winter weather this year. Reading about their enthusiasm (and frustration) over 1 inch of snow has encouraged me to try to appreciate the beauty of it all and the ability to continue to live life as normal in the midst of it. (Although I admit…in 4 weeks I will be more than ready for the seasons to begin to shift!) Looking forward to stopping by your blog and visiting some more. Amy (PS- I live in Oswego, just outside of Naperville/Aurora)
      Amy E Patton recently posted..A Birthday Prayer for Clifford Bruffey

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    Joan
    February 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Amy! It’s so nice to meet you! I’m going to head over to your blog to check it out, plus, I’m just dying to find out how you got that picture of yourself with the Tiger!! Blogging has been such a blessing for me, too. I love being able to connect with other women and share our hearts and love of God with each other.

    Blessings, Joan
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    Wanda
    February 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks Barbie for introducing Amy. The photo with the tiger sure piques my interest. Nice to meet you Amy!
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      Amy E Patton
      February 5, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Hi Wanda! Thanks for stopping by. First hint about the tiger picture: I am not an adventure kind of girl so me with a tiger is completely out of the norm! It is a reminder of a lesson God taught me that I need to keep in front of me daily. Until next time, Amy
      Amy E Patton recently posted..A Birthday Prayer for Clifford Bruffey

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    Mindy
    February 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    What a nice way to meet someone new! I am on my way to visit your blog Amy.
    Mindy recently posted..Getting wet, diving in, going deep

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