Friday, January 16, 2009

An Interview By JanJanMom

I have been asked to answer some questions by JanJanMom at the All in a Day's Work blog. And by asked, I mean that I asked her to ask me.

Don't judge. It's all in the name of blogging fun.

Before I share with you the questions and answers though, you have to read what she said about me first.

She said: Amy-I'm a honey (this is what I thought your blog site meant for an embarrassingly long time).


Well, even though Shannon thinks that I am a honey (thank goodness), it's really just A-for Amy, followed by Mahoney- my last name. And JanJanMom, don't feel embarrassed at all. My best bloggy buddy, Shelly, thought the same thing about me.;)


Okay, now for the questions and answers. Here we go.

1. What is the most challenging thing about a long recovery?

Aside from not always looking my personal best.......

I would have to say that the hardest thing for me, personally, has been the feeling of uselessness. It is very difficult to need so much help around the house. I am still not used to it. And I feel very badly about all of the added responsibility and pressure that my long recovery has put on Shannon. He has handled it with so much grace and compassion though, that I have been blessed beyond belief to see him shine through this whole experience. So for that reason alone, I would not change one thing that we have been through. God has used this trial to bring us even closer together, and for that, I am truly thankful.

2. What is the best Christmas gift you ever gave?

The best gift that I have ever given anybody would have to be the ring that I gave Shannon for Christmas several years ago. I gave it to him when we were both still healing from some difficult times in our marriage. (I wrote a little about that time here.)
Anyway, the ring has the Bible verse Song of Solomon 6:3 on it. "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."
During that time I was still unable to "show" Shannon how I felt all of the time, so I gave him the ring as a "physical" and "visual" reminder of my love for him.
The verse has even a little more special meaning to us personally, because my name, Amy, means "beloved."
Shannon was so moved by the gift, that when he opened it up that Christmas morning, his eyes filled up with tears. It meant (and still means) so much to him.
Last year we found the exact same ring for me, so now we have a matching set.

Please just excuse our winter dry skin. Sigh.

3. What do you say to a grieving family at funeral home visitation?

Not very long ago, I had to go through this very thing with a family that I dearly love. The only thing that I could do was hug each member of the family and tell them how sorry I was for their loss, and that I loved them.

4. Tell about the best way you have found to keep "smart alec backtalk" from your children out of your life.

Just kidding.

5. If a group of 20 people were coming to your house for dinner, what would you make to feed them?

The first thing that I would do is tell Shannon to take his shirt off and fire up the grill. ;)

Seriously, just feel free to completely ignore me.

Shannon and I would probably cook up a bunch of chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs and serve some french fries or chips and dip too. For dessert we would have a lot of chocolate chip cookies and maybe some chocolate pudding pies.

We would most definitely break out our finest paper plates and Solo cups (with a Sharpie to write our names with) too. We are very classy that way.

Well, folks, that is all of my blogging nonsense for today. If you would like to be interviewed by JanJanMom or me, leave a message in my comments section, and JanJanMom or I will come up with some kind of nonsense to ask you about.;)


Mia said...

I LOVE the rings. At the risk of being an idea thief you must tell me where you got them?
Thank you for your sweet comment,prayers and good thoughts for Bookworm : )

Sondre Lyn said...

Wow, we are so similar it is just plain scary... I too have my husband remove his shirt and fire up the grill for company! haha JK!

I love your rings! And it is such a great verse. My kids picked their purity rings, and the rings they picked are similar, but the verse is in Hebrew. Which satisfies the nerd in us! :D

And I love chocolate pudding pie. I didn't think anyone else made that anymore! mmmm... yummy stuff! said...

Good job today! You have such a great sense of humor!
I Love YOU!!!
Stay warm - it's FREEEEZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Mom :)

valerie said...

I love the rings. What a special gift the two of you share.

That's so funny about the names on the cups with Sharpie markers. There were about 22 at my mom & dad's for Christmas dinner and we all had our names on our cups.

I sure wish I lived closer to you. You're right...we could have a cup of coffee or go out for Mexican food and have the best time talking for hours. Maybe one day a bunch of us can get together in a town somewhere in-between for a good 'ole blogger's convention. Wouldn't that be fun?

Have a great weekend, Amy!
Love ya,

Tracey said...

I LOVE THOSE RINGS!!! I also love Shannon without his shirt need to move to Hawaii or something so that this would be a daily occurance.

Nikowa@KHA said...

"What we have here is Failure to Communicate!" ROFL!!!! I need one of those batons! :) (JUST KIDDING)

LOVE your rings!!!!!! (I want a set too~)

Mia said...

Oh by the way I forgot to add...YES you ARE a honey!

Kysha said...

Amy, I'm am so out of the loop. I didn't know you were on bed rest. Oh, I pray you are back to normal soon but don't push yourself. I love the rings. You have such a beautiful way with words. And you better get Shannon's pic off your blog. Too hot! Tssss! :)

Laura said...

You made me cry with the story about the ring...

And laugh when I watched the video. Is that Cool Hand Luke? One of my husband's faves. Now I know where he got his strategy for nipping smart alecky talk in the bud! (Just kidding).

luv you, Amy!

Michele said...

I love those rings! They are wonderful. I love your answers, as always!

Gina said...

I love your matching rings....too cute! Can I be one of the 20 people you have over? I'll bring the Diet Coke. Oh, and tell Shannon I like my burger medium well. :)

Have a great weekend my friend!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Love the rings and that verse.

I think JanJanmom must be playing too much have that one card game...I can't think of it at the time but it's words that you have to say together make another like-sounding phrase. THe one on the commercial has words on the card that result in the phrase "I'm a love machine." I'm sure you know what game I'm referencing.

3Strands said...

If I come eat---which I hope I can someday--Shannon can leave his shirt on---might keep down on me being jealous of youre mans chest---hope you are doing well---miss seeing you and Shannon --- take care

janjanmom said...

You are a honey and I love how you deflected that backtalk question.

Oh yeah, quit pimpin' yo man. That is not the best way to bring in extra income, ( ;

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I love the story of the rings...that is beautiful!! I am so glad you two were able to make things are quite an inspiration!!


diane said...

Love the rings and learning more about you. By the way you are a honey. Would he take his shirt off in winter?

Smiling Shelly said...

Oh how fun! I'll play...Hit me with your best shot. ;)

What a beautiful gift - love that!
I am currently in search of something I can call a wedding ring...I may have to look into something similar.

Please ask Shannon to keep in mind that I don't like onions when ya'll have us over. ;) And this time, I'm gonna get two slices of that yummy pie.

Much Love to you am-a-honey! ;)

CathM said...

Hey... popped in and read your post. I’m in a dark, desperate (about-to-give up kinduv’) place waiting on God for a miracle and a breakthrough in my life and relationships! It was encouraging to read your post re your hubby coming to faith. And, I felt especially convicted by this verse: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9). Thanks for your honest reflections!

Pamela (His maidservant) said...

Amy-I love those rings!! I might have to do that for our anniversay in March. Sweet!!

Thanks for sharing!

In His Graces~Pamela

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

I love those rings!!!

And we are fancy just like you...we break out the solo cups and sharpie markers at almost every get-together we have.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

I love those rings!!!

And we are fancy just like you...we break out the solo cups and sharpie markers at almost every get-together we have.

hulagirlatheart said...

That sounds like the kind of dinner party I would like. I could wear my flip-flops.

My Goodness said...

I love those rings! Very sweet!! I'd love to be invited to that dinner party...but I don't think I could eat with half-naked Shannon sitting around...let him at least wear a wife-beater!! LOL

Denise said...

I really love those rings. How wonderfully meaningful they will always be for you guys!