Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mother's Day Interview (+ GIVEAWAY) with Amy Clipston


A Mother’s Day Interview with Amy Clipston


I am proud to celebrate Mother’s Day with Amish fiction author, Amy Clipston, by hosting her in a special mother-themed interview and contest packed with some wonderful goodies. Please enjoy the interview, get to know Amy as a loving mom and daughter, and then enter the contest at the end.

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Q:  Amy, please share a special "proud mom" moment that you had with each of your boys. I'm thinking of the Scripture that "Mary kept all these things in her heart" and thought there might be something that even they don't know about.

        This year each of my boys has moved me to tears because of their loving and giving hearts. I’m not going to use any names in order to protect their privacy.
        One of my sons stood up to a bully by defending another boy who was being harassed. When the bully called the victim horrible names, my son walked up to the bully and gave him a piece of his mind. The bully was stunned silent and left the victim alone. I can’t express how proud I am that my child didn’t stand by and allow a bully to hurt another child.
        My other son was a blessing to his friend when he needed help. His friend was depressed shared while they were talking online that he was thinking about hurting himself. My son texted the other boy’s mother and told her he was worried about him. When this issue came up again when my son was with his friend, he listened to his friend talk and even cried with him while offering him comfort. I had tears in my eyes when my son shared this with me.
        I’m really proud of my sons for helping others in their time of need. I believe my sons will continue to be a blessing to others.


Q:  Can you share one of your parenting goof ups?

        Oh, there are so many, but some I would never put on display in a blog! Ha ha! 
        The one I will share happened the weekend before Zac started Kindergarten. Joe and I took him to the beach at the Outer Banks, and we spent the day on Oregon Inlet. It was overcast, and I stupidly didn’t think we needed sunblock. I didn’t know until later that Zac burned terribly on his shoulders, and he went to school the following day in pain. To make matters worse, he developed blisters. I cried! It was terrible. I felt so horrible for allowing him to get hurt that way. (Please don’t send me hate mail. I learned my lesson!)


Q:  Please share a special memory of your mother.

        My favorite memory as a child is going to the movies with my mother every Saturday. We would go to see a matinee, and we had the best time! My love of movies truly comes from my parents.
        This might sound corny, but my mom and I make special memories every day. She lives with my family and me, and she’s my best friend. We watch movies and television shows together, and we share books. While I’m working on a book, she sits in the same room and reads in order to keep my company. She helps me plot out my stories and she reads my books for typos. I can’t imagine not having her in my life. I’m so thankful God blessed me with the best mom!


Q:  What "proud mom" moment would your Nana share about you?

        My nana passed away when I was a junior in high school, and I wish she could have met my sons. (I also wish she could read my books!) I believe my nana would be proud to see my sons are good, thoughtful, funny young men. I think she’d also be proud of me for raising my sons in the church and working hard to teach them how to be respectful members of our society.


Q:  As a mother, what is your prayer for your boys?

        My prayer is that they stay healthy and they find a profession they love. I also pray that if they chose to marry, they find someone who is nice and who will treat them with love and respect. I tell them repeatedly that love should never make them feel bad about themselves. I pray with all of my heart that they will be happy.

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GIVEAWAY




Amy has put together an incredible prize package, so be sure to enter below. This isn’t required, but I’d love for you to share a personal mom or daughter thought inspired by Amy’s interview in the comment section. Also, please help spread the word by clicking on this link and sharing my Facebook post.

Contest ends on May 31, 2017. US mailing addresses only.




22 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great Mother's Day interview. I always loved Mother's Day. As a child our school would have a fair and I loved searching for the perfect gift for mom. My purchases were never anything grand, usually a teacup and saucer or a handmade apron. I was always so proud.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Katrina, I remember school fairs like that and may have even bought an apron or two. My mom loved pretty aprons and had quite a collection. I also made a craft-type gift occasionally. Nothing grand, like you said, but she sure seemed to treasure them. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. My favorite Mother's Day Memory, as a daughter, was the time my mom & I shared a breakfast on our front porch so we could watch the birds! :) I prepared and baked our meal and my mom provided the mugs we used with our tea or coffee. She has a bird themed set of mugs and we used those. My dad took a few photos for me with my mom and I at our tea party! :)


    Diane @ buierocks2002@yahoo.com

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    1. What a sweet memory to treasure, Diane! Simple times like that are often the best. I lost my mom several years ago and have similar memories. Thank you for visiting and sharing.

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  3. amy guillaume lindermanMay 3, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    we always used to go to a mother daughter fashion show and luncheon at church!

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    1. So many fun traditions around Mother's Day, Amy. I don't think we ever had a fashion show, but we always had a mother/daughter banquet. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

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  4. My mother is now in a memory care facility so our Mother's Days have certainly changed but I cherish her as she is and I am blessed to have her.

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  5. We don't really have a Mother's Day tradition, unless you can call that it is a day I don't have to cook, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. That makes it special indeed, Wendy! May you and your loved ones have a wonderful day.

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  6. I love getting together with my kids and going out for dinner on Mother's Day. Every year we try a new place and create new memories. Just being with them all is great in it's self.

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    1. Thank you, Miss Connie! I really appreciate that.

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  8. My favorite Mother's Day tradition would be visiting her church on that day. She always knew that I would be there but when she saw me, her face lit up like a Christmas tree. Can you imagine her face when I arrive in Heaven? Sorry, I have to go now and cry.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I really don't have one. Giveaway looks great.

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  10. My favorite Mother's Day is that my grown children take me to lunch. I love being with my kids. They are in their 30's, but they still delight me.

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  11. I miss my mother every day, but she's in heaven with Jesus and those from our family who have gone before me. I remember her sweet disposition and patience with me, the baby of three daughters. She taught me so many useful skills--sewing, cooking, bed making, ironing, doing laundry, grocery shopping, reading, piano playing, Bible study, praying, napping, working jigsaw puzzles, playing games for relaxation, and many other wonderful skills. She was a great mom!

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  12. We always gave my Mom a beautiful corsage on Mother's Day which she proudly wore to church.

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  13. I still take a hanging basket of flowers and go see my dear 87 year old mama for a Mothers Day. She is a precious blessing.

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  14. The greatest memory I have of Mother's Day was when I became a mom to my beautiful daughter on Mother's Day. God blessed me with a wonderful, beautiful baby girl who has grown into a beautiful and loving woman with a family of her own. God has truly shined His Love on me and my family, especially on that Mother's Day when I became a mom for the first time.

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  15. I love giving and receiving flowers on Mother's Day!

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  16. I love spending time with my two girls! Thank you for having such a nice giveaway and the chance to win also! I have also received flowers to plant and a nice tri-colored flower bush from them which is very pretty.

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