Nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award 


How cool to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! Let me tell you about it in the words of the creator of the award, Okoto Enigma:

The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they can get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

Thank you so much, Angela Edmonds, for nominating me for this award! You’re so sweet to think of me.  While you’re at it, check out Angela’s blog, Sip Life Slowly and Enjoy It, and find a wide variety of topics from raising your children to eating well to bridging cross-cultural differences.

If you’re thinking about nominating others and participating, here are the rules to recopy and use in your blog post as you do so.


  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

3 facts

Here are 3 Facts about me:

  1. I once dyed my hair red.
  2. My inner ears begin itching uncontrollably when I eat non-organic carrots or raw almonds (unless they are frozen).
  3. I began telling everyone I knew from the day I could conceive of it that I wanted 12 children when I grew up. That changed to 10 in college and to 6 when I met my husband. We are currently at 5 (though we do have one angel baby so maybe we are at 6?)

Q and A


My greatest strength is my ability to write! I love talking with others but often find myself bumbling around either mentally (what do I say? what are they thinking?) or actually (like when I greeted a new friend at my door with “how’re you going” followed by “how’s it doing?”)  I’m so awkward! Give me a pen and paper or my laptop and I will write much more clearly and eloquently exactly what I mean.

My greatest weakness is my lack of confidence. I’ve written often about this–case in point–Confidence: The Missing Ingredient. Most of my friends are shocked when they find out my lack of confidence runs so deeply. Maybe even you the reader are thinking, What? How could Amber be missing any confidence? Isn’t she an extrovert? Well, I face my fears daily by making myself do things that aren’t natural for me (talking to people who don’t live in my house or making that phone call or asking a question) and thankfully am married to perhaps THE MOST CONFIDENT husband in the world.


I’d be 82. This is how old my grandma is. The reason I would chose to be her age is because I would like to enter into a life that has been lived well for over 8 decades. I would like to understand what it’s like to have adult children, adult grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My hope would be to take the perspective and bring it back to my 35 year old life and give up the worries, fears, and drama that cling to my life right now. I think living a week in her shoes would help me do that best!


Hands down my favorite place so far I’ve visited was Oban, Scotland in 2005. I turned 22 in that beautiful little town, watching the sun set on a perfect purple bay. Surrounded by people I knew on merely an acquaintance level (the tour group), I was pushed out of my comfort zone to the nth degree. It was quiet and quaint, rounded out with uneven cobbled streets and cute homes buttoned into the hills they sat on. There I climbed McCaig’s Tower and dreamed one of the best dreams I’ve ever had which I still think was a foreshadowing to my life today! Read about it My Oban Dream in my other blog Beuschel Bears



  • I’m an artist, a thinker, a dreamer, and sometimes I’m rational about the things I do.
  • I’m a Christian
  • I’m a gift giver
  • I’m intuitive.
  • I love to talk but not to strangers. With them I tend to babble.


Oh I could list a lot here. But I’ve done it already in countless other places. Here is a list of some of my favorite things:

  • Languages are one of my favorite things
  • I prefer blue pens over black.
  • I always wear a foreign garb when I study, which I usually do while burning candles and listening to Josh Groban.
  • I’m very enthusiastic about Ralph Waldo Emerson. A future son WILL be having the name Emerson. ((Ooops that didn’t happen, but I did give the name to my cousin’s baby boy!!! It’s perfect for him!) 
  • Snow is beautiful.
  • I’ve been studying Russian for several years and can finally say something.
  • I love calendars, mahogany wood, sunsets, staircases, fireplaces, rocking chairs, bunnies, encyclopedias, ice cream, jewelry, ancient looking things, cows, trunks, stamps, alphabets, bookshelves, blankets, purple, engravings, bells, dragonflies, stained glass, candles, winter, trees, turtlenecks, poetry, rocks, eyes, scrapbooking, calligraphy, ink, chicken noodles and dumplings, bookmarks, cadbury chocolate, and my family….

I nominate

Blonde Chick Wisdom shares her readable perspective and advice for female millennials on how to be successful in a male-dominated work force. I love her focus on being a mom, professional, student, and more and how she brings insight to each of these in her ambitions.

Stop everything you’re doing right now and read Vegetables are Mandatory! I cannot find enough ways to highlight how this intelligent, inspired, delightful woman’s writing will overwhelm. Her blog is simple, yet complex and riveting. This photographer, videographer, runner, physician, and MOTHER OF FOUR is amazing in every way. I can’t wait for you to click on her blog!

True Stories Blog is a must read! Not only is this gal a beautifully inspired woman whom I’ve known for over 17 years, BUT she is a blossoming author and writer who is a masterful storyteller.

Sip Life Slowly and Enjoy It is another of my favorites. The writer tackles questions that face moms today who want to raise their children with Christian principles at the center, but she also invites her readers to learn about cross-cultural interactions, language acquisition, and one of my favorite topics–living a full life with young children!

I would be remiss to not include Author Kallie Ross among my favorites. This female blogger combines lessons on writing with her author journeys, novel debuts and reflective articles on applying Scripture to daily life. I love her creativity and ability to pivot from topic to topic. Her blog is worth the browse!

Writing the Love of God on the Doorposts of Our Home is one of the blogs that has caught my attention. This blogger, a mom of four under five, offers conversation about many of the topics that I turn to in my own life. Raising little humans. Loving the Lord. Pursuing a passion for writing.

Paleo and Oily is a blog by a friend of mine who I’ve loved keeping in touch with since our college days! I love her insights into healthy living, especially her paleo foods suggestions and recipes, one of my favorites is roasted brussel sprouts!

My Life on Display shares the life and adventures of my one my newest friends. Her honestly and open reflection on life and questions that matter cut me to the quick. Don’t miss her insight!

Beuschel Bears is a must! It’s the personal stories of a Mama and Papa Bear as they do life from Central Indiana to Middle Tennessee and on to Southern Indiana. If you love to read about life, love, and bear traps, you won’t want to miss this. Go there! 

Life is a Journey is run written by a brilliant, humble blogger who probably wants no limelight whatsoever! She is a fantastically analytical person and shares how God is working through her life as she’s traveled and done work in Honduras and dealt with culture shock coming back to the US. A perspective you don’t want to miss.


What are your answers to these questions? 

  1. What is your greatest strength? Your greatest weakness?
  2. If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
  3. What is the best place you’ve visited?
  4. Who are you?
  5. What brings you joy?

My Top 5 Blogs

Collapse…On Him

I walked my heart up to the chasm and sat


O Sister Where Art Thou?


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