Hi there, love…

You’re out there reading this – I know you are.  Because you promise that you read my blog.  And if it seems like you haven’t by the end of today, I will have made up some sort of excuse as to why I need you to proof it.  (If that happened, I TOTALLY just lied to you.)

This year you gave up a dream.  For us.

I know you said it was okay and that you love us and you wouldn’t have it any other way, but I know…I know that deep down inside, there’s an ache.  You wonder – will my life really matter?

Love, it does.

SO much.

You inspire everyone who knows you.  And baby, you will change this world.

I don’t know how you’ll get there, but I’m going to cheer you on every step of the way.

And because it was about time for a “we love Ted and know he’s going to change the world” initiative…well – you’re going on a trip.


You’ve got to pack your bags.

On Monday morning you are flying out to Laguna Beach, California to attend this conference.

(Can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that I ACTUALLY KEPT A SURPRISE!!!)

And no, I’m not kidding.  This has been booked now for approximately 3 months.  (And yes, I checked with your surgeon the day of your appendectomy and he said it was okay.)

You’ll be gone for a week and you’re going to take surfing lessons.  Yes, surfing lessons.  (Provided you still feel up to it.  You could potentially get a hernia – so I’m leaving this one up to you)  And you’ll soak up sunshine.  And think.  Grown up thoughts…  And hopefully reconnect to the next steps in changing the world.  And make new friends.

So…you should obviously stop reading this and start packing.  You fly out early Monday morning…

I love you.  And oh how I believe in you, love.


Finally – I was going to have this post on Friday, but because of the way this month has gone, I couldn’t last another day.  And…I may need a chance to go grocery shopping by myself before you go…


(PS: For all you other amazing people reading…I’d love for you to join in with me by leaving my amazing husband a little hurrah and we believe in you in the comments section!  Let’s give him some love!)


  1. OH MY WORD! Amy, I love you from the bottom of my very soul! And just reading this makes me love your Ted, too! I’m so happy for him–for you both–for your family. Love, love, love.

  2. josh says:

    Does he have room in his suitcase for me? I’m pretty flexible…

    Side note. That’s awesome. Love y’all and can’t wait to meet the whole family!

  3. Lucy says:

    Amy I just cried reading your blog, you are amazing!

    Ted your wife is awesome, enjoy your trip!

  4. Courtney says:

    Amy! You are a wonderful wife, friend, world-changer, and so much more! I hope you remember that every day!! what a wonderful opportunity for your hubby! Hope he has fun soaking up some California sun!

  5. Victoria Derrick says:

    Wowza, I heart you, Amy!!!

    Go give your wife a hug, one of those really big ones!
    Now know, it’s time for you to shine even brighter then you do, not just for your family but for YOU! YOU’VE GOT THIS!

    P.S. I’d like to meet y’all someday.

  6. Erika Tracy says:

    FABULOUS! Thanks for being an inspiration to us all to love and support each other in our goods and bads. Sweet, sweet post.

    Ted – I know you had an awesome week! Welcome!!!!

  7. I sat next to Ted all day yesterday at MTH in Atlanta. This is AWESOME!!! I’m so excited to follow your story together and see what great things you can make happen.

  8. Emily Hansel says:

    Amy, what a sweet post and awesome gift! How cool that you’re now an MTH couple.

    Ted- what a fantastic week- MTH and 2 Days? Not at all jealous :). I went to two lectures when Bell spoke at Duke Divinity two years ago. It was great. Hope you’ll blog about your experiences!

  9. Mark Dunning says:

    Ted – you’re the bomb! Thanks for leading me by example how to provide and love like a stud. I really mean that.

    Amy – you are awesome. Thanks for serving Ted and all of us. Thanks for your unapologetic transparency.

    The Paulsons rock (allbeit long-distance) the Dunning’s world on a regular basis. Thank you!

  10. Mandy says:

    SOOO excited and happy for Ted! Well dome Aimes well dome

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