Welcome to Six More Summers!  Thanks for dropping in and spending some time with me.  If you want to read about why I began my blogging adventure, please read my post, ‘How Many Do You Have Left?’ I’d love for you to leave me a comment or share a post on one of your social networking sites.  

Alternatively, you could continue being nosy and read more about me, below!

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut.  I’d still like to do that.  But at this point, it seems a bit unlikely.  While I wait for someone to offer affordable round trip vacations into outer orbit, I’ll just be down here trying to figure out life and love, and sharing some of my experiences with you.

Because while blasting off to space seems like an incredible adventure, my journey has proved to be a pretty great one as well.  And though the routines of my everyday life seem monotonous and even tedious at times, in between all of the ordinary I have found that my story has far exceeded my wildest expectations… even for a girl who once believed she could rocket to the moon.

It isn’t all mediocrity and ecstasy, either.  Let me tell you, there have been some deep lows.  But in those lows is when we learn to persevere.  To collect beauty from ashes and spread them out in front of us as a new path to walk down.  I’ve made many a new path.

Today, I’m a happily married wife to Gord Garwood, a man with more love for me than I ever knew to ask or hope for in a partner.  (He’s also the Creative Director at Out of the Blue Enterprises.  Gotta give credit where credit is due!) Everyday, I get to be proud of my sweet 14 year old daughter, Laine.  We live in a cozy first floor rental in the beautiful town of Montclair, New Jersey.

We are Canadians, and until very recently, we’ve been living in this crazy place they call the US of A on immigrant visas.  I was thrust into the role of stay-at-home mom when we moved here, since my visa didn’t allow me to work. While it was a difficult transition at first, I have come around to the life of being a ‘kept woman…’ or so I joke with my husband.

But just like that, we received Green Cards in the spring, and soon, (very soon) I’ll be embarking on another journey – homeschooling while also working outside the home! Just the sound of it takes my breath away, but I’m anxious to see how this new steps fits into the mosaic that has become my life.

Before my marriage, I was a single mom who put myself through school and always worked at least 2 jobs.  I’m a loved daughter and sister, and a child of divorce.  I’m an ecstatic auntie.  I’m an immigrant and I’m learning to feel at home in a strange land.  I am a homeschooling mom and a woman of God.  And I am learning each day what each of these roles has in store for me, and how to play each part.

~~ Amy Shepley-Garwood

5 comments on About

  1. Nicole Rustico
    February 6, 2014 at 8:30 am (5 years ago)

    How do I donate to the family (child with cancer from Leamington)?

    • amygarwood
      March 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Please visit aubrisangels.ca where you will find lots of information about how to help the Andres. Thanks!

  2. Lisa Giesbrecht Neufeld
    February 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm (5 years ago)

    I went to school with Gord. Its great to hear that he’s doing so well! You have great blogs Amy, I really appreciate the one for Aubri. Aubri is a very close and dear friend of my seven year old daughter Abbi, and we feel very helpless through all of this.

      • amygarwood
        February 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm (5 years ago)

        Thanks so much for stopping by my blog – Aubri’s situation feels so close to my heart, although I have never met the Andre’s. It seems there is little we can do but share encouragement, help out financially how we can, and share their story with others.

        Gord says hi! He’s great 🙂


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