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News and Updates on my life, my work, and most important of all, my books.
Hello, it has been a while… Welcome back!!
First of all I want to say that I am sorry for not posting more. Even tho writing gives me joy and fulfillment, I just haven’t had the desire for it as of late. I’ve been dealing with a lot of emotions and life changes. My heart is still healing from the losses this year. I won’t go into them at this time, I will in the future. I did not want my work to be brought down to the level I was on. It is not is place I wish anyone to be in. Not only that but there is real chaos going on in our country and world.
Usually I do a reflection of the year and all things good for Christmas. Then around New Year’s I discuss all that I want to see and accomplish. I had full intention of doing just that. Evey time I tried, I just couldn’t put my thoughts and feelings into words. Honestly, my heart just wasn’t in it. I did start and do still have some blog drafts.
However, they are not really life related. Mostly all just game talk. I’m sure those will be fun. I’ll get around to posting them probably in Febuarry. I again I just haven’t had the desire to write. Shoker I know!! Here’s why…
God willing. I say that very seriously. So much is going on right now the last thing on my mind has been sitting at a computer. Every day is so important and every person is a gift. I am still fighting my own sadness. Yet also saddened by all the hate and division going on right now all around the world.
It isn’t right nor healthy… I was raised that our words and our actions matter… That we have to be productive, and responsible. We have to be people of our word, loyal, honest, and examples of Jesus’s love. Why? Because it is right – Because it makes a difference and Because it is what would Horner God. He sent Jesus His so for us to be blessed out of love. (John3:16) We are to treat others how we wish to be treated. You say you may not care… But I thinks you do… No-one likes being neglected and treated poorly.
You nay not feel like you deserve love, nor feel loved. However you are loved and no one does. That’s why Jesus did what he did for us!!!
Now back to tbe chaos…. I still have a strong faith in God. Despite all the drama, and conflicts going around. It is so much more then a game of he said she said. People are attacking people, friends turning aginst one another over various reasons big and small. An example being: difference of opinion. I don’t want nor approve of violence or hate crimes.
People are not communicating well, even on the same sides. Things are being taken out of content and some are being cut off and silenced. For what? I am truly scared of the future at hand. We all have a choices to make…
I am not happy about all the forced silences going on. It just doesn’t feel right. No matter what side your on. Violence and muteing has never been a good thing in my opinion. I won’t go further into that. I am glad I can freely share my words with you all still. I love our country and I’m very concerned about the future of it. We all have choices to make.
All I can do is be myself, stay positive, stay strong and keep praying. I hope we find some positive chances soon. Remember that you matter. You may not feel like you do, but I’m telling you that you are a treasure. You may not see it but the ones around you do. Even if they don’t tell you. I am telling you right now-
I encourage you to seek reasons to smile. Even if the reasons are small. Remind those you care about how much they matter to you as well. Try not to stay angry or hurt others on purpose. Treat others how you wish to be treated. Every day you wake up is gift. It may not be easy but we have to move forward. We do that one step at a time. We may not be happy and hardships are sure to come. But you can move forward if you choose to. It is harder to let life pass you by and have regrets Dont live a life of regret and anger.
We have to encourage eachother and set good examples of Christ Jesus’s love. Be sure sisters and brothers in Christ we are being watched and judged. We are humans but we are called to spread the gospel and we can only do so by developing a personal reallationship, truly knowing Jesus as our friend and reading God’s word the Bible.
Thank you for stopping by and giving me a moment if your time to share my thoughts and feelings with you. I am truly grateful for you.
Hello all Good Day!
How are you doing? Especially with all the chaos and stresses that are going on with the crazy world right now. I know this year is extra rough for our family. Especially for mom and I. Not only did we loose my dad in April, after he survived so many trials so suddenly… We also lost some pets. My one of my parents twin cats, mainly my dad’s ran away, or or was abducted Early June… We’re still hoping she will come back. Then my Great Dane and best friend passed away less then a month ago. Talk about rough… I understand that some people may have it worse but this is extremely painful 💔 😢.
That’s not all of what’s been going on. I’m not going to mention the little things. Our whole family is struggling with so much right now… Mom’s been really strong. My parent’s are my real life heros for a reason. We were both in a deep depression. We are doing better tho. Taking it one day at a time. This depression was the 2nd worst I’ve been through. The thing about depression is you seem ok at some points then you get knocked down and out of nowhere. Its like a panic attack or anxiety attack without having the full symptoms. You feel numb, trapped, like a shell of a person, if even a person. Maybe a you are robot… I told my man. It’s like I have theses support walls up, but inside theres nothing but broken rubble. For the past several years I’ve been taking care and supporting my dad. We were very close and were together most of the day until he got better. Then he started doing his own stuff but it didn’t last long. He suddenly had cancer and ended up leaving us because of heart failure. Anyways…
It sounds funny but Frozen 2 actually helped us, especially my mom. Mainly Ana’s song “The Next Right Thing”
“The Next Right Thing” lyrics:
I’ve seen dark before, but not like this
This is cold, this is empty, this is numb
The life I knew is over, the lights are out
Hello, darkness, I’m ready to succumb
I follow you around, I always have
But you’ve gone to a place I cannot find
This grief has a gravity, it pulls me down
But a tiny voice whispers in my mind
You are lost, hope is gone
But you must go on
And do the next right thing
Can there be a day beyond this night?
I don’t know anymore what is true
I can’t find my direction, I’m all alone
The only star that guided me was you
How to rise from the floor?
But it’s not you I’m rising for
Just do the next right thing
Take a step, step again
It is all that I can to do
The next right thing
I won’t look too far ahead
It’s too much for me to take
But break it down to this next breath, this next step
This next choice is one that I can make
So I’ll walk through this night
Stumbling blindly toward the light
And do the next right thing
And, with it done, what comes then?
When it’s clear that everything will never be the same again
Then I’ll make the choice to hear that voice
And do the next right thing
Songwriters: Kristen Anderson-Lopez / Robert Lopez
The Next Right Thing lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company
Neither of us could have gone through this alone. Not without the help from God / Jesus / The Holy Spirit, our loved ones and our friends. We still gave a long way to go but we are all pressing forward one step at a time with lots of love and prayers.
I am starting to remember who I was and who I am subosoed to be. I want to hold on to that.
Remember matter what your doing this week, working or playing – Smile. It is a a choice we make. To let things get to us or to smile and move forward. knowing you can and will survive – whatever your going through: Losses, Rude people, things keep going wrong, etc. Whatever it is, know tomorrow is a new day. Look for the good in the bad, smile and show the world you won’t let anyone but you control how you feel. That to me is what a real warrior does. Now go have an Awesome week!!
🤔Depression seems to be going around….😔 Know that You matter❣ Know that it is ok to admit that you are not ok and need help or people. THERE’ IS NO SHUH THING AS PERFECT ❣❣❣❣ We are humans, an all have issues, fults, and needs. But also remember that you are AWESOME and needed!!!! Even if you don’t feel that way… It is the truth ❣❣❣
Here are some places you can reach out to if you don’t know who to talk to or don’t want to discuss anything about it with people close to you..
The mental health issues related to our lockdown and the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness have a 24 hour helpline: 800-950-6264
NAMI offers support and education programs for families and individuals living with mental health conditions. NAMI recognizes that the key concepts of recovery, resiliency and support are essential to improving the wellness and quality of life of all persons affected by mental illness.
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Remember that you are not alone and that you are loved!!!
💚 Amy Jane Sandberg 💚
Yep. I caved and bought Animal Crossing New Horizons. Honestly it was a game I wanted. I really liked the game cube one and haven’t played animal crossing since college years ago.
Instead – I was on Maple Story, The Sims 4, Wartunes and other games like those with local and long distance friends. I didn’t plan to buy Animals Crossing so soon. But my niece and nephew came to visit and I thought it would be a good way to keep them occupied. Sadly it didn’t finish downloading until the very last day they were here. Booo…. 😭 Darn Slow 🐌 network 😑.! At last we got to play together for the day.
And again when I went to visit them. ♥️
After watching me play Dad decided to try because he was interested in the fishing aspect 🎣 😄. Okay I cohereseded him a bit.
One of my sisters also decided to make a house on my Island. She wanted to try the game before buying it. That eventually got my mom interested in trying the game as well.
My island development and game play was very slow due to lack of experience. ➕ I stopped playing for a while when dad passed away suddenly at the end of April due to heart failure. 💔
I couldn’t ssybit any better Freckles…. 💔💔
My mom lost intrerst in the game. I however found that playing this game and my dad’s character oddly gave me peace. Oddly it really helped me grive, mour, and gave me some form of closure. Strange as it may be. Playing my dad’s character helpes me feel close to him even though he is no longer here.
My island has a long way to go. I am spending lots of extra time crafting and swimming mainly staying in the month of April. I sometimes wonder, if I am the only one who has done this? Meaning -Played a family members in a game character or game who is no longer with you?
It still feels unrealistic that he’s gone…. 😅🙁💔 I wonder if I will ever fully over it? Probably not until I see him again in Heaven.
Honestly ACNH game seems really slow to start the first few weeks on the island. Espessially if you do not know what you are doing. There are tutorials extra. I but I really haven’t looked into any of that. I was eager to figure things out on my own. But because of that – My island is a mess and still in development… You can say I am just winging it. I was in April for almost 3 moths in game… Now I am back in June…. I play may way. I don’t think lingering behind counts as cheating….
If I could do it over. I think I would have done more nook island hoping to choose who moves in. I would also have liked to have saved up bells before splurging on clothes and funiture. I also wouldn’t have time jumped my first month away. Which was an accident… It upgraded my store from small to large… I however lost the joy of being smaller-sized longer. Yes I could start over, but Id loose everything I worked so hard on, including all my dads achievements. So not gonna happen…. Maybe I’ll write my own advice post one of theses days. The important stuff that you need to know. A lot of tutorials sadly don’t get cover ¹the things people ask me the most about in just one place. And often they are wrong or ever changing info. I discovered Zack from Swich Force and Abdullah from Abdullah Nation who are on youtube.com They have been very helpful , entertaining, and encouraging.
My mom, sister and nephew eventually got thier own games and Islands. I am really enjoying Animal Crossing New Horizons. With them – my awesome family -teammates and my wonderful friends help. I think being able to do things together and visit eachother is what makes this game so special! Again I adore the Sims games but you can’t really interact with people in real time with that game.
Because of my Family and friends I feel I’ve had a great start with growing my Island. While having a good time making and making many great memories!!! Here’s more pictures!
Here are some more pictures. 😞 Sorry the pictures are not completely in order. I hope you can be understanding.
I became so invested in “ACNH” I spent a good amount of money a variety of Amiibos from villers to npcs for me and my family… I have yet to use any. But I do intend to make use of them.
Lastly, I want to show off my favorite villaer. Anchovy. He is a lazy easy going, positive, abd friendly. He is a cute brown bird. Just what I need in a friend right now. He was one of the first fiveI had movevin. One of the three houses you have to build. Via Tom Nook’s instruction. He was the first of the three who moved in. I just love the ranch style, dirt floor home for him. It truly fits his personality, especially with his love of bugs. I feel it is much better then the casoino one they have for him say if he moved in not as your first five. That’s vehatvthe nookpoedia says his house would be at least for New Horizons.
Do you have any favorite Villaers? Any that give you a smile and enjoy?
When I’m free I visit mom and we game together ❤. Yes, you guessed it with our with Great Danes always by our sides. My silly Lilly.
I am sorry this post is so rough. I haven’t had much luck with writing lately. Anyways, I think I gave more then enough info for one post. I have more videos and images of ACNH on my Facebook gaming page. ONLYFOTHEGAMESAMJANE – but I have them marked as friends only for now. So I thought I would share my favorites with you here. Sadly I haven’t taken many good pictures yet 😕. I still hope you enjoyed thisvpost tho.
Goodnight and God bless you today and always!!
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane Sandberg ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
After many successful battles with miracles, and a full creative life. One of our heros this: amazing, inventive, hardworking man left us for a full restoration in Heaven to be with Jesus, God, and his loved ones already there. We will greatly miss him but are happy he’s no longer suffering the evils of this world. He was am amazingly strong, loving, talented, creative and smart man! 👤💔
Thank you for your support,, prayers and flowers!!! We highly appreciate you!!
There are no words to describe the loss we are feeling. It was very sudden and heartbreaking, especially after he survived so much and was doing amazing. 😭💔
Please keep us all in your prayers, thank you!! God bless you today and always!
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
♥Any and all relationships take: time, communication, commitment, trust, honesty, loyalty, forgiveness, action, giving, patience, listening, compromise, and The will to make it work! This is true for: Friendship, Marriage, couples, Family, and even your personal walk with God. ♥The best relationship we could have!
You are a Awesome, Life is Short, embrace life with your battle armor on!
So True… Only you can dictate who you will be, only you can control your emotions, only you can find the good in the bad… Only You can be you… So be te best you can be and embrace who you are and keep working on being who you want to be. There is no such thing as to late.
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane Sandberg ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
Christmas is my most favored Holiday of the year! This year and last year have been met with difficult times. They weren’t the only difficult Christmases we had. But we had a nice time. God is good!!
I often ask why the most sever issues in life come around during holidays? The answer I came up with is there is to much pressure to make the Holidays perfect. So please sit back, and enjoy the precious time you get with your love ones, if possible. and don’t fret the little mistakes. The badly wrapped gifts, the gifts you forgot to mail, the cooked meals. If you are alone then do something for yourself, make the day memorable, and enjoy it!! Everyone- Enjoy the little moments.
Every day is a precious gift given to us. Don’t let let depression, loneliness, or fear, keep you from finding the little joys in life. Dont wast anger and stress over things that shouldn’t matter bit focus on what does matter. Make the most out of what you are given and have and appreciate those and what you have in your life because you never know what tomorrow will bring.
The best gift you can give is Love and Support to one another. We are all waiting for someone or something. Don’t give up if it’s what your really want. Waiting is hard but while we wait we grow and learn new things about ourselves and our life around us. When the time comes and we achieve the goal at hand. It is better than ever imagine.
God bless you today and Always!
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
Happy Thanksgiving!! 🦃
What are you – Thankful for?
😊 What are you grateful for? I have a full list below but first I am so grateful for Jesus, the important people in my life, and for science advances. I am so blessed to be here alive today! Twenty-two years ago, I went in for open heart surgery November 27th. I woke up with a completely rebuilt heart weeks later after complications. Truly Amazing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your love ones. I love ya! Know you matter and you are loved. Someone is out there who is grateful for you.❤
I Went over the usual 10. There is just so much to be thankful for….
I am thankful to God for:
1 Life 🙂
2 People 👥 and you 😆
3 A roof over my head🏘
4 Freedom and those that keep us safe ⚓🗽🚓🚒
5 Food to eat🍲 and Drinks drink☕
6 Means to Travel 🚇🚢✈🚀🛸🚙 7 Animals, Incects, amphibians and mamals🐾🐞🦎🐳
8 Books to read📚📖🗞
9 Movies to watch📼📹🎭
10 Games to play. ⚽️🎾🏸🎲🃏🎮
11 The internet 💻 and mail.📮
12 Ways to make a living 💸and a difference.🌍
We kept it really simple this year. Communion along with a small Chinese food buffet for myself and my parents. Sometimes simple is nicer than a big fancy ordeal.
Stay safe and God blesses you today and Always!!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮
Hello Fellow friends,
Well, I am home now but I had a wonderful time with my man and his lovely family. I learned so much about him and all of them. We did so much with and without his family. My man and went on dates and walks. It was really nice. I got him some shirts he liked and some collector books he wanted. He got me a Totoro purse and wallet and some lotion and body spray too. It is not about the things, to me, the gifts are special because they are from the one I love! As for the rest of the family, they have to wait for Christmas…
When we spent time with his family as well as doing outings and everyday tasks.. We didn’t go to the beach or Disneyland but we did go to Medieval Times! I hadn’t been there since I was thirteen for my friend’s birthday in Florida. Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope they don’t mind me sharing them.
One weekend we watched movies and games. I even exchanged birthday and Christmas gifts as well with him. One of the weekends we had an outdoor bbq, watched a movie on a projector and did some rock painting, played soccer and other outdoor games.
I really enjoyed the one on one time with his mom too. We had a nice heart to heart talks. She even gave me a very sweet heartfelt gift from Starbucks as a surprise one night! It is special for so many reasons. It has all the state specialty emblems, I collect cups, it was a surprise, it showed she cared and was thinking of me. I wish I could have done so much more for them! I wish I had got to know his dad more tho too.
I stayed for almost three weeks. When I had free time alone worked on writing my books in progress.
I can’t believe it is only a few days from Thanksgiving!! I look forward to coming back there often. It helps that the man I love has family in California. I totally felt at home with his family and in California. I was really nervous about staying with them but I think it went well. There was so much more I had wanted to do with them and for them. I miss them all so much. His family is my family as well. That’s how I feel in my heart. I never felt uncomfortable or out of place. I just wish I could bring them all back with me! It would sure make things easier for us all. California is one of the few states that I wouldn’t mind moving to. Though I am unable to take permanent residence there mainly because of my Medical specialists and health care requirements.
I can not believe I had to say goodbye. It really broke my heart. I cried so much. I keep telling myself it is not over tho and we will be together again soon. The most important thing is I have so many wonderful memories from this trip and all the trips I have been on this year. I can not express how much I appreciate everyone and everything. To me making memories and spending time with the ones you care about is more important than anything else. Remember to take time for your loved ones and friends as well! I feel so refreshed and drained at the same time.
Stay safe and God blesses you today and Always!!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮