About the Author

Amber C Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow, has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband, theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother...

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  1. “Suffering, in all its varying degrees, seems to work that way, intertwining wholeness with brokenness.” AMEN!!!! Love this SO much!!! It could be a mantra for many special needs fams! -miram

  2. We too have recently found our family receiving such lavishness. Medical circumstances with our youngest son had us broken before God praying healing over him. Our faith family and extended friends and even strangers have lifted us up during this time in a way that feels almost uncomfortable for this mama who is used to being a giver. I have realized during this journey that God calls us to also receive His extravagant love. As we travel our road on this side of healing we are humbled and grateful. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I share in your heart song! Thank you for sharing!

  3. First, I LOVE this Hat Party idea. My kind of party…..one with purpose! Secondly, how wonderful to see your circle of friends acting once again as the arms of Christ….wrapping your family in a tight holy hug!

  4. Glory, glory – the church at its best. And relax into it all, Amber. You are loved, pure and simple. And you will be on the giving end again soon enough. For now, receive – let it wash over you like baptismal waters and be refreshed. Love to you.

  5. Amber, I love your heart and the faith family surrounding you and creativity in giving and gathering, and this, as Diana says, pure and simple love. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the story of the hijacked hat. Thank you, friend.

  6. Amber, this is grace to me tonight – you slipped in a line that sums up these last few years, something that’s been simmering deep but left unspoken: “Suffering, in all its varying degrees, seems to work that way, intertwining wholeness with brokenness.” So grateful for you and your community living this out, messy and hopeful and all. Thank you.

  7. What a moving story, thanks for sharing. i absolutley love… the hat party idea, what a beautiful tradition to have started and in year 2 such a memorable beginning. God bless you xx

  8. I, too, am a giver and love praying for and helping others. Being on the other end is another story. Back in September my aging dad got a skin cancer diagnosis, had a bout of depression, stomach issues, etc. He stopped coming to church for a while as he was not feeling well. He proclaimed he couldn’t do life alone anymore and needed some place to go. I was growing weary of trying to visit him and take care of him and his needs.

    I put myself out and asked the church for prayers. He was put on the church prayer list. Each week people would ask about him. The pastor and his wife even drove 40 miles round trip to see him, cards were sent and 1 person tried to call him. Through it all God was there and he healed my dad. Last Sunday for the first time in over 2 months he came back to church. He felt he had to as so many were caring for him. People came up to him and hugged him and one told him he loved him. It made me feel proud to be a part of such a wonderful, caring group of Christians.

    God bless! Praying for Titus!

  9. Beautiful words Amber! How blessed you are to have your ‘Jesus family’. Thank you for your sharing… Jesus is speaking to me through your words about receiving.