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God's Gift...Amy

June 24, 2013

Being from a small town like Vidalia, there are new students that enter into the school system as their parents take relocation for jobs, only to leave a short while later. So you adapt to being friendly, but not, too, attached. Not the case with Amy Lou!

I remember vividly the day that Amy entered into the classroom, she was tightly holding a binder closely to her chest as she walked swiftly and quietly to an empty seat near me without making any eye contact. I was so intrigued as I admired her beautiful hair and presence, and could just see something definitely special and unique. Little did I know that what I saw was a gift from God sent to become a very big and important part of my life.

It was almost instant that Amy became much more than a friend to me, she was a sister that God knew I needed to help me along my path of life. Our bond was strong from day one, and as the days passed we became able to tell what the other was thinking without a word exchanged and our times together were filled with endless chatter and laughter. Amy's smile, happiness, and ability to always see the positive was simply contagious, and her beauty not only showed on the outside, but beamed brightly from the inside.

Our families attended the same church, and we were inseparable when life didn't have us in different directions. I loved being there to cheer her own as she sped down the basketball court and she loved being there to cheer me own as I clogged and performed with the VHS Sound Tribe, only to look forward to spending even more time together afterwards, as we always planned out slumber parties and weekends filled with us being side by side right through to the end of Church on Sunday night.

Amy became my role model, I wanted to be as beautiful she was inside, possess the loving and uplifting nature that made others feel the weight of the world lift from their shoulders on even the darkest days, and have the happiness that showed in her magnificent smile. She never missed a chance to tell me how beautiful I was to her, but I knew that she was much more beautiful than I, and always replied with, "Not as beautiful as you," which always ended with a direct eye contact moment with her telling me that I was beautiful and not to ever let any one ever make me believe any different and she meant it. Of course, laughter would fill the room as I would say, okay, okay, then she would hug me tight and tell me how much she loved me. I would smile as I thought of just how great it would be to be as beautiful as her, or even just half as much, but just said how much I loved her, too, because she would have it no other way.

I learned so many things from our time together, the biggest being how to have enormous faith in God and give love unconditionally. God always has the perfect plan for each of us, and I cannot express how much the events that have taken place over the time of Amy being in my life proves that tremendously. I could list all the perfectly laid out events, but it would take a book to tell them all.

The one most on my mind is how Amy and I used to visit my Aunt Ginger, who lived just below Oak Grove Baptist Church, and all the good memories during those times. My Aunt was married at Oak Grove, and I spent many Sunday mornings filled with happiness and love in Sunday School at Oak Grove while I was visiting my Aunt on the weekends. So as Amy was laid to rest with Oak Grove in view across the street, as sadness filled my heart knowing I would not have another moment with my precious Amy here on Earth, the good memories of times at Oak Grove and my Aunt's house filled my mind and heart and a smile came through the tears, as I was looking at proof of God's perfect plan.

Each time I visit Amy in her garden, I have a sense of peace and enormous faith, because God knew the pain I would feel in my heart, so He granted that location to ease my heart while making His presence greatly known, so as I stand visiting Amy Lou, I am blessed with all the good times spent just a few steps away with the knowledge that Amy is rejoicing in Heaven, just as we were told each Sunday morning as we sat side by side on the Church bench listening to the word of God being preached loud and clear.

God's perfect plan, included me being given a perfect gift of such a fantastic friend and sister....Amy Lou.

He went on to plan Amy's garden right in the middle of thousands of happy and love filled memories in a place where we felt safe, loved, and most of all, blessed by God for each other.

God is magnificent, and as that beautiful butterfly fluttered into Heaven to trade her wings for that of a Heavenly Angel....the Heavens surely became more magnificent as her beauty shown brightly among the clouds.

I love you, forever and always, Amy Lou! Thanks for being my gift from God.....I am extremely thankful for being blessed with you by my side for such wonderful years.

Happy New Year

December 31, 2012

Wishing you a Heavenly 2013 Amy!

I love youu! <3

April 9, 2012

Amy, Yesterday we went to the river and it wasn't the same without you and the girls! I miss you soo much! I got sun burn more than you know! It's worse than yours was that Day! i love youu & miss you soo much! your my favorite person to talk to i know your listening when i talk to! i love youu! I can't wait to see you again! i miss you! <3
I love youu AMY!


Love you Forever

March 30, 2012     < Click to hear

A young woman holds her newborn son and looks at him lovingly.  Softly she sings to him:  

I'll love you forever,

I'll Like you for always,

As long as I'm living

my baby you'll be.

(This was Amy's special story she read to the girls. Now their father Charlie carries on that loving tradition)


Celebrating Her Life

March 30, 2012

Amelia Elizabeth Seidling-Rush

Homegoing Anniversary

Friday February 3, 2012

Oak Grove Baptist Church

Hwy 178 Glennville, Georgia


~Celebrating Her Legacy~


Amelia (Amy): Means Beloved


Dinner & Socializing: Church Social Hall  5:00pm


~Blessing: Brother Doug Weisel~


 ~A Special Message From Yaya~


Processional:  From Church To Cemetery


Individual Messages:  Family and Friends


Candlelighting :    Song  “Celebrate Me Home”


Conclusion and Prayer: Brother Doug Weisel


Balloon Release: Harley & Timber



 Once, in a pond, under the lily pads, there lived a water beetle in a community of water beetles. They live a simple life with few disturbances. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of the lily pad and would not be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was gone forever. Then, one day, one little beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, she was determined she would not leave forever. She would come back and tell her friends what she found at the top.


When she reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, she was so tired, and the sun was so warm, she decided she must take a nap. As she slept, her body changed and when she woke up, she had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying. So, fly she did! And, as she soared she saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what she had ever known existed.


Then she remembered her beetle friends and how they thought she was gone forever. She wanted to go back to tell them that she was now more alive than she had been before she left. Her life had not ended, but changed. But, her new body would not go down into the water. She could not get back to tell her friends the good news. Then she understood that their time would come, when they too would know what she now knew. So, she raised her wings and flew off into her joyous new life! - Author unknown


We wish to acknowledge with deep appreciation those who have participated in this special tribute In Honor Of Our Dear Amy

May God Bless and Keep You!


“I’ll Love You Forever, I’ll Like You For Always”

What Would Amy Say?

March 30, 2012

What Would Amy Say?

“Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things”


From Amy’s Facebook Wall


Amy Seidling Rush

Christmas with my 2nd family yesterday was great! LOVE spending time with family! Couldn't ask for better in laws that are and feel like my own birth family! I love you all dearly!

December 19, 2010 at 10:00pm


Amy Seidling Rush

I have an ANGEL here on earth whom I couldn't live without. She wakes me with a phone call so I can get up and moving and get girls ready, coffee every morning, and a card of encouragement to help me with these trying days. My MOM is an outstanding woman. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Mom and YaYa you are most appreciated and loved beyond words! Happy early Birthday tomorrow!

December 15, 2010 at 10:57am


Amy Seidling Rush

This was her scripture of the day to encourage me! "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.Do NOT be wise in your OWN eyes; FEAR the Lord and not man and turn away from evil. It will be healing for your body and refreshment to your bones!" Proverbs 3:5-8..WOW..kind of sums it all up!

December 15, 2010 at 10:57am


Amy Seidling Rush

Soulmates are truly sent from GOD. And when your avid, obsessive "hunter of a husband" takes you hunting with him and he is more excited about me seeing/killing a deer etc...that's one way you know He is the one. He even says we can't hunt together cause he wants to talk to me..and he's the one making the noise! If you know know that's unusual! He's my best friend! Thank you Lord

November 19, 2010 at 8:41pm


Amy Seidling Rush

Charlie, you have no idea how much I Thank GOD for you daily, especially for our 2 little miracles!

November 25, 2010 at 11:03pm


Amy Seidling Rush

My husband has made me laugh. Wiped my tears. Hugged me tight. Watched me succeed. Seen me fail. Cheered me on. Kept me going strong. My husband is a promise that I will have a friend forever.

November 19, 2010 at 8:41pm


Amy Seidling Rush

Sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees...but it's there, even if the forest is way on the other side and thick brush is in the way!! God's Grace is Sufficient for us to make the journey. We may not know why we are traveling down that certain path until all is said and done. Surrender it ALL to him and Start walking!!!! Got my hiking boots strapped on! Watch out because they are steel toed!!!!!!!

November 17, 2010 at 10:07pm


Amy Seidling Rush

Pork chops, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, greenbean and charlie sure are good partners in the kitchen!! YUM!!


 Amy Seidling Rush

Dance like there's nobody watching, love like you'll never get hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, live like it's Heaven on Earth, Pray like it's already been answered, trust when you're future's not clear, believe with child-like wonder, dream like there's nothing to fear.....I dare you. I dare you!!!

March 22, 2010 at 10:01pm


Facebook Excerpt Posted by one of Amy’s  friends and a cousin. These sentiments are truly shared by many!



Amy as I was awaken this morning just as the sun was beginning to rise, I know that it was you that woke me so that I would see the new day starting. Looks like it's gonna be a bright day are the words I heard myself say, and then it hit me that how could I be saying this when you were gone from this world. I shed a few tears, and watched as the sun rose higher and sky got brighter. As I dragged myself out of bed to start my day, in my mind I began to here you singing...It's a beautiful mornin' hmmmmmm.......replaying over and over. I could actually hear your voice singing these words and see your smiling face looking in me in the eye with much determination to make me believe it and smile. I love you Amy Lou more than any words could ever express always, now, and forever. I love you Amy Lou!

February 5, 2011



In honor of an amazing woman I changed my profile picture to a picture of her. She was a loving mother, wife, aunt, sister, cousin, and friend to many. If you didn't know her you surely missed out. She was beautiful inside and out and thats something hard to find in someone. She was full of love & happiness which brought joy to everyone in her life. She will be missed dearly. Rest in peace Amy. I love you. 

February 6, 2011



Amy chose in life to give the gift of life to others, should the time ever occur.  Today because of Amy's beautiful life and tragic death her gift of life has been given to several recipients.  The Georgia Life link team transplanted her precious organs early Saturday morning into waiting recipients in other parts of the country.


Today Amy lives on in those individuals who now have a new lease on life. We are so proud that they have her gift.

February 6, 2011


Amelia Elizabeth Seidling-Rush

June 19, 1975 – February 4, 2011


Rest In Peace Precious Amy

You Were Gods Gift To Us

Now An Angel To Watch Over Us All

Excerpts of Messages From Amy's Facebook Page

January 22, 2012

 Hey chicka I can't sleep tonite. Soooo much going thru my head. I miss being able to pick up my cell and call u 

 well chicka, I have taken an awful long time to get back here....sometimes pretending that you r just super busy doing all the great things that you always did   

"A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."  

I am up before sunrise to start my day, and I find myself not wanting to miss that sun rise into the sky. It gives me a sense of peace because it reminds me of your smile.  

Thank u Lord for the time u shared ur special angel with us  As I was awaken this morning just as the sun was beginning to rise, I know that it was you that woke me so that I would see the new day starting. 

We've certainly lost an angel, but heaven gained one...I will always remember your big smile and personality. It seems like yesterday when we were at Summer Camp and you would tell me that you played basketball with my mom and used to change my diapers.

Amy's Blessing

January 21, 2012
02 - Bless The Broken Road

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By Heather Rush Wilson on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 3:07pm

 I would like to share something with those of you who have met Amy, but especially the ones who knew and loved her.


When Amy and Charlie were in the beginning of their relationship, she asked me out to eat lunch with her at Vallartas. I will never forget how she always ordered Taco Salad and sour cream with her chips the few times we dined there together. The particular time I'm referring to is our first time sitting down together for a meal, when, by the way, she DEMANDED that I let her get the bill. If you knew her, you knew not to argue when she wanted to do something nice for you, because she was going to do it one way or another. More to the point, the topic of conversation was how thankful she was to have found Charlie and how perfect they were for each other. If you were at her funeral service, you heard the song "God Blessed the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. Well, that was Charlie and Amy's song, THE song that summed up their relationship and love for each other. We talked about that song during our first sit down meal and how it related perfectly to them finding each other. In fact, we talked about it many times over the years, but this first time in particular sticks out in my mind. If you listen to the words, you will find that it is a very beautiful song. From that moment in the restaurant, I always knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that she loved my brother the way anyone would want to be loved. Their love and affection for each other was always very apparent. I watched my brother grab her and hug or play with her out of the blue many, many times when we were all together; neither of them ever hid their love for each other.


 The sight of the place where Amy left us to be with God was at one point still full of the belongings that she and Charlie had in their Explorer. Though it has all been cleaned up now, I'm so thankful I had the chance opportunity to be there when it was still in shambles. On my way home from visiting with Charlie and the family Sunday, I noticed my cousin and uncle had parked and were down in the ditch. I automatically knew where I was...I wasn't exactly sure of the location before that. I parked my car and got out to look with them for anything that may be of value to Charlie. In the middle of all the paper, broken glass, metal, etc., I found a CD wedged in the mud up under the tall grass. Of the many, many things in the wreckage, it was their Rascal Flatts CD. How I stumbled upon it and spotted it I do not know, but I refuse to believe that coincidence had anything to do with it. That moment will live on in my mind for the rest of my life. I don't think there was any other song as precious to them as that Rascal Flatts song. God blessed their broken roads when they found each other and, in many ways, blessed all of us who loved them and got to witness their love blossom into something wonderful that gave them two beautiful little girls.


I wish that Amy could still be here with us. I know that any of us who knew and loved her would do just about anything to bring her back to Charlie, their girls, Yaya, James, her extended family, closest friends, and the many children who loved her. We don't always understand why things happen the way they do, I know I certainly don't. As heartbreaking and tragic as these last few days have been, I hope we can all hang onto this one thought: Because of Amy, others now have a second chance at life. Amy has blessed someone else's broken road.

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