Photo courtesy Nate Dunford Photography

February 25, 1974~July 3, 2010

Amy is a 36 year old mother of 6.

On April 15th, 2010, she was diagnosed with a rare and terminal cancer: Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

Surrounded by her family and friends, she is determined to face her future with faith, hope, courage and love.

Surrounded by her family, and with Gary by her side, Amy passed away in the early morning hours of July 3rd, 2010. Just a short 2 1/2 months after being diagnosed with cancer.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Enjoy the Simple Things in Life...

Hello Everyone,

As I sit here in the early morning hours, I think of all the little things that I may have always taken for granted. These are things you never recognize until you come to the realization that the day may come soon that those little things may no longer be available to you to be a part of. This morning I spent almost an hour brushing and styling Lindsey's hair. I am sure that she probably hated almost every minute of it and the poor things hair really wasn't that fancy of a do, for having spent an hour being tortured. What she may never realize is how important that hour was to me and how much I appreciated being able to do that. It is incredible to me how important such a little task seems to me now as I am faced with the thoughts that I will not be here to do such simple tasks for my children in the future. My advice...

Enjoy the simple things in life... Every minute you spend with your children even doing the simple mundane things of everyday life is important... Take time to make the most of every little thing you do with and for your children. Enjoy time talking to and listening to your kids even when talking about the most simple topics. cherish every minute with your family. Never take for granted the little moments. We often remember and think about major moments and events in our families lives, but I am now convinced that it is a combination of all the little things, things that we do or say during everyday living, that make up what we really know and remember about each other. It is those things that really develop the relationships that we cherish. Consciously put to memory the little precious moments with each family member. Don't take for granted all the little things in life. Take the time to count your blessings, be grateful for every minute (even the hard ones or times when you may want to pull your hair out), take time to share your love with each of your family members, and Enjoy the simple things...


  1. Hey, Miss Amy. It's always a pleasure get to visit with you when we are in Utah visiting Heather, Allen and the boys.I love watching you so lovingly interact with your precious children.
    Thank you for reminding us to appreciate the "simple things" in life for they are often the most meaningful and available....and if they are that to us....they probably are to you, Sweet Lady.

  2. It is so true, we so often go through our lives "going through the motions" and never really appreciate what is around us, the moments we share with our family and friends. Amy I'm so grateful for you and I'm grateful for your streghth, your example. You inspire me to be a better person, you always have. I really enjoy reading your thoughts and your feelings. I'm so glad you started a blog. Amy we love you and your family, and we are continually praying for you and your family. Love you! You amazing women.

  3. Thanks for the reminder. We do need to appreciate the simple things.
    We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Addie remembers you every night in her prayers.

  4. Amy! You are such an amazing person! I miss you and wish you the best moments possible with your family and friends! I will never forget you and all that you have done for me!

  5. Hello Jackson Family,
    My name is Mary and I had the privelage of helping you at Build-a-Bear. Your family inspired me with strength. I can not even imagine what you guys are going through and yet somehow you are still going on strong. I hope the best for your family. I also wanted to say that it might be a good idea to take those sounds that Amy recorded for each of you and record them onto something else just in case something ever happens to the sound we can record it again for you. I hope the best foe all of you, stay strong.


  6. I just wanted to let everyone know that tomorrow morning, May 20th Amy's cousin Mayor Heather Jackson of Eagle Mountain will be on B98.7 on the morning show around 8:20 am. She will be trying to get pledges for Amy and our community hero's. Mayor Jackson will be barrel racing for Amy and other hero’s battling cancer at our pony Express Days PRCA Rodeo on May 28, 29, and 31st. If she completes her ride in under 25 seconds all of the pledges will be collected and split between all of the families. Just thought you may want to listen.

    Angie Ferre
    Eagle Mountain City


Thanks for commenting! Amy is truly uplifted by all the words of love and encouragement you share.