About Me


The name… Where did it come from? Well, the parentals decided to name me “Amie”, which means “Beloved” in Hebrew… They spelled “Amie” the French way, so that it would also mean “Friend”. So, I was their “Beloved Friend of Joy”. Later in life, I started a business with a “friend” and we decided to name the business the Hebrew word for “Friend”… which is “Reya”… All that to say, at some point my blogging name became reyajoy because Amie Joy was already taken.

My parents had four children, and we were all born within five and a half years. Go Mom and Dad! I am number 3, and well… that means that I am the “Idea” person.  I love challenging obstacles, puzzles, figuring things out, and inventing things.  I do have a tendency to leave my projects half done.  That’s where my amazing first born husband who is blessed to be task oriented catches my vision, and helps me bring it to fruition.  He is AMAZING!!!  I would be an endless beginning without him.  Now there are endings to my endeavors… I love that man! 

I am an introvert who processes externally. I basically need to hear myself think. I love to listen though… a lot. I’m spontaneous with a bit of a “tweaker” ADHD side to me… But then again, I’m often stuck in a rut, and I’ll eat the same things for breakfast and lunch… for up to a year. That’s horrible, isn’t it?!? Please don’t tell anyone!  So yeah, there’s that.  I love to laugh.  Humor is a gift from God, so I imagine practical jokes must be too.  I value authenticity, and I like imperfection.  When I see an imperfection in something, it’s a clear indication that it’s “real”… I value that.  I am intrigued by the layers of personalities one person alone can have.  I truly value empathetic hearts.  They are rare and hard to come by.  If you find one in your life, learn from them.  If you have pain in your life, let it teach you to be empathetic, and then treasure it like gold and share it like an unlimited water source to a dehydrated soul.  I’ve been told I do my best work in emergency situations… but as of late, I spend 99% of my life as the sick one, making drama, not relieving it.  However,  I do sincerely have a heart for the hurting and oppressed.

I have a few intimately close friendships, and those friendships mean the world to me. The best one being with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I would be a goner without Him… in every way. The next best is my husband, The Grebe! Peek in the pages in the days to come and you’ll hear more about all of that.  Tim and I had our “kid” and English Mastiff “SWAT” who passed away over 2 years ago, but I miss him just as much today as I did yesterday, and I will miss him just as much tomorrow as I do today.  His nature was pretty close to perfect.  It’s hard to lose something that special and not miss it every day of your life.  But I am exceedingly thankful for the years we had with him.  Seriously, who has a dog that smiles, and whispers, and counts to 7, and knows sign language?  Almost perfect Swat, was the BEST EVER!!!  

I love food. Food hates me. I have psycho food allergies and chronic illnesses that will have you convinced I’m a full-blown Hypochondriac in no time at all. It’s okay, I would think the same thing about myself if I were you. 😉 I always say that I love veggies… but I don’t eat nearly as much as I should. I love to write. I love the smell of wet cement. I love to garden and smell the dirt and feel it in my hands. I love practical jokes. I LOVE PRACTICAL JOKES! I like the feel of warm sand between my toes, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of ocean mist in the air. I’m artistic. I craft. I design. I build. I am random. I enjoy helping others… a lot… until they want my help too much… then I start running the other way. Ha. I wish I could say I were kidding. I am so not kidding. I love chocolate and people watching…

The two go really well together.

My parents were the best parents to me, and are now the best friends to my husband and I. The Grebe and I have been married 11 years now… We live simply and dream big. I live to startle my husband, because nothing startles him. I’ve had 2 successes in the 13 years I’ve known him. I use to be known as “The Stealth” – I could sneak up on anyone… that was before my arthritic knees got louder than car alarms. It’s been hard finding my “Stealthiness” in my body these days.  I have this condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  Try that one on for size… then take it right off. It hurts, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.  But when my knees aren’t crunchy, I’m and involuntary Contortionist (like…Ouch!  What the heck?  I got up and my arm decided to stay… in the other room!)  So, I’m ELASTIGIRL! … But it totally works, because I am married to MR. INCREDIBLE!  There’s a plus side to everything!  

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by much love. There’s a lot of love in our family, and I want to share it with you! We have been so blessed by God, and what’s more fun than sharing the blessings we’ve received with others. God’s blessings never run out! In every situation, we always have much to be thankful for!!! As we spend time together, It’s my truest desire that learning from the Bible, encouragement, thanksgiving and gratitude, sharing writings and poetry, discovering new music together, finding pleasure in the simple thing in life, learning to laugh in the midst of pain, learning to let go, exploring new territory and trying new things together, crafting and building, cooking and sharing recipes, cleaning tips, repair tips, DIY ideas, upcycling creations and recycling reinventions… and just walking through life together whilst finding lots of joy where the Son is shining! That is what I hope you’ll find here with me in the sonshinegrove. Thanks for joining me on my journey!

Many Blessings!!!

© COPYRIGHT Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie (reyajoy)
2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015


All posts and photographs published on https://sonshinegrove.wordpress.com/ is the original work of Amie Joy Chiarelli Wylie (reyajoy) (unless stated otherwise), and I retain full and sole ownership and rights to the usage and distribution of this content.


14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Amiejoy, I love your blog. Your poem ‘The Anger of Man” is amazing. I have my personal copy of your poem and I have to read it from time to time to help me get a grip on life. So. thank you! Blessings my friend


    • Pamela, thank you so much, sweet friend. I have been needing to get a grip on life myself lately too. I think back to the “kid” that wrote that poem. I remember her. I remember the journey she went on to be transformed by the Lord. I remember the crazy things I had to do to get my anger under control. If I was mad, I couldn’t just count to 10 like anyone else… I had to hike a mountain… run until I couldn’t breath… get back up and run again… until I would break and cry before the Lord. It took that much. My fight or flight, was always fight. I had to train my body to flight and run into the arms of Jesus. Now, I am wanting to sit and talk with that 19 year old. Seems that nearly 20 years later, I took a spill that she is calling out to me, “I remember this! I remember this! This was a big journey, don’t you remember?” Oh, how I’d love to forget. But no… I am reminded that although I am not proud of my greatest weakness, I am honored that God took the time to give me early training, and He’s faithful to review… Faithful are the wounds of a friend. He has saved me by His Grace.
      I love you, friend!! Thank you for your encouraging words, and helping me feel not so “alone” in this. 😉 Blessings to you!!!


    • Oh my gosh! You had Tim (my husband) and me dying! We were laughing so hard! I said, “I could so hang out with her!” Tim said, “Boy, she’d fit right in with your family!” Oh, and we have the same shower curtain! =)


  2. Thanks for visiting my blog–your visit led me back to you! What a great spontaneous enthusiastic blog. I love your perspective on life, including the fun of people watching and eating chocolate.


  3. I appreciated your Laser transfer method. I have all the separate items used to make one of thes right on my work desk..never knew. I have arthritis in my neck and one shoulder. Some days I’m miserable but I just put bio freeze on it and carry on. If you don’t mind I will be pray for your..uh what ever you called it…
    I’m a Master Photographer and artist. A songwriter and writer of fiction…God’s continuing joy and grace keeps me happy and loving life. My website is http://www.russhansen.com I hope you and yours have a great up coming Holiday season, my favorite time of the year!


    • Hello, Mr. Hansen. I do so hope you are able to make a laser transfer. I trust you will be pleased with the outcome. Thank you for praying for my health. I too will lift you in prayer as the Lord reminds me. Praying now that you have a truly blessed and enriched holiday season. May Jesus Christ reassure you of His everlasting love, grace and eternal promises as you enter the time of year when arthritis seems to cause the greatest pain. God’s blessings and peace to you and yours as well, Mr. Hansen.


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