About

Welcome!

I’d tell you to “grab a cup of coffee/tea and stay awhile,” but if you’re anything like me (a wife, a first-time-mom-trying-to-figure-out-all-this-baby-stuff, a wannabe entrepreneur, or all of the above), I doubt you have the time! In fact, you’ll probably visit this page 3 or 4 different times, before you actually finish the thing, because you’ve got a meal to prep, laundry to move, or a kiddo to tend to. But that’s what this blog is about: finding beauty in the busyness, peace amidst pressure, and loving life right where you are. I invite you to enjoy the journey with me.

The Blog

This blog has started on a bit of a dare I got from a book. I don’t guarantee you regular posts, at the moment. Life is too unpredictable for that. But hopefully I can offer you some encouragement for wherever you are in life, plenty of personal-opinion-which-may-or-may-not-actually-matter, and some funny stories! {Hint: subscribe to my weekly newsletter, and you’ll get an email weekly, whether or not I can pull off a real post.} I’ve never done this before, so I fully expect this blog to evolve over time, as I learn what my writing niche should be, and what seems to be the most helpful to those who choose to read it. For now, I write especially for newlyweds, and new or soon-to-be moms.

The Author

I’m Amanda, wife to the love-of-my-life, David, mommy to a precious baby I’ll call the Jungle Boy (yes, there’s a story there), and a chosen follower of Christ. Note to any non-religious readers: I’m a believer in Jesus, and it defines me from the inside out. But if you’re not, I still welcome you. Seriously. I realize “mommy-bloggers” cater to a pretty specific subculture, but I like variety…so stick around! You never know; it might be interesting.

I think this is the part where I tell you what my likes and dislikes are. Ahem. I love thick, actual paper-and-ink books, afternoon coffee while the rain is falling, open windows, and dates with my husband. [Full disclosure: these days “dates” qualify as anything done together with no kiddo along, such as grocery shopping, or church choir practice!] I detest stink bugs, mispronunciation of the words “sepulcher” and “nuclear”, and forgetting to grab all the laundry when I start a load.

The Journey

Like anyone else, I have good days, and bad days. And an occasional very, very bad day. What I’m learning, however, is that the so-called good or bad days are good or bad because of how I am viewing them. And I am seeking to choose to view each day as the True Gift that it is. Together, all these days make up this one life. It’s a little one. But I sincerely believe my One Little Life can make a difference, and that my God has a purpose to accomplish through it. I’ve struggled with even beginning to start this writing adventure, because even while preparing my first posts, I’ve been hit with days that seemed to mock every word I was trying to put out. I’ll tell you this–I like my home neat, but I have a messy heart. However. My God specializes in cleaning up messes, and really, I’m beginning to think that having life “all together” isn’t actually why we’re here. I’ll be expounding on all that, I suppose, in the days ahead. Join me, won’t you?

Let’s make every day count, and love the life we’ve been given.