I’m so glad you’re here! This blog is a project dear to my heart because it’s all about sharing the life-giving message of hope – You are enough. You are His. You are a Work of God. Embrace that.
My mission is to explore this work of God – the work in progress that we are. I hope you will find encouragement and grace here. I hope you are blessed and that you will subscribe so you don’t miss a post. Thank you for being here!
Here’s an overview of the content you can find on this blog.
About Me & My Family
Hi! I’m Amanda Brandon. I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Warren, for nearly 14 years. We have 3 awesome kiddos – Reagan Leigh (10), Logan (5) and Anna Cat (4). We’ve been homeschooling for 7 years.
We’ve been self-employed most of our marriage – me as a freelance writer and Hubby in construction and insurance. We travel LOTS and explore like pros. I’m so thankful we get the chance to share the world with our kiddos.
Our education philosophy leans Classical, STEAM, and a little Charlotte Mason. We have two kiddos with some learning differences and a very creative little lady. All three are bright, passionate, intense people. I love how the Lord has gifted us with the supreme honor of training them up in the way they should go. I’m certain this journey will be His greatest work on my life.
Here’s what you can expect to find on my blog.
There’s nothing that brings you to your knees faster than tiny (or big) reflections of you in living color. I’ve often introduced myself as a professional mother. I believe it’s my job and I should do it with my whole heart.
Prep & protect
Mamas get the extreme privilege of preparing and protecting the works of God with which we are entrusted. Let’s talk about it.
Raising intense and outside-the-box kids.
I truly believe every child is a marvel, but some kids are just “more.” Think intense, creative, stubborn, spirited, sensitive, and fired up (I have three of these, but if you met their father you’d understand.) Nothing comes easy with this breed of kids, but they sure do make life fun and exciting.
Tips and tricks for working with the personalities of your people
Working with your kids’ and hubby’s natural bent works way better than working them into your plan. (Ask me how I know.) Expect stories and reviews of books and products that help you do this better.
How to take care of you
There’s a Goldbond commercial on Nick Jr. all the time that says, “You take care of everyone else. Don’t forget to take care of you.” That’s what I’ll share on this blog. Ideas for taking care of you. When you are cared for, they get the best of you. It’s so important to nourish your soul and body too.
Traveling with kids
My husband works out of town for long stretches and we go see him. I’ve developed quite the list of tips and tricks for traveling with little people on all sorts of transportation.
Focus & Connect
A focus on living present and intentionally inside and outside your home. Your family is your priority, but so are your other relationships.
I’m a big believer in what Elisabeth Eliot wrote to her daughter in “Let Me Be a Woman” about husbands and wives’ roles in their relationship. “If you succumb to the temptation to expect your husband to fulfill all the roles of all the relationships you have had prior to marriage you will learn that this is asking too much. He needs his male friends, you need your female ones, even though your marriage and home take top priority in your interest.”
You owe it to yourself and your family to have healthy friendships and times of fellowship without your husband and children in tow. You are still YOU, and they get a version of you when you take time to go to book club and out for a coffee with a girlfriend.
I realize this can be a difficult topic, so we’ll go there. It’s worth discussing.
My favorite job as a mom is teaching my kids even when one of my dear children tells me you don’t have to read to learn (true story). I’ll share a peek into our homeschool adventures as well as encouragement and resources.
I’ve written quite a bit about marriage in this space, and I’ll continue to do that. I believe a strong marriage matters and you can expect honest posts on what that means.
Tough Heart Questions & Answers
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do understand struggle and matters of the heart. This space will be used to discuss issues of the heart and we’ll seek answers from God’s Word. Some of my most popular posts have been on topics such as “What’s the Deal with Head Coverings?” and “When God Calls You Out.” I love digging deep into the heart of the matter. Expect a whole series of Heart Questions & Answers.
Jesus Loves Me When…
My most popular social media posts are when I pull back the curtain and show off my mountains of dishes or laundry and relate them to how Jesus sees me – valuable, redeemed, loved. Expect encouragement on how much you are loved and blessed to be in His Kingdom.
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