Howdy from Amanda

Hi Siestas! I sent Mom a text a few minutes ago asking if I could drop in and say hello today. I’ve missed y’all! How is everyone? I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in January at the SSMTC. I was just at LifeWay’s Dot Mom conference in Birmingham and enjoyed seeing a handful of our Siestas there. It’s funny how we feel like old pals by now! Speaking of that event, if you’re a mom you must find a way to get there next year. It was phenomenal. I recapped it here on my little family blog if you want to see what it was all about.

The problem with popping in every now and then is I don’t even know where to start! It seems like we have a brand new life these days. I’d say we are finally adjusted to having our firstborn in kindergarten. (I’ve stopped worrying that I’m going to forget.) He loves school but, I have to admit, his face lights up on Saturday mornings when I tell him he gets to stay home. Yesterday I got to help with the writers workshop in his classroom, which is officially my favorite use of my journalism degree. I cannot stop thinking about how precious his face was when he would look up from his desk and catch my eye. I wanted to give him lots of embarrassing hugs and smooches, but I controlled myself and waited until he got home. The highlight of the experience was at the end when the class thanked me by giving their “seal of approval,” which consisted of them barking like seals. It was pure kindergarten greatness.

Annabeth is the source of much laughter in our home. Y’all, she is funny. Curtis and I used to pray that our future children would not be boring and, Lord have mercy, He answered that prayer. I ordered Annabeth a butterfly costume from Zulily (moms, have you found that yet?) and when it arrived we all got a full display of girlish delight.  She was wearing her Christmas pajamas from last year  when I opened the package, so you can just imagine what she looked like with a tutu and butterfly wings on top. It also came with a wand, which she was desperate to sleep with. She was not about to let me pry that thing out of her sweet, sticky little hands. I forgot all about it until the next morning when I was greeted at my bedroom door by a cute little bed-headed urchin wielding a butterfly on a pink stick. Seeing her delight in all things girly is really a joy. We went on a long walk with Jennifer Hamm (Bible study coordinator at LPM) and baby Karis this morning and Annabeth wanted to bring five baby dolls with her. I talked her down to two.

There is so much more that I could say – especially about the journey we are on with our new church – but I will save that for another visit. Thank you all for interceding for us. We have needed and felt your prayers. I hope you ladies have a great Wednesday!
Much love,



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  1. 51
    Julie Anne says:

    Thanks for popping in!! It’s always great to hear about your personal lives… Truly feel like I know you even though we’ve never met!!

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    traci says:

    It’s always so great to “hear” your voice, Amanda!
    See you in January 🙂

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    Amy Thomas says:

    It was so nice to hear from you, Amanda! I miss your posts…of course I haven’t ever met you but I feel like I know you and your family personally! I love your stories of your kids especially since my own two girls are growing up too quickly, being almost 14 and 11. I am excited to hear about your new church and will continue to pray for you all there! Please keep us posted!


  4. 54
    Margee says:

    Always enjoy your posts, Amanda. And I must say the last one your Baby Bangs just really resonated with me. The analogy of walking down the hall was great. I would encourage the other siestas to read if they have not done so. Thanks again Amanda.

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    Naomi says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Do we get to see a picture of your sweet butterfly girl?

  6. 56
    J. says:

    This was such a fun post! It made me smile! Thanks for taking time to visit with us!

  7. 57
    Wendy says:

    Amanda, soooo fun to hear a bit of news about your precious kiddos! Isn’t motherhood just the BEST?! What a blessing you are able to be home with them! I think your prayer request before your kids were born is absolutely hilarious, that you would pray that they would not be boring! That cracks me up! Oh, God is faithful! : )

  8. 58
    Geri Patterson says:

    Geri Patterson
    Deer Park, TX

    Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength.
    They will mount up with wings like eagles,
    They will run and not get tired,
    They will walk and not become weary.

    Isaiah 40:31 NASB

  9. 59
    cathy davis says:

    Hey amanda! I am glad all is going well. Much love coming your wy!

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    Oh, Amanda, it is always so wonderful to hear from you. I’m so glad I found your family blog a long time ago, so I don’t have to wait for you to get on here:) The whole costume thing just got a lot more stressful for me, since I went and got in a fender bender that was entirely my fault, so hello, fine and insurance. Yikes! Things were already tighter than I even realized looking at the bank account. I already have Angela’s costume. Do not know what I’m going to do about Chloe, now. I feel like such an idiot. I will probably not sleep at all tonight for stressing about it. I know, I know. Not supposed to do that, but I probably will:(

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    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Oh Amanda, thanks so much for sharing! I’m not sure what my little girl’s costume will be this year. My littlest sister is lobbying for a princess gown though. We’ll see:)

  12. 62
    Nakeisha says:

    “If a man denounces his friends for reward, the eyes of his children will fail.”

    JOB 17:5
    Houston, TX

  13. 63
    Dianne from Mt. Pleasant, NC says:

    All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)

  14. 64
    Jennifer Rott says:

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled & do not be afraid.” <3 John 14:27

  15. 65
    Kim says:

    Kim-Wylie, TX
    This is the day the Lord had made; We will rejoice and be
    glad in it.

    Psalm 118:24

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