Hello there! Welcome to ohAmanda.
This is the place where I get to share the things that make my heart pitter-patter. No, not good books and long walks on the beach (although that doesn’t sound too bad). For me, my heart gets pumping when I talk about leading my kids to Jesus. Yeah. Like how to help them fall in love with the Bible, be excited to serve others and ultimately follow God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.
As a always-feel-like-a-new-mom, it’s easy to fall into the whole well-I-don’t-really-know-what-I’m-doing-so-I’ll-just-leave-it-to-professionals-and-drop-my-kids-off-at-church-every-once-in-awhile when it comes to raising kids.
But I think God has a different idea.
I think God made me to be my kids’ mom.
I think God loves my kid as much as he loves me or Billy Graham or needy kids in Africa.
I think God has given me everything I need to lead my kid to Him.
I think God has a journey for me to take with my kid–a journey to Him and His plans.
(And the same goes for you, too!)
And I don’t think it’s as hard as it sounds. I think this journey looks different for everyone but it also has some key elements involved:
3. Lying down.
4. Getting out of bed
Ha! Not what you thought is it? See, God is so cool! He’s laid out exactly how to lead our kids to Him!
Did you read that graphic? If not, go back and read it word for word. It’s God’s super-duper-simple-plan for raising your kids. And that’s what this blog is. I like to think of fun and creative ways (and as easy as walking and talking) to impress God’s Word on your kid’s heart. I want to help you make memories, have conversations and plant seeds that will be a firm foundation for your child’s life.
Here, let me show you what I mean. Here’s some of my favorite posts and ideas about leading your kids to Jesus and taking this journey with them:
Now. Can I show you some pictures of my family?! (This is the part where if there was no internet, I’d be dragging pictures out of my wallet.)
My husband, Les and I have been married for so many years that I have now known my husband longer than not known him. That’s freaky. He’s a strong man who owns a few businesses and works hard for his family.
My daughter, Lydia is in 3rd grade and loves to read, chooses Anna over Elsa, dreams of Disney World, thinks about Operation Christmas Child all year long and is excited every time the American Girl doll catalog shows up in our mailbox.
My son, Asa is in kindergarten and loves to play secret agent as much as he likes to play puppy. He loves legos, stuffed animals and his mama (oh yes, he does!). He never stops smiling and has a good time everywhere he goes.
We also have a dog named Jack. But I don’t want to talk about him.
Now. I think it’s time for the professional bloggy street cred info. (I know you’ve been dying to hear this!)
I’ve been blogging since 2005 and have worked with Disney, Pampers, Nestle, the Four Seasons, Veggie Tales, Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision and so many beautiful mom-and-pops I can’t name them all.
I’m a member of the Disney World Mom’s Panel (Which is kinda cool, really. My face is on the Disney site for goodness sakes!).
I also love doing podcasts and contribute regularly to the God Centered Mom podcast about family-friendly (and not-so-family friendly) movies.
But my favorite bloggy venture?
In 2010, I released Truth in the Tinsel: an Advent Experience for Little Hands. It’s been used by over 24,000 families and is really and truly an amazing Christmas tradition. (Way better than that scary elf, I can tell you that!) If you haven’t added it to your holiday celebration, you need to!
So. After 690-something words, do you think we should be friends? (If you made it this far, we are definitely friends!)
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