Welcome to ohAmanda. Or should I say, “Welcome. I’m ohAmanda.” I guess it’s about the same thing. *shrugs*
This little space on the internet is about those big “Oh!” things in my life–my kids, my marriage, my relationship with God and how they all come together in my heart.
(And of course, my perennial favorite, “Oh, Amanda!! Where did you put your keys?!”)
There’s a few things I do well: homemade bread in the bread machine, birthday parties and reading gosh-darn fast. But, God gave me one very special talent: I can take any old random thing and give it a spiritual application. Really. Try me.
Sweet Tea? God’s Word refreshes. It’s sweeter than honey…er, sweet tea.
Highchairs? God lifts us up when we’re humble. He serves us in the presence of our enemies.
Laundry? God is ever-present. He promises He’ll never leave us. Just like laundry.
See, I’m good, right?
On a less freaky note, this is what I try to do for my kids. I want them to see God, experience Him all around them every day and in every way.
Once, a long long time ago, my husband and I were full-time Pastor-types. We did puppet shows and special performances for churches and kids’ camps. We helped plant a small church. We developed a children’s ministry at a mega-church.
Then motherhood came. And it became my real ministry.
Making up every day experiences to teach kids about God became my goal. Only this time the kids were bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
And that is this blog.
I want to help you help your kids know God. I want to impress God’s Word on my kids’ hearts and help you do the same. I want to partner with God in raising my kids for Him. And I hope to share that journey with you.
So, wanna meet my family?
This is my husband, Les. He’s pretty cute. And recently lost 40 pounds, joined CrossFit and only eats stuff that God made.
My daughter, Lydia is in 1st Grade, just lost her first baby tooth and is way way way too big. We do a hybrid homeschool with her and I’m glad I get to experience those days of growth together.
My Asa is 4 and steals my heart with his dimples. He is at that age where pretending to be Spiderman and a baby bird on the same day is acceptable. And he might be a Mama’s boy.
And my bloggy street cred?
I’ve been blogging for over 6 years. For a long time I had two blogs (one called Impress Your Kids, which is all located inside the archives of this blog, so you can find anything you need from that space!) and decided to push them into one blog so this online space could be a true reflection of my life and passions.
I’ve worked with some big companies and little mom-n-pops on my blog–Nestle, The Four Seasons, Pampers and more. I’ve even had the honor of working with some of my favorite Christian organizations and minsitries–Operation Christmas Child, World Vision, Veggie Tales and Thomas Nelson. I’ve even done a little bit o’ stuff for Disney!
I also wrote the best-selling ebook, Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands. It is basically a Christmas phenomenon. Well, maybe not. But it is way less creepy than the Elf on the Shelf, I can tell you that much.
Social Media is also the place where I’ve met some of my best and greatest friends. I’d love to count you as one of them! And hey, I’ve even got a gift for you!
If you sign up for my monthly ohNewsletter (which is full of all sorts of fabulousness), you’ll receive my free ebook, Praying God’s Word for Your Kids. (You can also subscribe to instant ohAmanda updates via email or a feedreader, if you like that better. Regardless, you’ll get the ebook.)
Of course, feel free to connect with me via email on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Google+ still eludes me and I refuse to get a LinkedIn account. Or maybe I have one and just can’t remember the password.
Nice to meet you.