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photo by stacey at 29lincolnavenue.com

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.

1 thessalonians 2:8 {sharing the Gospel and our lives at ohAmanda.com}

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!

Praying Scritpures For Your Kids eboook

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. :)





  1. You were at Church of Highlands? I go there!! Birmingham right? Is this the same church?? WOW! What a small world!

  2. Okay, you are SO pretty. I covet your big blue eyes.

  3. Ok…this is a really weird picture of you, Amanda! LOL

  4. Looks like you’re sportin’ a bit of a ‘tude, here!:-)

  5. Found your blog through FMF. Where have you been all my life?
    Good stuff. Bummed that you turned of your FMF post comments, I had a compliment all ready for ya! :)

  6. I am with CadeRyan and we are promoting the dog bark collar store. We would love you to write a sponsored post about frugal dog tips in about 500 words. In exchange for your post, we will send you a $30 Target gift card. If you are interested, your post should start with a line that this post is part of a campaign hosted by the dog training collar store and include the link back. Please let me know if you would like to participate.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  7. Oh, hi, Amanda!

    We did Truth in the Tinsel for the first time this Christmas and I’ve been watching your site and blog since then.

    What caught my attention today was your post about Monthly Missions! How exciting. I read lots of Christian mommy-types of blogs, but I can’t think of one that talks much about missions. I know life gets busy, but we’ve got a big hole in our hearts, our faith and our Bibles if we’re skipping over the commission we were given.

    I’m currently serving in Haiti with my family. I am teaching English and my husband and I lead an organization called Hoops for Haiti. (hoopsforhaiti.org)

    Maybe you get lots of requests from other organizations to be featured in your Monthly Missions?? I dunno. But, would you consider us? Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Blessings! Sarah Aubry

  8. You truly have a beautiful family, as well as, a great side profile. :-) Stumbled across your blog, so I’m just taking a peek of your world here. Just lovely!

  9. Amanda,
    I just found your blog via Live Laugh Rowe blog. I have enjoyed looking around. Quick question????? Do you draw your own cute little graphic people that are on your site? I love them, and was just curious if you did them yourself. If so, great job!!! I do some of my own “stick figure” type drawings for my site, and really was impressed with your cute figures.
    Off to look around more. Have a great day…
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

  10. Leah Dion says:


    I am about to start the armor of God with my son. I have a castle themed advent calendar for Playmobil. Instead of using it during Advent, I decided to do it now, and use it to teach the Armor. I have been “collecting” your armor series but I did not see the Shield of FAith, Helmet, or the Sword. I might have missed them. I wonder if you have them all together on a certain email or page for easy access. I am subscribed to your monthly email.
    I have really really enjoyed your Easter activities. WE did a combination of Sense of the Resurrection, Uneaster baskets, and homemade Resurrection eggs. Plus I did my own adaptation of the REsurrection (or grace) garden with stepping stones to the cross. Each was a little clear stone with a picture that represented a story about Jesus (miracle, parable, etc.) We picked one out each day and read the story, then placed it in the garden as a stepping stone to the cross. Anyway thank you for all your ideas. I look forward to finding the Fruit of the Spirit lessons and doing those a little later.


  11. Do you ever ‘critique’ blogs? I read about your blog at ‘how they blog’ and would love to hire you (?) to critique my blog if you do! I love yours and would love to learn from you!!! :)


  12. Hi,

    My name is John and I have a quick question about your blog! Could you please email me?

    Thank you,


  13. Brian Schultz says:

    Nice site. I often visit my family in South Carolina typically each winter for about 5 or 6 weeks by invitation. I love my family in the south. I am a true Manhattanite having been born and raised and lived my entire 44 years on this awesome island. My father, deceased, had three brothers (all deceased now) and all four brothers joind the service right out of high school having been born and raised in NYC.

    My father and one uncle after being in the service married here in NYC and my other two uncles while in the service fell in love with and married women in South Carolina so that’s how I have so much family in the south. Also, for the record I love my family in the south and they love me and I love the south and southern ways.

    Could you answer a few questions of southern culture for me? What is a hissyfit? I’ve heard this only a couple times in the south and of course know it means a disliking reaction fo something but what is it really? Do men have hissyfits? or are they only for describing a woman’s negative reaction? If only for women what is the male word for hissyfit?

    I know SC is in the Bible belt. What is the dominate Christian denomination? I notice many Baptist churches but also many Methodist, Non Denominational and others. Are there any Jewish faith communites in South Carolina? I never noticed any while driving and out with family but also I never looked for any either. I’ve spent a total of two years in the south in 4 to 6 weeks increments typically once or twice each year so have never had a long enough stay to really get to know the area. My wife is Jewish and a few times she has visited and she loves my family and they love her and she also loves southern ways.

    Only a few times in public places such as grocery stores, restaurants and such have I ever heard the word yankee and it seemed to be used in a humorous manner such as ‘he must be a yankee’ with both men having a little smile and little chuckle. Is yankee a put down or a humorous descriptive term or what? I’m not picking just asking.

    Why is cornbread so dry? My family makes almost everything from scratch and I love the food but I take it cornbread is made so very dry as one is supposed to put in in a bowl with milk or something to make it wet/moist. My family usually eats it as a sop up for gravy or stew and I do to but it’still easy for me to half choke on it. I like it but it’s just so dry.

    I like grits. My family makes grits soft and sweet with sugar, LOTS of cheese and it’s great. My cousin calls it Cheesy Grits and it’s great and I love her grits. My other cousin makes grits and then greases up good thick glass water glasses and puts the grits in and refrigerates overnight and the next day she somehow gets the grits out and slices it and frys it in a ‘dirty’ cast iron pan that she just did the bacon, eggs and all the rest in I LOVE IT. She calls this Dirty Grits and I love it.

    Are these grits being called Cheesy grits and Dirty grits unique to my family or are they called this by most southern people? What we call in NYC stuffed cabbage which I love my family calls Pig in the Blanket and they do theirs with all kinds of meat not just hamburg with seasoning and rice. They do it with sausage, hamburg and more. Love southern Pig in a Blanket. Are Pig in a Blanket aka stuffed cabbage unique to my family or is this what southerners call it?

    Is it all ove the south that a grocery store cart is called a buggy or is this also unique to my family? My family will say to me’you take a buggy and get what’s all on this list and I’ll take a buggy and get this list’.

    My cousins are all in their late 40’s , 50’s and early 60’s.

    I love my family in the south and I love southern ways. I’m not insulting at all just asking.

    Also what’s up with ‘carry’ as take. My family will say ‘Mama was so sick I carried her to the doctor’. The first time I heard this years ago I asked ‘was she that weak you had to carry her in the office?’ and they said no she walked in.

    There should be a southern – northern dictionary as it would come in handy for me visiting the south due to usage differences.


  14. I have purchased your Easter book and did not get an email to download it. I commented on this. You asked me to email you, however, my computer will not allow me to email you. How can we proceed from here?

  15. Hey Amanda–I’ve followed your around the internets for awhile, but finally after our brief Twitter exchange, I wanted to go remind myself about you. ;) I love all that you’re about and just thought I would say a proper hello and tell you I admire all that you’ve done/are doing. I blog over at the grommom, but started after my fourth kid, and try like crazy to keep up on other blogs but as you probably relate–it’s hard to take time…
    I’m subscribing now so I can keep up with you! :)
    PS haha–Just noticed your box “confirm you are not a spammer” and yet they still get through–they’re amazing, aren’t they? :)

  16. I have had the same problem as Cathy. I purchased the Sense of Resurrection on March 12. I did get a confirmation of payment but not a code to download. Please advise. I would like to download and begin using Monday if possible.

  17. Just found your blog from the Singing Honey Bee. I’m super excited to discover more. I really enjoy all the religious things got have for kiddos.

  18. Jessica says:

    I found you on a Disney blog. I love your blog, and I am so not a blog follower. But you’ve hooked me. Thank you for inspiring me this morning. I hope you enjoy this and will consider sharing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86FY-AEdizA It’s a Disney mom parody.

  19. David Wheeler says:

    Hi I am from Birmingham United Kingdom.I have a children’s ministry and I am going to teach tomorrow on the miracle of the healing of the paralysed man that was lowered through the roof to Jesus.You did a wonderful presentation of this story on youtube and I am in awe of your talent.I have done this work for about six years now and every week I struggle with finding new ways to present Gods word to the young people that includes my two children aged 11 and 12.In fact I actually despaired and offered my resignation two weeks ago which was turned down by the assistant pastor.If you get 5 mins ask God if he can give me the same drive ,passion and confidence that you so clearly demonstrate in your video.My kids love me and I want to do better for them but I need help to get the message across and I can only do this with Gods help.Thanks for your inspiration.

  20. Hi Amanda!
    I am a fellow Christian, homeschooling Mama :) I would love to share the game that my family has created to help families have fun memorizing scripture with you and see if you would like to check it out and possibly share it! There is a video link to the game below!
    Thanks so much for your time.
    Antonia Best :)

  21. Emma Andersen says:

    Hi Amanda, I love your blog and I was just wondering if you could recommend any books that deal with Satan (!) my boys (6 and 8) are currently struggling with the scariness of Satan and are having nightmares about going to hell etc and I wondered if there are any kids books out there that deal with this issue? We have a lot of books that you recommend and love them all! Many thanks

    • Hmmm. I’m going to have to think about this. I certainly don’t know any off the top of my head—the only thing I can think of is books about fear or about Heaven. Let me get back to you after I think about this a bit!


  22. I am trying to purchase your truth in the tinsel e book and do not have a paypal account set up and do not want one.. Can I purchase one over the phone? Credit card?


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