Friday, December 21, 2007
A (True) Story About Mandy
Mine begins in Texas.
I was born in Houston and raised in a small town just outside of it. I was a creative little child with big dreams. I wanted to be a child psychologist, a singer, an actress, an interior designer, a fashion designer, a painter, a photographer…. yet underneath it all, the thing I wanted most was to be like my own mom…… a wonderful wife and fabulous mother.
I married the man I prayed for- literally. I began praying for him specifically, that God would help him, guide him, and comfort him as he struggled with the death of his father. I was 12. Little did I know, six years later I would marry that man. Little did I know that God would make me the answer to my own prayer.
When I was eighteen, I gave birth to our first child. She was an unexpected, but welcomed, addition. I began to understand God’s love for His children… for me, through her. She’s my little helper who loves to fold clothes and cook meals. She’s going to make a great helpmeet someday. At the age of twenty, our first son arrived on the scene. He’s an active fellow who tests my patience but melts my heart with his smile. I turned twenty-three about a month and a half before our third child made his grand appearance. He was born into his father’s arms in our own bedroom. An unassisted, unhindered birth- our second son taught me how to trust my body, trust my husband, and trust my Lord. As he grows, I watch his personality unfold. Our fourth child was a lesson in trusting God. During her pregnancy, we found out our oldest had a brain mass (which required surgery), and a couple weeks later learned that our sweet baby in utero only had a three-chambered heart. The Lord healed them both!
We recently had our fifth child, a darling little girl (March 17, 2012). While our home waterbirth was beautiful, she was born with her lungs full of (amniotic) fluid. She wasn't breathing and her heart actually stopped for about 10 seconds. [You can read her birth story on my blog.] Again, God came through in a mighty way, breathing His life into her with the help of our wonderful midwives. Her birth spurred me to start my other blog, The Pouring Out.
God has given me a vision of his plan for my children’s lives, and I pray that he will help me fulfill my part in order to lead them there.
So, that’s the nutshell version of “who I am”…. but of course, it’s much more complex. I could go on forever about my passions (Biblical parenting, passionate marriages centered on Christ, homeschooling, photography, art, reading….), but you can find out more about that in my entries.
I physically ache inside when I hear or see a marriage in trouble. I want everyone to experience the joy and abundant love I have within my own marriage. I also want to give those people hope, because if God can make us overcomers in our situation, he can work out any marriage if we are willing to put it in his hands!
God is constantly reminding me to give Him full control, whether it's in my finances, family size, or thoughts. I'm a work in progress!
Updated April 2012.