Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Mama behind MaMalogs

My older sister and I
 Me: Well most of you know me. I grew up in Kansas and have lived here my entire life! I have a younger brother, an older sister, and a half brother and sister. So yes...I'm a middle child. My entire childhood I dreamed of working in the medical field. My grandmother, who passed away before I was born, was a nurse, and the way that my dad spoke of her, telling me stories of how amazing she was, I knew I wanted to be just like her. So when I graduated high school I began my career as a medical assistant while pursuing my dreams of becoming a nurse just like my grandma. Little did I know that I would meet my future husband during those times. I was attending a church I had started going to while in high school, where in fact, I began my journey as a Christian, when we met. The youth pastor there, who I was great friends with, invited me along to celebrate Easter with her family. I knew of Andrew and already had a "crush" on him so when they told me that he would be there I totally agreed. So, introductions where made between him and I, immediately we had a connection. I remember watching him interact with his 2 year old sister  and I knew then that he was a catch. Not to mention he's incredibly handsome! I was smitten!
Well to make a long story short we began dating that summer, just after I graduated high school! We had been dating a 2 years when he purposed. It was the day after Thanksgiving and if you live in Kansas City you know that the Plaza is the place to be during the holiday season. We have had many dates on the Plaza, so when he insisted on having dinner and seeing the lights I didn't think anything of it. During our carriage ride around the plaza Andrew proposed and I happily agreed!!
Engagment 2002

August 9th, 2003

9 months later we were married and began our life together as a married couple!! I can’t believe that was almost 8 years ago. In those years we battled through infertility and miscarriage (a whole different post) but have created two wonderfully sweet little boys, Jase (4), and Joel (7 months). The moment I became a mother was probably the best day in my life! No, not probably, it defiantly was!! I am so blessed that every day I get to spend pouring my life into my family, which, yes, makes me a stay-at-home mom.
The day I became a mom!

God.........well, a big big part of who I am is because of my relationship with Him. I have always tried to put Him #1 in my life. Even though it is tough at times it is very important to me. Andrew and I have been attending Evangel Church in KCMO for 7 years. We love our church and  in fact have met some incredibly great friends. My journey as a Christian has evolved over the 11 years and hope that it only continues
                                                   to grow.

So that is me in a nut shell. I left TONS out but defiantly not the most important things. To me it’s all my dreams come true.

Love, Mandy


  1. Aw Mandy! I just love all that is you!

  2. Beautiful story! It sounds like we have experienced similar struggles in life, it is always inspiring to hear how others grew from those challenges. I can't wait to hear more!

  3. Thank you! The more I speak about the struggles the more I learn that more women/couples have been facing the same. I just hope that I can inspire them not to give up.