When Life Gives You Lemons (and Takes Away Corn)

For those who know me, it’s no secret I love tacos. During 2020, I attended a virtual Field Trip through CreativeMornings, where I learned how to make corn tortillas from a Spanish chef living in Germany. (Technology!) It forever ruined me for store bought tortillas. Also during 2020, I learned how to make authentic Tacos…

Stacking Stones

There are some days where I feel physically helpless, but I can pinpoint the exact moment when I was brought back to life. I have the receipts. I’ve stacked stones in the river. Even sitting in this pain, I can return and rejoice because I remember why God is good.

Starting with a Song

I stopped scrolling when I saw this post. My friend re-posted this and suggested we think about where we started 10 years ago. Sure, the decade realization is enough to make my head spin, but I love how she used the word started. A decade ago, 28-year old Amanda was living in a very different…

Taste and See

I’ve been putting thoughts to pen and paper as opposed to filling the internet with more words lately. I haven’t wrestled with why, but I have a hunch. My spiritual curiosity is growing, unexplainable things are transpiring, and all of it is leaving me in awe. I’m just not sure how to translate that into…

Reading, Thinking, Dreaming

The last day of an extended holiday weekend went exactly as planned. I spent the morning in the backyard under a canopy of green, finishing Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson. Moving to the front patio, I put our rocking chairs to use while starting Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Just as I’d embarked on…

I’M Possible

I recently witnessed one of my favorite authors experience some professional setbacks and disappointments. After wallowing for awhile, her colleague asked her, “what does this make possible?” It’s easier said than done. Isn’t it? There’s a note on my desk that mocks me: Create more. Consume less. I haven’t felt much like writing lately. I…