Childhood

Nov 15th, 2016 Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 5 min read

I don’t like to talk about how I grew up. When I think about my childhood, I have this weird mixture of feelings that swirl around in my stomach. It’s safe to say it’s a topic I have safely avoided until recently. Which in and of itself is odd to me. I suppose it is due to the fact that the majority of my friends…

Hey girls…

Nov 11th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

2016… What a weird year, huh? My head feels a little bit like mush as I remember this past week. When I walked into the polling room at our school, and cast my vote, I had some pride well up in my heart. Did I think Hillary Clinton would make the best president yet? I really wasn’t sure. I don’t agree with anyone’s politics 100%,…

Dear Momma #3

Nov 11th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Dear Momma, We are nearing another holiday season and as always, my mind turns to you and your family. My boys had fun on Halloween, Gavyn dressed as Superman. Would your boy have gone trick or treating? Would he have had a funny joke? Or perhaps he would have been too old now. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and in my heart, I will…

Hope

Oct 21st, 2016 muses, Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 5 min read

Hope. Such a small word. Such a powerful word. Such an emotional word. When you see the word Hope, does it conjure emotions in your soul? Maybe not all the time, it has become a trendy word, plastered on mugs, tshirts, and wall art. (Okay hipsters, settle down with the triangles and one word phrases.) Back on topic… When you really think about the word…

Holiness

Oct 16th, 2016 Uncategorized Amanda Stanley 1 min read

Earlier this week my 28 Day Challenge was: find one holy thing each day for a week. I cannot stop thinking about holiness. What makes something holy? Why are we drawn to it? How does it influence us? How will my life change if I focus on the holy? I have only been doing it for a few days, but it drastically changes how you…

Challange

Oct 6th, 2016 everyday, muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

  I’m on a leadership team for a moms group at my church. The curriculum (if you will) had a 28 day challenge. We decided we would all do it together this month and share our experiences with one another. We are on day 6 and it has already wrecked me in surprising ways. Each day we read a short essay, there is some type…

Space

Sep 16th, 2016 muses Amanda Stanley 4 min read

  I’m sorry for my long absence blogging. I started writing a novel February 1st. this year. It consumed me. I mean, it really consumed me. I knocked the first draft out within a two-month period. It poured out of me. I spent the summer working on back-stories for my characters, really digging into their psyches. Since school began, I have been plodding along with…

Here’s the thing about Healing…

Feb 19th, 2016 Gavyn, Nevin Amanda Stanley 5 min read

Monday as I was driving around I had a revelation. It was probably not a big one and I’m sure many have had it before, but for me it was new. See, February is sort of hard for me. It is the end of winter, we still have a good chunk of school left, the routine is getting to me, and to top it off…

musings

Feb 11th, 2016 muses Amanda Stanley 2 min read

My friend Kel Rohlf has this fantastic blog, Soulpantry. She has been doing a series on perspective that I have really enjoyed. Every day she leaves you with a little prompt to get your mind working and creative juices flowing. On day two she said: I am aware of… I tell you, I have been thinking about that since February second! What am I aware…

Sick Days

Feb 10th, 2016 everyday, Gavyn Amanda Stanley 3 min read

Sorry for the lack of blogs this week. My head as been wrapped around my new novel and hasn’t left much room for blog ideas. It finally happened. I knew it would. Gavyn has been fighting a head cold the last day or so, and l have been on high alert for a seizure. Last night before I went to bed I went in to…