Amanda’s Biography

Drama.  Isn’t that what everyone wants to hear when someone gives their testimony? “I was misguided at best through my early teenage years.”  Sounds intriguing, right? I’d bet anyone would love to hear that story.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), however that is not my story. In fact, my story is quite the opposite. But before you tune out or stop reading, give me a chance.  My bio might end up interesting after all (now this is not the time to start skimming for the “interesting” part 😉 ).

What does church, foster care, and the Caribbean all have in common? I don’t really know. Though they all seem to fit perfectly into my story.  The church part is kinda self explanatory, but I’ll explain anyway.  I grew up in a Christian home, so I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a Christian, and wasn’t going to church.  I started volunteering in the nursery at 10, and I’ve tried to be actively involved ever since (at times our church was so small all there was to do was set up chairs).  So for a Christian homeschooler, my life was pretty normal. That is, up until a week and a half after my eleventh birthday.  But ten days after I turned eleven, on January 22, 2009, life happened.  Wanna guess?  And no, my parents didn’t die! We moved to the Island of Curaçao.

Curaçao was, different, to say the least.  Part of the reason that my parents decided to move was because “Mi Tata ta un Yiu di Korsou” (translated: My dad is from Curaçao), and thus, all his family lived there.  Moving is hard enough, moving overseas? Don’t get me started… The nice thing was having grandparents and cousins close by for the first time in my life.  The bad thing? Island life is not a constant vacation. In the four and a half years we lived there, I made some good friends, came to love and appreciate family more than ever, and realized that birds are the best pets EVER! (that’s the highlights).  In reality, island life is hot, expensive, and a never-ending culture shock (though not quite as bad as hearing people speak English again… I think I understand what it’s like to be autistic…) What about the beaches you ask? Exactly, what about the beaches?  They’re nothing great.  Wildlife? Interesting natives? Umm, let’s not go there… I could go on, but you get the picture.

It’s not that I didn’t like Curaçao, I wasn’t excited about leaving when the time came to do so. I just want people to know that there’s more to islands than the “beautiful beaches” people rave about.  So, as I hinted, we moved again on July 23, 2013. My parents, four siblings, and I packed twenty-one boxes, hopped on a plane, and moved to Texas.

As I write this, we’ve lived in Texas for one and a half years.  That time has been filled with tears and joy, amazing new friends, hard times, finding and leaving churches, missing family, and most recently, starting this blog.  But as our two year anniversary gets closer and closer, I can rejoice in God’s provision.  God has used the good times and bad to shape me and mold me.  He’s given me passions for orphans (that’s where foster care comes in), and taught me to be a friend to the new kids. He’s gifted me with amazing friends, but taught me to rely on Him, not them.  All in all, if I could sum up my life with a verse, it would be “God works all thing together for the good of those who love him, and who are called according to His purpose.” (See http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/god-works-all-things-for-your-good for a great explanation about what that means).  God has called me to himself, and to do his will. He will shape and mold me through my circumstances.  And if, even in the hardest times, He is making me more like Him, all things do in fact bring about my good.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that God has changed my life—He’ll change yours too.

But was that what you really wanted to know? Or did you just want to know what makes me tick? (you are reading my bio after all).  Well, if that’s what you’re after, then here goes:

I love sports, art, arguing, church, and friends. My favorite subjects are math and science, but if apologetics was a subject, it would be number one by leaps and bounds.  Birds are my favorite animals, and family is second only to God.  I strive to follow Christ, and want to encourage others to do the same.

That about covers it! Now, if you please, go check out the other girls… They’re far more interesting! (or you can look up out latest post…take your pick 😉 )

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