Get to know Manda

I answer to Amanda, Manda, or any random and wacky nickname my husband comes up with. Speaking of my husband. His name is Eric, but I call him E. We got married the summer of 2015 and I love him more than Oreos, Carmel Macchiatos’s, This Is Us, yoga pants and well, you get the point.

We live in Chicago and intentionally pour our heart and soul into the community we have here. While we have no children of our own, we are foster parents and love coming alongside children and families in need. We have had kids in our care as young as 1-year-old up to 17-years-old. There is a special place in our heart for each kids who comes into our care and we feel strongly about getting too attached, which you can read more about here.

When E and I got engaged, we made a decision together that whenever we have more than we need, we are going to build a longer table rather than a higher fence. We don’t get it right all of the time, but we sure do try our best to live accordingly.

I am not certain about much except for these two things:

1. There isn’t a single person you would not love if you knew their story.

2. Jesus died on the cross for my sin, and yours, and because of God’s unfathomable grace – I am being transformed and so can you.

So, that’s what I live for. I adore being a wife, a foster mama, writing and investing in other women.


My desire is to be transparent because #ImpressingIsExhausting and I don’t have a fake bone in my body. I’ll continue sharing my beautiful mess and get to know yours if you participate in the conversation! Most of all, I hope you leave this space encouraged. You are never alone & always welcome here.

Love & Oreos,



I’m an enneagram 8w9. If you are familiar with the enneagram, you understand that The Challenger and The Peacemaker within me are always at war. I joke that I’m a walking contradiction.

You can often find me at home, in my sweats, having Oreos & milk. Really though, I think Oreos make up 60% of my diet. Whoops.

As a kid, my favorite movie was Matilda and I wanted to grow up and be Miss Honey, which I actually kind of fulfilled because I was a teacher right out of college for 4 years.

Team Introvert all the way! I get fueled up by being alone. Period.

I don’t like ketchup, pickles, or La Croix (get that fancy water out of here!)

My love language is acts of service (basically anyone who does things for me to make my life easier, ILYSM) and having no time constraints with my husband or friends.

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