Hey y’all, I’m Mandy! I am a southern girl from Dallas, TX that moved to Kansas City, MO about 10 years ago to live intentionally in the Urban Core. I am a single foster momma that has had seven little ones in and out of my home over the last two years since opening my foster care license. The dream of becoming a licensed foster home began in college but the picture I had in my head was much different than what it looks like now.
I expected my twenties to include wedding planning, marriage, picking out baby names, and having sweet little giggles running through the house while I drank an excessive amount of caffeine to keep me awake from sleep deprivation. When 30 came, I was left to grieve a life I imagined and embrace a life that had been gifted to me even if it came with the reality of loss. Instead of waiting for life to align to my expectations, I decided to step out in faith into the things I felt built to do, regardless of my situation and relationship status. I quit my full-time nonprofit job and took the biggest leap of faith to date in order to follow my passion of becoming a foster momma. It has not been easy and there have been days (ok maybe months) that i questioned if I somehow missed the mark. Throughout the journey the Lord continues to show up and be faithful in the most miraculous and tangible ways. I am learning that pursuing the things you are made to do costs A LOT and this blog will speak to some of those things as well as the beautiful redemptive stories along the way.
My hope is that regardless of where you find yourself today, you will be encouraged and inspired to step out into the things you are made to do.