Hi y'all! My name is Amanda and I'm the creative mind behind Royal Daughter Designs. I'm a country girl, farming and ranching on 8 beautiful Texas acres. My husband, Mr. E., is a minister and a seminary professor and I'm a small business owner and graduate student. I'm a has-been foster mom, a self-proclaimed animal lover, laundry procrastinator, sweet tea junkie, and high-heel hater.
The last year has been a year of change for my husband and me. Last September I started a blog design business, and became a first time "mom" to three foster boys who were 10, 11, and 15. That was a change. Suddenly I went from a working girl/graduate student to a work-from-home mom who was also trying to balance school.
Last fall I had to say goodbye to my childhood pet. I'd had Promise for half of my life, and saying goodbye to her was so hard.
Last December my husband graduated with his Ph.D. Our lives sort of transformed from "eternal" student to finally being finished and ready to focus on my husband's career as a seminary professor. We also celebrated our first Christmas with kids, celebrating with our families and their families.
In February our foster boys left our home, so Mr. E. and I returned to our just-the-two-of-us lifestyle. So we sort of experienced the "empty nest syndrome" and put ourselves to work getting ready to start ranching and gardening.
Just a few weeks ago I went back to work at a new-again job. After being a work-from-wife for almost a year I'm not learning to adjust to balancing my own business plus my job.
Change is inevitable, isn't it? I'm sort of like an old lady when it comes to change - I don't like it. I don't usually deal with it gracefully.
But I'm learning that my ultimate desire is to be changed. My life is clay in the hand's of Christ, and my prayer is that I will be molded, formed, fashioned and changed to be like Him. So in a way, I'm trying to embrace change in my life because I know that God is using it to make me holy. And new.
What is God doing in your life to change you and make you a new person? I'd love for you to stop by RDD and share with me.