Sunday, June 25, 2006

Things you might not know...

Posted by Mandy at 1:38 PM
After reading Lou's blogg about her plan for the next 3yrs and her background.. I wondered how much we all really know about each other's pasts? (what we want to share of it anyway!) I'm pretty much an open book.. there's not much that i'm not willing to talk about or share. I guess I figure that you can't learn from each other without opening up! So here are some things ppl MIGHT not know about me:

* Grew up in DeWitt.. parents divorced when I was 5, sis and I moved in with Dad. He remarried when I was 6 so I got a stepmom and 2 step brothers.. life was okay from then on out, but lots of fights and tears came along with a blended family. Mom lived in Pine Bluff still.. got to see her every other weekend until I was a teenager and begged for more mom time.

* I was a cheerleader all through school, and a cheer coach once I hit high school. I was the first FFA (Future Farmers of America) female president EVER in my was a big deal and i was proud. :) I was in every club I could fit into my schedule and kept myself as busy as possible in school.

* I met Clayton when I was just 14. (almost 15) and we've been together since! We had a long distant relationship until we were married!

* I found out i was pg with Madison when I was just 17. (the day I found out happened to be my mom and stepdad's anniversary.. HAPPY ANNIVERARY GUYS!) :0 Clayton and I were married within a few weeks and I've never been happier in my life than since we started our own family. It was like now I could do things right, have a family like a family is supposed to be!! Madison has always been a blessing to us.. never a burden or a "woops"... people kept saying I should have an abortion, give her up for adoption, or even give her to my sister because I was too young... no way could a teen mom be a good mom! (HA TO THEM!! WHAT DID THEY KNOW?!!) 5.5 years of marriage and TWO great kids later, no one questions our relationship or our parenting anymore. No one is surprised that we're trying to have another child and most ppl say we should have another. :) What a change from 5 short years ago.

* I love music... I mean really.. I LOVE music. I'm not picky.. I listen to just about anything. (well, rap music usually makes me mad.. so maybe picky about rap but not much else!)

* My weakness is clothes. I have a hard time not buying the best of the best for all of us... I've gotten better at looking for deals and sales now though! And I've finally figured out that WalMart really does carry some darn cute stuff!

* I had some hard times in my youth that I didn't want to mention... but things that made me angry at God, made me almost feel I hated him... but I've gotten through those things with first, help from Clayton, and later, once I asked, help from God. I can't believe the stable adult i've turned into at just 22 years old. (I'll be 23 July 15!) If you add up all of the things in my life it would NOT equal where I am today... God says nothing is impossible through him and my life story is proof of it.

I'm done boring you with my life story! I cut out a lot... but I thought it'd be fun if anyone else was inspired to do the same on their blogg. I love peeking into people's minds and lives! (just as I'm the person that is NOT bored looking at your 20 albums of pics... bring 'em on!)

Oh, and thanks a million to Suzy P for the links i now have on my blogg! Patient I am not and I never could figure out how to get links on here myself.. she was so sweet to sit for a while and help me.. no.. do it for me! :)


Lee Ann James on Sunday, 25 June, 2006 said...

Wow, Mandy. How I enjoyed reading about your life! I knew some of that already, but it was awesome to hear you tell it.

Suzanne on Sunday, 25 June, 2006 said...

you and lou gave me the fever. i'm gonna do it. i'm gonna take a deep breath and share all those things that make me... well, me.

Lou Arnold on Monday, 26 June, 2006 said...

I find it amazing how God uses every situation to make us grow. I seriously think we were to go through these experiences. If it had not been for this March, I don't think I would be as strong as I am trying to be right now.

Thanks for your story.

K.T. says peace on Monday, 26 June, 2006 said...

Girl,you and I have some things in I guess it is my turn........

Jeff Noble on Monday, 26 June, 2006 said...

Thanks, Mandy, for helping those of us who lurk and aren't a part of your small group to get a chance to know you. We're grateful that the Lord has led you into the lives of our friends and church family through the small group. It's really amazing to see how you and Clayton can have such a ministry to Journey through your presence. We're all deeply grateful!

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