Hi! I'm Mandy, and I'm so glad you're here! I am a servant of Jesus Christ, the Lord of all and the Savior of the world. (I feel amazed just typing that!) I have been given a wonderful husband, seven children, and a life I do not deserve. We homeschool and my husband works out of our home, so we get to do life together all day long, and as strange as it feels for this girl who never expected that kind of life, I absolutely love it. :) 

what's in a name?
My heart’s desire is to glorify God in my time here on earth- and at this point in my life, I believe my primary ministry as both a woman and a wife is to be a helpmeet to my husband and a keeper of the home. My desire is to glorify God in those things and do it all in obedience to the Word of God. Biblical homemaking is something I constantly strive for- it’s certainly not something I’ve mastered by any means. I like to think of it as my goal! :)

about {bh}
My desire for this blog is that it would be an encouragement to other women who are in the same place as I am- serving God in everyday homemaking. May our time be well spent in serving Him- whether it be in homemaking, parenting, marriage, creating, baking, cleaning, or even just living life!

I would love to get to know you as well! Drop me an email to say hi if you can. :) Or if you need someone to pray for you this week, email me or leave me a comment and my little family will pray for you, sweet friend! You can contact me by emailing me at Mandy *at* BiblicalHomemaking *dot* com!

my story

I was saved from my sin at the age of 5.  I believe Jesus genuinely captured my heart from a very young age and He's kept my heart for Him ever since {even saving me from myself in my college years!}.

In the sixth grade, I can just remember closing my eyes to feel the wind blowing while I worshipped Jesus on my country porch swing. In the eighth grade, I'd never been so close to God in my life. I would pray for hours at night, and I felt very certain God was calling me to be a missionary.

Sadly, during my late teenage years I didn't keep my eyes too set on Him, and I let the cares of the world- success, school, jobs, dreams, take over my vision for my life, and it wasn't until after I got married that He turned my heart back to Him.

We were young- I was only 19 when I married my high school sweetheart, 20 when I graduated from college, and I was only 3 days past 21 when I had my first baby.

I was the only girl I knew in that stage of life at barely 21. My friends were still in school, and marriage was not even on their radar, much less babies!

So Rob and I kind of grew up together. In the next five years, we paid off our debts, moved lots of times, changed jobs, had 4 children 5 and under, and I fell in love with Jesus even more.

In 2010, we felt God was calling us to move out of our place into a less than safe part of town. We took the risk, and God led us to this house where we are now.

We felt like we were called to be missionaries at some point, and if we couldn't live in on the less than nice side of town in the safe USA, how could we ever go anywhere and truly be in unsafe territory?

So God led us here. We started a Bible study here at our house that changed our life. We've met more people who want to follow Jesus- people who want to be crazy for God like we do and made even more friends! How cool is that?

Last year I turned 30 in October, and on my 29th birthday {and for many days after and since}, I prayed that God would radically change my heart and visibly change my life by the time I turned 30.

And He has done just that.

He's still totally messing me up, and I couldn't be more thrilled.

In 2012, I made a list of character things I wanted to work on. I called them my "be" goals for the year.

He hit me hard again on my complaining spirit- my second month's experiment. Little did I know my complaining came from core lies about motherhood I was believing and acting on deep inside my heart.

It was a humbling, awful, wonderful month. I really never understood what discipline was exactly in the life of a Christian, but I think He gave me a little dose of it last month. :) He's always sanctifying, showing me my sins {like idolizing the scale}, and bringing me closer and closer to Him. Life is a beautiful mess. 

Really, if there's anything I've learned in the last few years of being a follower of Christ, it's that true salvation isn't something you say you have.

It's something that radically changes your life.

To love Jesus is to keep His commandments.

You see, you could never keep them on your own- but once you're saved He starts transforming your heart through His Word, and you see yourself starting to follow what He says.

It's unbelievable. It really is, because it's a miracle!

You know you could never do it on your own.

It's experiencing the miracle of grace- the mercy of a Father loving and saving His children, His elect.

I'm so incredibly grateful He gave me this gift of salvation. He's so, so, so good to me!

My desire is to please Him and to glorify Him in my time on this earth- to fall at His feet and hear Him say, "well done, good and faithful servant." And I hope and pray that my time spent writing at my blog is for His glory and points others to Him as well.

I want to love God and love people. I don't want to waste my life. I want to be completely His. I'm so not perfect. Not even close, but I cling to the hope of Him who reigns over all things. His strength is made perfect in my weakness.

I long to fall at His feet on that day I come before Him and hear Him say to me, "well done, good and faithful servant."

I want to be totally and completely HIS. I am here, in this place, struggling to find the meaning in the mundane. Raising seven babies and helping a husband is no small quest. I pray that I can do it for the glory of God.