sometimes you have just have to jump…

I love how there are moments in life that you can remember every detail about the day or a conversation. Smells, songs or what you were drinking. Sometimes, they are pivotal moments that change your life. This is one of those moments for me:


A year ago yesterday, was a Monday. I had taken the day off and my puppy Page and I headed to my folks house for a day of rest. She and I were still getting to know each other as it had not yet been a month since we rescued each other. I wanted her to get comfortable being around water, so I took her out in the canoe.

Walking back up to the house, I thought to myself, “If I could do anything in the world, money not being a factor, what would it be?” A little to late in life to be asking that question? Maybe. My answer was working in Africa. So, once in the house, I googled “administrative assistant” and “Africa”. Up popped a position with Africa Inland Mission in Kenya. Since I had served there before, I thought, “well, that’s interesting”. Knowing good and well I don’t look or act like a missionary, I printed the application and applied that day. I told my mom, but I don’t think either of us really thought much of it.

So that was on Monday. The next Sunday, June 24th, I was sitting with my best friend, Jillian at the basement bar of Ormsby’s for Jon Whittaker’s birthday. We were at the corner of the bar. But the one below is of that night. Anyways, she told me something she had heard, or seen, and it changed my life. “Sometimes you just have jump and hope the world catches you.”

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The next day at work, I jumped.

I’m not sure I would be here without the timing of her words. Or her encouragement. And she was right, the world caught me.


And I’ve been on an amazing adventure ever since…




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6 Responses to sometimes you have just have to jump…

  1. Larry Middlebrooks says:

    How Inspiring! Thanks!

    Sent from my iPhone.

  2. Kari and I were just speaking of how amazingly happy you seem and how you rescued yourself just in time. I have no idea why we stayed at JMG for so long, but it led both of us to a happiness that we may never had known without those 5-6 years! God bless you – my most wonderful teacher of life’s blessings!

    • AB says:

      Work Mom! I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, and I mean that with my whole heart. I’m pretty happy about where you and Kari are these days, myself. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    Amanda, my story is similar….. I went out to brunch with a friend (who I had never been out wiht before and have never been out with again), I was eating yummy sweet potato hashbrowns at the breakfast counter! And she told my “God has something really special for you in this time of singleness,, a special thing in your heart that not everyone would do that he wants to use you for”

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