Amanda Gibson

Amanda Gibson
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Amanda is an upstate NY girl who married a TN guy in 2011, moved to Charleston the next day, and after a 3-year pursuit, adopted their 2-year-old son from South Korea in 2017. She loves to share her heart ponderings and humor lent by beginning motherhood with her toddler who spoke another language. She has a background in non-profit work, but currently stays home to catch up on missed time and new milestones with her growing baby boy. She enjoys her awkward floppy hound, aggressively cuddly cat, but can't keep plants alive. In her "spare time," she is creating, dancing, or providing harmonies/drums for her sister's music.

The Part of Adoption I’m Bad At

Our soon-to-be second son had immediately reached for dinosaurs off the playroom shelf. I should have dove in, right then and there, and played with the dinosaurs alongside him. I realize he may not...

Protecting My Child From MY Fears

Just as the plane began to rattle, I slipped my hand under his four-year-old palm and interlaced those sweet fingers with mine. I didn't want my son to be afraid of the turbulence the...

The Tattle-Tail

My husband and I began parenthood with a two-year-old...our son. I bet you thought I was referring to our dog. You could argue we began parenthood with a "fur baby", sure. Our floppy hound...

The Jewelry Box Cleanout: 53 Pieces Transformed into 1 BOHO Chic Treasure

Now that I'm well into motherhood, the STUFF galore in every nook and cranny of this house feels like it's eating me alive! We are so blessed with an abundance, but I tend to...

A Plant Killer’s Tips: Flower Gardening with Your Kid

"I know nothing about gardening, but we're gonna try!" I called out with a laugh in response to my neighbor taking notice of our venture. It's like I needed a qualifier to the invisible...

Moms to See in the 843: Dianne Miley, Author, and Founder of SOUL

I first met Dianne Miley when we worked together at the Lowcountry Pregnancy Center in North Charleston. As a girl in my early twenties, I had just moved several states away from my own...

A New Family, a New Home, a New Year

As we approached our closing date on the old house, I was taking one last walk through all the rooms by myself, while my husband finished packing up the car and my four-year-old dawdled...

The “A” Word

The "A" word prompts different reactions and feelings depending on who you are, your sense of identity, your experiences, or simply who you know. These are the chronicles of how the meaning of the "A"...

Twelve and a Half-ish Cans (A Lesson in Giving)

One of our family values is generating a mindset of giving. In the last year and a half of raising our now four-year-old, we have tried to be intentional in opportunities to model a...

Facing The Threat of Vision Loss As A Nearsighted Young Mom

Four-year-old: “Oh, she's shining a flashlight in your eyes, Mommy?!” Me: “Yes, only because she’s a doctor! We don’t shine flashlights in eyes at home though, right?” Perhaps my son had grown too observant to continue...