roots and wings: a name change + a new direction

roots + wings

If this isn’t your first time on the blog today, you might notice some changes around here.

Roots and Wings – what’s that?

Recently I’ve been doing lots of praying and heart searching with regards to this online platform. Why do I blog? Who do I blog for?

I started blogging before I understood it was “a thing”. I showed up late to the blogging party and was completely clueless to how popular it had become. My love for writing, desire to explore something creative, and share my husband and I’s travels launched me on a journey I never would have imagined myself on.

About six months in, I began hearing the phrases “influencer” and “life style blog” for the first time. Suddenly, I felt this internal pressure to be the influential lifestyle blogger – an expert in all things: makeup, style, homemaking, travel, photography, brand marketing, and child-rearing! And since I am an expert in NONE of those things, I clammed up and stopped writing altogether.

While there’s nothing wrong with any of those interests or blogs (I’m a frequent consumer of them) the Lord faithfully showed me the reason those topics felt forced.

Those topics are not my passion. I could never write about them in my authentic voice. And in a culture in which we are constantly tempted to define ourselves by what we do and own, I felt all the more convicted that my writing was moving far from the mark of pleasing my Maker.

I’ve come to realize that the “realest” writing I can produce won’t come from the perspective of an expert, but from the very opposite: a humble mom claiming all dependency on her mighty Savior.

So now (for as long as I am led) this blog will serve as a journal of sorts. The name Roots and Wings is a phrase that actually came out of my old-fashioned paper-bound journal! While pregnant with my daughter Everly, I wrote a prayer asking that the Lord would give her both roots and wings.

Roots: I prayed Ephesians 3:17 over her, that Christ would dwell in her heart through faith and that she would be rooted and grounded in love and come to comprehend the length, width, height and depth of God’s love for her.

Wings: I prayed that she would live untethered to this world, living instead at the pleasure of the King and his heavenly kingdom. It’s my hope and prayer that she will fly free and exercise God’s unique gifts of grace wherever He may lead her (even if that’s one day away from mom)!

This blog is a space where I can share my own practice of roots and wings. I’ll never be an expert, but I hope that in sharing my journey in grace I can point people to the Only One. Because he is completely worthy of all of the praise!





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3 Responses to roots and wings: a name change + a new direction

  1. Melissa Brewster July 28, 2018 at 5:51 pm #

    Have always loved those two words: roots and wings. Do you remember the song by Marc Harris “Find Your Wings?” I chose that as the song for our Mom/Son dance at Brady’s wedding. If we do our Mom roles successfully (with God’s help), we hopefully will impart both roots and wings to our children.

    • Amanda July 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      Aw, I love that! What a beautiful song choice!

  2. Judy Dyssegaard December 29, 2018 at 1:26 am #

    Just re-read some of your blogs….and love them. YOU ARE A WRITER…. for sure, and so beautifully done in appreciation to our Savior, our Lord and for HIS GLORY…..You are deep into your “NOW” and so lovingly express your joy, feelings…. and what a gift for Everly June to be able to read years from now……she is such a “gift” and this is a way, “your way” of “gifting” her…..and all who share this with you……and for Michael, to better understand what is in your heart. What a gift. Love Judy

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