If I only had one word to describe myself, it would be hope. The Holy Spirit must have whispered that to my parents before I was born, because that's what they named me: Amanda Hope Womack. I've teased them that it was a blessing and a curse while I grew up, but as I've learned more about what hope actually means, I confidently say it is a blessing.
Hope doesn't just mean "wish" as most of us use it these days. To hope is to confidently expect that something will happen. I've spent most of my life wishing for very specific things: a proposal from David, admission to Harvard, safe travel to wherever-we're-flying, a baby. I thought I was "hoping" for them, but after spending seven years begging God for a child, I learned that God gives us only one hope: reconciliation with Him through the work of Jesus. Jesus is my one hope.
During the years it took me to better understand the blessing that "Hope is my middle name," I changed a lot of things in my life. Trying to make my body whole, I learned the virtues of clean eating and clean products. Trying to survive miscarriages, I realized the value of all my relationships--family and friends. And trying to save money for fertility treatments, David and I became debt-free. God blessed me with wholeness in so many areas, even though He never gave me a child of my own. All of that is what this blog is about.
Amanda Hope Haley enjoys hosting people in her home for small group studies and serving her church community however she can. Amanda loves cooking, crafting, and party planning; but she's happiest when exploring new places with her husband David and her basset hound Copper, and spoiling her godchildren Elijah, Jack, and Lily.
Amanda has a bachelor of arts in Religious Studies from Rhodes College and a master of theological studies in Hebrew Scripture and Interpretation from Harvard University. She contributed to The Voice Bible translation as a translator, writer, and editor, and she has been a content editor and ghost writer for popular Christian authors. Amanda maintains a blog, Healthy and Hopeful, where she encourages women to live whole lives in community with God, family, and each other. Her first book, Barren among the Fruitful: Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom, and Patience was released by HarperCollins Christian Publishers on October 7, 2014. Amanda and David recently moved from Denver, Colorado, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and they look forward to new friends and new adventures in the "Scenic City."