I was born Amy Dawn on June 8, 1975. Yes. That makes me 45 years old. I am 5 ft. 5 in. tall and weigh 122 pounds. I’d like to say I love to exercise, but I don’t. (And no, staying thin has not come easy. I used to have an eating disorder. But that’s a different story.) Instead, I run around after three kids between the ages of eleven and sixteen years old. I have more gray hair – that I cut and color myself – than I like to admit . And, if you stopped by my house on any given day, you’d see stacks of random papers on my kitchen counters, toothpaste stuck to the sides of my kids’ bathroom sinks and shoes lining their bedroom floor. I like to keep things tidy, but that often happens after 8pm. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen at all. And honestly, I am ok with it.

You may be wondering why I am telling you these things. Let me explain. I want you to know that when you meet me, what you see, is what you get. Raw. Honest. Truth. It isn’t always pretty, but it is always real. And it’s always me. Most of you will like me. Some of you won’t. I am ok with that too. 

I am ok with that, because I love who I am. I love my life. I love who the Lord has made me. But most importantly, I love the Lord Jesus Christ. It wasn’t always this way. I spent a lot of years living for myself. Trying to be perfect. I wanted the perfect body, the perfect career, the perfect husband, perfect kids and a perfect home. Then one day I discovered… Life isn’t perfect and neither am I.  And that’s ok, too.


After years of praying and waiting, I met he who makes my soul sing and my heart skip a beat. His name is Landon Shale Brandes. Our meeting looked nothing like I’d envisioned, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Moments after catching his attention, my heart was captivated in a way I had never known before. Minutes later I told him he was adorable and shared my heart’s desires. (He asked. What can I say?) A mere fourteen days later, I blurted “I love you” to him as we walked across the Macy’s parking lot. Six months later, we were married at a Kansas City Courthouse.

That day, the Lord delivered on a promise He made to me years earlier. At the time, waiting for the Lord to bring Landon into my life seemed almost unbearable. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have the incredible marriage we do, in part because I am a totally different wife than the one I would have been had we met earlier. The Lord really does know what He is doing.

With the Lord at the center, Landon and I have created a beautiful, very loud, often quarrelsome, but wonderful family. Aspen Jewel is sixteen. Jayce Skylar is fourteen. Ty Owen is eleven.


In May 1998, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Physical Therapy. Though I love what I do, I never intended to work a day after my daughter was born. God had a different plan. And now, I work part-time outside the home. I love being His hands, His feet, and His mouth to people I would never otherwise get to meet.


My heart is for people. To see them healed. To see them whole. To see them come to know the love of the Jesus through my life in a real, tangible way. My heart’s desire is that as you follow me, you see Christ.  That through my example, you learn of His love and are ultimately drawn closer to Him.


2 thoughts on “Amy

  1. William Gray

    Just letting you know that I found your blog page, have thoroughly enjoyed what I have read so far, and have signed up for emails about new postings.

    I expect regular e-mails!!!

    What I mean by that is that I am convinced you are a very gifted writer. Your “voice” is very authentic, and your way of treating the topic is fresh and poignant! I really encourage you to polish up that book on you laptop, become active on social media (you’ll find me there if you want to be friends, and I have over 2000 friends). That might help you become more known?!

    Your family is lovely – I like your description of it: “beautiful, very loud, often quarrelsome, but wonderful”. We have six kids, eleven grands, and in February this year gained our first member of the next generation. Four generations now!! How good is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph!!! And would you believe it, our second daughter Heidi was born just a week before you, May 30 1975!

    But another interesting thing is that you appear to know the Goolsbys! Bethany is married to the son of one of our favourite families on the planet, the Alcorns. Maybe you even met them if you were close enough the the Goolsbys to be invited to Bethany’s wedding a couple of years ago.

    Well, this isn’t meant to be a treatise or a book, just a greeting! Love to all five of you. I love how the Lord pops new people into our lives in such fascinating ways!

    See you blogside!

    1. admin


      I feel like I made a new friend! Thanks so much for your encouragement. Congratulations on the great grand baby! That is so exciting!

      I do know the Goolsby’s?. Pastor Ray married my husband and me. I have attended East Coast Christian Center- where he was a pastor for years. I didn’t go to Bethany and David’s wedding, but they actually stayed at our house a couple of nights before they left for their honeymoon. (We were out of town.) And I did meet David’s mother at the Goolsby’s one evening a couple of years ago. Anyway, it is a small world.

      Thank you bunches for your encouragement! I don’t plan to let you down!!!



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