“Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world. She took a midnight train goin’ anywhere.”

That’s me. I was raised in the small town of Othello, but I was not lonely by any means; not growing up anyway. I had a large, loving family and a great group of friends. However, after high school I moved to Tri-Cities to attend Columbia Basin College. I made my share of bad decisions (I’ll just leave it at that), surrounded myself with friends who weren’t helping to bring out the best in me, and was feeling confused and uncertain about my future. I ended up doing horribly in school, had no idea what career path to follow, and the final straw was getting fired from my job. That’s where I began to feel lonely. This time of my life was not one that I had planned, not one I was enjoying living, and so I was left with some decisions to make.

Now what?

I packed up and moved. Rather than take a midnight train goin’ anywhere, I drove my car to Seattle for a fresh start. I lived with my childhood best friend, found a job I loved, made new friends, became a 4.0 student, and was accepted into multiple Dental Hygiene programs. It was a scary and thrilling transition, but one that needed to happen.

“Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit.”

One year after my move to Seattle I met Matt, a bright blue-eyed funny guy born and raised in Southwest Washington. Although we were both living in the Seattle area, our eyes met in the small town of Selah, of all places. After discovering we only lived about ten minutes from each other, we made plans to get together when we both returned home after the New Year and as they say, “the rest is history”.

Ten years ago, we met.
Five years ago, we married.
Twenty months ago we welcomed our first child into our lives.

Life is so good! I am blessed beyond measure and none of this would be possible if it weren’t for my struggles early on. Of course I wish I would have just made better decisions, but when I rewind my life back to those lonely, confusing years I regret, I see that they served a purpose. Those ugly years have helped to create something beautiful! Had I not been fired from my job, forced to get my act together and step out in faith with a decision to change, I would not have all of this now.

My husband and I are now at a time in our life together where there are many uncertainties. We are currently being given many “opportunities” to practice patience and have faith that everything will work out as it should in regard to work, growing our family, and the health of loved ones to name a few. Through these times of uncertainties which can be difficult to understand, we are finding comfort in the fact that we will one day be able to fit together these pieces of our journey and see the bigger picture for what it was meant to be all along.

Remember, there is always purpose to be found in a painful journey.

“Don’t stop believin’”

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Amanda Bricknell

Amanda Bricknell

Amanda is a part-time Dental Hygienist and a full-time wife, mother and life-lover. She is a homebody in denial and has the tendency to overcommit herself. Putting her passion of writing and encouraging others to use, Amanda authors Momster Mash, a blog dedicated to "a sisterhood of mothers, encouraging one another as we grow."

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  • Suzy Garza Higley

    Welcome to the Pot-Luck! We all have made our share of bad decisions. It’s learning from them than matters most. 🙂 great post!!!

  • Becca Lingley

    “Remember, there is always purpose to be found in a painful journey.” Yes yes! So very, very true. Difficult to see when you’re in the storm, but valuable for sure on the other side. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  • Kriste Colley

    Now that song will be in my head all day 🙂 Welcome to The Pot-Luck! You’ll find an incredibly supportive group of people here!

  • Amanda Bricknell

    You’re welcome Kriste; it’s a great song! 🙂

  • It helps me to keep a perspective of “this is exciting” during the waiting, although usually easier said than done. It’s sort of exciting knowing that one day we’ll be able to understand the purpose for the storm. Thanks for reading!

  • Thank you Suzy! I’m thrilled to be joining the team 🙂