My parents met in college, South Georgia College located in the small town of Douglas, Ga. He was from Ocilla, a good ole' boy, unsure of what he wanted to do. She was from a prominent family in Jacksonville, only in Douglas because her civil engineer father had a long term job nearby and wanted to keep tabs on his baby girl.
The story was my father fell in love with the bleached blonde who drove around in the blue convertible.
Fast forward, they married and re-located to Jacksonville. Shortly thereafter, they had a baby girl.
Early memories are funny things. Shades of conversations and moments lurk on the outskirts of my early memory, but I would have to say my first clear pictures start forming when I was five years old. Tales of an independent toddler were shared with me later. Supposedly, at the ages two and three, I would get up in the middle of the night and ramble around our apartment, unafraid of the dark or imaginary creatures hiding in the shadows.
But then something happened. By the time I reached school-age, I became insecure and shy, so much so that I didn't want to go to school. I was afraid and fear is something that festers with time....
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.