Welcome to my online home, AmandaJaneBrown!  (formerly My Heart’s Desire Blog). I am so glad you are here!

If we could visit in real life, I’d tell you to come on in!  Pull up a chair, and we’ll talk about affordable ways to create memories using simple seasonal décor, everyday recipes, and family traditions.  Living intentionally in the little–and big–stuff.  Real-life stories of  following Jesus from a far-from-perfect perspective.

So why the name change and brand new look?

It’s simple, really.  The blog started officially in August of 2008 on a whim as a means to stay in touch with out-of-state family and friends. For years, I wallowed in unprecedented guilt over unfinished, traditional paper scrapbooks.  Enter blogging.  Where have you been all my life?

So I blogged here and there for a couple of years, chiefly about my kids and things we were doing as a family.  It was terribly boring unless you were my mother.  Even the name was boring…Days at the Browns.  Yeah, I know.

Around the same time blogging was becoming a true hobby for me, feedback began trickling in…from friends and strangers alike.  I began to take blogging a bit more seriously by connecting with other bloggers in my niche and scouring the internet for blogging tips and ideas.

Long-closed-up places in my soul were opening through the simple act of blogging.  My Heart’s Desire Blog became a life-giving place to be creative and purposeful outside my main role as wife and mom.

So as the blog continued to grow and evolve, I desired the blog to be an authentic, personal, and more navigable place on the web.  And as for the new name…well, it’s mine.  The name given to me at birth and that is still very much a part of who I am.  Only a few special people still call me Amanda Jane,  but perhaps that will soon change.

Many thanks to Lauren at MercyINK Designs for her time, patience, and long-suffering to make sure AmandaJaneBrown (the real person and the blog) survived!

Lest you think my home and my life are perfect, let’s get that out of the way up front.  It’s not. Remember that the photos on a blog are finished products and that the blogger behind them is just like you.

I’d be thrilled to have you join me on this new journey here at AmandaJaneBrown!  As with all transfers from Blogger to WordPress, many followers get lost in the process.  Don’t be one of them!

The greatest compliment you could extend would be to share the blog with your friends.

Blessings to you!