Does What You “Do” Define You?

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  1. Christina Lewandowski says:

    Your new role- is the most important ever!!! Perfect choice 🙂

  2. Kathy Palladino says:

    I have emense respect for you. Your decision is a tough one but the peace of mind will so be worth it. Tou snd your beautiful family are in my prayers.

  3. mctwinal says:

    You take your new title and cherish every minute of it!!!!

  4. Margaret Deffenbaugh says:

    Amanda – I think what defines us is how we go through life. The decisions that we make every day. Did we leave our little corner of the world just a little bit better than it was before we were there? I think that when you look in the mirror at night or into Joe’s or Mira’s eyes you will see the answer. You are making your little corner of the world the best that it can be for your family. You are absolutely making the right decision and you will always be glad that you did this. I think the things we regret in life are the things we didn’t do. You are doing it all and we all love you!

  5. Mary says:

    You are an inspiration to all Moms and to all facing difficulties. You continue to be in our prayers . Still thinking about, “does what you do define you” Interesting question and many different ways to look at it. Thanks for keeping us informed. Sending lots of peaceful thoughts your way

  6. Anne downs forsythe says:

    You are an awesome inspiration. Your loving, giving, kind heart defines you. Enjoy Joe, Mira and yourself. Spend time smiling and having fun. Love to you all

  7. I was supposed to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or a high profile attorney. I’m not. My family has required my full attention and while it took me a while ( 20 years!) to stop feeling like I missed something, I had an epiphany five years ago that made me realize how awesome my life has been. I’ve had amazing opportunities, and met wonderful people and lived in six countries. What defines me? Nothing. There is no definition for my life. Maybe the people I’ve met and loved. And that, in the end, is enough

  8. Peggy says:

    Amanda, your choice to put family first puts you even further over the top for me. God will bless that; you won’t be sorry. I love and admire you so much. Thank you, for being Natalie’s friend so I got to meet you. I am truly blessed. May God richly bless you and your family. XOXOXO

  9. John Garity says:

    When (and if you miss work) send me an email, and I will correct your grammar! Also, just for giggles, send me graphics requests monthly!

  10. Rachelstoughton says:

    What an amazing blog!! You are so very incredibly strong!!!

  11. Sue Miller says:


  12. Dear Amanda,

    I am so sorry for the challenges that you are facing. Having been in your shoes, and made the very same decision, I can tell you that you won’t regret it. What you do is not who you are….HOWEVER, being able to go to work is a much needed connection to “a normal life” and it kept me sane. I had a business that someone ran while we were in the depths of sickness and I was so grateful to have a connection to something that was growing in a positive way. It was creative and artistic and our brains and beings need to escape to a place that a job like yours can offer.

    I am so amazed that you have been able to write so beautifully through all of this.

    You can do this.

  13. It’s hard when we as women have that identity shift. I’m sure if you ask any woman- she’s not at all where she thought she’d be. I never thought I would be a part-time stay at home mom and support my husband’s career more than mine. I wouldn’t change a moment. It has all defined who I have become. I would have never been a teacher and interacted with so many wonderful young people (you included 🙂 ). I would have missed out on something that has completely enriched my life. I have had time with my kids that I know on my last day on earth I will be grateful for. You are doing what’s right for your family. You are doing what’s right for yourself. You are taking those precious moments that you will be grateful for every day of your life. Your strength, courage and love are what define you, not the job. The smile in Joe’s eyes when he looks at you, the giggle Mira gives when you make funny faces at her, and the steel that runs through your spine supporting you through something that would cripple most people is what defines you. You have always had an inner fire and a spirit that lights up a room. May God continue to give you the strength to get through the days ahead and bless you all.