My Untold Story. Wells Fargo Video Series.

I’m convinced that the secret people behind YouTube actually sit at their desks manipulating videos so that the stills that show when people click on them are the most hideous, in-between faces they could find in your footage.  Or that I just make a lot of faces and blink realllly sloooooowly.

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That’s what you see going on here.

What will you see if you watch (you should totally watch)?

More silly faces, and the strange things I do with my mouth, and hands.  Lots and lots of moving hands.

I’m hoping that you will be able to move past all of that and get to the meat and potatoes of this story.  It’s a story I was called on to tell by Wells Fargo after I learned about The Kinsey Collection (Not sure what that is? Check out this post: The Kinsey Collection).

It’s not every day that I sit down and have a real, mom-to-mom with you guys. Like an most all jokes aside (I’m sure there were like 8 more jokes in this when we shot it, but boy does editing make me sound smart!) chat about my life.

The one I had before the Dudes came along and upped its awesome.

But everyone has those, ya know?  Those Untold Stories that have gotten them from point A (nestled tightly in their mama’s womb waiting to meet the sun) to point B (the point on their journey where they are right now; well before point C which, in case you didn’t know, is for CASKET).

Sometimes I lay in my yard, kids running wild around me, as I gaze up through the trees and thank the Lord for all of the awesome I have been given.  I generally fall asleep within moments of that declaration and wake up when one of my children unceremoniously steps on my stomach.

Every single one of these moments counts.  And they’ve all come together to give me this (I think my kids do actually try to step on my belly at one point, fortunately I’m standing up when it happens.  They are so, so crazy!)…

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  1. says

    Wow, this video is beautiful, Amanda. Surprisingly heartwarming? You’re creating the kind of story I want for my kids, too. :)

    OH.. and when the video ended, Denene’s video started. I met her this weekend and I totally love her.

  2. says

    Was this supposed to make me cry? It totally did. Not because it’s so sad, but because it’s so HEART STRING pulling. I just really felt CONNECTED when I watched the video. Such a beautiful commentary, Amanda. I love how you’ve made roots for your kids even though your roots didn’t grow deep in one community growing up. Thank goodness for your family roots, right? Now, when are we going to hear you speak Deutsche on the blog? xoxo.

  3. says

    I grew up and went to school in the same small town until I got married. And we moved back after Cady was born, different town but same area. I agree it is so important for kids to have roots. I think you do a good job of balancing that with letting them explore other areas too.

  4. says

    I love this, Amanda! And we have more in common than just our respective housefuls of dudes! I also moved around quite a bit as a kid. And as an adult, I also lived in Germany when my husband was in the Air Force! Because we moved around so often, I wanted to give our kids someplace to put down roots. So we moved to Iowa and I intend to stay here until this house crumbles around me. :)

  5. says

    This is awesome. You did a fantastic job of sharing the need to grow deep roots where you live. I am so thankful that we have been able to do the same thing for our son!