About Amanda

Hi! I'm Amanda. I love Jesus, good friends, good books, good food, and Texas. I am married to the handsome Daniel Espinoza. I homeschool my 3 young children. Follow me on Twitter: @AmandaEspi or on Google+

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Life With a Mission: Update – July 2016

It’s been a year and a half since Daniel and I have updated Life With a Mission. Where have we been? Are we still pursuing Digital Tentmaking? Here is the latest on our current situation and why we haven’t continued writing on this platform. What have we been doing? In 2014 we traveled through four […]

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Trusting The Journey

Lately the question Daniel and I are being asked the most is, “So where are you going next?” The question makes sense. We love to travel as a family. We are transforming the way we do life so we can travel. Our family’s journey led us to visiting four different international cities this year. Our […]

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10 Tips For Arriving and Departing With Airbnb

We love renting from Airbnb when we travel, but the experience is not like a hotel experience. In Part 1 of my Airbnb series I cover the Pros and Cons of using Airbnb. In Part 2 I covered 25 searching tips for finding a family rental on Airbnb. Once you have a place and you’ve […]

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25 Search Tips for Finding a Family Rental on Airbnb

Our family has had a lot of great experiences with Airbnb rentals. As I wrote in my last post there are many pros and cons to using Airbnb for a family rental. One of the disadvantages of using Airbnb is the search and booking process is difficult and requires a lot of time. The site has […]

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Pros and Cons of Using Airbnb for Family Travel

When we put kids to bed in a shared hotel room we turn off the lights and hope they fall asleep. Then we the parents turn down the brightness of our phones to to pass the time or we fall asleep at 8:00 p.m. with the kids. Sharing a hotel room with kids is always […]

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A Break In and a Breakdown: Why We Need an Emergency Fund

A Break In My son smashes around a dark television room in a Best Buy in his Hulk costume. He is watching The Hulk crash around New York City at the end of The Avengers. The Hulk’s younger brother, dressed as Captain America, chases him around the room. My husband and I laugh at the fun inspired by […]

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Going Into The Highways for Hospitality: My Allume Experience

I didn’t know if anyone was going to show. I was standing at the hostess stand with my friend Bernadette waiting for the hostess to prepare a large table for 12, but no one else was there. This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend Allume, a Christian women’s blogger conference in Greenville, […]

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5 Ways to Connect at Home When You Keep Leaving

Last week I invited another family to go out for Bar-B-Que with my family. My friend replied that they were busy all of October and suggested next month. I simply said okay and let the matter drop. I didn’t want to explain our travel plans again, but my friend remembered that we wouldn’t be home […]

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Travels, Reentry blues, Spanish school, and getting back to business

What do you do when you haven’t blogged in a while? Write a catch up post, of course! Earlier in the year we enjoyed living in London, Berlin, and Paris over the course of 8 weeks. We came home to Texas in May and began debriefing the trip and asking ourselves what we would do […]

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Budget Decisions: How to Combine Your Heart and Mind

I admire Spock. He can make quick logical and rational decisions without any emotions. When I come to our family budget meeting I try to get my Spock Face on. I can’t let emotions rule our money, because I fear how I would give it all away or spend it all on myself. Numbers are […]

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