About Me

Weekdays and Saturday
10am – 2pm Central
8am – 1pm Pacific
I consider myself a “Professional Mother” and a single parent of 3 children under 6. I have a daughter, Emily, born in February 2006, a son, Andy, born in October 2008, and a daughter, Zoe Grace, born May 24th, 2010.I grew up in the midwest starting out in Sedalia, MO, and I also spent some time in Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated from high school in Bloomington, Illinois and while I have always had a love for current events, at heart I am a minister. My ministry first began in college when I lead a Bible study for my Delta Zeta Sorority sisters, then became a campus wide Bible study leader for Greek InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for Indiana University. I went on to encourage listeners at stations in Houston, and Washington D.C.I want to share my story of how God took this pile of ashes of depression and divorce, and turned it into beauty. I enjoy speaking engagements, where I can encourage women to approach motherhood as a profession. My most important ministry is to my family. My family’s mission statement is to “Work Hard…Play Hard…to See needs and Meet them…changing the way the world sees God one life at a time.”

I am honored to be able to work alongside such talented and hard working broadcasters, and to have the opportunity to encourage and inspire K-LOVE listeners. This is the stuff of dreams! While some little girls brushed their Barbies’ hair, I would record my own radio shows with my totally awesome dual deck boombox! So, thanks to my parents for defending me every time a teacher wrote on my report card…Amanda talks too much…and for raising me to work hard and play hard…to love God and serve God…and to let my little light shine!

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindsey
    Aug 04, 2007 @ 18:10:06

    I sure do miss listening to you on KSBJ – I know though that you are being SO blessed at home with adorable Emily. I love how you are so willing to help other people and to inspire everyone. It’s inspiring to me personally. This lady at my church who I talk to a lot about stuff at school told me she thought I was going through depression and well me, being the person I am, hide everything and well – that’s not the best thing to do. But I’ve been able to get out of it, but never truly break free – it’s like once I feel better, it just creeps back up on me and it’s like I’m back where I was. I don’t know if that sounds totally stupid or not – it’s kind of hard to explain. So it’s really inspiring to see people have a heart to serve.

    I hope you are having a blessed time with Emily.

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  2. Sarah
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 20:56:01

    I too left my career of about 15 years to be a wife and mom and I love it but somedays it is hard cause I miss the people I worked with but at the same time not hard enough to go back. I do hope that you have made time with all the new stuff that hits ya to blow bubbles with little Em. I sometimes blow bubbles all by myself cause of you blog about that. I love bubbles and even though my youngest is about to turn 9 in a few weeks I like blowing them anyway so I do.

    God bless and miss ya but love Liz too.

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  3. Amanda Carroll
    Sep 18, 2007 @ 08:04:11

    Thanks for the reminder Sarah. So glad you find time to blow bubbles too!

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  4. Jennifer (Bair) Essington
    Dec 16, 2007 @ 20:38:50

    Hi Amanda,
    Saw the link to your blog on Facebook and had to check it out (I love a good blog)! Once I started reading it, I couldn’t bring myself to stop. I am also a stay-at-home mom and I understand both the ups and downs. And some of your earlier blogs about depression hit home with me…
    I hope you continue to feel wonderful about your decision to stay home with your little girl. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Ashley
    Jan 07, 2008 @ 21:34:31

    I have 2 children (1 just turned 3 and the other is 9 months) and am pregnant… again. I’m excited, really :). I actually run a business from home which I have deemed to be impossible the last few weeks. For about 2 weeks now, I have felt myself struggling and failing miserably at contentment. My OB always asks me if I’m “ok” at my doctor appointments. I say sure! Why wouldn’t I be? He says post-baby depression can creep up within a year of following birth. I just say, “Huh, I didn’t know that.” I balance MOPS, my business, teaching youth Sunday School, favors, friends and my family. And I can’t stop crying. It hit me today that I may be struggling with depression. I had stopped crying for the evening until I ran into your blog and saw your “confessions.” And God help me if KSBJ plays another Watermark song! It just makes me a weeping mess. I can’t believe I am admitting that I am not happy. I can’t bring myself to read my Bible. That’s where I always turn, but I feel so self-consumed and overwhelmed that I can’t just STOP and be in Him long enough for rest. I’ve been asking myself all day, “what’s wrong with me?” I’m not even sure where I’m going with this except to say that I feel like I don’t have anyone to talk to. “I” am not supposed to be like this. I would probably just be seen as having a bad day. My husband has been extra sensitive to me and thinks I just need some quiet time. He put the kids to bed tonight, told me to take a hot bath, turn on the iPod and have some QT. But I landed here instead. 🙂 Maybe God will use you in the way your heart desires. One thing I do know is Jeremiah 29:11. I just can’t see through to the end, but I know if I hold on long enough, I’ll see what the valley was for. Thanks for your honesty and sharing your heart on your blog!

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  6. Amanda Carroll
    Jan 08, 2008 @ 04:36:45

    Ashley, I love you and am so proud of you. Call that doctor and ask for help. You are not alone. And maybe you could quit an activity or two and call in some favors from those friends you are always helping!

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  7. Nathan
    Jul 22, 2008 @ 13:01:55

    Always strikes me as funny how many former “radio” people “BLOG”. I think its our deep seeded need to tell strangers what we think, and why we think it. Cute blog, I’ll have to remember the “mommy doll” when I have children of my own.

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  8. Carol McIver
    Sep 02, 2008 @ 20:09:41

    Miss you and I have to admit that I had not kept up with everything going on .. I thought that you were still working behind the scenes at KSBJ… Miss you I bet that Liz misses you too. Congradulations on your new little one ! God bless and keep you all.

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  9. Chris Ennis
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 13:41:36

    Hey Amanda!
    I found you through Liz! i hope you’re doing well. We live in Baltimore, MD now and I’m doing afternoons at WRBS. Hope all is well.

    Chris

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  10. Crystal
    Sep 21, 2008 @ 19:29:06

    Hi Amanda,
    When my “big kids” were 3 & 6, I got pregnant with my 3rd and told my husband “I just bought myself 5 more years of staying at home!” My oldest is now 13 and I realize that I’m the one that needed to be with them when they were younger. Now is when they need me the most. I can’t imagine the temptations they would face if they were home alone, or with a sitter. My job is “mom” until they are grown and on their own. Maybe then I’ll find a “real” job. God has truly blessed me with the opportunity stay home.
    Praying many blessings to you and your growing family.

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  11. Roshelle
    Dec 02, 2009 @ 18:09:36

    Hey Amanda, I’m glad to see you are back on the air. I miss you on KSBJ!!! Congrats on the upcoming addition the family! I pray that God continues to bless and prosper you and your family.

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  12. Celia
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 13:54:29

    Hi Amanada! Just wanted to say I miss hearing you on KSBJ, I know God is using you wherever you are, we had our share and now the rest of the world needs a little Amanda 🙂 I heard you are going to be one of Liz’s bridesmaids. Well God bless you and your family

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  13. mark scott
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:46:13

    It is good to speak life. I speak life to President OBama, A pick slip next Novemeber.
    I speak life to all the unborn babies that Barack pro abortion policies have terminated
    early. I speak life to Isreal that Americans will not allow the pro moslem president
    to parcell out there homeland to people who want to drive tehm into the sea.
    Nothing that Obama says or does is ever far from his self interest.
    I speak life to a new change from the left wings politicians who have ruined this
    great country

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