Amanda Gibson

Amanda is from upstate New York, married her Tennessee guy in 2011, and moved to Charleston the next day. They adopted two toddler boys from South Korea in 2017 and 2019. She loves to share her heart about adoption, and humor lent by beginning motherhood with her toddler who spoke another language. Amanda has a social work degree and a background in non-profit work. She enjoys her awkward floppy hound, assertive cuddly cat, and constantly sings (commonly incorrect lyrics) throughout the day. She is always up for creating, helping out at her boys' schools, and occasionally dancing, playing the drums, and singing out in the community!
outside view of 843 Korean BBQ with a family of four standing beneath the sign.

Charleston Moms EATS: 843 Korean BBQ & Sushi House

Welcome to Charleston Moms EATS! Here we highlight the goodness that is local food in the Lowcountry. It might be a particular dish, a unique drink, or a restaurant that needs to be on...
Adoption Success Story: A black woman with long hair holds and kisses the face of a white baby.

An Adoption “Success Story”

"That's an awful lot of pressure to put on yourself," the therapist said. SO MUCH PRESSURE. I realized in the back of my mind all this time, I wanted us so badly to be a "success...

Nowhere Feels Safe for My Child Anymore: A Mom’s Inner War

Just another day my mind is at war with itself. These moments seem to be more and more common. My child and I pull into our town's recreation department for a fun day camp he's...
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12 Southern Foods I Discovered and Now Love as a Northern Transplant

There are so many foods within our country that are tied to regional cultures. I grew up in upstate New York and was occasionally introduced to new regional foods (especially as we traveled). But,...

My Struggle with Post-Adoption Depression

I waited so long for this -- years! It was paperwork, waiting, background checks and fingerprints, waiting, saving and fundraising, waiting, home visits, waiting, more paperwork, waiting, education requirements, and waiting some more. Sending...
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I’m a Paparazzi Mama

I am that mom at events taking pictures and videos with a doofy smile on my face. I try hard to get a good spot, as peeking between heads is just not okay with...

Kids Music Lessons & Tips From Local Music Teacher

Happy Kids Music Day! This is a day dedicated to recognizing the importance of music in the life of children. Whether a child simply doodles around with an instrument or singing, or later becomes...

National Sewing Month & Local Shops for Sewing Classes

“Can you teach me how to sew?” inquired my six-year-old as he studied the mechanics of my sewing machine. This was one of the many unexpected things to come out of 2020. My little guy...

I Love the Potty Humor Phase

Why do ducks have tails? . . . To cover their butt-quacks. Butt jokes, fart jokes, potty humor . . . I recently decided I actually love this stage of parenting. These may or may...

Adoption & Foster Care: What Is a Home Study?

It doesn't matter how many times a social worker has visited our house for a home study or post-placement services. Every single time I'd find myself wiping down baseboards, cleaning the backsplash in the...