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Can I let you in on something?  

Half the time I have no clue what I am doing. 
So I decided a long time ago to just keep showing up and when I do, beautiful and uncomfortable and wonder-inducing things keep forcing themselves on me. It is all quite breathtaking, this showing up business. 
And the best part of it all is the people I get to show up with. 
My husband Joe asked me out with a super cheesy pick up line and it totally worked. 
That pick up line is responsible for three remarkable kids, lots of adventures and a few hard-won life lessons. 
We call ourselves the A-team. 
I will forever be grateful for cheesy pick-up lines. And also that you showed up here. 
Here’s to taking a chance even when you have no clue what you
are doing. 

Xo, Mandy

 


And here is the official hoity-toity version of my bio in case that sort of thing is your jam.

Mandy Arioto is the President and CEO of MOPS International, and is widely known for her unique takes on parenting, relationships, spiritual, and cultural issues. Through MOPS, which influences millions of moms through thousands of groups internationally, Mandy serves as the voice of one of the most influential parenting organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Prior to joining MOPS International, Mandy was a preaching pastor at Mosaic, a church based in Southern California. Mandy has been featured on MSN.com, TheKnot.com, TheNest.com and FOX. She regularly speaks to national and international audiences. Most importantly, Mandy loves thunderstorms, is one of the best listeners you will ever meet, is a mediocre hula-hooper and finds the details of being human deeply fascinating.  She and her husband Joe, live in Denver, Colorado and have three young children, Joseph, Ellie and Charlotte. Mandy’s debut book Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood is releasing from Zondervan on August 30, 2016.