Hi I’m Mandy, and welcome to my little corner of the internet. Sign Language Worship has been a project in my heart since God first gave me the idea on the way to church one Sunday in in 2014.
Unfortunately, busyness and fear got in the way, and the project was pushed to “someday” status.
ENTER COVID 19
On March 12. 2020 the announcement came that everyone needed to socially isolate. Overnight, school, church, and all the extra curriculars that filled my family’s days were cancelled.
My “role” in this pandemic was to stay at home. As a self-professed “Martha” (as in Mary and Martha) this would be a struggle for me. I like to “do” and waiting has never been a strong attribute of mine. I was driving home from my weekly grocery trip one day when God gave me the thought that maybe it’s time to retrieve this project from “someday” status.
One April 1st we started “Signing through April” and the rest is history.
Derek and I have been married for almost 15 years (just 29 days to go to that milestone) and we’ve been blessed with 3 amazing kiddos.
We live in a little village on the north shore of Lake Erie. Yes, north shore means that I’m Canadian.
When we aren’t socially isolating we’re busy with church, theatre, swimming, skating, gymnastics, soccer, and AWANA. While I miss church greatly, it would be a fib if I said I missed driving to so many extra-curriculars. When things return to normal, our schedule will not be as crazy as it was previously.
I first started signing when I was a pre-teen. Our church started a youth sign language group called Guided Hands. It was a fun activity, and we presented songs that we learned once a month during the Sunday morning service.
I came back to signing after our 3rd child was born. The demands of our young family was overwhelming and I clearly needed to have something outside of my family unit. I can vividly remember when my husband suggested I get a hobby, and I broke down crying because I couldn’t even remember what I liked to do before I had a family. Can anyone relate?
I messaged the instructor from Guided Hands and asked if I could come over and learn a few songs. We only met a few times, but it was enough to breath life into an old passion.
In addition to sign language God gave me a deep seeded passion for philanthropic efforts in developing countries. I currently sit on the board of directors of the Canadian Chapter of Extreme Response (ER International), and hope that perhaps one day Sign Language Worship can be used to raise funds or awareness to projects around the world that have a special place in my heart.
I also LOVE fair trade jewelry and have a beautiful collection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made by very talented artists from around the world. All of the necklaces I wear in the tutorials are fair trade, and they all have inspiring stories behind them.
Its been great getting to connect with signers and aspiring signers across the world. I’m so thankful for this special little community and our shared interest. I hope you’ll consider joining us.