I’m Amanda Krieger and this is my blog.

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This blog is about a lot of things: food, faith, knitting, gardening,runningparenting, but it’s mostly about my family and my kids. If Thomas ever asks me why he isn’t in the family photo on my “About” page I’m going to explain to him that he is in the photo because I’m pregnant with him. That’s the sort of thing the third kid has to be ok with.

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We live on Grace. Literally. On Grace St. We live in Richmond, Virginia. Specifically, on Grace St.

Don’t worry, you aren’t the first person who didn’t get it.

The title, “Living on Grace” isn’t some sort of religious declaration. In fact, Tom didn’t want to use that name because he didn’t think it made sense. Our religious declaration is similar, though. We believe that we are saved by grace, through faith (Ephesians 2:8)

Also confusing: our cat’s name is Brigham, but we aren’t Mormon; he came from a Mormon home.

I grew up in Southwest Virginia, Tom grew up in Richmond, and we met at Virginia Tech and were great friends even after college. Tom is a determined, focused man, and in 2007 he set a personal goal to start dating his wife by 2008. Tom threw a Hail Mary and asked me on a date on December 30, 2007. We dated, got engaged, and then got married July 3, 2009. David Andrew, was born August 16, 2011. Since that great day in history, my house hasn’t been completely clean even once. It got even worse Mary Virginia was born June 7, 2013, and we just gave up when Thomas Christopher Jr. was born May 19, 2015.

We are very, very tired.

And very, very happy.


I started this blog a few days after I got home from the hospital with David. I started the blog because I wanted a way to share photos and stories with family living overseas, and because I was completely overwhelmed by the idea of leaving the house with a newborn, but I still wanted to occasionally interact with the outside world.

Back then I mostly blogged about my baby and running, but then the blog sort of changed and grew, and now it’s about whatever comes to mind, and I love it as a creative outlet and as way to connect with people all over the world. After resisting starting a blog for years, turns out I love blogging. I’m a writer by trade (I’ve worked at a newspaper, then as a freelance writer/editor) and so far this is my favorite medium. I love creating content, writing, and learning about photography. But my absolute favorite part of blogging is recording my kids’ at this fleeting, wonderful stage. All these memories, I’d forget them otherwise.

I hope you enjoy your time here.

New here? Here are a few places to start…

Meet the family
I have an amazing extended family. During the first year of the blog, I wrote about each of them on their birthdays. You can meet my family (with some other birthday stuff mixed in there, too) through the birthdays tag.

I have no idea what I’m doing, honest. We didn’t know what we were doing when our first child was born and we still have no idea what we’re doing with three children. You will not find parenting advice here; you will find honest talk about how hard it is to love and guide a child in the parenting tag.

The kids
I wrote an update about each of my kids every month from birth to two years, and again for each birthday beyond that. (If you’re a new mom, you might relate most to David’s updates.)
David Andrew
Mary Virginia
Thomas Christopher

I blogged a lot about my return to running after David’s birth, and running through my second pregnancy. Read those posts at postpartum runningrunning & pregnancy, running, and racing.