Born on the beautiful northern coast of Brazil in 1989, Amanda and her family led a normal, lower middle-class life in the growing city of Fortaleza. At the age of four, her father got an offer to pursue his education abroad, and so she said goodbye to her homeland to start a new life in America with her parents.

Ten years passed, growing up in a quaint New England town and suddenly it was back to Brazil again after their visas had expired. A couple years later, 16-year old Amanda decided it was time to follow her father’s footsteps and return to America on her own to finish her high school studies in a Maine boarding school. A college acceptance to the University of New Hampshire came in her senior year. Four years later, she was graduated with a B.S. in her passion: Environmental Conservation, preparing to marry her best friend and college sweetheart, Joe, who was in the Air Force getting ready to start Undergraduate Pilot Training.

They made the move together from New Hampshire to Vance AFB in Oklahoma, almost a year ago, where they now reside with their dog, Buster.