Meet Melissa

Hi! I’m Melissa, the writing mom behind the blog;)

I’m passionate about encouraging other moms in finding the peace, joy & beauty we all crave in our daily lives and hearts. Motherhood often ends up being a darker battlefield than we ever imagined… but the beauty & peace we dream of is still alive & possible. โค

Let’s see… what might you like to know about me? ๐Ÿ™‚ Well… I’m your typical homeschooling, stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, ages 6, 5, 3 and 1. We also have a German shepherd. My husband, a soldier in the US Army, is halfway through his BA in pastoral studies & produces Christian Hip hop music in his spare time, so he’s a pretty interesting fella. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He makes me laugh and keeps me grounded. I’m still very in love and very thankful for this guy… even when he drives me bonkers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

I do want you to know, so that you don’t feel limited by your circumstances, that I’ve been no stranger to difficulty or struggle. I’ve had postpartum depression 3 times, anxiety most of life, and those 4 pregnancies were absolutely miserable. I’ve had a medically complex child, and a child with sensory & behavioral issues. We’ve got life-threatening food allergies to work around, so meals get real complicated around here sometimes. As a military wife, I’ve had to solo-parent for months at a time. I’ve researched and interviewed all kinds of religious cult victims who suffered devastating abuse, and experienced two very bitter and tragic church splits myself.

And most recently? I’m wrapping up chemotherapy treatments, having (very unexpectedly) been diagnosed 4 months ago with stage 3 Non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The thing is – life is full of trials, pain, and struggle. It just is! The thing is to stop trying to make it perfect and easy… and instead, finding peace in the midst of the crazy:)

I will tell you, that while I have complete respect for whatever your beliefs may be? I am always writing from a place of faith. Me and my story, and everything I’ve learned along the way, just doesn’t exist without the ever-compassionate God who walked through it all with me, and brought light and hope into my darkness. So, you’ll always find mention of my faith in all that I write… because that’s who I am. โค๐Ÿƒ I hope that’s ok with you;)

On the lighter side? Some fun, random, silly stuff: I hate shoes, and am always teased for going barefoot. I love windy days, reading, tea, the color blue, quilting, painting, fuzzy socks and just plain getting a full night’s sleep!! lol…. decorating for holidays, organizing a grand feast, stopping for dance parties in the kitchen, all things artsy and flowers… and my dream is to homestead with my family one day. I bake when I’m stressed, light candles and play Celtic music, George Winston, pretty hymns, or “shire ambiance” music from YouTube, lol. I like to think of my home as a little peaceful slice of Hobbiton. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ok, your turn my dears!! โค๐Ÿค— Drop a comment or an email, and tell me about yourself… I love to hear your stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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