family, Word

3:14am Christmas Morning – 2018

Early Christmas Morning It's 3:14am as I begin writing. You may ask: "Why on earth are you writing at this hour, Melissa?" It's the best reason, but if I fall asleep making the ham and Keto-friendly green-bean casserole tomorrow, this is why: My 11-year-old son rushed to bed last night after carefully putting out cookies… Continue reading 3:14am Christmas Morning – 2018

Life Lessons, Word

Immediately Jesus

It's no secret - I believe in Jesus. I love him. I love reading the Word. If you've ever shared a meal with me, you know. I'm all about Jesus. Some seasons though, some days - they are rough. Even when I'm in the Word daily. Even when I'm at my best. Today was rough.… Continue reading Immediately Jesus

family, Friends, Life Lessons, Love, Word

When the Unexpected Happens

Has your life ever come to an end punctuation that you weren't quite expecting? Haven't you been so sure of one thing, only to, at the turn of a phrase, been suddenly unsure, and ended your sentence with a question mark instead of an exclamation point?! (Okay - that's the word nerd in me.) More… Continue reading When the Unexpected Happens

Life Lessons

Unanticipated

Life has its dips and straights. Sometimes Summer feels more like Spring, sometimes Spring feels more like Winter. Sometimes the road is paved with love and laughter; sometimes it is washed out by torrents of tears. When I look back over my life I've always known what is right and what is wrong. And I've… Continue reading Unanticipated

Word

Is This On My Kid’s School Supply List?!

This is the week before school begins. More than usual, this week is all about family dinner nights out, Wal-Mart excursions (for school supplies), and various other ways the kids are finding to raid my bank account. When I was shopping for my own school supplies at M.E. Moses (that was a five & dime… Continue reading Is This On My Kid’s School Supply List?!

family, Life Lessons, Love, Parenting, Word, Word, Truth, Life, Love

Minutes or Moments?

A new dad waiting for his first baby to be born understands the value of a minute. A new dad hearing that baby's first cry understands the value of a moment. Lately I've been pondering the difference between minutes and moments. I don't know about at your house, but at my house we seem to… Continue reading Minutes or Moments?

Life Lessons, Word

Startled – What is This?

What is This? You're sitting there, tears falling over freshly dried tears, wondering how on earth you got to this place. Whatever your this is, it feels like hell. It feels like nothing is ever going to be right again. Maybe you've done everything right. Maybe you've done everything wrong. I've been on both sides… Continue reading Startled – What is This?

Life Lessons, Love, Parenting, Word

Don’t Read This Blog, Please

It would make good sense for me to begin a book on navigating life post-divorce with the story of my ex-husband's infidelity. But how could I possibly write that without first telling you that I have been the "other woman" - twice?