When my mom passed away last year, I wasn't sure what to do with my blog. My blog was started as a way to keep a long-distance Grandma who was passionate about her grandkids in the loop. I mostly recounted family activities and special days, with lots of pictures. Now that's she no longer with us on this earth, my blog has evolved into something different. I still share stories of major family events and pictures of my kids (lots and lots of pictures), but this blog has become more of a personal outlet, where I share my reflections on modern life and spirituality. Because our personal experiences and circumstances are partially responsible for our opinions, getting a window into a blogger's life is very interesting. Sometimes I'm prone to "Wizard of Oz" syndrome. I enjoyed writing academically when I was in college, so sometimes a narrative, personal touch is missing from what I write and it can become pedantic. And that's no fun, so, here's a look behind "the curtain".
My name is Melissa and I am 34 years old. I grew up in Wisconsin and still identify strongly with my roots there, as well as my upbringing in the Lutheran church. I was so blessed to grow up in a Christian home that was shored by my parents and blessed with three children, myself and two younger brothers. I met God's life-partner for me, James, when I was 18 years old and preparing for college. In a scene that was completely out of character for steady-and-responsible me (which is no surprise, because it was surely God who brought us together), I agreed to marry this 21 year old man on our second date! Six months later, on May 23rd, 1998, we tied the knot - just a couple of crazy, madly in love kids.
My "first" family - Mom, Dad, and two brothers. This picture was taken at my mother's surprise 50th birthday party in February 2012 (I flew out as an additional surprise) - two months before she unexpectedly went home to Jesus and the last time our entire family was together
Spiritually, James and I were weak in our first decade of marriage. We both certainly professed belief, but the fruits that that faith bore in our life were puny and anemic. God worked through personal and financial trials to bring us closer to Him, and, for the last three years, we've become true Christ-followers. We attend an amazing bible-following church that believes in the Baptist distinctives. Every day we pray diligently to find ways in which we can lay down our life and pick up His cross. The Word is our sustenance and our delight. We strive to be a Godly couple with a God-honoring marriage. We've learned so much from the fine example of mature Christians, and as we grow we hope to provide the same kind of model for new believers. For me, a shy introvert in person, blogging has been the most amazing gift to use my God-given skills in outreach and just plain old personal growth.
So, I'd like to thank you for making it through my little autobiography of sorts and I'd love to have you join me in the journey of following Christ in heart, mind, body, and soul. Comments are such a blessing to me, and I appreciate them so much - sometimes they serve as a gentle correction, and other times it's an encouragement to know that others feel the same way I do. Go with God today, and always!