My grandmother passed away when I was 17. Days later, when family were going through her things and dividing up each of the items she had kept for years, my mother asked if there was anything specific at my grandmother’s I really wanted. I could think of only one thing – her Bible. See, my grandmother’s … More #LegacyBible
See, there were times that “wasteland” and “wilderness” could have been descriptors for my family situation. My Mom, while she was an amazing lady – fun, friendly, hilarious, quick to smile, quick to love – suffered and struggled, particularly with her health, both physical and mental… … More He Makes All Things New
Helpless, powerless, stranded, fearful – no one wants to feel this way. Especially me. “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29 (NLT) Recently, my husband and I found ourselves stuck. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we took a canoe trip down the Mulberry River in Arkansas. It’s a stretch … More On Feeling Helpless – Lessons Learned on the Water
How many times have you said, “If I knew then what I know now, I would [blank]…”? I have to admit I’ve thought about this sort of thing a lot. No, a lot. If I could go back in time to the ’80s and talk to 16- or 17-year-old Melody, what would I really tell her? Not just … More 17 Things I’d Say to My 17-Year-Old Self
Tough week here, I’m afraid. I needed a bit of a reminder to be strong. And I got it when I flipped through my journaling Bible (my #LegacyBible) and landed on a page I did a while back for Joshua 1:9. Which is a scripture I dig, incidentally… “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and … More Because I am a Princess, That’s Why.
I’ve spent many Mother’s Day shopping trips standing front of a wall of cards perplexed. Brow furrowed, I’ve stood there overwhelmed by a selection of “you’re the greatest mother ever” and “you’re my very best friend in the world, Mom” cards, not knowing what I could pick that would convey my sentiments well. See, Mother’s … More Three Simple Survival Tips for a Rough Mother’s Day
I always wanted a great shot (or two or nine) of the moon. Oddly enough, though, no matter how dramatic and beautiful the moon looks outside, it seems the moon is always just a huge, glowing blob of nothingness in photos, isn’t it? Well, this was always the case in my photos, until I did … More Photo Faves – How to Shoot the Moon