Hi!  I’m Melissa.  I’m a wife and mom to two teens, plus three step-kids, ranging in age from 13-24 years old.  My husband and I work together as real estate agents, and we live in beautiful, sunny Florida.  (I’m originally from Michigan, but have lived in Florida for over 10 years and feel like it’s my home.)

family christmas photo 2013

My previous jobs have been:  stay-at-home mom, elementary and preschool teacher, nanny, bank teller and ice cream scooper!

I enjoy running and walking for exercise, and I love the beach.  My favorite activities include cooking and baking, especially tweaking recipes to give them my own personal twist.  (Check out my recipe page!)


I don’t claim to be a theological expert.  I’m just an imperfect child of God, saved by His blood and promised eternal life.  I’m growing in my faith daily as I commit my life to Him.

I hope that I can encourage you as you go through the inevitable struggles and pain that life brings.  I hope that God will use my words to bring you closer to Him.  I know that I’ll be encouraged by the words you share with me, too!

“I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.  In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other.”  (Romans 1:12, NLT)