Hi! I'm Melissa.

I count down to Friday every week.

In my home, ice cream is a food group (our very favorite one).

I'm addicted to new music and adding new songs to our music library. I got that from my better half.

I love the summer because I am seriously the coldest person on the planet (ask my husband) and I live for hot, summer days outside in the sun to thaw out from the rest of the year.

I am the most chronically indecisive person you will ever meet. Ever. It's ridiculous.

I dream big, but in the middle of my big dreams I get reminded that the people closest to me and the simple things in my life are my favorite dreams. And I am okay with that.

I am not a morning person, and I watch those amazing, productive morning people in awe. I don't have to ask how they do it, I already know. They leap out of bed while I hit snooze five times. What would it be like...

I think Christmas and fireflies and the beach are magical.

I cannot be brief—it's physically impossible. Believe me, I've tried. My English capstone professor also tried, thinking she could teach me brevity, and here I am, 6 years later, still more verbose in an email than anyone else I've ever met. It's the sad truth. But you will never lose any details with me!

I have a crazy photographic memory of conversations, events, and even what I was wearing when I said something, but I have to ask someone their name no less than three times before I remember it.

I crave authenticity, and adore others I find that in.

I can't stand not knowing what happens in a book, movie, article, or anything else with a storyline. I have to catch every part, hear every word, and get to the very end, even if it's not good. I will die of curiosity until I do. While everyone else was snoozing away at sleepovers, I was the one panicking wide awake at 2am when the VCR automatically shut off because someone put some awful timer on the movie, assuming we'd all be asleep. This is a terrible weakness, and it's exactly why I hardly watch any TV. I would have no self control to turn it off. Ever. 

I am a people person to the core. There are few things more satisfying to me than getting to know someone and hearing their story. My husband's friend has a phrase I love: "There are two kinds of people in the world. People I like, and people I don't know yet." I could live by that.

I love making things look pretty, love finding beauty in my home and outside of it, and love reminding others of the beauty in themselves. That is one of the biggest reasons I find photography such a fulfilling thing to do. I love bringing out the real beauty that is already there, and capturing it for all to see.

The most important things to me are God, my husband that is my perfect fit in every way, my three beautiful and absolutely off-the-wall children, and people.

My house is usually in need of some serious tidying, our dinners usually start much later than they should, and my to-do list is usually weeks old and still unfinished, but I'm totally on top of our taxes every year and we have dance parties at least every other day, so that's got to count for something.

I love connecting. I can't wait to connect with you.

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  1. Melissa! I loved reading your bio. I could honestly hear your talking as I read it. You are so hilarious, and you and jon are darling.

  2. Ditto to what Rache just said - this totally feels like a tall drink of Melissa! Just what I needed.

    1. Thanks girls! Your bios are pretty fabulous reads as well, I'm so excited to be a part of this with you ladies! Good things to come for sure...

  3. I LOVE your bio and I can totally relate to a lot of it! Your tips and examples are awesome! I'm new to following a blog, so I'm still learning the ropes here. I found you on Pinterest and I'm so glad I did! :)


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