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Melissa Blair

I’m Not Praying For You Today: a letter to my husband

Hey you, I know with all the changes we have going on lately, we’ve both been focused on our own discomfort. Conversations about who is carrying the heaviest burden leave us both frustrated. Marriage can be hard, can’t it? It’s a hard work to make a life…

The Trouble With Shame

  I knew you were trouble when you walked in. ~Taylor Swift Hosting is something I enjoy deeply. I fuss over friends with coffee, love on people with food, and have been known to put chocolate on pillows or lavender bedside in an effort to make company feel welcomed in…

The Hard Work of Rest

If we are to run this race, we must be serious about rest. ~Matt Chandler Retying the laces on my new running shoes with the very latest in gel technology inserts, I straightened my straight shorts, and smoothed my smooth tank…continued picking bark off the tree in our front…

The Thing About Roots

As spring breathed her warm breath over winter this last season, I, like the world, headed to that local famous home and garden store for new plants. Eyeing a patch of bare next to the fence of our side yard, I considered the first mild day of the new year…

For the Days You Don’t Feel Brave

Today feels different. Not one thing has dramatically changed from last night until this morning…excepting my wild hair. But I woke up feeling brave. Which is wacky if you really knew my laundry list of Things I Should Be Worrying About. It might leave one rather wobbly in the…

Ways We’re Getting Parenting Just Right

Once I thought it might be fun to go ice skating. I had seen it on the TV and how hard could it possibly be? Growing up watching ice skating competitions with my family, I had my own personal point system and would shout not-exactly encouraging things to the…

August Book Giveaway: Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines

We are some of those people that like to camp. My family loves hiking and exploring, just being outdoors, smelling and hearing fresh things. Under the blanket of stars thrown over these evenings out of doors, we gather ‘round a hissing, snapping fire…and seem to lose our minds right…

Summer Doesn’t Last Forever…thoughts on seasons


By the time I recognize this moment, this moment will be gone. ~John Mayer, Clarity I know I’m God’s favorite kid because summer. Give me bare feet, give me heat that sits on your shoulders heavy like a pair of hands, give me the smell of green and…

When You Need a New Day

Squished next to my youngest in her small bed, too-chatty and fidgety at bedtime, she sighs loudly. ’Mama, why do I have to go to bed at 8:30? I am big now.’ ‘Well, it’s the time that I, as your mama, have decided is the appropriate time…

The Care and Keeping of You

‘I’m going to hot yoga and you CAN’T STOP ME!’ Arms crossed in defiance, my bottom lip trembled, telling stories about my resolve. Three sets of my own eyes in varying shades watched me quizzically. ‘Mom. Go…we’re fine.’ ‘Well. I’m really going,’ I say…