I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.

I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately and have decided that 2009 should be the year I live my beliefs. Because of that I have a lot of changes planned for this next year. I can live on far less than my current income and will do just that. Even though it means that I can spend less and must live a fairly austere existence, I know this new commitment will be worth it. I will return to Blacksburg and will live simply. If I cannot find employment, I will force myself to live well on an income that is far less than one-third of what I make now. Quality of life is far more important than having an income that facilitates a life of relative ease. A satisfied mind is the ultimate goal; is it not?



Jess said...

Glad to see one of my co-bloggers pop up a post! I think you will be happier in Blacksburg Mom.

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