About melody

I'm mostly still that shy little girl in the 2nd grade... terrified of my own shadow and happiest with a pencil and paper. Now that I've passed my 40th year, a few things have changed; but not the pencil and paper. 

I'm a home schooling mother of 8 doing my best to get along with the system and still raise autodidacts. My husband of 23 years is my most treasured friend and resource. 

I have dreamed many and varied dreams of what I wanted to be when I grew up and none of them have come true. But the marvelous thing about the Divine Architect is that He will often allow your dreams to be dashed in order to give you something better.

My life IS that something better. 

Wife, mother, doula, author, chronic illness survivor and thriver, speaker, essential oil enthusiast, business owner, home educator, dreamer, Jesus lover.

I’ve also been diagnosed with lupus (SLE), Lyme disease, CIRS, eosinophilic esophagitis, and compound heterozygous MTHFR and am pursuing a natural course of healing. But that info isn't really about WHO I AM... just some of the challenges which have helped form me. 

There's nothing really missing. But some of my dreams have evolved and consequently, I find myself writing at The Essential Mother.

Previously, I wrote for almost a decade at Blossoming Joy (about homeschooling, Christian womanhood, and the spiritual life). I’ve had my work published online for organizations such as Catholic Exchange, CatholicMom, TAN Books, The Guiding Star Project, and Catholic Stand; and also in multiple ebook and book compilations. My first book will be published in 2019.

Why The Essential Mother? Read more HERE

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