50 Fun Things to Do This Spring!

50 fun things to do this spring

Spring is often the season that gets most rushed-through here in the South. We’ve endured the gray coldness of winter, and many times the first day of Spring brings such hot temperatures that we believe we’ve gone straight to summer! I’m determined to enjoy this beautiful season with my family, and I hope your family […]

5 Tips to Make New Friends (as an adult) #friendship

5 tips to make new friends as an adult

Do you think it’s harder or easier to make friends as an adult, compared to when you were a child? For me, I think years of baggage have made me very cautious around new groups of women. I call it “Mean-Girl-Phobia”. I have to be honest, I did NOT want to go to the Ladies […]

Misadventures of Princess Sydney #ReadingIsFun #LoveYourPetDay


Today is national “Love Your Pet Day”, and we don’t actually have any pets in our home *yet* (besides two wild little boys!). However, my boys absolutely love dogs — we watch dog movies, think of dog names because we are planning to get a dog, and most recently, read dog books! I’m so excited […]

“Only a Breath” is NOW …. “Southern Melle”


Hi, friends! The change from “Only a Breath” to “Southern Melle” is almost complete! I’m so excited to share some new posts with you from my new home. I hope you’ll come over and check out my new site at SouthernMelle.com! If you access any of my old posts, it should take you directly over […]

A Message Signed with Blood…


I can’t stop thinking about them. Those 21 Christians, kneeling in orange jumpsuits in front of figures clothed in black. They lost their lives simply because they believed in Jesus Christ. I haven’t watched the video, nor do I intend to.   In bed at night, I toss and turn, unable to sleep peacefully after […]

Reading 43: February 13


Reading 43: February 12 (Click “Like” when you’ve finished today’s reading!) JOHN 8:31-38 (ESV) THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you […]

50 Shades of Grace {thoughts on a movie in a culture of numbness}

50 Shades… I’m sure you’ve heard of the movie coming out this weekend. It’s impossible to turn on the TV, scroll through Facebook, or listen to the radio without hearing about it. What is it about this movie that entices so many to line up to watch? Our neighbors, friends, relatives, co-workers… all seem to be […]

Reading 42: February 11

Reading 42: February 11 (Click “Like” when you’ve finished today’s reading!) JOHN 8:21-30 (ESV) I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD 21 So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews […]