There are some things in life that cannot be explained when it comes to the question of “why”. One of these things that I have a really hard time with is when people pass away suddenly, and without warning.


I wrote a post a few months ago, remembering my brother and my father who passed away both before their time. This past week, the wonderful community of bloggers that I have come to know and love lost an amazing women.

Life is precious. You never know what is going to happen from one day to the next, which is why no day should be spent in anger, and every day should be lived out in the utmost joy.

My prayers are with Melissa’s family as they journey through this difficult time, and I hope that you send your thoughts and prayers their way as well. 

In Memory of Melissa: Wading Through Motherhood

wading through motherhood

Melissa was a wife, a mother, and a beautiful soul. We had followed one another blogs since I first started mine, and she was new at that time as well. Her passing was so sudden and without warning, but it was an honor getting to know her over the past year and a half.

Melissa’s writing was wonderful. She talked a lot about her faith, her family, her children, and life. Not to mention, her writing about motherhood could always make me laugh because I could relate to much to it! I’ll always remember one of the best things that I have ever read from her… here is a little excerpt.

” 20 Signs You’re A Parent”

“1. You say to your significant other (feeling pretty bad ass),  I can’t believe we stayed out so late!(it’s 10:00 o’clock …..okay it’s 9:00 o’clock).

2. When you reach for the keys in your purse/diaper bag/pocket, you often also pull out some cracker crumbs, a Lego, and a Bandaid.  
3. You get excited to go get the mail, take out the trash, etc, because hey it’s alone time. 
4. You’ve had a conversation about poop or pee in the last hour. No, you’ve had three conversations about poop or pee in the last hour. 
5. Going to the grocery store feels like a mini-vacation.
6. Going to Target feels like a mini-vacation…”
Melissa always had a kind word to say whenever we chatted. We talked a lot about our blogs, and she was always such a huge support. I recently got to know her a little bit better as we joined another group together, and I can only say that I am thankful for the change to have made friends with such an amazing person.
We all hope that our lives mean something, and Melissa’s definitely did. Her words have reached the homes of moms who were having a hard day, have put a smile on the face of a parent going through the preschool years, and have supported more bloggers than I can count.
Visit her blog, Wading Through Motherhood, and keep her words alive by sharing or just taking the time to read them. You can also show support to Melissa’s husband and her two young children by clicking here.
*Here’s to those who are no longer with us, but who’s words will live forever*
joanna at motherhood and merlot