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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

* The Queen Bees behind Mama Buzz *

It is said that going into business together can make or break a friendship. While this isn't exactly a "business", it is a partnership and in our case, doing Mama Buzz together has only served to strengthen "the Melissa's" friendship.

It actually began in college.

The friendship that is, not Mama Buzz.

As life would have it, each young woman graduated and went and lived life, losing touch in the process. Then, thanks to the wonders of Facebook, they found each other and renewed their friendship in 2008.

In 2009, Mama Buzz was brainstormed into existence between the two women. Through working on it together, a close friendship - -despite miles and time between them - - has blossomed once again.

Disclaimer: We worked on our profiles separately and had no idea what the other was going to say . . . We're kindred spirits, if you can't tell. ;)

Melissa J. gave up a private counseling practice in 2007 when her miracle baby was born, after a two year struggle with infertility. With no regrets, she traded in her dream of a well-known private counseling practice in exchange for the dream of being a stay-at-home mom.

Since that turning point in her life, Melissa has turned to the world of in-home child care and free-lance writing, dreaming of the day when she becomes a published author.

God is her first love. Her husband is her second. Her daughter is third and her yet-to-be, forever children are fourth.

Investing in children, teens, and young women is a passion of Melissa's. Having run through the gamut that life cruelly hands to so many in today's world, her passion is to pass on the love and hope that she eventually found in her healing journey.

Melissa's ultimate dream, alongside her husband, is to begin a home for abused, neglected, and terminally ill children. The children no one else wants. This home will be self-sustaining with wind and solar power and a greenhouse. Both Melissa and her husband hope to use everything from art to animals to gardening, all as therapy for these hurting children. They long to give them a place of safety, love, and laughter, as well as a place where they can find healing.

Melissa's hobbies include; reading, writing, gardening, learning about the all-natural-self-sustaining life and getting word out about great book's and products. Music feeds her soul, art inspires her mind, and nature soothes her spirit.

Melissa's personal blog can be found at Hidden Valley Simplicity. There, you can read everything from book reviews to the grief that surrounds infertility to thoughts on living in the "hidden valley" as a stay-at-home-mom to trial-and-error experiences in her search for the all-natural lifestyle.

Mel is a homeschooling mama to two adventurous little boys, Jacob and Jaden. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. She has no doubt that this is where God wants her right now and has honestly never been happier. Life has never been easy, including losing her first owned house with her husband, Dan, to a housefire three days before Jaden was born....but God has sustained and supplied them with everything they truly "needed."

Mel has since found a true passion for writing. She always loved to pick up a pencil and just start writing and come up with whatever came out on the paper, but she never realized how much it truly enriched her life and soul to do so. She hopes to start a book about her grandmother's dramatic life before the year is out; she longs to be a published author as well. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood, recipes, devotionals, crafting, reviews on books, movies, and other products, giveaways, and all things home and garden, etc.

Missions has always had a "sweet" spot in Mel's heart, especially anything to do with inner-city ministries in New York City. She and Dan look forward to some day adopting, whether it be domestic or internationally. They just want to give other children a loving home and show them the light of Jesus.

Mel's hobbies include reading, singing with the choir at church (which truly fills her heart with joy and gives her a "God high" so to speak), sewing, baking, anything outdoors, gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with the fam. She loves to review products and get the word out on things that really help other Mamas; she especially loves great educational products that are not only fun but teach. She loves good music and loves to dance around the kitchen with her boys, laughing and giggling all the way. God is good, therefore, life (although not always easy, in any sense of the word) is good.


Felicia September 3, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

So nice to meet you two.. and I can definitely relate. I am a counselor as well and went part time to spend more time with my little guy.

It is also nice to see other Christians with a true heart for God in the blogosphere!

Conny September 6, 2009 at 11:07 PM  

I was tickled to be accepted as a reviewer, which happened before I even really realized who you all truly were! After reading your "biographies" here, I am even more excited to join in with you all as it sounds like we have some things in common! First of all, there is our Lord - then a love for family & home - and lastly, a desire to write! I'm a writer-wanna-"bee" (ha - like my pun!!?). I also will check out your blogs soon - as I am always interested in perspective from other moms as well as those who share the journey of infertility with me, as it sounds like Melissa J has. God bless your venture here at Mama Bzz!!

Heather December 17, 2009 at 11:18 AM  

Hi Mellisa, it was nice to meet you at the toy store today! If I wasn't in such a frenzy to find toys quickly and get to preschool in time for pick-up I would have been friendlier! I'll have to come back and check out your blog some more.

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