|| THIS. SMILE. ||
This is one of the reasons I love doing what I do! Working from home allows me to see this smile every day—for most of the day. And, yes, we have our battles of the will, but we also get to experience the random declarations of “Look, Mommy!” & “Mommy, you’re my best friend! I love you!” #heartmelt
I realized I hadn’t introduced myself in a while and some of you are newer followers, so here’s a little bit about us.
Bryan & I have been married for over 12 years now and have one amazing little 3 year old boy! Bryan cooks full-time (and helps out with woodshop stuff for Dwelling Branch in his spare moments). He is my best friend & my most trusted advisor! I’m Melissa...and I do the business, design, & painting aspects of DB (& the other half of the woodworking). Little man loves to hang out in the woodshop (built this summer) & in the office (aka, the Spare ‘oom”) & “help.” Bryan & I met working together at at a Christian camp in NC, so it’s really natural to work together again! We love family!
In my spare time, I’m involved with kids ministry & Bible studies at our church & I love reading and nature.
My previous jobs included office manager, event/travel coordinator, & florist, to name a few. But Dwelling Branch is my favorite of all! It combines so many of my favorite things in one space! And I get to meet awesome people like all of you who so faithfully follow our story & shop!
We started making custom wood signs last summer & LOVE it! I still have to pinch myself sometimes, look up & thank God for all He’s opened up & provided. Then I bow my head & ask Him to keep providing, despite discouragement & comparison that inevitably tries to sneak into my heart (keeping it real♀️). I remind myself of our purpose: it’s not to make a name for ourselves or make a bunch of money, but to declare the name of Jesus, get the Word in our homes & hearts, while making enough to keep me at home to train up this little guy (& any future children God allows) & be involved in local church ministry.
So, I check my heart, & then pick up another piece of wood & keep painting, by His grace & for His glory!