Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of Melissa Mietzner

Each week we run an interview as part of our “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” series. The interviewees share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!

Today’s interview is with Melissa of Simply Mel:

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1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?

I think the biggest “event” that shaped me was growing up a Pastor’s Kid AND a Missionary’s Kid. I grew up in Brazil.  I’m what is referred to as a Third Culture Kid.

My parents were missionaries there for 15 years. We were all homeschooled until about 6th grade and then began attending a Christian school for missionaries close to my home in Brazil. I had a hard couple of years fitting into that school to but it helped build my character and taught me a lot about myself and life in general.

2. Were you always so confident?

No. As you read previously, I struggled with confidence in my younger years. I’m happy to say that, for the most part, I’m a pretty confident person thanks to the events that have shaped me and to my wonderful husband who loves me just the way I am.

3. How would you describe yourself today?

Friendly, giving, loyal, CONFIDENT, striving to seek God’s will and always trying to improve myself.

4. What do you most love about your life?

I love being a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.

5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?

That I’d like a little diamond stud nose ring!

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6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

I see me and my husband working together to serve the Lord in our church and raising our 3 (possibly 4) well adjusted children in the Lord to the best of our abilities. I would love to be in a bigger house by then, having formed some lasting, deep relationships with some friends and being content with life.

In 10 years I hope to have some pretty awesome teenage girls who are confident, their own person, unique, serving the Lord and loving life.

7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?

Besides knowing Jesus and their personal Lord and Savior I’d like to leave my girls with financial freedom. We did Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” and are financially in a place that, just a year ago, we’d thought we’d never be. We hope to pass on the knowledge that we’ve learned so our girls will be able to apply those same principles to their own finances one day. Financial freedom can open a lot of doors for them.

Mel is a 32 year old, homeschooling mom to 3 darling little girls, who’s trying to get the wife, mom, simple homemaking, contentment, and blogging thing down pat. She blogs at Simply Mel.