Off & Running
a Blog of Life on the Run

December 21st 2015
December 2004.  Sacramento, California. Freshly divorced. Adoption day.   Your foster mom brought you over. We watched you intently. You took in your surroundings. Unsure. I knew nothing... READ MORE
August 26th 2015
It was Valentine’s Day.  A secret day.  Today, she would marry him. At 23, she knows what she wants.   A break-up. Secrets withheld. “If you... READ MORE
July 7th 2015
  “If God gives such attention to the wildflowers - most of which are never even seen - don’t you think... READ MORE
June 13th 2015
The breeze blows through big open windows rustling the white drapes. The oppressive heat hasn’t fully arrived yet today but it’s coming. Birds chirp... READ MORE
April 21st 2015
  Hi. My name is Melanie and I feel like a failure on a daily basis.   I fail at finishing my to... READ MORE
February 8th 2015
Of all of the places I've gone, running the Champs-Élysées to the Eiffel Tower was my favorite. Best out &... READ MORE
February 2nd 2015
If you know me at all, you know I love running. What you might not realize is that I didn't start... READ MORE
December 15th 2014
   I love DC. I've loved DC since I got here in 2006. It was an unseasonably warm December that year,... READ MORE
November 29th 2014
While driving through the cornfields of Iowa on my way home from Colorado, I heard God's voice for the first... READ MORE
November 1st 2014
Have you ever had a stranger speak over your life like they knew you intimately? Tonight was a first for... READ MORE
October 26th 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Skyline Drive in Shenandoah early on a Saturday morning in late October. The leaves are close to... READ MORE
October 21st 2014
Giraffes, rhinos, and cheetahs. But first, an incredible church service in the tiniest building. A tiny town filled with rough... READ MORE
October 19th 2014
It's Saturday here in Africa and it's time for a little play time.  The Big Baobab Tree in Limpopo South Africa... READ MORE
October 18th 2014
   It's weird not being "busy". Our alarms go off at dawn (which is really early here). We're not in bed... READ MORE
October 17th 2014
Missions work is 90% presence & 10% performance.        On our third and final day of the Women of Worth Conference in... READ MORE
October 16th 2014
5am iPhone alarms ringing in different tones down the echoing hallway of the ladies "dorm" at the Ave Maria Retreat... READ MORE
October 15th 2014
A beautiful first day at the conference in Sekgopo, South Africa - a little village of about 30,000 people at... READ MORE
October 13th 2014
On our last full day in Zambia (Saturday, Oct 11), we headed off to Kalingalinga and Garden to visit Kids... READ MORE
October 11th 2014
Now that the Women of Worth Conference in Zambia is finished and all of us caught up on our sleep,... READ MORE
October 10th 2014
The last day of the Women of Worth Conference in Zambia was an emotional time for our team and the... READ MORE
October 9th 2014
Adventure is doing something you've never done before without expectations or a plan. It's my first international mission trip and it's... READ MORE
October 7th 2014
The Women of Worth Conference: Zambia kicked off bright and early today at Church of God Zambia Region Headquarters. A... READ MORE
October 6th 2014
Today, I tell a story with photos. First, because there were so many (275 to be exact). Second, because it's... READ MORE
October 5th 2014
It's Sunday here in Lusaka, Zambia and that means worship. Big, beautiful worship of God and all His blessings filled... READ MORE
October 4th 2014
Cookies for Breakfast Being an adult, I've always loved the idea of ice cream or cookies for breakfast but rarely have... READ MORE
October 3rd 2014
TRIP STATS: 2 Ethiopia Air planes 27 hours of travel 17 hours in the air 7 tired ladies from 3 states 7 timezones 7,697 miles away... READ MORE
September 30th 2014
On Thursday, I get on a plane and fly a very long way to Africa.  There. I said it. And I'm... READ MORE
July 27th 2014
"Life isn't about the mistakes you make, it's about what you do next." - Lee McFarland at National Community Church Failure is... READ MORE
July 13th 2014
An open letter to those who know better Each of us is older than someone.  We know better because we've lived longer... READ MORE
June 29th 2014
I'm not waiting around anymore. It's time for me to do something.   HOW THIS HAPPENED: Last November I was scrolling through my... READ MORE
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The Loss of My First Love
December 21, 2015
December 2004.  Sacramento, California. Freshly divorced. Adoption day.   Your foster mom brought you over. We watched you intently. You took in
The Secrets of Letting Go
August 26, 2015
It was Valentine’s Day.  A secret day.  Today, she would marry him. At 23, she knows what she
No More Should-ing On Myself
July 7, 2015
  “If God gives such attention to the wildflowers - most of which are never even
Struggling With Purpose
June 13, 2015
The breeze blows through big open windows rustling the white drapes. The oppressive heat hasn’t fully arrived yet
As You Are. Not As You Should Be.
April 21, 2015
  Hi. My name is Melanie and I feel like a failure on a daily basis.
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