If you haven’t washed your hair since Tuesday and dry shampoo is your best friend, you might find a connection here. If your couch is covered in several loads of laundry and you can’t find two socks that match, and if there are petrified French fries in your back seat, I think we could be best friends.

It’s a little easier now that my children have left the nest, but there was a time when my minivan had dried up milk under the carseats, and my living room floor was a minefield of Lego pieces.

Right now, there is dust on my television screen and 100 messages in my inbox, but I’m happy to kick back with an iced latte and a good book, rather than work on either of those problems. And I would much rather be chalk-painting a yard-sale dresser than scrubbing my kitchen floor!

I hope you’ll connect here and tell your friends to stop by too. Together we can life life, repurposed!

Michelle

The “Official” Bio

Michelle wants to help you connect the dots between faith, creativity, and everyday life and discover the joy of finding God in the most unexpected places. Years ago, she left her career as a registered nurse to raise her family, and along the way, she discovered her true passion for writing and speaking. Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart, Phil, for 28 years and they have two grown sons. 

She tried many side ventures in her attempts to keep her sanity while being a stay-at-home mom including: a wedding coordinator, rubber stamp demonstrator, custom painter and decorator, craft instructor, craft seller, and piano teacher. Some of those may have contributed even more
insanity!
She has exchanged most of those roles for the thrill of putting words on paper and helping others with writing, editing and digital marketing through her business, Mission and Media. She enjoys repurposing thrift sale finds into fun decorations for her home and garden, mostly because the before and after reminds her of how life goes sometimes. It’s in the beauty of restoration and renewal in the midst of disappointing circumstances that she’s discovered the most joy in her own life.

Michelle has written many articles for publication, and The Repurposed and Upcycled Life is her first book. Her writing has appeared in the Christian CommunicatorFocus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Today's Christian, VistaQueen of the Castle Magazine, and more. She has also written several Bible studies for ChristianBibleStudies.com and writers a weekly Bible study for her church.

The Rest of the Story

 Michelle and Phil live in an unusual home that was formerly a little country church with a parsonage attached. The church half is over one hundred years old, and the rest is gradually coming out of the dreadful 50s and 70s decor with ongoing updates and renovation. She loves trash-to-treasure decorating and has filled her home with creative makeovers of “junk.”

 As a mom of two boys, Michelle’s hidden motive as a speaker for women’s events has always been the welcome escape from the testosterone zone to get a good dose of estrogen and female companionship.

Random Facts: 

  • Michelle once contributed to the family food supply by shooting a 6-point buck during rifle season.
  • As an avid reader, it isn’t unusual for her to read two books a week, mostly read by flashlight in bed during the wee hours of the morning.
  • She gave birth to her two sons on the same day within eleven minutes of the same time of day, but they aren’t twins. How? They were born two years apart.
  • When her boys were small, Michelle spent some evenings in her woodworking shop in the basement while her husband watched the boys. The “solitude” of the router, table saw, and hammer were a welcome break after a long day with youngsters.
  • Michelle enjoys watching the Packers on Sunday afternoons. In fact, she’s  more likely to be found cheering at the TV screen than her guys are.
  • Despite how much she may sound like a tomboy, she’s really quite girly. Hates bugs, avoids the outdoors, and can’t remember how to change a tire.