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!
The “Official” Bio
Michelle Rayburn is a freelance writer and podcaster who appreciates how life’s difficulties can turn out to be opportunities to learn and grow. She loves dark chocolate, iced coffee, and a breezy afternoon in the hammock with a good book. She’s the author of several Christian living books, including Classic Marriage: Staying in Love as Your Odometer Climbs. She has been married to her husband, Phil, for 30 years and they have successfully launched two sons into adulthood. If lighthearted sarcasm were a course for credit, she could teach it as a second language.
Michelle also helps others with writing, editing, digital marketing, and book design 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's writing includes:
- The Repurposed and Upcycled Life and a Bible study to accompany it. (see books page)
- Articles for the Christian Communicator, Focus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Today's Christian, Vista, Queen of the Castle Magazine, and more.
- She has also written several Bible studies for ChristianBibleStudies.com and writes 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-
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.
- 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.