Welcome to this garden of sorts for your soul; a gentle place to gather strength.


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  • Art Shop: where custom paintings, prints, and original art can be purchased


“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

Hi, I'm Melissa, which means honeybee. I was born in a pastel peachy pink hospital, the color of a soft sunsetting sky in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Just down the block from the hospital is a big white church with a tall steeple where I married Jeff, which means “God peace”. Jeff builds homes/dwelling spaces for people to live in. I taught fourth grade for two years then worked at a little dance shop selling ballet shoes and tutu’s before I became a mom. After four years of staying home and taking care of our son Oliver I will now be spending more time painting and writing, as he starts pre-k.

A fun fact: In high school I was actually kicked out of painting class for my lack of drawing skills!  In college I planned on getting a degree in art education, but after a week of art class I felt unsure and lacking confidence, so I decided last minute to switch to regular education. Creative expression has always been my passion, but I have needed lots of encouragement to keep on trying, creating, and sharing. I hope with each painting and blog post I share, you are also inspired and strengthened by gentleness to push past doubts and keep on creating. 



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