Melissa Michaels
About the Author

Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. I have two photos in my guest room. Both photos are of my mother and I when I was a baby/toddler. These photos are so precious to me b/c she died of Lupus when I was 7 yrs old. It is wonderful to look at these photos. While I don’t necessarily remember those days all that well I love that they capture the love we shared years ago. Love these snapshot memories!

  2. Its so hard to pick one or two when I take a bazillion pictures! It seems each day there is something new to remember and when I scroll through all the photos on my computer and in photo albums and a huge container of old photos that I have I love remembering the time, place and event that took place.

  3. I even got a little choked up over that sweet picture! I couldn’t help but think about my own brother and sister, grown and far away now. I also immediately flashed back to a few days ago, snapping a picture of my young son and daughter holding hands at the zoo. Thanks for the reminder to take it all in!

  4. I love this post – it gave me a challenge and prayer to have my eyes wide open to more of these moments. The pic of your kids holding hands and having enjoyed a day together… beautiful.

  5. We lived in Tacoma for 4 years and just recently moved back to St. Louis, MO. There is something so magical about Port Townsend, WA…I miss living close to the ocean and all the sights and smells that were so accessible to us. I have many memories of my own little ones in that very same town. It’s funny how we “treasure in our hearts” those special moments. It’s like time stops and we just hold that image. Love it!

  6. My favorite memory of a snapshot was actually first just seeing it through the eyepiece (the old 35 mm’s remember those?) of the camera. Taken 8 years ago at Harpers Ferry, WV on a family outing. I had my 4 kids like up to get a picture, my 3 girls ages 22, 20 and 16 and my son 13. For the first time I noticed my youngest was taller than his sisters! I will never forget that moment, frozen in time in my memory and in the picture.

  7. Love these moments too. And love when God reminds us just how precious every detail of this life is. We get distracted by things that really shouldn’t be so important.

  8. When we were dating he once wrote in an email,'”memories are photographs taken with the heart.” Loved his words then and your lovely words now!

  9. Isn’t it wonderful how some of our most treasured moments are the most ordinary ones?

    We went hiking today and I took a pic of my girly holding her Daddy’s hand. There will come a day when she won’t want to do that, so I’m enjoying it while I can!

    Happy summer, Melissa!

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  11. I love this photo…most of mine are like that. I have 4 girls at the top and 2 boys at the bottom and more often than not it’s my girls acting up as well! One particular photo I love is of my kids all dog piling on top of me. Already with my oldest in college I miss those moments and attempt to hang on to the wild ones I have left! 🙂

  12. We’ve had a lot of “hometown vacations” this year, and I’ve been loving every moment. My young’uns are still little young’uns and at least once everyday I have one of those cheesy Lifetime movie moments where I imagine my life in 20 years, and suddenly watching my girls jump around looks like a memory instead of today’s reality.

  13. My hubby gives me grief sometimes about always looking like a tourist (I don’t go anywhere without my camera) but we have a photo taken a few years ago while we were visiting Grandfather Mountain. I didn’t notice it at the time, but in this photo my youngest is pulling on my ear – a light tug is more like it. He has been playing with my ears since he was old enough to reach for me. And in nearly 7 years this is the only photo that captures an everyday (ordinary) moment that means so much to both of us. It sits beside my bed now.
    xoxo michele

  14. While visiting my family back in Indianapolis last spring I caught a picture of my littles having a grand pillow fight with my brother. It was their first and it was on a hotel bed piled high with feather pillows and the looks on ALL their faces is etched in my mind.

  15. This made me all teary too. I have three boys, 5,3 and 5months. Before my first was born, everyone said ‘it goes by so fast’, but I wasnt prepared for how fast it flies by! *snap* like that 5 years are gone! I’m trying to treasure each moment as much as possible even through the frustrating times (potty-training ick!). My favorite pics are the ones of my boys wrestling with my hubby, and sitting with me reading a book 🙂 little things that happen all the time, but are so special to me. the moments I will hold in my heart always.

  16. We are gathering up so many snapshots this summer. Where we have always been up for little adventures, this summer has been blessed with so many opportunities to make memories that will last forever and I am just trying to capture them on film, but definitely have captured them in my heart!