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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. This really resonated with me. Having moved, yet again, I am still not feeling settled or at home. Instead, I think of where I “really” want to be living. This is a reminder to be accepting and thankful of where I am and to try to find that peace in the here and now. And so, maybe this is the week that I unpack that last box.

  2. This is perfect! After retiring and downsizing 4 years ago, we have made our little condo the cozy home we needed. As one of my friends says, “Love where you live!” So glad you are now living in a place you have learned to love and made your own. Blessings.

  3. I love this Melissa …thank you!!!
    My husband and I have moved sooooo many times. Each time I thought I’d never leave…well except for the 1 bed apartment we lived in. Although the location was awesome. It was tooo small (everything was in storage) too close to other apts ( I can be very loud..hahah) I missed a yard. So did my dog! Then covid hit and we were stuck! Little was our faith as God had a plan…
    My in laws have a family home they rented out for years. Last renters were nice kind and paid on time, but did not take care of the home. My father in law piddled around fixing this doing that. Finally my mother in law asked “do you kids want to live here” We were like…sure!! My prayers for a house w/ a yard for dogs and kids and 2 bathrooms were answered!!! YAY!
    God is good. As we wander through the unknown He puts right where He wants us. We are little far from our church and friends, but we are closer to my in-laws and they are soooo happy.

    It is written…I”M NEVER MOVING AGAIN!!! Right God? Please God… \0/

  4. Melissa, I understand this so much! I’m a recovering journalist of 15 years! I moved 5 times in 10 years, so I get it! My big epiphany was also in 2019 when a friend gifted me a book by Laurie Polich. Within a few months the message, the mandate, became clear: put down roots, build community, we’re not meant to do life alone. Putting down roots and building community took on a different look than the one I anticipated back in 2019, but I’m so glad I decided to stay put and build a home where I am. I’m counting on God to sort out the “doing life alone” part and have recognized that it may also not look like I envisioned.

  5. Melissa,

    I just counted how many places we have lived in our 54 years of marriage Wow, 11 moves over the years. My husband is a retired pastor, and his bishops decided which church we served and for how long. We always lived in parsonages ( homes that the church owned) until we retired. Since retiring, we lived in full time in an RV for 7 years. Then a small cottage and now a 55 and older independent apartment community.

    We love where we live now, and prayerfully plan to stay here a long time. But truly, only the Lord knows as He directs our paths. Ultimately, my final home is to be with Jesus forever and ever. Hallelujah!!

    Blessings and love

  6. Melissa,

    Growing up we moved every two years for dad to find a job. We settled in Tampa, FL for twenty years. Didn’t like it. Then in 1995 we moved to Johnson City, TN. Got myself a small apartment & made it feel like home. It was alright for 7 years. God had a major life shift for me & I married & moved to Elizabethton, TN-smaller & just outside Johnson City. Hubby & I have made this place our home. Sure there are times I want something “”better” . For now we are settled into community & church. Sure don’t want to leave this area.

    Blessings 🙂