Hi! I’m Melissa, and I’m the voice behind the blog. I want to tell you a little about my family, so you can get to know us.
Meet the Felkins Family
The Felkins family loves Jesus, family, music, learning, and adventures! Faith and family are the foundation of our identity. Henry and I have been married since 1998, and we have built our lives around worship ministry in Oklahoma City (although we are native Texans). Our three kids have grown up way too fast, but we love to see what each new stage of life brings! We tried our best to create as many memorable experiences with them as we could while we still had them all at home with us. Now that our boys are starting their adult lives, we have to be even more intentional about spending time together and creating new types of memories. We’ve had our share of challenges, just like you have, but our faith in God and our commitment to each other always brings us through and helps us keep finding joy in the journey!
I am a homeschool mom with a Ph.D. in educational psychology. I really enjoy learning with my family! I love to encourage and support families who are homeschooling kids with ADHD and have spent many years researching and studying this topic.
My health has been a challenge for me. Over the past few years, I have been diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease and a brain tumor. It’s been tough, and I face daily battles, but I am still here and I am going to make the most of it! Maybe I’ll write more about this in the blog, but for now, just know that I can relate to those of you who deal with chronic health concerns.
Henry is the love of my life. We grew up out in the country just over the back fence from each other, so I really did marry the boy next door! I couldn’t have made a better choice for a husband and father for my children. He is kind, loving, giving, and super funny! Through all of my medical issues the last few years, the “in sickness and in health” vow has certainly been put to the test. I can’t begin to tell you how strong this man is. He never waivers. He does what he needs to do to take care of his family. And he tells me I’m beautiful, even on my worst days.
Henry is one of those talented people who is good at just about everything, and he uses his gifts to support our family in many ways. One of my favorite things in this world is listening to him play and sing. His full-time career is as a worship pastor, but he is also a piano tuner, a music teacher, a carpenter, a recording engineer, an audio/visual subcontractor, a mechanic, and whatever else he needs to be. We are so blessed with this man who gives of himself so selflessly to provide for our family!
Meet Elijah & Sarah
Elijah graduated from our homeschool in 2019 and finished up his associate’s degree in 2020. He is completing his 4-year degree in film and media studies at the University of Oklahoma. This will be a great outlet for his natural storytelling abilities. Truth be told, I think he could be as successful in front of the camera as behind it. Elijah keeps us laughing with his quick wit and funny accents!
Elijah recently married the love of his life, Sarah, and we are so happy to have her join the family! They are working hard and enjoying their new life together. It’s so exciting to see your kids create their own life journeys!
Isaac has much less to say than anyone else in the family, but he has other ways of making himself known. His diligence in spending every moment he could practicing guitar and drums has paid off. His skill is astounding! Isaac graduated from our homeschool in 2021 and is now working and planning his future.
Need a good hug? Isaac is your guy! He gives the absolute best hugs, and he is truly sincere in his affection. He loves the Word of God, the USA, his guitars, and, of course, his family and friends! Isaac wants to see the world! Australia is on his bucket list, but he’s happy traveling anywhere. If he could combine his passions for music and adventure into a lifelong career, that would be a dream come true. I say let’s make this happen!
Our baby girl’s name suits her well. Symphony is a beautiful instrumentation of passion and personality. She’s a musician, a singer, a photographer, an artist, a baker, and a chef. And this girl is all about the puns and the dad jokes! She is the last one still in our homeschool, and I’m cherishing this time with her.
One of Symphony’s favorite things is “singing loud for all to hear” (Elf movie reference). We love hearing her beautiful voice and piano playing. Symphony’s persistent love for board games helps our family to take the time to get together and connect. I love how she loves to make others feel special!
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