Because it’s the weekend.

Happy Friday, everyone!

It has been a great work week, but oh my word, my brain is utterly fried.  I am tired.  I have absolutely nothing of any sort of substance to share with you.  Just some very random pictures coupled with commentary in like fashion.  I was going through the camera roll on my iphone today and decided I would share some of them.  I love to scroll through the pictures my friends take with their phones.  I think you can learn something new about someone by looking at the little things they like to capture throughout their day.  So the following jumbled mess is a string of some pictures or moments that I have captured over the past few months.

Eatin’ breakfast across from my love.

A perfect mid-morning, continued.

One of my favorite areas in Atlanta: West Midtown.  It is raw and industrial; it provides all kinds of inspiration.

Piedmont Park, midtown Atlanta.  One of the many Atlanta parks I frequent weekly.

A good friend of mine recently made approximately one hundred individual origami butterflies and strategically arranged them on the wall one at a time. The pattern is brilliant.  I’m in love.

But not quite as in love as I am with the real thing. This butterfly was showing off for me. If I were a butterfly, I would want to spend my afternoon perched near these flowers, too.  Little kaleidoscopes of colors bursting with oranges, pinks, and yellows.

My **favorite** sandwich from Alon’s.  Roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, sliced tomato, cold chunks of fresh mozzarella, and homemade basil pesto all held together with whole wheat bread. Insane, I tell you.

Columbia Seminary’s Library . . . One of my happy places.

One benefit of having the window seat. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 19.1

The moon testifies, too. One beautiful night I slipped out for a walk and the moon was so bright, one could nearly have mistaken it for the sun. “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever . . . who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever . . . the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever”(Psalm 136.1, 5, 9).

Tomato Juice?  I warned you that this was going to be random.  I don’t even like tomato juice but for but for some odd reason I have a fierce loyalty to it when I’m on the airplane.  Maybe the recycled air changes its chemical composition or something. Also, I really wish they would go back to serving peanuts.  The one meager little package of tiny pretzel sticks leaves a lot to be desired.

My nephew and a Stetson box.
Now you see him.

And now you don’t.
Sort of?

My little niece.  This may seem like a random picture to you but it thrills me to no end because she looks so much like Amanda here. Her lips and eye shape are identical.  I keep praying her eyes are going to turn sea green like Amanda’s.  Okay, you caught me, I haven’t actually been praying about it. But, I’ve been hoping.

Dear Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits, I could eat you every night of the week.  I was Colin’s hero when I made this dish.

A few evenings ago I was running in my neighborhood and I was struck by the way the light was plummeting down through this tree like a lightning bolt.  The leaves were so illuminated that it was nearly impossible to discern their color.  A few of them looked like brilliant white snowflakes.

My crazy Dad and his portable but sizable hunting blinds. This was my first glimpse of my parent’s house upon my arrival into Houston a few weeks ago. Needless to say, it felt good to be home. Never a dull moment in the Moore house.

Um. Yes, please do.  This might be the most profound graffiti I have ever seen in a bathroom stall.

A pretty church in our neighborhood. I love the rose window. Makes me feel like I got off at the wrong Marta stop and magically ended up in Europe.

Our local bagel shop, Belly General Store.  They make the BEST olive oil and garlic bagels EVER. Also, the style and design in this little shop are out of this world.

The side of Belly General Store, equally as aesthetically fabulous.

Typical Melissa and Colin.

Mom, Annabeth, and me in Houston. This picture was originally taken with a DSLR camera but I decided to throw it in the mix because I saw it today and it made me smile.

Working in the Living Proof Office in Houston. And, sipping on coffee, of course.  The coffee that we were guzzling that particular day is called Stumptown Coffee.  Stumptown Coffee is Kelly Minter’s favorite coffee roaster.  Evidently it makes her long for the New Jerusalem.  She has got some good taste.  We were licking our coffee cups when we weren’t busy taking turns running laps around the office in a caffeine frenzy.  Apparently, according to several Siestas from the Northwest, Stumptown Coffee is from Portland, Oregon, but it also has locations in Seattle.

Today I went to run an errand and when I went to pay the parking meter (downside to intown living), I noticed a little note.

It blessed my heart that someone took the time to write out this little message for a stranger.  But I did wonder where he or she got the scotch tape.  I don’t typically carry scotch tape around with me but maybe I’ll think twice about it next time.  Anyway, after I saw the little note, I went to look at my parking spot and lo and behold, I had parking spot 601.  Gotta love it.

I will end this late night tangent with a picture my Mom just texted me from Chicago. If you look super closely, you can see the sky-line in the distance. You can definitely see the Sears tower (or Willis tower?) to the right. Also, you can tell the leaves are going to turn for fall soon. Oh be still my heart. I wish I were going to be at the event tomorrow! Not to mention, Chicago is my favorite city in the world.

Have a wonderful weekend, Siestas. Whether you are busy with work, church, high school football games, or just hanging out at home, I hope this weekend brings each of you peace and restoration and that whatever you are up to, you are supremely blessed by God in the midst of it.


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  1. 201

    Melissa – I enjoyed this post. Most of what you would find on my phone is my kiddos and food. It’s actually pretty appropriate for my life right now. 🙂


  2. 202
    Connie from Iowa says:


    I absolutely loved this post. It is the random things that truly give us a glimpse of real life.

    And just so you know God was on fire through your dear mama on Saturday.

    Her message + His Grace = Lifechanging

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    Sandy says:

    Hey Melissa,

    I so enjoyed the post. I live up in Canton and will be heading into Atlanta to try those different places to eat that you talked about. Would really like to have you post the recipe for the fluffy biscuts and chicken.

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    Vivianna says:

    I’m still on cloud 9!! I was able to attend the Living Proof Live even in Chicago!! And boy have I been able to share I’ve learned with my loved ones. Today I’m going over my notes again and again…and keep on getting a new word from the Lord! I can’t tell you enough how increadibly full my heart is!!! Thank you Beth. And we PRAISE YOU FATHER!

  5. 205
    Marsha says:

    Can you pass on the chicken and biscuit recipe? I would like to be more spiritual than that right now but that was sooooo pleasing to the eye!

  6. 206
    Jill says:

    Dear Melissa,
    These random pictures brought tremendous peace to me today. I guess looking at everyday life brought comfort to me, because it remined me of all of the simple good things in my life. Serenity washed over me, and it was just what I needed.
    Thank you. Jill

  7. 207
    aussie monica says:

    love the pic with the light shining down!

  8. 208
    His Jules says:

    another request here for the chicken and biscuits recipe, it looks delicious! Loved your pics and the post! The origami butterflies were awesome but I loved the picture from Piedmont Park!

  9. 209
    Kim says:

    can you give us the recipe for the chicken and biscuits?

  10. 210
    JoAnn Janik says:

    Great pics. That was tons of fun ! I cooked the best and easiest chicken piccata Friday for my best friend.

    2 boneless chicken breast (butterflied and cut in half making 4 pcs).
    Salt and pepper chicken and dust in flour.

    Heat 3 tbsp. of EV Olive Oil and 2 tbsp. unsalted butter on med. high in 10-12 inch skillet. Add 2 of the breast and cook 3 min. on each side (golden brown). Remove chicken to a plate. Add more butter and oil if needed and add remaining 2 breast to cook the same as before. Remove to same plate. In skillet add 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/4 cup of capers. Bring to a boil, add back in the chicken and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate. Add 2 tbsp. more of unsalted butter and stir vigorously over heat until slightly thickened. Drizzle over chicken. Garnish with chopped parsley.

    It was soooooo good. I made angel hair pasta with lemon zest, parsley and pepper and a salad.

    Colin will love it !!

  11. 211
    Leigh says:

    Is it possible to share the Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits recipe? please…?

  12. 212
    Lauri W. says:

    I don’t carry scotch tape either nor do I “run with a camera”….but you do?…loved the pic of the leaves with the sun filtering through them…

  13. 213
    Joyce Watson says:

    How do I change my blog picture?

  14. 214
    Ruthie says:

    Even your “random” is utter delight. Actually, I think everybody’s random is–utter delight, that is–showing forth the simple beauties of individual moments as treasured by individual souls…shared with others in sympathetic connection. Is that not the Bond of the Everyday we share by God’s Grace?

    Girl, you need to haul your camera up here to New England with your Mama next month!! (Couldn’t all the Moore ladies just come on up??!! We really would shower you with something like hospitality, I promise!)
    TICKLED maple-leaf-in-October pink in anticipation of seeing Miss Beth and Friends up in this corner of the Land: SOON!! Godspeed!

  15. 215
    Valerie says:

    I loved ALL the pictures!
    Funny, I never drink tomato juice either, but always order it when I fly. 🙂

  16. 216
    Amy says:

    Melissa – I enjoyed that glimpse into your life via the pics on your phone. What fun!

  17. 217
    Melissa Lynn says:

    I just love the random so your pics were so fun to browse! Nice to know you appreciate it too. I often get tickled at random things and can’t help but laugh out loud..esp people watching! Thanks for the smiles.

    Melissa Lynn in Concord, CA

  18. 218
    Angela B says:

    Please, please post the Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits recipe. We are begging you!! 😉

  19. 219
    staci boe says:

    Hello again! Do the hands of our life ever stop reachin n grabbin 4 us? Will they ever let me go? The chains of abuse still wrap around my throat! So afaid still that He will tell me to go away that I am too much! Cryin out!!!

  20. 220
    Elle says:

    Oooh, that photo of the chicken and biscuits just looks like the perfect comfort food. And I’m not even Southern.

  21. 221
    Erika says:

    Yes, Stumptown Coffee is truely divine!So glad you have been exposed to a NW tradition.

  22. 222
    Robin says:

    I have the same airplane-induced craving for tomato juice! I never liked the stuff but asked for it on a flight to NYC about 9 years ago and it’s been my go-to flight drink ever since. Plus, I always ask for water to go with it.

  23. 223
    Michelle Ortiz says:


    Loved your pics! Would you share your chicken and biscuits recipe pllleeasse?? That looked delish.

    Thank you!

  24. 224
    Jennifer says:

    Hey Melissa,
    Do you want to share the recipe for the chicken and fluffy potatoes? Would love to share that with my family or 1 husband and 2 boys!!! Looks like a winner!

  25. 225
    Kristin says:

    May we get the chicken and fluffy biscuits recipe?? YUM!

  26. 226

    Please post (or send) the Chicken and Fluffy Biscuit Recipe. It looks yummy!

  27. 227

    Let me see, you love your family and especially that guy across from you and you like coffee an awful lot. You ought to move to Seattle, because they have great coffee, plus it’s a lot closer to me. And, um, not really getting much from the rest of it. You love God’s creation, but you also like some really odd man-made things as well. I kind of gathered from the beginning of your post I was supposed to learn something about you. How am I doing so far? Most of that I already knew about you, though, so I don’t know if it counts.

  28. 228
    cori says:

    Love the post! Will you post the recipe for Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits??? Please.

  29. 229
    katie says:

    Hey Melissa, are you allowed to say what kind of DSLR camera you use? I am wanting to get my feet wet, as I have great subjects…kids!! Thanks!

  30. 230
    Mindi Patty says:

    Love this post. Might have to copy over on my blog. Can we please have the chicken and biscuit recipe!!!! 🙂

  31. 231
    Mindi Patty says:

    Love this… Might have to copy over on my blog. Can we please have the chicken and biscuit recipe!!!! 🙂

  32. 232

    Melissa, I looked everywhere on your blog but couldn’t find the recipe for Fluffy Chicken and Biscuits…it looks so yummy…I would love to have it 🙂
    beth willis miller

  33. 233
    Renee' says:

    Hi Melissa, I don’t suppose you’d share the “Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits” recipe, would you?

  34. 234
    Susan Byers says:

    I would love the recipe for the Chicken and Fluffy Biscuits. Would you be willing to post it or send it to my email?

  35. 235
    Linda says:

    Your 601 picture in this post is one of my new favorites. It keeps popping into my mind as I go about life. It makes me think of starting a blog called 601 just because I like it so much. Of course, I wouldn’t; it’s your very own beautiful picture and your very own happy parking space surprise.

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    Kathy says:

    Hi Melissa, Random is good…how many people do you suppose go through the day and notice nothing? God is all around us, sometimes just watching and listening to the what goes on around me gives me a sense of closeness to Him. He never fails to surprise me! Thanks for sharing!

  37. 237
    Mary says:

    just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this picture post w/ lots of randomness. it made me smile.
    hugs from oklahoma!

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    Laura says:

    Hello! Would that church happen to be across the street from Urban Outfitters in Virginia Highlands? My daughter had a day off from classes today so we spent the afternoon at Five Points, Urban Outfitters and Alons for lunch! When we walked out of UO I saw the church!

    I sure enjoy the blog! I attend Perimeter Church in Duluth and we just started the revised Breaking Free!

  39. 239
    Katie says:

    I loved seeing the pictures and taking a glimpse into your world. Thank you for sharing all the beauty and inspiration around you.

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    Sonja Wood says:

    Could you please post the recipe for the “Chicken and Fluffy Biscuit” recipe? It looks de-lish!

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