Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Mimi from 247 Mulberry Lane

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Hi Everyone.  Happy Saturday.  As we drift on down towards Thanksgiving and also the holiday hustle,  I hope you will take a few minutes to read and get to know Mimi from 247 Mulberry Lane.  She is one of the sweetest bloggers out there.  Enjoy.

Hi, I'm Mimi from 247 Mulberry Lane! I am so honored to be featured in the Saturday Spotlight today, and I am excited beyond belief that Kris asked me to be a part of this wonderful series!

My family would tell you that I was born with something to say, and this picture would probably be used as evidence...

I LOVE to tell a good story when I can, but for whatever reason, I really struggled trying to tell my story to all of you. Thanks, Kris, for your tremendous patience!

Although I've written and re-written this post a dozen times, in the end, I decided to write it in true Mulberry Lane form--random facts in no particular order.

1. I started my blog because I love this quote:
I have lots of blogs I love to read, but none of them really reflected my life.  I'm a divorced, thrifty soul who teaches in western Nebraska. Trust me, folks, when I say that genre of blog is wide-open...

2. Mimi is the name I hope my future grandchildren call me, so it's the name I use on my blog. My actual name is Melanie.

3. I am the proud mama of two young adults and mother-in-law to one great guy.

4. Both of my kiddos are gingers (redheads). Sadly, my son-in-law is not...I love him anyway. J
5. No one in my "real life" knows I blog except for my kids and my friend Kate.

6. The kids and I have our own personal paparazzi (read : people who are overly interested in our lives), hence the reason for the nicknames and lack of current photos of Maggie and Will.

7. I have a crooked smile. There, I've said it. It drives me crazy whenever I see a picture of myself, but I realize it's a petty issue in the grand scheme of things.

8. I have had an interest in decorating since owning our first home years ago...
This entire house was lovingly decked out in country blue and mauve from the inside out. Like Barbara Mandrell, I was country when country wasn't cool.

9. I am a junior high reading teacher...
...and I strive to instill the love of books and reading to all my students. We also try to share a few laughs together each day.

10. Speaking of laughter, I think it's important to bring a sense of humor to everything I do. Whether it's being a mom...
Baby Will

...or being an observer of life in general.
Maggie feeding Bambi in 1999.

11. My faith is a special gift passed on to me by my mama....
And I hope I've passed it on to my dumplings as well.

12. Speaking of my mama, here she is with her three buttercups...
Yep, I'm the only girl and a middle child as well. I like to think I've made my mother's life nothing short of interesting....

13. My dad is an interesting character as well. Unfortunately, he hasn't been a big part of my life since I was sixteen, but back in the day, I used to be quite the daddy's girl...

I was very shy and I'd take refuge on my dad's lap during 
family gatherings.

Sadly, he has Alzheimer's now and doesn't remember us most of the time. He and my uncle are the third generation in their family to suffer from this dreadful disease. I pray that no one else ever has to experience the heartache of this terrible condition.

14. This is the real brains behind the blog...
Yes, Miss Licky Lou Mulberry.  My computer sits on a farmhouse table in my bedroom, and she very happily occupies the bench beside me as I compose. She has also been known to jump on the keyboard to add her own thoughts to the mix.

15. Finally, I like to think that my blog embraces the perfectly imperfect. 

I don't have a big fancy house, but I have a home I love and I'm extremely grateful...
I don't have lots of money, but I have fun stretching each paycheck...
My marriage didn't turn out the way I planned, but I was blessed with two amazing kids...
Plus I got to wear this awesome dress...complete with a cathedral length train, poofy sleeves, AND a tiara! Ha!


It's never too late to live happily ever after.

And that's what I want Mulberry Lane to be all about.

Love that bridal dress and cathedral train and of course every girl needs the tiara on their wedding day!!! Thanks for sharing your life with us this week Melanie.  Now everyone take some time to jump over to Mimi's blog and say Hi.
Happy Rest of the Week End.


  1. Wow...Mimi (Melanie) is an amazing woman, funny and down to earth. Can I say I love her because she sounds a little bit as random as me, and you know me?! Thank you for the feature, Kris, and I'm off to visit her blog!!

    Jane x

  2. I am headed over to Mulberry Lane now because Melanie and I have so much in common.

  3. I am headed over to meet this wonderful gal...she sounds like my kind of people. You find the best peeps to blog about, Kris. xo Diana

  4. A gorgeous smile to accompany the dream wedding dress, and that smile will endure always. AND, I too have had fun over the last 33 years stretching how far my paycheck could go!

  5. I've been reading Mimi's blog for quite awhile now ; very nice to read her story here :)

  6. Another great intro to a girl who sounds to have a lot more in common with me than one might think.....Thanks Kris.

  7. What a nice post! I must check her blog!
    Have a great weekend...

  8. I love Mimi's blog!! She's creative and a hoot. I have a ginger kid too so we have that in common. :)

  9. Kris, I will be going to Mimi's site...just want to thank you for featuring her today. I love red haired kids and teachers. LOL. Blessings for a great weekend. Hope things are going well for you, xoxo,Susie

  10. Fun to get to know Mimi better! I relate to lots of things she says and posts about!

  11. Thanks for introducing us to Melanie. I've come across some of her posts on social media but today I'm having a good visit on her blog. Have a great weekend Kris!

  12. We all love Mimi and her pretty smile! thanks for the happy interview today ! hugs, Diane

  13. Great introduction to Melanie! Thanks for sharing your sense of humor!

  14. Kris,
    I stand in solidarity with the French people, my heart is broken over the Paris attacks. I will visit Mimi's blog and get to know her better. Another blogger you have spotlighted who is new to me. Mimi I adore your sweet crooked smile, it is charming. I loss my Dad to stage 4 Alzheimer's last year, I truly empathize with you and your family as you are experiencing the long goodbye with your Dad.

  15. Hello and thanks for sharing Kris...many of us are starting over in life and definitely understand where Melanie is coming from. I am one of your new followers and will head over shortly to visit Melanie and say hello to her as well.
    Peace & Blessings,

  16. Mimi, you are one of my very favorite bloggers because you are so REAL!
    I love the way you can share your thoughts and life with us, without be dramatic or dull.
    When I turn on my computer, your blog is the first one I read.
    Thanks for sharing a little more about you and your family.

  17. You are all so sweet, you're making me blush! Thank you, Kris, for this amazing opportunity, and thanks to all of you sweet readers for making my day. I look forwarding to "meeting" everyone! :-)

  18. Kris, you are the best at introducing bloggers! Thank you so much for doing this each week. I will definitely stop by Mimi's blog and visit.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!

  19. Oh what a wonderful spotlight here, I adore her outlook and passion for who she is and where she is going. Yes it's a great feeling as to knowing how to achieve the best from what is before us and behind us, and to stretch a check in such ways that allow joy into ones life is experienced here as well. This is a beautiful blogger and one well worth getting to know and adore.

    See you soon Kris darling.


  20. I love Mimi and her blog! She is a terrific writer who just pulls you along with her writings--she needs to write a book!

    I love when she writes about her students, or her home, her very real faith, or Licky Lou. I just like visiting 247 Mulberry Lane!


  21. I'm headed over to Mimi's blog after posting here. Reading her bit about her life here interested me.

    Mimi ~ you and your smile are lovely!


  22. I read her blog, and she can tell a great story, that girl!

  23. I am going over there for a visit, she sounds very interesting.

  24. Kris, I'm going right now to check our Mimi's blog. Thank you for featuring another special blogger!!

  25. Hi Kris,
    I hadn't heard of Mimi's blog and I am going there now for a visit!
    I enjoyed reading her spotlight here!
    I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!! :)
    Hugs, Kimberley

  26. Loved this feature, Kris. I like the way Mimi shared her life with us, and I'll be sure to tell her so on her blog. Have a great weekend!

  27. I like Mimi's attitude. It was nice getting to know a bit about her.

  28. You have a sunny disposition and a lovely smile! The ginger haired children are AAAdorable and I'm taking the quote to heart...another sign post God wants me to "finish that book!"
    Bless you for being a reading teacher...reading has been a life long love.

  29. So glad to meet the Melanie behind the Mimi!! This was a wonderful way to tell your story, Melanie, and I'm so happy to know a little more about you! Our stories certainly are similar....big hugs to you. xo

  30. Oh, I love meeting new friends and Melanie seems like fun! :) I always enjoy these post, Kris, thanks!!

  31. It was great fun reading about Mimi! Thanks for introducing us, Kris! I'm heading over to check out her blog. Love the name Licky Lou!

  32. just found you...because I have a thing for chicken wire. love your attitude. Life is not always filled with sunshine and beautiful things; but you've stepped up to the plate. God bless. Keep sharing!!

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