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Author Archive for Melanie Vilburn

About the Author:

Melanie, her husband, and their six silly goslings ages 12, 11, 8, 6, 4, and 2 months, live just outside of Tokyo, Japan in a traditional Japanese home. One of her favorite hobbies to do with her “flock” is cutting out paper butterflies, flowers, and winged unicorns to put up as shadow designs for when the moon shines through their sliding paper doors. She has always dreamed of being a mom. She remembers an argument on the school bus with a fellow student over who was going to have the most children. The number climbed into the billions when the bus driver, who had finally had enough, stopped the bus, turned around and informed them that the bus wouldn’t go another inch until they were silent. She is grateful that college (Brigham Young University) gave her an opportunity to sink her teeth into her family science studies, which she really enjoyed and has shared with her community in Japan.
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Transformation of an Echo Chamber

Transformation of an Echo Chamber

  Meal and study time at our house can definitely be a rowdy, rambunctious event! Our dining room, where food is consumed and most projects are accomplished, is a tight squeeze for the seven (soon to be eight) of us – especially with a vaulted ceiling that extends straight up to the top floor’s roof. Such...
Driving My Own Bus To School

Driving My Own Bus To School

Blemishes. Going to school with one was like wearing my own blinking light that announced a dork was coming up the hallway.  I couldn’t cope with that.  So, I’d miss the bus in hopes my mom would be too busy to drive me to school. Flames the length of dragon breath seemed to emit from my mother’s hair whenever she found...
Spiritual Sundays: The Spiritual Roots of My Childhood

Spiritual Sundays: The Spiritual Roots of My Childhood

As a child, I remember my parents singing a blessing known as puja over an offering of fruit. The blessing was during a special ceremony where I was being given a new Mantra, a special word children focus on as they meditate. Children’s meditation consists of focusing while allowing other thoughts or distractions to come...
Motherhood and the Transfer of Energy

Motherhood and the Transfer of Energy

Here is a fun science analogy that adds supportive insight into how our choice to be mothers can be the very best investment for our respective nations, for our world! Imagine, if you will, two balls, one large and one small.  They’ll need to be balls that bounce.  Now if you have ever bounced a large ball and a small ball side by...
The Misplaced Math Books

The Misplaced Math Books

In her defense, my lovely 9-year-old daughter, Sarah, is one of the most loving people to ever have walked the earth.  Her style of losing her patience is to tenderly whine and bat her long eyelashes and stare pitifully up at me with her giant, puppy dog eyes.  It is nearly impossible to be upset...
Special Perfume for Graduation

Special Perfume for Graduation

Each of my children were ready.  In just a minute their grandfather would be picking the kids and I up for my husband’s graduation ceremony.  I looked up at the clock and smiled.  Never had I gotten the three children together so efficiently.  Wow, I inhaled triumphantly, I really had things together this time…but wait, where had my second child gone off to? The house...
From Princess to Queen

From Princess to Queen

“Mommy, why do we have to eat healthy food?” my wide-eyed eight year old asks. “Mom, why do we have to have lights out at 8 o’clock?” my curious ten year old sighs. “Mooooooommmmm,” bellows my six year old son, “why do I have to stop playing Star Wars and practice my reading?” Grouch, grouch, grouch,...