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Pioneering Today Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way by Melissa K Norris

Nice to meet you! I’m Melissa K. Norris.Experience the simple life with Melissa K. Norris

I’m a mom, wife, sometimes cattle wrangler, and all time follower of Jesus. I’m also an author, blogger, radio show host, and speaker whose passion is to inspire your faith and pioneer roots. Using personal experience and God’s word, I teach others how to:

Explore this site to learn how you can start Pioneering Today in your home and life.

When I was a little girl, our TV only came in when there was snow on the mountain top and you turned the antenna just right. And then we got two channels. But a love of books and words was born. My mother read to me every night and I cut my teeth on the Little House and the Prairie Series. Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range and a father who was from Tarheel, it’s no wonder a love of tales woven deep in the mountains, on the backs of dreams, hard work, tied together with the love of Jesus flows into my fiction and novels.

Beyond my love of books, I also love to chat, so please leave comments, ask questions, or share your dreams and stories with me.

As we say around here, come on in and sit a spell.


P.S. Do you like free things? I’ve got three free e-books for you.

14 thoughts on “Home

  1. I am a good ole Tarheel girl. Raised on a dairy farm. Lived in Florida for last 12 years. Just moved back to farm. Plenty of land. Barns run down. Good news. Plenty of garden land. Fertile from Dairy farm. Had a big garden last year, but much to learn!!!!! Living off a MUCH less salary than once ad and trying to be ok with that. Love growing my food
    I do want even if just two of those Tarheel Beans. You just gotta share with this Tarheel girl.
    I love God, and so happy that Jesus lives in my heart. I feel close to God in Nature, but do attend church. But love his presence even in my Garden. Weeds and all. Was happy to find your site. I am a nurse, for 19 years. Just got burned out physically so…..now I garden. Lots to learn.
    Be blessed and SPRING is coming !!!! Love the idea of frost and seeding yard. :)))))
    Rachel Eissens Hayes

    • Rachel, I love that you’re getting back to gardening. :) I do an annual giveaway of the Tarheel seeds as I can’t grow enough to meet demand on my own. If I have extra, I’ll try to send you some.

  2. Hi Melissa.Enjoyed reading what you have to share. Think I’m going to enjoy keeping in touch and sharing.I have a love for sharing and learning something new.Loved your tip on raising Basil indoor in water. I wondered about this but never pursued the option.Have a wonderful day and be blessed. Linda :) Curious where Tarheel might be located ?

  3. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be
    honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later.
    All the best

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  4. Melissa, just discovered your site couple months ago. I return to your site daily. LOVE WHAT YOU SHARE, the Good Lord, your garden knowledge, livestock info, and cooking. Your no-knead bread and no-rise rolls are AWSOME… Simply put, your’e sharing LOVE sprinkled with Knowledge…..how blessed we are to have you!!! Strength and love to you!! One other compliment — your voice is soo beautiful when I listen to your blogs. Has anyone ever told you how peaceful you sound!!! That also is a God-given Gift. Please continue sharing HIS gifts!!!!

    • Hi, Pam,

      So glad you’re here. Thank you so much for the encouragement and I’m blessed you’re finding things here useful. :) And no one has told me I sound peaceful, but I’m so happy it comes across that way. I’m heading into the studio tomorrow to record some episodes.

  5. Hi there, what an interesting find your blog through following GNOWFGLINS and the Homesteading writings . I’ve only read a little bit of your work but it really resonates with me. As one commenter wrote that your voice comes across as peaceful (I haven’t listened yet) my impression of your blog has the same feel.
    I only have a tiny corner of my suburban garden for herbs and such, but it give a great sense of connection. Also am most thankful for my now aged Mother who loved gardening and made the most of it wherever we were. She has passed this gift to all three of us girls in different ways.
    Thank you for your lovely writings and long may you be able to continue your sharing of thoughts ….Alexa
    Blogging from Sydney, Australia at

  6. Melissa I recieved my Tarheel seeds today and I wanted to thank you again. We have had a good amount of snow and now rain and yards are full of water. I can hardly wait to get out and start on the garden. God bless

  7. Thanks for your comments to my question about the [L'Origan/Coty] perfume I located by my research that might have been used by a WW I era 25-year old professional woman. As she is an upper class, Philadelphian, she probably was familiar with Parisian ‘amenities’ and scents in her house: L’Origan a sensual break for a ‘sensible’ woman.

    It was grand to meet and hear you at the NCWA monthly meeting last night in Kirkland, WA.

    Looking forward to the next time.


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