Melissa Godinez

Melissa Godinez
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Melissa is an Air Force spouse who enjoyed 13 years living along the I-35 corridor in North Dakota, Louisiana, and Texas. The Air Force gods finally broke her free of the Central Time zone this summer and sent the family to Hawaii - just five weeks after baby #4 arrived! She works remotely for a non-profit in Louisiana as the Director of Technology and Strategic Operations and is currently pursuing her Project Management certification. Her oldest son (age 9) has Down Syndrome, and her oldest daughter (age 7) has an undiagnosed genetic disorder, so there are a lot of therapy and medical appointments; however, the chaos is balanced with weekly trips to the beach, hikes, and trying new restaurants.
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Redefining Failure

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“I need to withdraw from the program.” These are words that my brain would not have even considered in 2019 because I thrive on craziness.  To illustrate my love of craziness: last year my daughter had...
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Funny Parenting Moments: Gambling on a Fart…and Losing

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We all have our funny parenting moments. The anecdotes that make the rounds at family gatherings; the ones we still giggle about years later. They may not seem humorous at the time, but these...
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It Is Really Going to Be OK – Surf and Life Lessons

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Ten years ago I found out I was having my first son. I imagined weekends at birthday parties, baseball games, and spending time with the other moms while our kids played. Then one sentence shattered...
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Waiting for a Pineapple Assignment

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Everyone has a "dream base". That one base that seems so unrealistic actually to get, but it is everything you want. For us it was Hawaii. Of course, my husband's career field gave us about a...
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How a Birthday Party Taught Me About Acceptance and Love

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In the early part of my adult life, if someone had asked me to define love, I may have spent an absurd amount of time thinking about cute dates, beautiful weddings, and my friends...