Tattoo Design


It’s not april fools. This is a real tattoo, but it’s not for me. I designed this tattoo for a client last year right after my little hoax and I’m just now getting around to sharing it with you.


Kim wanted her daughter’s name scribed on her upper shoulder and I think that’s sweet. Our children are already metaphorically tattooed onto our hearts forever anyway.


In church on Sunday we talked about relationships with our children and how they learn so much by our example alone.

I often wonder what kind of example I’m setting for my kids. What kinds of things will she learn from my example? I’ve been stewing over it a lot lately, and I’m afraid of all the things I haven’t taught her. There are so many. I’m an incredibly flawed person, but I know that Chris and Penelope’s grandparents will pick up the slack where I fall short.

I’ll be going to Listen to Your Mother to hear my sister-in-law and a few friends talk about motherhood. I have a ¬†feeling it’ll be equal parts awesome and fun. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two about how to be a better mom from them.

Thank heavens for awesome families.

And thanks for indulging my meandering thoughts.

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    1. Kim DeClaire says:

      Thank you, thank you again for designing this for me! It’s been 9 months since I got the tattoo and I love it more every day!

      • Kim DeClaire says:

        and I’d like to add that I couldn’t agree more with your meandering thoughts. I can only hope that I am leading my beautiful girl down the right path by my example. I hope that she sees everything I do, good and not so good, and learns from it all. Our flaws make us who we are and will make our children love and respect us even more.

    2. nat says:

      i love it!

    3. maddie says:

      Thank heavens for awesome family is right. The fact that you’re contemplating this shows that you’re take your best and greatest stride to being the best mom. I’m still young and the thought of kids scares me. I wonder the same thing as you – will I set a good example?

    4. Jessica says:

      Hi Melissa, Sorry for using comments. I don’t have your email. I saw your Seesaw and then came to read the post. Nice piece! I feel like I still learn from my mom every day.

      On a different note, did you know you can embed Seesaws on your blog? the … on the web version allows you to access embed code. We have a resource up at, too, for more instruction. Let me know if you try it out!


    5. linda says:

      You don’t have to be a perfect parent. No one is. You only have to be good enough. And you certainly are that. No question. You’re awesome, Melissa.

    6. Heidi says:

      I saw a quote a while ago that said something like, “Behind every great kid is a mom who is pretty sure she’s screwing it up.” I find this to be so very true. I find that it’s so easy to feel inadequate when everywhere I look I see ideas of what an awesome mom “should” be…and I’m so often not doing them. I do love my kids. A lot. And I think they know that. In the end, I think that’s what really matters ya know?

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