My name is Melissa Stoller Wehri. I am a small town girl (and youngest of 4) from Central Illinois who moved to Montana in 1996. My husband is a Montana native whose parents grew up on North Dakota farms. We met on a trail crew in 1999, and I fell in love with him while we worked in the wilderness, shared a tent with two others and did burly work. We were blessed with a spirited son in 2008. We’ve been splitting our time between Sayulita, Mexico, and Missoula, Montana, for the last two years. I am just getting my business off the ground, selling my photographs that I make into photo transfers on wood.
To allow for our unconventional lifestyle, we’ve been renting out our house for the last two years. We rent a place in Mexico while we are there, and we find a rental in Missoula when we return. It is an adventurous, sometimes challenging, lifestyle. It is anything but boring. (And occasionally I crave boring.) When we are in Missoula, my husband works a seasonal job doing environmental restoration–mainly planting lots and lots of trees, shrubs and grasses–in areas that need some help. We both used to do this line of work, together, prior to having a child. This past winter in Mexico, I began selling my art as an experiment. The results were phenomenal, which leaves me awestruck, energized and grateful. We will be returning to Mexico in November for at least 6 months.I’ve been home with my son since his birth, which I’ve loved, and am now entering a new season of creativity. I am on fire to create! I am a photographer, a writer, a potter, a wife, a mother, an adventurer and a free spirit (as much as a mother can be). I believe in kindness, positivity, following my heart, manifesting what I want and not worrying. “Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.” –Unknown
I’ll be blogging about life in Mexico, untold stories from my past and things I haven’t yet realized. I hope you enjoy my writing, story-telling and art. I’m so happy to share it all with you!
Hey Melly –
I have been meaning to write to you for some time as I’ve followed your exploits up and down the continent. I just have to say you’ve come a long way from sweeping up lettuce. It’s really quite an inspiring story you have going, even for an old geezer like me. You appear to be one who is Daring Greatly (to use the title of a book that I have found to be quite full of truth). Well, I just wanted to wish you all the best in all your endeavors, especially the expansion of the family. Keep up the good work.