The Team

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Hey there, we’re really happy that you’ve stopped by for a visit! If you’re interested in the mother/daughter team behind Follow Us Home then read on to find out a little bit more about what makes us tick…

Hey there, I’m Melinda, the matriarch of this wildly creative clan. Me in a nutshell? (Easier said than done with someone who has a shameless love affair with words…) Well, I’m definitely a country girl at heart, most at home among the trees and the flowers and the wild things than I’ve ever felt in the concrete jungle. Some of my most favorite places to be are sitting at the seaside just before sunset, star-gazing on a clear, cool summer’s eve, and hiking through the woods on a crisp autumn day. My journey over the last half of my life has taken me to many interesting, unexpected and sometimes painful places, metaphorically speaking, but looking back I can see the value of each and every one. As I slowly journeyed towards a better (and healthier) me, I found that simplicity was key, in all manner of things. And as I learned the art of living a simple and clean life my whole view changed and somehow compassion snuck in…and took over my heart. Compassion for my human journeymen, compassion for my animal friends and compassion for this amazing planet. So, really, I guess you can say that compassion is what shapes my choices today. And those choices are what led me here, to share them all with you.

Hiya, I’m Jordan Rae, aka The Chicken Whisperer. I’m the artist of the family, working mostly with pen and paper these days (pointillism style), but I’ve also done a lot of work with watercolor and acrylic. I adore vintage dresses, thrift shopping, my small flock of hens, taking photography, and black and white Christmas movies (actually, all things Christmas. I am the Christmas queen). I spontaneously burst into song on a daily basis (it’s not pretty, but it’s fun), and I will often speak in movie/book/show quotes. During the long summer days you’ll find me out in the garden, and in the coldest days of winter I’ll be wrapped up in a warm sweater working at my desk (which is covered in paint and always a mess of half-written letters, project beginnings, and spider plant babies). Follow Us Home is one of my outlets for creativity, where I’ll be making and sharing tutorials for some of the projects that I’ve worked on throughout the years. You can also follow me on Instagram here!

Hi there! I’m Taylor Lynn, a homeschool grad with a passion for words and language. By day, I work as a full-time receptionist at a local insurance agency, but by evening I’m a writer of YA fiction. I’m a small-town girl with an inexplicable love for Boston, a self-professed nerd with a penchant for singing (boldly and frequently, often but not always in the car), and a girl who’s trying to make the world a better place however she can manage it. When I’m not working or writing, you can usually find me meditating or filling up my weekends with fun adventures. Someday you’ll hopefully be able to purchase my novels in a bookstore, but until then, you can visit me here at Follow Us Home, where I put together a monthly post spotlighting a charity or organization that my family and I love to support. You can also find me on Instagram here!

Hey, my name’s Riley Mae, and I’m the youngest of the clan. If you ever need me, I’ll probably be in one of three places: at the kitchen table sketching mandalas; meditating in my room; or knitting on the couch while I watch an episode of The Waltons (for the thousandth time). Another important fact- I’m a bird psychopath. Some might say I spend an unhealthy amount of time birding- my camera and field guide are always within reach, and I’m well-known for frequently pausing throughout the day to identify a call or song from one of my feathered friends. The only thing that rivals my love of birds is my love of plants–I’m wild about them. I’m in the process of turning my room into a tiny jungle, filling every available space with greenery, and the propagation containers have started to overflow off of my desk and onto the floor (I rue the day when I run out of space for new plant babies!). My love for flora and fauna goes further than that, though- I’m a dedicated environmentalist and am always looking for greener options for everyday living. In support of that, I’ll be reviewing my favorite eco-friendly things from my favorite eco-friendly companies here on Follow Us Home, but don’t be surprised if I find a way to weasel some plant and bird posts in later on!