ButterTree & Biscuits

Lost Without You

Melissa Gosselin

Seventh grade was a difficult time for me — it was the first time I ever wondered about my place in the world. I’d just left the “cute kid” stage and was entering an awkward phase; I was studying in a French school even though English is my first language. 

Shared Dreams

Melissa Gosselin

Today, I want to talk about the dreams we have for ourselves. Because we all have our own private ambitions . . . we all have shared dreams, with a partner, family or friends. But what happens when something doesn’t work out? How do we overcome disappointment? 

Love You Forever

Melissa Gosselin

Last Mother’s Day was hard for me. I mean, I don’t think I even got dressed that day. I guess the most prominent emotion was regret. I kept thinking of every Mother’s Day I could have spoiled my mom even more, kept wondering if she truly knew how much I loved her.

Spread the Love

Melissa Gosselin

Here’s the thing with me — I don’t really like shopping. *Gasp* It’s shocking, I know. I’m easily overwhelmed by choices or by the number of people packed in one place. If I already know what I want to get, shopping online is great! But if I’m just browsing, I just end up clicking around forever. So when birthdays and holidays come up, I get a little stressed out. I’ve been trying to find a system that will help me show people I care — without overspending on a gift they never use. 

A Reflection On Anticipation

Melissa Gosselin

As I write this post by the window, snowflakes are falling behind me. Yes, you read that correctly — snow! After all my posts about spring being just around the corner! So it got me thinking about an emotion: anticipation. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t really matter if I’m anticipating something positive or negative . . . the emotion itself is uncomfortable.

Easter Reflection: On Building Community

Melissa Gosselin

A couple of days ago, family friends invited us to spend Easter with them. Before the invite, I hadn’t even thought about how our small family would celebrate, so it warmed my heart that people were thinking of us. It also got me thinking about how people build communities.

A Story About Brothers and Sisters

Melissa Gosselin

My brother Jon and I were never the kinds of siblings who tattled on each other. We were a team (for the most part). We had the same friends — kids of varying ages who lived in our neighborhood — so we played together a lot. 

A Story About a Mother's Love

Melissa Gosselin

It was the beginning of April. The snow had almost completely melted. The world was coming alive around me. There were buds on the trees and the air smelled dewy (if you know what I mean). I had these pink rubber boots I loved that I hadn’t had the opportunity to wear.