Melinda Todd of Mel's Doodle Designs
I believe that each day we have a choice to start again. Not aiming for perfect, aiming for better!

Hi! I’m Mel. I’m an artist in training, a word weaver, and a Jesus Girl. If you’ve been around a while, you’ll notice some changes. All of my blog content is still available! If you’re new here, welcome!

I finally decided to stop waiting for “someone” to give me permission or some secret head nod that told me I could be the artist and creator I’ve always wanted to be. So here you’ll find my art work and creations! We all start somewhere. What’s holding you back from your dreams?

A little more about me:

Wife to a man who currently looks like he could belong to the Duck Dynasty clan with his massive beard. Of which I am not a big fan. For real. *The beard, folks. Big fan of my husband and Duck Dynasty.

I am the mom to four monkeys masquerading in human flesh children. 3 boys and 1 girl, in that order. Our oldest is 20! Lord, have mercy.

We just found out last month that our 14 year old has a bunch of weird stuff going on with his spine and hips and needs to see a specialist. There’s potential that he will need a hip replacement. So, mama is trying to help bring in more income to help pay for the trips – we will have to travel at least 2 hours (maybe more) depending where we are sent. We may need to contact Shriners and that is 5+ hours from us. By purchasing my cards, journals etc you are helping my boy get treatments and all the travel expenses that come with that. So thank you VERY much!

I’m chasing my dreams as an artist and creating fun things for the world to enjoy. I started this blog many years ago and it has now morphed into a place for my art work as well as my words!
I survived my childhood littered with sexual abuse, an alcoholic stepfather, and a bio father who is “supposed” to be serving a life sentence for murder and a bunch of other icko stuff. Yeah, yay me for that DNA.

I write words. I create rad stuff. I try not to be a jerk. Sometimes I fail.

I have a slight obsession with Haiti. My family hopes to become missionaries there someday. I believe in making a difference in the world. I become an independent consultant with Jamberry in order to create income so I can help our Haitian missionaries and this sweet little peanut. She has been a sick little baby since birth – abandoned by her mentally ill mama. If you want to help, buy some wraps. They make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers.

Haiti baby 2015

Hop in the maniacal monkey transporter mini van and come along for the ride, because this place is for you. You who isn’t perfect and is tired of trying to chase after the illusion of being the perfect Christian. Maybe you’re a little dinged up like me. Let’s be imperfect together!


I’ve been featured here: (in)courage – Depression Can Drive Us Off the Edge
And I Need A Daddy  
Both articles had 100’s of likes but something was reset on their site and they were all lost. Check out my stories at(in)c0urage and let me know what you think.

Here’s a little video of encouragement. This is not my comfort zone.

Melinda Todd

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


  1. Hi!
    Glad you stopped by my blog yesterday…I realized as I was bouncing around your blog tonight, that I had READ your story before! The one about your dad…did you post that on InCourage one time? I loved that story then and love it still. Look forward to getting to know you thru blogging.
    Merry Christmas!

    • Yes, I sure did! It was in October that it was posted on their site and the follow up story is on my blog 🙂 Thank you for your kind words! Merry Christmas to you too Amanda! God bless ♥

  2. God Bless You Mel! I just published your comment on my blog and I appreciate you taking time to visit and give thanks, because that’s my encouragement.

    I also am deeply sorry for whatever the diagnosis you’ve been given and you’re in my prayers from this moment forward. I pray that everything you have to go through will be a smooth process, without pain or any level of suffering. I pray for you a quick recovery. Please also know you have a new friend here to chat with whenever you feel a need to vent or talk.

    Please keep me updated on how you’re doing…want to make sure you’re doing alright and if there’s something you need, pls let me know.

    Many Blessings,

    • Mandy, thank you so much! It’ll be an adjustment and I’m sure I’ll blog about it soon but just needing time to process first. Thank you for your precious comment and prayers! God bless you!

      In Him,

  3. Mel,
    Thanks for visiting my site recently. I am so sorry to hear about what is going on in your life. But as you commented on my blog, God is so merciful! I grew up in a very loving family, but when I married, I married someone who abused me physically and mentally. We also lost our first child a couple of days after he was born. But we were blessed with two more wonderful boys! I am no longer married to this man, but I am very thankful for the gift of our sons (who are now teenagers). What I am trying to say is that, without God’s grace and mercy, where would I be? I am sure you feel the same!

    I am praying for God’s blessings in your life right now and in the future, and I hope to get to know you through your blog (I’ll be following!).

    Merry Christmas!

    In Christ,


    • Teresa,
      Thank you! I will get through it, it’s just going to be a new journey in life that I will be permanently on. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know you! Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you for visiting my site. I am delighted you did Mel, as I can catch up with the wonderful and encouraging posts on your site.

    God Bless you more, my Sister in Christ

  5. Hi Mel,

    I’ve sent a guest post to your inbox. Waiting for your feedback.


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  6. Hi Mel!

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words you left today.

    And, for sharing your authentic journey, here — and the commitment to honesty that guides it.

    Many blessings in your writing and purpose!

    Big Hug–


  7. Hello Mel!

    A blogging friend of mine, Laura (http://lightenough.wordpress.com/) introduced to me another blog, Like a Team (http://www.likeateam.com/) that she just discovered. So I checked this “Like A Team” blog and scanned through the leadership articles. When I stumbled with “Micro-managing is a BIG Mistake For Leaders!” post, I also stumbled with your reply. Then that’s it, I followed your link.

    When I landed in your site, my jaws literally dropped—couldn’t believe what I was reading. You know I have been posting about forgiveness and grace. In fact those two topics are my most favorite topics. And now here I am reading a testimonies of its power.

    Author Philip Yancey is right, “The power of grace is different: unworldly, transforming, supernatural.”

    You are blessed by God despite your past. Now you are helping others to receive that same grace and blessing! I pray that you continue to be a channel of blessing to others!

    God bless you, your blogging ministry, and everyone that is touched by your heart!
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  8. Hi Mel, I have been following your blog for several weeks now and it has been an encouragement to me. Keep up the good work.
    Your friend in Christ.
    -Sandra Renee

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