About Me

Welcome! My name is Melissa, but you can call me Missy, since we’re all friends here.

Loving Life Moore is the brainchild of a creative mind needing an outlet. In 2013, I’d recently started dating a soldier in the US Army, and I was desperate to find other wives and girlfriends out there like me. We were navigating a long-distance courtship, and it was hard. So, I created a blog as a sort of diary to chronicle my thoughts and feelings, as well as the journey we were embarking on together.

In 2013, I got engaged to the love of my life, Ryan, and we were married in a tiny winter wedding ceremony in northern New Hampshire. Thus started our Army journey together, and we haven’t looked back since.

As you probably know, the Army likes to send its soldiers and their families to new places every three to four years. So, where have we been so far?

2014Fort Huachuca, Arizona
2015 Fort Drum, New York
2018 Fort Lewis, Washington (slated for July!)

Since then, we’ve added two little boys to the mix. Spencer was born December 4, 2014 in our last few weeks in Arizona, and Porter was born on June 9, 2016 in New York. We also added our sweet dog, Danny, to our little family, and she’s been our constant companion since. And yes, through it all, we’ve had my faithful kitties, Stella and Jasper, in tow, as well.

In the past four years of marriage, we’ve accomplished a lot. We weathered our first Middle East deployment together, a TDY to Korea, six half marathons, a marathon, weight loss goals, and so much more. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been fun, and we wouldn’t change it for the world.

So, what can you expect from our little corner of the blogosphere?

Date ideas – for both couples and families – on a budget
Fitness posts – we love working out and taking care of our bodies
Travel tips – our passports are burning holes in our pockets, so we’re looking forward to adventures
Recipes – we’re foodies at heart, and we love to share
Entertaining tips – we love to host a crowd, and we’re doing our best to do it more

So, welcome friends! We can’t wait to get to know you better


  1. Endlessly Beloved
    September 28, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yours too! What branch is your boyfriend in?

    • Melissa
      October 2, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks, doll! Ryan's in the Army – planning on being a lifer! 😉

  2. Kylie @ Lip Gloss and Lunges
    October 15, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Now it makes more sense that you "escaped Alcatraz" – you're a swimmer!! I thought you just did it randomly for fun! Ha! Either way, I am so impressed! Not many people can say they have done that! I see you also used to do CrossFit! I am obsessed – such a huge part of my life. And, with you dating an army guy and my husband being in the Air Force, we have a lot in common!

  3. Jessi Otey
    October 31, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    I am now your newest follower! Love the blog! -can't wait to follow wedding journey!

  4. Christina S
    November 1, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Hey! Just found your blog!I am now following! Looking forward to keeping up!xoChristinahtt://www.christinawhoblog.com

  5. Anonymous
    November 18, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    You're so interesting! And I, too, would open a cat sanctuary if it were something I could ever feasibly do.

  6. Kaysie
    November 20, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    You are way too pretty to be online friends with even though we have a lot in common. Like I don't qualify to e-hang with you. And I love that you're getting married soon, and that you will be military! Will you move to AZ?

    • Melissa
      November 20, 2013 / 6:37 pm

      You're too sweet, Kaysie! I think you'd more than qualify haha and yes! I'm moving to Arizona after our wedding in January. We'll be there a year, then we're off to Germany! 🙂

  7. Kathy
    December 3, 2013 / 11:08 am

    Hi! Is that your Chow Chows and Golden Retriever? I absolutely LOVE them. :)Kathy

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2013 / 7:26 pm

      The chow-chow is mine, and the golden is my sister's 🙂 thank you!

  8. kassy bispo
    December 3, 2013 / 6:43 pm

    I am a fellow swammer too! Just finished my senior year in college and it's so crazy being done! And now a new military wife! I am still learning but so crazy we have so much in common!

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2013 / 7:26 pm

      SWAMMERS! It's SO weird not having to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn and swim, right?! So glad to have found your blog, doll…I really love finding those who have stuff in common with me! xo

  9. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    December 15, 2013 / 5:21 pm

    Wow we have lots in common! I am currently living in Arizona and I used to be a swimmer! So glad to find your blog!

  10. Melzie at Ribbons and Rotor Blades
    January 5, 2014 / 4:40 am

    Came to your blog because I follow Voyage of the Mee Mee and I'm glad I did. First off CONGRATS on your wedding. I would say welcome to the military but we all know that our journey doesn't start when we get married. It starts looooong before then. I love finding other military significant others. It sure is an interesting life!!!!

  11. Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    September 17, 2014 / 3:22 pm

    You guys are so sweet! Congrats on your pregnancy!~Ashley @ A Cute Angleacutelifestyle.blogspot.com