Melissa Craighead is often complimented on her ability to make raising three small children look easy.
"I get that a lot, but I'm not sure why," she humbly said. "I take it as a huge compliment."
Craighead knows that mothering is a "tough, tough job" - but equally the most important and rewarding one she could ask for.
"I consider myself very, very blessed to be a momma to these three and even though I feel like I'm flying by the seat of my pants most days, I wouldn't change a thing. I thank the good Lord every day."
Craighead's crew includes Madison, 7, Miles, 5, and Lyla Mae, 2. She and her husband, Zack Craighead, son of former Mayor Philip and Darlene Craighead, just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.
The couple met in her native town of Cookeville, Tenn.
"We met in college at Tennessee Tech. We were always friends while we were there, but never dated until after I graduated," she explained.
Craighead moved to Franklin after graduation to be closer to her job as a Registered Nurse in the NICU at Vanderbilt Hospital.
"Zack and I reconnected and started dating. We got engaged and I joined him in Lebanon where he worked and lived," she said of relocating to Wilson County.
Craighead worked at Vanderbilt for seven years and is now a busy, stay-at-home mom.
She and her family are active members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon. She loves any time spent with her family.
"I have a blast watching the kids play in whatever sport they are involved with at the moment," Craighead added.
Her favorite hobbies of the moment are gardening in the spring and tending to her chickens.
"I also love traveling to the beach anytime I can," she said.
The women she most admires are her mother and older sister, who reside in Cookeville. She called them beautiful, Christian role models.
"They were the first women I looked up to. I call them on a daily basis to ask for advice on everything in life - from cooking, to weird rashes on the kids and everything in between," Craighead said.
"They both teach me about the most important things in life, such as, God and family, and how to slow down and enjoy the small things. If I can be half the woman and mother that they are - I think I've done good!"