Hey there, friends! I’m Melissa, and I’m so excited that you’ve stumbled over to my blog! I started Sense of Family on a whim. I wasn’t even quite sure what a blog was at the time, but I knew I needed some sort of creative outlet due to my full-time job not allowing for any. So, here I am! It wasn’t long before I caught the blogging bug, and I am still totally in awe each day of the stuff and I still have to learn. That’s one of the things that I love about blogging.

I am truly passionate about creating a beautiful home along with my wonderful husband and our amazing daughter. On the blog, these creative passions hopefully will show through.   I still consider myself a “newbie” and love to follow the advise of veteran bloggers like Abby Lawson (Just A Girl and Her Blog).  

ABOUT MELISSA

If you hang around this blog for any amount of time, you will discover that I really, really love my family and helping others! Here is some additional information about me that you may want to know…

1. MY BLOG NAME IS BASED ON THE LOVE OF FAMILY.

People may wonder why I named my blog – Sense of Family – one definition of “sense” is awareness or recognition – and that is truly what I am – aware of my family and their surroundings and I try to make it amazing for them.  I will try and share some of those things with you and your family.

2. MY HUSBAND (BILL) AND I MET WHILE VOLUNTEERING AT A RESCUE SQUAD.

I had just moved to a small town in North Carolina and decided that I wanted to join the local rescue squad since I was involved in rescue work up North where I lived.  My husband was the Assistant Chief of the rescue squad and 18 months later we were married.  That was 32 years ago and we have built a wonderful life together.  We have a wonderful daughter who is finishing up her MBA – yes I am one proud mama.  

3. MY DEGREE IS IN PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY…I USE THEM EVERY DAY!

Working with people in my “day” job, I use my degree every day.  Some people ask me why in the world I would want to start a blog.  I tell them that I enjoy helping people and sharing information with them, so why not? This is a way that I can let my creative side show through, which is not something I can do in my “day” job.  I love it!

4. MY HUSBAND AND I WENT THROUGH A MAJOR CHANGE LAST YEAR.

I told our story in this post but basically, my husband suffered a stroke last October which changed our lives forever.  The changes are not bad, they are just different.  We move at a slower pace and keep more of a routine than before.  Like I said it is not bad, just different.  We feel very fortunate that my husband suffered a minimal number of deficits that he (we) have learned to manage.  We both realize that it could have been a whole lot worse and we are thankful to the Lord for all of the blessings that He has given us.   

5. I’M QUIRKY.

I have a whole list of quirks that I’m sure drive Bill nuts. I like all kinds of food which I love to cook (my daughter and husband are picky eaters – and they hate it when I try to get them to try something new or different). I love flavored creamer in my coffee – my husband plain creamer and sugar only! I am usually hot – he is usually cold – that makes for interesting car rides! I love Hallmark movies and will watch them over and over again… I usually have multiple projects going at the same time and when I am talking about them – he can’t keep them straight – we laugh sometimes until we cry! And I am a planner through and through (even vacations). Oops!

6. I’M INTO ESSENTIAL OILS.

I started usually using essential oils for colds and got hooked on them. Now I use them to make cleaning supplies, soaps, body scrubs, muscle relievers, etc.

7. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF REMODELING OUR HOUSE – ONE ROOM AT A TIME.

STAY TUNED

WHAT NOW?

So now that you know more about me than you ever wanted to know, where do we go from here? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for!

GET ORGANIZED

Looking for some ways to get organized? I recommend these posts:

Clean Green

INSPIRATION/SELF-CARE

Everyone needs inspiration from time to time. These posts may be able to help:

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Positive Thinking

GROW YOUR BLOG

Or maybe you found me because you were looking for ways to start or grow your blog. These posts can get you there:

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