Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

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Thanking our Vets

Too often special days come and go in our home without the proper recognition they deserve. In that we live in a military community (Camp LeJeune), Chan knows generally what Veterans’ Day is about. But as with many teens in Middleville, mostly she knows it is a day out of school. As a parent, it is my responsibility to make her more specifically aware of the sacrifices our vets have made to allow us to be a free people.  Through service, our armed forces work daily to preserve our way of life and to protect us from many who would do us harm if they could.

At school, Chan has had an opportunity to get more in touch with the concept of sacrifice and service. In the days leading up to Veterans’ Day, her class has done a few things to honor our vets and learned a little more about why they deserve our respect. She and her classmates were able to enjoy a visit by Betty Schiefelbein (Jacksonville, NC) author of “A Lasting Legacy: The Story of the Beirut Memorial.”  They hosted an “Invite a Veteran to Lunch” day and they studied about the sacrifices made by our heroes of the past. Since the school is located in the downtown area, they were able to participate in an annual walking tour of the local Vietnam and Beirut memorials.

I appreciate these efforts to make my child more aware of what our veterans have done for us. With our home talks and her school experience, Chan has come away from the week with a better understanding of Veterans’ Day and, more importantly, a greater appreciation for veterans.

How do you help your children appreciate the service and sacrifice of others?

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