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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Bidding Farewell to Middleville

This is my final entry to Middleville, because the MomTalk program is coming to a close.

Though I had been writing for the Just Kiddin’ section of MomTalk for two years, which is written for parents of Elementary Schoolers, my daughter Maggie had moved to middle school and I was eager to record her stories. I had asked for the opportunity to write for both blogs.

They didn’t need me at Middleville, but one school day began with a robo-call from the school saying that school was open despite a gun threat via Facebook. The student had been caught and everything was safe. It was a challenging morning with my daughter and after it was over, I wrote about it and submitted it as a “special” to the blog. It published on Jan. 31, 2013.

The interest generated by this blog through clicks and comments was enough to get the administrators of MomTalk to allow me to being dividing my time between Middleville and Just Kiddin’.

As I enter this last blog, I want start by thanking all of my readers who clicked on the link that day, and especially the three who commented at the site: Anne Scott, Christy W. and Lisa Schnitzler. Because of you the Maggie stories continued for another two years.

I would also like to thank Kristen Paulsen, who first told me about MomTalk and encouraged me to apply. Theckla Pope was the administrator of the blog, and I appreciate her giving me the chance to work for both Just Kiddin’ and Middleville. My husband Mike was a faithful reader and supporter of both blogs, and often the person who would help me come up with just one more topic for my three weekly entries.

Many of Maggie’s friends were featured in the blog through first name or image, and I appreciate them and their parents for allowing me to do so.

Most of all I wish to thank Maggie herself. She was my topic 1-2 times per week and never minded a bit. I was afraid that in Middle School, she would be too embarrassed to let me continue to write about her. She trusted me to use some discretion though, and always gave me her permission if I considered a subject to be perhaps too personal. I love her and admire her and I will miss writing about her every week.

Thank you, Maggie, and thank you to all my readers!

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