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.



“Mom, can so-n-so stay the night Friday night?”

This is usually a weekly question in our home that is usually met with the same answer of not this week. We like to for sleepovers to be a special treat and not a weekly occurrence.  Recently, a close friend of ours had to have surgery and they wanted to know if we’d keep on of their sons during that time. We were more than willing and wanting to help out in any way we could and knew this would be a dream come true for McWilas.

The boy who was to stay with us is only 14 days older than McWilas and is often referred to as his brother. Since we started homeschooling …



Giving is essential to the soul.  Giving makes you feel a sense of peace and accomplishment. Teaching our children the same thing is causing a chain reaction in our home.  Recently Kobi our 16 year old decided to clean out his older brothers’ closet to make room for his clothes.  Kobi cleaned and cleaned until there were 5 large trash bags full of items.  Normally we would take them to the local clothing recycle stores such as Finders Keepers as it is a most amazing cause, but not this time.  This time we questioned someone very special to us and asked if they would like to look …


Nu-Nu’s Birthday

Nu-nu was born five days after our fourth wedding anniversary. She was born a month prematurely and was only 4 pounds 9 ounces. She was our first child and we were so amazed at what God had given us.  Here was this beautiful little girl with black wavy hair, black eyes, and boat skies for feet.

Looking at her now, I never would have guessed she was such a tiny baby as she is currently 5 foot 4 inches tall. Her hair has gotten even thicker and curlier and her eyes are still so dark that it’s hard to tell the difference between her irises and her pupil. Her feet however, have always astounded me at how fast they grow, and …



Baseball is America’s sport but it has been pretty quiet lately. Our daughter could care less about baseball but has lately found an interest.  There is this 13 year old pitching phenom that has the world buzzing.  Her name is Mo’ne Davis she is the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series, the sixth to get a hit in World Series history and the first Little Leaguer to get front –page attention on Sports Illustrated.  She pitches a 70 mph ball and has been defying the stereotypes of “girls can’t”. Lea was so intrigued and proud of Mo’ne Davis that she decided to watch the entire game. …


When Mommy is Down

What’s a mom to do when she is sick or hurt and can’t keep up with her children and housework? Some would say ask dad to stay home, ask a friend to keep the children, or even ask a family member to help out. We live far away from any family members but we do have our church family to whom I have called on for help numerous times.

I have had migraines and bad headaches since I was a teen and have had to deal with them as a mom. I have had to learn to “work” through them and to train my children to be more responsible at a younger age. This training has been a good thing.

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Attire for school

You can always tell its getting close to the new school year by the amount of cars in the malls parking lots shuffling around inside choosing clothes for our growing children. Our teens are always excited about certain fashions that media and mail advertisements have sparked their interest. They are growing tall and as much as I hate to admit it, I believe uniforms would benefit all involved in the educational arena.  Teachers, Students and Parents could all benefit from omitting the fashion piece completely out of their days.   Our children seem to think uniforms wouldn’t be so bad but their individualism would be hindered if everyone appeared the same.  Their young …


Playing in the Rain

What’s a mom to do when it rains, for days on end, and your children can’t go outside to play? Let them go outside in the rain to play. Yes, I just said let them play in the rain.

We’ve had copious amounts of rain for days with periods of lightning storms and being cooped up can be quarrelsome. Even though the children have had school work to do, not having the chance to run around outside during breaks, lunch, and after school was causing friction. So when Firecraker asked if her and her sister could go outside and play in the rain, I said yes. The looks on their faces were of dumbfounded disbelief. It took a few seconds for …


Maggie Cleans Her Closet

After years of organizing my daughters’ rooms, I finally got the payoff!

Thirteen-year-old Maggie returned from a back to school shopping day with Grandma to a messy closet. Before she unpacked her new treasures, she announced to me that she really needed to clean out her closet and under her bed.

She disappeared into her room and I didn’t see her again that day except for supper. She took everything out of the closet, purged some dance costumes and outgrown (or out of favor) clothes and made it look spectacular!

The following day, she cleaned out under the bed in much the same fashion.

“It was just really bad, and I didn’t know where …


School Supply Shopping

It’s that time of the year again to take advantage of the back to school sales. I know what you’re thinking: where has our summer vacation gone!?

Back to school shopping

The majority of local schools put out a list of school supplies every summer that students are to have for the new school year. I see parents and their children walking through several stores picking out items they need and the children trying to decide which notebook, backpack, lunch bag, and pencil holder they like best. This year I went shopping without my children and even I had a hard time choosing what I thought they might …


Getting Your Teen on the Right Track

School is approaching fast and the landing gear is descending, passengers are buckled up.  Cameron is ready for a change and excited about new things coming.  High School is going to be interesting! His orientation was very informative and sets a high standard for success on many levels.  This year he will provide a laptop from school to remain in his care for the duration of his freshman year.  That is a wonderful display of our North Carolina Lottery.  Cameron was able to listen to adult’s talk that will have help him with his future plans.  As for now he has chosen the path of an Athletic Trainer and has linked himself to the appropriate track.  His chosen direction will …


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