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.


Receiving Mail

Its summer time and most children are out of school enjoying lazy days of mindless enjoyment. This is also known as playing games on a gaming system or watching endless hours of T.V. Sometimes these days are devoted to a summer trip.

This year, we have decided not to take any trips anywhere and wait until the cooler moth of September. At least, we hope it’ll be cooler. However, we have recently made some new friends and they went on an out of state summer trip to visit family. They wrote down our addresses and promised to write.

Our post card from traveling friends

As we all …


Improv Comedy Camp–at last!

Maggie finally attended the camp that had captured her imagination all summer long: Comedic Improvisation.

This year we decided to look for an interesting theater camp in the Charlotte area that Maggie could attend when she visited. Though it would cut into her time with her grandparents, she would get an opportunity she probably wouldn’t get around here.

When I found this particular camp, I knew it was the right one and sure enough, she talked about it all summer long.

I couldn’t resist calling her Monday night to see how it went and she was over the moon with happiness. Her campmates were six boys and four other girls, all her age …


Impromptu Science Class

As a homeschooling mom, I enjoy following bloggers who write about their homeschooling experiences. So often I read about funny things that happen and how a walk outside becomes a science class. I sometimes read their accounts and get a little envious thinking, “Why doesn’t that happen with us all the time?” Now, I realize it doesn’t happen all the time for them and they are writing about this one time when it did happen, but it doesn’t help the fact that I’d like that randomness to happen in our home.Then, during a mid-morning break, Firecracker and Tangent Girl come in from outside with a bird feather they’d found. Actually, I think they tried breaking down the door to beat …


Voice lessons are the next step

Maggie with one of her musical mentors, Andy Karg

Maggie has asked for something new this fall—voice lessons. As her interest in acting has increased, along with her affinity for musical comedy, she knows that she will be called upon to sing onstage, and doesn’t quite feel prepared.

Last year she sang in a lead role in Into the Woods Jr. and sang two numbers in a musical revue. She also sang in a church group. Coming from a long line of non-singers, I was pleasantly surprised at her performances, but I agree that lessons would probably help her go further with her dreams.

Last weekend she had the …



About a year ago, a good friend of mine told me about our local Food Bank. I had wanted to get our children involved in volunteer work with the homeless or needy in our area. Unfortunately, most of those places were too far away for us to reasonably drive to.  So when my friend told me about a Food Bank operating out of a local church, I was thrilled.

Our first trip was on a Monday and was just what I had been looking for. We helped unload the vans that received food items from two local grocery stores, sort through and organize them onto tables, and then stood behind the tables to great people as they walked through. I required …


The Veggie Smuggler

Who has a ziplock bag of carrots in his room? Um yes that would be my child.  He is not the average snack sneaker, he is a veggie/fruit smuggler.  The rule of our home is not to eat in your rooms just because we want to maintain a clean home, but what do you say about the nutritious items?  When asked he simply stated “ I didn’t make a mess, there are no crumbs and they are super good for me”.  We have been blessed with two children that would rather eat good valuable foods than those without value at all. Carrots in particular have managed to become a favorite among …


Shopping With Mommy

Grocery shopping happens every two weeks in our household. It’s usually on the payday Friday and takes days of preparation with menu planning, coupon clipping, and filling out the shopping list. All of our children participate in the menu planning and only one or two of them accompany me on the trip to town.

As a mom of four, it can be difficult to spend one-on-one quality time with each of them every day by themselves. Homeschooling has helped in that area but still it is good to have some time with just Mommy when not in a school environment.

My solution: every payday one or two of the younger children join …


Life Without Technology

I think my enjoyment of lightning storms came from growing up in southeastern Arizona. My dad would take us all on our roof to watch the storms move in from Mexico. The lightning show was always amazing and I loved to watch it from any window when we moved back inside. Of course, I have a healthy respect for its power after witnessing what it can do.

I have passed this fascination with my children. They will often keep their curtains open and stay up late to watch the storm pass through.

About two weeks ago, we had a strong lightning storm in our area. We had all gone to bed except Papa. He was trying to text a friend while his …


Gaming Addiction

We only have two gaming systems in our home; a Wii and a Nintendo DSI. When we are having school days, the children are not allowed to play on either of these systems or watch T.V. during the week. We want them to be more focused on their schooling then wasting time on entertainment. This also encourages them to play outside with other toys.

McWilas enjoys gaming. About three years ago, my mother bought him a Nintendo DSI and a few games to go with it. He was thrilled and played with it quite a bit. After we moved into our new home and he had his own room, we had …


It’s That Time of the Year Again

Wow it’s almost time for the school year to begin and I’d really like a fast forward application, not because I want my children to leave our home (well perhaps a little) but I am excited to see their progress.  This year our youngest child Cameron will be in high school. He is the baby and he is ready to be a great student as well as an athlete.   He has been mentally preparing by asking his older two siblings about the life in high school and they are more than happy to offer guidance and advice. In preparation we have requested the skills of a tutor to keep …


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