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.


Maggie’s Summer Goal for Health

Dance has been one of the ways Maggie has tried to exercise more this summer.

As summer began this year, my daughter Maggie decided she wanted to lose a few a pounds and get in better shape before returning to school. This week, things really seemed to come together for her.We started the summer talking about food. We had all been rather slack about nutrition, but I had just snapped out of it myself, and had set up a few guidelines for myself that would break my bad habits. I talked with Maggie about her biggest temptations and her habits and she set up some guidelines …

Setting Life Goals and Dreams

Several months ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Nu-nu about what she wanted to do when she grew up. I followed up that sentence with a joke that I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I finally “growed up”. This brought the classic eye rolling and a chuckle at my using her younger sister’s verb usage.Nu-nu has wonderful people skills and can make conversation with just about anyone she meets. Because of this, I asked her about going into the nursing field, becoming a doctor, or being a teacher. She said she’d like to be able to fly planes so that she could help people.Last …


My son found his passion – and with it are plenty of health benefits!

Most kids try every sport possible until they find the one that inspires them to work hard.  Often the sports our parents loved becomes the one we gravitate to just by a force of nature.  Lately, our middle son has been struggling with his confidence in basketball feeling that this just isn’t a passion however fun to play.  We signed him up for golf lessons because he has his own golf clubs and expresses a different kind of passion for it.  He was so excited he talked the entire drive to the appointment.  Arriving a little early gave the trainer time to begin earlier that we expected.  Kobi instantly began smiling …


Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Last fall, my daughter Maggie was finally reunited with her first best friend, a girl named Madison whom she met in preschool. They had very compatible families, so we began to spend lots of time hanging out together and even spent holidays together.Madison and her family moved away in 2008. First they were stationed in Hawaii, where we very much wanted to visit them but never got to. Then they were briefly stationed in Germany, and now Virginia.Last fall, Madison’s family returned to our area to visit with us and some of their other friends. My girls got to spend a day with them at Onslow Beach, and we all …


Let the Schooling Begin

Let the schooling begin! That phrase hasn’t been setting well with our children this past week. We are starting our third year of homeschooling and our second year of doing a year round schedule. After doing a year of a traditional nine month calendar, I had decided I wanted to try a year round schedule. Now, I’m hooked. After nine weeks of schooling, we take a three or four week break. Although our children are used to getting three months in a row off, they now like that they get extended breaks throughout the year.We are making changes this year in our structure and work load. Last …


Connected – Part Two

Family gatherings were the main events when we were growing up.  It was the only time when you could spend time with all your Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Our family was a military family and each unit traveled a lot so when it was time to connect everyone stopped the earth on its axis to do so.  Those were the best moments in my youth.My mission is to create the same for my children and my now grown cousins with children.  We have experiences of loss in our family and will honor those that aren’t with us by remaining connected. There is a gathering coming up and everyone is excited.  My teens have begun making plans for activities when …


Maggie’s last volleyball camp

Maggie and Coach Miller

Maggie recently completed her last volleyball camp for the “little kids” program. Our local high school team hosts a camp generating interest and improving skills for girls from rising third grade to rising eighth grade. Maggie has attended every year since we heard of it (fourth, I believe).

The coach’s efforts have surely paid off. Last year when Maggie went out for volleyball there were eighty seventh- and eighth-graders vying for fourteen spots. Maggie made it through the first cuts, but did not make the team. She was disappointed, but believes if she’d had a better overhand serve she would have made it.

Ever since, …



Recently we had a family member summer guest, a family member the same age as our children and honestly a blessing to have in the house.  Siblings are one thing but when they have a cousin they haven’t seen in a while for a few days the fun goes to another level.  I didn’t think my children could giggle more than what they normally go but I was completely wrong.  This taught me a great deal of things. It taught me that the bond of family is greater than our need to fill every moment of our lives with activity.  It also taught me that it is my responsibility to keep …



As a small child, Nu-nu would take a two hour nap every day. I loved those quiet hours when I could recharge. Now, though, all of my children have outgrown nap time, or so I thought. Nu-nu has been taking a lot of naps the past couple of months. At first I didn’t think much of it. I mean, even I like the occasional naps. But as time went on, I started to get a little concerned. When I asked her about it, she just said she was tired. It wasn’t a big deal to her. Simple child logic: I’m tired so I take a nap.

Big girl napping with her Papa's blanket



When I was about 12 my dad let me cut our yard with the riding lawn mower.  His thoughts were not only would that teach me how to cut grass but it would ultimately teach me how to drive a bit. He would take care of everything I missed or was afraid to get to close to but it was our yard to make beautiful.  I used to request that duty as it was my little time to put my headphones on, pop in a cassette tape (yes a cassette;) and sing as loud as I want.  I didn’t realize until later that such a simple task would help me so …


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