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.


The Crushing Syndrome

According to Webster dictionary second definition of crush is (1) a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time (2) the person on who you have a crush and (3) a crowd of people who are pressed close together.  I believe definition (1) expresses what is occurring on the horizon, but it appears to be mutual.

We’ve noticed a difference in him, not bad just different.  It seems that every child when entering in to puberty experiences a magnitude of changes, emotional and physical.  They don’t understand it and try to cope with it anyway. As parents we attempt to explain …


Dates with my Daughter

Having my younger out of town for a few days proved to be a bonding experience with my older daughter.

When I first planned Connie’s visit to NCSU gymnastics camp, there was a sleep-away music camp planned at Lake Junaleska for Maggie. I thought it would be great to have some time alone with my husband.

When we found out Maggie’s favorite local volleyball camp conflicted, however, she would have nothing to do with leaving town. Then I realized that my husband would be working nights two of the four nights that Connie was gone. So much for couple time!

As it turned out, I got lots of quality time with each family …


Gym Fever

This bug has bitten my family and I’m not certain if there is a cure for it.  It appears that the symptoms are day dreaming, pacing and the urge to wear workout attire.  Our family frequently visits two wonderful facilities in our area Wallace Creek Fitness Center and New River Fitness Center, which might I say, are the most wonderful fitness experiences that my family has had thus far.

It’s impossible to visit these facilities and avoid being infected by the fitness flu.  There is something about having those types of options that make you want to increase your daily exercise.  Three of our teens like to play basketball, one girl and …


Sturgeon City Institutes Mapping: Part III

This is the third part in Nu-nu’s first week with the Sturgeon City Mapping Institute’s summer day camp. Her first day was great and she learned some valuable life lesions. Her next day was basically the same as the day before. The difference was that she was bored with interviewing business. She still had some good moments, but overall was thinking she didn’t like this kind of repetition. Her third day was better, as the students were taught how to make a slide show presentation of what they had done and learned. They also got to see some of the behind the senses working of the media for the City of Jacksonville.


Culinary Arts

Preparing our children for that future independence is essential to their survival.  Since I can remember they have been helping in the kitchen taking pride in their portion of whatever task they had for the family meal.   The task could range from cutting the ingredient for a delicious salad, choosing what seasons, using measuring cups, defrosting, reading the recipe, battering, chopping and even preheating the oven.  I completely believe in family projects that they will one day pass on to their children. They think it taste so much better when they have had their hands in the process.

Two of our teens decided they would like to prepare dinner for the family. …


Sturgeon City Institutes Mapping Part II

In my last post, I was beginning Nu-nu’s week long journey into Sturgeon City’s Youth Mapping course. Her first day was exciting as she met her instructors and fellow mappers. They began by playing a game to help everyone learn about each other and memorize names with faces. They chose a game that would link a person’s name with an animal of choice and something interesting about themselves. They then had to recite the information given by previous players. I have never played this game, but she remembered everyone and could recite, with excitement, who was who. I think I should have played along, as I was confused about who was who by the end of her 2 …


Beneath the Surface

Standing on the shore of Topsail Beach watching our teens look as far as they can, is one of our favorite things in one of our favorite places.  Not only are they aware of the next mass land in the direction they are looking they imagine what lies beneath surface of the Atlantic Ocean.   They discussed the different life and depth of most inhabitants of the ocean and how we could have encountered many of them living but may never know. Our children continued sitting and debating as they focused on nothing in particular and everything about the ocean.  They could very well have this discussion forever with constant valid …


Sturgeon City Institues Mapping: Part I

A few years ago we went on our first field trip as homeschoolers. Papa works for the City of Jacksonville and had helped some ladies from Sturgeon City.  While there, he learned they offer education programs to help children learn about how they cleaned up Wilson Bay and are maintaining its health and growth.

This year we learned about their Sturgeon City Institutes program for 8th through 12th graders. We thought this would be a great opportunity for Nu-nu to get involved in the Jacksonville community and open her up to career opportunities.  We applied for both the Youth Mapping and the Science Institute programs and she was accepted into …


Not So Lazy Summer for My Teen

Maggie’s first week of summer had been planned as a lazy one. We had no special camps planned, so she was going to sleep in and enjoy herself.

Just as school was ending, however, she was asked to be an assistant at a dance camp for young children (preschool and early elementary). After her positive experience last spring helping with a class, she just couldn’t say no.

She was mildly disappointed when she realized that she had to report for duty at 9 a.m. on the first day of summer, but she agreed to help out. Right away she had a particular little girl who took to her. It was a large …


Upgrade for What?

Can you still use every function/application on your cell phone? When your phone rings can you answer it?  Can you dial?

I would like to think that every person in this country has a cell phone, which means their children most likely have one as well. It’s amazing how media influences our children to become impatient and have the urge to purge something that is in perfect condition for something newer.  My children each have a cell phone for easy access for us with their many activities and of course social entertainment for them.  This method seems to work well for our family.  At least until there is a new ad …


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