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.


Introducing the Contreras Tribe

Hello. I’m Bethica-Ann Contreras. My husband, aka Papa, and I have been married for almost 18 years and are both veterans; I from the Army and he from the USMC. Shortly after being discharged from the Army, my husband and I agreed that I would stay home while he worked.

Since then we have been blessed with 4 wonderful children. Our eldest daughter, “Nu-nu”, has recently stepped into the teenage years and I am looking forward to helping her grow into a lovely young lady without the complications of peer pressure. Our only son, “McWilas” is 11 and can often find it lonesome, but I try to make sure he has …


It Happens..

 Weekend basketball tournament for Cameron’s team was out of state with just five awesome young men.  The first game was early Saturday morning with twice the amount of children on the other team.  Nevertheless the opposition did not win.  Our young men had no substitutes, had to be aware of their fouls and injuries. There were many strong moments when these young men looked towards each other for strength and support.  They each have many attributes that makes them a mentally strong team.  Watching them play is like watching a group of artist on a combined work of art.  Cameron was excited and full of positive energy and I can say …


Cousin or Babysitter? Either Way It Works

On a recent day at spent at Myrtle Beach, I wrote about my younger daughter Connie and her special bond with my brother Sam’s daughter Mary Katherine. They play together to the exclusion of anyone else present.

What does that do to my older daughter Maggie? Sometimes she does feel like the odd man out. She’s the only teenager around, so she gets thrown in with the adults, but sometimes our conversation can be a little boring for her, or at least not inclusive of her. On this trip, she did have a particularly nice visit with my father, a long conversation in the condo, and some time with him …


Maggie Loves Dodgeball. Who Knew?

Here’s something I never thought I would see: my daughter Maggie is in love with dodgeball. Dodgeball is not a game I have fond memories of.

The actual balls they use are smaller and softer than the red rubber ones that I remember, but more besides that, I think Maggie genuinely enjoys the sport. The kids were playing it in P.E. at the end of the year, so for one of their post-testing days at the end of the school year, they held a seventh grade double-elimination tournament.

Maggie was very gung-ho about this tournament. Her homeroom had some dodgeball superstars, and the class was convinced they would take the tournament. One …


New Season, New Look


It used to be a summer tradition that after dance recital, Maggie could get a shorter summer cut, but last year she skipped it and ended up with very pretty long hair in seventh grade.

I was a little bit surprised, then, when she decided to get a dramatic, layered cut for the summer this year. She even tried out highlights for the very first time.

Maggie has had the same hairdresser since she was about six and it’s safe to say that we trust her. Maggie told Miss Cindy that she’d like a new look for summer and the hairdresser brainstormed and sent some photos our way. …


Education of New Drivers

It’s almost that time to begin a journey of driving independently.  There are many methods that have been used and thankfully the Onslow County School system offers drivers education during the school year as well as the summer.

We have two teenagers that are ready to gain street knowledge and begin to drive.  The space was limited and required a bit of parent child finesse.  I contacted the person in charge of drivers education registration to register my two potential license holders.  After being told the process I had the children on the listening every day for the announcement that allowed online registration for summer spaces.  Lea text during her break stating …


TFIOS – Say What?

TFIOS, pronounced Toe-FI-ohs. If you haven’t heard your young teenager use this acronym, then you might not be familiar with the work of John Green.

This author has supplanted the mighty J.K. Rowling as number one in my daughter’s heart with books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson, An Abundance of Katherines, and of course, The Fault In Our Stars, or TFIOS in text-speak.

Last fall, I saw constant mentions of this book from Maggie, her friends, and many of their mothers. The most common word to be written along with this title was “tears.” It’s no surprise that a love story between a young cancer patient and a cancer survivor might be a …


Extra Credit

The gift of an educator to a student is extra credit.  This gift doesn’t necessarily mean you are in need of extra points however it does offer the option to increase knowledge and points.  Sadly my children had their own thoughts of this gift.  Initially our children thought the extra credit would just be a bit more work that could affect their grades if not completed perfectly.  We had the opportunity to sit and speak with them to educate them on the mission of their teacher.  Contrary to popular stereotypes, the majority of educators are excited about assisting their students anyway possible.  With that being said, the educator that offers …


Story Makes Interesting Point about Camera Phones

One photo tradition we have is to take a photo like this one when we cross a state line. I enjoy looking back at these photos in my vacation albums and noticing how the kids have grown since our last visit.

I heard a story last week on NPR about the social dangers of camera phones. The premise of the story was that with the ease of camera phones, we take so many photos that we aren’t “in the moment.” Then, because we rarely print the photos or revisit them with our children, we also never …


No, I Don’t Think So

As a child you are so pleased with your friends you don’t think other factors when asking your parents if you can stay the night.  Perhaps it’s the way our parents raised us.  Perhaps the fear of the unknown.  Perhaps my love of CSI.  Whatever the cause maybe, I find it extremely difficult to help my children understand that not every home is a prepared to protect those that are in it.

Of course disappointment runs freely when we tell our children that they just can’t stay the night with all of their friends.  This has nothing to do with the child or even the parents.  I just understand that everyone is …


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