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.

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Spending Time in our New Outdoors

Last month I finally bought a table and chairs for our deck. It’s something I meant to do from the time we moved in, but only when a friend put up a set for sale on Facebook did I finally make the move.

That started an entire movement towards improving our yard and making it more fun for the summer. When we got the table and chairs, I remembered how my mother used to serve breakfast outside sometimes because it was cool enough to eat out there that time of day.

We finally got the chance to have our breakfast outside on Mother’s Day, and my husband and kids had filled the …

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Friendship is Essential

Stomach  issues, unable to eat, pain in his knee and not much motivation at all has plagued a teen in our home.  There aren’t many things that can keep this child from going outside to play basketball, so when these symptoms appeared we felt we may need to keep an eye or two on him.  Luckily we reside in a kid comfy environment and have children drift in and out to play on our court with our children.

It wasn’t long before were heard the infamous doorbell and a familiar face asking if our boys could come out.  We were able to convince our patient to at least come out and watch …

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Appropriate TV for Middle Schoolers?

Lately my middle schooler has been interested in watching TV shows that she was too young to watch when they came out. It started with “Glee,” which I probably would have let her watch when it started had it not been after her bedtime. But the emphasis on hook-ups over music as the seasons progressed made me quit watching it and put it on the “I don’t think so” list for her.

One day upon overhearing a conversation about the Love Boat, I remembered that I watched that every weekend despite the fact that I was in elementary school and the theme of the show was casual sex. I’m not sure …

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Suddenly Again!

God is creating an Army of Angels.  May 22, my Aunt joined this Army.  She was delightful, she was intelligent and she loved her family.

Already in disbelief of the Angel that left earlier this week, the news of this one knocked us down a bit further.  Her smile was contagious; her love of God was inspiring so how do I tell my children one more time that we have lost someone?

For them the news may have been a bit easier as she has only seen them a few times but followed me on social media praising their every accomplishment as if she saw them every day.  Our children were shocked that …

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Maggie Takes Some Risk in her School’s Revue

Maggie’s middle school performing arts club ended their season with a revue of mostly Broadway songs. The production was much more casual than their production of “Into the Woods Jr.” in January.

With almost a semester left for this newly formed club, their advisor wanted to give them a chance to keep performing. All the kids were invited to perform up to two special numbers (solos or group projects) while also learning some group songs to tie all the performances together.

Maggie chose two of her favorites: “Don’t Let Me Go,” from “Shrek the Muscial,” and “My Eyes,” from “Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog,” which is not a Broadway show, but is a …

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Suddenly

Death is a subject that isn’t pleasing to anyone that I’ve come in contact with especially children. Most children try not to think about it or just don’t comprehend what has happen.

When youth are introduced to losing a loved one, different emotions surface that need a bit of explaining.  According to Help guide, Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away.

Last week our family was touched by death twice in four days.  There are many unanswered questions in the mind of a child and honestly in the minds of us all.  At such a young age how …

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The No-Stress Recital

One big happy dance family!

I am happy to report that my daughters and I spent an entire day participating in three dance recitals without a moment of tension.

Though my intentions are always good, very often performances include some mini-crisis that has a way of makes at least two of us angry or upset and threatens to ruin the day (though it always passes quickly). We have figured out that these “storms” can pass quickly if you let them, and it’s certainly easy to look around and see other mothers and daughters speaking harshly to one another or having meltdowns.

I don’t mean to say that recitals and …

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Giggles Can Get You In Trouble

Unfortunately laughter isn’t always best and doesn’t always lighten a situation.  Quite frankly laughter can have the adverse effect in certain situation.  For example, in school when your teacher is attempting to provide knowledge that will hopefully last forever it’s not a good time to laugh.

Our children all seem to have a giggle disorder and it is difficult to focus when something has captured their attention.  However there is a time to do it and a time when it is unacceptable.  Apparently there is a class in particular that results in complete laughter/ tears on our sons schedule but is this hindering his ability to receive the intended lesson.. Absolutely.  School …

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My “Mama Fish” and her Little Fishies

This year Maggie did something new at dance—she assisted with a preschool class.

It was a large class of fourteen little girls, one teacher, and one other assistant with a busy schedule. Maggie began assisting in January.

She loved working with the little girls and never complained about adding thirty minutes of studio time to a night that already extended until 8 p.m.

I was surprised to learn that Maggie and her fellow assistant had been incorporated into the girls’ dance recital. Anyone who has seen a little child in a dance recital knows there is a basic recipe for how it will go:

The children will come out in a line, but some …

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Oh No!

It was like a brick landed on my foot, like I accidentally put salt instead of sugar in a recipe.  I’m speaking of the moment I realized that our daughter is blossoming into a young flower that attracts bees..male bees… Oh no!!

This past weekend we thought it was a great idea to let two of our children work the concession stand during a basketball tournament as the youngest played in the tournament.  The intent was to let them do something that was different from the norm and teach them a bit of responsibility.  Under our watchful eyes of course.  This was a three day assignment with many natural lessons waiting …

 

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