My name is Marlene. I am the mother of two. Grandmother of four. Wife of one. Mother-in-law to two. Sister to 5 guys. Sister of 5 girls. Daughter of two. Granddaughter of four. And the child of the most high God.
I am the guardian of one. Sister-in-law to 14. Aunt of 21 nieces, nephews, and their spouses. Great aunt to 38 and counting. Friend to many. I have more than 30 aunts and uncles, and I am the first cousin of 44.
My second and third cousins number in the hundreds. And then there is my husband’s side of the family, which is equally as large as my side of the family.
I was fortunate enough to have worked as an R.N. in home health and hospice services and met many wonderful people and families. I reconnected with family friends and even high school friends when taking care of someone in their family. It really was a great experience.
But I stepped away from nursing a number of years ago when a friend asked me to go to work as a rep for a credit card processing company. So off I went to learn that industry – and it has been a fun venture.
I am still employed as a sales and service independent contractor for DC Merchant Services – which is a company with a few bragging rights.
I am also a fan of the Youngevity company as well as BEMER, and I am an independent contractor for both companies. I stay busy – but those who know me can see it is a calling for me. I love to discuss wellness – and watch it happen.
Life changed quickly when my mother passed away at the sweet age of 92. My brothers and sisters and I are now taking care of our youngest brother, Steven, who has Down syndrome. He is fairly easy to care for because he loves his alone time.
Steven is able to get on his bike and go to the store or to community events. He does a little reading. He likes to sing – to himself or others. And he loves basketball – especially making three-pointers. He has always been a Special Olympics show-off and has been known to call for his own standing ovation.
And an important note is the way his community has stepped up to care for him – they love him as much as we do.
Mom was a writer for her home-town newspaper. She was interested in history, and she combined that with her human-interest stories. She passed away on a beautiful Friday night, and her funeral was held the following Thursday. So I had a few days in which to write something about her.
And so it began – my new-found love for writing.
We are sorting through her estate and have happened upon many things she wrote and saved. And from that material – I have been able to write even more stories. So I started sharing my writing with friends and family, and eventually it ended up on Facebook.
My original intention was to write a book of family stories – but I have been encouraged to blog – so here it is!
You could say I am in to all things ‘natural.’ I overcame insomnia as well as a few additional health issues by studying natural approaches to a truly healthy life-style. So I do my best to live in what I now refer to as the ‘natural world’ – and I have found that it’s a great place to be.
I lead Proactive Wellness meetings at my church and in my community. And we have fun with our Ladies’ Day TEA which stands for Teaching, Encouraging, and Aiding each other in a holistic life-style. We invite speakers from area businesses and organizations who we know are doing a good job with promoting and teaching wellness.
My little cover photo includes a picture of a few of the games my family has played over the years. I laugh when I think that most health-related conversations tread in to Taboo subjects.
I’ve been told that anyone who is into the ‘natural’ stuff can sure speak a lot of Balderdash – which means senseless talk or writing. Oops – here I am writing about that non-sense. Many of us played the game of Trouble when we were kids – and it seems the older we get – the more we’re into it.
I hope you find this blog interesting. I personally love to read and study – so I promote a lot of studying.
In my attempt to make a disclaimer worth reading and maybe a tad interesting – I wrote my first article specifically for this blog – “Can Disclaimers Be Interesting?” – So please give it a click and a read.
Thanks – Marlene