About Me



I'm a wife and mother.  I have five children ranging in age from 7-25.  Yes, you read that right!  We have three older boys, a special needs daughter who we sadly lost 10 years ago to leukemia and our youngest whom we recently adopted.  I couldn't love her any more if I gave birth to her myself!

My hobbies include spending time with my family, reading, vacationing and going to Broadway shows.

I'm a huge advocate for the special needs population.  As I stated previously, we had a special needs daughter.  She was totally blind and had multiple developmental delays. Sadly, she passed away 10 years ago from leukemia.  I am a better person because of her.  She taught me to live each day to its fullest and to not take things for granted.  I try to do things that would make her proud of  me.  I hope I'm succeeding!

I believe that people are rewarded for their kindness and beauty is measured by the heart.  It only takes a second to say hello or smile at someone.  Simple acts like these go a long way!

I'm an open book.  If there is anything you want to know, just ask.  :)


20 comments:

  1. Thrilled you have a blog of your own! I can't wait to see what you have to say! You go, girl!! xoxox

    Jane Porter

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    1. Awwwww thanks for the support Jane! It means so much to me. xoxoxo

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  2. Thanks again for inviting me to your page. I enjoy keeping up with you and your family and loving all the fun stuff going on here. You've created a wonderful website.
    Janine

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    1. Awww thank you Janine. You're so sweet.

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  3. What an exceptional person you must be, Marlene. The more I learn, the more I admire you.

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    1. Awww, thank you Martha! I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know you. Through my love of reading (and this blog) I have been fortunate to meet some amazing people!

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  4. Happy to join in - thanks for all the great Authors you highlight-I've added new authors and books to my list-Love the contests you offer your fans-I just entered a few - including the one for the Coach case-I do own a few Coach bags, this one would really compliment collection-Have an awesome day

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  5. You're special Marlene. My brother has a daughter who has limited vision and is blind, with various developmental problems, and I know God send these beautiful special children only to kind people. My brother is just like you. I'm so happy to have met you online!

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    1. Thank you Charmaine! God bless your brother and his daughter. Being a parent to a special needs child isn't always easy, but it is always rewarding! I, too, am glad we connected online. I have met some amazing people through my love of reading and books. Many of which are now some of my closest friends.

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  6. Marlene,
    You are a light and an inspiration. I'm so blessed to work with you. Super big hug!!

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    1. Awwww, thank you! You are too sweet. I love working with you too and look forward to proofing your next book! xoxo

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  7. You stop by BR so often , thought I would return the favor! Great blog you have here.

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  8. It takes adversity to truly make someone understand and be compassionate . I learned that long ago ( my older brother had muscular dystrophy, my older sister has multiple sclerosis and I had epilepsy growing up ) people used to ask if I'd have changed anything for us to grow up normal. My answer was always no because we learned a lot about people and ourselves. When David died it just made me stronger and believe that his life was meant to touch us the way he did . Accept and give strength !

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    1. I couldn't agree more. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the experiences I've had to live through. God bless you and your family.

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  9. Still love your blog, Marlene. I always look forward to all your new book recommendations. Great job!

    Charmaine

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    1. Thank you Charmaine! I love blogging about all things books/authors! To be able to share my passion with others is one of my greatest joys. xoxo

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  10. I just wanted to say thank you for hosting my Release Giveaway. I've been awed by the response. Blessings to you and your precious family. I hope we get to meet in-person some day!

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  11. Hi there. I'm trying to join your blog but can't find where to do it. I scrolled to the bottom of the home page but don't see anything. Can you help? Thanks!

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  12. Hi April, If you're wanting to follow the Big Mama Blog, there is a box on the right-hand side of this page that says Follow by Email. I think if you fill that out and submit, it should do the trick.

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