About Me

What to write, what to write…

Headshot-Charlene-mdHi, I’m Charlene Therien, and here’s some highlights about me:

I’ve been married to the same guy since 1984.  I know, it’s out of fashion these days to be married this long.  But I think it’s one fashion I’ll go on outing, just because it’s so darn much fun.  My favorite part about my husband:  he makes me laugh.  Every single day.  He’s one of the wittiest people I’ve ever met.  That goes miles, in my book.

Together we have six children. Five boys, one girl.  (Yes, you read that right; your eyes are working just fine.)  Yes, they’re all ours — no adoptions or blended family.  And, yes, we do know what causes that, and we did it on purpose.  We do have multiple tv’s in our house.  We did intentionally try to overpopulate the world.  Or, at least field our own softball team.  No, I’m not a Catholic married to a Mormon.  (Of all the comments and questions we had from people about our family size, that one is my favorite… remind me to tell you that story sometime.)

I’m owned by pets. If you read that and immediately thought of cats, you would be right.  Currently there is a 14 year old Tabby named Joe in our home, and he rules with as disaffected an air ashe possibly can.  I do my best to grovel as necessary.  I also love dogs, and while I don’t currently have one in the house, it won’t be long before another tail-wagger enters our lives.

I’m an artist. Both personally and professionally.  I love to sew, cook, craft, sculpt, write, draw– you name it.  Most of my blog is dedicated to keeping my artistic endeavors organized!  I’m usually working on multiple projects at once, so you’ll see a project come together through a series of posts on my blog.  Professionally, I create memorials from fresh or dried flowers.  It doesn’t matter if the flowers are 60 years old or just picked today, I can create a keepsake from them.  Here’s my website:  memorial-beads.com.

I’m a Christian. Don’t let that scare you — I’m not about to bash you over the head with my Bible.  Besides, it’s too small do do much damage, anyway.  But matters of faith are important to me, and occasionally my thoughts will be sprinkled with them.  I won’t be offended if you skip over those parts, so feel free to do so at your leisure.

I was born in 1965. So whatever year this is when you read my blog, do the math and you can find out how old I am.  (Frustrating, isn’t it?  I know, I know.  But it’s good for you.  Exercises your brain.  And now you know how my kids felt, when they asked me how to spell something…)

I’m a proud mother of soldiers. You’ll possibly have seen one or two things in the sidebar about that.  There are stickers on my car, too.  You see, when I married, I not only joined a man, I joined a military machine.  He was in his last semester of ROTC when we met, and marrying him meant I would spend the next 4 years going wherever the US Army told us to go.  And you know what?  For the most part, I liked it.  The Army was good to us.  And it was good to our family.  My husband’s side has generations of  military service.  He and his two brothers were in the Army, Navy, and Marines, respectively.  Three of our sons have carried on the tradition, by joining the Illinois National Guard.

I have a brown thumb. If you want a plant to grow, don’t give it to me.  Shoot, even if you want me to hang on to a plastic plant for you, don’t expect it to come back with all it’s leaves.  I don’t know what it is about me and green leafy-shaped things, but they die.  Whether or not they were alive in the first place.  I don’t mind too much.  There are some plants in my yard that are green, and as long as I leave them alone and don’t touch them, they actually survive.

I play disc golf.  It’s a low-impact sport that anyone can play, whether old or young.  it works a wide variety of muscles and is a pleasant social exercise.  My hubby and my kids and grandkids all play disc golf, some of them at the competitive level. 

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Meet My Family « Fimo Fanatic: Charlene's Blog
  2. Mark
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 21:14:10

    And I am the Proud Soldier and son to a Crazy old lady, one that was always there to pick me up through everything from rollerskating onto a tapegun to braking up with my first girlfriend. you’ve always been there, you taught me everything I know about seeing the best in everyone and giving everyone an equil chance, you taught me to give my brain a brake and work from my heart. You strangthened me through my toughest struggles and I would never be the person I am now if it wasnt for the Crazy Craft Lady.

    I love you mom.

    ~Mark

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  3. MARIANELA
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 09:29:12

    HI CHARLENE,
    I HAVE BEEN ALL MORNING READING YOUR INTERESTING LIFE STORY.
    NOW I ALMOST KNOW ALL YOUR FAMILY.
    I WAS INTRIGUED TO READ YOUR GALERIA WAS IN PORTUGUESE.
    I AM PORTUGUESE SO I WAS VERY INTERESTED.
    CARRY ON WITH YOUR GOOD WORK.
    ALL THE BEST TO YOU ALL.
    LOVE FROM
    MARIANELA(*_*)
    T/AS NELA-JANELA ON EBAY.COM/EBAY.CO.UK
    AND THIMBLEMALUCA.COM/EBAY.CO.UK

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  4. sewingbyrisquevixen
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 22:10:04

    You seem like a very cool mom! i found a lot of cool stuff on your blog and i’m very inspired.

    Reply

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