Cheryl Brackemyre

Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his sweet fiance, Lauren and Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+???? My husband and I are both ministers , he is a youth minister and I'm a children's minister and we get to work at the same church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language, I just finished binge watching The Crown and feel a bit fancy now. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.

Stepparent Snafu {Embracing Your Blended Family}

I'm a stepparent. I've made a snafu. There is not a book that paves the way to this stepparent gig. It the hardest act in the blended family that I have encountered in the last...

Halftime {Making Sense of the Big 5-0}

My next birthday is a big one. Like a seriously BIG one. As we age, I think that we begin to reflect on our life. Recently I was talking to my husband about this whole...

Don’t Poke the Bear

Don't poke the bear. I recently said this to my 6-year-old and he didn't get it, so I had to explain that when a bear is hibernating, you don't poke the bear because doing so...

He Can’t Read Your Mind {Communicating with Your Partner}

  Do you wish your husband knew exactly what you wanted him to do around your messy house? Do you wish your significant other knew how to help you when you are sad or working through...

The Front Porch Couch

I'm not a fan of the front porch couch. Admit it, you've driven somewhere at some point in your life and noticed a couch that should neatly be tucked away in a cozy living room,...

Bring Back the 80s

Allow me to be nostalgic for a minute... I loved the 80s - not the weather, but the decade. I loved the big hair. I loved the thick black liquid eyeliner. I loved my neon leg warmers. I...

Do YOU Wear a Mask?

All of this mask-wearing has got me thinking. My sweet neighbor came over with a set of masks for my family to wear when we venture out. A friend made an Ohio State mask for...

My Pandemic Hats

I usually don't wear hats. I've got wild curly hair that no hat is able to tame. I make an exception at the beach and wear my infamous beach hat to block the sun from...

The Day We Turned the TV Off

I grew up in the days when the TV didn't have a remote. I WAS the remote. My brothers would belt out, "Hey Cheryl, turn the channel to 6" and if I refused, they...

If There Is No Picture, Did It Really Happen?

My son was chomping at the bit to go outside. We were about to go an adventure together, and I have no picture to prove it. It had been a long week of quarantine due...

Dial Those Digits

I am a minister by profession, and I learned a life-changing lesson. Before you think, "Oh I'm done," this mom is a minister, peace out, STOP. This mom learned a lesson and I need to...

Beautifully Broken

  It started out with a simple search. I was on a mission to find THE most beautiful shell, lying on the sand that had been tossed and turned by the waves, beautiful, whole and...

I Said “I Do” Before

I knew the questions would come, it was inevitable, but I wasn't prepared to tell my son about my divorce and that I had said "I Do" before. Our family is a blended one and...

Sensory Overload {Helping Stop SPD Before It Starts}

Have you ever felt like it was too loud, and you were too uncomfortable and your clothes felt funny and you were hungry and thirsty all at the same time? It is as if every...