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.

It’s Just a Little Pee {Giving Grace During a Tough School Year}

My son peed his pants. At school. On the fifth day. I was furious. This school year has been crazy, new, unprecedented, ________ - you put in any negative adjective you want in this blank...

Cereal Sundays {Celebrating National Cereal Day Today}

I love cereal. When I was made aware of a national day to celebrate, I had to break out my favorite bowl and a spoon and celebrate. As a child, I remember all of the healthy...

I Never Expected a “Love You, Too” {A Stepmom’s Story}

Our text ended, "Love you,"  with a response from her, "Love you, too." I never expected that. I am the momma of boys, big boys and little boys. So when my husband and I married and...

Why We Still Talk About Our First Marriages

The other day I asked my husband what he missed eating that he used to eat when he was married the first time. So you know the back story, my husband was married before for...

The Little Plastic Bag

As we pulled off the exit for the zoo and made it to the stoplight, Max yelled from the back of the van, "Mom, there is someone who needs a bag!" As I looked up,...

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...