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The Basic Facts:

My name is Shelley. I am the oldest of six children, therefore I suppose that is why I am maternal and bossy and I tend to be a leader and a bit of a control freak. If asked to describe myself I would say that I am caring, loving and trusting to a fault (which I am working on) and a little bit pig-headed.

It is my hope that this blog will give me a creative outlet for all of the stored up stories I have been carrying around with me over the past years. I do hope that it will inspire others who are in similar situations.

I grew up outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County. In the middle of my senior year of high school my parents thought it would be fine to move me, and not worry at what cost it was to me, to Connecticut. I left Connecticut seven months later to attend college in Maryland where I met my husband and I have remained for the past almost thirty years.

My children mean the world to me! At times they can be frustrating and challenging. Both are beautiful and sweet girls and have brought so much meaning to my life. That goes ditto for my husband without the beautiful part… but he is cute! And god bless him he is the world’s best father, there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for his girls.

I suppose this would be the place where I feel I should tell you that my daughter’s names are not really Rebeka and Ainsley, and my better half isn’t really Geoffrey but I am really Shelley.

In my “spare time” I love to cook, garden and scrapbook. (I recently completed 6 huge scrapbooks and am about to start another one for Rebeka’s college years-you know I have time for that.

I welcome your comments and look forward to getting your emails. I do hope that I can help others who “wear my shoes” so to speak. I do look at this blog as a friendly site and I will not allow “haters” who I hope and pray stay away as that is not my aim here.

Update! In April of 2010 I wrote a post titled “It’s time to come clean” disclosing the fact that I was not using our real names.

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on

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  1. Hi Shelley!

    Thanks for joining AllMediocre!

    I hope you’re able to find some kindred blog spirits and friends amongst us!


  2. meghan,
    i look forward to sharing stories and friends.
    shelley <3