Brenda Sodt Marshall

My parents named me Brenda Sodt, and Chuck added the Marshall. My kids call me mom, and Chuck calls me cutie. Many of my friends call me Bee. My sister calls me Bren which is better than Brennie Boo-Boo, which called me for years. I’ve thought about changing my name to something exotic like Franchesca, but everyone would just shorten it to Fran or Franny.

Brenda Sodt Foster

Michigan Bucket List

In the past few years, I crossed off my bucket list dog sledding, seeing the Northern Lights, finding a Native American Trail Marker Tree, and sailing on a tall ship, I’d also like to time travel and win the lottery.

Michigan Beer Enthusiast

Chuck introduced me to Michigan craft beer. In fact, our first date was at a brew pub. I can’t imagine life without him or craft beer. I’ve been known to drink too much beer, which isn’t all that funny because now I have a beer belly and need to buy new pants.

Outdoor Fanatic

I’d rather be outside walking, hiking, or sitting on my deck. If there is good beer involved, I’ll even watch a baseball game, which in my mind, is about the same as watching paint dry. I love a good campfire, but I don’t like sleeping on the ground, so it makes tent camping kind of hard. If I could sleep on a real bed, then I’d gladly go tent camping.

Best Friend

Chuck is my best friend, beer-drinking buddy, and life organizer. And just recently, he married me. He loves me dearly, and for this, I’m grateful. I am kind of messy, and I know this annoys him, but I can’t help it. I just don’t understand why leaving your dirty clothes on the floor is an issue. It is almost the same as throwing them in the clothes basket. I don’t keep my clean clothes on the floor. I keep them on the chair. As I said, he loves me dearly. Personally, I think my ADHD has been good exposure therapy for his OCD.


I am the mother of two beautiful young people. They are all grown up now, but this is how I like to remember them.


Avery is my oldest and is definitely a challenge. He is tenacious, beautiful, and knows everything. He once said to me, “Stop talking, mom. I know everything. Where are my shoes?” I laughed so hard, I cried and maybe even peed my pants just a little. He was able to see the humor and laughed too. He has made me a better person. When he decides he is going to do something, nothing will stop him. Not even his mother.

Izzi is two years younger and is known as the fiery dragon. (I fear she may have inherited that gene from me!) She is intuitive, kind, and generous. She has dark hair and is not as tall as her brother. She has challenged me like no other. 

We had a dog named Larry, who loved sleeping on the couch. He liked running more than I did. He was a handsome dog. Thankfully I took many pictures of him. I miss him. charlie

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