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Hi I'm Connie

I'm a mother of 7 - love volleyball & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have born 7 children; three daughters, then two sons, and then two more daughters. My first son was born at 8 lbs. 15 oz, but had a heart defect and only lived 3 days. His brother born one year later had trauma at birth and has mental disabilities as well as Autism. All five girls are healthy and doing well. My faith in God has helped me endure the death of an infant son and also to raise a special needs son. I am grateful every day of my life that a loving Heavenly Father has granted me the blessings of being a wife, and blesses me with being a mother to each of my children. I LOVE VOLLEYBALL! I am closing in on my 40th year of participating in competitive volleyball. I played three years of high school volleyball and when I was a Junior we won the Oregon State championship, and I was named to the All-State first team. I graduated from high school as a Junior and got married and then started my family. Each of my babies were very familiar with the insides of gyms and volleyball tournaments, as they would come in tow and be nursed on breaks between games. After I had 5 children and was 28 years old I received a college volleyball scholarship. It made for some very busy, interesting, and rewarding times carrying that kind of schedule, because I not only played on the college volleyball team, but I had to carry a minimum of 13 credit hours of classes per term. In addition to playing volleyball these past 40 years, I also coached high school volleyball, served on the Regional volleyball board as Women's Tournament Coordinator, coached the Women's team I played on, and coached a Junior's volleyball team two of my daughter played on. In addition I was the administrator for 3 other Junior teams, and a Regional Referee. During my volleyball playing career I participated in annual Regional tournaments, winning the championship in many of them, and receiving All-Star trophies. I played in three National Tournaments, and several International competitions. Now that my game is well beyond it's prime, I play three nights a week at the recreational level. Several times this past year I had occassion to be on a team with several of my daughters and also my 16 year old granddaughter....what a blast! I also LOVE to ride motorcycles with my husband and many of our relatives. I ride a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 and my husband rides a Yamaha 1600. We ride all around this beautiful area of Oregon, and have done road trips to Canada, and as far south as Yosemite National Park. We ride whenever it's sunny....and remember this is Oregon....so it's mostly in the summer months. I know my Heavenly Father wants me to have joy in this life, and that was one reason there is volleyball on this earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was Baptized when I was 8 years old. My personal conversion came fully to me when I was 23 years old. That conviction was strengthened when my first-born son died at 3 days old. I know that if I had not had the comfort of the Holy Spirit given to me by a loving Heavenly Father, I would not be the strong Mormon woman I am today. In addition to helping me through that agonizing time, I also relied heavily upon the power of the Holy Spirit as I faced a difficult birth one year later of my second son. Having mental disabilities and at age 6 a diagnosis of Autism, it was many years of love and struggle, and the blessing of assistance from all of his sisters that saw me through to his adult stage. I know that Heavenly Father does not give us more to bear than we are able to endure. This knowledge brought me many hours of relief. I know that my Savior lives and he is mindful of my struggles in this mortal life. He knows I am doing my best to follow his commandments with the guidance and direction found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Through the spirit-filled Sunday services, to the various opportunities to fulfill many different calls of service in our Ward, I feel his love for me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church services each Sunday, attending Relief Society classes for the sisters, being a good Visiting Teacher, and being of service to others where possible. I invite non-member volleyball players to our Ward building each Tuesday night for volleyball fun and fellowship. My husband and I are our Ward Emergency Preparedness Specialists, so we are actively involved in helping our fellow Ward members get more prepared for times of emergency.