Hi I'm Sylvia
I am a native Arizonan, a mother of 8 children and 22 grandchildren and have taught Piano in Gilbert for 30 years. I'm a Mormon.
One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures of Arizona skies, the Arizona desert and especially of my beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy posting the pictures on several blogs I manage. I have recently discovered the fun of trying new recipes and have a blog about that too. In addition, I have had the great adventure of searching Genealogy for German ancestors - it is great fun to discover history of the times these ancestors lived in. Five years ago, 15 members of my family took a trip around the country of Germany and have many special memories of the homeland of my father-in-law. Even though I have a degree from Arizona State University in English education, I have chosen to teach piano for the past 30 years. I love the one on one ability to teach and see the amazing diversities of children. I believe we all have "music within", waiting to erupt, which simply means we all have abilities that can be developed. I have learned to appreciate the diversity of children and recognize their amazing and unique abilities even if they walk to the beat of a different drummer. At this time of life, as I near retirement, I find great enjoyment composing short hymns of praise using the pentatonic scale. This is a new adventure. Mostly, I never tire of family gatherings and love to organize fun surprises for my grandchildren and fun family times. My family is my life and my joy.
I was so thrilled to be baptized when I was 8 years old. I just knew I would be good and do what Jesus would do all the time. I was then very heartbroken to discover I was still the same girl as before and sometimes did not choose to do kind things. However, my sweet Papa sat me on his lap and explained I could improve and make decisions to choose the things that Jesus would want me to do. This has been a life long project. I love the teachings that I can keep trying to improve my personal character by living and keeping the commandments daily. I love the opportunity to learn of Jesus Christ every Sunday at meetings. Every day as I read the scriptures and study the words of God I learn and understand what I need to do and strengthen my desire to do His will. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have learned to have faith, hope and trust in the Lord and have increased my desire to have charity for others.
I have enjoyed many years of teaching in Sunday School classes, youth classes and adult classes at church. I had a delightful opportunity for a couple of years to train a dozen youth on organ skills and several of them have been able to be church organists. I have enjoyed using my piano talents by accompanying choirs and church groups of children and adults. I have had several special opportunities to learn to forgive and have discovered so much peace of mind and joy as I have done so.