Hi I'm Maxine.
I live in the Pacific Northwest, love to blog, and I'm a Mormon.
I am a stay at home Mom. I graduated from college with a double major in Music and Speech Communication, and after I got married, it was time to live out my life long dream of Playing House, full time. I love to craft, I love to cook, I love to eat and I love to blog. Not always in that order, although they're all definitely related! I am mother to two active and imaginative little children, ages 6 and 4, plus our new baby. We are a mixed Eurasian family, and I am doing my best to raise my children bi-lingual, as their father and I are both fluent in Cantonese Chinese and English. Their father learned English before he moved to America from Hong Kong in high school, and I learned my Chinese when I served as a missionary in Hong Kong.
This question can be answered in so many ways. First off, I was born into this faith. My parents, each with their own special stories, joined this church when they were 17 and 25. Several years later, they met, fell in love, married...and when I joined the picture, they were already well ensconced in their faith. I was raised with a good example, and instructions to prove it to myself. For each principle, rule and counsel, if I didn't like it, it was my job to pray and find out if it was right. And, for the past 20+ years, it always has been. I continue in this faith, and am raising my children in it, because it makes me happy. It gives me peace with my past, and hope for my future. It answers all my questions and leaves room for new ones.
I am in charge of the music in my congregation. The organist my mother! chooses the hymns since she's the one that has to play them and I approve them. I oversee the other choristers in the various groups women, men and children's classes and give periodic trainings. I also conduct the congregational choir, choosing music and leading rehearsals and performances. Once a month, my assigned partner and I go out and visit two other women from the congregation, also assigned to us. We chat, share a spiritual message, and report back to the president of our women's organization if there are any issues that need attention loss of job, lack of food, or other circumstances that require attention and help. This way, nothing and nobody slips into the cracks. Everyone gets help if they need it and, at the very least, monthly visits from friends who care about them.