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Hi I'm Tish

I am a wife, mother of 5, grandmother, a physical therapist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raising a family continues to be one of the greatest joys in my life. Aside from being active in my church, a wife, mother, grandmother, and a physical therapist-working with women, I love the outdoors (though gardening is tough here in Texas compared to up North). I love to sew and cook. I grew up on a farm on the East coast with 5 brothers and 1 sister. I always wanted 5 children but never thought I would get them as his, hers and ours. The older two are 34 and 32, the middle two are 23 and 21 and the youngest is 12. Having kids in 3 generations sure keeps us young! We also have 4 beautiful grandchildren that live way too far away; we stay in touch through phone, facebook and mail. In our crazy busy lives, it is not unusual to find my husband taking my hand and dancing in the kitchen, our time together as a family and a couple is precious.

Why I am a Mormon

About thirty years ago, while living in Germany with my young family, my then husband had a company commander who was Mormon. He and his wife invited us to joing them and several other couples for 'game night'. Having been raised in a family with smoking and alcohol as the norm, it was so wonderful to be around adults where everyone was having fun, no one was inappropriate, and we didn't go home smelling of smoke. There was such an atmosphere of respect between couples and focus on the family unit that it was hard no to want to be around these folks. After being baptized, my husband decided church was not for him. For the next 17 years, I searched for a church that I felt would meet my needs and allow my family to continue our lifestyle. It didn't happen. When I moved to Texas, I went to as many as 3 churches in a day but never felt at home. While in a bible study group, the topic of Mormon's would come up; I would ask my Mormon friend if what they were saying was true. He would correct any wrong information. What my friend was saying to answer my questions made sense. We started to talk about questions I had for years: how could the Father, Son and Holy Ghost be one being, why do certain denominations collect money in church when our Savior overturned the tables at the temple, why do so many people live their faith only Sundays, why are there no longer prophets? This dear sweet man, who is now the love of my life, husband, and my best friend, asked me if I wanted to talk to the missionaries. When asked to pray about the truthfulness of their teachings, my heart was warmed for the first time in years. My search was over and I have never looked back. I had again found my church home but this time because I searched for the truth, and found it for myself.

How I live my faith

One of the most wonderful aspects of being a Mormon is all the opportunities we have to stretch ourselves. Over the years, I have been involved in the scouting program, as a children's sunday school teacher, as the nursery leader, as a leader in the youth program for girls and women's organization as well as activity chairperson. In my profession as a physical therapist, I enjoy teaching women in the community and working with a local semi-professional dance company. My daughter and I both are gluten sensitive so as a family, we have worked with the local Celiac/gluten sensitivity support group to help set up several annual events, and welcome in newly diagnosed members. The greatest way I live my faith is to serve those around me, regardless of whether or not they are blood family, church family, or our community family.