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Hi I'm Wendy

I'm a mom of five, grandmother of 13. I'm a counselor by profession, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom and grandma who likes to work hard and play hard. I love to fly stunt kites, walk the beach with my two dogs, visit places I've never seen before or return to places that touched my heart. Because it rains a lot where I live, I like to curl up with a good book on those days or work on quilts that test my creativity and sometimes my patience. My work life is vastly fulfilling. As a counselor I look at each new client the same way I look at a good mystery book. As I get to know my clients, we look for the clues and solve the mystery of how to help them make their lives better, resolve their problems, move out of old, unproductive patterns and into a bright future. Next to playing with my grandchildren, it's the biggest kick I get out of life. My husband and I just took up tent camping--previously "camping" for me was staying in a Motel 6 instead of the Hilton--and found that we love being in nature. Camping next to the ocean and listening to the waves lull us to sleep or wake us in the morning is an experience I'm glad I didn't miss. We've learned to protect our camp food from marauding bears and raccoons who love to visit during the night. Altogether, we have a good life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home. Although I embraced the principles and values in my childhood because that's what my parents taught me, I went through the usual teenage questioning and searched for my own answers. When they came, I was not only converted in my head but in my soul. I not only found the gospel to be the way to live a good life but, because it restored a failed line of authority, the LDS church was the only church that claimed to have the power to truly act in the name of God. I've met and worked with so many great people in my life--men and women who are sincerely living the best life they can. They are living the gospel as they know it. The Mormon church has that same gospel with a few important additions: the restored authority, another witness of gospel principles and the reality of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, and prophets who continue to give us guidance. I feel blessed to have the restored gospel in my life and wish the whole world was able to receive and live these principles.

How I live my faith

The gospel influences every aspect of my life. It begins with my relationship with Heavenly Father. I talk with Him many times during the day. It's the first thing I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. It's not unusual for me to send up a quick prayer for wisdom when I'm working with a client or talking with my children. He answers me quietly and surely. This foundation gives me the strength I need to serve others. I'm not a perfect servant but I love to care and bless the lives of those I am privileged to have as friends, neighbors and family. They enrich my life also and, as we move together to bring light into this weary and troubled world, I feel joy and success. It adds a richness and strength to my soul I could find no other way.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

As a counselor, I'm often asked how husbands and wives can work together better to parent their children. It's important to know that when husbands and wives become moms and dads, they tend to parent the way they were parented. Most moms and dads were raised with different rules in their growing up homes. This makes communication about their children: goals, reactions about children's behaviors, expectations, ways to discipline, etc. the foundation for successful parenting. It's also important to remember that moms and dads are both "hardwired" and socialized to look at parenting differently. Dads tend to want to prepare their children for success in the world--teach them to follow rules, work hard, achieve, protect them from physical harm, etc. Moms, on the other hand, want their children to feel good about themselves, know they are loved, protect them from emotional hurt etc. Together, parents have all the bases covered to prepare their children to leave their home as successful, confident young adults. But sometimes these conflicting ways to prepare their children can create conflict between parents. That's why communication is important. Each parent has their very important role and their children are blessed when their parents learn how to work together to magnify their roles. Show more Show less