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Hi I'm Alicia

I teach, garden, read, do yoga and I sing and paint a bit --but I am a lousy cook... I am happy 364 days a year! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My over achieving husband says that I am the calm center of the storms he creates… so I think we make a good team. Together we have unleashed 6 people on an unsuspecting world. They in turn, have gone on to produce more charming little people. 2 of our sons will always live at home, for they have Down Syndrome. It is like living with stubborn sneaky funny precious angels. We have also been foster parents for 25+ years. Just for fun, I give my pal an 8000 mile hug every summer as he chauffeurs me around the country on back of our motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a small child when the missionaries found my parents, so I grew up attending Primary and Sunday School-- that is where the foundation of my core belief began. I sang the songs, memorized scripture, participated in service and listened to the stories of Jesus—and I believed. Sometimes people are cynical when they hear a child witness their belief, that they are simply parroting back what they are told. Oh but I remember clearly how I felt—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I knew that what I was learning was the way to happiness, was the way to live, and was the truth. From my childhood I had the guidance of Godly people. I am a Mormon today, because that faith and that knowledge have never left me, but has grown into deep inner peace.

How I live my faith

Mostly, I am the patient cheerful Gram, or the encouraging mom, or the thankful daughter or the goofy sister, or the faithful spouse-- those are the hats that I try to wear every day… But I truly want to speak the soft reply, to give a gentle response and act with a kindly manner to all I may rub shoulders with in a day. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I have peace in my life; I would like to share that with others. I used to regularly walk near a bunch of ‘street kids’… I noted that many would hurry past, or cross the street to avoid them or did not make eye contact with them. While not feeling entirely comfortable myself, I tried to imagine what it did to their own view of themselves to be ‘invisible’ to the rest of us. I purposely slowed my walk and looked them in the eye, smiled, nodded and said hello in a pleasant voice. I guess I was treating them as I hoped people would treat my own children or grandchildren. The response was quiet but remarkable. I saw life and brightness and hope in their faces. It made it easier to remember that they were also sons and daughters of God.