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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm a food snob. I love jazz. I'm an intentional mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I get to stay at home with my two kids - and I love it! I make food from scratch as much as possible and am conscientious about sourcing my food. I love frequenting the Farmer's Markets here. I eagerly seek out new ideas and am constantly reading about whatever I'm currently excited about - homeschooling, hypnobirthing, urban homesteading, nutrition, family history, natural living, parenting and music pedagogy are some favorites. I studied vocal jazz in college and love to sing pretty much whenever I get the chance. I play the piano reasonably well and love to conduct choirs. I prefer to hear my music live and love going to concerts whenever possible. I married a computer nerd who introduced me to video games - we've since spent many hours playing together. I've always loved good sci-fi/fantasy fiction. I like snooty restaurants and dives - but not much in between. I laugh often, sunburn easily, and usually order dessert.

Why I am a Mormon

I know God answers my prayers. That's the fundamental building block of my faith. I've had a lot of personal, powerful experiences that have let me know that He hears me and He answers me. Not always immediate (tho often they are), and not always with the answer I wanted to hear, but always there is an answer. I remember in High School, my seminary teacher was really intent on having everyone ask in their own personal prayers if the Book of Mormon was true. I finally followed thru and asked, kneeling by my bed and the answer I got was immediate and clear - 'you already know, why are you asking me this?'. lol. I think it's so funny because it was the perfect answer for me. I did already know that the Book of Mormon was true. I'd had a firm testimony that this was the true church since before I was baptized at 8 years old. I've had several Priesthood blessings that have let me know that the Lord is aware of my struggles and efforts and is invested in helping me be happy. That's what everything comes down to - Him teaching me how to be happy in whatever circumstances I may be in. Living the gospel makes me happy. Continually learning to live it better increases my happiness. Recognizing His hand in my life shows me His love for me and motivates me to remain close to His guiding spirit thru prayer, scripture study, and by living my faith.

How I live my faith

I've spent a lot of time doing music in the congregations we've lived in. Putting together music programs for Easter and Christmas are particularly fun for me. It's wonderful to conduct and pull together people who may not have realized their own talent and create beautiful, uplifting music to praise God and inspire others to feel of His love. I've also worked with children doing music in church. Singing time with the small kids is a really fun time where they can get their wiggles out - but the words of the songs really teach them that God loves them and cares about them. It's really humbling to watch how much strength of character these young kids have. I've organized several functions for the adult women in different wards. There is a lot of wisdom to be passed between the generations and I feel like our women's groups are really effective at bridging that gap and learning from each other. It's wonderful to have older, experienced mothers and grandmothers on hand for advice and assurance when I don't have my extended family close by. While participating in church activities, I've seen a lot of great examples from other people. How to age well. How to really love your kids. How to accept help gracefully. How to be a good neighbor. How to just show up with food for the sick. How to listen well. These things don't always come naturally to me and it's fantastic to have personal and relevant examples to learn from as I seek to develop charity.