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Hi I'm Wendy

I'm a wife, a mom, a gramma, Program Coordinator and Coach for Special Olympics, a Plane Crash Survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and I love, love, love rain!! I am a happy wife and mother of 6 and grandmother of 4. I enjoy sewing, quilting, gardening and cooking, especially that which I've gardened. I have lived in Alaska, California and Utah but am happy to be back in my home state. I am blessed to spend time volunteering year-round as the Program Coordinator and a coach for our County's Special Olympics team. If I had more spare time I would spend it reading, skiing, running, learning to play the piano, learning to crochet well or learning another language like Japanese.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 I worked with a young Mormon woman who was engaged. We spent hours talking. My childhood years were chaotic. My parents divorced when I was 4. At age 7 my mom married a man who was not very kind to me. At age 8, my dad married a women who was not kind to anyone. At age 14 I moved into foster care. That year my dad was shot by a man who had been hired by my stepmom. I never questioned my parents love for me, but I longed for a normal family. My coworker talked about eternal marriage and eternal families - it sounded like a fairy tale. She introduced me to missionaries and they taught me the Gospel. They taught me about our Heavenly Father, that I am His daughter and that He knows me and loves me. They taught me about our Savior, Jesus Christ - about how He atoned for me and for you, about how He made it possible for me through His Atonement to have an eternal marriage and family. After that first lesson, I had a feeling that is difficult to describe but I knew it was all true and I was happier than I had ever been before in my life and I was baptized. 4 years after I was baptized, I married for time and for all eternity, then we started our family. Our 1st son came to us as a foster child at 3 days old. When he was 7 months old I gave birth to a daughter. Our son's adoption was final when he was 10 months old and then 10 days later, our daughter suddenly died. Words cannot describe the pain I felt at this loss. Words can also not describe the comfort I felt with the knowledge that our family is eternal and that we could be with our precious daughter again. During the ensuing years we have faced more adversity. A child with disabilities, financial hardships, numerous medical conditions including injuries, both emotional and physical, received in an airplane crash. Through it all, the hope and faith that I have in the Gospel of Jesus Christ has strengthened me and made it possible for me to have a joyful life regardless of circumstances.

How I live my faith

Ours is not a Sunday-only type of faith. It is my hope that I am living my faith each moment of each day as a disciple of our Savior, Jesus Christ. My hope is that I can follow His example by being kind, charitable, giving service, loving my neighbor, believing that all things are possible. I strive to do this but fall short every day. Thankfully, through the Atonement, I am able to reflect, ask for forgiveness and begin again. We are taught to pray always, to study the scriptures, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, to be kind and nonjudgemental. We are taught to learn new things and to share what we know with others. We are that we might have joy. I live my faith by trying to live by these precepts.