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Hi I'm Karen

I'm a full-time Grandma to my almost 7 year old granddaughter! We relocated to Washington State from Eastern Oregon a year ago.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest and moved out west in 1969. First living in Western Washington, and then living in Eastern Oregon (Baker City) for almost 30 years. We had a dairy farm there from 1983-1993, when we sold the cows. Then I was involved with the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial in 1993, riding my Kiger Mustang Buckwheat along with the wagon trains to re-enact the Oregon Trail Experience. The history of the area in Baker County Oregon was part of the charm of living there. Oregon Trail, Gold mining, ranching, timber and all the beauty of the mountains and Hell's Canyon. My last two years in Baker City, I worked for the Chamber of Commerce and greeted visitors and travelors. It was my favorite job and I have had quite a few. We moved back to Washington State to live near our daughter and granddaughter. My focus for the last year has been full-time grandma. It has been a challenge to relocate and yet very rewarding to know that we are a part of their lives on a daily basis. My horse is here with me, and my dogs. I am looking forward to getting the house, yard and garden together and making a home here.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband and I joined the church in 1985. We had just moved to Oregon and met some neighbors on the ranch next to our house. They had a big family and always seemed to have alot of fun. Being invited to their house for potluck dinners and meeting their friends, a lively group of Utah transplants who joked and laughed with each other, having a great time with them. Their son came home from his mission and we attended the sacrament meeting where he gave a talk. the next step was being invited to meet with the missionaries. We were baptized at the end of the summer. The church gave us friends and a social life. The gospel gave us answers to questions about the purpose of life and also a love for the Saviour Jesus Christ. We have had many blessings together since we joined the church. It is a part of our life now that is as automatic as breathing.

How I live my faith

We attend Church every Sunday and take the sacrament. The talks are always uplifting and spiritual. I have had callings teaching the children, leading the music, in the young women's program and currently in the women's group as secretary. To be a part of an organization that helps you grow as a person, and also serve others, is a great way to build a testimony. When there is a need to help provide meals for a family or funeral service, we pitch in and get it done. Helping others and serving along side other church members helps build friendships. Our Bishops are inspired to lead the ward and halo everyone progress in the gospel. I can not imagine not having the Church family in my life.