Hi I'm Kelley
I am an artist, crazy party giver, mother of 5 girls, Glamma to 15, wife and a Mormon.
I am one of those artsy farsty gals who loves to wear leopard print and bling. I am also the mother of five fabulously creative daughters and they have blessed me with 15 wonderful grandchildren. I wish they would call me Glamma Fabulous, but they all call me plane ol' grandma. My greatest joy is to provide arts and crafts projects for my family so that we can all sit around the table and talk. I truly think that God gave me all these artistic talents just to provide a way for me to be around people. I love people...all shapes and sizes, and all sorts of colors. I love to paint portraits because I always end up loving that person more and being an artist has fine tuned my eyes to recognize the incredible beauty around me even when creepy things are happening in the world.
When I was 8 years old, I really wanted to be able to express the spiritual side of my personality. Although my family did not belong to any church, they raised me with good values. I just felt this "need". So (back in the day when the world wasn't so scary) I knew that my best friend went to a Methodist church about a mile away and I could walk to it by myself. I embraced the faith, but always had too many questions unanswered. When I was in middle school, I was in the band and there was this girl who wore long skirts when the fashion was mini skirts. I asked her why she did that (I hope that I was not too rude, but hey, I was 12) Anyway, she said she was Mormon and that she believed in being modest. I was impressed that she held such high standards..after all fashion is important! I started asking my other friends about their faith and invited myself to attend meetings in all kinds of non-denomination Christian churches, the Catholic church, I read the book of Zen and did a little investigation of the Buddhist faith. I found wonderful people at all of these churches, but I have always thought, ever since I could remember that the Savior, our Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost were separate people. So in high school, I met more friends and a lot of the kids that I respected and admired were Mormon and finally one of them asked me if I wanted to take lessons about what and who are the Mormons. When the missionaries gave me my first Book of Mormon, I opened the cover, and with out even reading one single word, I knew that everything in that book was true. The missionaries where able to answer all of my questions. I prayed and received that wonderful confirmation that this is where I belonged. It took 3 more years for my Mom to give me permission to join the church, and I have been an active member ever since then. Every good thing that has happened to me has been a direct consequence of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Yeah!
I try to be a nice person. I try to treat my fellow human beings with respect no matter what their belief system is. As an artist, I helped found an art community group that gives opportunities for people of all ages and enviroments an opportunity to learn about and create art. I volunteered teaching art to boys in an incarceration unit for over 4 years once a week. I learned then that kids are all the same. I have seen a glimmer of light and enlightenment in a few boys eyes who had known only gangs and violence. I also volunteer teaching art to many schools where art has been taken away because of budget cuts, etc. I love to create and I try to use the talents that God gave me to help enrich the lives of others as it has enriched mine. Over the years, I have worked with the children and youth at church. (Oh, I can not forget teaching an early morning religion class to teenagers for another 4 years straight..I am talking early!) Recently, I have been given the opportunity to serve the good women in the area where I live. With each opportunity to serve others in my community, I have tried to do right by God. With these opportunities to serve others in my church and in the community, I have grown spiritually and I have attained leadership skills that I now use in my art community. I just want to be good. I stumble occasionally, but just like learning to be a better artist, each experience adds onto the last and I am a "work in progress".