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Hi I'm Dennese

I'm a full time mom, wife, and run a business from home. I love the outdoors, and setting challenging physical goals for myself.

About Me

I was born, raised, and continue to live in the rainy Northwest. I love to take advantage of the beautiful outdoors the Northwest has to offer, when the weather is nice, by backpacking and hiking! Our family (my husband and three children) has a goal to thru-hike all 2600 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail together, before our oldest son leaves on his mission. I really love to read, and will consume any book within reach. I am a full time stay at home mom, but also run my own business as a real estate assistant. When I was first married I sold real estate for a short while, but once our first child came along, I realized the career did not fit well with being a mom and so chose not to continue. Years later, I was able to use those same skills and knowledge to be an assistant for agents, and bring additional income into our home while still being home with my young family. For several years I also homeschooled our children, while this business. It has always been our plan and desire to homeschool our family, and it was a difficult and heart wrenching decision to send our kids to public school when it became apparent that it was the best thing for our family. I love to set difficult physical goals for myself. I'm the kind of person who works well with a deadline or goal, and for the past 11 years have been choosing various physical goals to keep myself motivated in a healthy lifestyle. My most notable of those accomplishments was running a marathon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a member family, my mom a convert to the church, and my dad what you would consider a 'late in life conversion'. My dad was a commercial airline pilot and gone a lot, so mom was really the anchor in our family. Being a convert to the church, she did her best to impliment testimony building things such as family prayer and family home evening, but they were sporadic. But I ALWAYS knew that my mother had a testimony of the restored gospel. In my mind I still can see her white scriptures, well marked and noted, laying on her nightstand. This example from my mother was the beginning foundation to my own testimony. I watched her serve faithfully in her church callings and knew that she loved her Savior unceasingly. When I was a young and tender sixteen years old, my mother suddenly passed away, leaving myself, and our whole family, reeling in unexpected grief and loss. The next few years were incredibly difficult. I hit a period of rebellion, as I was so numb with sorrow that I really didn't think too clearly. Even through that time however, I KNEW that the gospel was true, I KNEW my Savior loved me, and I KNEW where my mom was and that she was watching and aware of me. Those years of mom trying her best to teach her children the gospel were successful, and even through my pain, I deep down felt the comfort of the Holy Ghost assuring me of the truthfulness of those teachings. A pivitol moment came for me while attending a group grief counseling session. I was with other kids my age, and we were prompted to respond to the question "Where do you think your mom (or dad) is now that they have died?" I was astounded to be the only one to answer that I knew my mom was in heaven, and that I could be with her again. No one else in that room had that knowledge or conviction, and I remember feeling so sad for them, and how much more overwhelming their sorrow must have been then mine. How profound was my gratitude for my testimony at that time!

How I live my faith

Truly my mothers unexpected passing was a pivitol experience in my life, that has shaped so much of who I am today. In two ways this experience has profoundly impacted me. The first, is that at a time of such loss, you may tend to question your beliefs. You might wonder how a loving God could let such cruel things happen, and begin to doubt in the whole purpose and plan of life. But, at the point when I could have doubted, been disuaded from what I previously learned, I found that I did the opposite. The loss of my parent instead gave me the opportunity to test and put to trial my belief. Did I truly, deep down, have a convicted knowledge that our family was eternal and would be together again after our life on earth? I found that answer to be a resounding, YES! As a result of that firm conviction, I chose from then on that I would live able to have the blessing of an eternal life with my family. I chose to be married in a temple where I too would be joined eternally with my husband and subsequent family. The Holy Ghost has repeatedly confirmed to me that these things are true! The second way that this experience affected me, was to take a increased interest in my own physical health. I did not want to make an early exit from my earthly life as mom did, so my health has taken a front row priority! As kids and pregnacies continued to make that priority ever more challenging, I soon realized that I needed a 'dangling carrot' and a deadline to keep me moving in the right direction. So I entered a couple fitness competitions, did some sprint triathlons, then a half marathon, and finally a full marathon. Setting these challenging physical goals has shaped who I am, and now I share that with others. For the past 4 years I have organized a womens only sprint triathlon for our church women's group. Such an amazing experience to see women of all types and abilities, be empowered in all areas of their life by setting and accomplishing this physical goal!