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Hi I'm Joyce

I am a Grandma, a four-wheeling addict, a recent graduate in the field of mental health counseling, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At age 53, I live a life filled with love and excitement generated by my energetic husband, my 4 children and their spouses, and my 9 (almost 10) grandchildren. My hobbies are 4-wheeling with family (including 93 year old dad and 86 year old mom) in the mountains, skiing, horse-riding, singing, art, and playing tag, sword fights, and tickle fights with my grand kids. One of the distinctive things I like to do is seek to uplift myself and others by finding unique proverbs and quotes from respected resources (e.g., Budda, Mark Twain, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Elenore Roosevelt) and post them on a regular basis on face book. Another thing I love to do is dance --even when my kids laugh at the fact that I exercise to Richard Simmons videos and other music in the Living Room. Lucky for me, my husband also takes pleasure in dancing and we are experienced ballroom dancers. Recently, I graduated with the degree of Master of Science, Mental Health Counseling. My studies focused on treatment of the effects of childhood trauma. Working towards this goal did not come easily. The inspiration and means to accomplish the seemingly impossible task came via a testimony of my Heavenly Father's love for me and encouragement through the belief that through God all things are possible.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have experienced faith building miracles that could not be accounted for by chance, my faith was shaken when I recognized full-force that some children do not have the same chance to grow into successful adults as others do. The extent of this truth was realized while I worked in a professional program with children on a one-on-one basis. Many children expressed that they experienced fears of and/or actual occurrences of harm from people who should have shown they loved them the most. Extremely concerned for the childrens' welfare, and seeing that these traumatic events could affect them for the rest of their lives, I wondered how a loving God could allow anyone to harm innocent children. For that matter, when these children weren't raised to know anything different, who could blame them as adults for acting the same harmful way towards their own offspring. This lack of action from God in so serious a situation also caused me to wonder if the prophets who said they saw visions were just over-zealous men suffering from psychological delusions and hallucinations. Feeling guilty for my thinking, and realizing the good that had come to my life by following gospel principles, I prayed earnestly with all the power of my soul in behalf of these children and to understand the unfairness of the world. My prayer was answered in a powerful way. I knew that Heavenly Father personally knows and loves each person on the earth and is aware of our needs. The thought then strongly came to mind of the importance of service to one another and that in ways besides obvious miracles, God can act in everyone's behalf. His action comes through people who do His will. Although I am far from being perfect, I am thankful to know (through my own plea to a loving Heavenly Father) that God does care; and that prayer is important in solving personal problems as well as in guiding me to others who may need my help.

How I live my faith

Wanting to pass along the unconditional Love I have felt from my Father in Heaven, I thought I would like to help others by bringing teens into our home. However, I wondered if I had what it took to really make a difference in someone's life. My insecurities were put to the test when a friend called and asked my husband and me if her teens could live with us for a while. My husband and I were overjoyed at the prospect. Since that time almost 10 years ago, our house has been a home to friends of our children, nieces, and even several families and individuals we had never met before. Some people have mentioned what a wonderful thing we are doing for people. But after seeing the inner strength of those who deal with life's setbacks, I believe that we are the ones who are blessed to have known them. I also volunteer to teach an early morning youth group every week day during the school year. This year we are studying the Old Testament. Preparing a lesson every morning was pretty tough while attending the University full-time, but I found that getting up at 4:30 every day and living off of 4 hours of sleep each night wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The sacrifice was worth it because I love my teenagers and am learning so much about how to apply knowledge gleaned from the scriptures in my life.