Hi I'm Stephanie
I'm a wife, mom, and grammy. I'm a quilter, gardener, musician, blogger and walker. I'm a Mormon.
Hard to believe it's been thirty-two years since I married my husband. Luckily, he was from my home state and I even talked him into raising our family in my hometown. We have four wonderful children, who, along with their well-chosen spouses make us proud and happy every day. So far, they've given us seven beautiful grandchildren who provide us with lots of laughter and joy. I love to sew. Thirty years ago - mostly matching dresses for our three daughters. Lately - quilts. I love to plant and watch things grow. Digging, pruning, weeding and watering provide hours of cheap therapy. Music is a big part of my life. I enjoy playing the piano, the organ, and singing. I walk about fifteen miles a week with awesome friends. (Also cheap therapy!) My challenges in life have come in the form of watching the struggles of people who I love dearly. I watched my parents mourn the loss of my seven week old brother from SIDS. I saw my father's health decline over a period of many years, with my faithful, angel mother at his side through all of it, until his passing. Our oldest daughter lost her hearing when she was fifteen months old as a complication of spinal meningitis. And for several years now, my dear husband has suffered with chronic debilitating back and tailbone pain. There's not a thing I can do to remove these trials from their lives. But, I know a loving Heavenly Father will not ask more of us than we can handle. He's always there to comfort, strengthen and love us.
I was born into a wonderful family. My parents are both lifelong Church members. I was raised in a loving, faithful home where Church attendance was a way of life. I was baptized when I was eight years old. I've always lived in an area where I was surrounded by lots of Church members. My friends have always shared my values and beliefs. I've never doubted that I belong to the only true church on the face of the earth. Jesus Christ Himself is the head of our church. Of that, I have a firm, unshakeable testimony. Yet, I look at people who join the Church later in life. Converts are my heros! I marvel at the miracle of missionary work. And, I sometimes ask myself, "If I hadn't been born into the church, would I have the courage, strength and conviction to listen to, gain a testimony of, and completely change my life to accept the gospel?" I like to think so, and yet I can't imagine how difficult that would be. I thank the Lord every single day for the blessing it is in my life to belong to His Church. I love the Gospel. I know He lives and loves me. I know He has provided a way for me to return to Him. I thank Him for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, and I know that through His atoning sacrifice, and if I keep the commandments and repent when I am wrong, I will one day be reunited with Him. Also (and this is super important to me!) I know that my family will be together forever, because of the sealing power of the temple and the sacred covenants I've made there with my husband. I'm also thankful for the temple sealings of each of my children, my parents and many other relatives who've gone before me. I'm grateful for a living prophet and all the general authorities of the church, and for the guidance they provide for us as Church members. I'm thankful for the opportunites the church organization provides for us, as members, to give service.
Each Sunday, I arrive about thirty minutes before church starts. I feel lucky to be able to play the organ for our services. I love the way that music invites the spirit into meetings. I'm grateful each week for the talent with which I've been blessed. I enjoy being able to select prelude and postlude music based on the topic of the day's speakers, or perhaps a missionary farewell or homecoming or (my favorite) in celebration of seasons or holidays. Presently, I've also been asked to serve with teenage girls. I love them! We share awesome times together whether in spiritual lesson situations or participating in fun activities, whether serving others or learning skills and talents for ourselves. I love watching these girls grow and mature in their testimonies and when they graduate from high school and move on, I'm sad. At other times in my life, I've been able to serve with the young children (usually in a music calling - so fun!) and I've also been the president of the women's organization in our area. That was a big responsibility, but I enjoyed it immensely - mostly because of all the help I received from the Lord and from the amazing women I was able to serve and serve with.