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We have 1 daughter, 6 sons and 31 grandchildren, . I have been married 47 years because whoever left got the kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior with a fair amount of spunk. I used to love to do crazy things. I once won a "Wacky Contest" by icing my husband as a cake. For this ridiculous display we won a trip to Paris, France, 5 nights accommodation and some spending money. Every year I write 'reality' Christmas letters. Usually a line about each child. For example "Our son (who shall remain nameless because now he teaches school) got 4% on a grade 12 math test. We believe it was for spelling his name correctly and numbering the pages consecutively. When one of our sons accidentally shot his brother in the head with a pellet gun he knew it would make the Christmas letter.

Why I am a Mormon

Our church has an early morning scripture study program for teens called Seminary. Kids from grades 9 to 12 come each morning to the church for a 50 minute class. The four year course covers the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon and finally Church History. I was a volunteer teacher for 7 years. I loved it! I am a 'night owl' and morning is not my favorite time but I loved teaching Seminary! I would prepare 2 to 3 hours each day for the class the next morning. I learned so much. It was a glorious time in my life. The amazing thing was that when you immerse yourself in the scriptures you "have no more desire to do evil." Alma 19:33

How I live my faith

We have a daughter-in-law who fell and broke her neck at 32. She and our son, Paul, have 6 kids. The baby was not quite 2. Jacquie became a quadriplegic. Life was very difficult but people were very kind to them. Friends and neighbors raised a lot of money to help with the monumental expenses. Two years later a young man from our town, who was also 32, broke his neck body surfing. He had a wife and a 3 year old son. I thought I should help raise money for him just as others had for Jacquie and Paul. I told Jeff I would try to raise $20,000 for a down payment on a wheelchair accessible home. .I didn't have a clue how to do it. and I certainly didn't want to do bake sales! I opened a bank account in Jeff's name and arranged an interview with the local newspaper. Then I fasted and prayed for help from God. Fasting for me is going without food and drink for 24 hours and missing 2 meals. Praying is a very important component. (Otherwise I am just grumpy and starving) Miracles happened! TV and radio stations picked up the story and the money started coming in. Another LDS girl in town organized a fun run called 'Jogging for Jeff' and some high school friends of Jeff's held a silent auction at a local bar. We raised over $100,000. Jeff and his family moved into their new home a year later and are doing well. Sadly,Jacquie died of an infection 5 years after her accident.