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Hi I'm Deanna

I love crafts, campfires, parties, girls's night out, pjs and sleeping in. I am a wife, mom, neighbor and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom by choice. I have my BS and worked for while to help support our family in the first few years. I am fortunate to be able to stay at home now and focus on the most important work of raising children. Just this year I started to homeschool the two youngest children. It has been an interesting dance of balancing responsibilities as a mom and now as their academic teacher. I am borrowing these sweet spirits to help raise and nurture. I want them to know that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father. I want them to grow and develop their talents. As they do so they will become self reliant and be able to serve others. When I am not being a mom or teacher, I like to "play" with my friends. Going out and doing wholesome activities or craft projects together helps give me a mental and physical break and allows me to be just "Deanna" again. Each year I take a girl's trip with some of them and go and be crazy. Crazy in a "Mormon" way :) zipline, spas, shows, food, book club and of best of all a service project with a trip to the temple together. Our family is a family of music. We sing, play instruments (some that we really don't know how to play) and dance. We like to have the friends and neighbors over to our house to play and for parties. We have a Margarita maker for SNOW CONES - YES we do :) LOL! It's fabulous and is kind of funny to see all the snow cone flavorings on the bar wine rack instead of wine. We play, work and pray together.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family going to church occasionally and was baptized at age 8. However, my family was not really active in attending meetings and following church counsel. My father was inactive and often slammed the door on church members when they came to check on him and our family. My brother stopped going to church when we was in his youth. My mother and I continued to go to church together. I have always had a flicker of faith and a small testimony inside despite my family's situation. We seldom held family prayer or prayed over our meals. Sometimes there was yelling and fighting in our home. As a youth I had great church leaders who were there for me and provided kind examples of love. As I attended college I wanted to strengthen my testimony and really know for myself. As I prayed and read the scriptures I would seek to know the truth. I had many sweet spiritual experiences too personal to share. I did receive that confirmation for myself of the Fullness of the Gospel Restored to the earth and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Later with children I read the Book of Mormon with our oldest daughter out loud. She was 9 at the time. I again prayed for the confirmation to know of it's truthfulness. Again the same warmth and peace came over me. I have read it many times and continue to receive that witness of truth. Although I have had challenges in my life, I have no doubt for myself. I stand firm and know that Jesus is my Savior. That I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father. I know I can return and live with Him and with my family if I am faithful in following His commandments. I am not perfect. I need to repent daily and strive to become a better person. I know that trials come to refine us. I have chosen to become a better person and not a bitter person through my trials. That is possible because of my faith and my Savior.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate to have great neighbors and friends from all walks of life and with all beliefs. There is so much good in people all around. With mutual respect no one feels pressured or uneasy. The neighborhood kids know we don't "play" on Sundays and it's never been an issue. We attend church on Sundays for a 3 hour block. We go to youth activities each week and ladies only activities every few months. I have been blessed to work with the youth in the past helping with youth summer camps, musicals and pioneer trek re-enactments. Currently I help coordinate "Compassionate Service". When there is a need with-in our congregation I am notified to help coordinate the service. That means calling upon other sisters to help bring meals, provide babysitting, rides, visits, cleaning, etc. as needed. I have never had a problem finding willing hands and selfless hearts. As a congregation, once a month we help provide a meal for another charity group in our community. Our family is also are helping our neighbor's church provide lunch each week for a non-profit helping the homeless. It doesn't matter what religion others in the community are, we can find common ground in serving as Christ served. We can love unconditionally and invite others to find the peace and happiness we have found. As a family we strive to have morning and evening prayers together. We also offer a prayer of thanks over each meal. As individuals we also strive to pray morning and night, thanking the Lord for our day and asking for strength and guidance. Each month I try to attend the temple. It is 3 hours away and takes a full day with traveling. We are not perfect each month, but we make an effort to be there. I love the spirit I feel in the temple of peace and love. It is a place I can feel close to my Heavenly Father and meditate to get direction for my life. I am thankful I know that families can be together forever through the blessings we receive in the temple.