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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a stay-at-home Mom of three and love being a homemaker! I like blogging, photography, traveling, crafting, & gardening.

About Me

I always hoped to be a mother, but becoming one wasn't easy. All three of our children were long-awaited, prayed for, and miraculous. Infertility was a difficult trial in the early years of marriage. Two of our children came to us through adoption, which we know was God-directed. My husband of 20+ years and I met in high school and again after graduating from BYU and missions. Dating was better second time around! I love being a mom and wife. Although mothering is one of the most challenging jobs I've ever had, I am learning a lot and enjoy it. Before my oldest was born, I worked in Public Relations for 7 years. I volunteered in Public Affairs for my church during our Texas years. I continue to enjoy writing, organizing, and event planning, but in a different context. My parents instilled in me an adventurous spirit and took us to all 48 continental states. That might be why I love going on outings and vacations with my family. I have many hobbies that enrich homemaking and motherhood. I am a regular blogger and scrapbooked in previous years. Seasonal decorations, birthdays, and holiday traditions are part of our family culture. Our family enjoy cooking together, playing games, swimming, fishing, and going out to eat. We have lived in Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma and have found great people wherever we live. Family and friends have enriched our lives so much! I believe you can be happy wherever you live and whatever your circumstance. I try to live joyfully!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized as an 8-year old girl. I was raised in the church by LDS parents and came to know for myself that the church is true. I have always believed, but my testimony of different principles continues to grow. When I was baptized, I believed I was following in Christ's footsteps. I knew it was the right step for me and I was thankful to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It has guided and directed me throughout my life. I am a Mormon because I believe the teachings are true. Christ is at the head of our church and his teachings emanate through all its doctrine. I love our Savior and I'm thankful he restored his church to this earth. In recent health trials, I have felt the Savior's love embrace me and carry me through the hard times. Thinking of the phrase "I know that my Redeemer lives" brought me peace. I came to know the Book of Mormon was true by reading it and through prayer. I often get a lump in my throat when I read a passage that resonates and speaks to my heart. I have a solid testimony of God and how much He loves me. I've had many prayers answered in my life. I know God is aware of me and knows me. I appreciate the feeling of love in our church. Wherever we have lived, our ward (or congregation) feels like a family and cares for each other. I love serving in the church; it has helped me grow and develop my talents. I have been guided in decision making and feel thankful to be a member. I can't imagine my life without this church! I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The most frequent ways I live my faith are in quiet ways - daily prayer, scripture study, and listening to the Holy Ghost. I pray to be guided in how to use my time and how to serve others. As a family we pray together in the morning and in the evening. Most mornings I read a scripture verse and spiritual thought with the children. One of our favorite traditions is Family Home Evening (FHE), when we all gather on Monday night. One of us gives a spiritual lesson. Our youngest daughter likes to lead us in singing. We take turns choosing a game. Everyone's favorite part is the treat! FHE brings unity and helps our children learn more about our beliefs. Bedtime is a great time to talk with our children, using the scriptures. Another way we live our faith is by attending church each Sunday together. My husband and I worship most months at the nearest LDS temple in Oklahoma City. Living my faith involves how I treat others, like serving my neighbors and friends. I like teaching with the sister missionaries, being a visiting teacher, and supporting my husband in his callings. I am willing to serve where I am called, and currently I'm volunteering in a regional position with our Young Women's organization. It involves traveling to various parts of north-central Oklahoma to train local youth leaders. It has been rewarding to use the Spanish that I learned on my mission in missionary work and at church. I play the piano and have accompanied in previous years. I learn a lot as I serve.