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Hi I'm Catherine

I am a mother, ballroom dancer, calligrapher, and realtor. I love to stage homes! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of five in the East and Midwest. I married my college sweetheart. We have five children; four girls with a son in the middle. We have 13 grandchildren. Our extended family is scattered across the U.S. We have a daughter who was diagnosed with Type One diabetes when she was ten. A granddaughter got it when she was three. I am so thankful for insulin, the insulin pump, great pediatricians, and endocrinologists! I love to play games with family and friends. I have a prize box full of candy bars for the winners. I enjoy any kind of dancing, embroidery, working out, snowshoeing, reading clean historical novels or mysteries, going to yard sales, and traveling. I also love chocolate (milk, not dark) and wish I didn't like it quite so much. I have been known to empty the prize box all by myself... :( I am definitely NOT a gourmet cook and don't understand my friends that love it! I do cook but only because it's better than starving. I have worked as a calligrapher & medical receptionist. I've been a realtor the past ten years but feel my greatest accomplishment is raising happy, hardworking children who have become great parents themselves. I was blessed to be able to stay home and raise our kids. My husband was a pilot in the Air Force and for a major airline. It was hard having him gone for months at a time but I got used to it. The silver lining was that the kids liked eating leftovers, breakfast, or macaroni & cheese for dinner during those times!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who had firm testimonies of Jesus Christ and the gospel. They taught us by word and example. They sacrificed a lot of time to serve. They took us to church on Sunday and all the activities during the week. We were not a perfect family. We had our normal disagreements and sibling rivalries. But I always knew what my parents believed. When I was 18, I gained my own testimony. We were living in upper New York state. I was asked to help with the Hill Cumorah Pageant. People come hours before. I was suppose to ask audience members if they knew what the pageant was about. If they didn't, I told them about the significance of this area where Joseph Smith went to pray and find out which church was true. I told them the pageant depicted events from the Book of Mormon, an ancient record, which Joseph Smith was commanded to translate and publish. I ended by bearing my testimony. One night, after talking to many people, I felt like my chest was on fire. I felt full of light. I knew for absolutely sure that the gospel and the authority that Christ taught with was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I felt like I leaned on my parent's testimony before. Now I had my own sure witness. Despite this experience, I questioned in my mid-thirties if the church was true. I was still very active but I didn't feel that burning all the time. Therefore, I thought I didn't have a testimony anymore. I studied the scriptures, prayed, and fasted. I got my answer. The thought came to me, "I already told you the gospel is true when you were 18." I've never doubted since but realized there are peaks and valleys in my spiritual growth. I have come to love studying the scriptures. I find great joy, answers, and help with challenges as I study and pray. I know the church of Jesus Christ has been restored. Joseph Smith was a prophet. There is priesthood authority and prophets in our day. The family with a mother & father are meant to be together forever.

How I live my faith

When we were in the Air Force, our children's elementary school didn't have a PTA. I felt it was important for parents to be involved. I started a petition, got lots of support, and was able to persuade the principal to let me organize a Parent Teacher's Organization. I became the president. Our PTO board successfully worked with the administration and teachers. The PTO was also able to raise quite a bit of money which went to improve classrooms and assist teachers. As a young mother, I made a "Sunday box" with activities for our children after church. I also designed games I hoped would help us keep focused on keeping the Sabbath day holy. Recently I helped a teenage granddaughter design a game about the purpose of life that she enjoyed playing with friends. I've had many opportunities to teach classes of children, teenagers, and women. It always scares me but I've become a good teacher and a good leader through lots of opportunities. I have found joy in serving others and come to love the ones I serve.