INTRODUCTION - ME IN A NUTSHELL:

    Born in Tempe, Arizona - the fourth of six children, I'm a true Arizonan at heart. When I was entering the 8th grade we moved from our 38 acre farm in Tempe, AZ  to a neighborhood in Mesa - where I continued to love flowers, gardens & climbing trees among other things. 

    Yes, even on the farm I got hurt doing silly things - like running as fast as I could from the back porch, jumping up, grabbing the bar my daddy had put between two trees, and thinking I was going to do a perfect fullbodied circle around the bar, like the best Olimpic high-beam athlete... nope, I landed flat on my back and totally knocked myself breathless; Momma was SO mad at me! Now I know why they named it a "Monkey bar".

                     This is me, Momma, & brother Steve on the farm >>

 

    I've never been much of an athlete, but when Don and I went to Hawaii I learned that I'm at least really good at one sport. I'm real good at Snorkling and loved it, I'm ready to go back again. One reason I'm good at  snorkling is because I'm almost positive that my bones are made out of cork! I float like one anyway and no matter how hard I try, I can not touch the bottom of a swimming pool with my hands - I pop back up like a cork before I can reach bottom. Showing this feat to my grandkids this summer gave them great peals of laughter when my feet came shooting back up out of the water like a rocket before I could swim to the bottom!
<< Me (in the yellow wrap) and some of my swimming co-horts goofing off by the pool in El Centro, California.

 

    My favorite subjects in High School were Sewing (I now have a beautiful wood 8 foot sewing table my husband built me), Home EC  and Art. My love of reading and writing more fully developed as a young adult.  After graduating from High School I went to Rose-Mar College of Beauty and became a  licensed Beautician. I'm retired now, but continue to keep my license current; do my own hair and give my family haircuts.
 

This is my father-in-law and me, Dec 10, 1972. In the days of long hair and polyester pantsuits. (Yes, Hillary Clinton you're dating yourself - we wore pantsuits in the 70's!) >>

 
    Among my many interests are: a love of reading; writing; oil painting; sewing; swimming; taking long walks with family and friends; camping; and spoiling my eternal sweetheart, our seven children and our twenty-five grandchildren.

 << This is Albert having a little rest in my camping tent.

 
    The best and wisest decision I've made in my life was marrying Don. He continues to be my rock and joy. He likes to make me laugh and has always said, "With me you can never say you've lead a dull life"... Any who know him will testify to the truth of that statement! He is my soul mate for eternity.

                             See that look in his eyes - you can see it can't you!?! >>

 

    The second wisest decision in my life was going to college, even though I was an adult with seven children when I finally made it down those halls, what an awesome and personally edifying experience.

    The next best decision was taking painting classes. I'm not an expert by any means, but it's taught me a lot about myself and has given me great joy.

   Next comes joining American Night Writers Association (ANWA). The women in this writing group have given me invaluable friendships and critiques for my writings.

<< My "BFF" Linda and I >>
Linda and I have been best friends since we met in seventh grade. She has been a joy in my life and I just love her to death! We recently bought matching necklaces that say, "Girlfriends are sisters we choose for ourselves". We are very much alike in so many ways... she is another of my soul mates. You see I have two, my BFF and my hubby.  :O)

       I was born of goodly parents and have many fond memories of them, their love for each other paramount in my minds eye. The lessons they taught me through their example and word have been many and varied.

     In fact I have a long and awesome ancestry... one a signer of the Declaration of Independence. My 
ancestors are from Germany and Denmark. Most on both lines were strong members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, steming from Joseph Smith era; Haun's Mill and the like.

    I'm so thankful for an  outstanding heritage and for the things I have learned through them that have shaped my life.

     I am also proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I testify that God lives and loves us each and all. I know that He hears and answers our sincere prayers; even if its "no" - He hears us!

    Everything I do in said church leads me to Jesus Christ, whom I testify is the literal Savior and Redeemer of this world.

    I'm so grateful that God has not abandoned us on the earth without thought, help or direction - but I know He continues to send us guidance 
through a living  prophet, Thomas S. Monson, whom I personally have met and spent two hours in his office - just chatting and being edified. I know him to be a Godly 
and extraordinary  spiritual man and leader.

 If you would like to know more about said Church please go to its website:

http://www.mormon.org