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I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I've traveled to or through 45 states of the contiguous 48, as well as most of Canada (we drove from Montreal in the east to Vancouver in the west), Tijuana, Mexico, England, Scotland and Iceland (an adventure in itself!). I've lived in California, Utah, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Washington, Virginia and currently reside in Iowa, where my husband is from.
Topdad is a retired Marine, we have one daughter and four sons. We homeschooled them for a total of 14 years ( I wish it could have been longer). Noble, the oldest is in the Air Force; Elder PW is serving as a missionary in Argentina, with two months to go; JET is a freshman in college, Dr. Hair/Doc Brown is a freshman in high school; and Dandylion is in 8th grade.
I began this blog with the help of my daughter, Noble, to motivate me to lose weight by making my journey public. It quickly evolved to be a forum for posting whatever I felt like.
I am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ! He is my Savior, friend and guide. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love being a homemaker; it's what I wanted to become while growing up. I'm fairly old-fashioned in many ways: I use hankies, I love to iron, I make many foods from scratch, etc. But I truly love and am grateful for modern conveniences like refrigerators and washing machines, running water and electricity.
I'm a student of history and love to read biographies and memoirs of pilgrims and pioneers. I have dreams of making historic clothing (but NOT in size 20). I know how to sew, quilt, knit, crochet, cross-stitch and embroider, but I don't do all of them equally well. I love to read; I enjoy writing and have participated in National Novel Writing Month twice with the result that I have two unfinished novels. I did have one short story published in The Friend magazine in 1995. My husband likes to introduce me as an internationally published author because that little story was subsequently translated and published in the Liahona magazine in 22 or 23 languages. I had the grand experience of speaking at the 2005 BYU Women's Conference. That was one of the best experience of my life! (Outside of motherhood)
Thanks for visiting, I hope you find something of interest. Blessings to you in your endeavors.