John and I met while we both worked at OK95 Radio back in the 80's. We were living different lives with different people then, but the Lord brought us together in the winter of 1992. We were truly at a low point in our lives and believed that angels had intervened, bringing us together. After I met John's children, I fell in love. We were married March 5, 1994 in Coeur d'Alene at a cozy bed & breakfast with only our children in attendance! Our family was finally complete when Jayden came a year later. April 21, 2001, John and I were sealed to each other in the Portland Oregon Temple, then Karen and Jayden were sealed to us. We are an eternal family. With nine children and an endless supply of grandchildren, life has never been better.
After a lifetime of searching for direction and meaning to my life, I have discovered my purpose. It's hope in the Atonement of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives, that He knows me personally and loves me. He has a plan for me and if I but live in his sight and do what He's asked, I am assured peace and happiness in this world. I can live in the world without being of the world.
On top of graduation, planning girls camp and preparing kids for Pioneer Trek...I rescued two birds this spring: a Finch and a Starling. Although Starlings are obnoxious little creatures, it was an amazing experience taking this day old "pterodactyl" and nursing it to maturity. I'm literally having to teach it to fly and eat on its own, which is not easy! It knows when I enter a room because it squawks like it hasn't eaten in a year (kind of like a teenager at this point). He thinks I'm his mommy.
Our beautiful mourning dove, Marlee helped with our Finch by feeding it and prompting it to fly. When put side by side in the cage, our dove would wrap its wing around the Finch and coo.
Marlee's attached to the little girl
Starling; about a day old
Starling ~ little pest...is always hungry!
Starling isn't quite sure what to think of "freedom"
The Finch was released and lives with another brood in the back yard. The Starling was freed July 4th, Independence Day. She was reluctant at first, then soared.