Here I go again, changing my greeting! So first off, I would like to say Hello! I am a brand new convert to the church. I was baptized in April 2013. I have a really long, interesting and complicated story of how I came to the church. But you’ll have to actually talk to me to hear it. I will say, however, that I sought out the missionaries. They didn't find me walking down the sidewalk and ask me if I was interested in hearing about the Gospel. For the rest of my life, missionaries will have a big piece of my heart. I will always do whatever I can to help them.
With that said, I am still learning and growing spiritually, every day. I love this church and our Heavenly Father. I have been blessed in my life, but the happiness that I have felt since being baptized is more than I ever thought possible. I want to, someday, enhance that happiness with a partner in life. I am not perfect! I make mistakes just like anyone does. In my life I have tried to look at myself and the flaws that I just could not live with, and change them for the better. Some things I have changed. Some things are a little more challenging.
I always try to see the good in others, and to be supportive of my friends and family without judging them. I am the only person in my “inner circle” who is a member of the church. You can imagine(/span) that it’s trying at times to explain why I can’t go out shopping on Sunday. Most are accepting of the way I am currently living my life, while others seem to try to tempt me daily to go against my covenants. I am strong willed (which is something to be reckoned with at times) but I am definitely able to compromise when I need to.
I have been a single mother for almost 23 years. I have three children, and all but one is out living away and on their own. As a matter of fact, my current living situation is unique. I live with a roommate in her home, and for a few more weeks, my youngest daughter and her husband (and my new grand daughter) are staying here as well. This is a pit-stop for me, as I plan to move to Utah as soon as I find a job there. I love my children more than anything, but I fear that they are like me – fiercely independent! They love to visit me, but not for long periods of time. With the exception of my youngest, she would like me to live with her forever! (I secretly – or not so secretly – hope that my family follows me to Utah!)
So, I have an odd sense of humor and I love comedy. I used to watch The Three Stooges with my dad when I was a little girl. I still love the Stooges! I love old tv shows like Leave It To Beaver, The Brady Bunch, The Dick Van Dyke Show… I could go on and on. I also love music. I like several different genres and styles. I used to work at Blockbuster, and I was a single parent of teenagers. It was imperative that I knew what everything from Spongebob to Halo was. I have watched countless hours of movies and cartoons with my children, just so I could see what they were watching, and to be able to tell my customers if they wanted their children to watch it or not. The same goes for music. Except rap, I will not go there!
My favorite bands in the world are the Beatles and the Osmonds. Yes, I said the Osmonds! They have a very special place in my heart and always will.
Some other things about me: I value honesty and integrity in all things. I love singing at the top of my lungs in the car. I love cartoons. I love my grand-puppy, Abbey. My favorite movie of all time is a horror film. I have read all of the Harry Potter books. I love going to the gym, but haven’t in 4 months. I cried during a Paul McCartney concert. I cried during a Beatles tribute concert. I cried at the Donny & Marie show in Vegas. (I cry a lot!) I can quote the movie Elf. I love being awake in the hours just before the sunrise. I am writing a book. I am the parent of a Make-A-Wish kid. I know that there are no coincidences, and that everything happens for a reason. I believe that one can see beauty in anything if they choose to. I love doing things in service to others. I look forward to going to the Temple for the first time!
If you got through this entire greeting – congratulations, and thank you!