While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ready or Not -- A chance to get to know me.

Okay so I thought this would be fun to do, the number one reason being --- it's questions that someone else wanted to ask me and get the answers to. Shimmy Mom did this over on her blog, and I thought I'd give it a try.
So here's a few questions that will help you get to know me a little better.

1. How long have you lived in Utah? Where else have you lived?

Well, my husband and I moved to Utah back in July 1993 1999. We were lucky to have my husband's sister live in an apartment complex and they got word that the apartment above them was coming up on a vacancy. So before we even moved down Chris's two sisters and one brother ( who at the time were all unmarried) shared the two bedroom apartment until we could move down. (Thanks Guys) We moved in July of 1999 and had a little 3 1/2 month baby with us. We didn't have nearly the "JUNK" we have now, and I don't even want to try and imagine what moving today would mean. We lived in that apartment till March of 2001 when we bought our house and have been in this place ever since. When we moved out of the apartment we had two little girls, and since we've moved into our house, we've added three more. To make a grand total (so far) of 5. But I grew up in California. Where? A little town just near Death Valley called Trona. Never heard of it -- Why not?? Well because not many people have -- and you aren't missing much. I was born there well not in Trona but a half hour away in Ridgecrest, my family moved to Wyoming for a few years and then we moved back to California. I graduated high school and off to Rexburg, Idaho I went for about 3 years. (Where I met my husband)

2. What would you consider the BEST part of Motherhood? What is the Worst part of Motherhood?

Best part of motherhood would have to be watching my angelic and perfect children learn and grow, and acquire new skills. Seeing their funny little moments, see their excitement when events come, their birthdays. My kids get animated!! Seeing them get along well with each other and for the most part with Chris and I. The times when they come up and give me a hug, without being told to do so. It just melts my heart.

Now the worst part would be a toss up between the LAUNDRY, DISHES etc.... or you could say that I worry for my kids, I worry whether I'm teaching them enough of the right and good things to help keep them safe when situations arise. I worry for their safety when they are away from me. I know that I worry a lot, but how can I help it? Doesn't it just mean you really love your kids. I also hate having to try and "discipline" and having it fit the crime. (I'm not very creative)

3. What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do?

This might not sound like something really hard, and now it isn't but at one time -- it was a difficult experience. My first Christmas away from my family also happened to be the first Christmas I spent with my husband and his family. It was hard for me because I hadn't ever been away from them for Christmas, and I was only 20. I guess I didn't realize how much I felt a connection to them, despite how relationships were -- they were all I knew up till I got married, and adjusting to being married was hard enough. But it was just a "stepping stone" into my relationship with my husband. He helped me get through it, and just loved me despite how "emotional" I was at that time. Oh yeah, did I mention that I was also pregnant with my first at the same time. Well, I was and the pregnancy wasn't easy either. I was sick for 3 months straight, throwing up all the time, (probably should have been on an IV a few times for dehydration, but it never happened) So being pregnant away from my "childhood" family and not knowing his family very well yet made things really hard. But since then, things have changed. I haven't spent very many Christmas's with my family since I've been married but I have grown to know and love my in laws. And it's always fun to meet up with them and be crazy.

4. What is your favorite hobby or past time?

Well depending on when you would have asked this of me the answers would vary. Back before I had kids, playing sports and "working out" at the gym were some of my favorite things to do. But since I've had kids, that isn't very practical anymore (although I still love it) so now, I really enjoy reading, that has to be my favorite hobby. It's relaxing, and gives me a chance to escape reality for just a moment. Of course, it has to be a good book, otherwise .... well I don't finish the book, and on to a new one I go. But I also have an interest in digital scrapbooking, and am anxiously awaiting a new computer (like in a dozen years) and new software. But with kids I don't seem to have enough time as it is, maybe when they get older.

5. Who has inspired you the most in your life?

I don't know that I can really narrow that down to one thing, or person. I grew up in a town where I had "standards" that were different from most of the others around, so I didn't do too many things with them. But I did have some great church leaders that helped inspire me. They took time to show interest, and let me know that they cared. But better yet, when I went on to college and met my room mates from my first year, and got to know them, and find out their struggles, and their joys --- they became my best friends and really helped inspire me to do better and achieve more. And since I was at Ricks College (now called BYU Idaho) when President David A Bednar was called to be the President -- he had a way with words and making me feel hopeful, and that with God all things could be possible. So I savor his words even more now, because he is one of the Apostles for the Lord Jesus Christ here on earth.

Do you want to play along and get interviewed too?

Here's the directions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


  1. That was neat to read and get to know you better. I'm game -- email me some questions!

  2. Interview me, too! I was married and pregnant young like you. Does it seem crazy to you how young we were? Or natural?

    I was at BYU-I just a year after it changed and Pres. Bednar was there. Wasn't hearing him teach just amazing? I love his style, and I love that his conference addresses are just the same way. Very much like a lesson, than a talk. He's my favorite apostle just because I've met him and actually spoken with him.


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