I’m a writer mom of six grown kids, two of whom are married and the others are having their own grand adventures in life. I’m married to Mr. Hot Stuff and have been for almost 30 years (I’m not one of those wives who keeps very good track of things like that. I actually have to do math to figure out how old I am a lot of the time.) Talking on the phone is hard for me, mainly for the same reasons as church, weddings, and funerals. I feel inept at small-talk. I know it is actually important, and I work at it but…
- Mr. Hot Stuff – My one and only.
- Rainbow – My oldest daughter. Served an LDS Church mission to Bahia Blanca, Argentina. She graduated from BYU spring of 2013, and is married Mr. Stillwater (because still waters run deep) this summer.
- Mr. T – My oldest son. Served an LDS Church mission to Tirana, Albania. He is married to the Bird Lady.
- Miss Electric – My third child. Served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- Meigi, formerly Mei Guo, soon to be known as “Hermana The Chef” – My fourth child. She lived on her own for a year in mainland China, studying Mandarin. Graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in culinary arts and worked a three-month internship in Florence, Italy. Soon to serve an LDS church mission to Panama City, Panama.
- Miss Sassy – My youngest daughter. Worked as a senior supervisor at a customer service call center, helped the company open and train employees at their new call center in Hong Kong. Now serving an LDS church mission in Irvine, California. Almost done with that, though, she’ll be home soon and starting school at LDS Business College.
- Arctic Boy – I might have to change his name to Arctic Man (or Sasquatch) soon, because although he’s my youngest son, he just passed the altitude of 6 feet, 4 inches. He attends Snow College and plans to serve an LDS church mission this fall.
- Casi – It’s Gaelic for brave, and I think it’s very brave for a 15 year-old girl to leave all that is familiar and come to a place with an unfamiliar language and culture to attend school for 9 months. Casi is our exchange student from Germany. She returned home in June of 2014 and we miss her so much. She’s getting on with school and her family back in Germany though and we still pray for her right along with the rest of our kids, wherever they are.
- The Magnificent Unicorn is another adoptee in our home. Her parents are serving a mission in Chicago, Illinois. The Magnificent Unicorn is living with us while they are gone, and until she gets her feet under her in her career as a licensed massage therapist and paying down some student loans. The girl’s a night owl for sure, and I have no idea how she does it, but it seems to work out for her. She’s a red-haired fireball of fun. 🙂