Hi, I'm Stephanie




  I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice so much that I decided to have five daughters and name the second one Elizabeth.  Like a modern-day Mrs. Bennett, I spend my days raising my girls so they will be happy and independent when they grow up – only I prefer that they make their money instead of marry it.  And if my youngest runs away to London with some loser at age 15, I will track her down and haul her home myself.  But I’ll totally do some sightseeing first.




The Guinea Pig.  Gives me hope.  My husband in feminine form, she just gets more fun.




 Energetic, smart, kind, and will argue her convictions to the death. 






My Hallie Priscilla. Unique fashion sense, desperately wants to live in a purple house.  Loves skunks and fruit bats.


 My girly-girl and lone lefty.  Charming, gracious, stubborn, preternaturally practical.  And ya, she and Hallie are identical twins.

Scarlett Bella, Bella-boo.  Becoming a daredevil. Spoiled rotten, practically perfect.

Mr. Man

My intensely private husband.  Hilarious, smart, compassionate, good. 


Joan Rivers on Housekeeping:

I hate housework.  You make the beds, you wash the dishes, and six months later you have to start all over again.

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Every Day I Write the Book

Graham Family Adventures

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"I surely know that there is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Daughters of God"

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Keeping the Faith (and keep blogging????)

I told my husband I was going to stop blogging.

I felt I'd said what I needed to say, was glad I did it, but that it just wasn't something I wanted to keep doing anymore (or feel guilty about not doing).

Then I YET ANOTHER blog today announcing that the blogger has left the Church.  The LDS Church. My church.

That's her decision, and while I appreciate the nice-as-possible way she announced her decision, my heart sank to see another voice on the internet - a real tell-it-like-it-is voice - lose the faith. And then I thought that maybe, if I want someone out there talking about what it's like to be a stalwart member of the LDS Church, someone who believes with all her heart but is still willing to share the hard parts of life, that maybe I still had something to say.

So I'm not quitting, at least not right now. Realistically, I know I've been such a slacker blogger that half of my six regular readers have given up on me, so even if I resume regular posts it might not matter much. The only benefit might be that all those rants in my head, the ones about "Man, I wish I could tell people how much sleep the bishop loses over their problems!" and "You feel like you don't fit in at church?  Nobody feels like they fit in!  The notion that we all have to fit into some kind of mold or we don't belong is one of Satan's great lies!" might get exorcised in The Mount Laundry News.

That's a worthy reason to write, right?

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Reader Comments (1)

I will always be here because you are an exceptional writer. I get drawn in every time. So I hope you don't quit. Just think, your daughters will love reading your blog someday.

March 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Honey

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