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.

Blog Honor Roll:

CK’s Days

Cozzens Family News

Cranberry Corner

Every Day I Write the Book

Graham Family Adventures

Grandma Honey


Living Waters




"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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Stuff that Happened Sort of Recently

We have our nursery closet back! As I thought all along, the lock switching was a mistake. Sunday was pretty danged awesome - so easy to entertain little ones when we actually have toys!  We celebrated our grand re-opening with a bubble blowing extravaganza that left all the kids and myself very soapy. We will have to be slightly less extravagant in the future.

 Also, I am sick. I've had a cold since early last week, and I think I'm slowly getting sicker, so therefore it must be some sort of infection, although I do not feel infected anywhere.  Just congested, and hoarse, and like I really really really just need to sleep all day, every day, and all night as well. Therefore, I will go whine to the doctor (or PA) tomorrow, and get myself some antibiotics, which cause their own set of problems but will hopefully help me feel human again.

What else?  Kira went to prom with her young gentleman friend.  I happen to think this young man is a heck of a good kid and have all sorts of Mrs. Bennet-like schemes for their future, but they are JUST FRIENDS.  Even his mother (we've talked) says she can't quite get out of her son if they are more than JUST FRIENDS. (This has been their only date, so probably they really are JUST FRIENDS.)


Six weeks or so ago, we traded in our old unreliable Dodge Grand Caravan for a new Ford Flex.

We researched and test drove and talked it to death for six months before buying it, with this result:  First, my husband has told every person in southwest Wyoming that he thinks it's ridiculously ugly. Second, I really love having something to drive that doesn't creak, smoke, or break down. Or make me think it might break down, which is nearly as bad. Last, my husband and I have vowed never to make another large financial decision together.  From now on, one person is the designated major-decision-maker and the other person just has to suck it up and deal with the consequences.  You can't imagine how many blog posts I've written in my head with titles like "The Bishop and I Fight About Money" and "Why I NEED to be Independently Wealthy."

The decision making process on buying a new vehicle was lengthy but smooth.  The after-purchase hand wringing by my beloved, who is hates risk of any kind, was pure torture.

What else, what else....

... I went through my seasonal after-Christmas "It's dark and cold and I NEED TO BE ON A BEACH SOMEWHERE" winter blues again.  The two years I was camp director and mentally spent January - March in sunny, lovely YW Camp, I didn't go through that little episode of depression, but it was back this year, and it kind of kicked my butt. Theoretically, if I were to immerse myself in something creative, I could again avoid my little SAD [Seasonal Affective Disorder] episode, but I kept telling myself that since it would only be for me, it would be selfish, and what I really needed to do was paint the dining room, or clean/organize the laundry room, etc. Instead I didn't do anything very useful.  Next winter I've gotta figure out something better but I don't know what.

And now we're hurtling toward the end of the school year.  Piano recital, band concert, activity banquets, finals, festivals, etc. 

Our Hawaiian family, who are shortly to become our Upstate New Yorker family, will be stopping to visit us on the way to their new assignment. Yay!!!!

The temperature is slowly creeping up and things are starting to turn green - Yay!!!!

And life is slowly starting to feel good again.  Maybe that's part of why I took such a long break from blogging, and why I'm inclined to start again. Here's to hoping the upward trend continues!

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