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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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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Family History: We Are Doing It

As per the Church's new emphasis, my sweet husband has been bugging me to figure out a way to keep the Sabbath Day even more holy that usual.  It falls on me because he's at meetings all day and usually into the evening.  Since my idea of a good Sabbath is church + nap, it had to be something fun.

Like reviving the ol' blog for the purposes of recording our family history. Naturally, we didn't get around to it yesterday, so it's our family home evening activity, but I think it still counts.

Here goes, Post #1 of The Cozzens Family Bloggity History:

Tuesday Kira celebrated her 17th birthday. (I'll try to fix the sideways thing later.  The troops are restless.)

Two minutes after this picture was taken, a bee flew in her ear and stung her in the middle of gift opening. Ice, Benadryl, and ibuprofen followed, and eventually a few more presents, but the festivities mostly died with that stupid bee. She did go to her Young Women activity, acting a little weird from the Benadryl. The good news is I bet we can easily make her 18th birthday better.


Thursday Lizzy got an early birthday present, her first cell phone. I iphone6. Family policy is that kids don't get phones until they're entering high school, which she will in a month. She is still giddy, and here are her selfie proofs:


Saturday we dragged our chickadees up to the church for our ward's annual pioneer breakfast.  It was excellent, as always.

After that we loaded up and drove to South Pass, Wyoming, a restored gold mining town:

....And the photos won't upload, so we'll work on that tomorrow!

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