I was born and raised in Washington state. I was a true free-range child on my family’s small farm. My job was to collect eggs from the chicken coop. I vividly remember sitting on the fence watching my older brothers bull ride our pigs. We eventually moved closer to the big city. I grew up there puddle jumping and catching frogs and tadpoles, or picking the wild blackberries in our backyard. I then moved to Orem to attend school at UVU (although it wasn’t UVU then; it was Utah Valley State College). I have made Orem my home for 19 years. While waiting tables one day, a handsome boy said to me, “Why don’t you try smiling more often!” He has made me smile for the last 15 years. We have one daughter and three sons ages 3 to 12 years old. Life is crazy busy, I sure love the crazy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I really enjoy working, whether it is in the office, in my garden, helping my family, or serving others. I enjoy making others smile. In my free time, I can be found in my garden, canning or baking in the kitchen, fishing in the lake, hiking, sitting around a campfire, teaching my dog new tricks, or chatting with my chickens (unless it’s football season and then I’m watching the Seahawks). I have loved living in Orem, but my heart longs for the country. Maybe someday we will pack up and head for the wide open spaces where I can sit on the fence and watch my kids bull ride our future pigs.