Find-A-Friend Friday: Meet Vicki

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Vicki.  Here’s one of the coolest things about blogging. I get the chance to “meet” so many women that are good and strong and can have a positive influence on my life that I would probably never otherwise meet.  Sometimes I’m amazed by who reads my blog and drops in to say hi.  Vicki is one of those people:  a grandmother, a non-blogger, and a busy woman who visits Diapers and Divinity.  She wasn’t sure she actually “qualified” to participate in Find-A-Friend Friday.  Are you kidding? Welcome, Vicki!:

My name is Vicki, I am 60 years old. (but I don’t feel 60!) I live in Cache Valley, Utah. My husband and I have a combined family. Yours, mine, adopted, steps etc. We have 7 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. I forget which of them is step, adopted or whatever! I work full-time in an office in the middle of a production plant. I have the best church calling ever. I am the nursery music leader! (Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone or they will release me and give me something hard again!)

I was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. (I am the baby of the family) We were raised in the Church, and my parents were the best examples anyone could ever have.
I attended college right out of high school but I didn’t get a degree. I ended up getting married and having a family. That’s really what I had always wanted to be, a wife and mother. Unfortunately after 14 years, and three wonderful children, I learned that this was not to be my happily ever after. (No gory details here.) I married the love of my life in 1985. He was my big brother’s best friend, so I had known him since I was about 12, and had a crush on him even then. We were sealed in the Logan Temple. We had 20 wonderful years together! He had diabetes and developed numerous complications over the years. In 1999 he had a kidney transplant that gave us 6 extra years together. The hardest day of my life was in 2005 when he died of a heart attack. I am so grateful for the knowledge that we can be together again! I am still lost without him, but love life, and love to spend time with my children and grandchildren.
A couple of years ago I decided I needed to accomplish something hard for me. I went back to school and became a Certified Medical Assistant. No one was more surprised than I was that I could not only get through, but do very well! I’m still working on what my next goal will be.

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?

Holding a newborn fresh from Heavenly Father is awesome! I also have learned that my friendships with my children are priceless!
What part of motherhood would you subcontract out if you could?
The worry… never stop worrying no matter how old they get!
Name 2 or 3 items on your “bucket list.” (Some things you’d like to do before you die.)
I would like to take an extended Church History Tour, learn to actually play the piano, draw as well as my mom, and run a 5 K.
Brag for a minute. Do it. What are a few things that you’re pretty good at?
Listening. I’m also reliable. If I say I’m going to do something you can pretty much count on it. I am also good at accepting people for who they are.
5. What are you loving lately?
I bought me a recumbant trike about a month ago. It’s a tadpole type which means it has 2 wheels in front and one in the back. It is so much fun to ride, and I’m not likely to fall! I’m loving riding it all over town.
Do you have a favorite scripture or quote?
“Be Still and know that I am God”.  When I am feeling down, discouraged or frightened, I think of this and know that Heavenly Father is with me and has a plan for me.
What do you gravitate toward during your unscheduled time?
I love to read. A friend at work and I share books, plus I have my Kindle, so I am never short of reading material.
Tell us some of your best mom-tricks (things you’ve figured out that work well for you).
Don’t sweat the small stuff. The things that sometimes make you crazy, really are just not important!
What’s something you don’t usually want people to know about you, but that they need to know if they’re going to be your friend?
I am really very insecure. I am not one to start up conversations with people I don’t know well. I think others sometimes think I don’t want to be friends because I am not outgoing.
If you were in charge of a girls’ night out, what kind of activity would you love to plan?
An overnighter! Talk, laugh, eat, watch movies, and just enjoy each others company!
What parts of your testimony are you the most sure of?
I just know that the Gospel is true! I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for us, even when we have no idea why something is happening.
Desert Island Question. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?
Since it says items…I guess I can’t include my family so it would have to be my Kindle,  my cell phone, and an unlimited amount of power for them both. (Can I take chocolate too?)

Thank you Vicki!  So fun to get to know you a little bit.

Vicki doesn’t have a blog of her own, so if you enjoyed meeting her, leave a comment below to say hello.  I’m sure she’d appreciate the “visits.”  Have a great weekend, everyone!  Can you believe summer is almost over?…. waaaaah.