As the 34th of my father’s 47 children, joining the LDS church involved a lot of changes for me. I often felt as out of place in the Utah Valley mormon culture as though I were A Cow in The Ocean. And when it came to dating it was worse. coming from a society that doesn’t date to one that puts quiet a focus on and heavily promotes dating was weird. I started a Cow in the Ocean to write about my experiences with that. Some were funny, some were good and some were downright horrible. As I began to get older I feared this Cow would never find a compatible fish.
Then I met my husband while on an internship in Lugazi Uganda. He is as far from what I imagined I would marry as it’s possible to get. His mother was a born again Christian, his father (who had passed away) was Muslim. My husband Yusuf (according to his father or Elijah according to his mother) attended a muslim boarding school. When he was 14 he also joined the LDS church, changed his name to Joseph, and served an LDS mission in Johannesburg South Africa.
Together we make quite a pair, both of us about as out of place in our own culture or any other really as A Cow In The Ocean. Today we are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first child, while also working frantically to bring Joseph to the US so that our family can be together. Nothing about our lives has really been typical and we wouldn’t change a thing.
Today I no longer write about dating…I write about love, about family, about marriage and children. I plan to write about the life of a stay at home mom, about homeschooling, about writing and about books or really anything that strikes my fancy. My life has been a journey and A Cow in the Ocean is just a piece of my story.