About Me

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.

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Amanda Richards says:

    I am on RS board of the Cedar Hills Stake. We would like to invite you as a speaker for our daytime RS meeting in April or October this year. Will you contact me if you are available and willing.

    • diddadowrite says:

      I would be happy to do that. When are you thinking? Do you have something particular that you want me to speak on and how long would you want it to be? If you add me on facebook (you can just search for my blog name) I can message you privately.

      • Amanda Richards says:

        You’re so wonderful to be willing to speak to us and we’re so excited to hear from you!

        I deactivated my Facebook account a couple of months ago, so I hope you don’t mind e-mail contact.

        We would love to hear your conversion and testimony with a focus on the Savior and Atonement. Our daytime meeting starts at 11:00 and you may choose a Wednesday in April or the first week of May. You may speak for 45 minutes to an hour. There would be approximately 45-50 sisters in attendance. We will also need your Bishop’s name and phone number for permission to have you speak to us. We would also need to know if there is anything we need to get ready for you such as media (as an example).

        RICHARDS CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTING Amanda Richards Wells Fargo Center #1300 299 South Main Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 Phone: 801.369.3699 + Fax: 801.785.3251 amandacsr@aol.com

  2. Genevieve says:

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated your blog for the Most Influential blog Award – I guess it is kind of like a chain blog. I don’t know if you are into this type of thing – I did want you to know that I appreciate your blog and what it adds to my day when I have a chance to read your posts. You can get more information about the award at my blog at http://dailycoloringoutsidethelines.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/the-most-influential-blogger-award/ .

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