“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: to reach the port of heaven we must sail with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift nor lie at anchor.”
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is My Journey ...

I lost my husband and eternal soul mate, Dennis Peacock, to Pancreatic Cancer in February, 2005. This was an unexpected trial that broke my heart, but with the help of Heavenly Father and my loving family and friends, I am carrying on. Together, Dennis and I have 7 children and 6 (soon to be 7) grandchildren. I still miss Dennis every day, but am grateful for our "forever family" and know that I will be reunited with him again someday. I am now remarried to a wonderful man, Darwin Cottle. He also lost his wife to cancer and we met in a bereavement group. He has 8 children and 36 grandchildren, so our combined family is wild and crazy -- but we are very blessed to have so many people to love. I have a great job as City Recorder for the City of Taylorsville. Darwin is retired, but likes to say that he works for me (lots of "honey dos.") He is also a temple worker and serves in the bishopric of a young single adult ward. We recently built a new home in South Jordan (Daybreak) near the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and we are really enjoying it there. We also have two sweet little dogs, Taji and Teja, that we like to spoil. I LOVE being a Grandma and spending time with my family!


I don't know how I got so lucky to find two such wonderful men to love me! I know I'm very blessed to have my sweet Dennis on the other side of the veil waiting for me, but I'm also very fortunate to have Darwin here in my life as I continue my journey on earth. He is SO good to me! After Dennis died, I didn't think I could go on. Darwin saved me and has taught me to smile again. I told him once that he was like the scotch tape that holds my broken heart together. He said, if he had to be tape, he'd really rather be known as duct tape, because it's more manly... so, now he's known as my "Duct Tape Man." I know that Heavenly Father and Dennis sent Darwin to our family to help us heal and to care for us. He is a wonderful companion and is so kind to my kids and grandkids. They have truly grown to love him. He is a wonderful patriarch to his own 8 children, his 36 grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren (that's right he also has 4, soon-to-be 5, "great-grand's!!!"). Darwin works hard to help me honor Dennis' memory and to carry on his legacy, and we do the same for his eternal companion, Gwen. Darwin is the most sunny, positive person I have ever known. He always sees the good in others and never has a bad day. He is an awesome husband, companion, father, grandfather, step-father, son-in-law, brother, and friend. Darwin constantly looks for ways in which to serve others. He is such a good example to me. I love you, Sweetie!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Daddy's Princesses



Taji Bear


So ... these are our pampered pooches: Taji (the Maltese) and Teija (the Yorkie) a.k.a. Princess Tajiana and Princess Teijara ... I know, I know - but they do think they're "princesses!" Taji is 8 years old and weighs 6 lbs. She is a "Daddy's Girl" and loves to snuggle and EAT! Teija only weighs 3 lbs. She is 8 months old and came from my daughter Mindy's little dog's litter (thanks Mika!). She was the runt, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in spirit. She has now learned how to sit, stay, and lie down and she absolutely LOVES her squeaky toys! Both girls like to go for rides in the car or in the basket of my bike. Teija has been attending my son Chris' basketball games (we sneak her in my purse) and she must be a good luck charm because they have been winning BIG TIME! I never imagined that I would be one of those people who put clothes and bows on their dogs, but oops ... it turns out I am. They like being pampered, though, and they are so dang cute. I love my fur babies!

1 comment:

  1. Sweetie
    You are amazing.Thanks for your sweetness and terrific blog.
    I am sure happy and grateful you talked me into marrying you.
    "your ducttape man"