I’m Zina. My name rhymes with “Dinah,” like in the song where someone’s in the kitchen, strumming on the ol’ banjo. My name is a Mormon pioneer name that I inherited from ancestors on both sides of my family.
I called this my imaginary blog because I was writing it in my mind for a couple of years before I put it on the internet. I think the title still works because I come to my blog as an escape from the real world.
I was born in San Francisco, raised in Orem, Utah, and graduated in English from BYU. I’m the second of 9 kids, 5 boys and 4 girls. Starting at age 21 I was a missionary for my church for 18 months in France and Belgium, speaking French. I met my husband Dean in Provo when we were both 24 and we got married a year later, after which we lived in Amman Jordan for 9 months–he had gone on a Study Abroad program learning Arabic, and wanted to practice his Arabic some more. He had applied for a Fulbright scholarship but didn’t get it, so we worked and paid our own way. He’s forgotten most of his Arabic. I still remember how to say “Please don’t smoke; I’m pregnant.”
We came home, had our first baby, and moved to California where Dean attended UC Berkeley and I tended our toddlers. We were there for 5 years, then moved back to Utah where he teaches Chemical Engineering at BYU. For the past 13 years or so my passionate and single-minded pursuit has been to have as many children as my health will allow. I’ve been plagued by various health problems for about 9 of those years, so getting my kids here and caring for them has been no mean trick.
I’m not sure how Dean and I have had the luck that our five children are the most beautiful and amazing ones in existence. Maybe he and I should take up gambling.
If I had any spare time, I’d spend it sewing, reading, and hiking. I seem to manage to write blog posts in spite of not having free time.
I’m a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I welcome questions about my religion.
I can be contacted at: writetozina at gmail dot com (that’s not the email address I use most often, but I check it from time to time.)
May 2012. Back: Me, Hazel, Dean, Isaac. Front: Mabel, Henry, Rose.