In her life Ann Romney has tackled many responsibilities... Not least of which was cooking and caring for 5 growing boys... It was these same skills that have now made her a New York Times best-selling author. She says it's her family, faith and traditions that give her life meaning.
Shauna Lake: Ann thank you for being with us today you're cookbook is amazing #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. Are you surprised?
Ann Romney: I am. I'm actually shocked I didn't even think about selling the book I just put it together and I knew I wanted to sell it but I didn't think it would be as successful as it has been so it's very exciting.
Shauna Lake: I know a lot of people ask you how you raised such good boys. What do you attribute it to?
Ann Romney: It's funny because you know as I was going through it I would have never thought I was doing a great job. Its so hard and they're misbehaving all the time and they're beating each other up and they're being boys and you just think oh dear and there are times literally they just drove me out of the house. At the moment you don't think you're doing a very good job but you consistently keep at the things that you know are the most important things and for me it was teaching them to care for one another, teaching them to be kind teaching them long lasting principles, teaching them respect, teaching them about our country. You know there are so many things we have to teach them but if you just kind of keep at it and all a sudden one day they are civilized.
Shauna Lake: I was touched in a portion of your cookbook where you said Mitt would travel and you'd be home with these 5 small boys and you would answer the phone and be burned out and weary and he'd say you're doing the important thing.
Ann Romney: I was so grateful for my husband having that perspective when you know youre doing the hard work is to get the reinforcement and help from your spouse. What you are doing is more important than what Im doing and it was great to have mitt say that to me and he meant it. He didn't just say it he really truly meant it. He would tell me all the time his job was temporary and my job was forever.
Shauna Lake: When you came here to SLC for the Olympics that's when youre MS was flaring up. How was that?
Ann Romney: I was in my worst state when we first came here for the Olympics it was in 1999 and it was really rough it was a very hard adjustment for me I was very sick and I didn't know anyone. It was a real hard time for me. I made a lot of friends over the years and I got better and stronger over those 3 years that Mitt was here, but I have to say it was hard, hard, hard for me. And yet I look back and see the struggles I went through and they seemed so huge at the moment and I look back and you end up being grateful for some of the struggles you go through in life. I have to say MS has been my best teacher even though it's been an unwelcome teacher.
Shauna Lake: We have to talk about the speech where you were just eloquent and you looked stunning and it was just your moment. It felt like everything came together in that moment. Did you have that same feeling?
Ann Romney: I loved it. I loved being able to do that. I loved being able to finally express what was in my heart and to really just be an advocate for my husband and it was a great, I love it
Shauna Lake: A year ago you did not expect to be promoting a cookbook; you expected to be in the White House making a difference for the country.
Ann Romney: I certainly thought we would be there and yet our life is good. We have a good life we have a good marriage we have wonderful children and so for us personally our life is fine. We're not sad or anything like that we are just moving on but I still believe the country lost.
Shauna Lake: Final question, you are from Michigan and you've lived in Boston. What does Utah mean to you?
Ann Romney: It's a place of great comfort and happiness. For us, some of our happiest years were here during the Olympics. So many good friends here such a beautiful place.
Shauna Lake: Does it feel like home?
Ann Romney: It does. Its a great place for us we love it.
Shauna Lake: Ann, it's been so great getting to know you person to person.
-Written and produced by Angie Denison
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