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Emily!: blogger, mom, triathlon, fitness, social media, shopping, Mormon.

Hi I'm Emily!

About Me

I am a wife, mother of four kids ages 6 to 16, writer, exerciser, shopper, reader, social media-er and dessert maker. When I'm not driving carpool, stepping on LEGOs or drinking an icy cold Diet Coke (with pebble ice, of course) I am doing my writing thing for my site isthisREALLYmylife.com. In my "spare" time I serve as the Wolf Scout leader, support my husband in his latest endeavors as full-time software engineer and part-time entrepreneur; enjoy spin class, yoga and Pilates; participate in the occasional sprint triathlon and women's cycling event; and get all social with social media. My latest favorite quote? "Be the most brilliant color in the box.'

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was born that way. Kidding! Well, the part about being born Mormon is true but that's not why I am a Mormon. Sure, it's easy enough to continue with something you've known your entire life, but at some point you have to stop and question whether it's what you really want to do. And yes, being Mormon is something I really want to do. Not only do I believe LDS doctrine to be true and inspired--and not only do I believe we have a true and living prophet--I also believe this is a fantastic way to live my life and raise a family. The guidance (and accompanying peace) the gospel brings me is priceless. The opportunities for service, the timeless precepts, the gift of the Holy Ghost and the promised blessings are why I am a Mormon...even when it's not easy to be one. Here is what I know: * I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and have a plan for me. * I know they are there for me no matter what. * I know our family can be together forever. * I know there is hope and love and peace and forgiveness and understanding. How do I know these things (and so much more)? Because I am a Mormon.

Personal Stories

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

Prayer is a constant, and heaven knows we need a constant in our lives. Prayer is a source of peace, comfort, inspiration, faith and hope in my life. Along with more formal prayers with the family and my husband, I find myself having random, quiet conversations with Heavenly Father whenever I feel gratitude, peace or the need for guidance (which is often). Prayer sent heavenward keeps me grounded and keeps an open line of communication between Heavenly Father and me. All relationships are strengthened by good communication!

What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?

We are still working on perfecting this one--I fear it will be an ongoing challenge for us. But one thing we've found that has helped is making sure we play AND pray together as a family. The more playing we do, and the more time we spend together, the more we find we truly do like each other. One other things my husband and I do as a couple is pray together every evening, and we make sure we pray for each child, especially if one is having a particularly tough time at home or school. (And often we are praying for the same child.) Asking Heavenly Father to help us understand how to best parent each of the unique personalities in our home is getting us a little closer to that harmonious family goal. Of course, we don't have harmony all the time, but it's like that opposition thing: you can't know the good without knowing the bad. Well, you can't know the harmony without knowing the discord!

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Some days better than others. It should be easy to live a faith in which you strongly believe, but I am only human after all...and the world is such an enticing place. Fortunately I know living my faith is what makes me truly happy, so I do my best at doing just that. Right now I work with the young women in our church (ages 12 to 18) helping them with their Personal Progress goals. (The Personal Progress program is a goal-setting and achievement program in the Church.) I also serve whenever or whenever asked, be it teaching the younger children, helping with church family activities, bringing in meals or participating in service projects. As far as daily living my faith, I try to be a positive example of my beliefs so those who know me will have a pretty good idea of what it means to be Mormon. Though not as vociferous as some when it comes to my membership in the Church, I don't shy away from talking about it, online or off.