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Hi I'm Amy

My passion is to nurture, teach, and learn from my 8 children. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I finished 4th in my class of 500, was a star softball player, and an All-State percussionist. During my second year in college, I met and married a wonderful man. Two years later, I graduated with a BA in communications three months before our first child was born. The only job I’ve ever known is that of a mother. And with this most sacred role, I’ve also become a student striving to comprehend human existence and my role in shaping it…hence my obsession with brains. I like to study them, seek to understand them, and strive to connect with them…especially the little ones entrusted to my care. We have 6 children: 2 boys and then 4 girls. Our first five children have been born in different states as we've moved around the country with my husband's job transfers. We are currently settled in the Midwest. Deciding to home school our children has stimulated a zest for motherhood in me that not only enlightens our minds, but continues to strengthen our family bonds. I’m grateful for every minute we can share. It's amazing to witness the growth of human minds in my own home. I've become a more nurturing and patient person because of the time I invest in my children's lives. I love finding ways to organize our home, learn alongside my children, and serve my husband. I find true joy in motherhood because I have the eternal perspective that my work as a wife and mother here on earth will have an impact on my family's happiness forever.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly after they were married and they were very faithful in bringing our family to church every Sunday. As a youth, I truly felt something special at church, especially as I observed some of the strong, young families in our congregation. I developed a testimony as I took challenges to study the scriptures and pray consistently. As one of the only Mormons in my high school, I was different and could be a positive example to my friends. And luckily, my best friend happened to be one of the only other Mormons. Together, we found it easier to obey God's commandments and remain clean and pure through our teenage years. But even with a strong foundation, my faith has been tested. With typical life challenges and the exhaustion of young motherhood, I started to feel numb to spiritual things for a time. I leaned on the testimonies of others when I did not feel strong. Then after reading the Book of Mormon one day (even though I had read it many times before), I felt deeply that I needed to practice using the Atonement of Jesus Christ more in my life. I knew I needed to turn my childhood faith into knowledge in order to be the wife and mother I had always dreamed of becoming. I have always felt I knew the Church was true, but after many years and several children later, I now KNOW from my own experiences that Jesus Christ atoned not only for my sins and sicknesses, but also for my natural weaknesses. I know how to repent of daily shortcomings. I CAN change into a better, more compassionate, patient and stronger person by turning to Him in times of stress. I’m still becoming the woman I hope to be with the help of Jesus Christ, my Friend, my Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by waking up each morning and expecting to spend nearly every minute serving my children, husband, family, friends, or fellow church members. My most sincere and inspiring prayers are often while I’m deep in thought scrubbing away at dishes, folding laundry, or awake at night with a child. Studying the gospel each day gives me much needed strength and renewed energy. My husband and I dedicate much time to teaching our children both spiritual and temporal skills. At church, I currently enjoy teaching a youth Sunday School class. I also support my husband as he leads our ward as Bishop. My greatest passion is to be an example of the pure love of Jesus Christ.