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Hi I'm Kristie

I'm a homeschooling mom. I love technology. I grew up in the Chicago area and now live in Wisconsin. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born near Chicago. My parents are divorced. I went to college in Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Economics. After college I worked in downtown Chicago doing computer programming. I married a wonderful man from Wisconsin. Once the two hour train commute got to be too much, I found a job in Wisconsin working for the state of Wisconsin as a computer support specialist (help desk). I still live in Wisconsin with my husband and three children. I stay at home with my children and homeschool all three. It has worked out good to homeschool since my husband's work is taking us all over the state. It is crazy right now traveling so much, but I know that there is something good waiting for us in the future. Don't give me a book or I will not put it down and nothing will get done around the house. Same thing with technology. I also love to cook. I make most of our food from scratch which can be difficult sometimes since I have food sensitivities. We like to Geocache and explore outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to go to St. joseph's Catholic Church when I was growing up. I was an alter-girl for 6 years and trained the new alter-boys and girls. I especially loved the Christmas mass and the Hallelujah Chorus. I always felt a wonderful warmth and happiness during those times while serving in the church and hearing the gospel. Somewhere around 16 I realized that all the prayers are recited without much thought. I had them all memorized, but never really understood them. I felt like I was missing something. In college I tried out other churches especially around the holidays. It is usually during this time, the holiday seasons that I really felt like I had a hole in my soul (sounds weird, I know). I met a friend in college who went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I decided to go to some of their activities (dances, etc). I had a really nice time, but more importantly I felt that wonderful warmth and happiness again, the one I felt during the Christmas mass and while I was serving in the church. I asked questions about my friend's faith and was interested. I started to read the Book of Mormon and Bible side by side to make sure that the scriptures were similar. (I wanted to make sure that I was being told the truth.) The Bible and the Book of Mormon supported each other incredibly well. I prayed carefully about the information that had been presented to me and I felt that same warmth and happiness again. I knew it was all true and I still know that it is true! I decided to be baptized and my parents thought I had been brain-washed. Hah! I am VERY strong willed. Since then my parents have seen the good changes that have happened in my life and they aren't worried anymore. I have felt that same warmth and happiness again and again and I now know that that was the Holy Spirit telling me that what I was hearing and doing was good and pleasing to God. I don't regret joining this church, not one bit! I love the peace I now have.

How I live my faith

Since we have been moving around so much with my husband's job, it is very comforting to know that the Sunday School classes, hymns and themes are the same no matter what chapel we go to. We have always found welcoming people at each place we have attended church. However, because of our much moving, I haven't had a chance to do a lot of work in the church. I usually get called on to teach the youth in Sunday school class. I miss teaching the kids about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We attend church each Sunday and live the commandments by keeping the Sabbath day holy. Even on a recent trip to Disney World we took a day off from the parks, went to church and enjoyed Sunday playing card games together as a family. I follow the ten commandments as well as others found in the scriptures. We have a family night once a week where we learn more about Jesus and his teachings. We play games and try to find time to make fun snacks.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Kristie
In our home everyone dresses up nicely for church. I wear a dress or skirt and nice top, same with my 8 year old daughter. We make sure to cover our shoulders, stomach and knees to be modest. The boys in the family, my husband included, all dress in dress pants with white shirts and ties or suits with white shirts and ties. We dress for church each Sunday like I used to dress for Catholic Easter services when I was younger, nice, pretty, and modest. As for holidays, we celebrate them all, well, only good uplifting ones. Birthdays are big in my family so we always have decorations, presents, cake, family and FUN! We love Christmas and all the lights and decorations. As of the past few years we have moved away from the emphasis on Santa and way more on Jesus Christ, the giver of all good gifts! Christmas has not changed from my Catholic upbringing, tree, stockings and all. We also make an effort to give out plates of cookies, go caroling and watch Christmas movies. Halloween is fun, however we try to stay away from the dark side of the holiday and stick with fun costumes, not scary or disturbing ones. We go trick or treating just for the kids, but we do limit how much of the candy they get to keep. :) Valentine's Day, St. Patricks Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc are all fun days to wear our favorite colors, share cards if appropriate, make big meals, and remember our wonderful country and the people who founded it. We love holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Show more Show less