Hi I'm Jessica
I am fulfilling my life-long dream of being a mother. My husband and I have adopted three beautiful children and are now trying to figure out how to raise them. They are all bio-siblings ages 2, 3, and 4. My life revolves around meeting their needs. We are learning how to be parents as we go along and are realizing that parenting is the hardest job in the world. We also did foster care for a while, but are focusing our time on our own little ones for now.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the church, but when I was a teenager I had to decide for myself if I was going to continue in the gospel. One night as I was reading the Book of Mormon, I had a wash of warmth come over me and I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that the Book of Mormon was true. As time went on I came to strengthen my testimony of living prophets, the importance of scriptures, and of my Savior's love for me. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to know these things. This knowledge blesses my life daily.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Our home can become a bit chaotic at times with three little ones running around all the time. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to get to the point where I feel like our home is a refuge to my family. But, some things that we do, that I feel help contribute to greater harmony are our routines. In the morning we always have family scriptures and we pray together. We're not always successful at getting the toddlers to sit still or participate. We pray at family meals. We also have scriptures and prayers in the evening before putting the children. I think these things even though they don't always work the way we would like are creating patterns and habits that help us establish harmony in our home. We also try to limit outside influences like television, and secular music. We try to only use the kind of media that is uplifting and provides a model that our children could follow.
How I live my faith
For me living the gospel is important, so that makes it easy. I love to read the scriptures and am getting better at studying them. Prayer is an essential part of my life, I couldn't live without it. I am currently the pianist of our ward choir. My favorite church work was working with the young women and helping them learn to maintain high standards.