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Hi I'm Julie

I'm married to my best friend. I'm a mother of eight. I homeschool and love it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family. I was blessed to marry my best friend, and our friendship continues to grow more beautiful as the years pass. We want it to last forever. My husband and I both come from large families and we always hoped to have lots of little ones of our own some day. Now we are living our dream. I love to learn. That's probably why I love homeschooling my children so much-- I get to learn with them. We enjoy learning about everything from volcanoes to ancient history, to painters of the renaissance. And we do it together. Most of all, though, we love learning together about Jesus Christ and his gospel through the words of His prophets. We like to begin each day with a family devotional which includes prayer, a hymn, and scripture reading. It sets the tone for our day and reminds us of what really matters. It definitely doesn't eliminate all the noise and chaos around here, but I think it helps. I love life. Nature walks and hikes, writing children's stories, sunsets, roses, playing music with my family or singing together, dates with my husband, reading a great book, holding a new baby, homemaking...all these things make life more beautiful. And knowing the purpose of life makes it all worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed with parents who were always seeking for truth. When they met a Mormon family when I was just two years old, they knew they were on to something. Soon they were baptized, so though all of my extended family members are catholic, my immediate family were Mormon. Going to church every Sunday and learning about the gospel at home with my family gave me a strong foundation. From my childhood I've known about Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us, His children; I've known that I am here on earth for a reason; I 've had hope and assurance of a future resurrection, and that's brought great comfort when loved ones have passed on. When I was ten years old I decided to read the Book of Mormon on my own, and I liked it so much that I immediately read it again when I finished. I've been reading it ever since. I believe the Book of Mormon has had greater impact than almost any other factor in my life. Through this beautiful book I continually come to know Jesus Christ better. I am invited to repent and strive to be better. I am reminded that this life is really just a time to prepare to meet my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for this book and what it does to my life. I also feel so grateful to have the guidance that comes today from living prophets. This world can be a dark scary place at time. Sometimes I fear for my children. And not only is there a lot that is bad out there but there's also so much good, that it's hard to choose what's best. I'm grateful that a prophet and apostles live on earth today. As I study their words, I learn how to teach my children, how to strengthen my marriage, how to prioritize all the important things in my life, and how to become more like Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am trying to be like Jesus... I still have a lot to learn! But even just in trying, I'm finding joy. Most importantly to me, I live my faith by being an example to my children, and nurturing them and my husband. I also serve in church by planning and preparing music for the meetings, and by playing the organ for Sunday services. In the past I've taught music and other classes to children, and worked with cub scouts. Together my husband and I have been involved in dance, drama, and musical productions for our community. One of my favorite ways to serve has been ministering to other women in my church by visiting them, sharing messages with them, and watching out for them.