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Hi I'm James Peterson

I'm a Mormon. I'm a stay at home dad. I'm a landscape designer. I'm a gardner and chicken farmer. I'm a Star Wars fan.

About Me

I am a stay at home dad. I spend the days fooling myself, thinking that I am getting things done, when I know my wife could run circles around me if the roles were reversed. I love being with my children, grocery shopping or going to the library for story time. This arrangement works well for us, but I don't recommend it for everyone. I am better at ironing and perhaps even cooking than my wife is, however she can clean and organize me out of the house. My children often miss out on play dates and other activities because I am not always comfortable joining other Moms with their children at these activities. I often pickup odd jobs designing yards and landscapes for people, as I have a degree in Landscape architecture from ASU. My family has lived in Arizona for five generations, sweating through long hot summers and enjoying the beautiful winters.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church. My parents were good active members that did their best to raise their children with a testimony, while not forgetting about our free agency. They had the courage to let us make many of our own decisions and the patience to watch as we sometimes failed. My testimony was always strengthened when I saw my parents struggle in life. They always made sure that they learned a lesson in their failures or misfortunes, and did not let it affect the foundation of what they were building upon. I am proud to be a part of such an inspirational and true legacy.

How I live my faith

My four year old daughter has a mole on her left cheek. We call it her 'Wabi-sabi'. This is a Japanese term that means there is beauty in imperfection such as the crack in the liberty bell or missing arms on a greek statue. I try to always see what is good about something that seems bad or ugly. My daughter loves the little mole on her cheek and includes it when she draws pictures of herself. I am grateful for the