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Hi I'm Julie

I am the middle of five daughters and the mother of four children.

About Me

I am a mother of four children. I stay at home with them as my job. It is the most difficult thing have I ever done in my life, but it is also the most rewarding thing that I have ever done. It was a conscience decision to put them before my career. When I was nine months pregnant with my first child I quit a perfectly great job so that I could take care of my new baby. I know that my children will be young only for a short while, but I have a lifetime to do other things. I love music and started making music at a very young age, playing the violin and singing with my 4 sisters and then teaching myself piano. I studied violin all the way through high school and up into college as well. Recently, I was able to take piano formally. I get so excited when I am able to learn a new technique or piece! Education has always been very important to me as well. I worked through school and got my degree in Chemistry. I would eventually love to go back and get my masters degree after I am done staying at home with my children. When I was young I didn't appreciate sports and exercise. As I have gotten older, with the help of my husband, I have discovered how wonderful it is to move my body! I swim, bike, run, canoe, hike, snowshoe, and ski, among other things. I have been able to run two half marathons with the hope of running a full one day.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon faith. I have ties back to the beginning of the church. That is not why I stay Mormon; for me now it is a deep belief of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. It is the fact that I can, and am expected, to find out for myself if what I was taught as a child is true. I am not a blind follower. We are all given the ability to know with our head and our heart through the Holy Spirit what is right, and what is true. I know that this church is right and true.

How I live my faith

To me, my faith is something I have to think about every day. Sometimes it comes naturally, other times, not so much. But everyday I try to ask myself if my actions align with those of the Savior's. I feel that if I am serving other people, it is a good start. At church I help with the children as well as provide music during our women's meetings. I do as much in my community that I can. I help in our little Cub Scout pack. We do things like adopt a park where we clean up litter during the year. I am active in my children's school PTO. I vote. I feel I am truly part of my neighborhood, because I know and care for my neighbors. It is a beautiful thing to me that all of the education and talents I have nurtured throughout the years can directly benefit those around me. I am far from perfect. I have days where I am crabby with my children and have a poor attitude about doing things I should be doing. It is human nature and I am human. To me though, it is about making progress.