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Hi I'm Danielle

I'm a wife, a mother, a lifelong leaner, and an avid recorder. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Motherhood has been the greatest adventure, sacrifice, and love of my life. Until I became a mother I had never worried so much, worked so hard, but I also hadn't enjoyed so fully, or laughed so freely. Life with little ones has taught me that some days we just 'survive' but mostly we are learning how to 'thrive.' I am a life long learner. I graduated with a bachelors degree before I had children and look forward to the day that I can go back and get more formal education. Since then have found ways to continue learning. I absolutely love to read. I love to read fiction and non fiction- a chapter or two late at night, I listen to audio books when I run or do housework, I read out loud to my kids during the day. I get great joy out of being a full time homemaker. I enjoy the work that comes from taking care of a home and I love creating order from chaos, simplifying and streamlining, planning and working. I love all things homemade and do whatever I can 'from scratch.' I collect recipes and have great pride in my tried and true food favorites. I love plotting new projects- with my kids, and around the house. We make some pretty fantastic messes but our best creativity and most fun times are when we work on these projects together.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my greatest happiness comes when I am living in accordance with what this church teaches. I am a Mormon because I love dearly and rely on the gift of the Holy Ghost, which I received after I was baptized at 8 years. I am a Mormon because teaching my family is my priority and this church has brought me more tools to teach and train them than any other resource available. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon many times and when I pray to ask Heavenly Father I receive the answer that it is true, every time.

How I live my faith

I am learning to live my faith through service. When I had my third child I was overwhelmed with the love and kindness from my neighbors and friends in the form of food, visits, offers to tend my other children, and gifts. After this I determined that I would be 'that' neighbor and I am trying to be aware of ways I can serve my neighbors and friends. I am learning a lot on what it means to be available for others, and am enjoying the opportunities to serve them. Sometimes it means just changing my agenda so I am more readily available as a listening ear, but whatever I do to sacrifice for others really seems to help me the most. Currently I volunteer with the 8-11 year old girls for activities planned twice a month. They give service, learn skills, enjoy fun and unity...and do a lot of cartwheels. One of my favorite opportunities is to be part of Visiting Teaching- where me and another girl visit 3 of the women in our neighborhood. We have monthly visits in their homes where we check on how they are doing, enjoy visiting and share a spiritual message. Some of the greatest relationships I have made have started with these simple visiting teaching moments. Mostly I live my faith by trying every day to do the basic simple things that keep me close to my Heavenly Father and remind me of Jesus Christ. I read my scriptures and words of the prophets every day. I pray morning and night. I try to do things that keep the Spirit close to me, so that I can be guided to know what to do when hard decisions need to be made. And I am trying to teach my children. It is a challenge but so rewarding! We attend church meetings, sing songs at home, read scriptures, teach scripture stories, pray, have family nights, teach values, and serve together.