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Hi I'm Olivia

I'm a wife, mother of five ankle-biters, and am at my happiest in the kitchen. And yes, I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Gerontology, the study of aging, but am proud to have the best job in the world as full-time at-home mama! My favorite place in the home? The kitchen! I love fresh ingredients, and with that comes a desire to experiment, create, but most importantly, to share with those I love. It's a way for me to reach out to someone and say, "Here! Eat this, be happy, and know that I think you're awesome!". I also love the outdoors! On an early Saturday morning, my husband and I love to hit the trail for a run. On other occasions, we're famous for coercing our kids into a "quick" bike ride (usually arriving home hours later...). Hiking year-round is a must in beautiful California, and with the ocean only hours away, it's a frequent destination. In the summer months, we forgo hot showers in favor of exploring our nations stunning National Parks. Our favorite? Yosemite! Hands down! Ascending Half Dome was amazing, and it's an experience we can't wait to share with our children one day. I also love to read (cookbooks are a passion!), keep up our family blog, and garden-especially anything edible! I find I'm becoming more health and environmentally conscious. Happy to learn how we can lead more simple and healthy lives. We love visiting San Francisco-our go-to city for romantic getaways and family day trips, and look forward to continuing to travel throughout the United States, and one day, abroad!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my grandparents always took my sister and I to Catholic mass every Sunday. It was typically in Spanish, which we didn't understand, yet they were setting an example for us. Of commitment and of a love for the Savior. That much, I could understand. And it is something for which I will be forever grateful. As I went on to high school, as strange as it sounds, or I should say, as strange as it felt to be experiencing it, I began to feel the hand of the Lord in my life. This feeling was new to me. A gentle steering, if you can imagine that, from things that would most certainly have done me great harm. And when I met my future husband, a member of the church, he shared with me things that awakened a desire to learn more about this church I had never heard of. And that desire to learn more, grew into a desire to know for myself, that this church was really true. That confirmation did come, and in November of 1997, at 18 years of age, I entered the waters of baptism. Though it was a bittersweet day for my family, they were 100% supportive of my decision. I love them for that! And to this day, our families continue to be strengthened as we respect and support one another in our respective faiths. We are not a divided family, we are, one!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying not to lose sight of who I am. I am so grateful for eternal perspectives, for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and to be able to remind myself that I, and those around me, are so much more! We fail, miserably, and daily, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel, there is always another tomorrow, and we CAN pick ourselves up and be better than ever before. I live my faith by being a wife and a mother-my two all-time favorite joys! Let's be honest though, my husband is not a perfect man (Sorry, hon!), and my children-picture messy hair, dirty fingernails, and giggling throughout prayer...and you'll get the picture! But since I'm not perfect either-we are a perfect match! We truly help each other to be better! And I feel that as a family, striving to be like the Savior, well, there's no better way to live your faith. I also live my faith by serving in the church. I have the blessing of serving with the children, and it is one hopping place to be! There is laughter, there is love, and there is a spirit like you wouldn't believe. My husband serves with the young men, and it's been a wonderful opportunity to support him as he works with young men and women who were close to the age that I was when I began to investigate the church. And finally, I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments and honor my covenants. My husband and I have set a goal to visit the temple at least two times a month, one as a couple, and two as a family. This simple act has changed us all for the better. When there is a real love for the Lord, there is an increased desire to be obedient and as clean and pure as he was. It's a great feeling, one infinitely worth striving for.