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Hi I'm Cyndi

I'm a wife, a mother, a foster parent and a triathlete. I work with preschoolers with special needs. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a super duper mom, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend. I'm probably a little bit less super duper at some of those titles but I get points for trying, right? I've been married for almost 13 years to my college sweetheart and we have an eleven year old son we love to smother with inordinate amounts of affection! Yes, you read that correctly, I'm a mormon and I have only 1 child! But...just recently we became foster parents to a remarkable young man! We feel lucky to be given the opportunity to provide him with the simple necessities in life that so many of us take for granted; a home, a family, an education and safety. I grew up in a foster home with 5 biological siblings and over 70 foster brothers and sisters. Although each of us is brought into this world under different circumstances, I know God loves each of us, is aware of our trials and puts people into our lives to bless us and help us along our way. I've learned in my life that everyone has struggles and trials. Some trials are outwardly visible and others are not. Because of a particular challenge in my life, where I felt very alone in my trial, I organized a support group for women who have a loved one with a mental illness. I find joy in knowing that we can find peace and comfort when we join together with others who have similar journeys in life and we learn we are not alone.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I Mormon? Well, I guess it all started when my parents moved to Northern California and met some Mormons. They were taught by the sister missionaries, decided to be baptized and raised their family in the Mormon faith. I'm the youngest of their brood and growing up I watched the choices and decisions my siblings made along with the consequences and directions their lives took. I made the decision that the path I want to be on is the one that leads me towards my Savior, Jesus Christ. My testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior has animated my life and given it meaning and purpose. There is comfort in knowing that I have a loving Father in Heaven who is aware of me and my circumstances. I know that if He is aware of me and loves me, then He is also aware of and loves each one of His children, including you.

How I live my faith

Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours. I try to live my faith by serving others. My parents were excellent examples and I have fond memories of the families we adopted at Christmas, the foster children we welcomed into our home, the young women my mother tutored so they could earn their GED, the lonely and disabled we had in our home for Thanksgiving dinners, the rides given to doctor's appointments and church to those who could not drive. There are countless ways we can serve, some may seem small and meaningless but they mean a tremendous amount to those we serve. I live my faith by donating my time and talents towards working with the young women ages 12-18 in my congregation. I live my faith by volunteering as the secretary on our neighborhood's HOA board, and school site council, and as a school volunteer. I live my faith at work helping young children with special needs, teaching them life skills and independence. I live my faith each time I return the grocery cart to the front of the store or share a smile with a stranger. I live my faith by being a parent and foster parent, by loving my spouse and being a good citizen. I live my faith by being honest and trying my best. I live my faith by being the best me I can be. I live my faith by loving my Savior and trying to be more like Him.