Hi I'm Lydia
I write and illustrate children's books. I food blog. I'm a wife, I'm a mother of four, I'm a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.
I just welcomed my fourth little baby into the family. I have been married to my sweetheart for 7 years. I am a Certified Teacher of Elementary Education and am able to put my degree to good use with four little kids running around. I love cooking and trying out new recipes and blogging about them on my cooking blog: putalydonit.blogspot.com. I also enjoy singing, digital scrapbooking, writing, and creating art. I'm working on writing and illustrating children's books. I love reading as well. Books on tape are my secret for making dish washing fun. I enjoy getting involved in the community, and I'm currently serving on a local School Board. I've recently started running with a friend and would like to train for a small race or marathon, however, a hectic schedule with little kids is making that difficult, so for now, I'll have to settle with just trying to loose the baby fat. :) As a family, we like to explore parks and picnic. We set and met a goal this last summer to visit all the parks in our city. There were over 15 and we had a lot of fun discovering new favorites. We recently went blackberry picking, and I'm looking forward to yummy pies and a good harvest. Fall is my favorite time of year!
I find strength and hope in knowing that there is a purpose to this life, and that God created a plan of happiness for us to follow. I love my little family so much, and it brings me great joy knowing that we can look forward to eternity together if I live righteously. In these troubled times, it is comforting to know that the Lord speaks to me through his living Prophet and Apostles. Consistently, I find joy as I follow their wise counsel. I look forward to taking the Sacrament. It provides an opportunity for me to reflect on my Savior and the commitment I made at baptism to try to be like him. I testify that the atonement of Christ is not only for the sinner. Through it, I have been blessed to forgive someone when I knew I could not do it alone. When we give all we can, Christ fills in the gap. I testify that the Lord can make our weaknesses into our strengths as we turn to him. I experience this as I recognize an area I need to improve on and talked to the Lord about it. Through the quiet whisperings of the spirit, I’ve been guided to know what steps I need to take to make changes. I’m thankful I can talk to my Heavenly Father through prayer. I know he listens to me and his answers come through impressions in my heart and mind. I often seek the Lord’s inspiration in the decisions I make as a mother. I don’t always know how to meet the heavy demands, but when I turn to the Lord I am always blessed to know what is best for my family. He cares about me and wants me to succeed. He is aware of my needs and waits patiently for me to ask for help or recognize his hand in my life. He is a perfect father and he loves me very much. I feel his love every day, even just as I observe his beautiful creations, and I’m grateful to be part of them. Life isn’t always easy or perfect, but my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives me the guidance and hope I need to get through the difficult times, and makes the good times even better.
I look forward to “gathering” with the Saints and worshiping together each week. I enjoy learning more about the gospel, and I’ve made lasting friendships as I have served with and been served by members of my ward. Our Savior spent much of his ministry in “the service of his fellow men.” I know the organization of the church is inspired and provides many opportunities to offer meaningful service, as well as to be blessed by it. We were recently stranded on the road with serious car problems. We were discouraged, not knowing how we could afford to get our car and family home, but immediately our ward family lightened our load by arranging for a brother in the ward to pick us up and use his trailer to bring our car home. A sister in the ward packed a meal for our hungry crew, and in our dismal time of need, we were cared for and blessed by “good Samaritans”. As part of a “ward family” I try to do the same by making meals, tending children, and visiting other women in our ward. I enjoy attending the temple, the Lord’s house on the earth. There, my husband and I make sacred covenants with the Lord that help to keep my family eternal. As a family, we study scriptures, attend church, and designate one night a week to spend together. These are things that help keep our family close. I currently serve as a Ward Missionary. I look for opportunities to share the gospel with friends and answer questions they might have. I also visit less active members, and do what I can to support the missionaries in our area. This opportunity has pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I have been blessed as I’ve shared something that is so precious to me.