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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a full-time nanny from Texas. I'm a jack-of-all-trades Ren-Fest nerd, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Barbara and I a professional nanny, although I have done a LOT of other jobs (including, but not limited to: teaching English in China, office administrator for a restaurant chain, retail sales associate, cashier, working in the fast-food industry, and even dressing up in big character costumes for kids' parties. Elmo was my favorite). I guess you could say that I'm a "jack-of-all-trades." I enjoy sewing costumes for myself and friends, most of them Renaissance-themed, although I have done Victorian-themed costumes as well. Every year I get a big group of my friends together to go to the local Renaissance Festival, and it's always a blast! It's one of my favorite things to do, next to writing and martial arts :o)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but it wasn't always easy. My parents were baptized after they had been married for several years, when my older brother was still a baby, so they were learning right along with us kids about the doctrines of the Church. Because we were the only members of the Church amongst our extended family members, it made family gatherings interesting growing up, and I remember getting into heated arguments with some of my cousins about religion. Sometimes I felt alone in defending the Church to my cousins; the adults were never around to mediate when the arguments happened, and my brothers would just sit by and watch the heated exchanges like they were at a tennis match. My brothers have since become inactive, while my parents and I have continued in the faith and kept going at it. I've had my challenges in life, including challenges to my beliefs. In all of those trials I've tried my best to be optimistic and have hope in the future. I've never had to question what I believe in because it seems that a lot of people around me seem content to do all of that for me. I've had many people, including family, give me their opinions and reasons why they think what I believe is wrong. I've never wavered in my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith gives me joy in life, and joy is something I'd rather not do without :o)

How I live my faith

I love serving in the Church! I've done a lot of different things in my local congregation, including being choir director for almost 3 years and teaching in Sunday school. Not having any background in music other than singing in church choirs, I learned a lot by being a choir director. It was wonderful to be able to get together with friends and practice singing hymns to our Lord and Savior. Of course, I love serving in an unofficial capacity, too. My favorite thing to do is just try and be observant of people around me and see who might need a little bit of help, whether it's lending a helping hand at the supermarket or joining in on a community project. It makes me happy to know that I can make a difference in other people's lives in such a small way, with a smile or a hello, or even a quick phone call or text to see how they're doing.