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Hi I'm April

I'm a Mom of 7, a wife to my best friend, a yogi, a sister, a neighbor, an artist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 7. I have been married 15 years to my best friend. We have 6 amazing children together. My first child was born when I was 17 and was adopted out to a wonderful family. Because of that blessing, I was able to go to college, meet my husband there, and do many wonderful things with my life. I graduated from college in 2000. Then I stayed home as a full-time mom helping my husband work and go to school until he finally graduated shortly after the birth of our 5th child in 2007. I love to sing, draw, watch tv, play video games & board games, watch movies, sew, craft, bake, cook, FB, go to church, visit with friends, do henna, blog, do yoga, swim, stay cool (it's REALLY hot where we live), read, take bubble baths, get massages, go on dates with my husband, go to the temple, manage our finances, play with my children, help other people in any way they need, and generally enjoy this life while learning as much as I can. I have a great life with many blessings, but I am also a manic-depressive. I have some sort of chemical embalance that causes me to have mood swings and fits of depression. My husband and children love me and help me every day. I get through my worst days with prayer and patience with the Lord's timing. I get through my best days with lots of prayer also.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church when I was almost 15. I loved the family life of my good friends and wanted that with my family. Mostly I wanted someone to love me unconditionally and to have a family that lasted for eternity. I wanted to get baptized right away, but my mother would not allow it. She felt I was being brainwashed or convinced of something b.c I was so young. When I was 18, 1 week after having given birth for the first time and given that baby up for adoption my mother told me to choose: my family or the church. So I moved out of my parent's home 2 months before I graduated from high school, moved in with a kind family who offered to take me in, and started my life anew. My early testimony was weak and I didn't understand a lot, but I felt the love and peace the Gospel brings. Now I feel like I understand the scriptures and doctrines of the gospel so much better, because I have studied it and prayed and fasted and received my own witness that the Gospel is true. I know that my Savior and my Heavenly Father love me and they want what is best for me, especially since my experiences give me strength and help me to grow and learn. I am excited for the eternities, because I have the potential for Godhood and to be with my Husband, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, and all of my family forever.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday with my children and husband. I sing in my church choir. I do whatever I can when I see a need in my friends, family, or anyone I come into contact with. For instance I keep granola bars in my car for when I see panhandlers on the street. I try my best to keep my home in order, and encourage my children to contribute to our home and family. Sometimes I am awful at homemaking and impatient with my children &/or husband, but when I am patient the Spirit guides me and I do things that are amazing with my family. I pay my tithing faithfully, attend the temple as regularly as I can, am kind to my neighbors, and try to think of everyone I meet as children of God. I take meals to people when they are sick or have a baby. I always try to think of someone new who would like some treats when I make them (I love to make chocolates, bread, caramels, and other treats!). I am also short with cashiers, impatient with other drivers on the road, and sometimes watch things on tv that are not appropriate forms of entertainment. In short I am not perfect, but I am trying my best every minute of every day (ok, MOST minutes).