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Hi I'm Jackie

I have 8 children, 7 grandchildren. I drive a School Bus. I have an internet business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 8 children. I have always wanted to be the mom of a large family. I was able to live my dream. The youngest just recently moved out of the house and have left my husband and I as empty nesters. I have 7 grandchildren. The oldest is 5 and all but one live far away. I have an internet business and drive a school bus which I love. I get to see the sun come up every morning and after all the years of driving kids around I am finally getting paid for it. I especially love getting to know the kids on my bus and in some small way I might be able to help them in their lives. I love to read and watch movies.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was 3 years old. My first memory was when I was 3. I wondered how I got here. I could not remember my past and felt that I was missing something. I kept asking my mom if I was adopted although I knew that she was my real mom. Something just did not seem right. When I understood that I lived in Heaven before I was born it all made sense. It felt right. I learned at a young age that I was a child of God and that he loved me and cared about me. I learned that if I tried to obey his commandments that he would help me and that I would be happy. This knowledge gave me a great feeling of self worth and security. Even if no one else knew it, I did. This helped me through many years of trials. When I was nine years old my parents divorced and my world changed dramatically. My mom and sister and I went to see my moms dad when he got sick with cancer. Having arrived from California with 2 duffle bags and a chest, we were stuck in St. Louis, not able to afford to go back when he passed away. We ended up renting a flat for $33 a month. The rest of the flat was vacant. In fact at least a third of the buildings on our street were vacant and burned out. I was exposed to many terrible things but through it all I knew who I was. Starting high school I moved in with my dad and step mom with a whole new set of problems. I also found out that I could not go to church as it was to far away. So I went to church with my parents and explored some other Christian churches since I could not go to my own. They were good and I learned some things but I am a why person. The Mormon church answered all my why questions and gave me a purpose even when I was a little girl. I have a hard time understanding how someone can live in this world without knowing "WHY". I also know that no matter where I go in the world, I have a church family. They love me and I love them. We share the same goals and purpose. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by reading the scriptures every day, and praying both on my knees and in my heart all day long. I try to do a good deed each and every day and treat everyone, especally children with respect and kindness. I have a calling in the church. Currently I teach 11 three year olds with another teacher. I love these little children and look forward to seeing them every Sunday. In accepting callings I have learned so much over the years that I would never have any other way. This has given me great confidence and satisfaction and was the very reason I was able to overcome severe shyness. This has given me a purpose. In the past I have been a teacher, a helper, a nursery leader several times, the president of the women's organization, and counselor to other presidents. I was a den leader for a number of years and learned what made little boys tick. We have made significant contributions to the community working on numerous Eagle Scout Projects and service projects. I have worked with the youth and gone to girls camp. I can teach a group of children how to sing (really well) even though I don't really read music. I can get up in front of a huge audience and speak, teach, or conduct a meeting. I can organize and put on a social, pot luck, funeral, or any type of meeting. I can call, or visit, or meet people I have never met and make friends with them. I have taken in food, cleaned houses, given rides, counseled, sat with the sick and dying. I have had most of these services also done for me in return. Being a Mormon has totally enriched and blessed my life.