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Hi I'm Ariane

I'm a wife/mom of five kids ages 1-11. I work a few hours a week outside home and many more at home. I love it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a busy wife and mom of five. I started my family young, at age 22 and things have just gotten busier and crazier for the almost 12 years since then. I work 2 hours, one day a week at a local gym and one day a week for my husband in his investment office. I also run our household and that's an 8 day a week job, so you do the math! It is also the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I have ever done, though I won't lie and say I am never tired. Ha! I'm always tired! I started...then stopped...nursing school about 10 years ago and hope to return and finish when my all my kiddos are in school. I also enjoy fitness and am working to become a personal trainer and fitness instructor. Sometimes being a mom and a wife is really hard! Sometimes I feel like I just don't measure up, and sometimes I truly dont. But I'm always trying and at the root of it all I wouldn't trade it for any amount of riches, fame or fortune. My children are the most beautiful gifts and treasures, and my husband is the man I would pick if I could do it over a million times. Life isn't perfect, but it is perfect for teaching me the things that Heavenly Father wants me to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. But sadly, I haven't always lived my religion. I went through a period of time when I turn away from the gospel principles I had been taught and unfortunately I had to learn quite a few things the hard way. I don't recommend it! God in His infinite wisdom and endless resources has much better ways of teaching us the lessons we need to learn. Of course we all need trials in order to learn and grow, but we should keep the "learning through sin" to a minimum. Coming back to the gospel after being away was like coming in to a warm home after wandering in a blizzard. I wish I hadn't gone through it, but on the upside, it really did make me realize how precious the gift of the gospel is. I will never let it go again. I still remember clearly and perfectly the moment my first child was born. When they put her on my chest, still slimy and screaming, I felt the Spirit of my Heavenly Father there next to me, saying, "This is the most precious gift I can give you. Live worthy of it. Cherish it. Protect it. Enjoy it." I looked into my little baby girl's eyes and the whole world melted away. All my ideas about what it would be like to be a mom didn't even come close to doing this miracle justice. It was the ultimate miracle. And it increased my determination to live a life worthy of that miracle a miilion fold. So, does that mean I'm a perfect mom? Hardly. HARDLY!! I'm so far from it that sometimes I feel like reaching it is impossible. I yell too much. I'm impatient. I'm cranky. I'm tired. I take the easy way too much. I'm not one of the moms that gets it all done and does it with a smile and a wink. But I love my kids fiercely and I know that the only way they are going to survive the perils and evils of this world is if they have a strong spiritual base, high standards, and a close personal relationship with their Heavenly Father. My religion gives me all the tools I need to make that necessity a reality.

How I live my faith

Sometimes I feel like I strike out more than I get on base. I find myself too often saying, "I'm sorry I yelled....again." or, "I'm sorry it's mac and cheese for dinner...again." or, "I'm sorry I forgot to do my visiting teaching...again." And all of those relate to gospel principles, at least indirectly. We are taught to be peaceful, (as opposed to controlling and abrasive) and we are taught to magnify our callings in the home and at church. I need some work in those areas. Thankfully through the atonement I can course correct when I need to. I have never been a "magnifier" when it comes to church callings. I'm not proud of that. I'ts something that I have been thinking a lot about lately and rededicating myself to. I know that the Lord give us light, knowledge, and blessings little by little, precept upon precept, according to our worthiness and stewardship over that which he has already given us. It is my goal and desire to become a magnifier and live worthily of all the blessings Heavenly Father has in store for me. One of my favorite scriptures is Alma 32:27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than adesire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. I DO already believe. But I want to believe more deeply. I want to grow MORE. In Alma 32:42 the blessings of this experiment, if carried out, are described: And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the bfruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.