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Hi I'm Sandy

I love being a mother, reading and doing things with friends and family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a wife and mother. I am the organizer of all things in our home (except the bills, though my husband wishes I did that too). I especially love the joy of caring for newborns and very young children. One of my favorite things is spending time with my family. Each year we take a family vacation to the Washington coast; there I enjoy going to the beach and playing in the surf and swimming in the nearby river. I like cooking hot dogs over the fire, staying up late playing games and talking together with family. In our family we do something we call "super-long-kid-dates". At the age of 12, each child gets to choose an activity to do with one or other parent for a few days. This is an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with our teenaged children. We feel this is important because sometimes in a big family (7 children) it is hard to get enough time with each child alone. We also wanted to stay connected to our teenagers and keep an open communication during these typically difficult years, so they feel safe talking to us about what is going on in their lives. It is something we all look forward to.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I have been a member of the LDS church my whole life, I remain faithful to the things I have learned because of the great happiness I have in all facets of my life. I don't mean that my life is always easy or that I never have hard times, only that when hard times come I feel I can turn to the Lord for comfort and he is there for me. Knowing that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father, helps me to keep perspective.

How I live my faith

Um,ummmm this is like torture!!! I hate writing, the only thing I hate more is writing about myself. So, now you know the truth about my love of writing. I live my faith by doing something like this, even though I don't like it. What I do like is letting people know that I am just a real person, and a Mormon too. Sometimes hard things can be rewarding. For example, every Sunday I teach a sunday school class with 10, that right 10! 5-year-olds. These are no ordinary children, they seem uniquely qualified to create chaos in a classroom setting. Despite this, I have come to love them as I serve them as their teacher. They are darling and give me great stories to tell other people. By serving these children I have learned that I have to be to the point of whatever I am teaching them at the moment. Amazingly, they really are listening. When I ask them what I taught, they really know the answers, that is if I can keep them from jumping off the windowsill for a moment. The way they learn isn't by listening to everything I teach them, it is because of the safety and security they feel from the spirit of God. The simpleness of the Gospel is that we have a heavenly father that loves us and wants us to be happy. Jesus died for us so that we can live again as an eternal family with our heavenly father. This they can feel as I teach. We have no paid clergy or other positions in our church. We consider it a calling from the Lord when the Bishop asks us to serve in any capacity in the church. Even 5-year-old Sunday school teacher.