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Hi I'm Natalie

I am a part time student, full time wife and mother of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I did not consider myself adventurous until I married my husband. I suppose he started rubbing off on me. I enjoy scuba diving, traveling, taking college classes and running. My greatest joy comes from my family. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters. My girls keep me busy with voice lessons, piano lessons, musical theater, volunteering at the library, soccer and trying to keep the youngest healthy! I find therapeutic relief in cleaning my house. (My sisters and I inherited this from our mom. We fell asleep to the sound of the vacuum running at night.) I have the two best sisters in the world and have stayed close to them throughout my life. I love playing Mexican Train Dominoes with my grandma, cousins and daughters. Because my house is located in a former orange grove, my husband and I frequently go scorpion hunting around our house and backyard. I've got to keep my kiddos safe from getting stung! My biggest find was 21 scorpions in one night. So far, our dog has been stung 3 different times on his nose and my oldest daughter and I have been stung once....pretty good for an 8 year time span.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of the gospel of Christ bring me hope. Through my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I have gained greater understanding of my purpose in life. I find great comfort in understanding Heavenly Father has a plan for me and my family. About a year and a half ago, our youngest daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis. This disease is relatively new with no cure. Our daughter's illness means she is unable to eat many different types of food and is often sick. It is heart wrenching to watch her struggle through the pain she feels and miss out on activities. When she does eat a food she is allergic to, her body sends eosinophils into her digestive tract. While they are in her digestive tract, the eosinophils wreak havoc. Her esophagus swells and furrows. This leads to trouble swallowing her food. There are many times when food gets stuck in her esophagus. Since she has been diagnosed, I have had many comforting experiences. I remember one particularly difficult day, I was praying about my daughter. I had the words come into my mind, "She is my daughter too. She was mine before she was yours." I know Heavenly Father is concerned about my sweet little girl. He loves her more than I can comprehend. I continue to find strength in the atonement of Christ. To think that he descended below all physical and emotional pain so that he might succor us brings great hope!

How I live my faith

I am working with teenage girls in our church. Our church uses a program called Personal Progress. The girls have the opportunity to earn a young woman recognition award. It is similar to a teenage boy earning his Eagle Scout award. I help teach the girls about the Personal Progress Program and encourage them to set goals. These goals range from learning a new skill such as budgeting to learning about the divinity of womanhood. I love this program. I also have a daughter old enough to work on Personal Progress. We sit down together and set individual goals and dates we will accomplish them. We encourage each other. I have seen how this program has brought me closer to my daughter and helped us both become better people. I also have the opportunity to go visit women in my church each month through a program called visiting teaching. I am able to go into the homes of these women and leave a spiritual message. I check on the ladies I visit and see if they need any help from me. Being a visiting teacher has blessed my life immensely. I also volunteer at my daughter's elementary school. I love helping the teachers and being a part of my community. Last year, I helped with a program that encouraged children to exercise. I would go outside with the children and stamp a card every time they completed a lap. The students set a new record for the school on the amount of participants and total number of miles completed. This year, I am able to help with structured activity time.