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Hi I'm Monica

I am a short blond, but sometimes brown haired woman trying to survive motherhood and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 30 year old daughter, wife and most importantly a mother! I love being a mother more than anything. I am a middle child with parents who sacrificed everything for their kids. I am a better person today because of the lessons I learned by watching my parents. Now I get the chance to raise my own family. Since marrying my best friend ten years ago, we have lived in five different states and each of our three children lays claim to their own state. It has been an exciting and exhausting journey in motherhood, but I wouldn't change one thing (except any time when I lost my temper with my children - I am human)! I love road trips. I love to spend long hours in the car with my family learning about the land we are in and enjoying this worlds beauty with the ones I love most - even if everyone in the car doesn't love it as much as I do! I love to stay active with my family in whatever state we are in. One day I would love to finish school and become a speech therapist. Two of our sons have needed extensive speech therapy. One with abnormally small ear canals, who did not hear for the first two years of his life and our baby who was born with a cleft lip and palate. I feel so blessed to have therapists to help our kids and am continually fascinated and impressed by their patience and knowledge in helping my kids learn and gain confidence in their speech. I would love to work with other kids one day who, for some reason just need help with speech.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I know I can't survive alone. I am not referring to the physical presence of being alone (although I don't like that either). I am referring to the countless times in my life when I feel the hand of our Heavenly Father in mine and my families life. I am a Mormon because I love my family so much that the thought of not being together forever is too much for me to bear. I am a Mormon because no matter where I am in this world, I have a family in the church. We have lived away from family for nine years. In those nine years we have lived in five states. Each time we move, it is overwhelming and sad. But, we are never scared because we know there is a ward family to welcome us and inculde us in their fold. I am a Mormon because I know it is the true church on the earth and I have faith that if I live worthy I can live with our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching my kids each day through my example. I pray each day with my kids in the morning and at night. I read the scriptures with my kids each night. I try and show kindness to strangers and friends no matter their background. I strive to teach my kids tolerance and love for everyone. I volunteer in our church with the youth, and in cub scouting. I really try and be a better person each day than I was the day before. I love to ask my kids "What Would Jesus Do". I try and show this to my kids in small ways. One, is a lesson that I learned years ago from a neighbor. She told me that instead of giving beggers on the street money, she always has apples in her car so that she can give them something. I have never forgotten that lesson and I can't drive by a begger without stopping to offer them some help. I don't carry apples however, but I always have granola bars handy! Once, my oldest son noticed we were stopping by one such person. He was eating his peanut butter sandwich in the car and quickly threw it up to me and said "here, give my sandwich to that man." I pray for forgiveness each day so that my kids will know that it is okay to make mistakes - and that we can be forgiven.