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Hi I'm Nikki

I'm a mom of a rambunctious 2 year old, a former 5th grade teacher, musical theater junky, a triathlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom with a crazy, but loveable 2 year old, and another baby on the way. My life is pretty normal, nothing fancy, but everyday is an adventure! I love musical theater and LOVE belting the songs at the top of my lungs while I clean my house. I love a good book and get lost when I read. My husband will walk in the door, see me reading and say, "See you tomorrow!"... He knows me so well! I also have just started to get into the whole, crafting, DIY project thing. I scour blogs looking for ideas that are easy... and cheap... and then do my best to replicate them! I'm always looking for ways to be a better mom-- and have an awfully long way to go-- why don't they come with instruction manuals?? I'm doing my best to support my sweet husband who just finished school and got his first professional job!! My most recent adventure was getting involved in triathlons. I've now competed in two races and am excited to do another one after our baby gets here! Like I said, nothing fancy, but a great life nonetheless!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all of my life. I have a very long line of ancestors who are Mormon, and I'm continuing that line. I've always known that God loves me and that He knows me, but I don't think I really understood how much He loves me until the summer after my freshman year in college. Charles Dickens started out his book, A Tale of Two Cities with this phrase: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." That explains my summer perfectly. It was the best of times because I had the best job of my life where I was meeting fantastic people and wonderful friends, but it was the worst of times because I found out that a dear friend of mine from college had been abducted. It was a very surreal experience for me at first, things like that don't happen to people you know and love-- it only happens in the movies. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months and I still didn't know anything about what had happened to my friend. There were so many questions that I wanted to have answered and so much hurt and despair about why it had to be her. I thought so often, "How could God let this happen?" "Why her?" "Why now?" Questions that tested my faith in God, in the church, in all of the things that I had held dear. However, throughout the summer, I had amazing experiences that testified to me that God is really there. That He cares about me, and about my beautiful friend, and that He will never leave us. God was with my friend until the very end of her life, and He continues to be with me every step of the way. That knowledge is what helped me to have the worst, but best summer of my life, and is one of the biggest reasons for why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've had the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas within my church. The most recent opportunity I've had is to teach the 14-15 year old youth about the New Testament. Being able to teach those sweet girls about Jesus Christ and his ministry on earth was one of the greatest things I've been able to do in the church. The thing that I loved most about it was how much I learned from the girls that I taught. I saw how strong their faith in their Savior was, and how they knew the love that God has for each and everyone of them. Hearing these girls bear their testimonies of what they know to be true was inspiring for me every single week, and it helped to strengthen my beliefs in what I was teaching them!