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Hi I'm Jennifer!

I'm a piano teacher, wannabe composer, ophthalmology junkie, wife, foster mom, adoptive mom and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 13 years to a wonderful man. I have 2 adopted children, both boys ages 4 and 1. My husband and I are also licensed foster parents. We are unable to have biological children, so we decided to adopt and it has been such a blessing! I worked in Ophthalmology as a certified ophthalmic assistant for several years and loved it! When we were placed with our 1 year old it became necessary for me to be at home. So, I quit my 1st career to embrace a new one-that of a homemaker. It was a hard transition for me, but I really enjoy my time now and I love being with my kids. I decided to pursue my love of music and started teaching piano lessons. I am totally hooked now! Music has always been my passion and I love being able to share that with my students. I like to compose on the side (mostly choral arrangements...I am and have always been a choir nerd!) and I enjoy singing. I also like to quilt. My mother taught me how to quilt and I really enjoy this aspect of sewing...I can't sew clothes to save my life, but I can whip out a blanket or curtains in a flash! I enjoy beading/jewelry making also. I like trying out new foods and new restaurants with my husband on our dates. I love Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, French and Middle Eastern cuisine. I love learning new things and I'm pretty outgoing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church. But, I choose to remain an active member because it makes me happy. I distinctly remember being 15 years old and wanting to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. I had read the first half of it and I knelt and prayed, asking Heavenly Father to help me to know. I just had a sense of peace, a feeling of rightness, of wanting to continue. The more I prayed and learned for myself the stronger that feeling became. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ can change hearts and lives. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contains the full gospel of Christ, not just fragmented bits and pieces, as correct as those bits and pieces are. I know Jesus is the Christ-the one who was prophesied to come. I am so grateful for His influence in my life. I know that He loves me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Primary teacher and I love my little Sunbeams (the 3-4 year old class). I have had many opportunities to use my musical talents also, as a pianist, choir director, soloist, and even had the choir sing one of my compositions. I enjoy being a visiting teacher and getting to know other sisters and helping them. My husband and I decided to pursue foster care/adoption rather than using an adoption agency because we felt that in this way we could truly practice "pure religion"...to help these precious little ones who have had such a rough start in life. We wanted to show them love and concern, to show them what "family" can really mean. Yes, it can be difficult to love and bond with a child and then to have them continue on their journey, but they deserve that. They deserve to be loved. And I have found that loving is never a waste. We have been so lucky to have been able to adopt 2 of our foster children. I look forward to meeting and caring for more of my littlest brothers and sisters and to help them along on their journey through this life. It makes me feel like I CAN change the world...one little child at a time. I try to be a good person, to be kind and thoughtful. I try to see everyone I meet as a son or daughter of God, regardless of their circumstances or lifestyle. Jesus taught us to "Love one another". He made no exceptions and neither should we.