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Hi I'm Anne

I grew up in Seattle. I am a massage therapist. My husband and I adopted 3 children from the Marshall Islands.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I have 3 very special children and I work as a massage therapist. My husband and I started a family late in life. We just wanted to make a difference and to include children in our lives. We brought a mother from the Marshall Islands into our home. She was pregnant with her 5th child and had a serious medical condition. We were her only hope for her to survive the birth of this child. We spoke no Marshallese and she spoke very little English. She lived with us for 3 months before her baby was born and 4 months after. We assisted her in receiving medical care for her condition. We offered to send her back to the Marshall Islands with her baby, but she was unable to take care of any of her children and in fact we adopted both the baby girl and her brother. He was 4 years old when he came to us, two weeks after the baby was born. 2 years later, we adopted a 10 year old girl also from the Marshall Islands. Her mother had died when she was 5 years old. We have never looked back and our lives have deeply changed since we adopted our children and became parents. Sometimes I think we are too old for this and then I realize that we are all too "something". Raising children is challenging under the best of circumstances. What we have to offer these children is love and acceptance, something we could all use a little more of.

Why I am a Mormon

My life profoundly changed the day my father died. I was just 16. It was the first time that I was faced with mortality. I wanted to know where my father was. I wanted to know that I would see him again. I wanted to know that he would still be my father. I didn't want to lose my connection to him. I would like to say that my conversion was a smooth process, but it wasn't. I was raised in another church and from the time I can remember, wanted to have a close relationship with God. That got side railed a bit for many years after my father died. I kept looking for something, but mostly in the wrong places. By the time I started to investigate this church, it was ten years later and I had made some very poor choices and really didn't know what I wanted or believed. I joined the church because for the first time in my life, I felt something that I had never felt before. I felt an incredible love when I was with the missionaries and the people in the church. I knew it was not just them, but it was greater than any of them and all of them collectively. I read the Book of Mormon and took the discussions. It was like I was coming home and the pieces of the puzzle were fitting together. That was the beginning. Today I have a family that I am sealed to for time and eternity. I know that death will not separate us forever. It is a comfort to know that I will be with my family again.

How I live my faith

My family and I read and study scriptures almost every night and have family prayer. We set aside one day of the week to have family time. What we do for family night varies: we might watch a movie, have a lesson about some topic that our family needs help in, work on being prepared for emergencies or study a spiritual topic. We try to eat dinner as a family or as many meals as we can during the week. These are things that help us to stay connected to our children and our faith. I teach Sunday school to the 4 and 5 year old children. I love it! These children have such perfect faith. Whenever they talk about Jesus, they positively beam! They love JESUS! They want to please Heavenly Father. They are very sensitive to the spirit. I feel a strong committment to lead and guide them and learn from them. I try to live what I believe. I am not perfect, but do my best. I try to keep Sunday special. We don't shop on Sunday, go to the lake, picnics or birthday parties or work. It takes an effort to remember to fill the gas tank or buy milk on Saturday, but it is worth it. I feel a peace on Sunday. It is a day that is set aside to rest, to go to church and study the gospel, to visit with family, and other activities that keep us close to the spirit.