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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a Mormon. Wife of 1, mom of 6. A little kooky, majorly happy and totally rockin' being a stay at home mom!!

About Me

When I was a kid I wanted to be a lawyer and maybe a judge someday. Others seemed to see similar things for me and I was voted most intellectual and most organized by my classmates. But when I got to college, I couldn't decide on a career path. While everyone around me knew what they wanted, the only thing I knew for sure was that my dreams of being a lawyer had changed, and that the only thing I wanted more than anything else was to be a mom. Now, with six children, I get to live that dream. That difficult, messy, joyous dream. When people ask me how I do it, I tell them that it requires a little kookiness but that mostly I was born to do this. I can't imagine any other life more fulfilling for me. I do a lot to try and let my kids know how important my job is to me. But I also try and carve out time for other things that I love. I love to decorate on a dime. Since usually a dime is about what I have to decorate with! And I look for fun opportunities for me and my family. Last fall we were on a Home Makeover show and my family and I got to see up close how the magic of TV comes about. I also hosted a concert in my home for a Mormon artist and we were blessed to experience amazing talent and music in our home! I truly try and teach my children that anything is possibly.That any dream is worth striving for. Even when the world says you should want something different, even if it's "just" being a stay at home mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by two parents who converted when they were young. There was a lot of trial and error as they discovered what it really meant to be Mormon. But I was shown a great example of not giving up, of pushing our way through trials, and no matter what, always going to church. When I was a young adult, I had to go through my own trial of faith and discover what it would mean for me to be Mormon. I stood on a precipice, and decided then and there that I was a devoted follower of Christ. That there would be no going back, no wavering. I discovered a happiness and joy through the atonement of Jesus Christ that I still experience every day. There is so much static, confusion, and noise that attempts to dissuade people from following the path that leads to God. The gospel of Jesus Christ keeps me grounded and lights my way. When my first child was born, I realized two things. First, that everything my parents had done, REALLY WAS because they loved me! And secondly, that only a loving Heavenly Father could create something as beautiful and perfect as the bond between a mother and father and their child. As my children came along and grew, I didn't have to worry about what I would teach them. I already knew! I already knew the answers to the questions they would have, and I already knew my stance on the things they would be faced with and would see their friends doing. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a daily commitment. One that requires earnest study of the scriptures and prayer. It requires devotion to Jesus Christ and his commandments. But with that devotion and commitment comes blessings and rewards that cannot be replaced by anything the world would offer us. Every day is a beautiful day to me. Am I perfect? Ha ha ha. Hardly. But I know who I am, what I want, and why I'm here. And I know that my Savior will make up for the rest.

How I live my faith

Since my marriage 15 years ago, I have been asked to be a young women's leader many times. Each time I am asked to help in this capacity, I wonder what I have to offer these girls. But I soon come to realize that they teach me as much as I teach them. I see youth that are strong and immovable in Jesus Christ. I see youth that are leaders in their schools, among their peers. I see youth that are courageous and valiant in their efforts to be followers of Christ. They make me want to be better, do better, live better. They give me a renewed desire to be an example to others. Every Sunday we gather up our six children and head to church. We try to be on time and there are mornings that half of them have breakfast on their face still, or hair sticking up. But we are still there. We make the effort every week not so that others can see we are there, but so that God knows we are there. So that he knows that we are committed, even when our lives are hectic and crazy. Could I use a few more hours of sleep? Of course. But where else would I feel the spirit of God as I listened to talks prepared for me, for my needs, fore my heart? Where else would I be reminded that Heavenly Father loves me and that he sent his Son to die for me? Where else would my joy over my family be renewed even as they giggle and spill crackers on the floor? My faith is central to everything I do. My faith reminds me that my family is the most important thing. My faith reminds me that my choices affect what my eternity will be. My faith shows me a path that will lead me and my family back to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. When I look at all the choices that I have been faced with in my life, and I can see where some wrong choices COULD have led me, I am forever grateful to be a member of this church. I am grateful to have guidance from the scriptures and from weekly church attendance where I am reminded that I'm loved, that I matter, and that I can choose the right!