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Hi I'm Wendy

I'm a writer. I'm a mother to two Autistic children. I'm a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My dad was in the military, so I've lived all over. We went from place to place to place. It was a relief to have the constant of the church wherever we went--especially since I felt so different from everyone. I've had Obsessive Compulsive Disorder my whole life and things like that define you just as much your beliefs. I thought I'd never find someone who could understand the noise and chaos inside me, but then I met my husband. We've been married 14 years now, and I can't imagine anyone else dealing not only with that stress, but we also have two Autistic children. My daughter has OCD also. Most marriages with one child with Special Needs don't last, and it's hard. Everything changes when your child is diagnosed. We do okay. We've worked hard together as a family to overcome the odds. After years of therapy and intervention, both my kids are mainstreamed in school. I'm also a writer. Mostly I write young adult fiction. With the help of an agent, I'm currently trying to get a book with a main character with OCD published. When I get stumped, I go running or chat online on Twitter. Someday, hopefully, you'll see my name on a book cover. Hopefully.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I came to a point in my life when I was a teenager when my OCD was winning. I felt like I was controlled by all my compulsions. I felt like I was drowning in the darkness inside my mind from the disorder. I needed something bright and hopeful, and I needed to know the church was true. It took a while. I prayed with my whole soul, and then one day as I knelt there--I just knew. I knew what I'd always known. The church was true. My faith withstood another storm. When your child is diagnosed with something like Autism, your first question is "Why?" It's followed quickly by: "Why them? Why me? How can bad things happen to a child? Haven't I been good enough?" Most of those questions are directed straight at God--and you're shouting them in your head every day for months. It's hard to believe in a plan when everything you've dreamed for your children seemed snatched away. My ward drew around me and helped me. Slowly, peace settled into my mind, and I was able to do what the Lord wanted which was to get past my fears and get to work. My husband and I were inspired in how best to help our children. Educators and therapists have called my children's progress "a miracle." It is and it wouldn't have been a miracle without the trial that led to it. I'm a Mormon because it's true and I believe that with all my heart. Even when the world seems to have gone mad... even when nothing else makes sense... it's still true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being open about it online. I have in my profile on Twitter and in my blog that I'm LDS. It helps me find other LDS people who are active online, and I hope it makes Mormons seem more approachable to those who aren't Mormon. At church, I work with the children under age 12 as a secretary in the program for them. I love children, and our particular ward has a lot of Special Needs children, so I feel blessed to be able to continue to help kids whose path isn't as easy.