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Hi I'm Cinnamon

I grew up in Iowa. I love my husband! I'm a mom of 4 kids. I think pilates is fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am raising a blended family. I have two children from a previous marriage and so does my husband. They say that over 80% of remarriages fail when there are children involved. I do not want another divorce to happen to my current family. It is a hard process but I believe that families are an integral part of our community and country's success, as well as my own personal success. I've even learned that they don't have to like each other right now, families that aren't blended aren't always that lucky!

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to grow up in the great Midwest state of Iowa. Iowans in general, I think, are very down to earth, honest, hard-working people. You have to be pretty die-hard to live in a state where you have to plug your car battery in at night during the winter just to keep it going. With this kind of background, being a member and staying a member has been relatively easy. I've always wanted to be a part of a church that taught truth and that the members tried their best to actually change and be better. As you get older, I see that many people get more and more set in their ways and don't try to improve themselves any longer. Life seems awfully short and I wanted to really get better as I aged. Also, my marriage and my family has always been number one in my priorities in life. I really wanted my children to know that the ten commandments were really commandments not suggestions. I wanted them to have backbone and courage, and the people that I have met that I truly admire have always had a very strong moral compass to guide them. In my mind, the teachings and character of Jesus Christ have always been the standard for which I want to keep striving.

How I live my faith

I do lots of things but the thing I want to mention here is that I get up every morning at 5:30 a.m. (or a few minutes after). I have prayers with my husband before he goes to work. Then I make sure all my teenagers are up and I have a prayer with them before they drive off to seminary. I don't have to get up to pray with them, but I make that choice every day. And trust me, I love to sleep! I started praying with my children in the morning before they left for the day almost 2 years ago. I had been reading how you should pray over all the elements of your life and that you shouldn't be afraid to talk to God about what you needed, and hoped for, and wanted to thank Him for. The blending of the family was really tough at this time and I didn't know what to do. Prayer seemed like the last best option. Within two months, there was a tremendous change. I wish I had done it right away when we first got married - but because I didn't, I learned a valuable lesson. Make praying a priority! So, if you are reading this, and you are having a hard time with your family, I'd like to encourage you to pray with them consistently. I do every weekday morning now. Teenagers will give you a hard time about it - but just keep at it. Give it three months and see if there isn't a really positive thing that comes from it!