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Hi I'm Anika

I'm a writer and a bookworm. I'm a foster mom and mother of a special needs son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom raising a son with special needs and three foster children. I spend my days playing therapy games, folding laundry, and doing dishes. I find great satisfaction in the kitchen, too. I'm always hunting new recipes and trying out fun ingredients. Life should be yummy! I am a member of the American Night Writer's Association, and when the chores are done and the kids are asleep I become a bibliophile (book lover) and a writer. I spend my nights and my weekends working on my first novel, which I hope to have completed in about a year. I carry notebooks in my purse for whenever ideas and inspiration find me. I also carry books with me, and generally have a stack of them on my nightstand. If knowledge is power, I hope to be the intellectual equivalent of a super hero someday.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ or Latter Day Saints, because it is the only church on earth to today that comprises the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. Temple ordinances, priesthood authority restored from on High, and true clarity of the gospel principles and precepts are found here. It is all the truth, that ever was and will be in one place. I was born into a Mormon family, but my path wandered a great deal. In a moment of despair and utter depression, the Lord reached out to me. He showed that He was mindful of me through his prophets during a Conference address I stumbled upon while channel surfing in October of 2003. Once I made the choice to return to the path I knew to be right from my youth, all the things I had been missing, some of which I wasn't even aware, fell into place. It was not easy. I am still filled with regret from time to time, but I know that my Savior loves me. He has given me a loving husband and the promise that we will be together for eternity. He has blessed me with a son who is sweet and active, and now the joy of nurturing foster children in my home. He has given me the time and means to express myself in the written word, and the capacity to increase my own understanding through reading and study. I can never repay such a debt, and it is not expected that I will. Only that I will spend my days feeding His sheep, and striving to build His kingdom.

How I live my faith

I am a firm believer in going where you are called. I have been a leader of music and a leader of women as they visit and teach each other. I am currently teaching the nursery children (ages 18 months to 3 years) and loving every crazy minute of it. I believe the Lord has also called me to start a blog that can be found at http://necessarynurture.wordpress.com. And it is a testament that the greatest way I live my faith is by being a mom both to my biological and foster children. Daily acts of prayer and scripture study bring me and those in my home closer to our Savior and allow us to participate in His atoning sacrifice.