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Hi I'm Aubrey!

I'm half English. I'm a mother of three. I try to create my own moments of sunshine here in the North West. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a single parent home with a brother with some special needs. My mom had to work 2 jobs to provide for our needs and is a great example of optimism amid challenges! The difficult circumstances of my youth, and the help I received, instilled within me a desire to learn about and help people. Hence, I pursued and graduated with a degree in Social Work. I worked for 5 years teaching social skills and coping strategies to at risk youth. I also did an internship at a rehabilitation facility for addicts. In both of these settings I learned how positive interactions and support can change someone for the better. Now I am doing the hardest and most rewarding work I can do--being a mom of three beautiful little individuals! The ultimate challenge is applying the knowledge I have obtained and the things I know to be true in the 24-7, day in, day out of motherhood. To stay sane amid the mommy madness, I like/need to run! I also enjoy learning and speaking the Spanish language and feel that this is an avenue for me to connect with and help people. Being a sun-lover, life has been a little tricky in moving to the Northwest...but I have found that focusing on the positive (and there's a lot of it!) and creating my own sunny moments has helped me to fully enjoy the amazing beauty that is here! I also enjoy dancing, blogging, wake boarding, and snowboarding...when I can find the time!

Why I am a Mormon

In looking back on my life it is interesting to see that challenges that once seemed so debilitating created opportunities for me to become intimately acquainted with God. One of these experiences came when I was in my early teens. I remember harboring a lot of anger in my heart about my parents' divorce and the consequences of it. I felt so discouraged that this wasn't the kind of person I wanted to be, but felt out of control of these feelings. I so clearly remember reading in the Book of Mormon about a people who were caught up in wickedness but that the Lord had changed their hearts. I immediately found so much peace and relief knowing that if God could change these people's hearts he could change mine. Though this change of heart didn't happen over night, I found that as I turned to the Lord in prayer and sought for his guidance by reading the scriptures and listening to the words of his living prophets and apostles I would receive little by little the messages of hope, peace, and direction that I needed to change. I'm a Mormon because I've realized that God loves me and each of his children so much that he gave His Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior. And that Jesus Christ loves us so deeply that he was willing to suffer and pay the price not only so that I could be cleansed from sin and mistakes, but so that he would understand perfectly how to help me through all of my challenges. As I turn to Him and seek His help I continually feel his love and support and power to change me for the better. I am a Mormon because I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored in its fullness on the earth and through this gospel I can receive all the tools I need to be happy and to successfully navigate life. I know that God loves all of his children and provides a way for all to come unto Him through His son, Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. This gospel brings me joy, peace, and happiness!

How I live my faith

My faith is anchored in Jesus Christ and His teachings. I love that He simplified all of His teachings in Matthew 22 by saying that loving God and your neighbor are the two commandments that "hang all the law and the prophets." I try to live my faith in Jesus Christ by trying to find out what He would have me do each day. Through prayer I ask If I can be of help in some way to someone. If I listen and ponder on what I can do I feel that He guides me daily to know what I can do, how I can change, or who i can help. Often it is small things like befriending a Hispanic woman at the gym or bringing a sick family a meal. But I feel that even the mundane things or the small but deliberate deeds can bring great blessings to those who give service and those who receive. In a day and age where fast pace is the norm and the items on a to do list leave me feeling buried up to my eye balls in what I could be doing. Fitting in all the necessary tasks to complete in a day feels impossible. However, if I turn to God and ask what He would have me do that day I feel hope and optimism. I feel that it is possible to fit in the most important things with His help. I feel so much joy and peace when I move forward and accomplish the things I feel God would have me do. Another way I get to live my faith is by working with the children at our church. I am the secretary in the children's program there and though a lot of what I do is behind the scenes I love serving there! I find pure joy and wonder by seeing the world through their eyes and listening to their perspective on life. In getting to know each child and their families I get to know their potential and feel so much joy in helping them know that they are important and loved. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ by reaching out to all around me and giving help and encouragement where I can.