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Hi I'm Traci

I'm a wife, a mother of 3, a small business owner that gardens and educates others on the harm of pornography. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a news junkie that loves stay up to date on breaking news. However, with a full house and a part time job, I'm lucky to catch the 10 o'clock news. Thank goodness for text alerts and Facebook. My day begins at 5:15am with a trip to the gym or my 7 year old son coming in to wake me up. After getting everyone out of the house to school, I occasionally have work appointments. I own a window treatments business. I have met so many incredibly nice people through this part time job. I measure windows and help them pick out colors and fabrics. Other days, I volunteer in the children's classrooms, which I absolutely love. My daughter is piloting an iPad class in her classroom. It has been incredible to see all the ways they have learned to use the iPad. I am teaching internet safety classes to her classroom. I am a very concerned parent about internet safety, and media safety in general. We discuss this very openly at home. In our 'spare' time, our family loves to garden. We have an abnormally huge garden that we spend a few hours a week pulling weeds and tending to the plants. We are not experts, by any means, but it has been a great tool to teach our children hard work. My husband and I enjoy playing walleyball, going to sporting events, and game nights. We love to get away occasionally without the kids and recently enjoyed a trip to Denver, which has become a new favorite destination.

Why I am a Mormon

I never set my alarm because at 5 :15, my son wakes me up every morning. I tell him to get back on his bed until 6am and play Legos. However, his appendix ruptured recently which landed us in the hospital for 5 days. Staying at a hospital for an extended period of time was a new experience for my family. I never knew the strength and support that is so needed to get through a difficult experience like this. As Mormons, we believe that families are central to God's plan. Because of this, my family came together to help us get through this experience. We had many people watching our children, taking over our carpools, sending texts, visiting us at the hospital and helping my husband cover for things at work while we were taking care of our son. But most importantly, I knew we had people praying for my son's full recovery. Can you ask for anything more than that? So much Christ-like service was given to lift us up and the outpouring of genuine love filled my heart with humility and gratitude. We also have a system in place in the church where we look after each other. Our church family came to our rescue with cards, gifts and visits to the hospital. There wasn't a day that went by without someone checking on us to see if we needed a meal or help with our other kids. This to me strengthened my testimony of why the family is central to God's plan. And if we don't have a close family members, we have a church family that is there to support us in our time of need. That is how Christ lived his life and I saw first hand, many people trying to do the same by serving our family. Now when my son comes in at 5:15am, it reminds me how grateful I am for his health, the power of prayer, families and my church family.

How I live my faith

In our ward, I serve by planning events for the women 18 and older on a monthly basis. I pray to know the needs of the women and set about trying to plan an activity that would be helpful to them in their lives. Some activities are service oriented. I look for organizations in the community that need help. We have collected food and donated it to hungry children. We have made quillows for children and donated them to a homeless shelter. Many activities consist of uplifting and supporting each other as mothers, wives and women in the Gospel. We have women teach classes on parenting, budgeting, cooking, family history, and a plethora of other things that we deal with as women. As women in the Church, we take our responsibility as a mother and wife very seriously. We know that most of what goes on the home is because we make it happen. I must admit, I wasn't very excited to do this when I was asked. However, I knew that there was something I needed to learn from doing this. As my attitude has changed because of prayer and faith, I now see the value of meeting together on a monthly basis outside of church. We are able to connect to each other in a way that would be difficult to by only seeing each other Sundays. I have learned so much for other women in my ward. There are so many talented and smart women who have profound advice, because they have many more years of experience than I. In addition to this, I visit 3 women in the ward on a monthly basis. I enjoy getting to know them in a more personal way. They have blessed my life as friends and as we discuss gospel principles, families, children and being women in a society that devalues almost everything that we stand for. It's critical for us to love and support each other in the hardships we face with our families and at the same time, enjoy the good things of life together!