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Hi I'm Julianne

I am a wife, a mother, and a do-it-yourself-er. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married four years and we have two little boys. I am a full time homemaker while he pursues his PhD in high energy particle physics. It can be hard growing our family while still in the student phase, but we both really like learning how to do things ourselves which makes our limited assets just enough. I have my children in cloth diapers, which I learned to sew myself. I also really enjoy quilting and crafting. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Pretty much everything we eat is homemade. I'm learning about digital photography and how to write a personal memoir. We've also done (almost) all of our own house renovations and auto repairs. I am a list maker and always have a project I'd like to be working on. As a family we like to take walks, eat treats, and check out old movies from the library. I love waking up each morning knowing that my job for the day is to make the lives of my husband, my children, and everyone around me better.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first and foremost because I know God lives. I believe that the gospel taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is real and true and that alone is reason enough. On a more practical note, family is my profession, which means over the course of any given day I am a short order chef, a seamstress, a nurse, a taxi driver, a maid, a teacher, a pillow, an architect, a tissue, a story teller, a psychiatrist, and a playmate. I am a Mormon because without the perspective that the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me, there is no way I could make it to lunch time, let alone a lifetime of motherhood. I know that my time here on earth is part of an overarching plan created by a loving and perfect Heavenly Father. I know that I existed before this life and that I'll exist after I die, which helps me understand that every day trials are just a part of this stage. When I am faithful, those trials teach me how to be more Christlike and less selfish. God has given us commandments and covenants to help us be better than we can be on our own. As a teenager I struggled to recognize my worth. I read the Book of Mormon when I was 15 and realized then that God knows and loves me. His plan was designed to make me happy. Since then, not a day has passed that I have not found solace and instruction in the holy scriptures. I know that by being faithful to the precepts taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I can become my best self; the person God wants me to be. I know that my marriage is for eternity and that my family can be together forever. I am a Mormon because my greatest joys have and will continue to come by living the teachings of Jesus.

How I live my faith

The women's organization of the Church gives me so many opportunities to learn new skills and socialize with other adults. Where I live, we have a group for mothers with young children that meets weekly. Sometimes we play at the park or ride bikes in the church parking lot, other times we get tours of the local fire station or visit the bus depot. It's great fun for the kids and a good chance for mothers to visit with each other. Our society also has a monthly recipe group, quilting group, and a writers workshop. I try to attend as many meetings as I can because I figure I have so much to learn and can use all the enriching experiences possible. Not only am I able to develop quality relationships with a divers group of women, but I can also take the skills I learn home and apply them to my family life.