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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a wife, a mother of 4, a sister, a daughter, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have a regular, simple life that is just perfect for me! I'm married to a patient, humble man of 8 years who continues to teach me in subtle ways to be a little bit better. I like to think this goes both ways. :) I was the oldest of 5, so I always looked forward to being a mom to my own little kids one day, and now I am living that dream! I never expected that those kids would turn out to be ALL GIRLS... but I know that they are exactly what I need. I can do 5 heads of hair in less than 20 minutes if I need to! Much quicker when my hair is long and can go in a messy bun. :) They keep me on my toes for sure. Life already seems so busy and I know it's only going to get busier as the time goes on. I sincerely try to enjoy the little moments. Doing this tends to make my housework and cooking lag a little... but I just enjoy the kids so much more!! :) I figure there will be a day when my house stays clean for more than 1 hour... and when that happens, I'll probably miss the piles of Polly Pockets and play makeup smeared all over the bathroom counter! I'm currently pondering and praying about what I want to be when I grow up!! Being a mother and wife will always be my number one but as my kids get older, it's time for me to start deciding what to do when they are all in school... and moved out one day! It's a TOUGH decision! Wish me luck. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I loved going to Primary and singing of Jesus Christ and of my Heavenly Fathers plan for me. I didn't know any different, but it made me happy. When I was a teenager, I always dreaded going to girls camp. I am NOT the camping type, but every single time I went, I had a testimony building experience. I know now why our youth are encouraged to go. The Spirit can speak to us clearly when we are away from the chaos of the our daily lives. I married my husband when I was only 20 years old. We were not married in the temple. I remember being a newly wed, meeting regularly with our bishop so that we could eventually go to the Temple to be sealed. It was at this time in my life that I had to truly decide if this life as a Mormon was really what I wanted. It would be so much easier to stay home and chill on sundays and not be asked to serve in the church. Did I really KNOW the church was true? I BELIEVED it was true... but I didn't KNOW. I wasn't fully willing to raise a family in a religion I didn't know was true and worth our time and effort. One day my husband pulled out the checkbook to write a check for tithing, "Are you crazy?" I thought. I knew we wouldn't have anything left and payday was over a week away. I chose to grin and nod and trust all those lessons about tithing I had heard my whole life and believe that Heavenly Father would take care of our needs. The next day I checked the mail, and there was a letter from a family member and inside was a check for $50. Not me, nor my husband had asked for it, but Heavenly Father provided what we needed to get by for awhile. That was the first testimony builder of many that I have since received by choosing to follow this plan. It didn't come overnight. It came through obedience and faith. I'm proud to say that I now KNOW this church is true. And THAT is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading from the Bible and The Book of Mormon, through service in the church, and through prayer. I pray for peace and guidance all through the day. I stress over sooo many things that I can't control even though I know that it's silly to do so. Prayer and the scriptures help ease my fears and keep me sane. :) I currently serve as a primary teacher on sundays and I also help organize visits to other ladies in the church through a program called Visiting Teaching. This is an inspired program that helps us to keep an eye out for any needs of people we are surrounded by. There have been countless times I have seen service given to someone who needed help. Sometimes it's just the friendships that are built that make visiting teaching so awesome. I have come to know and love a few people that I would never have thought I'd ever relate to or build a friendship with. I absolutely have faith in all the programs that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints offers. Sometimes living the Gospel is a huge sacrifice of time but I know that the meaning of sacrifice is to "give up something good, for something better." I know that living the Gospel and giving of our time and our talents, brings true happiness and peace.