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Hi I'm Christine

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of 7. We have 6 boys and one girl. Our oldest was born in September 2000 and our youngest was born in September 2013. My husband is Jeremy, and he is my best friend. I am so thankful for him! My husband and I both grew up in large families, and we both hoped to have a large family of our own. Life around here is noisy, messy, and busy. There are always multiple projects going on and responsibilities to fulfill. I wouldn't have it any other way. We love each of our children and feel so blessed to have each of them. Every day holds new things to discover, and we enjoy catching glimpses of the world as our children experience it. I also started homeschooling again in 2013, and it has been an overall happy adventure that I'm thankful I chose. I enjoy baking, sewing, and crafting. I just love to create. I am no good at drawing (and therefore have drawn lots of stick figures, flowers, and apples over the years as per my children's requests to draw something for them) or painting or decorating, but I'm ok with that. I really enjoy music. I enjoy trying to play the piano, but I'm not very great at it. I also love to blog so I can document the little details of our family life. It thrills me to no end to go back and read things I wrote about our family. I love them all so much. I have an AA degree, and I hope to someday complete a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. My husband has a Bachelor's Degree and two Master's Degrees in Business.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but we all have to come to know for ourselves whether or not the church is true. When I was in high school and college I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I really believed in the church or not. I knew it was important for me to know. I prayed and studied and talked to my parents and church leaders. My answer came as a quiet feeling in my heart. It came gradually as I did my best to keep the commandments. When I finally recognized my answer, it felt so familiar. I had known it was true all along. That seems to be the nature of this gospel. I believe that we knew it before we were born because it is true and eternal. We can see that it is breathtakingly beautiful. I am so thankful. Living the gospel continues to bring peace and joy to my life. Whatever our challenges may be, as long as we are living the gospel we are blessed and things come right somehow. Trust in God's plan for us always leads us in the best way and gives us His promised blessings. It doesn’t make life easy, but it does mean that we can be happy despite our challenges here and also in the life to come. I love learning about Jesus Christ and remembering all that He did for us. Because of what He did, we will live again after we die. We will once again see our loved ones who have passed away. And not only that, but we can be with our families forever because of what our Savior did for us. I am thankful that He can take all of my shortcomings and my pain and make them right. I am thankful to know that I will see my grandparents again. I am thankful to have this church in my life, and I’m thankful for the many blessings it brings to my family. I know that it is true. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I know that He is real and that he loves us individually. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and I know that our current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, is a true prophet. I bear you this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

As members of our church, there are certain things that we just don't do. For example, we don't dress immodestly and we don't take harmful substances into our bodies. And there are things that we just do. We fulfill our church callings, we take care of and uphold families, and we do our best to follow our Savior. We do our best in our work responsibilities. We go to church. We pay our tithing. We do our best to hold our weekly family meetings where we teach the gospel and learn from each other. We pray. We study the scriptures together as a family and also on our own. We listen to the prophet and try to follow his counsel. And, most of all, we try to model our lives after our Savior. He is our greatest example, our master, our teacher, our friend. I feel that the best place for me to be at this stage in our lives is at home. And so that's where I stay. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to be at home with our children. I know that many women don't have that opportunity. I am thankful to be there for all their little firsts - their first steps, their first laughs, their first sentences. It is all so precious to me. I love my family more than words could possibly express, and I cherish the time I have with them. I know that my children will be grown all too soon, and I know that they are a gift from God. I keep that in mind as I deal with the frustrations I come across in my life. Whatever the cost, they are worth it, and God helps me every step of the way. In short, I try to know the will of God in my life, and then I try to do it.