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Hi I'm Christine

I'm a wife and a mother. I love to read and sing along to my favorite songs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four children and have one more on the way! The most common questions I get asked is, "Are they all yours?" and "Are you going to have more?" Things are pretty hectic most of the time since my oldest is only eight. My floor is more often crunchy or sticky than shiny and clean and I feel at times that my pile of laundry is taking over the house, but I love staying at home to care for my family. My husband is amazing in supporting me in my role as a mother and showing appreciation for my efforts (never criticizing my shortcomings). He is the most wonderful dad to our children. I remember when we got married thinking I loved him so much, but nothing has strengthened our love and increased my regard for him as much as watching him love, teach and play with our children. He has had many responsibilities throughout our marriage: school, grad school, church responsibilities and work, but always, he has made it a priority to spend quality time with me and with our family.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was an excommunicated member of the church when he introduced the Gospel to my mother. She had been raised Catholic, but converted and despite their divorce eight years later, she remained strong and faithful in the church. Her testimony and example provided the basis for my own testimony of the truthfulness of this church. She was temporarily disowned by her parents upon joining the church, yet she could not deny that she knew it was true. My testimony has come a little at a time. I have been blessed to have felt the love of my Heavenly Father early in my life and to recognize the feeling of the Holy Ghost. As I studied the Book of Mormon as a teenager, I was especially touched by how I felt each time I read it. I have retained a love for the scriptures and how they bring me closer to my Father in Heaven. As I share my beliefs with others, I feel them confirmed in my heart. I have felt no greater happiness than when I am living my life in accordance to the principles set forth in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it's true.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite responsibilities at church is being a "visiting teacher". Literally, I am asked to "visit" three women from church each month and "teach" a spiritual message. I treasure the time we spend together getting to know one another and supporting each other in our troubles and joys. I have made so many friends that I otherwise might never have met through this inspired program and my life has been richly blessed as I've had the opportunity to serve and pray for these women that have become my dear friends. I have also learned the importance of personal prayer in my life. Especially personal morning prayer. As anyone with young children can tell you, finding time for yourself (especially in the morning) is very difficult. But I have learned the hard way that if I do not make time for a personal morning prayer, asking for the strength and patience I know I'll need to make it through my day, disaster follows. When I take time in the morning and throughout the day to ask my loving Heavenly Father for help in raising the children He has sent into my care, I always receive the strength I need. Being a mother is the hardest thing I've ever done, but I know that I don't have to do it alone. My Heavenly Father wants me to succeed and He is always ready to give me the boost and help I need.