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Hi I'm Vicki

I raised 6 children in California and Georgia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've raised 6 kids in California and in Georgia. I was a stay at home mom for 33 years, and now I am an insurance adjuster. People used to ask me what it was like to have 6 children so close in age (5 of them active boys). When they were small my answer was, "It's like the carpet and walls arere always in motion with so much warmth and fun in the house." When they were teenagers and all at home my answer changed to "It's like the entire house is always in motion. The house is full of our kids and their friends with lots of life, laughter, phones ringing, balls bouncing, drums drumming, cars coming and going. Our garage is in constant commotion." We camp, boat, work ( my husband was a contractor), and play as a family. In 2005 our 18 year old son was drowned during Hurricane Cindy trying to save a friend who was swept into a creek. We felt the love and support of family, church, and community at that time. Most importantly, we felt the love of the Savior and were strengthened immeasurably by that love then and even now, years later.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have lived the teachings of the Church all my life, and by doing so I have felt a deep sense of the Savior's love for me. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me the strength to keep His commandments, and because of that, to have confidence in the Savior's ability to bless me and help me through the challenges of my life. I know the Savior lives, that He is indeed just that - my Savior. I know He was the first to be resurrected, that because of Him we will all rise again. I know He is my advocate with the Father, that because of His atonement I can repent and return to live with my Father in Heaven. He knows my name, He knows my hurts, my grief, and my triumphs. He knows and loves my family. What a blessing to have been able to live my life surrounded by the teachings of the Savior.

How I live my faith

I have to live my faith in my home to be happy. My husband and I discovered that when our children knew our home was run by a marriage centered around the Savior and His teachings, they became confident young people who were able to understand making good choices. Of course no one in this family is perfect, but this "centeredness" gave our children the courage to make good choices no matter what their friends did, and if they did make a mistake, the courage to correct that mistake and move on. I am forever grateful to the Church for helping me learn how to do this as a wife, a parent, and as a daughter of my Heavenly Father. We love our Sunday and Monday night Family Home Evenings. Because ours was such an active, noisy, and large family, our kids decided Monday nights were for fun and games and Sunday nights we would have lessons about the Savior and His teachings. This worked for our family, two nights a week learning and playing together. Our kids needed those two nights of family every week. I spent many years teaching the youth in our congregation in what we call Seminary, an early morning scripture study class for high school students every day before school. Because of this intense scripture study, I have been able to find answers to my struggles and problems by pondering how the Lord blesses us and how he teaches us in the examples of how he loved and blessed the ancient peoples in the scriptures.