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Hi I'm Janine

I'm a Canadian, a wife, a mother to 5 kids, a reader, a runner, and a blogger. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 2 degrees in biomechanical engineering, but I use neither of them in my current life! Instead my days are filled with being the wife and mother in our home. I have 5 children and 2 cats, so life can be hectic around here. I enjoy working out each morning, as a way to kick-start my day and to counter-act my other love - baking. I love to bake treats, and I have a hard time reisting their allure! I started a blog as a way to document the everyday life of our family, but it's quickly become a way for me to share funny stories and to make others laugh. There are a lot of things that make a great day in my life, but a perfect day would involve PJs and a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was baptized a member of the church when I was 10 years old, it wasn't until I was an older teenager that I became a true convert. I had read the Book of Mormon before, but my heart wasn't in the process. It was just words on a page, a story to be told. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a promise that anyone who reads the book with real intent will know of its truthfulness. I decided to finally listen to that promise - I set out to read the Book of Mormon with a heartful desire to know if it was true. I planned on reading the whole book, and then at it's completion, I wanted to kneel in prayer and ask for a confirmation of it's truthfulness. I was somewhat thwarted however, because once I began reading, I knew within a few pages that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That testimony grew as I continued to read way back then; my heart swelled with the Spirit and I knew, not just hoped, but knew that Jesus was my Saviour and that this book was His gospel.

How I live my faith

My faith shapes my whole life, and the life of my family. Sometimes I'm tired and just want to sit in my room and watch TV, but I'll remember that it's my sacred duty to be the mom to my children. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who has given me these children and who expects me to shepard and teach them. This knowledge prompts me to get up and be with my children, to be involved in their lives, to listen to them, and to pray with them. We start each morning with family scripture study and family prayer. The only time we can guarantee that everyone is home for this is at 6am...so up we are each day. Our older 2 teenagers head to a scripture class each morning before school called seminary. I teach this class two mornings a week. This is my first time interacting with a group of teenagers, and I love it. I look forward to the time spent with them on those mornings - although we are all sleepy. Each Sunday at church I teach the adult Sunday School class. I love this job. I have learned so much from the in-depth study of the scriptures that's required to teach. I love the learning, and I love the discussions we have as a class each week. When I am there, I feel the Spirit of the Lord and it gives me the encouragement to keep on for another week. Each day I try to be a better person. I recognize my weaknesses and try to change. Through my Saviour's atonement, and through His love for me, I know that I can change.