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Hi I'm Renee

I'm a Southerner. I'm a Nutritionist. I'm a Mother of Four.

About Me

I am a Carolina Girl! I am in love with all things musical, including my world class banjo-picking husband. It is a popular skill here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. :) I play piano, harp, and church organ, so coming together musically has been tricky! I am a jack-of-all-trades--a Nutritionist right out of college--then teaching piano, kickboxing, and some public health classes, but now I am focusing on additions to our house; two boys and two girls to be exact! Our life is really full right now!

Why I am a Mormon

My grandmother is a firey red-head with a spunky personality. I grew up about a quarter mile down the road from her. When I was about 13 years old, she could see I was struggling. She came up with an ingenious solution. She started inviting us over to her house to make...quilts! She was not a crafty person by any means; having a mother who helped support her large family as a seamstress, and growing up on a small farm with no modern heating system, making quilts was an absolute necessity. It was over the quilting frame that my grandmother told us story after story of her life. It was a life full of hard work and struggle. It was a life full of joy. I could feel her determination and faith through her stories--and I wanted to be just like her. One day, after telling us about memorizing "Sword Scriptures" in Sunday School as a girl, I decided I needed to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and read Holy Writ for myself. Already a voracious reader, I put my whole heart and soul into reading Scripture. I came to love our Savior in a deeper, more dedicated way through coming to know His word. I have a great admiration and love for the people who made scripture available to us, especially William Tyndale, the "father" of the King James Translation of the Bible, burned at the stake as a heretic for translating the word of God into the language of common man. I am also drawn to the story of the Pilgrims, people who came to America and faced incredible odds and hardship in a harsh and new land to live their faith in God as they saw fit. Several of my family lines trace themselves to these wonderful people. I am deeply grateful for their sacrifice and their deep desire to follow God. I feel I am following their example. We believe, that just as in ancient times, God speaks to a prophet. We are defined on Wikipedia as being "Restorationists". I find that the Old and New Testament are loaded with witnesses of this "restoration" of the ancient faith.

How I live my faith

The most important thing in life is to walk as Christ walked; to forgive all that have wronged us, no matter how deep, to lay our burdens at his feet, and harbor no bitterness in our hearts. Forgiveness is the deepest, most healing, and stilling thing we can learn to do in life. It frees the broken, giving room for Christ to come in and heal us from the depths of our souls. I believe in following the example of Jesus Christ. When I interact with my children, I ask myself, "How would Christ respond in this situation?", then pray for the courage and strength to do the answer! When I fall short, I ask for forgiveness and keep trying to be a better follower of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for his sacrifice for me. There is no greater peace to be found in life than from following Jesus Christ. It is a peace that "passes all understanding" (Phil. 4:7).