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Hi I'm Dani

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm a writer. I'm a violinist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent a good chunk of my childhood with a single, working mother. I love her dearly and I know she did what she had to do to raise me and my two brothers but I always envied my friends who had stay-at-home moms. I craved stability and familiarity in my home life that was often lacking. For that reason, I always knew that when I had my own children I would sacrifice everything to raise them full-time. Luckily I found a husband who values my goals and desires. He told me that he would do everything in his power to make it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mom if that was what I wanted. I quit my job just before our son was born. We faced some very difficult financial challenges but because of a loving Heavenly Father we received very specific blessings to get us back on track. We now have a daughter and we recently purchased our first home. My husband works very hard to provide a comfortable life for us. And I work just as hard to make our home a safe haven from the world and raise our two children. I have a degree in English Literature. I love writing in my spare time (which isn't much). I am an avid reader and have been since my earliest recollection. I spend time everyday passing that love of reading on to my children. I have played the violin for 18 years and I teach lessons from my home. I love love love organization although with a preschooler and a toddler running around my house all day it doesn't always look that way.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent much of my childhood in dark and troubling situations. I can't remember a specific moment when I received a testimony of the Restored Gospel. But as I look back I can see that the only thing in my life that wasn't in constant turmoil was the Gospel. As a child I clung to those truths and principles because they were constant, steady and unchanging. When everything else felt unsure and unsafe the simple, precious truths in the scriptures gave me peace. As I became an adult I often struggled with feelings of anger and resentment concerning my early years. And I spent many years playing the victim. I felt bitter towards some of my family members and lost several important relationships. But because I had continued to nurture my testimony I began to find peace again. As I studied my scriptures I renewed my relationship with the Savior and through his Atonement I began mending myself and my relationships. I have come a long way but I still have a long way to go. Some days are easy and other days I battle my past every step of the way. But because I have experienced the peace of the Atonement I know I am never alone. I have a loving Heavenly Father who has seen every tear I have cried and reached out with loving arms to comfort and guide me. And I have a Savior who has experienced every pain I have felt and knows the despair of my darkest moments. His infinite, unfathomable love has made it possible for me to continually drop my burdens at his feet and move forward with faith and love and peace.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in my ward by coordinating service for those families who are in need. I live in an area with lots of young families and plenty of new babies so I often set up meals or babysitting for new moms or for women who are facing difficult trials such as job loss, death of a loved one, illness, surgery, etc. I also serve as a visiting teacher for three women in my ward. I visit them each month to catch up with them and see that any needs they may have are being met whether spiritual or physical. They have become some of my closest friends in the area.