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Hi I'm Wendy

I am a joyful mother of 8. I am an RN and in school for my MSN. I love writing, reading, and children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mother, it is one of the greatest joys of my life. My two oldest children moved out in the last 2 years and I am learning to be a mother to adult children. It is a big change and sometimes feels like a big hole in my mother heart. Love holidays and breaks when we can all be gathered home together. I currently work full time and am in school full time. Both require a significant time away from my family, I have been using the "fly lady" reminders to help me stay on top of the laundry and dishes and expect a lot from my children and husband to keep the house running when I am away. My husband and I celebrated our 22 anneversary this year with a wonderful family trip to the California Coast and Redwood forest. What a wonderful time we had making memories and seeing amazing sites. I love reading Young adult fiction and some of my favorites this year are "Hope Was Here" by Joan Bauer, "Where the Mountain Meets" the Moon by Grace Lin, and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. I love children and have worked as a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. My husband says "babies are my people" because I love newborns and babies.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned for my self that this is God's true church. I know through my own experience that God is very personally involved with our lives. He wants to bless us and give us all that He has. He wants us to be happy. As a pediatric nurse for 20 years I have been involved in the loss of many children. Each time this tragedy happens I am forced to look again at my faith and hope in God. When a child dies it is unfair, it is a huge loss, the sorrow is so great for the family and any who love that family or that child. After a particularly hard loss my son asked me "How can you believe in a God who lets children die?" This is a question you have to address each time death happens it never gets easier but my answer to Him and to me is "How can you not?" All that is left if you don't believe in God is never ending pain and sorrow. Hope is all there is to hang on to. Two messages of hope have been a great comfort to me. One is “All that is unfair about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” this was shared in our recent annual womens meeting. I loved this because I know that there are things in this mortal life that are just not fair. The second message that brings me comfort is that this is the second of a 3 act play. The second act is where the conflict, climax and tragedy happen.In a good play and in life we have to wait for the 3rd act to find the resolution to problems and the scales to be balanced. We just can't see the end but that doesn't mean that God doesn't. I am a living witness of the very personal and sure love of God for His children. I love the Temple and know it is the house of God on the earth today. I can feel His love and know His will when I am there. I love the guidance and direction of the commandments they really keep us safe and I have loved having a sure guide to raising my children in this world that grows ever more wicked each day. I love the scriptures and try to immerse myself in them every day.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the children in our church, I am a weblos den mother during the week and teach music and lessons on the Savior to the children from 3-11. We have been learning about "I am a child of God" and it is so precious to me the way children light up when we speak of this glorious message. I love teaching the music and we have been learning a song called "Gethsemane" by Roger and Melanie Hoffman. It gives me goosebumps each time the children sing it and it is so powerful a witness of the Savior and His sacrifice for all of us. In Weblos we did a service project for Christmas to send pictures and lessons to Mexico with a neighbor who will be going down to repair homes. The people there have requested pictures of the Savior to hang in their houses and the scouts helped put the photos in the photo books and frames. My second son is currently in the Missionary training center getting prepared to go to Mexico to serve as a missionary. He is learning spanish and working hard to prepare to bless the people of Mexico with the message of Love and Eternal families. We have hoped for many years for this day. My husband served a mission to Indiana and I served a mission to Tiawan so this is a step we have planned for since my son was old enough to talk but it is a sacrifice to have him a way and I know that only

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