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Hi I'm Jackie

I've been a firefighter, college athlete, and first grade teacher. Now living my dream of being a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town then graduated from a big city in an area I am passionate about, teaching children. I taught first grade for five years before staying home to raise my three fantastic children. Being a teacher now to my children in my home has been my dream for so many years and I wouldn't trade it for any other life. While attending my university, I had the opportunity to fulfill another dream of mine as a student athlete playing volleyball. Being able to compete at a high level for four years and travel internationally in my sport defined who I am today and helped me see how beautiful our world and the people in it are. I also was a wild land firefighter for a season and coached young girls high school and club volleyball for seven years. I still love playing sports and I recently found a love for running in the past few years. I read, cross stitch, organize, and love being involved with my faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I love those commercials that tell me "your dream is out there, go get it". When I saw that specific one for the first time, I was sitting on the couch folding laundry while my two youngest children ran around playing. I looked around at my messy front room, thought about the adventurous day I had had (a walk to the park! potty training!) and felt so at peace with the "dream" I was already living. I thought about the "dreams" people were chasing in the commercial; starting their own business, purchasing and sailing a boat, training for an athletic event. All positive and fine dreams, but not mine. I always wanted to be a mother, always knew because I saw it in my own family, that the greatest happiness that can be found on this earth would be in a home I created. Where Jesus Christ was the focus, where love was spoken and heard, and where my children could have a solid foundation to build their lives on. Having been raised in the church, I am grateful for a continually growing testimony. I haven't had one solitary incident where something incredible happened to let me know this church was teaching truth. But as I look back on my life, as I have tried out the principles for myself and prayed to know if what I was learning was really true, I have received a million little "yes'". That peaceful, happy feeling has been leading me down this light-filled path my whole life and I cannot deny it is true! I continue to follow those feelings because I know it is the only way to be truly happy and to achieve my ultimate dream - of being with my family, the people I love so much, not only here in this life but forever. Trying to be like my savior Jesus Christ is what I do and will continue to do.

How I live my faith

We recently moved to a state many miles away from where I grew up and were "homeless" for a couple of months. We were lucky to have family members to stay with and grateful for the spare bedroom and shared spaces, but a family of five really needs it's own place. Because we were in transition, we were attending church but not involved in a specific ward and didn't have set "callings" or jobs. That was the first time in my life that I realized the enormous sense of belonging that comes with being a member of a ward. It truly felt like we didn't belong anywhere and that our family was on our own. Now that we have settled in a bit more and are members of a ward again, we have that ward family looking out for us and welcoming us to come and it feels so great. I love helping with the 8-9 year old children in our ward and teaching them lessons from the scriptures each week. My husband really enjoys participating in the scouting program with the older boys, 14-16, and loves going on campouts and attending weekly meetings that teach such impressionable boys critical skills of making it through challenging times. Having adult mentors in our children's lives that live positive, Christlike lives can be the difference between them making it through those difficult years or not. I am grateful my own children have so many positive role models to look up to as we attend church on Sunday and also weekly meetings.