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Hi I'm Julie

I'm a Navy wife, a pianist and I love to learn. I educate my children at home and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel like I had an idyllic childhood. I'm the second of five children and have amazing parents. Their love has stayed with me throughout my life. One of the greatest gifts they gave me was the gift of piano lessons. I took piano lessons from age 8 to age 21. I am not a concert pianist but I love it. One of my favorite past times is to learn new things. In my youth I spent the majority of my time learning the piano and then branched out to other instruments just for the joy of learning something new. I taught myself how to sew at a young age, took a cooking class in high school and later on in life taught myself how to crochet. A few years ago, I met a dear friend who taught me about nutrition. I read many books in order to find a way to improve my health, and I changed my eating habits to a more whole foods plant-based diet. My hunger for knowledge continued and led me down a path that inspired me to begin educating our five children at home. This choice has strengthened our family relationships more than I ever envisioned. An exciting chapter of my life began when I married my husband, who was embarking on a career as a Naval Officer. We have lived all over the United States and overseas. I cherish the many friendships we have made at each duty station.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to grow up in a home where both parents lived and taught the principles of the restored gospel as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that living the teachings found in this Church brings happiness. When I was a youth, leaders always talked about finding our own testimony of the Gospel and not relying on our parents or another person's testimony. I remember praying one night specifically asking to know if the Church and The Book of Mormon were true. Before I even finished the prayer I felt a reconfirmation of the truth of the restored gospel. This knowledge has sustained me through hard times, doubts and unanswered questions. I love Simon Peter's profound question, "... Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

How I live my faith

The week before I married, I asked my Dad what he expected from me now that I was older and about to start my own family. He said that he wanted me to use my talents, especially the piano, to bless and serve those in the Church. I have tried to live up to his expectations and never turn down an opportunity to play the piano for someone. I have been a choir pianist, a church organist, a pianist for the women's organization and a pianist for the children's organization. My favorite time to play the piano is when I am accompanying a soloist for special musical numbers. The Spirit of the Lord speaks to me through music more than any other way.