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Hi I'm Kristine

I have 6 children. Parenting is tough, rewarding work.

About Me

I am a wife and mom, holding down the fort while my husband is deployed for a year. My oldest child is about to turn 13 so I will soon be the mother of a teenager and a toddler (and four more in between). Taking care of these kids and running a home requires the lion's share of my time. If I do get some me time, I love sitting down with a good book. Right now I enjoy learning more about the area where my husband is serving as an Army attorney (National Guard). I earned a degree in microbiology from Brigham Young University many moons ago and I still enjoy learning about "germs" and all biology. I am amazed by the diversity of all living things on the earth that testify of the Master Creator. I believe that as we learn and discover more about science, we will find that it is in complete agreement with religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who were also Mormon so I never knew anything different. I did find, however, that I needed to know for myself if the teachings of this church were true if I was to continue living them. (Remember, 9am church, getting six young children ready without my husband. I wouldn't do that, and so many other things, if I did not think it was true. :-) ) Some of my most powerful experiences came when I was reading my scriptures and praying. The feelings I have had and continue to feel, witness to me that it is true. I was a missionary in Scotland years ago and I saw many other people realize the same truths. God lives! He is our Heavenly Father and has a plan for us, his children. This time here on earth is to help us learn and grow and develop faith. It is a time of joy and testing. Jesus Christ is our brother and Heavenly Father chose Him to help us bridge the gap between sin and death so that we could all someday return back to Heavenly Father. This time on earth is not the beginning or the end. We lived before we were born and we will live after we die. Some of our greatest joys (and sorrows) come from the relationships we have with our family members and it is so very important for us to strengthen those ties. Being a Mormon helps me every day as I try to do that.

How I live my faith

My faith is not just a Sunday religion but we do stay busy on Sundays. Just getting the kids to 9am church in their "Sunday best," is no easy task but it is worth the effort. We listen to (or at least try to!) great speakers during the portion of church when we are all together (called Sacrament meeting). We also take the sacrament and renew the promises we have made with God and the promises God has made with us. The kids then go to separate classes where they are taught the gospel of Jesus Christ on their own age level. I appreciate that so many good people are teaching my children and influencing them for good. That alone makes my job as a parent so much easier as they reinforce the ideas my husband and I are teaching at home. I help teach the teenage girls in our congregation. They are a beautiful group who are wise beyond their years and I feel lucky to spend time with them. Every day we pray and read the scriptures as a family. We also meet together for a family night when we can discuss the calendar and any problems we are having, enjoy a quick gospel-related lesson, sing songs, pray, and, of course, have dessert! We try to be very open with each other about how we feel, both good and bad. We have had some crazy and tender times together as a family when we set aside this special time to be together. It's always been tricky to schedule our family night but having my husband gone in a completely different time zone means we have to get pretty creative to spend time together. Thank goodness for Skype!