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Hi I'm Amanda

I'm a mom to five kids. I've lived in four countries. I play three instruments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mom of 5 fabulous children. Growing up in a family of 6 kids, with great parents, I always knew I wanted be a mother. However, I didn't find my wonderful husband as early as I might have hoped. Because of that I was able to have great experiences as a missionary in Romania, teaching English in China, and working at a job with my masters degree in accounting. After I married my husband, we moved for 2 years to Ukraine for his job (during which our 3rd child was born). I have loved the experiences, not just to visit, but to live and get to know different parts of the world. Now my focus is motherhood. Last year, my fifth child was born with CHARGE Syndrome. One small mutation of one gene has caused lots of issues for my son. He breathes through a trach, has a feeding tube, hearing aids, and developmental delays.

Why I am a Mormon

From my own experience and watching those of others, being a Mormon makes a person happy. The times when I try the hardest to follow Christ, keep His commandments, and actively participate in the Mormon church are the times I am happiest. I like being happy. The times when I feel I fall short, I am reminded (usually by going to church or reading the scriptures) that Jesus Christ is always there to make up the difference.

How I live my faith

One of the big things for me in living my faith, is weekly church attendance. I grew up going to the LDS church, so I have had the habit all my life. My parents used to say, "We are 100%-ers". That's just what we did - go to church every week. As an adult, there have been times when it would have been easier to just stay home. Luckily the habit (or a responsibility I had) kicked in, and I went to church. And guess what? Afterwards, I always felt better. This past year, as I have struggled to understand and accept and learn about my special needs son, weekly church attendance has strengthened me a lot. Every week, there was something in the music, the talks, the lessons, or just the friendly interaction, that helped me. Usually it was a feeling that God knows what I am going through, and He is with me, a feeling from the Holy Spirit.