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Hi I'm Jill

I grew up the youngest of 7 & now enjoy being the mother of 7. I love my family, our adventures and counting my blessings!

About Me

I grew up near Chicago, the youngest of 7. We drank powdered milk and danced in the living room to the Osmonds and the Beach boys. I knew we didn't have a lot of money, but our parents always had a fun trip planned for summer vacations that usually involved camping. I love families! I love getting together with my parents and siblings and laughing together. I LOVE my own family of 9 and never thought I would be responsible for 7 children. My husband is the man of dreams & was worth the wait! We have been married for 4 years & believe blending our family is the hardest thing we will ever do, but we rejoice in every success & write down every funny moment we can so we can remind each other & our children that this is actually pretty fantastic! :) We like to have fun together and experience new adventures! I enjoy running (most of the time), biking, hiking, SUPing, dancing with my sweetheart (which usually involves laughing), falling asleep to movies, hanging out on beaches, exploring new cities, meeting new people, and making a difference in someone else's life. I like to stretch myself and learn new things! I like to organize & connect little ideas to create big ones! One day I will continue my pursuit of a formal education, but for now I am happy to help my children run for SBO, cheer as they karate chop a board, make veggie noodle soup, learn how to do their laundry, keep a journal & become positive, self sufficient contributors! Being a wife and mother rocks!

Why I am a Mormon

My decision to not only be a Mormon, but to live as one each day comes from hundreds of small moments. I remember finding a letter my older sister wrote to someone while she was away at school. She said she was worried about me & wished she were closer to influence me. I remember receiving a special patriarchal blessing that told me my Heavenly Father was concerned about my mortal experiences. I keenly remember the feeling of not wanting to make those I love "worry" about me. It helped me evaluate where the choices I was making would carry me. There weren't many Mormons in my high school. I had a friend who would call me "Mormon" to get my attention. I felt different. I felt like I had a responsibility to make a difference. I did not always act according to what I knew was true, but I am a Mormon because Jesus Christ has taught me that I don't have to perfect alone. He will help me. He will me by best friend & make up for my multitude of weaknesses. He loves me just as I am & teaches me to accept & love others as He does me. It is in the small moments that we steadily build our faith & our character. Reading the Book of Mormon for a few minutes each day adds up over a decade to a deep conversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Feeling the joy that comes from serving others consistently gradually builds into a well of gratitude and love. Small sacrifices for those you love slowly becomes a path that will lead you back to loving Heavenly Parents. God is truly in the details of our lives & I am grateful to know He notices me. He knows my name and one day I will hear Him speak to me, face to face. The thought of sitting with Him & talking together about my experiences makes me want to do my best every day to please Him. I am a Mormon because it gives me the opportunity to be with my family for eternity. My family is my greatest joy! I couldn't bear to go through all of these big & little challenges on earth and not be with them forever!

How I live my faith

I live my faith step by step. "Decisions determine destiny". I want to use my time well on this earth & improve myself. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes me a better person. I study scriptures & pray sincerely every day. I try to teach my children to do the same. I want to be kind to others & give them a safe place to be the best version of themselves. I want to help people see their potential & live up to it. I love getting involved in my children's schools & helping build my husband's business, to share any talents God has given me to bless the lives of others. It is easy to sit back and enjoy the fruits of someone else's labors, but I love to serve. My joy & confidence grow as I look outward. In our church, everyone has opportunities to serve. There are positions in our church that can take as much time as a full time job, yet no one is paid for their service. Sometimes I serve with the little children, other times with the women of the church. My favorite is the opportunity to serve with the teenagers. I am inspired by their strength & hope. They feel like they can conquer the world & I believe them! I love to see their confidence grow & their ability to manage the many demands they face. I love to express my confidence in them & my love for them. I love to encourage others to be their own personal best & not measure their weaknesses against other's perfections. Sacrificing personal time to serve the youth feels like a blessing because I always learn so much. Serving my family is where I feel my deepest joy. With a family of 9, the required tasks seem to never end. When I focus on my blessings instead of my challenges, life is sweeter! I believe in the power of creation. Just as God created the earth and everything in it, somewhere in me lies a portion of His spirit & the ability to create. I may not be creating worlds, but I can make a difference! I believe when I focus on my blessings, I create even more. In every way, I feel blessed beyond measure!