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Hi I'm Amy

I'm a Mom and a Musician. I like to send cards and bake bread; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our blended family has adventures galore. I'm the Mom to seven kids: four of my own and three step-kids. With five teen-aged kids living at home full-time there's plenty of time spent in the kitchen cooking or baking... and eating! I volunteer at schools and am involved with the women's group at church. I also assist my husband at the office with our real estate business. With a degree in music from Brigham Young University, I enjoy playing the piano and singing. However, a skateboarding lesson last summer set me back when I fell --leaving my wrist in broken in two spots. After surgery I was in such pain and discouraged about not being able to do the things I most loved doing: cooking, playing the piano and writing cards to friends. Fortunately, over time I've healed. Occupational therapy helped tremendously. The kids helped open jars and carry stuff. I remember after preparing a meal for the family with effort using only one hand. Before we ate dinner, my son offered a prayer on the food and surprised us all by saying, "Please bless the hand that prepared the food." Everyone had a good laugh! It's a been a hard recovery, but I'm grateful to once again be able to play the piano and chop vegetables and write.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son and translated the Book of Mormon. My parents were baptized when I was almost four years old. A year later when I was nearly five, we traveled from Michigan to Washington DC to attend the Temple there. We were sealed together as a forever family. I'm grateful that my parents helped me to learn the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ through faithfully attending church and having prayer in our home. Their love and respect for things sacred helped build the foundation of my testimony. However, I had to learn for myself and develop my own testimony. I think the greatest growth came during my Senior year in high school. I resolved to say my personal prayer and read at least a few verses from The Book of Mormon each day before retiring to bed. Some evenings I was tired, but I kept my promise to read and pray. With time, and especially because of a handful of great youth leaders who involved me in a church youth drama production, my spiritual footing became firmer. I grew from seeing the happy and strong examples of those living the Gospel around me. Why I am a Mormon now: the ordinances and the teaching are true.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things to do is to bake for teachers, friends and neighbors by giving them fresh-baked small loaves of sweet bread. I bake lots of flavors, but the original and my signature flavor is Banana which I began baking while living in Costa Rica. Bananas grew in our yard! My first husband (now deceased) was working as an attorney while we lived there for several years. God has given me everything that I have -- I love giving back to Him by sharing with others and showing appreciation. After I suddenly became a young widow, I felt great peace though the Plan of Salvation. I also felt comforted by prayers. Meeting my second husband through a mutual friend from church was an answer to my prayers. Rick loves God, my kids and and treats me like a queen. I'm so happy in our big family! During the school year, I like staying involved where our kids attend school. I assist with book discussion groups quarterly at the middle school and about once a week at the high school counseling office. At church, I play for the choir and am currently president of the women's group. This entails overseeing Sunday instructional lessons and a lot of out of church visiting. I help organize and motivate the women to visit each other at least monthly. We have social gatherings at least once quarterly and serve in the community locally by providing meals at the Ronald McDonald House. Over the summer, I encourage our kids to not sleep in the whole day -- get up to help do chores! They participate in summer camps like: Boy Scout Camp, Girl's Camp, Cheer Camp and Youth Conference. I live my faith in a daily way. I pray. I serve. I read scripture and listen to scriptures aloud. I try to treat those around me that way that Jesus treats me -- with love.