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25 Things ~ 6-10

on August 19, 2012

6. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

On September 4, 2004 I was baptized and joined the LDS Church. It has been the hardest decision I’ve had to make so far, but certainly the most fulfilling for me, personally. In deciding to join this church, I lost some very good friends and for a while lost my family as well. Instead of trying to understand me and accept and love me despite my decision to join an unknown world, I had people try and convince me not to do it, and to turn their back on me. My family tolerates my lifestyle choices and changes now, but I never got those friends back. Being LDS is not an easy thing to do in this world. But I can proudly say that I belong to this Church and can honestly say I have been truly blessed by it.

7. Family is #1.

I will do anything and everything for my family. They are the most important things to me. As I mentioned in my first 25 things blog post I reconnected with my biological family about 7 years ago and that has meant so much to me. For me, my main family is Ryan, Connor and I and then extends to my parents, grandparents and siblings. Although I cherish the time spent with my cousins when I was younger, I find it hard to commit 100% to them as they grow as a family in their own way as well. I still appreciate the time I get with them, but to be honest my main focus is building the relationships with those closest to me. With my family in all corners of the province there have been some challenges, but I hope they recognize they are in the forefront of my mind and heart. And to my cousins and their children – I wish I had the time and energy to stay in touch and connect more, but you are also in my thoughts as well. (And for this reason I love what Facebook has allowed us to do in terms of connecting :))

8. I can play piano.

I started piano lessons when I was 7 and managed to get to Grade 10 by the time I finished high school. I miss my time at my piano and am trying to play more often. I was playing at least one song a day, but now since having Connor my piano has been neglected. I always thought I would be a piano teacher and it’s still something I consider time and again and I have a goal to get my certification in piano. When that will happen, I’m not sure, but someday.

9. I’m a know-it-all.

I know things. Random facts I’ve learned through the years. I was a part of the trivia team in high school and I love games like I Don’t Know Jack and Trivial Pursuit. The thing is……if I know something, you need to know it too. Especially if you’re wrong. It’s a horrible trait and leads to a few arguments with Ryan. But it comes down to this: I must be right. And I am 90% of the time.

10. I went to school for 5 years and have nothing to show for it.

That’s right. I was two months away from graduating with two degrees and I backed out. Call it a bad situation, call it the system failure, but I call it a blessing. I went to University young and unaware of who I actually was. I started a program out of the fact I would have a job, not out of passion or a calling to what I wanted to do with my life. I felt like it was unacceptable to leave high school and not do anything else – that I would be regarded as some lower-level being. Especially since I was an honor student. I had potential and I needed to do something with it, right?  No. I should have explored myself as a human being more to know what I really wanted to do with my life. I don’t regret the things I learned, though and it helped me understand my brother better and I was just able to grow up in a safer environment, I think. And I’ve figured out what I want – it’s what I’ve always wanted but never thought it would be viewed as an acceptable ‘career’. But I’m a mother and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. That should be enough.


One response to “25 Things ~ 6-10

  1. Becca says:

    Loving your 25 Things blogs! It is reminding me of all the fun we used to have and the silly arguments because both of us had to be right. 😉 Looking forward to reading 11-25. 🙂 Love you!

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