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MMB-er's, Meet Nancy. She's a stay at home mother of six beautiful kids, and she writes about her adventures in life at A Chicken in the Window Well. 

I grew up in UT and live here still. My main claims to adventure would be my little stint attending the BYU Jerusalem Center, and the several years I spent living in a small WA town just outside of Portland, OR.

As the 10th child in a family of 11 children, noise, a bit of chaos, and voices speaking loudly to be heard over one another was the norm. By college I had more than 30 nieces and nephews. I don't even know the official number now. So, when I say I have six kids, and will probably have another, I can hear that it sounds crazy to most people, but it doesn't feel crazy to me. That doesn't mean I don't get exhausted by clutter or want to wring a few kids necks most days. It just means that a house full of comings and goings and noise feels absolutely natural and . . . kind of beautiful to me.

With my dad being both an author and a college English professor, and my mom having spent many years teachind Drama and Theater at the local highschool, the arts seemed the logical thing to pursue -- and I did spend most of my highschool years taking art and writing classes -- so I was a bit surprised to discover a love for Biology during college. I ended up graduating from Weber State University as that year's Outstanding Zoology Student. I was accepted into graduate school to do Neurobiology work the same week I found out I was pregnant with my first. We could have made it work, but the logistics would have made it very complicated, so that dream went on hold. Six kids later I don't know if I will ever pursue that path or not. In the mean time, I am quite happy raising kids, laughing with my husband, and giving outlet to the less scientific right-brained side of myself through my writing and photography hobbies.

There are a lot of things I would like to do and accomplish. A lot of things I would like to become. But the person I most want to be -- and am still so far from with my annoyances and lack of understanding -- is one who loves with out exception. The thing I want most to learn in this life down here is not to judge, not to assume, and not to only like people for the reflection of myself I see in them, but for who they are and how they believe, feel and think.

Nancy thinks you should read these blog posts:
          * Aren't We All the Same?
          * A is for Apple, S is for Sherbet
          * The Present

Nancy's favorite scripture is D&C 78:19: "And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more."

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