all about the love geek

As you can see, my name is Shellie. Feel free to call me shell. Just not Shelia (WTF?) or Michelle. Spelling my name Shelly or Shelley really peeves me too. I’m 30 years old. My birthday is the 15th of March, same day as Ides of March. I reside in Alabama Georgia and was raised in the South and LOVE IT. I have changed completely in the last few years thanks to my husband who lead me to the religion that has opened my eyes to LIFE and so many other happy things. I’m a very laid back, easy-going person who loves to spend time in nature or listening to music. I live for all things HEALTHY now and love to work out and eat delicious, healthy foods! I currently stay at home with our daughter as my full-time job! Being a Mom is definitely hard work. I also started online college May 2011 through Ashford University and completed my Associate’s Degree in Business summer 2013 and completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Wellness summer 2015! I want to take my health and fitness passion out into the world to help people change their lives.

families are forever
I love my little family. I wanted to share a little bit about the two awesome people that are the biggest part of my life!!! They mean everything to me.

There’s my hubby, Brad. I have a great guy in my life. His name is Bradley but mostly I call him Brad and even Bradwee. He was a blind date that I met through a High School friend who was at the time dating Brad’s cousin. He lived an hour away and I’d never met him! It was amazing. We have been together for 13 years!! Married for 10 years now. I am 360 days older than him so there’s not quite a years difference between us. Our birthdays are both in March. His on the 11th, mine the 15th – making us both Pisces! He was born at 11:22 and I was born at 12:22. 22 seems like our number. He asked me out July 22nd, 2003. He was the one to say I Love You first. I never knew a blind date would turn into such a wonderful love. He became my fiance October 2005 and then after a very quick planning, we were married on December 10, 2005 in a small church and It was very lovely. We’ve been through a lot together but I know we are meant to be just right where we are!
[read our love story in detail]

Our princess, Katie Denise. After 14 months of fertility struggles and after losing 20 pounds or so, I found out I was pregnant on Halloween of 2007! I had a decent pregnancy all except for being diagnosed later in the pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Katie was due July 2008 but I had her May 18th, 2008 at 32.5 weeks after going to the hospital just to be “checked” to find that I was READY TO GO! She was perfectly healthy at 5 pounds, 8 ounces and only had a little jaundice. I gave her my middle name. We got to come home after only 2 days! She is our gift, blessing and miracle. I’m thankful that Heavenly Father allowed us to have our baby girl. I will admit I’m not the best with kids, but I try to do the best I can. I do NOT plan on having anymore, unless God has other ideas haha.
[our fertility struggle] [pregnancy with katie]

Can’t forget our other baby! Our standard grey chinchilla named Rocko! We brought him home as a tiny baby on January 27, 2006 so he is now over 5 years old! He loves to be rubbed behind his ears and under his chin. He is a wonderful pet!
Sadly, November 2011 Rocko passed away. RIP little guy, I love you soooooo much!
We had a little rat named Ratticus Finch that passed away November 2014 after 2 1/2 yrs.
March 30th, 2013 we bought a baby ferret and named her Echo! She just turned 3 in January 2013.

my religion and faith
Yes, I am a Latter-Day Saint and I attend The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

I have believed in God all my life and grew up Baptist but did not go to church except every good once in a while. After I married Brad, he tried to encourage me to read scriptures or that we might start going to church but I would usually give him the cold shoulder. I had a lot of fear in my heart and my heart was indeed “hardened” as they say in the scriptures. Brad prayed for me for years. We started going to a non-denominational church before we got married and that is where we were married as well. We both grew up Baptist but he was wanting to search for the right church for himself and hopefully — for us. He ordered a Book of Mormon online since he likes FREE things and who doesn’t? The missionaries came over with the Book of Mormon and I hid in the bedroom. One of the men that had with the missionaries invited us over for dinner later in the week. I told Brad that I did not want to go but he convinced me to anyway and you know what? I’m glad he did. Brad started attending church and then I soon did as well. It has been one of the best choices I think I’ve made in my life. We were baptized on August 10th, 2008.
I have learned so much. I have changed so much. I once had facial piercings but the church made me realize that I don’t need them. I want to keep my body clean. As time went on, I got rid of all of my ear piercings except 1 in both ears. After all my weight struggles, the Words of Wisdom helped encourage me to change my eating habits so that I could have a healthier body SO THAT I COULD lose that weight and I did… I did. This church has been beyond a blessing to me. It helped me understand my purpose, my life and to understand all that I had for so long been questioning. This church taught me how to pray. How to BELIEVE. How to really LIVE MY LIFE to be GOOD and to be HAPPY. The church helped me see that I need to put GOD, FAMILY AND MY HEALTH at the very top of my priority list. I put all my faith in Heavenly Father and look how It has changed my life. I wouldn’t change a thing and I WILL stand firm in The Gospel. Brad, Katie and I have been sealed together for all time and eternity!

Some of the basic beliefs of the church are:
** God is our Heavenly Father
** Jesus Christ is the Son of God
** The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: faith in Jesus Christ, repentence, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.
** The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth with priesthood authority.
** Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return to live with Him if we keep His commandments.
** The Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God.
** God reveals His will to His prophets today.
** Families can be together forever.

The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ, that He really lived, and that the Bible is the word of God. It contains a record of the Savior’s visit to the American Continent after He was resurrected.
The Book of Mormon is also proof that God has restored His Church in our time. It concludes with a promise to us: “If we will read it with an honest heart, the Lord will reveal its truth to us by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Temples are sacred houses of the Lord. In temples, church members participate in ordiances like marriage and baptism to unite their families together forever.

What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? The gospel of Jesus Christ is Heavenly Father’s plan for the happiness and salvation of His children. It is called the gospel of Jesus Christ because the Atonement of Jesus Christ is central to Heavenly Father’s plan. According to His plan, Heavenly Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to show us how to live meaningful and happy lives and experience eternal joy after this life. Through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, you can become clean from sin and enjoy peace of conscience. You can become worthy to live in Heavenly Father’s presence after this life.

~ Developing faith in Jesus Christ
~ Repenting
~ Being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost
~ Enduring to the end

Firstly, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints is not a cult. By no means! We are all about family. We believe God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are 3 seperate heads. We do NOT practive polygamy. I want to bare my testimony to all that read this. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I do know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is indeed the true church. It has the fullness of The Gospel! I’ve never seen a church like it. I do know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith did indeed restore the church back onto the earth. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Redeemer and he gave me The Atonement so that I might be forgiven of my sins that I repent for. I’m thankful for the church and how It helped me have a change of heart… a change of life, a change of MIND. I know that The Gospel can do amazing things in everyones lives If we are willing to live the commandments of God and live as righteously as we should be so that we can be as happy as we deserve to be — as happy as HE wants us to be! I know that Thomas S. Monson is indeed the living prophet on this earth and that I can learn much for his counsels. I do know that I am a child of God and that He loves me and He loves us all! The church means everything to me and I am so thankful, grateful and blessed for every day that Heavenly Father allows me to have. I say all these things humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

I HAVE CENTERED MY LIFE AROUND GOD and am the happiest I’ve ever been!
I am now a positive, motivated person and I owe it to Heavenly Father
Letting God into my life and converting to be a LDS was the BEST DECISION I’ve ever made
I’m mostly a very keep to my self person until you get to know me
I was raised by my Grandma aka “Mom” and didn’t know that until I was 18
I love my Moms homemade dressing
My Mom is an elvis freak. Hah.
I can only wear certain types of jewelry coz some break me out
My last name is french
I do not like Politics
I’m just now getting my driver’s permit, in my late twenties
I have never had the chickenpocks. Bwack
I really really really enjoy swimming
I was stabbed when I was 4. Got 16 stitches & a scar
Stalked by a middle-aged man when I was 5.
Bitten by my best friends Chow when I was in 7th grade.
I do not label myself. I’m just myself and that is all
Love is my weakness and what I love to dote on
I’m a huge nature and animal lover
I still have my tonsils! *screamssss*