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Hi I'm Angie

I'm a cancer survivor. I work as a nurse. I became a mother through the miracle of adoption. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the mountains of the southwestern United States. When I was just a toddler I overcame cancer and though I am in remission I continue to struggle with my health off and on. While many look at me and see this as a great trial I consider it one of my greatest blessings because it humbles me and reminds me of my complete reliance upon the Lord. I met Steve during my freshman year of college and we married the summer afterwards. We each continued our education and I became a cancer and organ transplant nurse. This was my dream job but my arms ached for a baby. We struggled with infertility for 11 years before finding out that pregnancy would not be possible without extensive surgery. After a day spent in the temple my husband and I felt strongly we needed to pursue adoption. We submitted our paperwork and about a year later were contacted about a baby boy who was 10 days old; less than 48-hours later we became parents! I have never felt such joy and bittersweet feelings of watching his birth mother literally place him in my arms. Just 16 short months later we became parents again through adoption to our second son. We enjoy open adoptions with both of our boy's birth mothers and see each regularly. I serve in the adoption community promoting open adoption and continue my work as a cancer nurse but more than anything love being a stay at home mom 95% of the time. We hope to add to our family through the miracle of adoption in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith and remember feeling peaceful and happy at church. The first time I really sought out the Lord was when I was very young and sick with cancer. I was alone during some test or treatment and I felt scared and lonely. I remembered my parents teaching me I could pray for God's help at anytime and anywhere. I called out to my Heavenly Father quietly and told Him my feelings, and then I asked if He would help me. A warm feeling of peace and love came over me and I knew that He was real. When I was 12 I decided to read the Book of Mormon on my own and without my parents prompting me to do so. I did it wanting to be diligent to what I had learned and because I knew it would make my leaders and parents happy. What I wasn't expecting was that it would be the beginning of a strong knowledge that it is true. Even now just opening the book and before I even read one word, I feel a peace and inner strength knowing it to be the word of God. During the first year after discovering our inability to conceive I struggled to understand why the Lord would not help this happen. I knew the commandment received by Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the Earth was true. I also knew that with God, all things are possible yet, it was not happening for me. I was angry with the Lord and over a period of time, I cried out to Him multiple times a day, letting Him know how hurt, confused and frustrated I was. I wanted to be pregnant so badly and it wasn't like I was asking Him for a new car or to be a size 2. I seriously considered abandoning my faith and the promises I had made to follow His commandments. After some time I knew in my heart I could never be happy without His presence in my life. I knew to have His Spirit with me; I needed to live up to all I had promised I would. In humble prayer I told Him I loved Him and even if He never gave me my heart's greatest desire I would follow Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by reading from the Bible and Book of Mormon and praying to God. I love to start my day this way because I notice I usually feel more calm and confident throughout the day. I usually exercise first thing in the morning before my kids wake up. I feel like getting these three things done first helps me to be a better, more patient mom and I'm able to focus more on the needs of others rather than my own. I am a big people person and I love to take my kids out on the bike and visit with our neighbors and friends. Many times I find someone who needs something and it is such a blessing to me when I can help him or her. On Monday nights we have family night. We play games, sings songs, and teach our boys about Jesus Christ. Their favorite game is hide and go seek! Every month the group for women in our church put on a few activities. We get together to talk, learn new skills, review books, and serve our community. What I appreciate most is that these women are all ages and have a variety of backgrounds. I learn so much from them and feel as though I have some of the best counselors to go to for any questions in my life. Plus it's a chance to have a night out without the kids and just relax and have fun with the women at church. I am thankful to belong to a church that encourages involvement with one another through voluntary service. Right now I have been asked to serve the 12 and 13-year-old girls. We meet each Sunday during church for an hour and as leaders take turns teaching principles of Christ's church such as being a good example to others and repenting of our sins so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. In addition to Sunday meetings we meet a night during the week to have a less formal activity. During this time we do things like learning first-aid skills, putting together boxes of food for shelters, and being in Arizona, of course a swimming party here or there.