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Hi I'm Sarah

I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I help other parents of children with cancer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

What a blessed life! I have the best husband, 6 yes, six! children, a dog, cat, and beautiful home. We are fighting our baby's leukemia TOGETHER as a family. Our baby just turned 3, and has Down syndrome, a heart defect, and leukemia. We "got" him at birth, and the adoption was final last year. We've been through heart failure, open-heart surgery, and a 14 month stay at the Ronald McDonald House so he could be near the regional hospital for chemotherapy. Our family was split during that time, yet we are closer than we ever have been. We are together again physically, and our common goal is to make sure the baby is happy, healthy, and is protected. Before leukemia, I worked hard to earn a college degree with 5 young children at home. That was finished the week of the baby's open-heart surgery. I am the youngest of a large family, with 7 siblings. My husband is the oldest of 2. My immediate and extended family are far from perfect, yet I am grateful for each family member. I love to quilt, read books, take pictures for our family blog, make chocolate chip cookies, volunteer at my childrens' schools and the library, and sleep!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. My parents listened to missionaries over 50 years ago, and were touched by the Spirit telling them the message was true. I struggled with attending church as a teenager, but always felt the teachings were correct. After marrying, my husband and I began to attend every Sunday. I am uplifted by others' testimonies while there, and enjoy learning about the Gospel. I know that with the right authority, families can be together forever. I know that the Priesthood has been restored to the earth, and that Priesthood power can bless, heal, and comfort. I believe in Jesus Christ and all that he has done for each of us. I ponder His experience, and still haven't wrapped my mind around the fact that He has suffered everything that we suffer. He is truly the only one who can understand what I have gone through, continue to go through, and will yet go through someday. The Church treats me with respect, and places value on my womanhood, motherhood, and all that I can contribute, talent-wise, by being myself. The Church and its leaders encourage my self-improvement, whether through further education, physical health, or spiritual growth.

How I live my faith

The single greatest way I live my faith is by living honestly. I place no value on something gained by dishonesty or by someone else's loss. At church, I currently serve as a secretary in the childrens' organization, Primary. In the past, before my baby's leukemia diagnosis, I served as the President of our congregation's Primary. Doing this, I worked with 2 counselors and a secretary. We organized Sunday School and Primary on Sunday, teaching, overseeing many teachers, loving the children, and planning fun activities to help grow their testimonies. My most important duty was to love the children. At home, I live my faith by assuring that my family has a Family Home Evening (FHE) each week. There is far less contention (fighting between children or us!) when we have regular FHE. We pray, sing, learn, and have fun together. And, it isn't complete without treats! :) During the week, I make sure my children get to youth activities, and Scouting activities. We pray as a family before each meal and after reading scriptures together at night. We include specific people and their well-being in our prayers. In our community, I live my faith by being kind to others and serving others when possible. My friend and I are in the process of creating a non-profit organization to provide kits to parents who have to be flown or ambulanced to the regional hospital for their child who is a patient. My husband and I love to volunteer at our childrens' schools, and I love to lose myself at the local library for a few hours, just shelving books or helping people there.