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Hi I'm Carrie

I'm a mom to 2 kids & 2 beagles. I love teaching & running. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time mother of two active children. My days are filled with potty training, playdates, and preschool. Juggling dishes, laundry, dogs, & diapers on a daily basis is exhausting, but I've found the rewards outweigh the challenges. True, I eat more than my fair share of chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, but I also get to be the cap'n of my son's pirate ship and the architect of my daughter's block tower every day. Before teaching children of my own, I spent 4 years teaching elementary school and plan to return to that profession when my children are older. Even now, I love any opportunity I have to teach others whether it be teaching my children about work at home, teaching Young Women about the gospel at church, or tutoring struggling Kindergarteners at a nearby elementary school. After my daughter was born, I rediscovered my love of running. I'm now part of a 5 AM running group and have completed one half marathon and two full marathons in the past year. A highlight was the last marathon which my husband and I ran together. The success I had setting, working toward, and finishing these goals has helped me gain confidence in who I am and what I can accomplish.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because life is hard. This world is full of challenges and temptations and trials, but my knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan gives me peace, comfort, and hope. It is an anchor in my life and at times when I have felt storms around me, it has held me together and kept me afloat. I'm a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is real and true. There are so many promises made in the scriptures about the joy we find through repentance, obedience, service, & faith. As I have experimented upon these teachings by living them, I have felt that joy. When I try to live my life by following the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I am happier. I cannot deny the experiences I have had where the Lord has answered my prayers and given me direction. Turning my life over to Him, rather than trying to figure it all out on my own, has given me greater opportunities and blessings than I could have ever imagined.

How I live my faith

My most important role is teaching my children the gospel. Through regular family prayer & scripture study, my children are beginning to learn about Jesus Christ and develop their own faith. We have a weekly family night, where we discuss the teachings of the Savior and ways to strengthen our own family. I am constantly surprised by how much they understand & how much they want to know even at such a young age. It is also amazing how quick they are to teach & correct me when I am not following the very things I have taught. I recall a time when I lost my temper with one of our dogs. My four-year-old son quickly hugged our beagle Dozer. "Mom, talking like that makes Jesus sad. You need to say sorry to Dozer." I am also grateful for opportunities I have had to serve in various church assignments, or callings. As a counselor in the women's organization, I would often visit the homes of other women who were struggling with their health or finances. We worked together, with the Lord's inspiration, to find solutions to their problems. I also helped plan activities that would teach self-reliance, strengthen faith, & help build unity among our women. My most humbling calling was that of a choir pianist. Though I could play piano, it had been many years since I played much at all. I spent hours and hours practicing & praying to make it through each performance, and the Lord always provided a way. My favorite callings have been working with the youth of the church. For several years my husband & I worked together helping plan youth dances, service projects, & youth conferences. I have also taught the young women on Sundays & helped youth leaders plan weekly activities. A highlight was a service project the youth put on for a local women's shelter - a carnival for the children & a spa for the moms. I am inspired by these youth who are trying hard to make good choices and live purposeful lives. How privileged I am to work with them!