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Hi I'm Karen

The Colorado mountains are my home! I ski, hike, bike, snowshoe, and anything else outside that I can. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the wife of a loving and kind man. Together we have 5 children and 2 dogs. We began fostering children shortly after we got married and fostered over 100 children. We adopted 2 of our foster children and then had 3 biological children. Opening our home to others became a way of life for us so we have had people from all over the world stay with us for various reasons such as snowboarders from New Zealand who were here to train (we got to watch them in the olympics!). We have also had teachers from France on an exchange program, a student from Mexico and a family stranded by the weather to name a few. It has been fun and interesting! My family and I all love being in the Colorado Mountains. We enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, x-c skiing, hiking, biking, and rafting. We are lucky to live in such an outdoor playground! Optometry is another big part of my life. My husband is an optometrist and has his own practice which means the whole family is involved. What I like best about this family business is that it gives us a great chance to help others. We of course like to take care of all of the patients but it is especially nice to help those who really can't afford eye care and we can give that to them. Our children are great to watch out for classmates who need help but can't afford it. We all feel blessed to have this to share with others. All in all, I have a wonderful family and live in a beautiful place. I am blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that traces it's Mormon roots back to the pioneers. Being a Mormon was just a part of life to me and I can't remember ever not knowing that the gospel of Jesus Christ was true. However, when I was in college I had to explore my faith. I attended other churches, I talked to people from other faiths, I really wanted to know if everyone felt as sure about their faith as I did about mine. What I learned is that no other religion made as much sense to me as the Mormon faith did. Everything just fit and the answers to the questions of where did I come from? and why am I here? and where am I going? were so clear. When difficult times came into my life the answers I found in my faith made sense. The other thing I did to confirm my faith was to kneel down and pray and ask my Heavenly Father what he wanted for me. His answer was clear to me then and has been clear ever since and my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ continues to grow.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I know I want to be like my Heavenly Father so I try to remember him in all that I do. I pray often throughout my day and I try to read the scriptures frequently. I know that serving one another is important so I constantly look for ways to help others. One thing that I do is to teach the very young children in our church each Sunday. My students are 18 months to 3 years of age and they are delightful. Try as hard as I might I know that I am still so imperfect so I am always grateful that if I ask God I can be forgiven of my sins. And then I try to do better.