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Hi I'm Christy

I love photography, reading and being outdoors with my family. I'm a fantasy author and artist. I homeschool and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life in the Great Northwest. I love the green all around me. My husband and children laugh at me as I fall behind on the trail with my camera, taking pictures of mossy trees, interesting little woodland plants, rivulets and the dappled lighting that filters through the trees falling gently on the flora of the forest. Hikes like this fill my files full of photos and inspire my writing and painting. Over the last seven years I have completed a fantasy novel along with 8 paintings to go with it. I began dreaming of this fantasy world and characters when I was pregnant with my forth child. I spent many of my sleepless nights once he was born developing my characters and plot. With help from my English Professor brother and college roommate who became an editor, my novel is matching my vision of what I wanted it to be. I am working now on my second novel and subsequent paintings as well as working to get my first novel published. I have been homeschooling my children for over 10 years and love it! There is nothing like curling up on the couch with my little ones on a grey fall day while reading and discussing the classics with them or taking off to the beach, forest or moutains when the sun peaks out. It has been a fantastic and rewarding adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Latter-day Saint but never took it for granted. My mother was a convert to the church when she was a teenager and read voraciously to learn everything she could about the gospel. She shared what she learned with her children. My father loved his mission in Breat Britain and loved Old Testament stories. He shared both of these loves with his children. Both my parents served in challenging callings in the church without neglecting their relationship or their children. Consequently, I asked many questions and found many answers as a child and learned to love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was blessed to be close with my family. We spent many family vacations in tents but with a waterski boat to pull us on our slalom skis in the early morning and late evening when the water is glass and pull us on tubes in the middle of the day when the water isn't glass. But we had many serious trials as well. The year I was born my two older siblings died of unrelated causes. Then two weeks into my senior year of highschool I was driving a car full of teenagers to an early morning scripture class when we got in a terrible car accident that left two of the people in the car in a coma. The young man came out of his coma within the next month but my 16-year-old sister didn't. For 8 1/2 months she lay in a coma often near death until pnemonia claimed her life 8 1/2 months later, only one week before my graduation. She was my best friend. This experience made me think deeply about faith, life and life after death. It sent me on a personal journey to find out more about my Savior and consequently learned a lot about myself. Through the next twenty years I have learned so much about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, His infinite love for me, and His desire to help me face and overcome my sorrows and pain as well as my sins. I love Him. With Him I have found peace, happiness and am able to rejoice in my life with my good husband and children.

How I live my faith

I am working with three other women as we support, train and lead around a thousand Latter-day Saint women in our area. We plan two large meetings for these women each year. This fall we are planning a meeting to teach these women and women in our community how to prepare for economic, natural and personal challenges by storing a supply of food and other essential items that sustain life. We have many other responsibilities and meetings during the year. It is so enjoyable to be with and serve these women. I also send monthly letters to four women who can't leave their home to receive gospel instruction. I attend church every Sunday with my family and partake of the sacrament which reminds me of my Savior's sacrifice and Atonement. Once a month I go to the Temple in Belleview and feel the peace that is there, it fuels me and reminds me of what is really important. I also spend time daily reading my scriptures, praying, and pondering the gospel of Jesus Christ to know how I can live it better. I say prayers with my husband daily. This is such a sweet experience for both of us as we grow together in the gospel and in our marriage. I have a devotional every day with my children and as a family we read scriptures and pray daily. On Monday night we gather as a family and discuss the gospel, play games and have treats. None of these habits happened overnight. My husband and I have had to pray, work hard and have often failed in these areas as we have tried to incorperate them into our family's life but after 17 years of marriage, we are happy that we have not given up because these activities are truly the bedrock of our lives and remind us of what is most important: our faith in Jesus Christ, our desire to become like Him, our desire to be together forever as a family and our desire to find joy in this life.