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Hi I'm Kristin

I'm mom to two trans-racially adopted children. I'm wife to a composer. I've been to 32 countries and 39 US states. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always wanted to be a sports writer. I grew up a football coach's daughter and sports played a big role in my life. Consequently, it is ironic that I married a man who has very little interest in sports. He is a composer of classical music. Our differences have enriched both our lives. (I didn't become a sports writer.) We have two beautiful children that we adopted at birth. I was almost 40 when we adopted our daughter and almost 42 with our son. It's exhausting! Our children are black. We are white. Our journey through infertility, adoption and being a trans-racial family has been (and continues to be) an emotional and educational one. One thing is for sure, I know we were meant to be a family and I love my children more than words can express. Prior to having children, I worked for a major airline. I loved being able to travel the world at the drop of a hat and always had a bag packed and ready to go. That has slowed down since having children, but I kept my flight benefits when I left the airline and one day we'll use them to show our children the world. I love to travel! I spent a year and a half in Argentina and two and a half years in Mexico. I think my soul is part Latino.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith. My ancestors date back to the days of Joseph Smith. They crossed the United States with Brigham Young, carved wagon trails through rocks in Southern Utah and fled Mormon colonies in Mexico when persecuted by Santa Ana's armies. I've always been proud of my heritage and have never doubted the veracity of the Church. However, I am bull-headed and didn't want to believe something just because my parents said it was true. While I started out as a Mormon because of what I was taught, I stayed Mormon because of what I felt. Throughout my life I've felt myself guided towards what I should do and away from what I shouldn't. I've felt the warmth that comes from conviction. That being said, it wasn't until I was a missionary and sharing what I believed with others that it was confirmed to me without a doubt that what Joseph Smith said he saw, he really saw. My favorite thing about my church is the belief in eternal families. We believe that marriage is not until "death do us part," but is forever. My family is the most important thing to me - the family I have now and the one I grew up in. I can't imagine loving them so much in this life only to lose them in the next. I enjoy learning about other religions and have enjoyed rich friendships with people of many faiths. I find that their beliefs always enhance and strengthen my own.

How I live my faith

My religion is not a Sunday religion - it is a life religion. I think my beliefs permeate everything I do. I've served in a variety of assignments in the church, but I seem to usually end up working with the youth - specifically young women aged 12 to 18. I enjoy working with kids this age because they are just figuring out who they are and what they want to become. They have so much potential, but they are also often filled with self doubt. I try to be a positive influence in their lives. I have also started a music group for preschoolers and their moms. It's fun for the kids to learn songs and play instruments, and it's great for the moms to get out and socialize. It's amazing how quickly kids learn the melodies. I believe the way to truly become Christlike is to learn to be less judgmental and more loving of others, looking for ways to perform small, every day acts of service. I don't do anything major or huge, but I try to do a lot of little things that combined may one day make a difference. We pray as a family, read scriptures as a family, eat meals as a family and every Monday we have an evening together as a family. For me my faith is about family and how to make family life more meaningful.