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Hi I'm Christa

I am a wife, a mother of four, a NICU parent support volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four amazing children. I love to wakeboard, snowboard, ride horses, and spend time with my children. I love gardening, and helping others

Why I am a Mormon

On Jan 23rd, 2011 I welcomed my 4th child Austin into the world. Minutes after being born he stopped breathing and the doctors started resuscitation. They called a "code blue" and immediately called a life flight team. They were able to stabilize him and flew him to another hospital with a high level NICU. He spent 5 days fighting for his life. On the 5th day I was finally able to hold my newborn son. Amazingly after 24 days in hospitals Austin was able to come home and he is now a happy, get into everything toddler. Al though this was the hardest thing I have ever been through, I did not have to go through it alone. The savior comforted my right away and many miracles happened in the space of those 24 days. My belief in the priesthood, the atonement, and service was strengthened through this experience. I have sat in the NICU and waited. I have cried and prayed. I have endured. Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams. I will notice everything about my child. I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore and discover. I will marvel at my surviving miracle every day for the rest of my life. I will be happy because my baby is alive and crying out for me. I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child that my friends will not see. I will be a better mother for all that I have endured. I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter, neighbor, friend and sister because I have known pain.

How I live my faith

Since then, I became a parent support volunteer. I help other NICU parents get through such a tough experience. I hand out parent support kits, and attend parent support meetings. So now, when others hurt around me, I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort. I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs. I listen. And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely. I have learned the immense power of another hand holding tight to mine, of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth and when life is beyond hard. I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in those shoes. I have learned to appreciate life. Yes I will be a wonderful mother.