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Hi I'm Heather

I am a mom, a wife, a cook, a runner and a reader. I am a mormon.

About Me

I got married to my best friend in college and shortly after graduating had our first son. I have been a stay at home mom ever since of 4 children. My oldest is 16 and is profoundly disabled. He is in a wheelchair because he walks with great difficulty. He is blind, has uncontrollable seizures and is mind never grew past a 6 month level. My second son is bipolar and that has opened up a whole new world of mental health issues. Then I have two darling girls who make me smile just to look at them. I run, garden, read avidly and love making a home for my family with all the mess, chaos, humor and misery that goes along with it. We have a dog, a guinea pig, a cat and a bearded dragon to throw into the mix. I teach art at my kids' school once a week and although I am not an artist and can draw only stick figures I have fun with the kids trying to figure out how to create things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my faith answers the "whys" of my life. Those questions that keep you awake in the middle of the night and cause your faith and optimism to disappear. At those moments I can think of the gospel and remember why I am here, what my purpose is, why certain things happen. It keeps me sane, it keeps me hopeful, and it allows me to have that peace inside when everything around me is falling apart. My family joined the church when I was a little girl. And as I grew I felt that the gospel was true. When our first son was born and developed severe developmental and physical challenges I really had to face up to whether what I believed was true or not. Some of my best prayers have been in hospital bathrooms where I could kneel in quiet and try to feel that peace that only God can bring. I don't think I could have made it through those years and kept a smile and an optimism through the daily life of raising a profoundly disabled son without the knowledge of the gospel. When our second son was 8 he was committed to a lock down mental health hospital. He was severely dillusional, paranoid, and mentally ill. He was diagnosed as bi-polar. Going through that process of finding the right mixture of medication and realizing that another son was not going to have the life I envisioned again made me face up to my belief. We went through a year where my second son wouldn't allow me to touch him, look at him or even have a real conversation. If the gospel is true than it is all worth it. That is my life line that I can cling to. It gives me a perspective that allows me to know what the outcome will be. I think that without it, I would be tempted to climb into my covers and stay there. Instead I can see and feel the joy and happiness that surrounds me. My family is mine, forever. These problems are temporary and are only a tool God is using to make our family into what he wants us to be.

How I live my faith

Right now I work with children ages 18 months to 12 years every Sunday, teaching them the gospel.