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Hi I'm Tara

I'm an accountant in Wisconsin, and I just got married for the first time at 38. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started college intending to become a junior high school journalism instructor, but after dropping out and taking a few years to figure out what I really liked, I wound up with an accounting degree at the age of 32. Now I'm studying for the CPA exam and enjoying being a newlywed. My dream growing up was to be a stay-at-home mom with five or six kids; unfortunately it took me until I was 38 to find the man I wanted to be the father of my children. We knew it was a long-shot (besides my age, I also have diabetes), but we jumped through the doctors' hoops to see if we could get pregnant--and it's not going to happen. We've decided to become licensed foster parents and adopt from foster care, and I feel peace and excitement in planning for that. I met my husband online and fell in love with him through phone calls & emails. (I didn't believe that was possible until it happened to me!) He is one of the kindest people I have ever met, and I have never been so happy as I have the last two years with him. I enjoy board games, crochet, cross-stitch, cooking, movies, and dancing in the kitchen with my husband (yeah, we're not that good, but it's fun). A lot of things right now are on hold until "after I pass the CPA exam", but I still manage to read a couple of historical, fantasy, or clean romance novels every month. Also, Friday night is reserved for date night, and Sunday afternoons are for hanging out at my sister's house to play games with my nephews.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents (both Mormon) divorced when I was three, and I was raised by my mother and my non-Mormon stepfather. Mom took us to church, but we didn't have a lot of gospel conversations at home. My father lived about 1500 miles away, so my sister and I only saw him on summer visits, but he tried to keep in touch by letter. At the end of every letter, he wrote that he knew the Book of Mormon was true, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lived and loved us, and Joseph Smith was their prophet. After a few years of being able to read the letters for myself, I started to wonder why Dad felt this message was so important that he shared it in every letter: that was the beginning of me wanting to find out for myself. I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time when I was 14 and knelt in prayer to ask God if it was true. The feeling I had of warmth and peace spoke to my heart "Tara, you already know", because it was the same feeling I'd had while I was reading it. I knew God had heard my prayer, enlightened my mind, and given me an answer. I don't have all the answers, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes sense to me! Heavenly Father gives us commandments because He wants us to be happy. He called prophets anciently, and I know He has called prophets in our day--beginning with Joseph Smith--because He wants us to know what to do to navigate the troubles of this world so we can return to live with Him again. I have had answers to my prayers that I cannot deny--some of them in direct opposition to what I thought I wanted to do or have happen, but as I trusted in the answers I received, I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life. I know He knows me and loves me. It took me 38 years to find my husband. When we married, it was in a ceremony in a temple that promised us if we keep our covenants with God we (with our children) can be a family forever--what a goal! When we truly accept the gospel & Atonement of Jesus Christ, all things are possible.

How I live my faith

I worked with the young women aged 12-18 at church for about 4 1/2 years and really loved them. Shortly after my husband and I were married, however, we were asked to be the nursery leaders for the 18-month to 3-year-olds on Sundays. What a switch! (Although the young women got some fabulous new adult leaders with some great energy & ideas, so it was a good change for them too.) When we were first asked to work in the nursery, I was really worried that it would be hard for me to take care of other people's little ones when we wanted so much to have our own. I wondered if it was 1) a test from Heavenly Father to see if I could handle being a parent or 2) a "consolation prize" from Him in advance because He would not be sending children to our home. Instead, it proved to be a blessing, as I learned to love each of the nursery children, appreciate their individual personalities, and watch them grow. Watching my husband's patience and humility in serving them has reiterated to me what a wonderful father he'll be. We sing songs, teach a (very short!) lesson, have coloring time, provide a snack, play with toys, clean up, pretend we're animals, blow bubbles, play ring-around-the-Rosie, give hugs, soothe tears, and try to keep them happily engaged until their parents come. Seeing the joy of the children when their parents come to take them home has helped me be excited to adopt from foster care to build our family, so I can help provide a home for children who need the stability and safety of loving parents.