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Hi I'm Shawna

I'm a mom of two boys, one who has down syndrome. I started a non-profit organization helping kids with special needs.

About Me

I'm a mom, I'm a wife and I'm a child of God. I have two highly energized boys that keep me going. Our youngest has down syndrome and continues to teach us new things daily! I started a non-profit in 2009 when I learned the great impact animal therapy has with kids who have a disability. I found these therapies to be quite expensive though and many could not afford them. So with the support of my husband we started downsonthefarm.org to have a place for those with special needs to come at zero cost to them. We have coupled our non-profit with helping those with disabilities along with rescuing animals. It's a place where all can come to feel unconditional love and acceptance. I love animals with a passion and enjoy our 'farm' life. We just recently moved across country from CO to OH so I'm back to square one, spreading the word about "Downs On The Farm". I also do pet sitting in my home and enjoy spoiling other's pets while they are away. My husband and I also do events at our farm, not only for our non-profit, but we do 'Birthday Parties' and 'Family Events' full of games, train rides and a petting zoo to help raise funds to keep the farm up and running.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined the church I was looking deep and hard to find a church that I felt was right for me. In my long search I discovered too many people who would attend Sunday services but live in a way through out the week I found to be opposite of what was taught in church. I struggled with this as for me personally I believed God wanted me dedicated to Him every day not just on the Sabbath day. So at 15 my long search began as I went to many different churches. After about two years I ended up spending much time learning about what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. I met some wonderful people and spent about another 2 years studying with them. However as much as I loved the people I had met I knew in my heart it was not what I believed to be true. When I was 20, I was first introduced the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and spent 1.5 years meeting with the missionaries as well as attending church and church activities before I officially joined (altho in my heart I had joined long before this). I would say what pulled me in at first was a neighbor family that I had met who always seemed to have a glow about them. Happy and playful together in a way I could tell was different than most. One day I got the courage to ask them what their secret was to being such a happy loving family- it was then they told me it was their faith, their church, their love for the Savior- Jesus Christ. My story starts there and it's been about 15 years now and how I am ever so grateful for the example of that family to have helped to bring me where I am today. I love the Gospel so much and have been blessed beyond belief in my life. I know we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and hears our prayers. I am deeply grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ and his eternal sacrifice for us. I'm a Mormon for all these reasons and so many more!

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily in all that I do. I try to be the best person I can be each day I wake. I try to live in a manner that would please our Father in Heaven. I love my kids and husband and spend much of my days serving them by doing all the regular mom and wife stuff we do....cooking, packing lunches, laundry, running errands, attending events, playing together, praying together etc I love my time I get to serve in the community with our non-profit organization we started, as it allows me to feel as though I'm making a difference in the world, even if ever so small. I also enjoy getting to serve in church, I love to plan fun activities for us to get together and grow and bond with one another and look forward to this very much.