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Hi I'm Carrie

I am a wife, a mother, a crafter, a cook, and a laugher. I have a child with special needs. I've had brain surgery. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother. My husband and I have four kids. Our oldest daughter has Down syndrome, which keeps our life exciting! As a family, we like to play games, go camping, watch movies, and make yummy food. When the weather is nice, we head outdoors and roast marshmallows over the fire pit. I think my kids think marshmallows should be their own food group! When our kids aren't keeping us busy, we like to make and build things for our home. My husband builds great furniture and I make home decor. We love to DIY everything and feel great satisfaction looking around our home knowing we did a lot of the work ourselves.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending church and learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But when we found out my third child would have Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect, my faith was tested in a deep way. I worried about what my baby's life would be like after she was born. One night, as I was praying for peace, I remembered a song I had learned at church as a child. It says: "My life is a gift, my life has a plan. My life has a purpose in heaven it began. My choice was to come to this lovely home on Earth, and seek for God's light to direct me from birth. I will follow God's plan for me, holding fast to His word and His love. I will work and I will pray. I will always walk in His way. And I will be happy on Earth and in my home above." As the song played in my mind, I knew that Heavenly Father had a plan for me and for my baby. With all of my heart and mind, I knew that the Plan of Salvation was real and that Heavenly Father was aware of each one of us. He would not abandon my family in our difficulties, but would bless us and increase our abilities so that we could fulfill our mission on the Earth. While it is not always easy, faith in His plan keeps me striving to be the best mother I can be. A few years later, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor that required surgery. Just like when we received my daughter's diagnosis, there were many unaswerable questions about what life after surgery. But because I had learned to trust the Lord, I knew that whatever happened, my family would be okay. And we are. I knew that the experiences my family was going through were opportunities for us to become more like Jesus Christ. And we did. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. I know that by following the example of our Savior, we can be eternal families. I know that as we keep the commandments, we are strengthened during the hard times in life. I know that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we can find the full Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to serve in as many ways as I can. Through church and when I was a social worker, I have had the opportunity to work with children and teenagers. I love to work with kids! I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to guide young people while they become the adults they want to be. At church, I have also had the opportunity to teach classes for women. Through the discussions in those classes, I have learned from the experiences of others and have felt the Holy Spirit testify of truth. Preparing lessons about the Gospel helps me grow closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, as I learn and teach more about how to be like Him.