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Hi I'm Carly

A wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend with a life changing illness. My faith is what gets me through it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 36 year old mother of 4 beautiful children. I always wanted to be a mom, and had so many plans and ideas of the things I would do for and with them. I used to be a school teacher. I taught first grade, and hoped to one day be the Music teacher at my kids' elementary school. Music has always been a passion of mine -- hearing it, playing it on the piano, or bearing my testimony through song. 5 years ago I developed a life threatening allergy to nuts, and am even severely allergic to peanuts in the air (if someone else is/was eating them inside restaurants, stores, churches, etc). I can no longer go into my children's school (or teach, for that matter), fly on an airplane, or go very many places in public. I spend a lot of time by myself at home. When I have an allergic reaction my lungs and throat begin to swell and I cannot breathe. Luckily I have medicine that will help me when that happens. Because of those reactions I can no longer sing like I used to. It is physically painful, and my lungs have a difficult time getting enough air to support the notes. I cannot even go to plays or concerts to hear music made by someone else. My life is so very different than I ever dreamed it would be. I have to miss Kindergarten graduations, championship basketball tournaments, and dance concerts. But through my struggles I have been able to see more clearly what is truly important in this life, develop a personal relationship with my Savior, and realize i am truly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the things that I have learned as I have studied the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are the ONLY things that are getting me through my trials right now. I am a mormon because I know why I am here, what I am doing on this Earth, why a loving Father in Heaven would allow trials and hard things happen in our lives, and where we go after our Earth life is over. I am a Mormon because I have been taught things that give me hope, faith, strength, and happiness - - even in the midst of heartache and pain. I am a Mormon because I want to do my best to serve others and live as Jesus lived, so that I may one day return to Him again.

How I live my faith

Because I am at home a lot, I decided I would use my struggles and the things I have learned from them to try to help other people who are struggling. EVERYONE goes through hard times in their lives. I believe that if we share our hope and faith and suggestions on how to get through each difficult day, we can help those who are truly in need. I use my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts to share uplifting thoughts, talks, and songs with my friends and family. I privately send things I find that I think may help someone with a specific trail (poor heath, financial struggles, death of a loved one, etc) and am constantly amazed at how the spirit helps guide me to send exactly what the person needed to hear. I have learned that though I am unable to physically go to many places, the world is a big and wonderful place when you can use the internet for good! I have been so blessed to laugh, cry, and even feel frustrated along with friends as we battle difficulties in our lives. I have also started an inspirational blog where I offer my thoughts on how to deal with trials and hard things that come up in your life. It has been a blessing to me to be able to research and write about things that will help me (as well as others) when I am down. It may sound crazy - - but I am thankful for my health struggles. Do they limit what I can do? Yes. Are they physically and emotionally painful? Yes. But I wouldn't trade the lessons I have learned and the faith I have gained through these struggles for anything in the world. They have made me who I am today. I am truly blessed.