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Hi I'm Kristen

I'm a wife, mama to 2 adopted munchkins, graphic designer, photographer, font lush, loud laugher...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a southern girl to the core. But I have a serious case of wanderlust and love to travel! I can't hide my emotions - you always know what I'm feeling by looking at my face. I love anything by Jane Austen. I quote movie lines far too often. And I'm always running 10 minutes behind schedule. I've been married to my best friend for over 19 years. My stomach STILL does flip-flops when my husband walks into a room; & it just keeps getting better. There's no one else I would rather spend time with, talk to, laugh with. We were blessed to adopt two precious children after struggling with infertility for 10 years. These munchkins do their very best to keep me on my toes. Motherhood is challenging, but it is one of my life's greatest joys. We love to cook, explore, go on nature walks, & snuggle in bed reading (we're currently on the Little House Series & loving it!) Creativity is a huge part of my life. I love to draw, paint, and play the piano. Everything fascinates me, & when something peaks my interest-- I jump in with both feet. Calligraphy is my latest project. Woodworking is next... I have a background in computer education & training, but it's Graphic Design & Typography that make my heart sing. Capturing everyday beauty through photography comes in a close second. And I will openly admit that I'm a font hoarder. I have a little etsy store where I sell my posters and projects as well as help to preserve handwriting by taking samples and converting them into fonts.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all my life. In fact, I'm a 5th generation member - which is pretty rare for the South. And while I'm inspired and uplifted by the righteous example of my ancestors, I can honestly say that I'm not simply falling in line with family tradition. I am a Mormon because I know it is Christ's church on this earth. I know it. As surely as I know that 1+1=2 and that the earth is round. I have had too many experiences where the Holy Spirit has witnessed to me of its truthfulness. And this knowledge and faith that I have is my most cherished possession. Everything good that I have in this life has come to me because of my membership in this church. My faith guides my choices and shapes the way I see the world. Because I understand: -Who I Am -Whose I Am & -Why I'm Here, it enables me to find strength, happiness, peace and perspective, despite the inevitable disappointments and sorrows in this life. The teachings of this church help me understand that I am here on this earth, not by chance, but to become who God wants me to become. He has a plan for me, and that includes adversity to help me stretch and grow. This gospel has brought me to Jesus - to a more complete understanding of the role He plays as my Savior, my brother, my judge, my example, my healer, my hope and my dearest friend. Because of the additional testament of Jesus Christ, found in the Book of Mormon, I more fully understand what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane--that Jesus didn't just suffer for my sins, but He also felt all my pain, physical and emotional, so that He would know how to comfort me. Through inspiration and guidance of living prophets and apostles, I am reminded of God's love for his children, for me. He still speaks to us today. And the authority to act in Jesus' name is once again on this earth. I am blessed with the assurance that my family can be together forever because of blessings and promises made in a temple of God.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates every area of my life. Having experienced & felt God's love for me & the happiness that comes from my relationship with Jesus Christ, makes me want to be a better person. I want to be like Him. I love James 1:22 - to be "doers of the word & not just hearers". This reminds me that it isn't enough to just believe in Christ- but that faith is a verb - it requires action! And I have found the best way to live my faith begins at home. We study the holy scriptures together as a family every day & kneel in prayer both morning & night. We set aside a night each week, where we learn together & work on building a stronger family unit. I look for opportunities every day to teach my children about the goodness of God & help them develop their own personal relationship with Him & with Jesus. I try to show my children what it means to be a faithful follower of Christ. And that extends beyond our home, into our congregation & our community. I am given opportunities for service within my church to teach, to lead & to minister to others in need. And I've found so much joy in using my skills & talents to bless & serve others. I've loved using my graphic art background in designing media materials. I've taught children & adults, including an early morning bible study class for teens. I've spent over 8 years working with teenage girls & their leaders on a local & regional level. I recently had the opportunity to manage a day of service projects for over 200 youth. It was such a humbling experience to see them put in over 1200 hours of service in the community. But I've also learned it's just as important to take a meal to someone who's sick, or visit the lonely or elderly or run our Meals on Wheels route. Large or small, simple or grand, it's an opportunity to be the Lord's hands & follow His example of service. And while I try my best to live my faith, I fall short every day. Every single day. But it doesn't keep me from trying to be a little better the next.