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I am married to the man of my dreams--someone I knew back when we were in Junior High. We recognized each other at college and got married five years later. No one makes me laugh harder than he does. And plus, he's a great chef! Several years into our marriage, we found out that we would not be able to have biological children; we were crushed but found hope in the miracle of adoption. We have since adopted two beautiful boys and enjoy a very open relationship with their birth families. We are especially close with their birth mothers and love having them in our home. I blog at therhouse.com about the journey infertility and adoption have taken us on. We choose to find joy in it. I have found so much healing in the online infertility and adoption community--there are really some incredible people out there! When I am not blogging, I am making jewelry, being the community manager for a podcast about mothers, helping with the consulting firm my husband and I own together, running, looking for sunsets and mothering. I love staying home with my boys where they fall victim to my love for arts and crafts and photography.
I grew up in the DC Metro area in an amazing LDS family. My parents taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ from the time I was a child. As I grew, I made mistakes here and there as we all do, but I always found more peace when I chose to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I served an 18 month mission for the Church on Temple Square in Salt Lake City when I was 21 years old. Teaching others about the Lord and His church and watching them feel that same peace I felt growing up was exhilarating! I am a Mormon because of the joy I feel when I follow the teachings of the Savior. I am a Mormon because of the peace the gospel brings to my soul.
When my husband and I found out that we could not have biological children, hope is what got me out of bed in the morning. It is was reminded me to breathe in and out. Hope is what we found when we were led to and embraced the miracle of adoption. Hope is the longing for something that seems impossible, unseen. Hope is knowing that God has a plan for you, that He loves you and knows you individually. Hope is knowing that Jesus Christ has suffered all your pains and afflictions with you. Hope is knowing that you are not alone.
I wake up every morning in love with my family--I think that's the #1 way I live my faith. I take the time everyday to teach my toddlers that Heavenly Father loves them, has a plan for them and created this beautiful world for them. I teach them that we feel happy when we make good choices and we feel sad when we make bad choices. We strive to have family prayer and scripture study and live the teachings of Jesus Christ daily. And every Sunday morning we walk as a family to Church. At Church, I serve the the 200+ primary children in our congregation and their teachers. I love their energy and sweetness, but mostly I love seeing my kids blossom as they further understand the teachings of the Savior.