I am adopted. My parents were young and had been married four years when they adopted me as an infant. They were told they could not have children. Four years later they adopted my brother. When I was about eight years old, I told my mom I wanted a little sister. She told me I would have to pray for one, so I did. I prayed every day that my mom would have a little sister for me. “Keep praying,” she would say, and I did! A year later, she found out she was pregnant with a little girl, a sister just for me. Prayer works!! Mom learned the "Sarah" lesson that no womb is too barren for God and that she'd better be careful about telling me what to pray for! :)
I grew up hanging around the "older" crowd. My parents were active in leading youth group at church, and as a toddler I always hung out with the high school and college kids. I have always been drawn to knowing people much, much older than myself. I found my birth family when I was 17 and have a relationship with them. It's amazing how well we click! I also had the honor of adopting a child who battles with separation and behavioral issues. She currently is living with her grandparents and doing well in school.
When I was 16 years old, I lost my dad in a commercial plane crash. He and my brother were using up complementary tickets given to us by Continental Airlines to visit family in Nebraska. My brother physically survived the crash, but the brother I knew died that day and hasn't been the same since. A month later my dad's mom passed away and five months later his dad. I had lost my other set of grandparents and a great aunt, who was like a grandma to me, in the three years before.
I have worked in pediatric hematology and oncology at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) and had the privilege and honor to know so many great kids. Their resilience and positive attitude in the midst of their illness and crisis always amazed me! Recently, I was diagnosed with skin cancer, and it is the childlike resilience I focus on in the midst of my illness. I am very thankful after several tests and procedures, one major surgery and two minor surgeries, to receive the news that the cancer has not spread and everything looks good. I will still have to see my dermatologist every 3 months for the next 5 years, and have a couple procedures a year to make sure the cancer doesn't pop up again, but I thank God for the experience so I can share with others and also learn from their experiences.
My vast wealth of business knowledge and experience includes many industries such as the Music & Film Industry, Health Care, Finance, and Real Estate, as well as Entrepreneurship. I enjoy working hand in hand with business owners as they implement change, allowing their business and employees to develop and grow.
I am a certified Life Coach and have been blessed to be able to make a positive impact on people’s lives for Christ. I have had the privilege of speaking to prospective adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees about the adoption process. I have also served in a variety of ways in Women's Ministries including Divorce Care and Singles Groups. In 1998-2001 I was honored to have worked on the "Women In His Image" steering committee for a Pacific Northwest Christian Conference held at Boise Bible College in Boise, Idaho. A subject close to my heart is Domestic Violence. My upbringing and three men, who touched my life through this painful process, allowed God to shape me into the lady I am today. Domestic Violence is a "normal” unhealthy way of life for many people, including people within the Christian Community, and it's a subject most people do not know a lot about and/or do not want to discuss. My walk in life has taught me to be able to share my life experiences on difficult subjects with love and compassion. I am forever thankful for KDB who loved me for me, dreamed with me, listened to me, shared with me, giving me his all, treating me as a lady should be treated. I will always love you and am grateful God placed you in my life to model for me how a man should treat a lady!
If you have adopted a child or are an adoptee, are battling cancer (or know someone who is or has), have lost a loved one, a job or a partner due to divorce, drug or sexual addiction, have experienced domestic violence, financial issues, or other situations in life, you are not alone! Life change can be stressful, but it's not what happens in life that matters, but how you handle it. God didn't promise us it would be easy, but he did promise to be with us every step of the way. I know, for me, it's not the big things that throw me for a loop, but the little things. I have a passion for people and want to see everyone succeed in their quest to grow and become all that God has called them to be. Using your talents and my life experiences to assist you in your walk through Life.
I (YOU) can do everything through Him who gives me (YOU) strength. Philippians 4:13