The Challenge: What are some choices in your life that affected where you are now?
I have often thought about the choices I have made in my life and how I ended up where I am. After high school I decided to attend Snow college. I was miserable at first, because I didn't know many people and I felt very uncomfortable. After an apartment change, things went much better for me. I loved my school experience even the rough patches. They shaped who I am today. It was at Snow that I took the EMT courses. I loved the EMT classes and instructors. It was hard, but I made it. I worked as an EMT for 10 years and it really helped me to gain confidence and feel like I was making a difference in the world. After graduating from Snow college, I chose to live at home and attend UVSC (now UVU). I had a professor there that I loved and I remember him asking me if I would be a nanny for his daughter. She lived in Chicago and had some health problems which made it so she could not be home alone with her small children. If I would help her during the day, they would pay for me to go to school at night. I struggled with that choice for a while. Chicago has one of the best nursing programs in the United states. I finally prayed about it and decided to stay home. I have often wondered where I would be had I have taken that job. Living at home was a hard choice, but only because I had lived on my own for two years. I ended up going to a singles ward and meeting lots of new friends. I even met Ben there. I was getting restless and was trying to decide whether or not to go on a mission. Then I met Ben. We dated for a short time and were married a few months later. We have been married for 10 years and have three beautiful little girls who have changed our lives forever. Ben and I have been through rough times, but I am still glad I chose to marry him. Other choices I have made such as having children and being a stay at home mom have made me who I am today. I'm grateful for the choices I have made and that I am where I am today.