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Hi I'm Dawn!!

I am a widowed mom to 4, photographer, business owner, active running health nut... and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My teen years are ordered a little differently than most. It goes: high school, marriage my senior year, birth of my first son, then high school graduation. Four beautiful children and 21 years later, my husband left us due to a heart attack while hunting with our eldest son. Life is a lot different now, but the Lord has had His hand guiding us all along the past 2 years. After selling our home of the past 11 years and literally starting from scratch, I own a licensed cleaning business, enjoy taking senior photos for grads or photographing weddings, sent my oldest son off to college, am preparing to be a grandmother (????!!!!!!wow!), have a wonderful teenage daughter and continue to watch my 11 year old become an active young lady. Every day has its challenges and frustrations, but I do what I can to be strong for my children, continue to be an example of Christ for them and hope that one day, they will each look back saying, "She did the best that she could with the situation she was handed." I am thankful to be a mother, and between my blessings I call children and faith in God, it is who and what I am.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my father joined when they were married. We reactivated when I was 11 years old. When my youngest brother turned 8 years old, my siblings and I were all baptized into the church. I was a rebellious teenage girl until I found out I was pregnant my senior year of high school. That was when I knew I needed to stay strong to what I knew and I have never swayed from it since. The gospel has since become more and more important to me as I live each day and see the blessings that it brings. I see the Lord's hand in so much! Being a widow means my kids don't get to go visit their other parent every other weekend. I'm all they have 24/7. I have had many serious decisions that I couldn't have made properly without the Spirit and the Lord's guidance. I know that He loves us, knows me and my children each individually and knows what each of us need in our lives. As I do what I can then turn it over to Him in faith, life is easier and I feel less stress. I could not imagine going through all that I have without the Lord leading and guiding the way! I look forward to my future and know that He will continue to guide and bless me if I let Him.

How I live my faith

The scriptures say that as we serve others, we are serving the Lord. With all that He has done for me (beginning with sacrificing his only son to pay for my sins!), the least I can do is love and serve those around me. Often, when I am faced with a stressful situation or hard time, I find that serving others and seeing THEIR circumstances or situation that is maybe harder than mine at the time, helps me realize it's not so bad and I'll make it through just fine. I enjoy teaching primary to my 11 year old daughter's class in church and planning Activity Days along with another "sister" who has become my dear friend! I also enjoy visiting a few sisters from church once a month and seeing what I can do in their lives to help them and let them know they have a friend. Along with those "responsibilities" within the church, I am also a Single Adult leader for the singles ages 30-45. We have fun activities, scripture studies, home evenings and I have made many a dear friend from this group of singles. I also have gotten to know a lot of other LDS widows/widowers whom I appreciate spending time with yet not many who live close by. I look forward to our get togethers. It amazes me how easy it is to find love and support among the church and people who are so much living the same experiences I am. I am thankful for my faith and all that it brings into my life!