I have been blessed with so much in my life, and I am so thankful. I was born to two GREAT parents, who have inspired and laid the foundations for my faith in the Catholic Church. I have three older siblings, one sister and two brothers, and two (soon to be three!) nephews. So much of who I am and my integrity has been molded by them. God has also blessed me with wonderful friends who have always supported me in all of my endeavors, and helped to remind me of what is truly important in life.
I have spent all of my life on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and the mountains have been like my backyard. It was actually on one of my weekend trips into the mountains, during a retreat, that I really began to deepen my relationship with Christ. Up until then, it had always been like that of a teacher and a student. Sure, it was friendly, but God wasn’t supposed to know certain things and there was a rule book about what he could teach and tell me. On the retreat that relationship changed, the rule book was thrown out and my faith became more like a story of someone falling in love. I had a new compassion to learn all I could about the Catholic faith and really live it out.
I went on my first mission trip to Kansas City to rebuild and renovate transitional housing for a nonprofit organization that helped homeless get back on their feet. There I learned about the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead), which inspired me to really change the way I thought about the world around me. The next year I planned and lead a mission trip to Las Vegas Nevada, to work with the HIV affected and the homeless.
I am looking forward (and excited!) to learn, live, and really allow God to show me more about Heart’s Homes three pillars (prayer, community, and compassion). After my mission with Heart’s Home in their Brooklyn Center, I plan to finish my degree in Biology at Colorado State University, and go on to either a physician’s assistant or nursing program so I can continue serving others around me.