Today I’m happy to introduce you to Carrie. We’ve never met in real life, but it seems like our paths have crossed many times. In fact, if I remember correctly, she lives in the same town in North Carolina where I lived as a newlywed, and where my first two children were born. Isn’t that cool? We know a lot of the same people, which is a common phenomenon with us LDS bloggers. I think you’ll enjoy meeting her. Here’s Carrie:
Hey! That’s southern for “Hi!” in case you aren’t familiar with southern speak. My name is Carrie Harmon and live in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. I am 35-year-old almost stay-at-home (I work less than part-time at a local grocery store to stay on the payroll in case I really do need to work. ..) , new homeschooling mom to one sweet boy (Jake) who will be turning a decade old the end of August. I am married to the most amazing man in the world (Aaron) who is currently going to school full-time during the day and working 3rd shift (10pm-6am) full-time to pay the bills. We also have one very sweet and crazy lab mix puppy (who as I am typing this figured out how to turn on the hose, that was laying in her little kiddie pool to fill it up…Seriously….) named Sadie May — yes I totally include my dog as part of the family. J I also have to mention that this family picture is from Feb. of 2010…I love to take pictures but apparently we haven’t taken any good ones of the 3 of us for a while…I am going to have to work on that…
We are currently living in my parents home, taking care of it while they are on a mission in Seattle Washington. They will be released from their mission on August 6th after 18 months of serving the Lord in the mission office. The timing for their mission was perfect for all of us. Aaron was working in the home building business and the company he worked for was slowly letting everyone go. We decided it was the perfect opportunity for Aaron to finish up school back at UNC-Charlotte [hey, editor’s interruption– I used to teach Spanish there!] (where back when we were young and dumb he left as a 2nd semester junior for a great job opportunity…Let this be a lesson to all you young people: finish school the first time around…) and my parents were about to put their home on the market, something they really didn’t want to do. It worked out perfectly for us to take care of their house instead of them selling it in the middle of a really bad housing market. Fast forward almost 18 months and Aaron is going to graduate (with a major in Math-what a geek) in December and we will be on to our next adventure wherever that will take us! Aaron is originally from Spartanburg SC and I am from New Hampshire. I consider myself a converted Southerner, but Aaron says it doesn’t work that way. Once a Yankee, always a Yankee. He claims I still break out my Yankee accent when I get mad but I really wish I talked like Paula Dean…Maybe some day. A girl can dream right? Jake is a native Charlottean, which I think gives further proof that I am a converted Southerner. J
What’s your favorite part of motherhood?
My favorite part of motherhood is all the firsts. The first smile. The first steps. The first time you realize your child really feels the Spirit. The first time your see yourself in your child and think do I really sound like that when I am mad?… I love them all good and bad.
Name 2 or 3 items on your “bucket list.” (Some things you’d like to do before you die.)
I have a lot of things on my bucket list so to narrow it down to 2 or 3 is hard…I would love to hike the Appalachian Trail with my family. I would love to travel to every state in the US. I would love to write children’s books. I would love to live on a lake….
Brag for a minute. Do it. What are a few things that you’re pretty good at?
I am really great at procrastinating!…I really am, but that isn’t a good thing. This one is tough. I am a good (not great) painter. I am great homemade roll maker if using a bread machine counts. I make good spaghetti and lasagna. I am really good with kids… I asked for some help from Jake and Aaron on this one and they said: blogging, cooking, painting, sleeping (haha…), being a mom…I guess I am not good at thinking of things to brag about myself for….
What are you loving lately?
I am absolutely loving my Kindle and reading the classics. It was a Mother’s Day/Birthday gift and I LOVE it. The idea that I can take my own personal library everywhere I go is a good thing. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius! I am reading Sense and Sensibility right now and I love it. The first book I read on my Kindle was Laddie. It is so good! If you haven’t read it you should. I am the girl who in high school never actually read the books assigned so I think my English teachers would be shocked and proud that I finally found a love for the classics.
Do you have a favorite scripture or quote? Why?
My favorite quote is by Neal A. Maxwell: “Faith in God includes faith in His timing.” My favorite scriptures of the moment are 1 Nephi 1:20: “…I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” And Mosiah 24:14: “And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage: and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.”
What do you gravitate toward during your unscheduled time?
During my free time I gravitate to spending time with Jake (I’m lucky that I am still one of his favorite people to play with.) and Aaron. This past year and a half have been a real sacrifice for all of us. I was working out side the home 5 days a week (for the first time in Jake’s life) until school got out and we decided to rethink the game plan. We have found that when we are home, we just want to be with each other. I have gravitated toward researching and gathering information and supplies for homeschooling which we are just starting this year. It has been so much fun! I love to blog — lately that has not been the case but it is summer time so I get a pass right? I love to read, cut coupons and figure out how cheap I can get the things I need. I love HGTV and Fox News.
Tell us some of your best mom-tricks (things you’ve figured out that work well for you).
One of my best mom tricks is to sing. When Jake was little I would always make up silly songs if he wasn’t listening. It always worked like a charm and still does. Another mom trick is to always be prepared. We lived outside of Asheville NC in the mountains (we miss it sooo much!) and were close to fun places to play in the water. I learned to always have towels and a change of clothes in the car so spontaneous swimming could happen. It is a very rare occasion that we see water and don’t get in it. I have scored some cool mom points this way. My last mom trick goes along with being prepared: I believe in the big mom purse with everything you may need on a moments notice inside. I have been a super hero to many people with all that I carry in my big purses….
What parts of your testimony are you the most sure of?
The part of my testimony that I am most sure about is that Heavenly Father is completely aware of each and everyone one of us. He knows our needs, he knows our struggles, he knows our weaknesses and faults-and He loves us any way. I know that He only gives us trials that we can bear. I know that He thinks I am a good mother, even if I am the mother of one, not 6. I know that he answers my prayers and that His hand guides my life on a daily basis. I know that He wants nothing more than our happiness. I know that He loves me.
Desert Island Question. If you were stranded on a desert island (most moms would actually crave this) and could only take 3 items with you, what would they be?
I am going to assume that by “items” you mean “things” not people and that this is a little mom vacation…Right? I am saying all of that so I won’t feel guilty for not taking Aaron and Jake along with me. J 1. A water-proof Kindle (that doesn’t exist but it should) with wi-fi access of course. 2. A machine that spits out those tiny little ice cubes (…I call them rabbit turd, but I am sure there is a real name for them…) and cold water that I can drink all day long. 3. A comfy, oversized chaise with pillows that is completely water proof and is floating in the beautiful fresh water pond, complete with small waterfall, and I am lounging on said chaise while wearing a lovely white cotton nightgown with my bathing suit underneath…That may technically be more than 3 things.
What’s something unexpected in your life, and how have you dealt with it?
Something unexpected in my life is not having lots of children. I love kids! I always thought we would have a big family. But Heavenly Father’s plan for our family is a little different from my own. I have PCOS and have struggled with fertility and my weight ever since having Jake. We used fertility drugs to have Jake and have been so blessed to have him in our family. He is amazing! I wish I had 4 more just like him. It has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions. There have been times when I have been bitter and emotional about this struggle. I have been through the “why me” phase and depression. The only way I have gotten through it is by turning to the Lord. I am reminded every day that He loves me and is aware of my struggles.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be and why?
I love this question! The song that keeps coming to mind for some reason is Rascal Flats “God Blessed the Broken Road” or is it just called “Broken Road”? I don’t know, but I think it fits. When Jake was about 3 or 4 we had a whole little dance we did to it. He would stand on our hope chest and we did our little routine. Why didn’t I video it? I just love how the song talks about being led to exactly what we need in our life. It makes me think of how Heavenly Father leads us on the right path if we just let him.
What homemaking job/task gives you the most satisfaction?
Aaron will laugh at this one because I never seem to get it down. I love folding laundry (not matching socks though…). I love smelling the clean clothes. I love looking at Jake’s clothes and seeing how much bigger they are than last year at this time. I love looking at the millions of Star Wars t-shirts that Jake and Aaron have and remembering how excited I was to find another one they would love on sale at Target.
Tell us about your blog:
My blog is called “One More Thing….” because I always seem to have one more thing to say. I am a chronic rambler. I couldn’t think of what to name my blog when I started a couple of years ago, that would give people a little insight into my brain, so I started to go through my favorite songs in my head. “One more thing…” is a line from a John Mayer song.J I blog to keep in touch with people, to de-clutter my brain, to journal, to vent…But mostly to document our little families crazy journey!
Thank you Carrie. It really was fun to get you know you better. I love how much joy you find in motherhood.
Tell Carrie hello, or share some common ground with her in the comments below or over at her blog. Have a great weekend everyone!