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Carrie Meyers serves as the executive director of Choices Pregnancy Center in Redwood Falls, MN.Carrie Meyers, Executive Director

I can use a variety of descriptions to give insight into who I am and what my various roles are: a Christian, a pastor’s wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a gardener, a coffee-lover, etc. However, I am often most identified with my role as a mother to nine amazing kids. I could never have predicted this role, but I treasure it! I have five boys and four girls, and as of this writing have gained a beautiful daughter-in-law and our first granddaughter.

At this season of life, I am in the transitional phase of having children that have grown and have moved on to their adult lives, and yet I am still mothering many little ones that are living under our roof. I delight in seeing each of my children “do their thing”, and I spend many hours watching basketball, volleyball, dance, track, cross-country, musical events, and theatrical performances. In addition to supporting my kids in their activities, I enjoy camping with my family, working in my yard and garden area, baking, and singing on my church’s worship team.

I like organizing and doing laundry, but I don’t care for dusting! I like to start my day with a freshly brewed latte, and end my day with a cup of hot tea. I like popcorn and movies, but a good book and a comfy couch would be my choice any day! I resonate with Jane Austen’s quote: “Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”

I’m delighted to be serving as the Executive Director at Choices Pregnancy Center, and look forward to using the gifts and talents that the Lord has given me to serve the women and men of this community!

 

Gwenn Harrington serves as Earn While You Learn Coordinator at Choices Pregnancy Center in Redwood Falls, MN.Gwenn Harrington, Earn While You Learn Coordinator  

I’ve been blessed with a very diverse and exciting life. But it was not without pitfalls, disappointments, and heartaches. During the years I’ve traveled much of the United States, been to the mountains and jungles of Peru, Petra in Jordan, climbed the mountaintop ruins of Masada where the story of the siege came to life, and spent a number of days in the ancient city of Jerusalem – walking the same streets that Jesus walked. I was a licensed pyrotechnician, a licensed falconer, learned to fly an ultralight when I lived in Alaska (although it scared me more than I enjoyed it) and got to do some raptor rehabbing – including a couple of bald eagles!

Now I spend much of my free time riding my Harley around the country and enjoying road trips with my friends from the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

It is my opinion that many young people raised in good homes with strong beliefs and values – as I was – still fall prey to outside influences and temptations when they leave home for colleges or start careers in different parts of the country. I knew right from wrong, but was not prepared for all the challenges that came with my new found freedom when I went off to a small college in the Adirondack Mountains.

It is because of this – the fact that I struggled for years with the guilt of an abortion the first year of marriage, and the struggles my daughter went through as a single teen mom – that I came to work at Choices Pregnancy Center. The first time I heard the Director speak at Prayer Service for Life, my heart was touched. I wanted the opportunity to speak life into the women making the same decision I had so many years earlier, when there were no “Choices” available, and to help young moms navigate a successful life course when everything looks so bleak. The job has become so much more than I expected and I love it!

Karen Ingle, Manager of Online Communications   Karen Ingle staff photo

I used to think I’d be happy just sitting at my computer writing stories all day long, all by myself. But something changed all that.

I raised five kids. That’s 5 kids from 2 moms and 4 dads. When my first son’s daddy died before he was two weeks old, I became a single mother. Not easy.

In a few years I remarried and I had two more kids. Much better.

Then we adopted two more kids who carried the scars of a childhood of neglect. Really tough.

During the stormy voyage of parenting, there were times when I wanted to jump ship, to quit. I might have, if not for the amazing support I got from my family, my friends, and my faith in Jesus Christ. Can you imagine what would have happened to my kids if I had quit?

I know other parents need the same support I have. So I want to be there for them. I want to see their kids grow up in healthy homes, too.

That’s why I work at Choices. Here I get to use my writing to reach out to parents and parents-to-be online. And after work I still get time to hang out with my family, go canoeing, raise chickens, read good books, and write stories. Ah…

 

 

 

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