When I was four years old, I shared my desire to live my life for God with our pastor. He informed me that as a priest, he lived a life very similar to what I had expressed. I told him that I wanted be a priest for God when I grow up. The priest informed me I couldn't be a priest, but I could be a religious sister.
In my junior year of high school I came across an article in the Vision Magazine written by a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus. She wrote about her desire for a balance of the contemplative life and the active life and how she found the best of both in this religious order. After reading the article I called the sisters and arranged a weekend visit. Everything the sisters told me, and everything that I observed, about this way of life spoke to my heart. After the visit, I asked to become a candidate.
I entered on Oct. 1st, 2003, the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Every day I continue to grow in my love and understanding for this way of life, and I thank and praise God that he has called me to serve him as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus.