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Elizabeth Smart Gives Birth to Baby Girl

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In 2002, at the young age of 14, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home in Utah. Her high-profile story is one most are familiar with.

She was a child. Taken, raped and forced to act as a wife to a man who claimed to be a prophet. What happened to her was a nightmare.

But it’s what came after Smart’s rescue in 2003 that’s worth recognizing. While her story started as a tragedy, it is her strength that is truly remarkable.

Refusing to be defined by what happened to her, Smart has made it her mission to advocate for child safety and share her story in hopes that others who have endured similar trauma will one day overcome.

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“I may always be known as the girl that was kidnapped,” she said in a Facebook video, which followed the release of one of her captors from jail.

Instead of allowing the clear injustice to break her, however, Smart shared the words of her mother. “The best punishment you could ever give them is to be happy … by holding on to the past … that’s only allowing them to steal more of your life away from you.”

Smart is living proof that life can go on in the best way even after unspeakable tragedy and heartache.

Smart is a wife, a mother, an author and a motivational speaker. She started the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, an organization that exists to “prevent future crimes against children” and help victims of crimes that have already been committed.

Now the inspirational mama has given birth to her third child. “So happy to welcome Olivia to our family!” she wrote on Instagram.

 

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So happy to welcome Olivia to our family! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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This is a woman whose faith and drive have inspired many. “…the human spirit is resilient,” she wrote in her memoir, “My Story.”

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“God made us so. He gave us the ability to forgive. To leave our past behind. To look forward instead of back.”

She’s definitely looking forward, and her story and spirit inspire others to do the same. What a beautiful example of resilience and courage, and how even the darkest of circumstances can make way for light.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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