Karmen Smith is a wife, mother, blogger, and enthusiastic speaker with a growing platform. She is passionate about encouraging, exhorting, and exciting others with REAL stories about REAL life. Karmen has a MA in Elementary Education, and taught first grade for twelve years before resigning to homeschool her two boys. Over the last year, she has spoken to a number of women’s groups and has guest posted on a variety of blogs. You can read more about Karmen and her zeal for life on her personal blog, www.BlessingsBeyondtheBarnyard.com.