Chelsea Criswell

Chelsea grew up in Carrollton, Texas and met her husband, Ty, in college at Abilene Christian University. They were married in 2013 and have lived in Plainview since then. Ty is a farmer East of town with his family. Chelsea taught elementary school for 9 years and she is now staying home with her youngest and running their farming lifestyle clothing brand, Acre and Rust Clothing Company. They have 3 kids; Hollis, Lucy, and Audrey. Chelsea and Ty have been members at Harvest for about a year. Her favorite place to serve is with the women and children of Harvest.

 Who is your hero? And why? My hero is my husband, Ty. He is my perfect opposite and I am so thankful he chose me to be his wife. 

What one event in your childhood had the greatest effect on your life? In high school, I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Los Angeles. I had previously visited the city with my family and saw all of the popular tourist locations. During the mission trip we drove through Skid Row and this had quite the impact on me. All of the fancy tourist locations hide the struggle that is really going on in this city. Cities and even people can show the world that everything is fine, but there can be hurt and hunger hiding beneath the façade.  

What bit of advice do you have for young moms today? I always joke that I could skip the first three months of a newborn and be perfectly happy. Those first three months are hard, but so important! Just take it day by day and do your best. Each day, your best will look different and it’s enough.