photos by by Zeena Gregg Photography

This Family of Four Loves Life in 92129

Carrie and Brent Smith met as seniors at Mt. Carmel High School in 1989. Five years later, after dating throughout college (Carrie attended UCLA, and Brent, Loyola Marymount), they married; and when they decided to start a family of their own, they knew it was time to head back to PQ. “We both grew up in San Diego and knew that it was a great community and somewhere we would like to raise our family,” said Carrie. Flash forward nearly two decades, and the Smiths are now a family of four with two daughters, Madeleine (age 14) and Jillian (age 11). This year, Madeleine is a freshman at Mt. Carmel and Carrie and Brent are reminded not only of their high school days, but also of how lucky they are to be back in 92129.

“We live in PQ, right above Mt. Carmel High School,” shared Carrie. “We love that PQ is a quiet, family neighborhood, with great schools and good people.” Both she and Brent are actively involved in the community – especially at their church, the Penasquitos Lutheran Church. “Brent is the Council President and leads a weekly men’s bible study,” Carrie explained. “[We] taught 1st and 2nd grade Sunday school for five years and [I] was a Stephen Minister (layperson counseling).”

“We both grew up in San Diego and knew that it was a great community and somewhere we would like to raise our family.”

In their down time, Carrie, who has a day job as a Nursing Supervisor in the Adult ICU at Palomar Hospital, and Brent, who is Director of Commercial Sales at an Internet Services Company, enjoy traveling with friends and family. “We like to take road trips and visit National Parks and have done so with several great PQ families,” Carrie stated. “[We] have vacationed in Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Hawaii, Vermont, New York and Palm Desert.”

They also spend time at Family Karate in PQ. “Carrie is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and Brent is a 1st Degree Black Belt,” said the couple.
And the talent seems to run in the family. Jillian plays basketball, volleyball, and enjoys dance. “Jillian can do the splits!” Carrie exclaimed. “Madeleine played All Star softball this summer for PQ Lightning,” added Carrie, “Where they won the North San Diego District Championship and finished 5th in the Nation at West B Nationals!”

At a Glance

Parents: Brent Smith & Carrie Smith
Children: Madeleine Smith (14, freshman at Mt. Carmel High School) Jillian Smith (11, 6th grade at Black Mountain Middle School)
Community: Rancho Peñasquitos – Lived in PQ since high school, both went to college in LA (Brent to LMU and Carrie to UCLA), moved back to San Diego after college and got married in 1994. Bought a home in PQ in 1999.
Hometown: Brent – San Diego, CA; Carrie – Glendale, CA
Profession: Brent – Sales Director; Carrie – Nurse Supervisor