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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a wife, mother of two awesome boys, a photographer and artist. At 5'11" I'm the shortest of 4 sisters, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of 2 boys and 1 tortoise. I am a stay-at-home mom and a part time photographer and artist. I used to be a banker for 12 years, so I dont' take for granted the blessing of getting to be home for my kids. I love that my job is spend time with my favorite people and take care of them, how great is that! I grew up in AZ, and have been here most of my life. To tell you about me, I need to go back a little. I was married the first time at 23, and I had my first son a few years after. I was divorced soon after and spent the next 5 years as a single working mom. I know how hard that is, and I felt like I was never going to find a decent man. But low and behold, I found my husband! Actually, he was dating my best friend when I met him, but we didn't date for sometime after that broke up. Is it weird that my best friend has kissed my husband? :) Anyway, my hubby adopted my son and we have had another one since. We have also had 3 miscarriages, which were difficult and I learned that life never turns out the way you plan it. But thank goodness for that, because even having those stuggles in life, I am so happy now. I get to take care of my family as well as use my creative side taking pictures and creating artwork. I run 2 online shops for art prints, and do family photography on weekends. I LOVE MY LIFE!

Why I am a Mormon

Ok, so I was born into a mormon family, but I didn't really have a strong testimony until I was 28. That was the day that my 1st marriage fell apart, and I was left a single mom of my 1 yr old son. I knew that I was making the right desision for us. I credit the actions of that day that led to my finding out the truth of my then-husband to finally being able to FEEL the Holy Spirit. I had grown up being told that people felt the Holy Ghost all the time, leading them to do or not do things, protecting and comforting them, but I had never recognized feeling it. I knew then He was looking out for me, and I was grateful to have the knowledge that not only does He love each of us, but he helps guide our ways. I love the Bible passage in Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Thank goodness God helped me make better decisions the second time around, and gave me the knowledge that I am worth it, and I deserve to be happy as we all do. I LOVE my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and I am so thankful to know I am not alone, not forgotten or overlooked, and that I am special to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church weekly to hear the wonderful messages that are given in my services and classes. I get to be apart of an activities committee for the women over 18, and love the new friendships I've formed. I also get to be a visiting teacher, and share messages from our First Presidency on inspirational topics with 2 women who live near me monthly. I think the old adage is true that if you don't know something very well, teach it and then you will understand it better yourself. I learn more about God and his plan for me each time I teach, and I gain better friendships whenever we visit. My family has scripture reading time together each evening. We have read most of the Old Testiment, and the entire New Testiment this year, and we did the Book of Mormon last year. I hope that this practice helps our sons to be more prepared in life and helps them feel like even if they have nothing at any point, that they have a strong close family. We compliment this with Family Home Evening each week. I usually choose a short lesson and game, and my husband rounds out the evening wrestling with the boys. (I think he too much of an advantage at this point, if you ask me.) Each month my husband and I get to go to the temple in Mesa, and enjoy the feeling there. It's really peaceful, and I appreciate how it focuses me back on the Lord, since daily life can be so consuming.