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Hi I'm Summer

I have sisters named Autumn, Spring, Winter Season & Rainy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in Accounting and speak fluent German. I left the business world, however, and my job as the CFO of a small local company when my oldest child was born. I'm now the mom of 6 extremely adorable, but far from perfect children! I totally believe in keeping it real, so I'm not one to pretend that being a parent is all fun and games. I love being a mom, but you'll never hear me say that it's easy. There are a lot of days when I feel like it would surely be easier to head off to work than to stay home. I believe strongly, though, that the work I'm doing at home with my kids is the most important role I can be fulfilling right now. Everyday has it's challenges and rewards. In fact sometimes the biggest challenge is to recognize the rewards :). Children are a blessing from the Lord, however, and I'm grateful to be so richly blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I know that our existence on this earth isn't random, we were sent here to fulfill a purpose. I'm so happy to understand that purpose and to have the opportunity to make choices that help me grow and develop into a better person. I know that we aren't meant to go through this life alone. Families are an important part of God's plan for our happiness. We also need to love and serve everyone around us. Life gets busy, of course, and there are so many demands on our time and attention. That's why I'm so grateful to belong to a church with leaders who are understanding, but diligent about reminding us of what's most important.

How I live my faith

I've found that my life is so much more full and happy when I'm serving others, rather than just focusing on my own needs and wants. I've learned this over the years, as this church has given me opportunities to serve in so many different capacities. I served and learned from people of another culture, as I was a missionary in Germany. I've been taught by groups of teenagers as I've watched their enthusiasm for serving in the community. I've also learned great lessons from young children, toddlers and elderly people, when I was supposed to be the one teaching them. There is so much that we can learn from those around us, if we take the time. I regularly visited a 98-year-old woman in a nursing home, and read to her as she lay in bed. One day she layed facing the wall the entire time and I wondered if she was even awake or knew I was there. Then something I read touched her and she spoke. I learned that she'd been struggling with understanding why the Lord still wanted her lingering on this earth, when she could do little more than lay in bed. Then she felt like she'd received an answer from the story I'd been reading. It talked about praying for our family members and she said, "That's what I can do, I can pray for my family!" She was a woman of great faith and I felt really blessed to be there that day and learn from her.