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Name: Kelly H. Clum Age: 37  City: Ada  Occupation/family/hobbies: I am a nurse and I have been married for almost 18 years and the mother of three boys. My hobbies include writing inspirational stories and reading.  The most important thing I learned as a child, is perseverance in life is a must. I learned this from my parents through observation without even knowing it. Only as an adult going through a crisis situation did I realize that I drew my strength from what was taught to me in childhood.  The greatest struggle I’ve overcome in my life is struggling with low self-esteem. I had to learn and then believe that I, too, have value and worth. I have learned not to allow others to decide what my worth is. This was not easy to do. It required a lot of soul searching, but with the help of friends and godly counsel it was well worth it in the end.  The person I admire most is someone who can cry and show emotions without being ashamed or embarrassed. Someone who speaks from the heart and who loves to laugh. Most importantly, someone who has found the gift of being content.  When I was growing up, I wanted to be a singing sensation. I secretly hoped I would make it to the Top 10 on the record charts.  My favorite childhood memory is swinging from my monkey swing that was tied to a tree in my front yard and singing the song “Tomorrow” at the top of my lungs all day long.  My ideal day would be to have no obligations to any activity or work that I am involved in. I would love to sleep in with no guilt, and have an enjoyable day with just my family. I would then pamper myself with a long, hot bubble bath undisturbed by the demands of my busy life.  I wish I would have the chance to relive certain moments in my life. A chance to react and behave differently and to say “I am sorry” when I was too stubborn to do so, or maybe to simply experience once again a pleasant memory.  The best day in my life was securing my future in Christ, the day I accepted Christ as my savior.  I miss my grandmother and I wish I could have had more time with her.  Nobody knows that I used to love to square dance as a teenager, except for my parents. I was one of the youngest members of the club that I joined, and the older generation embraced me and ultimately became my saving grace.  My biggest challenge is sorting out what is truly important in my life, and making that my focus. Do I measure my success on the amount of wealth I have as society seems to think? Or, do I measure my success on the matters of the heart? Such as having peace and harmony in my home, a successful marriage and well adjusted children. Do I say “no” to the overtime offered at work, so that I can be at home where I am needed as a wife and mother? These are my biggest challenges I face. Looking at the big picture and not just the here and now.   Submitted by Kelly Clum

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