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What's her secret?: 'Embrace all seasons of life'

Kim Perri is photographed with her children, from left, Michelle, Joshua and Casey on July 5.
Kim Perri is photographed with her children, from left, Michelle, Joshua and Casey on July 5. Staff photo

Name: Kim Perri

Husband: Alex

Town: Bluffton

Children: Casey, 18; Michelle, 18; Joshua, 15

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Go-to dinner: Ma Perri's spaghetti sauce and pasta

Biggest pet peeve: "When I hear people give the public schools a bad rep," Perri said. "People don't really understand how good our schools are and how blessed we are, especially here in Bluffton."

Hobbies: Going to the beach and reading -- preferably at the same time

Volunteer work: Perri is the ministry leader of God's Goods Thrift Store. She volunteers 40 to 50 hours a week at the Bluffton store.

Favorite mommy moment: "Our family went on a mission trip to Belize," she said. "It kind of changed our life. That's why God's Goods got started -- because we all realized how blessed we are. We were coming home from that trip, and one of my children, and I can't even tell you who it was; it was one of the girls. They were texting their friends about school starting back because we went in August. And they were talking about the latest cell phone that they were going to bring back to school with them. ... And one of the girls said, 'Mom, how can we even think about the latest cell phone when we have one and we were just in a place where the children didn't even have shoes?' (choking back tears) It was like, 'Wow, they really got it.'"

Most challenging moment: Perri's good friend, Elizabeth, died of cervical cancer. Perri said she was like a second mother to her children. "Walking through three years with her (battling cancer), and my children saw that too," Perri said. "She died a year ago February. It was a challenge and a blessing. ... She never let anything get her down. Walking through all the chemo and the surgeries, she was always so positive. And that spread to everybody who surrounded her."

Stress reliever: Devotion time with God every morning, traveling with her husband and spending time with her girlfriends

Advice for other moms: "Recognize the season you're in, and embrace it," she said. "Enjoy them while they're little, and have fun with that. ... When they were in middle school and they were so like middle schoolers can be -- just difficult sometimes, then you say, 'Oh, I can't wait until they get out of this stage.' But why not embrace that season of life instead of wishing for something different? You're there. You might as well enjoy it."

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