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July 2011

Facebook and Visits

About a month ago I was eve’s dropping on my cousins’ Facebook conversations. I saw they were coming to Vegas. What a great opportunity. I invited myself to join in their family fun. They included me and I ran up to see them. We had an incredibly delicious breakfast, then we went to the pool. The actual pool is packed because it was 105 degrees. We stayed out there for an hour! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Fischers. I snagged the picture from Patrick’s fb.

Pool at Palazzo

See but everything now has a Kingman spin to it 🙂 So, Two nights before my Vegas day was planned Dennis’ car wouldn’t start. He was parked at the Lodge on the Hualapai Mountain. So the next morning I had it towed to a local mechanic who couldn’t find anything wrong with it, it started right up. Dennis called and said, “Don’t have anyone in Kingman fix it, we need to take it to Las Vegas, to a dealer.”

As long as I was going to Vegas Friday, I could drop the car at the dealer, the dealer had a shuttle that was happy to drop me at the Palazzo on the strip (I’m sure I’m not the first person to go to the strip while getting my car fixed) and they would send a shuttle later that afternoon so I could make it back to Kingman to go appliance shopping with Dennis. Clock work, I had the whole day scheduled. I would see the Fischer clan and not wear out my welcome, D’s car would be fixed and all would be right with the world! Ha ha, rose colored glasses and well laid out plans can get squashed in an instant!!

I got the oil changed and and there was one “small problem”. “Let’s get that small problem taken care of so it doesn’t turn into a big problem down the road and cost you a lot more money.” is what the customer service representative at the service department. So at about 1:30 pm I thought I should just have them come and pick me up, it was taking longer than I thought and this way I would be ready to hit the road when they finished. I called and he said he would send the shuttle. It might be a bit, the shuttle was 1/2 hour out. So I said my good-byes to the Fischers so they could get on with their fun day and I waited a while for the shuttle. Then I waited and waited.

It’s 105 degrees, the hotel lobby has no chairs except for the casino or bar. I wandered a little, the shuttle driver was supposed to call when he was 5 mins away. What would you do while you were waiting? I found gelato! Spamoni in a home made sugar cone thank you!

Finally about 3:30 the customer service agent called and said he cancelled the shuttle because you know the big problem we talked about? At 3:30 pm the car will no longer start and we can not get the part until Tuesday.

I called Dennis to come pick me up. “Your wife is wandering around the Las Vegas strip, come pick her up!” We live 1 hour and 15 mins from the strip. So what else to do than to head to Neiman Marcus, they must have clearance or something. Wrong again! This NM across from the Wynn only has designer fashions. Well, here I was schlepping around suntan lotioned, sweaty and I’m sure quite a sight carrying my big overnight bag with my pool wear, water and such.

This darling girl at a make up counter offered to do a free facial. Perfect! So I had a relaxing facial, just as I was finishing (I told her I needed a little make up so I could still go to dinner) Dennis called. I gave him directions, I ran outside, crossed the street and he picked me up at the curb in front of Treasure Island and we headed to Cheesecake Factory in Henderson for dinner. We made it home by 9:00 pm.

Some well laid out plans go up in smoke. The worst part of the day was I got so hot and tired crabby. The best part of the day, besides seeing the Pat Fischer family, Dennis not allowing my crabby attitude. In this new chapter of our life he sees me crabby, ignores it and treats me so kind that it is hard to continue my behavior!

Love my family and life here in Kingman.

Blessed ~Susie




It’s Official

Life Here in Kingman keeps getting more and more official. By Friday we will be AZ land owners. Dennis and I now have AZ driver’s licenses. Oh and I had to give up my Bio Zoe Michigan license for AZ plates.
Dennis even changed the plates on his Harley. We had to get Arizona car and motorcycle insurance, say good bye to Michigan “no fault” and say hello to Arizona “uninsured and underinsured” coverage. Our terrific Insurance Agency in Michigan still covers our homes; thanks

Along with the Arizona plates and the drivers’ license comes the Arizona Harley Davidson paraphernalia.


Kingman, AZ may not have a Target or Meijer or more than one ice cream store but it does have the Route 66, Mother Road Harley Davidson Dealer! Harley Davidson has decided to like purple and that makes me happy on the back of my boyfriend’s bike 🙂

It does seem that the best friends I have made in Kingman are under 12 years old. This is a picture of my little friend Dillon. She had fun picking out some things at my garage sale. The life jacket was for her trip to Idaho this week.

We are officially changing bank accounts to National Bank of Arizona. We will miss you Macatawa Bank.

This all seems pretty final. I am meeting with the builder tomorrow on our plans for our mountain retreat which will reside at 4795 ft above sea level and have a view all the way to the mountains in California.

Some things will never change. I will bake for Dennis, even when it is 95 degrees outside. I cherish every moment married to that man.

The final of all finals is I have my first Facebook friend from Kingman! Haha, Facebook always makes everything official.





No Horse for you, step aside!

We're remembering the Lord our God

I may babble a little here. God takes us on circular journeys. Remember Thursday’s blog? What am I doing here? Well today I was going to move on. How many days of correction can a girl take? I got a thought and I pressed God for answers. It went like this.

Why don’t we follow men? So I stepped into the backyard, bible and journal in hand , all twisted inside and fired up. The Holy Spirit had other ideas, but He lets me go. I start singing in my head, “Some trust in chariots…….” So I find Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God. It’s simple to think, “God wants us to trust Him alone for victory.” This is gonna be great!

Did you know that God told the Israelites they couldn’t have horses or chariots? Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself (I’m saving the rest of the verse for later). Get out! Why?

In first Kings 10:26-29 we find Solomon buying them anyway. Ah ha! We can’t even trust Solomon. See, I thought I was on to something about this whole trust thing.

But why can’t they have horses? Now I can’t get off the whole horses thing. The second part of Deuteronomy 17:16 says, “nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.'”

 “God didn’t want His people to go back into Egypt. He had delivered them and He           wanted them to stay delivered. The Lord also knew the weakness of their flesh.” I gleened this from

Let me please tie this all together. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Egypt and slavery was all they knew. He knew He had better for them but they were not so sure. He didn’t want them going back to Egypt or back to the habits or the things they busied themselves with that may have been important there but they don’t need in the desert.

See, Thursday was all about, “Why am I here?” God is so gentle and so terrific to show me again and again what I have here is what I need and it’s good for me.

Horseless~ Susie



The Good Part

Oh my Zoe Girl!
My girls

 My children and now my grand children are the joys of my life.

When we made the decision to move we knew we had a call on our lives and we knew this was going to take us further away from our children. God told us to go, we obeyed.

Well, here we are. Dennis’ practice is thriving. We had no doubt that He would take off. Kingman Regional Medical Center and cardiology in the Mohave desert will never be the same.

My little love Carter
Brett and his Zoe

We also knew God was taking me to the desert for a reason, to be quiet, study and be emersed in God’s Word so I could be equipped to write. I took off and got busy. First it is busy unpacking. Oh and I have to make friends. I have to be busy doing errands, looking for land, now building a house. Wait! Remember Martha?

In Luke 10:38-42 we find the story of the 2 sisters of Lazarus. Martha welcomes Jesus into the home, according to verse 39 they both sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him. But Martha was distracted by worries and she was troubled. She was serving Him. She said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

Josh, so happy to be a dad.

Jesus tells her she is too worried and troubled and her sister “has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I don’t think Jesus wanted Martha to give up her hospitality, He just wanted her to have balance. He was speaking His Word and Mary was listening. Hearing (reading) the word of Jesus is the key.

The importance of obedience and doing the “good part” is what will effect and influence these next two generations.

This morning I felt just as Timothy or Titus must have felt when they received Paul’s letters. My brother, Pastor Jim can encourage and rebuke in the same breath and just like Timothy and Titus, I am refreshed and ready to move ahead with God’s plan. I feel safe in the multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14).

Continually learning and thankful ~Susie









She considers a field

And they buy it!

Dennis and I have learned so much over the years, the past 1.5 years we have learned, thanks to how to meet one another’s needs. We both looked out for ourselves. Dennis felt he wasn’t being respected and I cared about others more than him. I felt ignored or unloved, therefore cared for others before him. Baby steps toward serving each other rather than protecting ourselves has resulted in a bond like no other.

In James 1 (oh James is jam packed with good stuff) he says let patience have it’s perfect work and ask for wisdom. The key is to ask our generous God and have faith in only Him to fulfill what you ask. So with patience we asked God to give us wisdom in our marriage. His path is where we want to be. Well here we are in the high desert of Arizona. Who knew? We are so in awe of what God is doing in us. We needed to surrender! God has so much patience with us.

This week we have been busy buying land. We made an offer on 9.4 acres and it was accepted. We are going to live on a mountain!

We’ve learned that when we wait on God He makes things happen and blesses us beyond what we can even imagine. This neighborhood 🙂 on the mountain is spacious (for Dennis) but has neighbors and close to downtown (for me). The view and rock outcrops and junipers are all extras!!

Following are a couple of pictures that we took in the evening while we were there.

This is our neighborhood


View to the west

Oh this is exceedingly more than I ever thought or imagined!



When I want to get serious about worship I turn on Rita Springer. She has recorded music that stirs my spirit. I have listened to the same songs over and over for years. Does anyone else do this? Do you have a favorite worship leader who has written songs just for your soul? Yesterday morning I needed serious worship. That’s it time to plug in the ipod and dial up Rita. You know those days; dry, desert-ish type days, when you know you need the Word but just “aren’t feeling it”. Time for Rita.

So I turn it on and I listen to “Holy, You are so Holy,” twice.  She absolutely hit it out of the park with that song. Then I speed ahead and listen, not sure for what, just something. I don’t even know the name of her songs. I stop at the song that starts out, “I am not here to see a phenomenon, I am not here for experiential bliss.” Suddenly I hear a line I have heard hundreds, I am not kidding when I say hundreds of times. “If I have been a marketplace then turn me upside down.”  Whoa, I played it over and over, I couldn’t get off it. What does that mean? “If I have been a marketplace then turn me upside down.”

She goes on to say she just wants to bow at the feet of the One that she loves.

In Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus turns the tables over in His temple because the money changers are there and others are buying and selling goods. Jesus then quoted Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11, well really He paraphrased and brought them together to say, “It is written, ’My house shall be called a house of prayer’, but you have made it ‘a den of thieves.’ “

So why am I, this temple of the Holy Spirit moved so by this line in a song I’ve heard over and over?

Here’s my confession followed by my study. You know Proverb 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friends? Well, this little girl needed to be sharpened. I can’t say anything troubling or devastating or icky has occurred. I live in the desert. In the desert or anywhere else I need to be sharpened. I need to speak in Psalms and hymns, I need  Rhema, soak it in, talk about it, listen to Rita sing about it. I wasn’t. There ok, I wasn’t doing any of it!

After Jesus turned the tables over, He immediately began healing. The next line is remarkable. He rebukes in verse 13 then in 14; Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. Verse 15 then recalls The children cried out in the temple saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”

 In First Corinthians 6:19-20 Pauls says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.

 So if we are not keeping our body and spirit filled with the Holy Spirit, our temple in order per say then is it a marketplace? Jesus didn’t need the temple to perform miracles, the temple is a house of prayer. If my temple is not a house of prayer, then what is it?

Turned upside down ~ Susie