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August 2011

Elk, Rainbows and Evolution

Friday night we decided to head to the Haulapai Mountain Resort for dinner. The locals call it “The Lodge” I haven’t figured out why, there is no lodge in the name. Dennis is on call this weekend so we needed to stay in town. We have both eaten there but separately. I was there last winter when Mom and I came for a recheck of Kingman. The food wasn’t impressive so when we were settling in I never pushed to go again. Dennis ate there about a month ago for a dinner meeting, he enjoyed the steak.

Our dinner schedule has changed tremendously since we moved. Dinners use to be 8:00 or 9:00 pm now we consistently eat around 6:00 pm, Still a little later than the Haverdinks. Reservations at 6:00 pm at the Lodge.

Tucked away in the Haulapais is a little resort area, there are cottages and the Haulapai Mountain Resort along with a general store. It reminds me of Pickeral Lake. No lake just cool summer nights, hiking, mountain bike and off road trails. AZ residents from Phoenix and Lake Havasu City have cottages here to get out of the heat. On our way to dinner we saw her.

Young Elk cow munching away on the side of the road

The elk and deer roam freely in this area. In the restaurant they have a large picture window where you can sit and watch the deer and elk feed on hay. They are wild, they enjoy the stage I think. While eating we saw three baby (calves) Elk, they still had their spots.

She didn't even mind that we turned around to get her picture

Saturday morning I had a cup of coffee and went for a run. Just as I started the big, warm, drops of rain fell. Warm summer rain always seems like it hits in slow motion. Big drops just plopped on my shoulders and visor of my baseball cap. I was heading into the sun so I turned around looking back over the golf course and sure enough there was a beautiful rainbow, double in fact!


Out here in the desert God gives us little treats. He is so good to us, I wanna rejoice and be glad!!


Worshiping~ Susie


She’s got… Personality

Remember the jingle; She has personality, walk, personality, talk, personality?

I just took a personality test, for the 10th time. They all come out the same. I am enthusiastic, persuasive, idea girl, cooperative, talkative, trusting, I like to be bossed rather than boss. I like to be liked. This works out great because Dennis likes to be the boss and loves to quote Putty from Seinfeld and say, “Quit bossing me!” He is results oriented so he follows through with my ideas. He is bold and mixed with my enthusiasm we push through our plans.

Oh this doesn’t come without challenges. How about when he asks me to fill out forms or do mundane tasks, which I abhor and I get distracted by shiney objects (aka people or some kind of social interaction)? He is goal driven and judges by goals achieved! Ugh, this can get ugly fast.

Alas, in all of the joys and trials of our differences we have come to appreciate them.

The other day Dennis was flying, we headed to a place we hadn’t been before in a crowded air space. Dennis was nervous and uptight. Sometimes I forget to keep my mouth shut. I chit chat, he is quiet and curt. Oh, I realize he is focused and I need to be quiet, there is so much to do when you fly. So we land, beautifully and when we took off to return home he said, “Sorry I get so weird.” I returned, “It’s not weird it’s focused. If you aren’t focused and driven to be the best we wouldn’t own a plane!”  He smiled.

Not so long ago that would have gone a lot differently. I would have been hurt and felt rejected because he wasn’t responding to me. He would have gotten frustrated. He would not have apologized, I would have pouted and we would have flown home in silence.

We chatted with the pleasure of his accomplishment!

Marriage is tough. We learn from God’s word to be humble and put others first:

Philippians 2:2-4 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Sometimes it’s tough to look at our spouse’s differences as strengths. When we learn how our spouse ticks and recognize our own strengths and most importantly in marriage, our weaknesses. We understand that he is not just being difficult or thoughtless. She is not just being thin-skinned or impulsive. We just need balance and understanding.

There are many personality tests out there. The Enneagram has a free personality test on line, I think you can find it on Facebook. Just ask one of my nieces to find it for you!

Learn the personalities of those around you. There are great books by Florence Littauer, Laurie Beth Jones, Gary Smalley and more to learn your’s, your spouse’s and your children’s personalities. Relationships around you will flourish with understanding.

Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 

I love learning and most of all I love learning about people.

Affirmed ~Susie



Roots and the Old West

We did it. We purchased land in Kingman, AZ. Mohave County will see another Home built on the Haulapai Mountains in the Juniper, Pinon Pine forest. I showed you pictures previously, now I will show my heart.

115 degrees in Las Vegas at Costo

I went to Las Vegas to shop at Costco, I had Dennis’ car. I opened the trunk, it was sweltering hot and there staring back at me were two snow brushes. I couldn’t let the moment go. Now, we will get a little snow in our new home, which will be nice, make us feel like four seasons. We will not need snow brushes!!

I have up until last week felt like we are on vacation. We are enjoying the surrounding area, discovering the desert, flying in 100 degree weather and meeting new people. I love this stuff. Suddenly we purchased property. Wow, that is pretty permanent. The funny thing is, I haven’t really mourned for Grand Rapids, MI. Oh sure I miss people, the comfort of 20 years in the same church, Meijer. I’m not sad. I thought I would leave and grieve. I am so content in the city of Kingman. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t miss certain things. I wish I could run over to my mom’s. I wish when she says her computer isn’t working right that I could run over and fix it. I wish that when Samantha calls crying over a broken relationship I could run over to her house and eat pizza together. But other than that I’m good. I feel a little cold hearted sometimes and don’t want to say it out loud.

God has told so many to “go”; Aaron ~Go find Moses, Joshua ~ Go into the promise land, Ruth ~ Go follow Naomi, David ~ Go fight Goliath. Jesus told the disciples to Go do some crazy things, go tell this stranger my teacher said, “the time is at hand,” go get the colt. Think about the triumphant percession we hear about every palm Sunday, Hosana! If the disciples questioned Jesus’ “Go.” We wouldn’t have the celebration.

I feel Dennis and I obeyed when God said GO. I believe He takes care of everything. So the grieving that might have happened, didn’t. We have yet to see what His plan is for our lives. We do see that He is faithful and has and will take care of us out here in the desert.

Running on Stallion Dr.

This is my new road. Whew, it is very steep running with more elevation and hills! I am excited to break ground and build our mountain retreat.

Home ~ Susie


I’m reading a book right now about being silent. It seems to be a common theme in my life these past couple of years. I started thinking about words; they can sting, tear apart, be empty or encourage and build.

My friend, exercise partner and cheerleader, Kirsti and I are both going to run a marathon in winter of 2012. We are running seperate races, that is a for another blog.

Before our 25K

Kirsti was taken to a track by her husband Mike and son Noah to be timed in a one mile run. So when I return to Grand Rapids Kirsti wants to time me. There is some calculation for how fast you will run a marathon 🙂 I told her I was slow and I have always been slow, my time will be not be faster than her’s. She thinks differently because the difference in the length of our legs is substantial.

Dennis overheard our conversation. When I hung up he said, “Well that is a defeatist attitude.” I said, “No, it’s the truth. I have always been slow, swimming, running, anything.” He quipped, “You were told that before you were 12 years old therefore you have never pushed yourself .” Ouch!!

I have also been told I was stupid, lazy, good for nothing, wouldn’t amount to anything, whinie (this might have been founded) and on and on. I purposely sought God and asked Him to help me forgive these words and show me who He created me to be. He showed me I am smart, good for what He wants of me and I am a princess, that is something!

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give me the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

Hmm, it makes me wonder why have I hung on to this confession while working so hard to change my heart and mind about who I am as Christ sees me mentally and spiritually.

One thing I have heard my whole life is that I am pretty. Well, I like that one! Of course for most of my life I thought that was all I had going for me. Well, I’ve been able to be slow and pretty, slow and smart, slow and kind. I’ve never had to push through the physical act of being slow. Slow has always entered the scenerio; slow to think through a situation, late for appointments, etc. Have you ever seen me make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!? Seriously, my husband must really love acts of service because he always waits patiently for me to complete preparation.

Well then. Slow is a new word to shed from my vocabulary and my description of myself. God made me to be swift to think and slow to speak. I think I have practiced the opposite. Swift and victorious will be my thoughts. I will have to train for that too.

Longest run ever! In Aug 2010

Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,the authorand perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Kirsti and I finished our 25k! Now that is the longest May, 2011

Joshua 1:7-8

 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Strong, courageous, swift, lover of God’s Word. That is who I am in Jesus Christ!!

Runner ~ Susie