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October 2011

Mid Autumn Night Dream

Well I would call it a dream if I had been sleeping. I woke up at 3:30 am. Lately if I wake up in the middle of the night I get up, I read or well, surf Facebook or Pin on Pinterest. Last night I thought, maybe if I stay in bed, snuggled in my cozy blankies I will fall right back to sleep. I wouldn’t dare share when I am having one of those worry sessions, lets just say I have to discipline myself after all the cares I don’t cast on the Lord. 2Corinthians 10:5 & 6  bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Here’s how 3:30 am went: Oh no I haven’t even looked at tile for my new house; All bathrooms need tile, two showers, a tub and I love that green tile I saw in that magazine. Did I rip it out? I should Pin it. Maybe I should get up and start Pinning.

No, cozy warm bed, chilly family room.

I can’t remember what kind of tea Micki drinks. I know she likes Passion tea from Starbucks, but I want to have everything she loves when she’s here.

This is a picture of Jane and me running in the wee hours of the morning in Jerusalem

I wonder if Lee and Jane Cummings made it safe to India. Wouldn’t it be disastrous if their luggage didn’t arrive? I so enjoyed spending time with Jane in Israel. I would love to see them when we go back to GR. What did Lee think of the books he read on the plane?

Did Brett, our 35 year old, very capable and independent son find a place to live? Maybe I should fly there and help him.

Wouldn’t it be nice if I can sleep?

I should have looked at the website the cabinet guy wanted me to look at. I’m not sure what kind of cabinet I should put in the powder room. Valencia Mosaic Copper Vessel Sink Should I put a pounded copper sink there?

I don’t even know where to shop for tile and carpet and Micki is going to be here in 10 sleeps, I better find out where we can shop.

Ok, if I sing maybe I will fall asleep, “Glory to glory to, glory to, glory to, glory to God” Fred Hammond is not a good lullaby. Lord rest is good, please help me sleep.

At about 4:15 am I know Dennis is awake too. His breathing changed, I don’t want to stir. Oh geez did I move around too much and wake him up?

The room lights up. Yes we are so close to our neighbors that when they turn their bathroom light on it lights up our bed room. Steve and Mindy are getting up to go to the gym.

I wonder how Samantha’s squash turned out? Oh no, I didn’t put those pictures together for her.

I got a card to send Rhiannon and Steve and I didn’t send it yet. It’s been on my desk for two days, I need to send it out.

If I get up quietly, grab my warm clothes from the closet, go and make coffee will it wake Dennis up? I know the answer is yes.

I should make granola for Maria and Doug and buy them a puzzle.

Seriously, all these important thoughts and they are all critical to get completed at 3:30 am-5:00am.

The last time I looked at the clock it was 5:01 am. I fell asleep. The alarm went off at 5:30 am. Up and at ’em! Give me strength to do all on my list and wisdom to weed out the folly.

1 Kings 3:14 So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Psalm 116:7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
         For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

God gives me rest and He lengthens my days. Oh, He is so incredibly good to us! I hope I don’t waste that time with idol thoughts.

Feeling satisfied ~ Susie


I ran a 10K race this morning. In Kingman the races are quite small, there were only 23 10K racers but more 5K runners and walkers. It was a beautiful morning for a run, 60ish degrees and sunny. The course however was brutal! The race was a “there and back”, not my favorite. The “there” was up hill, not just little hills. I was running by myself but had I been with someone, I wouldn’t have been able to talk!! Anyone who has ever run with me knows these were serious hills to silence me.

I ran, I finished and was happy with my time. This continues my training for the marathon I will be running with our son Brett Dunning on February 18 in Austin Texas.

Which reminds me, Captain Dunning

Brett on his way to Afghanistan

returned from Kandahar, Afghanistan this week. Oh this makes us so happy. He was reunited with his darling Zoe Girl.

She is adorable and so happy to have her dad home

We are blessed with incredible children. And now Zoe Girl and Carter are added to put the cherry on top of our life that only God could have put together.

I think of the Lyrics by Michael and Lisa Gungor sum it up, they are so simple so true:

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground. Out of chaos life is being found in You

Thankful~ Susie



Dreamy Doctor Dunning is a driver. He doesn’t do anything halfway. He fits the dominate personality on every test, no matter how you flip it. He’s also a melancholy, worker. Just get it done and don’t get distracted. Even when asked to sing in the World Outreach Limerick Men’s Christmas Choir, he did it wholeheartedly! So when I say I’m going to do something, say become a writer. He encourages writing. The new thing he has learned, and believe me this is learned, is patience. Oh he thought when I said I was going to be a writer, I meant now! That was 2.5 years ago. He has stuck with me, asks calmly, “When are you going to start?”

See, we are completely opposite and so good for one another. His patience and his nod to my classes and conferences are paying off folks! He moved me to the desert and here I am writing! He really is dreamy.

Of course in the time it took me to get around and really take this serious, he has become a pilot, learned to fly our own plane and is now on his way to becoming instrument certified. Oh I love that man and now to work!

Loving that man of mine ~Susie


I love pink. Well what I really love is fuschia. Back in the 90’s when I sold Aloette cosmetics I wore French Raspberry lipstick, it was the favorite for years. I think fuschia is a good color for me, I like bright. Samantha shares the love of pink. She loves to wear it, live in it, snuggle in it and we like the connection of our bright hued PINK.

Today Samantha celebrated her graduation with her Nanny, aunts, cousins and friends. Samantha’s friends; She guards her heart and only allows a safe few in. She is a joy. She fears rejection and she loathes disloyalty.

Samantha loves GLAMOUR!


Samantha’s best friend, outside of Muah, is Erin Jean. Erin and I got to be a part of her graduation in Panama. That was joyous!

one of my favorite pictures of my girls

The three of us had a wonderful time together in Central America!

80's slicker pays off in Panama

This time Erin and I shared the joy from miles away.

Does this diminish the joy of the work Samantha accomplished? Oh no, not at all. Instead, Samantha celebrated with the closest women around her (and Uncle Roger). These women have all, at some point in her life been a lifter of her head, an encourager and confidante.

No Samantha, it is not the same but it is real and it is fun to see you from a distance get celebrated and applauded for completing a huge step in your dream!

I love them

You are finished with cosmetology school. Never to be a #beautyschooldropout, Only to be an artist with the license to make BEAUTY!

One word describes Samantha Margaret Hosman and that is BEAUTY. She longs to be smack dab in the middle of it! And from her eyes, her smile, her heart, her desires all equal Beauty.

Years ago we were celebrating a victory and we loved these two verses because God saved us out of the ashes;

Isaiah 61:3 To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.


2 Timothy 1:5-7  when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Virginia and your mother Susie, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Oh my dear Lucy, I love you so!

Celebrating Thankfully~ Susie

Birthday, Bryce Canyon and Earings

Dennis and I married December 7, 1996. We were adults with a lot of baggage. 4 previous marriages between us, different traditions and just a different outlook on life.

If there is one thing Virginia Schmitt (my mom) loves is a party. She loves to “do” for other people. She never forgets a birthday, would have a party for anything anyone ever accomplished if it were possible. So I grew up celebrated, I remained celebrated by my mom into my adult life. Isn’t everyone? Dennis is of the belief birthday parties are for children.

Enter years 1, 2 and 3 of our marriage. No birthday celebration year one. So years 2 and 3 Virginia the party maker shows up to 2017 Hall St (our residence) with a cake and presents! No one is going to ignore her baby’s birthday! Between year 3 & 4 I finally explained to Dennis, “Birthdays are important to me. I like to be celebrated!” Year four, mom shows up with cake, Dennis is hiding a birthday cake in Erin’s bedroom! He got it! Years 5 to now, Mom lets D handle it.

I have to say, I have been spoiled with attention these past years by my children, my friends, my family and my husband. I like it.

I’m going to admit things about my week that are self-centered, selfish and all around not pretty. I started the week with Samantha graduating from Cosmetology School! Yea, this is an exciting milestone in her life. Also, my dear friend had surgery and I couldn’t be there for either of them.  Here’s where it gets ugly.

I said Samantha graduated, Friend has surgery. Was this about me? Of course it was about me. couldn’t be there for them. I couldn’t take Samantha to lunch. I couldn’t take dinner to Friend or clean up her kitchen or do jigs for her as she has done for me time and again. See as long as our eyes are on I’s we spiral.

I sunk and fast. Sniff, sniff, I have it so bad, sniff, sniff. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday by Thursday I’m neurotic! I tell Dennis, “I plan on being mean today.” As if he hadn’t noticed.

Thursday he says, “What do you want to do for your birthday?”

It doesn’t matter because I’m not going to be happy no matter what he does. I think to myself.

Friday morning I ask him sulkingly, “Are we going out for dinner tonight?” He replies, “It’s Friday, date night, of course.” Then he adds, “I thought we could go to Bryce Canyon tomorrow for your birthday.” Since I took geology in 2000, Bryce Canyon was high on my bucket list. That geological phenomenon only exists in the small town called Bryce Canyon, UT.

Fairytale Canyon

The unique, artistic license God took in that tiny corner of the Universe is the epitome of creation.

Are you feeling sorry for me yet? It gets better. Saturday morning, he pulls a present and card out of his bag. The card is perfect and so thoughtful and the gift; a stunning pair of ruby and diamond earings.

We had such a glorious day in Bryce Canyon,


the weather was perfect we flew in late morning stayed for a few hours and arrived home to watch football, eat “The Big Salad” and enjoy a quiet evening together.

Seriously awful right!?

I say I’m thankful. Am I? 1 Thes 5:17-18  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  How about Phil 4:8; just meditating on the right stuff. Or 2 Cor 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

God is so faithful. My life is so blessed beyond what Dennis and I ever imagined or hoped for. But I still gave into the high thing that exalted itself against God. I

Thankful and Repentant ~Susie



Neighbors and Kingman

I know, I just can’t write enough about our experiences here in Kingman.

Last week we attended the “Street Drag Races and Car Show”. The drag racing was interesting, kinda fun but not “I can’t wait to do this again” fun. They had an exhibition, some kids from Orange County, they kept hyping up their performance. They came out on a quad and three dirt bikes, they drove around doing wheelies. Then came the music, it went from Classic 70’s rock, which you would expect from a Street Drag race, to some “angry rap” (thank you Buddy for the phrase). Suddenly the families ranging in ages of 3 months to 90 years old were listening to some guy saying m****f**** if the N**** Whore don’t like it give it to her hard….. M*******F******* gonna mess you up N*****. I couldn’t believe it! Go ahead and listen to this but don’t make me or the darling little 4 year old girls sitting in front of me. It’s like watching an accident, you can’t really believe at first that it is really happening, by the time I was about to have enough someone else did and the music went back to Steve Perry and Journey!

This week my neighbors are moving. I am a bit sad because I have made friends with Delphine and her girls. Doug and Delphine moved to Kingman in July. They were working on purchasing a house since then. The sale finally went through so they are moving this weekend. The great news? They are moving across the street from us on the mountain. Clara spent some time with us today while they were packing

Clara and Gus

This weekend was the Air and Car show. We attended with not so high expectations and it was very entertaining. We will definitely attend next year, bring our chairs and probably eat food from the vendors!

F 16 fighter jet

The sky in Kingman is big, blue and beautiful! The pilots that fly these are amazing!

Big Salad Saturday ~ Susie

Always Changing

There is Hope and fear in change. God is always good so even if the path isn’t exactly what we think it should be; it is good.

Ruth 1:16 “For wherever you go, I will go;and wherever you lodge, I will lodge.”  I wonder if when Ruth said this to Naomi, was she sure? Did she look around and say, “who said that?” Or was she so full of love and faith she felt it wholeheartedly?

In Genesis 13 when Abraham had to separate from Lot, he knew it was right but it had to be tough leaving his closest relative.

Timothy, was left in Thessalonica with Silvanus to run the church. They communicated with their mentor Paul via letter. I bet they longed for the time he would visit.

Here I am with my husband and we are separated from all we love. We know in our gut and our heart it is right. But there is a detachment that is real and sometimes tough to take. Then on the other hand this new adventure has opened up a window of opportunity spiritually and in our personal growth. Ecclesiastes 4:12 A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Today we will visit another church here in Kingman. The search is on for where we belong in the body of believers in Kingman, AZ. 1Corinthians 12 tells us we fit somewhere. We are relying on God to show us the right place to connect. Our comfy choice quickly became uncomfortable. We have to choose how to look at our search; we can whine that we don’t have what we once did or we can believe what is written and know that God has a place for us to be a part of His body here and now. The beauty is that we are doing this together. I’m not gonna lie, I waiver between the whine and the Truth!

Dennis was planning on working half day on Friday. We made an appointment together. It was not imperative he was there but always nice. Well the half day became a full day. I went to the meeting without him. In the past when this happened Dennis would come home bemoaning the fact that he had to stay. Not the case on Friday. He came home and said, “I love it here! I love the fact that I can care for the people here.”

Last weekend we attended the Kingman Rodeo.


This was my second visit to a rodeo. I was actually fun. The announcer and Rodeo clown banter back and forth the entire rodeo with corny, yet family friendly quips and routines. The animals and the talented people who ride them are fantastic. Micki and Roger, Mary and Greg and Mom attended Artprize last weekend. We chuckled at the difference. Dennis justified it by saying we now enjoy both fine art and rodeo! We are so well rounded!

I have also figured out a way to shop for the things I need sans Meijer (oh how I miss thee!). Of course I don’t have “One Stop Shopping” but KMart and Safeway are doing the trick.

The important things in life from has really come in handy for the things you can only find in a larger metropolitan area.

Honestly I have my share of pity parties. For you who know me, you know! Then I continue to “lift my eyes to You, Lord” Psalm 123:1 I have a choice how I view life and what we are doing. I choose LIFE Deuteronomy 30:19.

Striving ~Susie