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November 2011

The important things

It’s Monday morning the week of Thanksgiving. The cooking has begun in our home. Today we have wave number one of our children coming to visit us in Kingman for the first time. Erin, Josh and Carter arrive this afternoon. Brett and Zoe arrive early in the morning on Tuesday and what was a tough decision seems to have been a smart one Samantha arrives on Friday afternoon. Samantha’s schedule was tough because of retail and now she is going to come after interviewing for a job!

Our life here in Kingman is different. Dennis works fewer hours, he has time for activities and time with me. I believe our friendship is stronger than ever. I’m sure our children will notice a difference.

My heart is so happy when I have everyone in our home. God certainly knows what he is doing when He puts us all together.


It’s time to vacuum up dog hair, make sure toys have new batteries, clean sheets on all the beds, car seats, boosters, pack-n-play, story books, basketball DVR’d, favorite snacks are prepared, vacation days taken, our hearts are certainly ready!

I am so thankful that our children love coming to visit. I’m thankful for a son-in-law who likes to hang out with us. Praying that God gives Brett and Samantha spouses that will love being a part of this crowd.

The leaves on the trees are turning (It’s the end of November) the grass is still green, my cosmos are still in bloom and the Turkey is in the freezer anxiously waiting to go in the oven!

I’m Thankful ~ Susie

My Beloved

Tomorrow is my beloved’s birthday.

My boyfriend is a driver. He pushes himself and everyone around him. In his life he has had three careers, we have moved quite often and now we are taking on the task of building a house on a mountain in the west, where he dreamed of living.

I believe our fifteen year marriage is the best of Dennis Wayne Dunning with exception to his two beautiful children, Brett and Erin. I got the best!

We were both wrecks entering this union with our insecurities that manifested in different ways. ¬†He has taught me to complete. When he drives, he accomplishes. He admits his short comings and strives to improve. Oh sometimes it pains me to admit mine ūüôā Together we have learned unconditional love. John 15:13¬†Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one‚Äôs life for his friends.

He is not afraid of the future, he trusts God. Matthew 6:33-34  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Together we have faced trials, oh some doozies! We have come through them just as God promised with renewed strength.

 James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Dennis Dunning loves quietly with precision. What does that mean? Well just like Jesus taught us, love is not a feeling it is a decision. Dennis loves as he studies, works and plays with definitive decision and passion to make it right and good.

What an honor it is to be Mrs. Dennis W. Dunning. He is a true friend, confidante, kite flyer and leader of our beautiful family. 




Song of Solomon 7:10 and a tad of 11   I am my beloved’s,
And his desire is toward me.
Come, my beloved


Thank you for pushing us Dr. America! Oh how I love you.

Thankful ~Susie


Visits and building

Micki’s whirlwind decorating visit was so good for my soul. God knows what I need when I need it. This week I am working on building contracts and getting ready for the deluge of children and grand children. I have looked forward to this time since we arrived in Kingman.

It looks like you will be following along on our adventure of building a house in a subdivision called Lazy YU which was once an 8,000 acre cattle ranch. The excavators will get moving on the dirt soon and progress will begin. God quite handily landscaped our beautiful 9 acres with junipers (these are trees not shrubs), pinion pines, cactus, chaparral, wild flowers and lets not forget the rocks, oh the magnificent mounds of rocks littered with an assortment of colors. We are excited to begin. Stay tuned.

Tomorrow I am heading to Las Vegas ūüôā yep you guessed it, I need to make a Costco run before we have a house full. Also for an extra special treat, I am attending a leadership conference (just for the day) to get a little faith shot in the arm from Pastor Mark Hankins. He’s not from Michigan but will remind me of there. God is so generous and loving. I am looking forward to the day.

This is a good life and I am thankful. ~Susie



It turns out November in Kingman, AZ is chilly but maybe not so ugly as November in Grand Rapids, MI.

Morning snow

One week ago Dennis and I were waking up at a Marriott Hotel in Las Vegas. Dennis had an early morning meeting up there so we decided to drive in the evening, have a nice dinner, spend the night and I would wander to a coffee shop and write while he was busy until about 3:00 pm. I dropped him off, drove his car about 5 blocks and my quiet day was shot. The car stalled, right in the middle of Desert Inn Drive. Luckily it had enough coast left to make into the driveway of the nearby Liquor store which also houses slot machines. I’m thankful for cell phones and AAA. Car towed, I wandered around Henderson, NV waiting for results of the damages. Don’t feel sorry for me, I was cozy at a Panera with wifi, coffee and a bagel. Then there was the Loft, Williams Sanoma, Pottery Barn and the Crescendo….. Gymboree!

Exactly 12 hours from the stall on Desert Inn Drive we drove off the showroom floor with a new car on our way back to Kingman, AZ. It wasn’t really that impulsive. We had been discussing getting a new car. ūüėČ

Sunday we were back in Vegas collecting Micki! Micki and I spent 3.5 days together. It was terrific. We worked hard at choosing and gathering things for our new home. We enjoy one another, just being.

Working hard or lunch at Cheesecake Factory

I love that Micki got to see a taste of our life here. I think she left thinking we are crazy! God always puts us where we need to be, when we need to be there. Life is good. God is so gentle.

Phil 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Loving God ~Susie