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April 2012

Wedding Plans and Building Houses

Dennis and I woke up early, flew to Sedona and hiked in the beautiful red rocks in search of wildflowers. Well after last week and making Dennis stop so I could photograph every flower, I was out to photograph wildflowers, D was out to hike amongst them.

Oh the blooms did not disappoint!

They just kept coming, so many colors, such beauty.

See him from afar!? I told you, he was there to hike and I could snap photos if I wanted but he wasn’t waiting! He really does love my reindeer games.

How could I resist this agave just ready to burst?

Or this agave with it’s tall bloom?

The Yucca’s were having a hard time standing straight, their blooms were full.

I think Sedona is a place where God really shows off! I kept singing, “How lovely is Your dwelling place, oh Lord Almighty… Better is one day in Your courts.”

Amazing among these overwhelming towers of red rock stands this tiny little beauty shining to give us a morning greeting.

Splashes of color every where you turn. “There are so many colors in a flower so let’s see every one!” ~Harry ChapinThey look like dandelions a little. Dots of yellow strewn all over the red makes for a cheery walk.

Hiking and these wondrous blooms and the sounds of the birds singing their welcoming songs was just what my heavy heart needed. Oh how I would love to be in the midst of Samantha and Pete finding an apartment or be by her side while she goes to pick up her dress and picks out shoes. The pain is sometimes sickening.

Lavished with God’s creation and His promises I see the treasure in our life. “Our’s” meaning Dennis, me and our children and grandchildren. We choose Christ. In doing that I know we will all be blessed.  I cherish the time I do get with Samantha and Pete and hold them so dear. So I will press on, enjoy this new world and count the days until I get to be immersed in wedding bliss!

Spoiled ~ Susie

Moving right along

Last year at this time I was cruising the interstate in our white pick up truck with my mom and Gus, pulling a U-Haul trailer. Dennis was following with his mom in his car. Micki and Roger were in Phoenix with my car. I did love the group move. We are here, building a home and anchored in life in Kingman.

The Grand Canyon

Since Easter I have been camped out in the Gospels. Because Kirsti was in Luke I followed, so we can talk about it of course. I’m like a bee to honey (or as a bat to a Saguaro blossom as we learned in the Saguaro National Park Saturday) when it comes to reading or learning about obedience. I can’t stay away from it. In Luke 3 Jesus gets baptized by John, He then goes into the desert for forty days, starts preaching and in chapter 5 he begins calling His disciples. He already has a crowd following Him from Galilee. He comes to a lake, steps into an empty boat and asks the owner, Simon to let the boat out a little way so He can teach from there. Simon does. Then He tells the fisherman to take his boat out to the deep and lower his net. Simon replied, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing;nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” They caught so much fish the net was breaking. ~Luke 5:5

Yesterday my pastor preached on obey. He took the word apart. Essentially it means to move toward and listen intently. So listening intently to Jesus, living in the loving embrace of our grace giving God we move toward what He says. “OBEY”. If we choose Christ we choose to move toward His teaching. Eventually we can’t live entrenched in sin because we’ve moved over to life in Christ. Moving on.

Pastor Kent preached from John 14.

John 14:23-26 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Obedience overflows from Love! God loves us so much, His words are there to guide us and keep us on His path to victory.

We start here with pliable and moldable hearts.

Oh Lord, I pray that our hearts long for You and we feel the love You have for us. I pray we Obey Your words and live a life full of promise.

Obedience moved us to the west. We walk this out with hope in Jesus to fulfill His plan in our lives. We praise you Lord!

Off to pick stain colors and change door choices 🙂 A lovely day in store.

Loved ~Susie


Sonoran Desert

Yesterday Dennis and I flew to Tucson on a quest to find the wild flowers of the desert. We landed in Tucson, and drove to the Saguaro National Park. Oh I took many pictures of the incredible blooms that welcomed us. Do you feel a but coming? In my transient state, the cord that connects my camera to my computer is packed somewhere in a “No need to unpack until final destination” box. The jumbo memory card doesn’t fit in my little ol’ HP laptop. So you will have to settle for the cover picture, which is from a hike last year in the Hualapai County Park, right here in Kingman. When moved I will post them in the drearies of January or something. Come visit, I will have some on canvas in our new home.



Mixed Bag

My photo sources are mixed, I didn’t take pictures at Samantha’s shower. I forgot my camera when I went to Grand Rapids so I had to use my phone the entire time. I am not an expert with Android photo taking

First morning at Nanny’s, Carter, Mom and Tia.Carter Saying Cheeese!

Pete and I sandwich Samantha. She is in her glory.There I am in the dugout at my softball team debut.

Back home and back to work on our house. Our trusty builder, Doug Humphries uses scraps to explain his work. We like him.


Lovin’ Life~Susie


Time Flies

There was this whirlwind. March 15, 2012 I began to move to the mountain. March 28, 2012 the movers came to move the furniture. March 31, 2012 Dennis and I finished moving the rest of the stuff and I cleaned the garage floor. April 3, 2012 I met Erin in Michigan. Erin, Carter and I rallied around Samantha and we shopped, cooked, created, talked and planned a wedding for Samantha! Whew, oh and we had a shower that was held at Rhiannon’s house. We must have left Aunt Micki’s house a disaster because she spring cleaned after we left. She may never let me cook in her kitchen again. I do make messes!

The 3 of us. I loved spending the time with my girls and Carter.

I love my sisters and my mom. I see pictures now and I think Sesame Street; one of these things is not like the others! I am a giant!

This is Samantha’s new family; meet Denise and Jacqueline.

I don’t know about you but when my children get married I go over and over in my head all the things I hope I taught them. What did I forget? So many things I left out, so many things they will learn as they go. Most importantly I hope I taught them that God is love, He created love and love conquers. I hope they know to meditate on God’s word, pray for their spouses (because prayer does a lot more than flapping our jaw!). Be friendly at home. 🙂 I don’t know how to do it without Jesus. There is quite a bit of scripture below for our reminder. I hope you read and soak them up. God is only good. Justice, Mercy, Forgiveness, Obedience and Love are always covered. We get to read of all the promises that follow!!

Psalm 119:41-48~NKJ~ Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—
Your salvation according to Your word.
 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I have hoped in Your ordinances.
 So shall I keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
 I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
And will not be ashamed.
 And I will delight myself in Your commandments,
Which I love.
 My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,
Which I love,
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

Psalm 1:1-3 ~The Message~  How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, 
   you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. 
 Instead you thrill to God’s Word, 
      you chew on Scripture day and night. 
   You’re a tree replanted in Eden, 
      bearing fresh fruit every month, 
   Never dropping a leaf, 
      always in blossom.

Joshua 1:7-9~The Message~Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

Micah 6:8~NKJ~He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 ~NKJ~ But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man,  so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.  Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.  For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things.  Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Stay tuned for pictures of the groom, Carter Joshua and of course our new house!

Full~ Susie