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July 2012

My Girls

Long ago and far away there was once a dreamer who dreamed her daughters would live down the street, ok or at least just a few miles away. The dreamer would run over and have coffee, discuss marital issues and successes, babysit in a moment’s notice, etc. But alas, unbeknownst to this dreamer weddings pass and dreamer moves to the desert. The desert holds many treasures and many adventures with her beloved and she loves right where she is. Her heart can not help but break and long for the shiny eyes of miss hazel and blue eyes.

Miss blue eyes is on to new adventures in the hills of Tennessee. She and Mr. Blue eyes now have baby boy blue eyes who is filling their hearts with joy. They are incredibly blessed with family in the hills and an environment rich for growth.

Miss Blue, planned the party, carved the pumpkin, made the costume and continues to create a loving home for Mr. and Baby boy. Mr. Blue callused from hard work, runs home to see his beauty. This delights me to no end. This makes me so proud. I love her so. She has grown strong and learned to survive without Muah! Oh how could I hope for anything else?

Miss Hazel has found her prince. They married on a beautiful June day. She fulfilled her goal to become a cosmetologist, danced out on her own, launched her career and in walks Mr. Hazel. What? She did all of this without Muah! I am so incredibly proud of her. 

I am so thrilled with the life she is creating in Michigan with her fishing, softball playing, hardworking Prince Hazel. She makes people feel beautiful and better about themselves. She loves to love Prince Hazel. I am overjoyed with the road she has chosen; to create an environment that her man finds intoxicating and can’t wait to get home.

These are my girls, my joy. Can’t you see why I would love to live down the street from them?

Hazel and Blue, I long to see them soon.

Philippians 1:8-10 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.  And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

Overflowing ~ Susie

 

Progress

This is like an old west movie, there was a storm brewing and the winds were whipping, Gus and I went outside to watch it come over the mountain. There was a swarm of vultures flying over head. Gus and I watched them, I think the vultures were doing what we were, just enjoying the smell of rain and the wind in our face.

The house on Stallion Dr. is moving right along following are some pictures.

The ceiling on both front and back porch is complete and beautiful!

Final trim!

This is a busy place, talented people all doing there thing. Pictured is Jonathan the landscape architect and Jim, framer, painter, talented trim work, etc!

Tadah!! we have shelving in the closets! This is getting so exciting. We are enjoying the process but I have to admit, move in day can’t come soon enough. Being settled is a feeling I haven’t felt for a while and that would be nice.

Anxious ~ Susie

Full Steam Ahead!

The drywalling is almost complete. Jeffrey is in the home stretch in this marathon of mudding and we are ready for primer. My beautiful wood floor should be arriving from Kentucky next week, trim and such is ordered and we are off!!

Doug, our contractor told us it will seem as though everything comes to a halt during the drywall process. It did. My, just as in everything in life we need to keep our eyes on the   goal and not the current circumstance, don’t get bogged down and impatient just because it seems as though things are not going as planned, press on toward the mark.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

Don’t miss this, this is good!

Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG) I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

“It was mush, mush, mush all the way!” ~Bugs Bunny

Pressing ~ Susie

Leo Daniel equals Unconditional Love

I’m in a temporary home with all my pictures lurking somewhere in my garage so thank you for the pictures I just gleaned from Facebook.Leo and his only real daughter, Melissa 🙂 His favorite girls are below.

When I was a little girl there were constants in my crazy life. Mom always loved me. Nanny was always down the hill in case we needed anything, Grandpa always fixed things and you would find him in the kitchen. Leo would always show up and there was an instant party. 

Leo loved all of us, all eight of us kids, our spouses, our children, our friends, the more the merrier.

My mom and Leo became friends at age 14. Through their marriages and Mom’s divorce and through the many years they have remained friends. Let’s not forget to give credit to Joan, who through Leo put up with all of the chaos for low these many years. Haha, now I really think Joan secretly enjoyed every minute of it.

Leo spent his time entertaining. He was a school teacher by profession but an entertainer by heart. As long as I have memory I remember Leo playing the piano and all of us singing along. The songs go on and on. We all have our favorites, the Irish sing alongs, Sound of music, I’ve been working on the railroad. He could belt out The Impossible Dream and Climb Every Mountain like no other. Then there was Polonaise, he would play to remind himself and us of the classics. Polonaise is on my running playlist.

He unselfishly opened his cabin in the woods for us. If it had not been for That cabin we would have never vacationed away from home. We would pack up on weekends, or for a week in July and pile in their home. The fun we had playing outside, swinging on the swing, playing capture the flag and oh dear, piling in the back of the pick up and going on some wild rides in the woods where Leo had been wandering all his life.

Holidays; Christmas, New Years Eve, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day all came to life when Leo was there or we were at his house.

He loved us. It was never conditional, He just LOVES. Leo and my mom treated everyone who walked through the door the same. They were welcome and loved. Leo taught us in a tumultuous time of racial unrest that everyone, yes everyone was the same. 

My pa is in the hospital not sure of where he is but with Joan, Melissa and Michael constantly at his side. My heart hurts. Leo taught us, albeit unconventionally (giggling) and a bit groovily (is that a word?) this one thing; John 15:13 (NLT) There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I’ll end with Elelweiss; we tuck ourselves in bed and he plays our lullaby….

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss,Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

Love you Pa ~Susie

 

 

 

Happy Birthday America!

Silly day here in Kingman, AZ. We are in the desert, the recent temps have been in the 90s and it is sunny everyday. This morning we woke to clouds, cool morning and then rain. The clouds have not gone away it is currently 69 degrees. CRAZY!

Dennis and I watched the movie The Patriot last week. I am so thankful that we had so many men, women and children who sacrificed to give us freedom. Dennis is currently reading Glenn Beck’s book on George Washington and he loves it.

I am also so thankful for my mom who instilled a sense of patriotism, well by a sense, haha I mean we woke up 4th of July morning to John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever performed by the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. All day long we heard the classics, God Bless America, All of the Military Service hymns, etc!

So I looked up 4th of July desserts and made this.

We went shopping last year and my mom wanted to make sure I had something patriotic to wear so she bought this T-shirt

So I’m ready to join in the Independence Day celebrations. Love Fireworks and I do love the USA!

Thank you Lord for blessing our nation. I pray for the soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard and airmen who are now protecting us from anyone who wants to steal our liberty and freedom!

An American blessing God! ~ Susie