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Holiday Weekend

The summer begins with Memorial Weekend. This is also Dennis’ first weekend free and clear and we’re both here.

Last night we flew to Lake Havasu City which is only 47 miles away but fun to experience flying to dinner. Dennis got out of work early, this is the norm for now. We headed to the Kingman Airport, hopped in the plane and off to Lake Havasu. We called the airport who arranged for a shuttle service to take us to Shugrue’s Restaurant, they are right on the water and have a lovely view of the London Bridge and a beautiful sunset. We enjoyed Sea Bass and Ahi Tuna, it was delicious,  our waiter Glen was entertaining. Coconut cream pie for dessert. Not as good as Mom’s but a great ending to the evening.

This morning I baked a blueberry pie.

Blueberry pie

You know that uncomfortable feeling when you get invited somewhere new? One of Dennis’ colleagues invited us to his home for a cookout. I don’t know his wife, I met them both briefly, now we’re invited to their home. Is it a potluck? What should I take? Of course one husband said to the other, “Please come over we’re having a cookout.” No questions or instructions from either of them just a time span of the party. So I’ll take my pie, If I was supposed to bring meat to grill we will have none 🙂

On to another beautiful day in Kingman, AZ, winds gusting to 35 mph. Definitely a hat day 🙂


Breezy vs. Windy

Here in Kingman, AZ there is always a breeze and then there is Wind. I don’t think we will ever have one of those hot sweaty, still summer days where nothing is moving. There will be a breeze or wind. I chronically have what I refer to as “Kingman Hair”.

Kingman Hair

Shaper Plus is no match for Kingman Hair. See, we sit between two mountain ranges, the Hualapai (pronounced Whalipie) with the elevation of 8400ish ft above sea level and the Cerbat (Sir-bat) which is 6800ish, so the air gets whirled around and this causes, Kingman hair.

Morning Run view of Hualapai Mtns.
My neighbor's front yard




I stopped while I was running to take pictures of my surroundings. This first picture in the foreground is native flora, with the Hualapai in the back.




The second picture is running up the road from my house. I thought this plant was so cool. It really is beautiful here.

The third is the picture I sent to Kirsti while training for the Riverbank Run. My street is a steady incline all the way home. I was whining 🙂 Look at that sky! Yesterday I got a little sunburn on my run.


Running up my Street

Beginning my day, refreshed and so thankful for this new life. We’re so unsure of so many things but one thing I am certain, my God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19).





The Heat that was Promised

The cath lab staff at KRMC (Kingman Regional Medical Center) experienced Dr. Dennis Dunning’s patience and stamina with their first 2 hour case yesterday. They were overjoyed with the result and have now been christened into the world of  opened arteries in the lower extremity!

Dennis is a firm believer in: “To whom much is given, from him much will be required.” Luke 12:48. He works hard and expects it of everyone around him. Whatta guy!

There are two things you can count on in Kingman, AZ; hills and wind. While Running they can be grueling and then glorious within seconds. It is promised to be a warm day today, a high of 88 degrees. It has been sunny everyday but one since I returned from Michigan two weeks ago. I’ll take the heat with a breeze.

Today is administrative. Haha, for those of you who know me well, A-D-M-I-N-I-S-T-R-A-T-I-V-E is a foreign and ugly word. It must be done, so I will end the procrastination and get on with phone calls and taking care of business.



Day 2!

We wake up at 5:30 am. Because Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings time, it is bright and cheery at 5:30 am, we awake to birds singing and sunshine in the windows. About six am the lawn mowers start, we live on a golf course.

Yesterday I planted flowers. Things that are annuals in MI; Lantana (which I love) and Gerbera daisies are perennials here in AZ. We’re renting right now so we can’t plant perennials but I will definitely have Lantana growing in my yard when I own! So I planted Cosmos, which are one of my favs because they make great cutting flowers and look oh so cute in a vase, pansies because Kirsti and I discovered they live through heat and minimum water and of course, the tried and true Geraniums, and then some cute little daisy looking annual. So we will see how the flowers do in the heat.

So I was reading Romans 8 this morning. Samantha and I stood on verse 15 when she was a little girl. We both kinda got the short straw when it came to fathers that represented Our Almighty Father in heaven. We were thrilled to call God Abba and so thankful Jesus gave us the chance to do it. Sometimes I think I’m a little slow and I don’t always want to admit what I learned because maybe it should have been elementary. On the other hand, if I missed it maybe there are others who missed it too. The Spirit of adoption is the Holy Spirit! 20 years a Christian and 20 years living in the New Testament (well maybe I get stuck on the same books for a long time) and I just now saw that Paul was saying the Spirit of adoption is the Holy Spirit and through our spirit connecting to the Holy Spirit we are a child of God. This makes us heirs which then means we are joint heirs with Jesus, which means we suffer and glory with Jesus. (v.16-17).

I am living out a plan. The only way I see getting through this plan is staying connected with the Holy Spirit. I tend to get easily distracted.  Dennis came home Saturday morning and said, “Thank you for supporting me through this career change and moving with me.” It is God who has kept us on the same track.

Today I will expand my lung capacity, work that muscle in the middle of my chest and of course conquer a few more boxes.

I hired a cute little dog walker for Gus. Her name is Grace, she and her friend are going to come over to walk Gus and brush him. Yesterday was her first day, her friend was at swim practice and couldn’t come. Well Grace is only eight, she was walking Gus and a big dog, who “looked like a wolf” was outside in his yard and he scared Grace so the walk only lasted a couple of minutes. Gus didn’t care, he loved the attention, exercise is over rated.

Off to the day ahead.

Oh, the picture is of the sun setting on Jerusalem. We were in between Jericho and Jerusalem and saw the city on the hill in the distance. It’s magnificent to see in person what the writers of the Bible saw.


Here we go!

This is it, I’ve taken the plunge. Here, this big world becomes a bit smaller and closer. I will share my dreams, hopes, struggles and what the Lord is showing me on a given day. There are so many I miss so hopefully I can stay connected through this electronic world in which we live.

Please be patient while I build this thing, this is all new and really more challenging than I thought.

As for today, I will unpack a few more boxes, get training for a marathon, which one is currently in question and take on the quietness of writing. Oh and visit the coffee lady downtown. I did find a cute little local coffee shop that roasts a great french roast called “High Octane”, not sure I like the name but the coffee is nice. The only problem is they have been out of it for a week. Hopefully she roasted some yesterday, I will visit and see.

Psalm 31:1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.

I pray that my days are directed by God. I trust Him.

(Numbers 23:19) “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

He has and continues to make good on His promises, I’d be a fool not to trust Him alone.

Ok, off to start my day, please stay tuned. I haven’t figured out how to link, how to have you subscribe, etc. So just come back and visit.