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Once upon a time, there was a girl who grew up in the city, she ate her meat out of a package that came from Meijer, tomatoes out of her mom’s garden or from the Meijer produce section. She never lived further than 3 miles from a grocery store. Enter knight in shining armor otherwise known as the hunter. The hunter was disguised as a man about town; he dressed the part, lived in the city, loved the finer things in life for instance; the theatre, fine dining restaurants, travel, etc.

Suddenly the hunter exposes his comoflauge and cowboy boots and sweeps the scraped up princess to the mountains of Arizona. The hunter and now mended huntress build a home on the mountain. With their Year and a half project drawing to the end she is outside spraying the porch when she hears her contractor yell, “Susan, you have cows!!” Immediately she thinks, ELK, because the hunter has trained her to the proper cow verses girl elk when referring to the female of the species. With excitement she runs across their newly landscaped yard to find…


not the beautiful female elk she was hoping to find on their land but the gigantic cloven prints of CATTLE across their beautiful vibrant new grass and landscape! The bohemoth divots left in the new turf, turned up infant plants, chewed up and left to dry, and the recently, lovely, flowering crabapple tree now looking more like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree is an on going reminder of midnight visitors.2013-03-30_15-25-51_12
Even the sandy hill was not left unscathed, they trampled across easily as if flat ground. 2013-03-30_15-17-22_319The Yellow Page ad keeps running through her mind, “Phone First!”

This would be when due diligence would have come in handy. A country girl may have know better. Perhaps a call to the neighborhood association to find out this beautiful mountain side they are building on is FREE RANGE!! Who knew? Evidently the residence of Lazy Y U on the Hualapai Mountain Range knew, the sheriff knew, the builder knew. 😉 2013-03-21_16-57-46_12The kind ranch owner, was out the next day in search of his wayward cattle that drifted onto our lovely landscaped and irrigated land.

The sheriff, I’m sure with his tonguedeeply embedded in his cheek answered my questions with, “Free Range ma’am, if you want the cattle kept out of your yard, build a fence.”

Teri, my lovely sherpa, tries to keep me from embarrassing myself and normally stops me from making these sort of calls allowed me to make the call to confirm Free Range.

Well another lesson learned for this city girl living on a mountain. Next week I will be hiring  a fence builder on to phase three of the Dunning, Mohave County, Hualapai Mountain experience.

Schooled ~Susie


Friday Night, Do you know where your cardiologist is?

Well it’s been a busy week. Dennis is on call this weekend and if the weekdays are an indicator it’s going to be a hopping weekend for Dr. Dunning. We had a lull in the action at our house the past couple of weeks but don’t tell Jeff the drywall mudder I said such a thing.

Jeff the tough mudder

Look at his cool stilts! He is single handedly smooth dry walling our home. He has been working and working and working. Evidently not too many people in the west do smooth dry wall and he is working hard.

This week has been fun because our big windows are in!!

And Jim our handy craftsman at 4725 East Stallion Dr has stained and is installing our ceiling on our back porch.That is my cute boyfriend checking out the windows and the progress 😉

The ceiling is going to be beautifulNow that the windows are in the dry walling and stucco-ing around them can resume and we press on!

I’m excited about our update. It is great to keep looking forward to being settled soon and unpack our boxes piled in the garage. It will kinda be like a birthday!

Well, I just got the call that my knight is heading up the mountain. We are then off to the Hualapai Mountain Lodge for dinner.

Sunny in Kingman ~ Susie

Gus Very Attuned to Josh Turner

My frivolous story of our bright and adorable Gus.

This morning at my feet

Dennis calls me everyday on his way home from work. Just to tell me he’s on his way. About a month ago I changed his ring tone to Josh Turner’s song “Would You Go with Me?” In case you want to listen.  Fitting for this adventure we are living.

When Dennis gets home he meets Gus at the pantry to share an assortment of mixed nuts. Gus has a very sensitive stomach and can’t eat dog treats so he enjoys mixed nuts and lettuce for his treats :).

They both take pleasure in the routine.

Yesterday I was sitting quietly writing, Gus of course was curled up at my feet and my phone was in the kitchen. Well, Josh Turner began singing in the kitchen. Gus ran to the phone doing his It’s time to pay attention to me dance. I spoke briefly to Dennis and looked over and Gus was sitting very straight panting away, waiting next to the Pantry!

You gotta love dogs and their keen minds! Just thought I would share about mine. He’s so cute.

Loving Life ~ Susie

Quite a lot

Sorry folks, it’s been 12 days since my last post. Wow, a whirlwind of terrific things happening all at once. Like this….and this….


Joy of my life..

And the icing on the cake…..

The wedding was splendid, I believe the bride and groom had the day of their dreams. I got to meet Angela, got to know Pete better, spend alone time with Samantha and Erin and a grand baby sleepover. We saw Pure Michigan at her best; sunny skies, green grass and trees, summer flowers in full bloom, Lake Michigan never disappoints showing itself bright and bold for Brett, Angela and Zoe and last but not least, lawn games.

We are back to the western high desert and fulfilled. We are so unbelievably blessed by God. He has sanctified us and I celebrate our family and give God all the glory!!

Proverbs 20:7 says; The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.

My dreamy husband chooses life. He makes decisions based on truth, God’s truth and because of that we have an abundant life surrounded by children and grand children.

Beaming ~Susie

Thankful Kind of Day

Maybe those of you who read my blog may get sick of hearing how thankful I am for my husband and God’s grace. I just can’t stop! Most of all I am in awe of God’s amazing way of connecting two lives. I may use the word collide. Yes, I like that word. Dennis Dunning and his past, his shortcomings and children collides with Susie Schmitt and her past and very few shortcomings (just making sure you are paying attention) and her child. This is now a family saved by grace.

I’m drawn to Hebrews 11:13. We’re in the middle of reading of the faith of the elders of the old testament and suddenly we’re hit with the realization that they died before receiving their promises but they saw them “afar off and were assured of them and embraced them.” As they lived though, they continued to have protection and God showed Himself faithful.

In our marriage God has continued to show us through all excitement, trials and the busy times that He is the author of this life we are living. I love this in the Message Bible Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way.

As we are building and getting settled here in Kingman, I am so thankful to be on this path.

Our new address

Getting ready to pour cement.

Holes 🙂 for pipes
Pipes in and now it is all patted down ready for cement
Dennis gets to show his mom our new digs

The things we leave behind continue to be a part of us as we run this race in our new life here in the mountains of Arizona.

Exhilarated by gratefulness ~ Susie

The Vow

Fifteen years ago plus two months, Dennis and I stood and vowed to spend the rest of our lives together. There has been better, there has been worse, we’ve had poor and we have had rich. I have to say this past year has been a blur but it has been one of the best in our marriage. Moving to a new place has pushed us to cling to one another and probably lay down our lives for each other (John 15:13) like we have never done, resulting in becoming even closer friends.

We’re not big Valentine celebrators, maybe it’s so many years of hurt or awkwardness or many years of waiting tables for others’ to celebrate or it is just Hallmark; but a card and “Happy Valentine’s Day” is usually the sum of it.

We did however, venture out to the Kingman 4 Movie Theater for the first time. I was quite impressed.

Kingman 4

It’s a little theater, we purchased our tickets and popcorn at the same counter. The popcorn was delicious and fresh. There are four smallish theaters, the seats were comfy and sound good. Wow! Oh and their senior citizen discount starts at 55 years old, one of us qualified. 😉

We saw “the Vow”. Good movie, although 2/3 of the way through Dennis leaned over and whispered, “I thought this was going to be one of your feel good movies.” Oh Dennis, it’s called The Vow!

Grateful ~ Susie

Quiet and Busy

Here it is Christmas! We have been so spoiled these past few years having our children home for Christmas. This year we chose Thanksgiving because, well, other Moms and Dads need to have their children home for Christmas. Brett’s return from Afghanistan made us anxious to have everyone together.

We will plan an office Christmas party, attend a hospital Christmas party and then fly to Michigan for the Schmitt family Christmas. Thank you Micki for hosting all of us. It’s not the same. It’s not bad, just different.

Oh and after reading my blog Dennis said I was going to eat crow, because I made it sound like I was disappointed in going to the rodeo. I have to admit it was great fun.

Here’s what I learned spending the day at the Cowboy Christmas Show and the National Finals Rodeo; The Pioneer Woman was right the cowboys all wear starched shirts, my husband loves Bling, wait until you see my new belt :), Sitting in Row B next to the shoot is a lot different than the nose bleeds, eating a foot long chili dog for our anniversary dinner was delish, 15 years married to the Dreamy Doctor Dunning has definitely changed my life for the better.

Fun is the best thing to have ~ 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 🙂 Together we have learned unconditional love. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s 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



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