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Weddings and Such

Yep, that is a big happy face on my girl. We spent the day doing wedding things. Going to get her marriage license was top priority ūüôā

I love where I live, I love the life Dennis and I have here, I love building our home and next chapter here on the mountain. Not being in the same town as Samantha as we plan her wedding is brutal. Planning Samantha and Pete’s wedding is splendid!

I flew home to Kingman on Sunday during Memorial Day weekend. As I was flying home I thought, “This is the first time I have been so content with leaving Samantha.” She now has a date, a friend, someone with whom she can make plans.

I’m thankful. Continually believing God’s plans for our lives. He is faithful, we just need to be obedient.

Heading for a busy and fun week!

Thankful ~ Susie

Promises Promises

April 1986 I sat in the radiology department at St. Mary’s Hospital with Dr. Hartman by my side facing yet another procedure to remove the ill-formed tissue from my uterus. Instead of a baby I had a mass of tissue which gave all indication it was a normal pregnancy until the 20th week of growth.

After the second D & C in one year I was beside myself wondering if I would ever have another baby. I was so happy I had Samantha, my beautiful three-year old daughter. I really thought I would have many children not just one. Life at that time was so full of turmoil and pain, my marriage ended and Samantha and I were a small family just the two of us surrounded by so many who loved us. We had years of ups and downs and heart ache and many victories. I faced the fact that having any more children was probably out of question.

In 1996 Dennis and I married. We discussed, briefly ūüėČ having another child, at this time Samantha was 12 years old an only child of a single mother.

The beautiful promises of God happen right under our noses as we are pushing through life not even realizing He has delivered. Maybe it wasn’t the way the little girl playing with Barbies fantasized but it is the fulfillment of a promise and dreams that came true.

Number 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?”

See, On December 7, 1996 I had know idea the plan that was being set before our feet. Sure I believed I was marrying the man of my dreams. The family that God was creating is far greater than I could have ever imagined. On December 7, 1996 I became the step mom/other mom to Brett and Erin Dunning. We became a family of 5.

Brett, Samantha and Erin are all so different and add so much joy to my life. Oh God is so faithful, I love them so much.

All I know is that at age 23 having two miscarriages, an ugly marriage falling apart and a three year old daughter looking to me to forge the way into a scary mixed up world, I had know idea at 48 years old I would be so incredibly blessed with three children, two new wonderful sons to add to the mix and lets not forget about Zoe Girl and Carter.

I can’t say it better than the psalmist Psalm 34:4-10

I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.
 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them.

 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

Blessed beyond belief ~ Susie

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 ūüôā A lovely day in store.

Loved ~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. ūüôā¬†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‚ÄĒ
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‚ÄĒ 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‚ÄĒnot 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

29 years ago

Long Beach, California, March 18, 1983 I welcomed Samantha Margaret Hosman into my life. What a joy! She was beautiful then and she is beautiful now.

Snuggling is what we like to do!

Today I celebrate Samantha’s birthday. Far away but happy knowing this will be the first that I am not the first choice of people she wants to share her day. Enter Pete DeBoer, the one she wants to share her day today and always. Wow.

When Samantha was twelve years old she got a dad, brother and sister. What a thrill to be a family! So many changes in a little girl’s life she has developed character and resolve beyond her years. It has been a marvelous journey so far and I am looking so forward to this new chapter as she steps into the role¬†of wife. I don’t have a picture of Samantha and Pete together, uh um….. otherwise this would be a good place to insert here…..

Samantha loves hard, feels passionately about most things and adds color commentary when ever needed.

I am so blessed to be the mom of Samantha Margaret Hosman, her strength, passion and tender romanticism has a way of getting right into my heart and she is gripping. Her new role as wife will catapult her into her dream of marrying a man who loves and cares for her, in a word, Pete. I am looking forward to walking this new road with you Samantha; the ups and downs the jubilation and the trials. Oh the Joy of loving and being loved!

Happy Birthday Lucy! I love you so.

Flying to see Erin!

Mother of the Bride ~ 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‚ÄĒthat exhilarating finish in and with God‚ÄĒhe 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 ūüôā 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

Stallion Drive and Valentine’s Day

No candle light for us this year, instead we were standing at 4900 feet above sea level looking at this!

They are digging and putting in plumbing and electric getting ready to pour the foundation. We are so excited!

Meet Doug Humphries. ūüôā He is our builder/contractor. This is when he tells us how much the electric company is going to charge for burying lines.¬†

We are standing in our back yard with our shadows cast in the kitchen and outdoor fireplace. This is fun, so much fun.

It’s a long house, “Where the increased population (guests) can be easily accommodated.”¬†

Here is our “pad” while we were patiently waiting.

This is our front yard a few weeks ago. No snow any more. It doesn’t last long.

Here we go. Our adventures on Stallion Drive have begun!

Anticipating ~ Susie

Soil

Here in the high desert we have ROCK, beautiful rocky ground. This is terrific for a foundation, not so much for tilling and planting. We (us Arizonians) have to bring in black dirt if we want to plant flowers or vegetables or grass.

I had an episode, “I got caught in the cares of this world”. Last week it happened; maybe hormones maybe cares, none the less I sunk. I get depressed, have a pity party of one and sink. I’m being brutally honest so that I can talk about sowing. The only thing that brings me back is reading my bible. When in a tail spin that is even hard. Well it’s hard to have a pity party if you are reading about what a great God we have or about how He gently loves us (Luke 7:48-50). Jesus saves us from our sin. He saves us from many, big, small, whatever kind of sin but forgives just because we have faith to ask.

Then in my reading I’m taken to Luke 8 when Jesus tells the parable of the sower. Oh geez, now I’m in it up to my neck! I love when I start reading and God takes me right where I need to be at that moment. Verses 1-21 tell the parable and the explanation follows. Please go to it and read it’s so good but here it is in a nutshell.

  • Seed=word of God
  • Seed thrown on the wayside= gets trampled on, the birds eat the seed interpreted as devil steals the word.
  • Seed on rocky ground=receiver receives, gets excited but gets tempted and forgets what he learned.
  • Seed in the thorns= receiver receives and the cares, riches and pleasures of the world choke the word and she gets defeated.
  • Seed on good ground, rich soil= receiver receives with a patient and good heart and thinks about what he read. This person’s life, “is authentically externalized because it is no longer what we do – it’s part of who we are.” ~Beth Moore

When the word of God is a part of us, we can go to it, jump in and wrap ourselves in it and be comforted, rebuked (corrected) or just have our eyes opened to something new and beautiful for the first time.

I guess the key would be to not get into the briar patch in the first place. “Don’t throw me in the briar patch!”¬†¬†(for those of you old enough to remember the Song of the South). But we all fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23) No excuses, be like the tree planted by the river, it gets so much nourishment that it can’t help grow big and strong. Like the Cottonwood trees here in the west, they seed by the River and grow and grow. Lets get so engrossed in the love of Jesus and so thankful to be where we are right now, we don’t have time to be tempted, choked, defeated, swept away or unthankful. We just keep our eye on the goal God has for us!

Then that joy overflows 

 

Faith, Hope, Love

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I just listened to The David Crowder Band sing, “Oh How He Loves Us”. It is such a powerful song. Jesus took His love to the cross, for the joy that was set before Him (Heb 12:3). Part of that joy was that we would answer the call to choose Him.

… The greatest of these is love.

Sometimes we can know we are loved but we just can’t grasp the faith and hope thing.

Faith~ Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 (Msg)¬†The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.

Literally the “substance” is standing under something, “steadying it”.

So if we have faith as in Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Faith gets under and steadies our Hope for what we are believing.

I knew God loved me. I didn’t understand love or how He could love a wretch like me. I had seen His faithfulness time and time again. But to trust¬†enough to ask, believe and have faith that what I hoped for will happen or I would receive, I think that was the tricky part.

Oh trust Him, God can’t lie (Numbers 23:19). He offers us promises beyond what we can even imagine. He is good.

What are you hoping for? What changes do you need? What miracles are you believing for today?

Lyrics from How He Loves us……..

When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us so

Having faith in the unseen ~ Susie