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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

 

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….

Mayhem!

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

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 🙂

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 😉 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

Emotions gone wild

What a week. Wedding, New Home, Kingman, Grand Rapids, Texas, Tennessee wow.

I have gone quite a while without a picture of my Zoe Girl. Really missing her these days. I feel a skype date needed in Texas. On the Tennessee front; Carter was in his car seat while I was talking to his mom today and as soon as she said, “Josh”. On Que Carter was in the background saying, “Dada!” Oh be still my heart. Fortunately for all of us Samantha and Pete are getting married right around the corner and we all get to spend some much-needed time together.

Samantha and Pete plow through this prenuptial time. The rest of their life is coming up quick and they are full board on. It makes my heart so happy to hear Samantha talk about the commitment and the things they are learning from videos they are watching, premarital counseling with one of our favorite married dynamic duos and experiencing life.

My struggle with being separated from Samantha while planning her wedding is eased by my friends picking up the slack. Micki, Kirsti and Cindy are the epitome of true friendship and unconditional love that God gives.

On the home front, my contractor team (they will now be always mentioned in the plural) The Humphries, Doug and Teri have skillfully supported me through decision making here on my own. They are building one beautiful home, they are artists with a touch of counseling 😉

A lot going on above the ceiling in the master bedroom.

Dennis and I feel we are home. We have settled into a church family. We are both greeting for the services and we are making friends in and around the Kingdom of God here in Kingman, AZ. Oh and I think I mentioned I am playing on the co-ed softball team and for the first time in my life hit the ball past, yes I said past 3rd base!!

Ha, this is the front yard, which faces the Northeast

I am so unbelievably nurtured by our heavenly Father. I am in awe of how mindful He is of me.

Psalm 8:3-5When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

In the palm of His hand ~ 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

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

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

 

Spring is for Car Washes

It’s March, we are just about six weeks away from living in Kingman, Az for one year. One year ago I was lunching, saying good-bye and getting ready for our cross country move. I can’t believe how fast this time has gone by.

Today I am sitting at Mr. D’z, a little Diner on Route 66. It’s kind of a cheesy diner but such friendly service and cute place and they have delicious home made root beer.

I dropped my car off to get detailed and the car wash is a block away from Mr. D’z. I have to admit to the whole world, I just took the car seat out of my back seat, it has been there since my children and grand children were here for Thankgiving. Oh I can’t wait to have to put it back in! The inside of my car has not been cleaned inside since then either and there are some scrumptious treats stuck to the seats after the girls drove back from the Grand Canyon with Zoe and Carter throwing food and tempers!

We miss them terribly.

The next time they come to visit we will live on the mountain! Oh they will love the rocks and plants!

Today I am savoring the memories, looking forward to our temporary move in two weeks. Philippians 4:11-13  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I’m thrilled that God is control and not me. I willingly surrender to His path. I’m not sure of His plan. I am thankful for this year of learning, growth, challenge and discovery. He is amazing and takes much better care of my family than I do!

It is a breezy day in Kingman and I am enjoying the spring.

Soaking up Life and Love ~ Susie

Marathons

It’s all about training.

If you are on Facebook you could hardly miss that Brett and I ran a marathon last Sunday, February 19, 2012. This was a first for both of us. It all started when he asked me to run the Chicago marathon last fall. Well Brett got deployed to Afghanistan so we missed the Chicago and chose to do the Austin Livestrong to give him time to train.

The above pictures were the day before the race, full anticipation of what lies ahead for the next day.

Lined up and ready to run!

I showed Kirsti I got to 23 miles!

I received a message on Facebook from Samantha that said, “You would think after all the metaphorical marathons, this wouldn’t be that intimidating” Amen to that!

Today we will talk about training. I can’t let this slip by.

My self portrait of the finish. Vanity? Haha! It was an accomplishment I wanted recorded.

I’m kinda a rule follower. As I was growing up, I hated to let people down; I didn’t like getting in trouble and I really wanted attention and people to like me. Therefore, I followed rules and well got into some trouble but really tried to avoid it at all cost. So when given the challenge of training for a marathon I did two things; talked to Mike Haverdink (well Kirsti mostly) because he is a successful marathon runner. Secondly, I found a training schedule the Livestrong marathon organization recommended. Now mind you, I did veered from the schedule now and then but the majority of the time I followed it. I didn’t want injury or failure.

This may be seriously corny but doesn’t a marathon reflect life? We run the race, Hebrews 12:1. As we are running the race we need to be prepared. 2 Timothy 2:15  Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. The only way to run the race God has set forth and to divide the truth is to study the word, train if you will. Ephesians 4:14 says we shouldn’t be like children tossed to and fro by every wind of new or better ways of doing things. When a trial, temptation, cunning proposition comes along, the only way to stand strong is to be trained and complete the race God set before you.

Studying ~Susie

 

 

 

 

 

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