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 🙂 A lovely day in store.

Loved ~Susie


Sonoran Desert

Yesterday Dennis and I flew to Tucson on a quest to find the wild flowers of the desert. We landed in Tucson, and drove to the Saguaro National Park. Oh I took many pictures of the incredible blooms that welcomed us. Do you feel a but coming? In my transient state, the cord that connects my camera to my computer is packed somewhere in a “No need to unpack until final destination” box. The jumbo memory card doesn’t fit in my little ol’ HP laptop. So you will have to settle for the cover picture, which is from a hike last year in the Hualapai County Park, right here in Kingman. When moved I will post them in the drearies of January or something. Come visit, I will have some on canvas in our new home.



Mixed Bag

My photo sources are mixed, I didn’t take pictures at Samantha’s shower. I forgot my camera when I went to Grand Rapids so I had to use my phone the entire time. I am not an expert with Android photo taking

First morning at Nanny’s, Carter, Mom and Tia.Carter Saying Cheeese!

Pete and I sandwich Samantha. She is in her glory.There I am in the dugout at my softball team debut.

Back home and back to work on our house. Our trusty builder, Doug Humphries uses scraps to explain his work. We like him.


Lovin’ Life~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

Windy days

Ahhh, spring in Kingman. The blustery winds begin. We are in full swing of our build. I thought you might like to grasp the length of the house and let me clarify, it is long because it is narrow, we wanted all rooms to share the beauty of the view, so all but guest bedrooms face the mountains. Therefore you end up with a very long house!

From family room to master bedroom; Where’s Dennis?From family room to front door, Where’s Dennis and Gus?Family room to kitchen; Where is Dennis and Gus?

Now I couldn’t resist, we stopped to get our mail at our new mailbox bank and look at the mailboxes.Welcome to Arizona, the old west, where there may be more card carrying members than Michigan!!

We are hard at moving to our temporary home. While in my heart is in Michigan where they are burying my cousin Tom. My heart breaks for all of my cousins and their beautiful families. I knew that times like these would be tough to be away. It is.

I will be in Grand Rapids to celebrate Samantha’s upcoming nuptials and stay with my mom. Until then my family; you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

On the move ~ Susie

Lumber and Labor

Well the moving has begun. We are getting closer to our new house, geographically anyway. Our temporary house is 2 miles away from our permanent and in the same subdivision.

This used to be a 3000 acre ranch, now it is a subdivision of homes on the mountain. Here is our new temporary digs.

The view is beautiful here too.

See we have neighbors! Our realtor Wes found this for us to rent while we finish our build. It is two miles down the road from our new house. Which as of yesterday looks like this, I saw it from a distance while measuring the miles but Dennis asked me not to go see it without him so here’s the shot I took….

This was my teaser until Dennis got out of work. This is so exciting I could hardly stand to stay away! Here’s what it looks like with him. This is the front wall.

and this is a view from the family room.

And my boyfriend waiting to carry me over the threshold 😉

It’s a hassle moving twice, but we will live close to our new house and be able to visit easily.  I wish I could share the smell. Oh the lumber, the aroma of fresh walls is so sweet!

This is a happy man. He is Thrilled to work hard and build a dream nest. Can you see in the distance, next to that humongous rock outcrop our friend’s house? Yes we will have neighbors and the great thing is that they are already friends!

Ephesians 3:20, 21ish  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.

We are so thankful, God is so loving. I never imagined this!

On the move ~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


Standing in our bedroom

Today we visited what we are now calling “our house” instead of “our property”. Yes we have a foundation!! I can’t stop singing, “On Christ the solid rock I stand.” There is just something about seeing cement instead of dirt, it makes me think we are really building a house.

Looks long

There it is. Spread across our property.

Dennis capturing the view

I’m standing in the kitchen looking west.

Same spot in the kitchen with a view of our back yard and southwest. 

This is our shower 🙂 Oh and the current bathroom in the distance.

Gus loves our new digs, he is so tired of the confining golf course. There are so many smells and adventures on the mountain!

It’s March, It’s Saturday, It’s the Big Salad!! We love MSU basketball and Dr. Dunning loves the big salad and sports.

Dessert for my boyfriend.

It’s March; it is spring, we are now back to pacific time (which makes trips out of Las Vegas easier to figure), we get to see this house take shape, we are now getting ready for a wedding, we celebrate St’ Patrick’s Day, our heritage, we celebrate the births of Brett and Samantha!

It’s March; we get to speak of basketball teams we’ve never heard of and unknown cities, we get passionate and cheer for them all for the global unity we call Madness!!  This single month, March Madness gets our family chattering on email like no other event. Hang on, we are about to have another web-based Blast cheering for, not necessarily the home team, just the teams we have chosen to go all the way in this crazy season of NCAA Basketball!!

I love March ~ Susie


At the end of the day you’re another day older.

The title is from Le Miserables, what a fabulous musical and sometimes you just can’t get the music out of your head.

Finally we were going to get cement poured at our home.

The ground is ready, we and the contractors are ready.

John and Doug; cement and general contractor. Don't they look ready!?

But alas the winds of spring blow and blow hard in the high desert of Kingman, AZ so today’s wind will halt the pouring of cement.

I woke up this morning with a feeling of angst. Why? Just saying that word makes you makes you feel crooked. Everything is great, building a house, our children are lovely, all quiet on the western front. Then why? Do you ever wake up and  just have that feeling? Maybe just a lot to do. We have to move at the end of the month. Yep move out March 31, then again when our house is complete.

On the other hand, I wake up and know that there are great things happening and thank God, He is in control and not me 🙂

Spring has sprung!

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there isany virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Off to a peaceful, productive day ~Susie