Mammograms Are Not Scary

"The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever." Psalm 121:8
Happy Halloween! I haven't dressed up in years but today I am dressed in pink from head to toe, large hat and all! I smiled as I put that hat on my head full of hair. I chose to wear it, not to cover up  but with the intention of STANDING UP AND STANDING OUT! I was always uncomfortable with hats because I felt like I stood out. Wigs were just plain uncomfortable and scarves were my covering of choice but oh when the day came for the buzz cut look...happy Suz!

I will never forgot the day (8 years ago), I was working at the hospital making calls in doctors offices, finally feeling better. I had sported my "buzz cut" look other days,  but for some reason was just not feeling the confidence that day. Those who have been through losing your hair know all too well... it gets exhausting. The looks. The eyes down. The explanation. And my friends with alopecia, they are the…

Happy Fall

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,  having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful."  Hebrews 10:22-23

God is faithful!
Happy Fall.... Blessings, Suzanne

A Fresh Start

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hello there friends!

I hope that you are enjoying Spring as much as I am this year! It's been a time for many events like Junior prom, birthday parties, Eighth grade banquet, weddings, galas, as well as sweet time at home with a cup of coffee, a good book, cooking dinner and yes, the usual tons of laundry and dust bunnies just waiting for the "spring cleaning frenzy." To everything there is a season. And this season, I continue my theme of the year to "live intentionally and boldly in 2017."

I wanted to share another updated room from our renovation last year.... and this little room might just be my favorite in the house! It could be called the Living Room or Keeping Room or just an extension of the kitchen. Each season it is easy to change out the pillows, add some flowers or seasonal decor and even a new piece of furniture or picture here and there. This spr…

Gather Together

"I have loved you with an everlasting love;  there I have continued my faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3
Hey there, friend!
Here's a little glimpse of the  "before and after" happenings in our dining room. It is still a work in progress but I am enjoying the transformation so far! All new trim, hard wood floors and paint color (Revere Pewter, Sherman Williams) were added during the renovation ...I added some chalk paint and mercury glass knobs to the buffet:) This is the first room you see when you walk in the house so I want it to be welcoming and bright!

This room was used by previous owners as the living room but I chose it for the dining room because it is a bigger space and I pray that there will be lots of "gatherings" in this area. That was one of my hopes when we moved that I would have a big enough space to host not only dinners, but to have bible study around the table. Food is essential, both natural and spiritual, we NEED both!

I envision…


"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But  the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

I remember that red felt covered shoe box, the one with the red and white gingham heart around the slip for valentine cards. Oh and let me not forget the ruffles around the heart. And the white grosgrain ribbon with multi-color hearts lining the bottom of the box. The perfect valentine box. Made the night before the big day by none other than my Mom (of the year:))! She pulled it off with flying colors. I waited until the last minute and to my surprise she had all the supplies to make this beauty for the fifth grade valentine exchange. Can you imagine that these pinterest or google, just creativity and materials? Originality. I saved that box for years. It was still as pretty to me as it was the night we put it together. And while I no longer have the box, the memory and experience of love remain. The vision of a big heart with a hole in the middle just waitin…

8 Years Cancer Free: Living Life Intentionally and Boldly

"People need more than bread for their life;  they must feed on every word of God." Matthew 4:4
Cancer is brutal but CHRIST IS BOUNDLESS!
 I remember this 26th day of January every year as a marker in my life! An encounter with the Lord, face to face and truly beginning to live a life surrendered to His plan, not mine. For the past year I have revisited some of the same quietness I experienced while going through the cancer process. Sitting at His feet.

Leaning in closer. Close enough to hear Him whisper the next step. Sitting still, unable to move beyond the written word on the page speaking to me right where I was. And I needed the time with Him. I needed less time with other things. I wanted to make my home with Him. "Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." John 14:23 Through it all, there has been so much freedom in letting go. That was perhaps the greatest…

Mother's Day 2016

"For no one can lay foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 3:11
Mother's Day 2016
Ever since the day I could hold a baby doll, I knew I wanted to be a Mother. As a child, I had strollers and cribs and "real" baby clothes and played Mommy daily. I knew that I wanted children and I thank God for the privilege of being a Mom to our two blessings! I heard way back in early motherhood "children are blessings not burdens." That stuck with me. I have learned way more from them in the past sixteen years than any other time in my life. As we navigate THROUGH each and every season, there's always a time of growth, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. 
"A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel." Proverbs 1:5 
I asked them both what their favorite thing about me was as their Mom:
Abby: That you understand. That I can talk to you.
Luke: That…