The Sweet and Simple version
The title of the blog really does say it all, my goal is to keep it simple while I strive to live well and love well. These two goals encompass everything. I want to use stories to answer the question, what does that look like? What does it look like to love God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind? What does it look like to love my neighbor as myself? Jesus tells us that the entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.
So many people, so many different walks of life, so many ways to fulfill these two commandments. I'll write about the view from my journey, that of a fifty-something year old wife, mother, and grandmother.
About me - the extended version
Hi! I'm Susan
~and that's a fairly old photo of me ;-)
Are you looking for words of encouragement or stories that give you hope? Maybe you want or need to know you're not alone in your current struggles. Maybe it was really just a happy accident that you found your way here. Whatever the reason, I’m glad you're here, and I hope you’ll decide to stay for a while and find a reason to come back and visit again.
I believe in the power of words to heal or to harm. I hope you will find my words always to be those that encourage and empower rather than wound.
I have the privilege to live and love a good life. It’s simple and imperfect and always full to the brim of things that challenge me, grow me, and help me find joy in the most unexpected places. I like to think of life as a classroom and every day is another opportunity to learn something new. I hope that will be true until the day I draw my last breath. I’ve often prayed for a teachable spirit, and some days it seems that prayer has been answered and some days not so much.
I have stories to tell, things I’m really passionate about, and people I’m wildly in love with. Random thoughts constantly ruminate in my brain. I love to write - a love affair that began in elementary school. I started blogging in 2006 strictly as a hobby to help process life and ideas and to reach out to like-minded women.
First and foremost, I am a Christian. My heartfelt prayer is that anyone who happens to find themselves in this space would sense that from anything they find here.
I became wife to my high school sweetheart in 1984 and together we forged our family through 20 years of military life, 19 moves, 8 children - three we grieved deeply the loss of through miscarriage and five that continue to be the source of our most cherished relationships, sweetest memories and unexpectedly entertaining stories. I have enjoyed my years as a stay-at-home mom always, and homeschooling family for about ten of those years.
I enjoy writing, cooking, eating, gardening - especially herbs, walking, nature, birds, reading, beaches, euchre, music, chats over coffee, early mornings, and so much more. I love to learn new things. All of these are second only to enjoying time with my husband who is my very best friend, our children, my sweet grand-babies, and my kindred spirit, Robin.
And I confess, I may be a bit of a coffee snob. Not like the most expensive kind of coffee snob, just not a Folgers or Maxwell House kind of coffee girl. I like my Starbucks Breakfast Blend at home fresh from my own grinder. I don’t even care for it brewed from the shop. And if there’s no creamer, don’t bother.
If I were a state, Sunflowers would be my flower and the Dragonfly would be my insect. They hold special meaning for me because of their symbolism.
I hope you will find a warm welcome here.
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