Wednesday, October 29, 2008


My daughter's mother-in-law Pat Richardson was hospitalized and in critical condition - fighting for her life - but after many prayers - she is doing better! She is still in the hospital and has severe pneumonia - along with many other things that are fighting against her. She has had a very difficult time - but thankfully she is out of a life-threatening state.
Thank you for your continued prayers for her health and healing!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In Remembrance of Cricket

It's sad morning today!!!
The little dog named Crickett, who was Mark, (Steve's nephew) and Mark's wife Sherri's dog of 12 years died this morning.
When she had her teeth worked on several month ago, she lost her hearing - and from there she had daily began to decline in health.
Please remember them in your prayers!
Especially difficult - since just 2 days prior - we attended Caroline's funeral! My heart and prayers are directed their way!

A Time to Gather . . . . A Time to Embrace . . . A Time to Say Good Bye . . .

The Family came together from various parts of the United States; Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Colorado, to name a few, to pay their last respects to my Sister-in-law Caroline. It was a difficult, sad and cold day - and the Fall weather and colors were evident everywhere. The magnificent trees in the cemetery where they laid her to rest had stunningly beautiful fall colors, the air was crisp and damp . . . but the wind and rain subsided some - to make it more bearable to stand out in it. I wish I had remembered to take pictures, but I didn't.
Camella brought Caroline's dog Monster, aka Goochy, aka Peanut. It was hard to watch this little fella say good bye to his beloved Caroline. I did take a picture - but don't think I should post it. He loved her so much! We all did! We all miss her tremendously! It helps to know that Caroline loved the Lord Jesus - and is with Him now, along with her daughter Kim, her mother Bessie Wilson and her brother Paul, along with countless others who went before her. Still . . . it doesn't help the ache go away . . . BUT . . .the hope that resides in my heart of hearts is the FACT that we WILL see all those who passed on before us again. We are aliens to this world - and just passin' through. My hope for eternity is In Heaven - our ETERNAL HOME - and we WILL see those who have passed on before us again. So - although my heart yearns to be with those we have lost - in that - I have peace - I know I will see them again.
Camella worked diligently to assure that there were pink ribbons for everyone in attendance to wear, as a reminder for the fight for breast cancer. There were pictures to reminisque as well -another thing that I forgot to get pictures of . . . .
Thank you for your continued prayers . . . they are so needed at this sorrowful time.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Time To Remember . . .

On October 25, 2008, we gathered together to attend my sister-in-law's Memorial Service. It was such a sad time!
Although we will miss her so much - we know that she is in a much better place. God has completely healed her body. She no longer has cancer and is out of her wheelchair walking on Heaven's streets of gold.
She loved the Lord Jesus Christ.
The story behind the picture of Caroline walking Camella's horse in her wheelchair goes something like this . . . .
Camella explained that her horse was a very stubborn race horse and never bowed his head. . . . rather he always kept it high. When Caroline offered to walk the horse - Camella was hesitant, but after allowing the horse to sniff Caroline's chair and walk all around her, Camella gave the reighns to Caroline and the horse immediately lowered his head in submission to her. Caroline began to move her wheelchair forward and the horse walked beside her.
Caroline never allowed her wheelchair hinder her life. The picture gave me goosebumps when I first saw it. Camella wasn't sure it would be a picture we could use - because she took the picture with her phone. It turned out beautifully I think!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Caroline Suiter July 27, 1939 to October 21, 2008

Caroline Suiter, 69, of Crawfordsville, Indiana died peacefully 6:43 Tuesday morning at her home, with her family by her side.
She was born July 27th, 1939 in Scott County, Indiana to Roy and Bessie Wilson. She graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1957 and has lived in Crawfordsville most of her life. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
All who were blessed to know Caroline would agree that she was given a gift of uplifting and encouraging others. She always regarded her physical challenges as non-important and resonated a loving, cheerful, and positive attitude. Her presence will be sorely missed by her friends, loved ones, her children, grandchildren and especially her beloved grand-daughter, Camella Wilkins whom she raised.
She is survived by Gordon, her husband of 50 years, son Mark (Sherri) Suiter of Crawfordsville, daughter Kristen (David) Jahn of Sarasota, Florida, and granchildren Camella Wilkins of Crawfordsville of Indiana, Daniel (Hirra) Suiter of Lafayette, Jennifer (Bill) Draper of Lafayette, Mattaniah Jahn of Sarasota, Florida and great-grandson Ethan Suiter.
She is also survived by her father, Roy Wilson, sisters Doris (Charles) Crispin of Monticello, Indiana; her twin sister Catherine (Paul) Williams of Beachwood, Ohio, Evangeline (Fouad) Hawa of Evansville, Indiana, Karen (Robert) Hoff of Nashville, Tennessee and brothers David (Ann) Wilson of Kingman, Indiana, James (Stephanie) Wilson of Fort Gaines, Georgia and Stephen (Cynthia) Wilson of Portland, Tennessee.
Her daughter Kim Suiter, mother Bessie Wilson, and brother Paul Wilson preceded her in death.
VISITATION will be Friday, October 24 from 4:00-8:00pm. Funeral Servicers will be held Saturday, October 25, 11:00 am with Reverend Gregory Hackett officiating. burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville. Services provided by the Powers Priebe Funeral Home, 135 S. Washington Street in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Memorial contributions in honor of Caroline Suiter may be made to St. elizabeth Hospice, 1415 Salem Street, Suite 202W Lafayette, Indiana 47904 or the Suiter Family Medical Fund, care of Mark Suiter, 3019N 275E, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933.

Monday, October 20, 2008

In Memory of Caroline . . .

Thank you for your continued prayers

My sister-in-law Caroline has fought a good fight - and sadly lost the battle with cancer at 6:43a.m. on October 21, 2008.

She knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior - and now in her eternal home in Heaven walking on the streets of gold.

She was an outstandingly wonderful and spiritual woman - who left her mark on the earth and in the hearts of those who knew her - with her love for others - and her love for Jesus Christ.

God gave me a dream about her - in that she was running - not walking - RUNNING! And so happy - laughing and joyful. It was a bitter sweet dream. Although we will miss her - we know that if we know Christ as our SAVIOR - we will see her once again.

Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of the family members.

The funeral will be later this week.

Aunt Norma's Surgery is VERY SUCCESSFUL!

Just a note to say that Aunt Norma feels soooooooooo much better and is doing great with her new pace maker! Thanks for all your prayers!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Aunt Norma's Surgery . . .

I love my Aunt Norma. She is my favorite Aunt and lives in Venice, Florida near her daughter, (my cousin) Gayle.
Aunt Norma told me the other day that she thought she had the flu - but after a doctor appointment today . . . . they took her right into surgery to have a pace maker inserted.
Please pray for her!


"Voting for the most extreme pro-abortion political candidate
in American history is not the way to save unborn babies."

— Robert George, professor at Princeton

Commentary: Obama's Abortion Extremism

Commentary: Obama's Abortion Extremism
by Robert George
His views on life issues mark him as the most extreme pro-abortion candidate to have ever run on a major party ticket.
Barack Obama is the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to seek the office of President of the United States. He is the most extreme pro-abortion member of the United States Senate. Indeed, he is the most extreme pro-abortion legislator ever to serve in either house of the United States Congress.
Yet there are Catholics and Evangelicals — even self-identified pro-life Catholics and Evangelicals — who aggressively promote Obama's candidacy and even declare him the preferred candidate from the pro-life point of view.
What is going on here?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Bothersome Barky Bassett Hounds . . . Ahhhh!

Our new neighbors have bassett hounds that bark from sun up to sun down and rarely stop in between! This is just more than annoying - but I'm trying to be tolerant! However, my patience is wearing mighty thin these days. Rarely do the ever STOP barking!

My nephew Ryan visits my dad in Colorado . . . .

Along with Ryan - was his wife Mysti, who came out to the ranch in Parker, Colorado to visit my dad. Thought I'd share . . . . . being that it's not too often I get pictures from the Colorado side of the world! How cool! Thanks for sharing Ryan and Mysti!!!
Now we just have to figure out how to get Grandpa online to see all these things! Maybe some day soon!

It's Here!!! It's HERE!!!

FALL - that is! It's my favorite time of year! I love the bright colors of the reds - mingled with orange, yellow, and green! The cool quiet breezes in the early mornings before the break of day! The fog lingering mistily from the ground! Now all I need is my Bible and a cup of coffee!
I just LOVE this time of year! It invigorates and delights my soul to no end! I find myself enmeshed in wonderment of God and yearning to bask in His presence! He delights my innermost soul - and my heart bursts with thankfulness that He has granted yet another day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Creepy Critters . . .

While working hard on the reorganization of my garage - sorting, repacking, etc. I noticed a little critter on my trash can. It seems as though these little guys are EVERYWHERE since moving to the country! They change their colors according to their environment. I was surprised that this little guy didn't turn brown yet - but his back had started to turn a little brown. It's weird that they can change colors! Anyway, he was my working buddy - that I avoided and stayed clear from. When coming close to the area - I looked for him so not to get too close! They may be harmless - but who wants to chance it?????

I have heard that preying mantis' are good garden bugs because they eat bugs - but nothing could have prepared me for the sight I saw later in the afternoon when my little work buddy had caught a fly and was busily chomping on him. Ewwwww! Yuk! I stayed clear EVEN FURTHER AWAY after that! Bllaaaaa!

O Happy Day!

I'm elated to say that I can now park in my garage! Yeah! It was a difficult feat - to say the least - sorting through ALL THOSE BOXES!!! But at least I now have enough room to park inside the garage. Hopefully soon - I will plunge into all the Christmas decorations and down size that as well - to make even more room! I am really convinced that it's way too high maintenance when you have too much stuff! Life is too short to waste it on managing STUFF! This downsizing has had its challenges - but I'm beginning to see the light of day! Whew hoo! I'm almost through!

An Indiana Family Gathering . . .

Steve's plane is fixed - and that allows us to get to Indiana in 2 hours instead of the normal 6. BIG difference. We wanted to see his dad and bring him his birthday gift that we missed last month. We arrived around dinner time and we brought him a slice of pumpkin pie, (his favorite). He enjoyed it a LOT!

We also went to see my sister-in-law Caroline who is losing the battle with terminal cancer. She is in enormous pain - especially in her right arm and unable to use it at all. It's a difficult time for her and for everyone! Please continue to keep them all in your prayers! Caroline has hope and comfort though - because she knows Jesus Christ and has accepted Him as her Lord and Savior - guaranteeing her eternal home in Heaven. Still - it doesn't help the ache of losing her go away - or make the helplessness lessen! My heart is heavy - but we need to keep on praying, hoping and believing that God has her in His hands of tender and loving care. He said He would never leave or forsake us - and would be with us - even to the end. God can still heal her - but may choose to heal her through bringing her home with Him instead.

We were surprised to learn that also visiting that day was Juliette - who flew in from Littleton, Colorado and Violette and her husband Eric, who live in Cincinatti, OH who came by after seeing the Purdue University game. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law Vangie and her son Paul from Evansville, Indiana had to leave early and we weren't able to see them.
For more and better pictures- check out Juliette's blog. Her camera does a better job than my phone camera!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Meme? What's a Meme??? . . .

My niece Juliette tagged me for a "Meme" - which I have never heard of before today. Ok - not so unusual - since the word B L O G was never in my vocabulary either - so trying to keep an open mind . . . why not try this thing called a MEME . . . . here goes. . . .

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Oh my gosh! I can't even remember what I did last week - let alone 10 years ago! It's hard enough to remember what I did even yesterday? (Oh yeah! The garage . . . I remember that one for sure! Blaaa!!!) . . . Today? This morning?! Ahhhhh! You get the picture . . Let's see . . . . humm . . . . I was 10 years younger . .. . (sigh . . . ) and my children were 10 years younger (bigger sigh! . . . . so I felt 10 years younger! And my body felt 10 years younger . . .(wishful sigh . . . ) Oh! That's because I WAS 10 years younger! Da! Tee hee . . . I guess I'll have to see. . . and research my past Annual Christmas letters to reminisce . . .
This one really has totally me stumped!
2. Things on my "To Do" list for today/this week:

. . . The question is really - "What's NOT on my list of to-do's?!!!!"

For starters . . . . I have to say . . . moving boxes . . . . . . and moving yet more boxes. . . and (drum roll please . . . . ) MOVING STILL MORE BOXES . . . . . Did I mention moving boxes?! Oh yeah - I just did! Well . . . . at least I accomplished quite a lot of unpacking boxes and sorting and reorganizing the boxes in my Portland garage. I've nearly moved out of the Devonshire house completely, with the exception of the gargage. Urgh! But hopefully it won't take too much longer.
I loaded my car with stuff that I don't want and don't have room for - and I'm taking it to a place called Portland Cares. They are a 2nd hand store and help people with their bills, etc. So it's nice knowing it helps others. You know the saying! "One mans (errr uh - WOMAN'S) trash is another's treasures."
Tomorrow the bug guy is coming by - and as soon as he is finished I'll take off to the Devonshire house to clean up the mess from the electrician - who installed all new lights in the house. I cannot wait to see them! Our new tennants will be moving in soon and we have lots to do to get done to be ready for them. We are hoping that they are also our potential buyers too!

Wednesday I meet with my accountant to go over our company files and catch him up with all our job projects, etc. We are in transition of moving the office completely to the Brentwood PO Box. It's a crazy time - for sure! It's just too hard when traveling with all the files!

Thursday and Friday the Devonshire house gets new carpet and lineoleum in the kitchen, breakfast nook, den, bathroom and new family room, (old green room). The "Green Room" - I guess we'll call it the family room now because it won't have a green floor anymore. I LOVE the lineoleum we picked out - and the carpet will look sensational as well.

Saturday we will finish moving the rest of the furniture out of the Hendersonville house - and also clean out the garage. YUK! I'm NOT looking forward to it. I finished rearranging the house to make room for the last of the furniture to be moved to our new house. Whew! No wonder my muscles ache with fury! I'm soooo tired! I want to RESIGN from our new hobby of MOVING!

I still have much to go through to continue my downsizing! But it's getting their - slowly - but surely! I have sooooo much more - but I don't want to exhaust or bore you!

3. What is your favorite snack?
Can food in general count?! Oh well . . . .
I LOVE peach pie and vanilla ice cream . . . .
Strawberries and vanilla ice cream . . .
Frozen cool whip and strawberry jello
I love to snack on Mozerella cheese sticks
Carrot sticks sometimes
Ritz crackers and peanut butter - yum!
Ritz crackers and cheese is good too! But peanut butter is sooooo much better! But JIF ONLY - choosy moms choose - Jif - and that's ALL I'll eat!
I just like food - which is one reason - I need to lose weight!

4. If you were a millionaire, you would...
I would buy lots of acres so that we could build an airport - and my son Matt could operate and manage it - and my husband Steve could have hangars for his airplanes - and fly more - which HE LOVES TO DO! And now he wants an ultralight to his already growing list of wants. I would build a restaurant at the FBO - (airport), so that my daughter-in-law Jessie could have her Cafe' La la! A bed and breakfast - would be cool too! For elite VIP guests flying in! It would be the start of a town - and employ lots of people and their families!
I would also love to fund and operate a ministry that help people by giving them a place to live - while teach them a trade so they could be more productive in society and impact countless lives for Christ.

5. List 5 places you have lived.

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Parker, Colorado
Whitehall, Michigan
New Era, Michigan
Muskegon, Michigan
Oceanside, California
29 Palms, California
Carlsbad, California
Nashville, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Portland, Tennessee

Whoops! that's more than 5 - oh well . . . .
I couldn't decide!

6. List of 5 people you are tagging for this Meme.
If you want to do a Meme yourself - you're welcome to do it. Just copy the questions, delete my answers and answer them however you choose. Just let me know . . . . so I can read yours too!
Enjoy! Have fun! And just what did you do 10 years ago???? . . . . Blahooey! I've never been so stumped!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy 27th Birthday Matt!

27 years - Happy Memories . . .

Happy Birthday Matt!!!

Happy Birthday goes to my son Matthew who lives in Greenville, SC with his wife Jessie. Matt will celebrate his 27th birthday October 6, 2008!

Happy Birthday Matt!!!