Sunday, March 15, 2015


                                    Milestone = a Significant Event

Our Granddaughter Oksana is no longer a teen-ager!!!
Oksana's 20th Birthday Dinner and Celebration February 20th

Her location choice for celebrating her birthday was BROOK SOUTH.
It was a packed Friday evening crowd but we got seated fairly quickly.

Aunt Jacque, Brother Aric, Grandma Susan & Grandpa Mickey

Dad Marc & his friend Gayle 

Birthday girl with her friend Derick 

Not a lot of pictures of gifts because Oksana had requested the family go together and replace the broken, back left window of her car and that is what we did.  There of course were cards but I failed to get pictures of those.

Since this was a "milestone" Birthday it was now my turn to give my granddaughter a special keepsake from her Grandmother Susan.  

This note accompanied this bracelet & earring set.


Your 20th Birthday is a milestone taking
you to another decade.

I wanted to give you something of mine that
has happy memories.

I was given this
when I was 15.
That was 62 years ago.

I trust they will become a happy memory for you
of this occasion and of me your Grandmother.

I love you and am so proud
of the beautiful young woman
you are becoming.


Friday, February 20, 2015 

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Friday, March 13, 2015


Milestone = a Significant Event
 February 3rd - 
Grandson Aric's 16th Birthday
Our youngest grandchild and our only grandson

 In our family the Birthday honoree gets to choose the restaurant.
Aric chose OSAKA Japanese Steakhouse
Grandpa Mickey, Honoree Aric, Dad Marc & Marc's friend Gayle

 Aunt Jacque & Sister Oksana

 A $30 money gift from Aunt Jacque

 A new computer item from Dad

 Another gift

 A $40 check from Grandma & Grandpa

Since this was a "milestone" Birthday we wanted to give Aric a special "keepsake" from his Grandpa Mickey.


The 16th Birthday is one of the milestones of life.

 I wanted to give you something of mine that
holds special significance and memories.

After looking through my few items
I have selected these two beaded necklaces
 I purchased in Hawaii in
 September, 1978.

I know you probably will never desire to wear them,
but  I trust they will become a treasure of things
you will remember about me and our sharing
your 16th.

I love you and am so very proud
of the young, principled man
you are becoming.


                Wednesday, February 4, 2015   

The above note accompanied the two beaded necklaces and a small special metal box that held them.  The necklaces do not show up real well in the photo.

We are very, very proud of the fine young man our Grandson Aric has become.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015


And ~~~~ other items after Mickey's discharge from the hospital on Thursday, January 22nd.   

 Angels come in all different kinds and sizes - and our angel, who came to our aid upon Mickey's discharge after 14 days in the hospital, came in the form of this wonderful, fairly new church friend John.  The fact that John is an RN - well, you can see this was a God connection.  John came over every morning around 8:30 or 9 and changed Mickey's bandage where the drainage tube had been. On a couple of occasions, when the drainage was excessively heavy, he even came back a second time that evening.

I was so nervous about this situation and I literally do not know how Mickey or I could have handled those 6 days without his care, love, attention & help. We can NEVER thank John enough for truly being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus for us.


 John, his wife Heidi, and 11 year old daughter Addy-Johe visited Mickey in the hospital on Sunday, the 18th, and brought these adorable little plastic pipes for Mickey to practice and strengthen his lungs and breathing.  Marc & Aric joined us for dinner on Sunday, the 25th, and after dinner we ALL joined Mickey and competed in blowing the pipes and sustaining the little balls in the air.  I did the worst!!!!

On Monday, the 26th, Mickey dressed in REAL clothing like he wears, for the first time, and we ventured out to begin our daily Walking Program by making a short trip to Wal-Mart.  

I need to, and will do a post about the entire medical journey Mickey began on October 13, 2014 at a later date but could not wait to give John Gummel the thanks, praise and recognition he deserves. 

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

My 2015 - WORD

This is the 7th year I have asked the Lord to give me a word for The New Year.
On December 29th The Lord gave me my word for 2015 - STEADY.

The first thing I did was pulled out my Strong's to select a verse.  I was totally shocked that STEADY is used only once, in the entire Old & New Testament.

Exodus 17:12 (KJV) But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Per Webster's STEADY means -  1) Firm, Stable, Not Shaky
                                               2) Regular, Uniform, Continuous
                                               3) Constant in behavior, Loyalty
                                               4) Calm & Controlled
                                               5) Sober, Reliable
It is an Adjective - meaning actions I must take.  

I love how The Lord speaks into our lives all the time, and just what we need.  He could not have given me a better word to guide and maintain me as
2015 is starting off rough for Mickey & me.  On January 8th Mickey will have the upper left lobe of his lung removed in order to remove the small cancer that was found during x-rays for an up-coming heart procedure.  Praise God we had gotten a NEGATIVE report on the surrounding lymph nodes on December 23rd.  The absolutely greatest Christmas gift we have ever received.  After the lung operation the plans are to proceed with the heart surgery within 6 to 9 months.  

Yes, I must:  1) Remain Firm, Stable, & Not Shaky in my Faith.  2) I must be Regular, Uniform and Continuous in my daily Bible reading, prayer, church attendance, & service.  3) I must be Constant in my behavior and Loyalty to my husband and family.  4) I must remain Calm & Controlled during the unknown and different issues we deal with.  5)  I must be Sober and Reliable in season and out of season.  

A BIG order, but I serve a Big GOD.

I find it very interesting that this is my 7th word - since in Scripture #7 means Completeness and Perfection. 

There were my words for the past 6 years ~~~~ 2009 Unity ~~ 2010 Vulnerable ~~ 2011 Persevere ~~ 2012 Fervent ~~ 2013 Expand ~~2014 Forward.  They have each lived out in my live for each year.  

If you make a practice of asking The Lord for a word each year please share that word with me. 
HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2014!!!!
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014


WOW-WOW-WOW!!!! Is all I can say!!!!!! I just received a wonderful, Biblical Pandora charm in the mail. I have NO idea who has blessed me with this wonderful item and surprise. Will whom ever it is PLEASE come forwarD? The package is By Design Jewelry in Leominster, MA. I am literally blown away by this. PLEASE!!!! 

I left this post on my fb page Monday after receiving this wonderful Pandora charm in a small package in the mail.  It  was "liked" by 28 of my friends, as of this writing, and this morning I received the following private message:

Ma Susan, it was not meant to be so secretive. Because mail is not safe I did not know what to do. I dó get irritated by them. I thought this a good way to give you something I know you like. The pandora charm. But I also wanted it to be something that you can see come from us. That why I looked for this big 5. It was difficult to write a birthday note and not know if or when the gift will get to you. I must say in my excitement I did not think of how you will know it come from us three. Love and hugs, J, R, & E.

Now, for the story. ~ ~ ~ Retha, Jason and their son Ethan are from South Africa. I became acquainted with Retha through blogging, shortly after beginning my blogging journey in January, 2007. Over these almost 8 years we have developed a Spiritual, as well as personal, relationship that only GOD, whom we both love and serve, could have and DID put together.

A Spiritual relationship and connection that is a priceless gift to Mickey & I. In October, 2008, it was Retha who placed a long distance telephone call to me in the recovery room right after Mickey had his double bi-pass heart surgery. Over these years Retha and her husband, Jason, have called us on several occasions, written us letters and we have shared small gifts over these years. Although I have sent her several items that have never arrived due to the mail situation in Africa. 

I know we will probably never meet in the flesh in this lifetime but we have met in the Spirit on a level that is truly a priceless gift. She is 29 years younger than I and she is truly like a daughter to me, and I am Ma Susan to her.  

Retha you, Jason & Ethan
are my GIFT from our Father God
I LOVE this special token
from you three for my 78th Christmas/Birthday.
from the bottom of my heart.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

WORDS - Christmas/Birthday 2014

Heart felt WORDS - Spoken or written - are one of the most wonderful things in life to me.

I have always taken lots of time, and thought, in buying that Perfect Birthday card that speaks my heart.  Consequently,  as parents do, we pass our values on to our Children and Grand-Children.

The box in the bottom of our office closet, filled with Cards of WORDS from our family,  are and will be one of the heirlooms that will be left to our children and grandchildren.  Crammed full WORDS from Mickey, Suzette, Jacque, David & Marc that have spoken their heart to me.

These are my "jewels" for my 78th birthday ~~~~~~

From Daughter Jacque -

Because of you, Mom, I know what love is.
It's sharing joy and keeping faith.
And it's what makes us strong and helps us find our way.

Because of you, Mom, I know what family is.
It's laughing,
It's leaning,
It's being "real"
and being friends.
Ans it will always be there, no matter what.

Because of you, Mom, I know what's at the heart of a good life...
Love and family ~~
those things that are true and lasting.
They make a difference...
I know that because of you.  

Happy Birthday

From Son Marc -
Being "all grown up"
doesn't mean you don't need your Mom.

Even though you raised me to be strong and independent,
I still count on you for your friendship,
your insight
and, most of all
your love and care.

I'll always need that.
And you.
Love you, Mom

Happy Birthday 


Over the 18 prior years of her life, I've gotten a few Birthday cards from Granddaughter Oksana, but usually it's just been her name, along with her dads and brothers signed at the bottom.

This year I received my first "jewel" from my soon to be 20 year old Okana!!!!

Happy Birthday, Grandma

You're always the first to say how lucky you are to have wonderful grandkids.
But you've done so much to contribute to everything we've done and become.

So on your birthday,
we want to remind you that you're an amazing woman,
full of energy, generosity, and love.
And that means we're the lucky ones...
lucky to have a grandma as wonderful as you.


YES, 3 beautiful Jewels added to my box of treasure.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


The most wonderful Christmas present that we have ever received~~~

At 1:30 we received a phone call from Mickey's Dr's office informing us
the Biopsy, that was preformed on the Lymph Nodes that were removed by the Mediastinoscopy on Mickey last Thursday, the 18th, are

Yes, God already planned this before this journey ever began and
in the process He taught us again to 
and that

Our thanks to our Pastors Steve & Michelle Lee - our Coweta Assembly of God Body - my home bible study group WOW Women (Women of the Word) - my private fb Prayer Group - Hearts in "1" Accord - and our many friends who have been praying and standing in faith with us.  Not only your prayers, but your caring, kind words, hugs and love are what helped sustain us through this testing. 

The history is this:  Mickey had Double Bi-pass Heart Surgery in October, 2008.  He recovered quickly and has done well these past 6 years.  He was getting where he felt weak, being short of breath and having to rest and sit down a lot so after an appointment with our family Dr. he was referred for a consultation with Cardiologist Dr. Irvin on August 28th. After performing extensive tests on September 9th Aorta Stenosis was discovered and on October 13th referred Mickey to a TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) team of Doctors. 

November 5th - 1st testing Dr. Ensley to evaluate proceeding with TAVR.  Total of 4 tests done.  November 11th - Consultation with Dr. Ensley and Dr. Parmley where Mickey was notified he had a small (size of the upper tip of the little finger) mass in the upper left lob of his lung that was cancer.  All TAVR was put on hold.

November 17th lung biopsy performed.  November 25th referred to Lung Specialist Dr. Nokes.  Dr. Nokes examination cleared Mickey for both removal of the lung cancer and possible TAVR for the Aorta IF pet scan showed no spread of cancer.  November 26th pet scan performed to check for spread of cancer.  December 10th consultation Dr. Parmley - results of pet scan showed possible spread to lymph nodes of breast plate. 

December 18th Dr. Parmley performed Mediastinoscopy of breast plate lymph nodes.

DECEMBER 23rd - 1:30 p.m.  Call from Dr. Parmley's office - Lymph nodes NEGATIVE!!!!!!

Next step - January 7th, 10:30 Pre-op - January 8th  Dr. Parmley - Lung Surgery to remove cancer. 


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