My Life Journey

Life is a Journey...

… And mine began in a small town in northern Minnesota. I am grateful for my lifelong friends, who are still as close to me as brothers and sisters. I attended a K-12 school, where everybody knew each other. If you did something ridiculous in second grade – and who hasn’t? – you could count on being reminded of it years later. My love of reading and writing began early, when friends and I started a book club, of sorts. In high school, we wrote a series of short mystery stories with ‘Intrigue‘ in the title. Later that year, I wrote an autobiography for English class entitled: My Life as I Lived It. A friend jokingly asked if I planned to write a sequel: My Life as Someone Else Lived It.After high school graduation, I attended a large university in Florida. This was a defining moment – both liberating and terrifying. For the first time in my life, nobody knew me or my history. I had a clean slate, the opportunity to fill in the blank pages of the new chapters in my life – as I lived it – while taking a fresh look at the main character. Who was I? Talk about Intrigue!  ♥ I earned a Special Education degree and, later, a Counseling degree. On a college summer break, I worked as a substitute mail carrier, and I realized this job was a perfect one for an amateur sleuth. I met and married the love of my life in Florida. His career dictated several cross-country moves, and we’ve met wonderful friends along the way. During our time back in Minnesota, I went on yearly canoe trips with friends in the primitive Boundary Waters Wilderness. After moving back to Florida, I worked as a volunteer in reception and records at our local police department. I even had the chance to participate in a SWAT team exercise, acting as a dispatcher during a mock terrorist incident. Our son works as an electrician, and he’s been married to his sweet wife for several years. ♥ Life continues to be intriguing – filled with ups and downs. But my faith keeps me on a steady course. 

In the Boundary Waters Wilderness with my dear friends. I am kneeling, on the left.

Working as a substitute mail carrier.

My husband and I on a cruise.

Our son and his sweet wife.

Mom and me; My sister and my brother, he's holding me as a baby

Bob Susie Me smiling

My Faith Journey

I was blessed with two great parents, but I was especially close to my Mom. Throughout her life, she demonstrated a rock solid faith and an inner strength that was nothing short of amazing. She was widowed at the age of 60, and she endured the deaths of two of her three children. My sister was only 9 years old when she died of a rare autoimmune disease, and my brother died of cancer at the age of 40. Despite the tragic losses she suffered, my Mom never became bitter. She was always ready to help those in her family and church community, with her high energy and engaging smile. I had the privilege of caring for my Mom during her last days on earth, and I still miss her every day. Even with my Mom’s shining example, my own faith didn’t mature until I studied the Bible as an adult and developed a personal relationship with Jesus. My favorite verse:  Ephesians 2:8-10.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”