Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good-bye kiddos

I wanted to share some more pictures since I leave for home tomorrow. I'm leaving behind these three beautiful grandchildren (plus the two I saw at the start of this trip). When I get to Texas, 2 little granddaughters will be waiting for me, but also preparing to move to Austin within a few weeks. I feel so full and know I will soon feel so empty. These precious children are growing up so fast and are so far away. . . I am ever grateful for prayer and the impact Craig and I can have on their young lives as we lift each one up to the One who loves them perfectly.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Well today I'm not making any political comments, because in the grand scheme of things I care most about the loved ones in my life. Like these precious grandchildren. Here is a video of Cameron sliding his stuffed tiger down the banister and Kayla catching it. This game lasted a long while and provide many smiles.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Running with Integrity

Being fastest doesn’t mean you’ll win the race, at least not in America. If you didn’t hear about 24-year-old Arien O’Connell who had the fastest time in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco but wasn’t acknowledged as the winner since she didn’t register with the ‘elite’ group, here’s the link.

And did you hear about governor of Alaska who has a proven track record of standing up for life, keeping her promises, exposing corruption and speaking the truth plainly? She’s not part of the elite group either, so those who are don’t want to acknowledge that she’s qualified to run. All it takes to be a runner in a race is to run. And all it takes to win is to be the fastest; or in this case, get the most votes.

I think some other runners in this race don’t like it that someone that has not joined the elite group is running. But what I like most about Sarah Palin isn’t part of the elite group. She seems to be so much like so many of us. Just a mom from a small town, who cared enough to get involved. I thought, “Wow, in my country, any citizen who cares enough to get involved can make a difference!” That truth gives me that old, almost forgotten feeling of American pride—a hope that in my country anything is possible. Others say the fact that Sarah isn’t politically correct means she’s unqualified to serve our country. I get the feeling they don’t really want her around.

I welcome the thought of having someone in Washington who isn’t afraid to identity with the masses instead of being given special treatment by those who consider themselves elite. Sarah Palin has proved by her personal choices that she views human life as immeasurably valuable, something to be honored, and protected. That takes great courage because while being a woman politician is politically correct, being pro-life isn’t popular—but it is right.

Sarah Palin, I’m here to say that I’m standing here cheering you on because you are a woman, a mom, a citizen, just like me. The difference is that you are courageous enough run in a race where you are not recognized in order to try to make a difference and watching how they treat you makes me know I could never endure that kind of treatment. So, thank you. You are courageous and real and I think you are being picked on. This is my way of standing up to the bullies on the playground and in the press and taking my stand beside you. “Hey you, Elite guys! This race isn’t over yet. When you throw a stone at Sarah, you hit me too, and I don’t like it. You’ll hear from me at the polls.”

For a short video on supporting life go here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Karissa One Day Old

More pictures of our newest grandchild! I am also trying to post a video.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Grandaughter!

Celebrate with us in the birth of Karissa Anne Casnille! Born today (Oct. 15, 2008) 8 lbs. 4 ozs., 19 1/2" long! Here is a picture of our daughter with her newborn. "Thank you, Lord for the blessing of children, children-in-law and grandchildren. We honor you and ask you to give each of these little ones a great and true love for you and your ways. Amen."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Birthdays celebrations!

One of my all time favorite activities is hiking in the forest. Especially with people I love. Well, today I got to do just that with our Josh, Shauna and boys. It's extra special since my birthday is tomorrow! A perfectly beautiful day in IN, enjoying these two grandsons and their parents and the wonderful colors of fall (don't get this in El Paso). Maybe I should plan a fall trip each years (I only wish Craig could be here with me.) When I leave here I'll go to Sara's for the birth of their new daughter (more on that later). Love and blessings, Sue

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Like mother like daughter

We're watching Aimee and Robert's girls for a few days. Today 15-month old, Emeline came home from church and fell asleep in her highchair while eating lunch (first she smeared Mac and Cheese into her scalp.) Her mom, Aimee, used to fall asleep in her highchair too, guess it runs in the family.