My mother named me Ruth Suzanne. Ruth because that was her dear twin sister’s name. Suzanne because she thought it was a lovely name.  I’ve always been known as Suzanne.

I grew up when it was safe to walk to and from school and moms were almost always at home when kids arrived. I grew up smack dab in the middle of this amazing country, when the city of Omaha was not yet a sprawling metropolis. Diversity was not even a word talked about because all people were the same in my family’s eyes. I cherish diversity and probably always have. I also grew up when school was usually fun and not too difficult, playing outside at night with the neighbor kids was the norm, and eating dinner together each evening was as natural as breathing.

One can come close to guessing what generation I belong to. I’ve watched families and kids change over the past four decades as an educator. While change is exciting and powerful, I can honestly say that much has been lost as well.

My parent’s faith journey molded my own. They acted out what they believed. Their word was golden. Hard work was part of life.

Unconditional love,
Own up to the truth,
Forgiveness follows the ‘I’m sorry’
God is all about growth and freedom from self.

So, it is little wonder that God has brought me to this place where Arise to Shine is a place for me to share what I believe.

Short Biography:

Born in Kansas and raised  in Nebraska. My college years put me where I am today in a suburb north of Chicago, IL. My parents and only older brother moved to ChiTown environs around the same time. I received a BA and MA in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and taught in a local elementary public school for over 37 years. Those years taught me who I was; and I ended my work loving being a teacher and valued mentoring those just getting their feet wet in the classroom.

I have two amazing daughters who are as different as night is to day but love the same music – and a lot of it. Grandchildren becomes the best part about being a mother. I am thrilled that my girls value each other and the relationship they have with me.

My life has encountered the heartbreak of an early divorce, and in my marriage today I am learning what it really means to believe in the words “in sickness and in health.” I have struggled with watching people I love in the grip of addiction. I know what it is like to almost lose a precious human to self-destruction. I value these as life lessons. God was present and is present…always.

My faith journey has brought me to understand that belonging to a church has nothing to do with the building, or how people dress, or what they can offer me, or how I can show them how valuable my skills and talents can be. It is all about fellowship, learning what God wants us to know, worship, and acting like Christ. I love Hillside Church. I am proud to say I have become part of their food pantry ministry which has served thousands.

8 Comments on Suzanne

  1. Shelley Rae
    July 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm (6 years ago)

    You are the most amazing, loving, forgiving, thoughtful and generous woman in the whole wide world.
    Thank you God for my Momma.

    • Suzanne
      July 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes thank You God!! Because my dear Shelley I would not be the way I am today without his forming and molding and whipping me into shape. He’s very good at that! Thank You God for my children and grandchildren who will also be shaped by You.

  2. Cheri
    June 22, 2011 at 10:16 am (7 years ago)

    This is a great journey, Suzanne, and I am looking forward to visiting you along the way! Nice work!

    • Suzanne
      June 24, 2011 at 2:25 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Cheri, It is a journey. I LOVE road trips so am hoping God’s sending me on a great one here. Thanks and love, s

  3. Eileen Keller
    June 22, 2011 at 7:02 am (7 years ago)

    Oh Suzanne….I haven’t even read the daily blogs except for the very first one & I’m already feeling SO connected to this. What you said about belonging to a church is SO TRUE!! I was blessed to belong to a parish when I was living in Stamford, CT and all through high school. I was a member of the youth group & our leader was Fr. Bob…I am still close to him today though we both have moved to different cities along the way. It has taken over 20 years & multiple churches to finally find what I found in my church today & thankfully in the school that is part of that church – St. Raymond’s. I walked in there and felt the same feeling I did at St. Leo’s in Stamford. Faith & community. I hope that by being an active part of the parish & by going to the school, Ryan & Emily will find a similar experience with God that I did…and if they are very blessed, still carry many of those friendships & lessons as adults.
    Thank you for starting this blog…it is wonderful!! Love you!!

    • Suzanne
      June 24, 2011 at 2:24 am (7 years ago)

      Eileen, Wow! I am hoping my posts will continue to give you food for thought and a way of viewing God’s heart for your life. How wonderful that you have a church home here. I agree that the kids need it too. Love to you and them, s

  4. Heidi Deahl
    June 17, 2011 at 12:00 am (7 years ago)

    This is such an uplifting website! You have truly turned all of your downtime into a work of art. I was very impressed by just how much there is to offer on this site. Keep up the good work! -Heidi

    • Suzanne
      June 24, 2011 at 2:23 am (7 years ago)

      Hi Heidi,
      Thanks for the time you took to take a look. Hope to offer much more as the days go by. love, s


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