Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Father’s Day–a Great Way to Spend a Weekend!

Wasn’t this a great weekend?

On Friday, my critique group came to C-Town to have a yummy lunch (Dari Diner–oh, so good!) I love having them come to my stomping grounds. Fun!

Then Saturday, a couple of friends I’ve known all their lives (literally) got married. I borrowed this pic from their Facebook page.

10466893_10201967561261164_1336497916_nAren’t they adorable? I love it when people who should be together finally get together! Best wishes, Ronnie and Jana Kay!

Then my kiddos came out to celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day. While we were getting ready for them, I found this

tiny-giftsI know it’s only a toadstool, but the bright color in the middle of those dead leaves grabbed me. Beautiful!

I warned the kids I wanted a family picture while they were here, so I took this picture of Minerva as a test shot.

Minerva's-tea-partyAlthough they weren’t thrilled to get to do it, I got several group pics. (I doubt I’ll get another one right away.)

This one is what I’ll probably finally have framed to hang over my fireplace.

fam-big-picAfter a little work with some Adobe help. 😉

But this one is my favorite. (It might end up over the fireplace.)


We had a wonderful dinner from Joseph’s in Drumright, Oklahoma. Then we played a game that had us all laughing so hard! I don’t remember the name of it, but DIL#1 and #2 got headaches from laughing so hard.

Not sure what that’s a sign of, but I think we need to play more games.


Then on Sunday after church, we went to Deb’s (She’s the perfect hostess!) for chicken and noodles. One of Dad’s favorite meals.

Another-dollThis is Deb’s youngest granddaughter. She’s SO cute! (Love the way she says my name.)

Canaan-DollyThis is Melanie’s older daughter. Aren’t they adorable? This one sang me a song about being a scarecrow.

love-that-face!Don’t you love that face? (This was right after she yelled, BOO!)


And here’s my final Father’s Day celebration of the year. Dad and Brother Jeffrey. Handsome dudes, aren’t they?

I gave Dad a card for Father’s Day. It says he could write a book about raising perfect children. LOL!

And then, I had to have a picture of them with Deb who’s so good to have us in her home.

dad,-deb-and-jeffDad, Deb and Jeffrey.

A dad is so important in a person’s life. Whether they’re biological fathers, steps, adopted or borrowed, everyone needs someone to teach them how to live life the right way.

My dad, Carol Spess, made it easy to understand how our Father in Heaven loves us unconditionally, because he loves his children that way. He says his dad taught him, so maybe it’s genetic. Or it could be a learned thing, passed from generation to generation.

For some people, it has to be learned by watching someone not so perfect and seeing what not to do. But where there’s a will . . .

A good parent (mother and/or father) is essential. And, luckily, I had both!

So, how did you celebrate your dad?



Ongoing Thankfulness


I know Thanksgiving is over, but is it ever really time to stop being grateful?


Anyway, that’s my excuse for posting about Thanksgiving at this late date. 🙂

stw thanksgivingadored Thanksgiving until I started doing all the work. (I’ve never done ALL the work, but often it seems that way! LOL)

Perfect Hostess (Sister Debbie) invited the family to her house for the holiday.


Sweet Janyce’s fireplace in Deb’s house. Perfect fit!

My kiddos were all with the in-laws, so I went to Deb’s.

Then on Friday, G-Man and I met four of our six kiddos. Can you guess where we went?


Isn’t she gorgeous? Many people never notice her, so lets try this picture. Does it tell you anything?


The view from our balcony.

I know this one will give it away.

crescent-hotel-signOur hotel is advertised on this building. Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. We had adjoining rooms and used the same balcony. It was great!

our-balcony2A little chilly to sit out at night, but we enjoyed it anyway.

I wanted to take a family picture, but #3 son received a phone call that sent him flying home (someone tested their burglar alarm for them) before #2 son could get there. But I got a few almost family pictures.

3-4-of-the-crewThis one is my favorite. (Me: “Smile, Gary.” Gary: “I am smiling.”)

#1 son (the idea guy) thought of this one.

part of the crewFor some reason I had a little trouble getting rid of the red in my sweater. Kind of fun, though, isn’t it? 🙂

Our hotel is supposed to be haunted. We didn’t have any visitors, but this lamp had a little extra spirit.

haunted-lampIt kept going on and off. (Probably a wiring thing, but hey, haunted works, too.)


The missing kiddos, Nikki and Matt.

I have my fingers crossed for a Christmas family picture. “Everyone wear your pajamas!” 🙂

Someone asked me what we do in Eureka Springs, we go there so often. Hmmm. Good question. Well, I love the shops. I look to look at antiques. And there are some wonderful places to eat. It’s  a great place to hang out and be with family and watch people.

I love watching people. Don’t you?

Back to Ongoing Thankfulness. I’m oh, so very thankful every day for my family and my friends. All of them!

How about you. Now that the month for telling everyday something that you’re thankful for is over, are you still thankful?

For what?