Cruising, Comedy, Lysa TerKeurst and Dogs

Hello, hello girlfriends!
This is pretty much a random ‘catch you up’ kind of post….

First let me share what it looks like here in Michigan:
Isn’t that gorgeous? My daughter Stephanie took this while I was gone…
I can not believe that as I write this shivering in my office, that one week ago today I was sailing the ocean blue. No, I did not see the news about that OTHER cruise ship until I was about to come home thankyouverymuch.
Yes, Melissa Mashburn and I went on a cruise/writing conference. It was so much fun.
One of the best parts was seeing my son perform with 321 Improv. Sad to think I had to go all the way to Mexico to see him perform. I have seen him do his stand up, back when he won Funniest Person in Grand Rapids 2010, but this was the first time watching him with 321 doing improv. They were hysterical. Stomach ache hysterical.
Yes that’s Chonda Pierce laughing at them too! I adore her. She is not only funny funny funny,

but also has a beautiful heart.
I had so much fun meeting online friends and making new ones!
 Heather Williams who Denise  interviewed for our latest magazine.
And the most hilarious and fun Mary Snyder who screamed “Sue Cramer is the bomb.com” every time I saw her. (She’s also in the current magazine.)
I did not lay in the sun one time. I tried. I walked up on deck to get some sun and it was a bit cloudy so I jumped in the hot tub instead. Cue thunderstorm and I was back in the room sitting on my balcony with Mel.
One afternoon Mel and I ordered room service, all desserts, and sat on our balcony. Seriously, every dessert on the menu. When they delivered it they asked where the kids were…no kids just us. They smiled and nodded and told all their waiter friends that we were complete freaks. I know they did.
But we didn’t care. We saw dolphins. Yes dolphins, jumping right outside our window. We screamed and called Matt. He ran up to our room but the dolphins went away. As you can see it was rough seas on the way back from Cozumel.
I also got to see and have breakfast with my sweet friend Lysa TerKeurst. Oh mercy I do love her. We have so much in common it’s a bit scary and I’ve actually lived her post from this week.
And speaking of dogs, cause Lysa did…this is my neighbors dog looking in at me while I’m working in my office:
His name is Shadow and he’s come over to make friends with my dogs. One of my dogs loves him, the other would like to put her shock collar on him and hold him over the fence line.
But when I bring our dogs in, cause it’s downright freezing here, he barks at me, begging to let him in also. I try ignoring him but then he whines and crys and finally does this:
What’s a mom to do?
Eventually I cave in and against my better judgement I let him in and this is what I get:
I suppose I could spiritualize this and talk about how God brings us in from the cold hard places of life and lets us rest in Him.
Cause He totally does.
Love you, hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
Sue
PS: What would a post about cruising be without a pic of the fun towels they left in our rooms:
Thank you Royal Caribbean and Premiere Christian Cruises, you are awesome!

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