Monday, July 30, 2012

A few Blog Tips and a further Introduction

Hi Ladies!

Thanks to all of you who so quickly found us and commented here on Connecting.  I know this is new to many of you so I thought it would be good to start off with a few tips to make your visits a little less frustrating.

It would be great if you chose to subscribe by e-mail.  In the right column, outside this text box, you will see a space for you to enter your e-mail address.  Once you hit submit, you will need to go through a verification by typing in the wonky words given.  When you finsh the process, you will automatically receive an e-mail each time I make a new post.  You won't have to check in to see if there is something new, it will come to you!

Secondly, you can stop being anonymous by adding your name in the little box beside Comment as: click on the box and then click on name/url.  Type in your name and forget about the url unless you have one.  When you finish the process, your name will appear beside your comment instead of Anonymous.

It was good to stand in front of the congregation yesterday and be introduced by Morgan as part of the leadership team for the Ministry to Women.  However, I realized that there are a lot of you who have no idea who any of us are beyond that.  Over the next few posts, each of us will tell you a little more about ourselves.  Today, it is my turn.

My name is Suzanne Russell, I have been married to Mark for almost 38 years.  We have two adult children.  Our daughter Wesley, married to Tyler Choate, is the mother of Hudson, our only grand child.  Our son, Mark Stephen will graduate in December with a Masters in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary.  We are one of the founding families of Lake Valley, which means we have been around since 1993!  I enjoy paper-crafting and blogging about it as a hobby, as well as the occasional golf game with my husband.  I spend most of my days managing our household, grand-mothering, mentoring, working out at the gym, and now, writing this blog.  I have had a variety of roles at Lake Valley over the years, but being part of this Women's Ministry team is my new favorite!

For a while, I have felt somewhat detached from the body of women in my church.  Along with that, there has been a lack of direction, a sense that I just didn't belong any more.  Surely after all these years, I still have a place in my own church!  I believe God led me to feel that way because a lot of other women are experiencing similar feelings.  I am grateful to say that He has given me real hope, a sense of freedom and calling as I have never felt before.  I want to be part of a Women's Liberation Movement.  Not the bra-burning, man-bashing kind that led so many of my generation to despair, but real freedom to be who I was created to be.  The one and only Suzanne Russell that God loves and called to walk along side Him as His kingdom expands in this world.  I believe He created me for a ministry of presence.  As the Holy Spirit hovered over the unformed earth (see Genesis1), I feel called to hover over the women of our church in a way that encourages you to grow and be the one and only you for whom God has a unique plan; a destiny.  I want to share my experience, hope and victories with you.

Feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or tell us more about yourself.  That's how this Connecting thing will succeed!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Thank you, Suzanne, for starting this! Writing is a good way to stay (or get) connected. I will join your Women's Liberation Movement!

  2. Yea, Laura! I think God has already started the WLM. Do you have the sense that there is something brewing? It's going to be an interesting development, for sure. Thanks for speaking up today. :)

  3. Hi Suzanne!! My name is Sandi Applegate and my husband is Doug. We know Wesley and Tyler from our time in the Bellaire home group and we think the world of sweet. Just recently we went through leadership classes as we have been asked to be home group Pastors to the "Park" group.

  4. Hi Sandi, I'm so glad you had the opportunity to be part of the Bellaire home group-what an explosion of new leadership has come out of there. I'm also happy to hear that you and your husband have accepted the challenge of pastoring a home group of your own. What a privilege and and a responsibility! My husband (Mark) and I have done that over the years and found that it has provided fertile ground for much of our spiritual development. I will be praying for you and all of the new home group leaders as this new season in your life kicks off soon!

  5. thank you so much Suzanne. Let's try to look for each other this Sunday so we can meet face to face. Also please keep my husband in your prayers. His father was just released from the hospital today and placed on Hospice care. We don't believe he has much longer with us. His 88 years leukemia. Thanks for this blog for all the women of Lake Valley to connect!


    1. I will look for you on Sunday and I will also keep your husband and his father in my prayers.