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Hi! My name is Susan and I am the author of this blog.  

I'm a mom of 8 girls, grandma to 6 grandkids, and wife to my husband Richard.


My greatest purpose and joy in life has come from my family and my faith in God. I started this blog in 2008 at a time I was the president of our local church's young woman group. I wanted another way to teach and reach my own daughters, but also the young woman I was responsible for and the leaders and friends I worked with. Many of the blog posts  you read are a product of that time period. 

It is now 2021 and I have had business and life's ups and downs take me away from my love of writing and blogging. I don't even know if anyone even reads my blog anymore! I wouldn't be surprised if there was no one reading! Haha It is fine! I find this to be good self-therapy for myself :)  

I would love to hear from you at this email: rustfam8@yahoo.com 

Hope you enjoy this place on the internet.


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