Program Highlights

The following program highlights feature excerpts from three of Susie’s most requested themes: agriculture; health & wellness; and Christian groups. Download a printable flyer to share.

Kids, Crops, Sows & Cows: Life Happens – Learn to Bounce

A humorous presentation that leaves audiences with a message they can apply immediately to their own lives.

Woven throughout her stories of life on the farm, Susie incorporates her 4 P’s of Prosperity and reminds audiences of the importance of learning to bounce through life’s twists and turns. Susie challenges audiences to “live life full of experiences rather than excuses. If you`re still breathing, there`s still time.”

Susie’s 4 P’s of Prosperity

  • Be Proud of what you do
  • Be Positive about life
  • Be Patient – Rome wasn’t built in a day!
  • Be Persistent – Keep trying & trying & trying

In addition to the 4 P`s, Susie also compiled the “7 Ups of a Good Life” — wake up to a new day; dress up with a smile; look up for heavenly guidance; listen up say nice things; speak up for what you believe; reach up for something greater; and lift up someone less fortunate.  “If you practice every day, every week, every month, every year, it`s an indication you`re going to have a good life,” she comments. “And if you put the 7 Ups in place, pretty soon the 7 Ups are the good life. Life happens, you can bounce or you can call it quits.”

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The Human Side of Farming

Help Wanted:  Lady for general work, cooking, cleaning, child care, gardening and yard work, helping with field work, caring for animals. Strong stomach, strong back. Alertness essential. Knowledge of horticulture, veterinary medicine, bookkeeping.  Room and board, no salary.

“I answered such an ad forty some years ago when I married a farmer. It didn’t take long to learn that life isn’t about how high you jump or how fast you run, but how well you bounce! The responsibilities of a farm wife cause one to bounce quite often.”

Farrowing House Duty

The first few months of a new year remind me of time in the farrowing house. When sows are bred, you then know about when they will have pigs, but for some reason things are never ready. There is always last minute preparations to be made. I know my radio is going to disappear to calm the sows, I will be minus bath towels needed to clean off baby pigs and the television will be on all night keeping vigil over the one hour naps in the recliner before “checking sows” again.

Some folks golf, some folks travel; for us it’s all about showing pigs.

Laugh for the Health of It – Life Happens, Learn to Bounce

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Now that my life is somewhere between menopause and large print, I look back to see how I survived.  I owe it to something we all have, we don’t use it near enough, some never use it at all-–it’s called laughter.

They say “Laughter is the best medicine”.  Laughter boosts the immune system and heart rate, burns calories, encourages relaxation, helps one cope, improves energy levels, increases blood flow and is therapeutic helping to overcome anxiety, depression, grief and tragedy. So we need to laugh just for the health of it.

I’ve reached that point in life where the only thing I can exercise is caution. I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing, I told them if my clothes were loose fitting I wouldn’t be signing up for this class!!  My husband told me I didn’t really need an exercise class as much as I push my luck, jump to conclusions and fly off the handle, that was enough exercise for me!.

A smile is the most inexpensive way to look good.  You need to put a twinkle in your wrinkles.

Someone compared laughter to changing a diaper—–it doesn’t change things forever, but it makes things better for awhile.

I’m sure glad laughing is good for the body and soul because through my life as a farm wife, my family and I have learned to laugh a lot.

Hello, Is God Calling Again; Looking into the Life of a Preacher’s Kid

Susie shares her experiences of growing up as a “preacher’s kid” in a small rural town.

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As a preacher’s kid, my dad always insisted that I set an example, he just forgot to tell me which kind.

The first Sunday my dad preached at a new church, my mom wore a hat.  When we arrived, the janitor (who happended to be a woman) had on a hat too, so Mom thought she had dressed appropriately.  When the congregation arrived, no one else wore a hat. So the next Sunday my mom didn’t wear a hat and when the congregation arrived, all the women had on hats!

When my dad was in seminary, he pastored a small church several miles from our home.  We would go to the church community and stay for the weekend.  Our old car seemed to always break down on our trip home after church on Sunday night.  I learned to sleep holding on to the side of the back seat because the wrecker was usually towing us into town and if I didn’t hold on, I would roll on to the floor.  For many years, I slept holding on to the side of the bed until I realized it was okay to let go as I was on level ground!