Walking With Suzie

Happy Birthday to Suzie!

October is Suzie’s birthday month. She was born on the 29th. There was nothing unique about her birth that would have caused concern about her well being. It was only later as she was not reaching developmental milestones that we began to question things. At her 18 month check up, the doctor matter of factly […]

We Do The Best We Can With The Information We Have

Suzie’s birthday was October 29th. She started school when she was still 2 years old.  Each school day, I would take her to the bus stop and put her on the big bus with all the other children.  I remember calling the bus office and telling them that she would need a seatbelt because she […]

Enjoying Suzie’s Victories

A funny little story that I love to think about when I remember Suzie as a small child might make you smile. My husband and I have reminisced about this story many times over the years and shared it when we talked to other people about the joy of parenting a disabled child. Suzie never […]

Walking With Suzie: Reflections From Her Mom

Starting this journey with the name Walking With Suzie brings back many happy memories spent with our developmentally disabled daughter through the years. In the early years, we would go outside and I would walk up and down the road with her in front of me, pushing one foot and then the other trying to […]

A mother’s love for her special daughter

A recently-penned book will most certainly bring tears to those reading it as it shares the story of a disabled little girl named “Suzie,” told through her mother’s eyes. The author, Ginny Pettit, is wife to Bob Pettit, mother of six children and grandmother of 14. The Pettit’s daughter, Joey Pettit, is the illustrator of “Inside […]

Book review: ‘Inside Suzie,’ a family’s love story

Book review: ‘Inside Suzie,’ a family’s love story By Barb Arland-Fye “Inside Suzie,” written by Ginny Pettit and illustrated by Joey Pettit, 2019, Christian Faith Publishing Co., Meadville, Pennsylvania. $12.95. Ginny Pettit wrote a love story about Suzie, her child with special needs, years ago but tucked it away until she could find the perfect […]

Article from WQAD8: INSIDE SUZIE

Article from WQAD8: INSIDE SUZIE: How a Geneseo family is honoring a one of their own in a special way. Follow the link below to view the article published by WQAD8. https://wqad.com/2019/09/26/inside-suzie-how-a-geneseo-family-is-honoring-a-one-of-their-own-in-a-special-way/

She Couldn’t Speak, But When She Smiled And Sang, You Knew She Loved You

WRITTEN BY JENI HOON (SUZIE’S COUSIN) I don’t remember the moment I met my cousin Suzie, as I was only three years older. When I was young, I would often go over to play with Suzie and her older sister, Casey at their house. Suzie would crawl around following Casey and I wherever we would […]

A Presence That Gently Invited Others To Take A Moment To Be With Her

WRITTEN BY GLENDA KEMNITZ (SUZIE’S SISTER) The first time I met Suzie, she changed my life. I can remember it as though it were yesterday, although it was almost 40 years ago. I was a foster child who had seen some pretty bad abuse and had some emotional baggage to prove it. In the last year and a […]

Love Is About Taking Special Time To Be With Each Other

WRITTEN BY PATTY HOWARD (SUZIE’S COUSIN) I have many sweet memories of Suzie. One of the most special was how she and I would rock and snuggle. She enjoyed rocking, as did I, and I would spend a lot of time rocking and singing or reading to her. She would use her thumb to point to a […]


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