Welcome to our DIY home improvement blog Life with Neal and Suz!

About Us and Our Blog

We are best friends and have been married for over 37 years. Neal and I have renovated several houses together and now we want to share our DIY home improvement projects at our lake house with you. Not only do we enjoy working together but we appreciate the fruits of our labor. Neal also enjoys cooking and Suzanne enjoys crocheting, sewing, smocking, and embroidery.

Neal is a real estate appraiser and Suzanne is a part-time education consultant. We also own and operate hangITstrips, which is a product designed to help you simplify hanging pictures (https://hangitstrips.com/).

Our Family and Pets

We are the blessed parents of two amazing grown children, a son-in-law, and a precious grandson. In addition, we have two dogs (Lucy and Daisy) and a cat (Buddy) whom you will see in several of our pictures. Daisy is our “Supervisor” on many DIY projects (or at least she thinks she is).

Lucy our dog
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Buddy the cat
Lucy our dog

Why we DIY

Our lives are not perfect. We have all the ups and downs, struggles, and worries that everyone has. You can also see that we are not trendy. As Neal would say, this is not the “highlight reel”, but the “behind-the-scenes reel”. We just want our home to be a comfortable place where we enjoy family and friends.

What is Most Important

Although we enjoy our home and doing DIY home improvement projects together as a couple, we want to be clear that it is not about our house or the “stuff” we create/repurpose. Our focus is on the love we share for our family, creating memories, spending time together, and most importantly serving God and being thankful for all He has bestowed on us.

We believe the human spirit has a desire to make things. After all, God created the Heavens and the earth and Jesus was a carpenter when He was on earth. This affirms we were created in His image.

Thank you!

All this to say, we sincerely thank you for visiting our website and letting us share our DIY home improvement projects, recipes, sewing, and crochet projects with YOU! Enjoy our blog posts and let us know what you think by posting comments.

Happy DIYing!
Neal and Suzanne