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A native of Petoskey, Sherry Butwell (Matz) Sutherby moved 40 miles south and stepped into a place where time stands still: Russ-Stick Acres. Life here is simple, but demanding. It is also rewarding.

There’s a new kid in town

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyFinally…  Mama…Cocoa…gave birth.  On the last day of April, it happened.

And of course it happened when we were at a nearby town getting our monthly supplies.

Keep reading for a photo of our new kid!

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Possum — the other white meat

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyOver the last decade, I’ve delighted in the fact that all my clothes, coats, everything, comes  from resale shops. You can count on one hand, the number of items that haven’t. So you can imagine my delight when I found an interesting T-shirt this past week. More »

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40-Watt Cabin

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyIt’s truly a “different world” living on our 40 acres without Internet. We rely on our radio station (WLJN) for all our “input”(no TV). And it’s a common sight to walk in the cabin and see Hubby “Russ” sitting on a wood stump (yes, in our cabin) reading the Bible, hovered under our single light source, a 40-watt bulb (yes, only one light in our entire cabin). More »

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Heading to Mackinac Island (again)

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyOctober and May for me = Win-Some Women

I’ve been attending for over 13 years, and look forward to every trip. And each trip is different, depending on who God chooses I attend with… More »

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Welcome beautiful October

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyIt’s hard to believe it’s here already. October.

Next month brings the Thanksgiving holiday. But there’s no reason to look ahead. For these days are keeping us busy enough.  Russ has been whittling again… More »

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Autumn stroll — walk with me

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyCome along on our nightly stroll. More »

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Amish school begins

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyWhen visiting an Amish family last Friday,
my friend Ellen and I arrived at 10 in the morning to find mother,
Mary,
sitting by their corner desk,
sewing by hand. More »

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Traveler’s buggy training

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyMeet Traveler… Wednesday night, we had to cancel our Wee House Worship. So we switched gears and made the best of it. Since our dear friend Ellen was already planning her evening with us, we decided to go with Plan B. Training Traveler. More »

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Handwritten sorrow

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyYesterday, earlier in the day, our mail was retrieved at the local post office.

After dinner, as the light was fading,

we settled in for the night, full and content.

I pulled out a letter from the small stack of mail.

I was excited. I had received a letter from a dear Amish lady,

a young mother, who I have visited with on occasion over the years. More »

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Running the show

Russ-Stick Acres, by Sherry SutherbyThese last few weeks, I have felt like the elusive coyote.

Trotting around the perimeter of the action, but not making a move.

Frozen.

Unable to tend to my writings. More »

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