When the waters rise..

When water rises, it spills into our swamps.

We love it!

Born and raised in Cajun country is a blessing in my eyes.

I know you've seen the "swamp people" shows and laugh, I'm sure.

We are so much more than funny accents and gators.

Our normal backyard turns into a fun oasis minus the snakes.

You can see here in the picture above, our house is built up on a dirt hill.

We lost count how many loads needed to be brought in before the building could begin.

Flooding was a problem in the past but is no longer.

The water comes up just close enough for us to enjoy without fear.

I'm in the orange.

My family was waiting patiently with camera in hand wanting me to flip.

I did not ;)

They are sweet like that LOL.

I can't tell you how peaceful it is to just hop in a boat alone.

The stillness is priceless...


Your kids join you!
 Ha ha

Then they get stuck..on purpose.

They make waves and insist you video them.

But then they redeem themselves and cook dinner.

I would not trade a day.

xoxox Susie


  1. I love being Southern! :) It is such a blessing to still live on unspoiled land!
    I think we share a lot of the same hobbies.

  2. Looks like fun with the family . . . the best times aren't they. Do you have mosquitoes with all the water?

  3. Yes!! We have mosquitoes but our parish sprays when they get too bad. Screened in porches are a must :)

  4. How fun!!! I didn't know ATV's could get THAT wet! Dinner looks yummy! Is that your son's famous gumbo he was starting? ~ KIM @ Sand & Sisal

  5. Loved your pictures. They remind me of our house and back yard when the lake rises. Even with the mosquitos, snakes and water, there is no place I would rather live!
    (well, I could do without the snakes and mosquitoss)

  6. Susie,
    you crack me up. that sure looks good whatever is cooking in that pot. Did you all make jumbalaya? I love it!!
    We need to try and meet up sometime this summer. Next time you are going to be in Baton Rouge, drop me an email.

  7. This made me smile :) BUT how do you NOT have snakes. The area we live in are notorious for coral, timber rattler, cottonmouths, and copperheads. Ugh. Not to mention small alligators that find their way into our neighborhood ponds. However, I've never seen any snakes :) and love where we live. But we don't have the swamp water you have, so how, cute SuieQ, do you now have snakes?! Blessings!!

  8. Ohhh Miss Nancy! We have snakes and plenty of them. I just shooo em away :)

  9. Oh, Susie, this post reminds me so much of growing up there! LOL...after heavy rains the drainage ditches became our playground!! Good times!!!

  10. I love this post and optimistic people. I'm from Florida and yes we have hurricanes so we go shopping and buy a bunch of supplies that we never need and have a hurricane party. I love that you enjoy life!

  11. This is such a good post family time is the best but "me time" is good also, I enjoy your blog !!! This might sound funny but what is your son cooking and what type is that pot just never have see that thanks for sharing

  12. I've lived in Louisiana all my life and I never want to leave! Our part of the world is unique and special and just so lovely. We have moved to my husband's family home with a 5 1/2 acre pond in the front yard. Love watching the sun come up in the morning. We have geese and blue herons and egrets every day come to visit us. Thanks for the reminder of how lucky we are to call LA home!

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